1969 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 177

  • Jan 1 Jack Kent Cooke, owner of NHL's LA Kings, fines each player $100 for "NOT" arguing with the referee
  • Jan 1 55th Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #2 Southern California, 27-16
  • Jan 1 35th Sugar Bowl: #9 Arkansas beats #4 Georgia, 16-2
  • Jan 1 35th Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #6 Kansas, 15-14
  • Jan 2 "Soviet Sport" calls Emile Zatopek a public enemy
  • Jan 12 Super Bowl III: NY Jets beat Balt Colts, 16-7 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB
  • Jan 14 Matt Busby retires from Manchester United
  • Jan 14 19th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-112 at Baltimore
  • Jan 19 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-25
  • Jan 19 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 19 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 10-7
  • Jan 21 22nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at Montreal

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 22 Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 1st Men's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Rod Laver beats Andres Gimeno (6-3, 6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 1st Women's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King (6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 28 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 28 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Feb 2 Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 4 John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Feb 5 Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, vp, gm & head coach of Redskins
  • Feb 7 Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major US racetrack (Hialeah)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 10 LSU Pete Maravich scores 66, despite losing to Tulane 101-94

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Feb 11 Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah

AgreementContract of Interest

Feb 21 Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Washington Senators

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 22 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st female jockey to win at a major US track
  • Feb 25 Pension plan for baseball is agreed to

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 NY Yankees' Mickey Mantle retires

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 Phil Esposito becomes 1st NHL Player to score 100 points in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Mar 8 16th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 85-74
  • Mar 14 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win at Aqueduct
  • Mar 14 Seymour Nurse scores 258 in his last Test Cricket innings, WI v NZ
  • Mar 16 Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 17 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Mar 22 31st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Purdue 92-72 UCLA wins its 5th national championship in 6 years
  • Mar 23 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Charlotte Golf Invitational
  • Mar 29 123rd Grand National: Eddie P. Harty, Sr. aboard Highland Wedding wins
  • Mar 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Port Malabar Golf Invitational
  • Apr 1 Seattle Pilots trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Royals

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)

  • Apr 7 Dodgers' Bill Singer is credited with 1st official save, against Reds
  • Apr 7 Ted Williams begins managing Washington Senators, they lose to Yanks 8-4
  • Apr 8 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont Expos beats NY Mets 10-9
  • Apr 8 Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games
  • Apr 9 Chic Cub Billy Williams hits 4 consecutive doubles beat Phillies 11-3
  • Apr 12 Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
  • Apr 13 33rd Masters Golf Tournament: George Archer wins, shooting a 281
  • Apr 14 1st major league baseball game outside US played (Montreal Canada)
  • Apr 17 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
  • Apr 20 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Apr 21 73rd Boston Marathon: Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan 1st man in 2:13:49 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:22:46

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 22 Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Apr 22 Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312 day non-stop sailing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • Apr 27 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
  • Apr 30 Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney 3rd no-hitter beats Houston Astros, 10-0
  • May 1 Houston Don Wilson 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
  • May 1 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for $16,155,000
  • May 3 95th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Majestic Prince wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
  • May 4 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
  • May 5 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • May 7 2nd ABA championship: Oakland Oaks beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • May 11 Carol Mann wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • May 17 94th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6
  • May 17 Balt, Cleve & Pitts agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL
  • May 18 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA St Louis Women's Golf Invitational
  • May 21 Slovan Bratislava of Czechoslovakia win 9th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona of Spain 3-2 in Basel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over NY Mets

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 25 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • May 28 13th European Cup: Milan beats Ajax 4-1 at Madrid
  • May 30 Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Indianapolis 500: Mario Andretti wins in 3:11:14.689 (252.453 km/h)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • Jun 2 Murle Lindstrom wins LPGA O'Sullivan Ladies Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 6 Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Jun 7 101st Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Arts & Letters wins in 2:28.8
  • Jun 8 Mickey Mantle Day, 60,096 saw #7 retired (I was there-BTG)
  • Jun 8 Susie Berning wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Jun 8 68th Men's French Open: Rod Laver beats Ken Rosewall (6-4, 6-3, 6-4)
  • Jun 8 68th Women's French Open: Margaret Court beats Ann Jones (6-1, 4-6, 6-3)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 Oakland As' Reggie Jackson gets 10 RBIs to beat Red Sox 21-7

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jun 15 69th US Golf Open: Orville Moody shoots a 281 at Champs GC in Houston
  • Jun 15 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic
  • Jun 15 Mets help their power needs by adding 1st baseman Donn Clendenon
  • Jun 21 John Pennel pole vaults world record (5.45 m)
  • Jun 22 Susie Berning wins LPGA Pabst Ladies' Golf Classic
  • Jun 23 Joe Frazier TKOs Jerry Quarry in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 25 Pancho Gonzalez beats Charles Pasarell in 112 game (5hr12m) marathon
  • Jun 27 Honduras/El Salvador breaks diplomatic relations due to soccer match
  • Jun 28 John Hampshire scores 107 on Test cricket debut v WI at Lord's

