On This Day

Year 1968 in Sports History (Part 3)

Events in Sport

Events 201 - 216 of 216

  • Nov 23 Milwaukee Bucks make their 1st NBA trade, giving Bob Love & Bob Weiss to Chicago Bulls for Flynn Robinson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 26 34th Heisman Trophy Award: O.J. Simpson, Southern Cal (RB)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Calgary Stampeder, 24-21; MVP Vic Washington's 79-yard TD run remains a Grey Cup record
  • Nov 30 33rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 24-16 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 MLB Rules Committee adopts a series of changes designed to increase amount of offensive run production; decreases strike zone size and lowers height of pitcher's mound from 15" to 10"; changes are successful

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 5 Future Hockey Hall of Fame center Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins scores 2 goals in his goaltender brother Tony's (also HOF) NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens; 2-2 tie

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Dec 6 Baseball dismisses Commissioner William Eckert after 3 years

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 10 Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Dec 14 Bobby Orr scores first career hat trick (vs Chicago Blackhawks)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Dec 24 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United's winger George Best wins award for best European football player ahead of teammate Bobby Charlton and Red Star Belgrade winger Dragan Džajić; first Northern Irish national to win the award
  • Dec 26 Bruin Ted Green sets NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors & 2 game misconducts in a game against NY Rangers in NY's Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 28 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)
  • Dec 29 NFL Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Baltimore Colts shutout Cleveland Browns, 34-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 29 AFL Championship, Shea Stadium, NYC: New York Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23; Joe Namath 3 TD passes sparks Jets to win

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath
  • Dec 31 NY Jets win AFL championship

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 595

  • Apr 30 Richard Pilon, Saskatoon, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • Apr 30 Roger Mar, rapid fire pistol (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 1 Oliver Bierhoff, German soccer striker (Germany 70 caps; Ascoli, Udinese, AC Milan), born in Karlsruhe, Germany
  • May 2 Reggie Slack, American CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Milton, Florida
  • May 2 Jeff Agoos, Swiss-American soccer player, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • May 4 Eddie Pérez, Venezuelan-American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela
  • May 4 Kevin Todd, Canadian ice hockey NHL center (LA Kings), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • May 5 Craig Hendrickson, CFL tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • May 5 Tim Neilsen, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (South Australian 1991), born in Forest Gate, London, England
  • May 6 Andy Kelly, American football quarterback (Nashville Kats, Rhein Fire), born in Dayton, Tennessee
  • May 7 Joe King, American NFL safety (Oakland Raiders), born in Dallas, Texas
  • May 8 John Johnson, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints)

Person of interestOmar Camporese

May 8 Omar Camporese, Italian Tennis Star, born in Bologna, Italy

Tennis Player Omar Camporese
Tennis Player
Omar Camporese
  • May 9 Bruce Pickens, NFL cornerback (Oakland Raiders)
  • May 9 David Benoit, NBA forward (Utah Jazz, NJ Nets)
  • May 9 Marie-José Pérec, French athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 400m 1996), born in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe
  • May 9 Vince Workman, NFL running back (Packers, Panthers, Colts)
  • May 10 Julie Smith, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Glendora, California
  • May 12 Mark Clark, Bath Ill, pitcher (NY Mets)

