On This Day

Year 1969 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport


Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 5 Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell smashes first and longest home run ever hit out of Dodger Stadium; the incomparable shot off Alan Foster, measures 506 feet

Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Stargell
Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Willie Stargell
  • Aug 10 Don Sutton breaks his 13-game losing streak to Cubs with a 4-2 win
  • Aug 11 Don Drysdale retires because of damage to his right shoulder
  • Aug 11 Pittsburgh Steelers beat NY Giants 17-13 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • Aug 12 Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 13 Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer no-hits Oakland A's, 8-0

Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer
  • Aug 13 Temp Commissioner Bowie Kuhn elected for 7-year term by unanimous vote
  • Aug 14 NY Mets fall 9½ games back, later to win pennant

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 17 PGA Championship Men's Golf, NCR CC: Ray Floyd wins first of his 4 major titles by 1 stroke from South African Gary Player

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Aug 17 NY Jets beat NY Giants, 37-14 in their first meeting (pre-season)
  • Aug 19 Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman no-hits Atlanta Braves, 3-0
  • Aug 23 Audrey McElmory (US) wins World Cycling Championships, Brno Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 23 France's Une De Mai wins International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway Czechoslovakia (1st American to win cycling race title since 1912)
  • Aug 25 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 29 Joe Pepitone quits Yanks after being fined $500 for leaving the bench

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • Aug 30 69th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Steve Melnyk

  • Sep 2 Ralph Houk signs 3-year contract to manage New York Yankees at $65,000 a season, then the biggest salary in MLB
  • Sep 7 Scottish Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; his 6th F1 win of the season
  • Sep 8 US amateur Men's Tennis: Stan Smith beats Bob Lutz (97 63 61)

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Margaret Court wins her third US singles title & 16th Grand Slam singles event; beats Nancy Richey 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Rod Laver beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 7-9, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to claim his record second Grand Slam

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Sep 10 NY Mets sweep Montreal Expos putting them in 1st place for 1st time
  • Sep 13 Baltimore Orioles, win earliest AL Eastern division title
  • Sep 13 San Francisco Giant Bobby Bonds is baseballs 4th 30-HR, 30-steal player

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 Cards Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 NY Mets in a game

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton

Sport awardRyder Cup

Sep 20 Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: US, Great Britain tie, 16-16; great sporting gesture, America's Jack Nicklaus concedes missable 3-foot putt to Tony Jacklin at the 18th hole for the draw

  • Sep 20 Pitts Pirate Bob Moose no-hits NY Mets, 4-0

Sport awardDavis Cup

Sep 20 58th Davis Cup: American pair Bob Lutz & Stan Smith clinch final 8-6, 6-1, 11-9 over Ilie Năstase & Ion Țiriac of Romania in Cleveland, OH; ends 5-0

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Sep 21 NY Jet Steve O'Neal punts 98 yards against Denver Broncos
  • Sep 21 Ron Hill wins European marathon (2:16:47.8)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 22 SF Giant Willie Mays, becomes second player to hit 600 home runs

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Sep 24 NY Mets clinch NL East pennant
  • Sep 28 Joe Kapp (Minnesota Vikings) passes for 7 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (52-14)
  • Sep 29 Red Sox Rico Petrocelli hits shortstop record 40th HR of season
  • Sep 29 Steve O'Neal of NY Jets, kicks longest NFL punt; 98 yards vs Denver
  • Oct 2 Seattle Pilots' last game in Seattle; crash to 98th season loss, 3-1 to Oakland in front of just 5,473; move to Milwaukee as the Brewers next season

  • Oct 4 MLB holds first league championship games; National League Championship Series: New York Mets beat Atlanta Braves, 9-5; Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3 in American League Championship Series
  • Oct 6 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets sweep Atlanta Braves, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 6 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3 games to 0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 13 Billy Martin (97-65) is fired as manager of AL West-winning Twins

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • Oct 15 Madison Square Garden TV Network begins (Rangers vs North Stars)
  • Oct 15 NY Met Ron Swoboda's spectacular diving catch of sinking liner with runners at 1st & 3rd in 9th, Mets win in 10th in World Series game
  • Oct 15 Oriole Earl Weaver becomes 1st manager ejected in 60 years a World Series game
  • Oct 16 T Agee & Ed Kranepool HR, Tommie Agee makes 2 great catches, New York Mets win Baseball World Series 4-1
  • Oct 16 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Orioles 5-3 & win 66th World Series in 5
  • Oct 16 Met Cleon Jones awarded 1st base when shoe polish on ball proves he is hit by a pitch, he scores on a HR in World Series
  • Oct 19 Scottish Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart finishes 4th in season ending Mexican Grand Prix to win his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 26 points from Jacky Ickx of Belgium
  • Oct 24 Hanif, Mushtaq & Sadiq Mohammad start their only Test Cricket together

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 29 Tom Seaver voted NL Cy Young Award

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • Nov 2 Quarterbacks Billy Kilmer of New Orleans and St Louis' Charlie Johnson each pass for 6 touchdowns for combined NFL record of 12 passing TDs in a game; Saints beat Cardinals, 51-42 at Busch Memorial Stadium

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Nov 2 41-year old Detroit right wing Gordie Howe picks up his 19th and final NHL hat trick as the Red Wings beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3; Howe is the oldest player to score an NHL hat-trick

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 6 Inaugural Cy Young Award is a tie between Mike Cuellar and Denny McLain

MLB Pitcher Denny McLain
MLB Pitcher
Denny McLain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 12 Minnesota's Harmon Killebrew is voted AL MVP

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • Nov 16 US President Nixon becomes first president to attend a season NFL game while in office: the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 41-28
  • Nov 20 Gundappa Viswanath scores 137 on Test Cricket debut v Australia Kanpur

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 20 Brazilian soccer icon Pele scores his 1,000th goal

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele

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Nov 20 San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey edges Tom Seaver as NL MVP

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • Nov 25 KC outfielder Lou Piniella is voted AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 26 35th Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Owens, Oklahoma (RB)
  • Nov 28 Ted Sizemore becomes 7th Dodger to win NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 29 34th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 49-26 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, Autostade, Montreal: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 29-11; first Grey Cup game played in its entirety on a Sunday
  • Dec 2 Two years after doubling its size from six to 12, the NHL announces 2 new teams would be joining the League the following year; Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks
  • Dec 12 Decathlon Bill Toomey achieves world record-score of 8417 points
  • Dec 13 MLB manager Billy Martin fired by the Minnesota Twins
  • Dec 21 Vince Lombardi (Washington Redskins) coaches his last football game, a 20-10 loss to the Cowboys in Dallas, for a 7-5-2 season and 105-35-6 career
  • Dec 22 Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots
  • Dec 23 Ballon d'Or: Milan midfielder Gianni Rivera wins award for best European football player ahead of Cagliari forward Luigi Riva and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller
  • Dec 24 Curt Flood writes to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn refusing to accept the Cardinals’ right to deal him and in favor of free agency [1]