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 29 24th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 29 On Billy Williams Day in Chicago, the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial's NL record for consecutive games played (896)

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jun 30 Derek Clayton of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:34
  • Jul 4 76th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Ann Jones beats Billie Jean King (3-6 6-3 6-2)
  • Jul 5 83rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats John Newcombe (64 57 64 64)
  • Jul 9 Tom Seaver's no-hit bid against Cubs ends with 1 out in 9th
  • Jul 12 98th British Golf Open: Tony Jacklin shoots a 280 at Royal Lytham
  • Jul 13 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Ladies' Supertest Golf Open
  • Jul 14 Soccer war - Salvador-Honduras (1000 dead)
  • Jul 15 Cincinnati Red Lee May hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 839

  • Jan 1 Reemt Pyka, Bremerhaven GER, hockey forward (Team Germany)
  • Jan 2 Rick Tabaracci, NHL goalie (Calgary Flames), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 2 Robert Svehla, Martin Cze, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers, Slovakia)
  • Jan 2 Stephen Davies, Aust field hockey forward/vice capt (Oly-sil-92, 96)
  • Jan 2 Glen Johnson, Jamaican boxer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 2 Tommy Morrison, American heavyweight boxing champion and actor, born in Gravette, Arkansas (d. 2013)

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • Jan 3 Matt LaBounty, defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 3 Steve Poapst, Cornwall, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 3 Michael Schumacher, German Formula 1 racing driver and seven time world champion, born in Hürth, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Jan 4 Corie Blount, NBA forward (LA Lakers)
  • Jan 4 Kees van Wonderen, Dutch soccer player (NEC/NAC)
  • Jan 5 David Dixon, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jan 5 Derrick Ned, NFL fullback (New Orleans Saints)
  • Jan 5 Kurt Barber, NFL defensive end (NY Jets)
  • Jan 6 Alvin Morman, Rockingham NC, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 6 Jason Childs, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 6 Nick A'Hern, Australian 20k walker (Olympics-22-92, 96)
  • Jan 7 Chris Hatcher, US baseball outfielder (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 7 Erric Pegram, NFL running back (Pit Steelers, NY Giants, San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 7 Todd Kinchen, NFL wide receiver (St Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 8 Brian Boehringer, pitcher (NY Yankees), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 9 Domingo Jean, Dominican/US baseball pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 9 Johanna Ikonen, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • Jan 10 Juanita Clayton, Manitou Manitoba, softball catcher (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 11 Darren Anderson, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 11 Dave Cruikshank, Northbrook Ill, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • Jan 11 Frank Robinson, WLAF defensive back (Scottish Claymores)
  • Jan 11 Reemt Pyka, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • Jan 12 Cam Russell, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Jan 12 Robert Prosinečki, Croatian footballer
  • Jan 13 Andre Cason, US runner (world record 50 indoor)
  • Jan 13 Dan Footman, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 13 John Flannery, guard/corner (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 13 Katarzyna Nowak, tennis star (1994 Futures France), born in Łódź, Poland
  • Jan 13 Kevin Foster, US baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • Jan 13 Orlando Miller, Changionola Panama, infielder (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 13 Robert Wilson, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 14 David Webb, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 14 Martin Bicknell, cricketer (England pace bowler 1993)
  • Jan 14 Rico Smith, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jan 15 Adam Burt, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 15 Delino DeShields, Seaford DE, infielder (Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers)
  • Jan 15 Leonard Wheeler, NFL safety/cornerback (Cin Bengals, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jan 15 Marsha Miller, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1995), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jan 15 Rob van Dijk, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Jan 15 Rod de Highden, Australian 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 15 Siupeli Malamala, NFL guard/tackle (NY Jets)
  • Jan 16 Chelan Kozak, Revelstoke BC, equestrian (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 16 Roy Jones, Light-MW boxer (Olympic silver 1988), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Jan 18 Larry Webster, defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Jan 18 Marvin Pope, CFL defensive end (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 19 Andrew Murray Stone, Open 470 sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 19 Junior Seau, NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 19 Luc Longley, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
  • Jan 19 Orlando Palmeiro, Hoboken NJ, outfielder (California Angels)
  • Jan 19 Predrag Mijatović, Yugoslavian footballer
  • Jan 19 Steve Staunton, Irish footballer
  • Jan 20 Andre Romal Cason, Virginia Beach VA, 100m runner
  • Jan 21 Ashley Sheppard, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jan 21 Matt Willig, NFL tackle/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Jets)
  • Jan 21 Rusty Greer, Ft Rucker AL, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • Jan 21 Ted Long, CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jan 22 Keith Gordon, US baseball outfielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jan 22 Ousmane Bary, WLAF cornerback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Jan 22 Shelley Sandie, Australian basketball guard (Olympics-88, 96)
  • Jan 22 Vinnie Clark, NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jan 23 Brendan Shanahan, Mimico Ont, NHL left wing (Whalers, Red Wings)
  • Jan 23 Eric Carter, CFL cornerback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jan 23 Andrei Kanchelskis, Ukrainian-Russian footballer
  • Jan 24 Louise McPaul, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics-silver-92, 96)
  • Jan 25 Nolan Harrison, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, Pitt Steelers)
  • Jan 25 Penny Moore, WNBA guard/forward (Charlotte Sting)
  • Jan 27 Kristen Danihy, Lawton Oklahoma, team handball circle/wing (Olympics-1996)
  • Jan 27 Phil Plantier, outfielder (SD Padres, Red Sox, A's), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Jan 27 Shane Thomson, NZ cricket off-spin all rounder (since 1990)
  • Jan 28 Giorgio Lamberti, Italian free style swimmer (world record 200m)
  • Jan 28 John Veenhof, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • Jan 29 Flora Perfetti, Faenza Italy, tennis star (1995 Futures-Reims-FRA)
  • Jan 29 Karen Fonteyne, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-silver-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jan 29 Robert Young, NFL player (St Louis Rams)
  • Jan 31 Mathew Pallister, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 1 Bryan Jacob, Palatka Fla, 59 kg (130 lbs) weightlifter (Oly-1992, 96)
  • Feb 1 John Moore, Australian baseball catcher (Olympics-1996)
  • Feb 1 Gabriel Batistuta, Argentine footballer
  • Feb 2 Ijaz Ahmed Jr, cricketer (one Test Pakistan v Sri Lanka 1995)
  • Feb 2 Jeff Christy, corner (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 2 Jody Hull, Cambridge, NHL right wing (Florida Panthers)
  • Feb 2 Valeri Karpin, Russian footballer
  • Feb 3 Casey Weldon, NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Feb 3 Jeff Christy, NFL center (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 3 Robert Pack, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Dallas Mavericks)
  • Feb 3 Terry Bradshaw, US baseball outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Feb 3 Retief Goosen, professional golfer
  • Feb 4 Brad Cornett, US baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Feb 4 Chris Crooms, WLAF safety (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Feb 4 Dallas Drake, Trail, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Feb 4 Joe Sacco, Medford, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • Feb 6 Anna Acker-Macosko, Marshfield WI, LPGA golfer (1995 Gold Coast Tour)
  • Feb 6 Bob Wickman, Green Bay WI, pitcher (Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees)
  • Feb 6 Greg Patrick, WLAF safety (Frankfurt Galaxy)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 19 Baseball manager Leo Durocher (63) weds socialite Lynne Walker Goldblatt (40) at the Ambassador West Hotel in Chicago