Person of interestTony Hawk

May 12 Tony Hawk, American skateboarder, born in Carlsbad, California

Skateboarder Tony Hawk
Skateboarder
Tony Hawk
  • May 13 James Harris, NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • May 15 James "Jim" Neil, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • May 15 Leroy Hoard, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings)
  • May 17 Tim Grunhard, NFL center (KC Chiefs)
  • May 18 Ernie Logan, NFL defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars, NY Jets)
  • May 19 James Parrish, NFL outside linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 19 Jeanne Basone, Brubank California, wrestler (Hollywood-GLOW)
  • May 19 Mark Janssens, Surrey, NHL center (Hartford Whalers)
  • May 19 Paul Justin, NFL quarterback (Indianapolis Colts)
  • May 20 Damon Mays, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 20 Waisale Serevi, Fijian rugby union and rugby sevens footballer, born in Suva, Fiji
  • May 22 Alan Levine, Baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox), born in Park Ridge, Illinois
  • May 22 Carmie Vairo, softball infielder (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • May 22 Mike Harbold, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Oakland, California
  • May 22 Randy Brown, American NBA point guard and executive (NBA C'ship 1996-98, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 24 Jerry Dipoto, American baseball pitcher (NY Mets), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • May 25 Kendall Gill, American NBA guard & forward (NJ Nets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 25 Nathalie Schneyder, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 25 Shawn Bouwens, American NFL guard (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • May 26 Rachael Sporn, Australian basketball forward (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • May 26 Steve Sedgley, English footballer
  • May 27 Cedric Smith, NFL running back (Wash Redskins, Arizona Cardinals)
  • May 27 Frank Thomas, "Big Hurt", 1st baseman (Chicago White Sox, 1993 MVP)
  • May 27 Jeff Bagwell, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (MLB All-Star 1994, 96, 97, 99; NL MVP 1994; Gold Glove Award 1994; Houston Astros), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 28 Sandra Bacher, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Long Island, New York
  • May 28 Tomas P Pukstys, javelin thrower (Olympic 8th 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 30 Amy Fuller, Westlake California, rower (Olympic 4th 1992, 96)
  • May 31 Duane Causwell, NBA center (Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings)
  • Jun 1 Larry Centers, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995, 96, 2001; All-Pro 1996; Super Bowl 2003; Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, NE Patriots), born in Tyler, Texas
  • Jun 3 Alfred Kotey, Ghanaian boxer (WBO Bantamweight C'ship 1994-95), born in Accra, Ghana (d. 2020)
  • Jun 6 Craig Roberts, Canadian 68 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Everett, Washington
  • Jun 6 Edwin Vurens, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Jun 7 Adam Walker, NFL running back (SF 49ers)
  • Jun 7 Melissa Coombes, American female pitcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in San Gabriel, California
  • Jun 8 Dave Mlicki, pitcher (NY Mets), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jun 8 Rob Ray, Belleville, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jun 9 Tom Rouen, NFL punter (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jun 10 Kevin Donnalley, NFL guard/tackle (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Jun 12 Patty Armstrong, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • Jun 12 Scott Aldred, American MLB pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Jun 13 Bruce Beaton, CFL corner (Montreal Alouettes)
  • Jun 13 Fabio Baldato, Italian cyclist, born in Lonigo, Italy
  • Jun 14 Brian Wiggins, American NFL wide receiver (Carolina Panthers), born in New Rochelle, New York
  • Jun 14 Eric Murdock, American NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies, Miami Heat), born in Somerville, New Jersey
  • Jun 14 Tony Smith, American NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • Jun 15 Tim Lester, American NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jun 16 Alton Montgomery, NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jun 16 Matt Turk, NFL punter (Washington Redskins)
  • Jun 16 Nehemiah Perry, cricketer (fine Jamaican off-spinner)
  • Jun 18 John Lumkes, 3k steeplechase runner, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 19 Jud Buechler, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls)
  • Jun 20 Fred McAfee, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jun 20 Mike McCarthy, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1988, 96), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 21 Alastair Campbell Mackintosh, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Jun 21 Darryl Shannon, Barrie, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jun 21 Henry Newby, NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jun 22 Darrell Armstrong, NBA guard (Orlando Magic)
  • Jun 23 Kent Steffes, beach volleyballer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jun 26 Shannon Sharpe, American NFL tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 26 Paolo Maldini, Italian footballer (A.C. Milan, Italy national team), born in Milan, Italy
  • Jun 29 Theoren Fleury, Canadian NHL right wing (Calgary Flames, Canada), born in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Jun 30 Dan Peltier, American baseball outfielder (SF Giants), born in Clifton Park, New York
  • Jun 30 Peter Miller, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Jul 2 Mark Tewksbury, Canadian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m backstroke 1992), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jul 3 Teppo Numminen, Finnish NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets, Coyotes), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Jul 4 Derek Kevin Loville, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 4 Mark Lenzi, American 3m spring diver (Olympic gold 1992), born in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • Jul 5 Molly Brock, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Berkeley, California
  • Jul 5 Nate Singleton, American NFL wide receiver (SF 49ers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jul 5 Shahid Anwar, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani all-rounder 1996 England tour), born in Multan, Pakistan
  • Jul 5 Alex Zülle, Swiss road racing cyclist, born in Wil, Switzerland
  • Jul 6 Alvin Harper, American NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Lake Wales, Florida
  • Jul 6 Anthony Kershler, Australian cricketer (NSW left-arm spinner 1994-95), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jul 7 Chuck Knoblauch, American baseball shortstop (NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jul 7 Reggie Cobb, American NFL running back (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jul 8 C B Washington, NFLer (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jul 8 Glen Featherstone, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 8 Michel Langerak, soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • Jul 9 Shawn Harper, NFL tackle (Indianapolis Colts, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jul 9 Paolo Di Canio, Italian football player

Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport