1969 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 162

  • 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, Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: New York Jets beat Baltimore Colts, 16-7; MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB
  • Jan 14 Matt Busby retires from Manchester United

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 14 19th NBA All-Star Game, Baltimore Civic Centre: East beats West, 123-112; MVP: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals, PG

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • Jan 19 8th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-25; MVPs: Len Dawson, KC Chiefs, QB; George Webster, Houston Oilers, LB
  • Jan 19 19th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 10-7; MVPs: Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams, QB; Merlin Olsen, Los Angeles Rams, DT

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Jan 21 22nd NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Western Division ties Eastern Division, 3-3; MVP: Frank Mahovlich, Detroit, LW

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich

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 26 1st Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court wins inaugural Open event; beats American Billie Jean King 6-4, 6-1

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

AppointmentAppointment 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

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 27 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Rod Laver takes 1st leg of his successful second Grand Slam; beats Andrés Gimeno of Spain 6-3, 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 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 1 In his first start driving a Ford, Richard Petty wins the Motor Trend 500 at Riverside, CA; his previous 92 NASCAR victories were in Plymouths
  • Feb 2 Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Feb 5 Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, VP, GM and 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
  • Feb 16 Detroit Red Wings' captain Alex Delvecchio picks up an assist in a 6-2 defeat at Minnesota to become the 3rd player in NHL history to score 1,000 career points

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 23 11th Daytona 500: LeeRoy Yarbrough driving for Junior Johnson, catches Charlie Glotzbach on final lap to win; first Daytona 500 won on a last lap pass
  • Feb 25 Pension plan for baseball is agreed to
  • Feb 28 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle announces his retirement due to persistent knee injuries; finishes 18-season career with 536 home runs and .298 batting average

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 1 Phil Esposito has a goal and assist in Boston Bruins' 8-5 win over NY Rangers to give him 99 points for the season, breaking the NHL record for most points in a season (97) held by Stan Mikita

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Mar 1 Tuesdee Testa becomes the first female jockey to win a race at a major American Thoroughbred track when she takes out the 3rd race at Santa Anita Park aboard Buz On
  • Mar 2 Boston center Phil Esposito becomes first player in NHL history to record 100 points in a season when he scores 2 3rd-period goals in the Bruins' 4-0 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 Ethiopian athlete Abebe Bikila is paralysed in an auto-accident near Addis Ababa

Athlete Abebe Bikila
Athlete
Abebe Bikila
  • Mar 22 31st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Purdue 92-72; Bruins' 3-peat; center Lew Alcindor tournament Most Outstanding Player for 3rd consecutive year
  • Mar 29 123rd Grand National: Eddie P. Harty Sr. aboard 100/9 chance Highland Wedding wins by 12 lengths from Steel Bridge

  • 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 12 Wales beats England, 30-9 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 16th Five Nations Rugby Championship and 11th Triple Crown
  • Apr 13 33rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: George Archer wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Billy Casper, George Knudson, and Tom Weiskopf
  • Apr 14 1st major league baseball game outside US played (Montreal Canada)
  • Apr 17 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
  • Apr 21 73rd Boston Marathon: Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan wins in 2:13:49; American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman in 3:22:46 (unsanctioned)

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 30 Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney 3rd no-hitter beats Houston Astros, 10-0
  • May 1 Houston Astros hurler Don Wilson blanks Cincinnati Reds, 4-0 for second career no-hitter
  • May 1 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for a professional sports record $16.15m
  • May 3 95th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Majestic Prince wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4 Stanley Cup Final, St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, MO: John Ferguson scores the winner as Montreal Canadiens edge St Louis Blues, 2-1 for a 4 game series sweep
  • 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 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 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
  • 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

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 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Ann Haydon-Jones of England 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 for her 3rd French singles title
  • Jun 8 MLB ledgend Mickey Mantle gives his farewell retirement speech during "Mickey Mantle Day" at Yankee Stadium, 60,096 see #7 retired
  • Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Rod Laver wins second leg of his 2nd Grand Slam; beats fellow Australian Ken Rosewall 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

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 US Open Golf, Champions GC: Orville Moody wins only major title by 1 stroke from Al Geiberger, Bob Rosberg & Dean Beman
  • 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 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 awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jun 29 US Open Women's Golf, Scenic Hills CC: Donna Caponi wins first of 4 major titles; beat Peggy Wilson by 1 stroke

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 2 Ireland cricketers dismiss West Indies for just 25 (Dougie Goodwin 5 for 6, Alec O'Riordan 4 for 18) to set up a huge upset in Londonderry
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Home favourite Ann Jones upsets 3-time defending champion Billie Jean King 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Rod Laver beats John Newcombe 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 for the 3rd leg of his Grand Slam
  • Jul 9 Tom Seaver's no-hit bid against Cubs ends with 1 out in 9th
  • Jul 12 British Open Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Tony Jacklin wins the first of his 2 major titles, 2 strokes ahead of Bob Charles of New Zealand; first Briton to win The Open since 1951
  • Jul 15 Cincinnati Red Lee May hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
  • Jul 18 Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL
  • Jul 20 56th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 23 40th MLB All Star Game, RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington D.C.: NL beats AL, 9-3; MVP: Willie McCovey, SF Giants, 1B

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jul 27 LPGA Championship, Concord GC: Betsy Rawls wins her second LPGA C'ship, 4 strokes ahead of runners-up Carol Mann and Susie Maxwell Berning

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 30 Astros Denis Menke and Jim Wynn hit grandslams in 9th inn vs Mets
  • Aug 1 36th Chicago Charities College All-Star Game: NY Jets 26, All-Stars 24 (74,208)
  • Aug 3 Cincinnati Reds with 25 hits & 10 runs in 5th edge Philadelphia Phillies 19-17 at Connie Mack Stadium

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 754

  • 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 (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • Jan 2 Glen Johnson, Jamaican boxer

Person of interestTommy Morrison

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 interestMichael Schumacher

Jan 3 Michael Schumacher, German auto racer (7- time world F1 champion), born in Hürth, Germany

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Jan 4 Corie Blount, NBA forward (LA Lakers), born in Monrovia, California
  • Jan 4 Kees van Wonderen, Dutch soccer player (NEC/NAC)
  • Jan 5 David Dixon, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings), born in Papakura, New Zealand
  • Jan 5 Kurt Barber, American NFL defensive end (NY Jets), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Jan 5 Shaun Micheel, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2003), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jan 6 Alvin Morman, American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Rockingam, North Carolina
  • Jan 6 Nick A'Hern, Australian 20k walker (Olympics 22-92, 96), born in Swansea, United Kingdom
  • Jan 7 Chris Hatcher, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • Jan 7 Erric Pegram, American NFL running back (Pit Steelers, NY Giants, San Diego Chargers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 7 Todd Kinchen, American NFL wide receiver (St Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 8 Brian Boehringer, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 9 Domingo Jean, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 9 Johanna Ikonen, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Eno, Finland
  • Jan 10 Juanita Clayton, Manitou Manitoba, softball catcher (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 11 Darren Anderson, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 11 Dave Cruikshank, Northbrook Ill, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • Jan 12 Cam Russell, Canadian NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Jan 12 Robert Prosinečki, Croatian footballer, born in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
  • Jan 13 Andre Cason, US runner (world record 50 indoor), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 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, American baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • Jan 13 Orlando Miller, Changionola Panama, infielder (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 13 Robert Wilson, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 13 Stephen Hendry, Scottish professional snooker player (record 7 World Championships), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Jan 14 Martin Bicknell, American cricketer (England pace bowler 1993), born in Guildford, California
  • Jan 14 Rico Smith, American NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns), born in Compton, California
  • Jan 15 Adam Burt, American NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 15 Delino DeShields, American baseball infielder (Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers), born in Seaford, Delaware
  • Jan 15 Leonard Wheeler, American NFL safety (Cin Bengals, Minnesota Vikings), born in Toccoa, Georgia
  • Jan 15 Marsha Miller, American WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1995), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jan 15 Rob van Dijk, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Voorhout, Netherlands
  • Jan 15 Rod de Highden, Australian 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 15 Siupeli Malamala, NFL offensive lineman (NY Jets), born in Tonga
  • Jan 16 Chelan Kozak, Revelstoke BC, equestrian (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 16 Roy Jones Jr, American boxer (4 x weight divisions world champion), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Jan 18 Larry Webster, American football defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens), born in Elkton, Maryland
  • Jan 18 Marvin Pope, American CFL defensive end (Calgary Stampeders), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Jan 19 Andrew Murray Stone, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 19 Junior Seau, American NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers), born in Oceanside, California (d. 2012)
  • Jan 19 Luc Longley, Australian NBA center (Chicago Bulls), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 19 Orlando Palmeiro, American baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • Jan 19 Predrag Mijatović, Yugoslavian footballer, born in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • Jan 19 Steve Staunton, Irish footballer, born in Drogheda, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 20 Andre Cason, American sprinter, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 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, American baseball outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Jan 22 Shelley Sandie, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1988, 96), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 22 Vinnie Clark, American NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 23 Brendan Shanahan, Canadian NHL left wing (Whalers, Red Wings), born in Mimico, Canada
  • Jan 23 Eric Carter, Canadian CFL cornerback (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Jesup, Georgia
  • Jan 23 Andrei Kanchelskis, Ukrainian-Russian football player, born in Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine
  • Jan 24 Louise McPaul, Australian javelin thrower (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • Jan 25 Nolan Harrison, American football defensive lineman (Oakland Raiders, Pitt Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 25 Penny Moore, American WNBA player (Charlotte Sting)
  • Jan 27 Kristen Danihy, Lawton Oklahoma, team handball circle/wing (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 27 Phil Plantier, outfielder (San Diego 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 (Olympic silver 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jan 29 Robert Young, NFL player (St Louis Rams)
  • Jan 31 Mathew Pallister, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 1 Gabriel Batistuta, Argentine footballer, born in Santa Fe Province, Argentina
  • 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, American baseball outfielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Feb 3 Retief Goosen, South African golfer (US Open 2001, 04), born in Pietersburg, Limpopo Province
  • Feb 4 Brad Cornett, American baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Feb 4 Dallas Drake, Trail, NHL center (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Feb 4 Joe Sacco, Medford, NHL right wing (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Medford, Massachusetts
  • Feb 6 Bob Wickman, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Feb 6 James Jones, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens), born in Miami, Florida
  • Feb 6 Kurt Abbott, American baseball player (Florida Marlins), born in Zanesville, Ohio
  • Feb 6 Rajindra Dhanraj, Trinidad cricket leg-spinner (WI 1994-95), born in Barrackpore, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Feb 6 Tim Sherwood, English footballer & manager, born in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
  • Feb 7 Bucky Richardson, US football quarterback (Houston Oilers)
  • Feb 7 Fiona Robinson-Hannan, Australian basketball player (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Perth, Western Australia
  • Feb 9 Jeff Pahukoa, NFL guard/tackle (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Feb 9 Jimmy Smith, NFL wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Feb 9 Peta Edebone, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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 (Washington Senators), dies at 72
  • Feb 2 Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • Feb 9 Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 68
  • Feb 21 Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies
  • Mar 3 Fred Alexander, American tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1908, 5-time US Indoor winner), dies at 88
  • 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 14 Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)

Person of interestJoe Malone

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 (3 golds 1936 Winter Olympics), dies at 65
  • Jun 21 Maureen Connolly, American tennis player (1st woman Grand Slam 1953), dies of ovarian cancer at 34
  • Jun 23 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 3,000m steeplechase 1936), dies at 62
  • Jun 23 Charles Hollis "Chuck" Taylor, American basketball player and shoe salesman, dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Jul 2 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Jul 22 Hammy Love, cricketer (NSW wicket-keeper, played for Australia), dies
  • Aug 9 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 72

Person of interestRocky Marciano

Aug 31 Rocky Marciano, American boxer (undefeated world heavyweight champion 1952-56), dies in a plane crash at 45

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Sep 3 John Lester, American cricketer, dies at 98
  • Sep 6 Arthur Friedenreich, Brazilian football player, dies at 77
  • 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
  • Oct 6 Walter Hagen, American golfer (11 major titles, US Open 1914, 19), dies of throat cancer at 76
  • Oct 7 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)
  • Oct 12 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57
  • Oct 14 Arnie Herber, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), dies at 59
  • 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)