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (b. 1888)
  • Jan 8 Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • Jan 13 Fred Price, cricket wicket-keep (England, v Aust Headingley 1938), dies
  • Jan 24 Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Wash Senators), dies at 72
  • Feb 2 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • Feb 9 Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Oly-gold 1928), dies at 68
  • Feb 21 Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies
  • Mar 25 Norman Gallichan, cricketer (one Test for NZ, 30 & 2, 3-113), dies
  • Mar 30 Lucien Bianchi, Belgian auto racer, dies at 34
  • May 1 George Parker, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1924), dies
  • May 14 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 15 Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), dies at 79

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • May 26 Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • Jun 1 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian ice skater (b. 1904)
  • Jun 23 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (b. 1907)
  • Jul 2 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Jul 22 Hammy Love, cricketer (NSW wicket-keeper, played for Australia), dies
  • Aug 9 George P Marshall, NFL president (Washington Redskins), dies at 72

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 31 Rocky Marciano, former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash at 45

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Sep 3 John Lester, American cricketer (b. 1871)
  • Sep 6 Arthur Friedenreich, Brazilian football player (b. 1892)
  • Sep 9 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1913-14, dismissed Hobbs twice), dies at 78
  • Sep 9 Willy Mairesse, Belgian racing driver (b. 1928)
  • Oct 4 Vibart Wight, cricketer (member of WI 1st Test touring 1928), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 6 Walter Hagen, US PGA golfer (won 11 majors, US Open 1914, 19), dies at 76

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Oct 7 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)
  • Oct 12 Sonja Henie, figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), dies at 57
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • Oct 29 Vic Richardson, cricketer (Aussie capt 1935-36), dies
  • Dec 7 Lefty O'Doul, American baseball player (b. 1897)