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 710

  • Feb 11 Bryan Eversgerd, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Centralia, Illinois
  • Feb 11 Joe Valerio, American NFL outside corner/tackle (KC Chiefs), born in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 11 Kevin King, American baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Atwater, California
  • Feb 11 Mark Atkinson, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (Tasmanian batsman), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Feb 12 Colin Keely, US water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Feb 12 Hong Myung-Bo, Korean footballer, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Feb 14 Harry Colon, American NFL safety (Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions), born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Feb 14 Jeff Graham, American NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears, NY Jets), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Feb 14 Roy Barker, American NFL defensive end (Minnesota Vikings, SF 49ers), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 15 Brian Williams, MLB pitcher (Detroit Tigers, Astros), born in Lancaster, South Carolina
  • Feb 15 Edgar Bennett, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 16 Claude Lambert, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 16 Fermín Cacho, Spanish middle distance athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 92, silver 96), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Feb 16 Tim Costo, American baseball infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Feb 17 David Klingler, American NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders, Cin Bengals), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 17 Joel Steed, American NFL nose tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Feb 17 Levon Kirkland, American NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lamar, South Carolina
  • Feb 18 Alexander Mogilny, Russian ice hockey player & 1st soviet to defect to NHL (Sabres), born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • Feb 21 Petra Kronberger, Austrian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1992), born in Pfarrwerfen, Austria
  • Feb 21 J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Rcaing), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • Feb 22 Kahryn Tough, Canadian volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Feb 22 Mark Chmura, American NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Deerfield, Massachusetts
  • Feb 22 Shawn Jefferson, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, NE Patriots), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 22 Brian Laudrup, Danish footballer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Feb 23 Ed McDaniel, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
  • Feb 23 Michael Campbell, New Zealand golfer (US Open 2005), born in Hawera, New Zealand
  • Feb 23 Marc Wauters, Belgian cyclist, born in Hasselt, Belgium
  • Feb 25 Donald Hodge, NBA center (Charlotte Hornets)
  • Feb 25 Kerry Dienelt, Australian softball catcher/1st baseman (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Feb 25 Michelle Gibson, equestrian dressage (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Feb 26 Brandon Wilson, American baseball infielder (Chicago White Sox), born in Gaborone, Botswana
  • Feb 27 Greg Stevenson, Canadian rower (Olympics-11-92, 96), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Feb 27 Willie Banks, American baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Feb 28 Shawn McEachern, Waltham MA, NHL forward (Boston Bruins, Senators)
  • Feb 28 Butch Leitzinger, American race car driver
  • Feb 28 Tor Øivind Ødegaard, Norwegian track runner
  • Mar 1 Vincenzo Esposito, Italian basketball guard and coach (2× Italian League MVP 1999, 2000; 3× Italian League Top Scorer 1999–2001; NBA: Toronto Raptors), born in Caserta, Campania, Italy
  • Mar 3 Ronald Humphrey, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Mar 3 Simon Whitlock, Australian darts player (European C'ship 2012; PDC World C'ship 2010 runner-up), born in Cessnock, Australia
  • Mar 4 Jeff Tinsley, Shelbyville KY, outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • Mar 4 Karrie Poppinga, Manhattan Beach Ca, volleyballer (Pismo Beach-4-95)
  • Mar 4 Kenneth Benson, CFL linebacker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Mar 4 Pierluigi Casiraghi, Italian football manager
  • Mar 5 Moussa Saïb, former Algerian footballer
  • Mar 6 Deems May, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 7 Anne Marie Lauck, American marathoner (Olympics 10th 1996), born in Rochester, New York
  • Mar 7 Anthony Davis, American NFL linebacker (KC Chiefs), born in Kennewick, Washington
  • Mar 7 Brian Jamieson, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • Mar 7 Geoff Smith, Canadian NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers), born in Edmonton
  • Mar 7 Matt Blundin, American quarterback (KC Chiefs, Detroit Lions), born in Darby, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 7 Sam Gash, American NFL running back (New England Patriots), born in Hendersonville, North Carolina
  • Mar 9 George Nimako, CFL safety (Toronto Argonauts), born in Napean, Ontario
  • Mar 9 Mahmoud Abdul Rauf, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets), born in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Mar 10 Stephen Leaney, Australian golfer (US Open 2003 runner-up), born in Busselton, West Australia
  • Mar 11 Dan Lacroix, NHL left wing (NY Rangers), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Mar 11 John Fina, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • Mar 12 J P Izquierdo, CFL slot back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Mar 12 Karen Snelgrove, softball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • Mar 12 Muhammad Oliver, NFL cornerback/safety (Washington Redskins)
  • Mar 13 Chris Zorich, American NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 13 Kevin Kaminski, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Churchbridge, Canada
  • Mar 14 Greg Biekert, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • Mar 14 Larry Johnson, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets, NY Knicks)
  • Mar 14 Ty[rel] Bennion, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Mar 15 Louis Riddick, American NFL safety (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons) and broadcaster (ESPN MNF), born in Quakertown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 15 Gianluca Festa, Italian footballer
  • Mar 15 Yutaka Take, Japanese jockey
  • Mar 16 Ottis Gibson, cricketer (Barbados fast bowler, WI 1995)
  • Mar 16 Pat Harlow, NFL tackle (NE Patriots, Oakland Raiders)
  • Mar 16 Steve Israel, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, New England Patriots)
  • Mar 17 Andrew McMarlin, Vienna VA, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 17 Domenic "Filane" Figliomeni, Terrace Bay Ontario, boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 17 Gilbert Schaller, Bruck Austria, tennis star
  • Mar 18 Michael Dumas, NFL free safety (San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Mar 18 Shaun Udal, cricketer (Hants off-spinner, England to Aust 1994-95)
  • Mar 18 Sheila Taormina, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Mar 18 Vassily Ivanchuk, Ukrainian chess player
  • Mar 19 Arjan Vermeulen, soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Mar 19 Scott Alexander Brownlee, New Zealand coxless rower (Olympics 1996), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Mar 20 Caroline Brunet, Canadian kayaker (Olympic silver 1996), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • Mar 20 Konstantine Starikovitch, Podolsk Russia, 238lbs US weightlift (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 21 Ali Daei, Iranian footballer
  • Mar 22 Darrell Russell, American defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in Pensacola, Florida (d. 2005)
  • Mar 22 Russell Maryland, American NFL defensive tackle (Dallas Cowboys, Oak Raiders), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 24 Yoko Zetterlund, volleyball setter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in San Francisco, California
  • Mar 25 Dale Davis, NBA forward (Indiana Pacers)
  • Mar 25 Dan Wilson, MLB catcher, 1992-2005 (Seattle Mariners: Cincinnati Reds), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Mar 25 Guy Newman, Australian water polo goalie (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 25 Scott Sanders, Hannibal MO, pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • Mar 26 Luke Richardson, Canadian NHL defenseman, 1987-2009 (Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, and 4 other teams), and coach, born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • Mar 26 Vikram Rathour, Indian cricketer (Indian Test opening batsman), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India
  • Mar 27 Tom Beer, American NFL running back (Detroit Lions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 28 Craig Paquette, infielder (KC Royals), born in Long Beach, California
  • Mar 28 Earnest Stewart, American soccer player (Willem II), born in Veghel, Netherlands
  • Mar 28 Elliot Perry, NBA guard, 1991-92, 1994-2002 (Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, and 5 other teams), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mar 28 Scottie Graham, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Long Beach, New York
  • Mar 29 Jeff Blackshear, American football guard (Baltimore Ravens), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Mar 29 Jimmy Spencer, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Mar 29 Kai Nurminen, Finnish ice hockey forward (Team Finland), born in Turku, Finland
  • Mar 29 Kim Batten, American athlete 400m hurdler (Olympic silver 1996), born in McRae, Georgia

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