1970 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 153

  • Jan 1 Charles "Chub" Feeney becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Jan 1 56th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #7 Michigan, 10-3
  • Jan 1 36th Sugar Bowl: #13 Mississippi beats #3 Arkansas, 27-22
  • Jan 1 36th Orange Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #6 Missouri, 10-3
  • Jan 11 Super Bowl IV: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • Jan 15 Milwaukee Brewers make their 1st trade (with Oakland A's)
  • Jan 16 Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause
  • Jan 16 NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4)
  • Jan 17 357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft
  • Jan 17 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jan 18 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 16-13
  • Jan 20 20th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 142-135 at Philadelphia
  • Jan 20 23rd NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 4-1 at St Louis
  • Jan 27 1970 NFL Draft: Terry Bradshaw from Louisiana Tech first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 58th Men's Australian Open: Arthur Ashe beats Dick Crealy (6-4, 9-7, 6-2)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

  • Jan 27 58th Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Kerry Melville Reid (6-1, 6-3)
  • Feb 1 Ford Frick, Earle Combs & Jesse Haines elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Pete Maravich becomes 1st to score 3,000 college basketball points

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Feb 5 1st Test Cricket ton of Barry Richards, 126, 164 balls, 20 fours 1 six
  • Feb 5 Test Cricket debut of John Traicos, South Africa v Australia, Durban
  • Feb 6 NBA expands to 18 teams with Buffalo, Cleveland, Houston & Portland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 John Lennon pays £1,344 fines for 96 protesting South African rugby team playing in Scotland

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Feb 15 Ard Schenk becomes world champion all-round skater

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 16 Joe Frazier TKOs Jimmy Ellis in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Feb 22 12th Daytona 500: Pete Hamilton wins (149.601 MPH)
  • Feb 28 Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge
  • Feb 28 Caroline Walker runs world female record marathon (3:02:53)
  • Mar 1 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champion all-round ladies skater
  • Mar 4 Jacksonville is 1st college basketball team to avg 100+ pts per game
  • Mar 4 NY Rangers set then NHL record of 126 games without being shut-out
  • Mar 7 Ice Dance Championship at Ljubljana won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • Mar 7 17th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats South Carolina, 42-39 (2 OT)
  • Mar 17 Peter O'Malley becomes CEO of LA Dodgers
  • Mar 18 NFL selects Wilson as official football & scoreboard as official time
  • Mar 21 32nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Jacksonville 80-69
  • Mar 21 Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes that of the "agony of defeat guy" in the opening credits of ABC's Wide World of Sports.
  • Mar 29 Manchester City of England win 10th European Cup Winner's Cup against Górnik Zabrze of Poland 2-1 in Vienna
  • Apr 1 Bud Selig becomes CEO of Milwaukee Brewers
  • Apr 1 Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, headed by Bud Selig, purchases Seattle Pilots for $10,800,000
  • Apr 4 124th Grand National: Pat Taaffe aboard Gay Trip wins

  • Apr 7 Milwaukee Brewers (former Seat Pilots) 1st game, lose to Angels 12-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 12 Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 13 34th Masters Golf Tournament: Billy Casper wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 20 74th Boston Marathon: Ron Hill of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:30 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:05:07
  • Apr 21 Reds clout 7 HRs by 6 batters, Braves counter with 3 HRs, 6 for one team & 9 different batters for two teams, all tie or set records
  • Apr 22 NY Met Jerry Grote sets record of 20 put outs by a catcher
  • Apr 22 NY Met Tom Seaver strikes out last 10 Padres, for a total of 19
  • Apr 22 Senators beat Yankees 2-1 in 18 innings
  • Apr 30 Cubs Billy Williams is 1st NLer to play in 1,000 consecutive games
  • May 2 1st woman jockey at Kentucky Derby (Diane Crump)
  • May 2 96th Kentucky Derby: Mike Manganello on Dust Commander wins 2:03.4
  • May 3 24th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • May 6 14th European Cup: Feyenoord beats Celtic 2-1 at Milan
  • May 8 NBA championship: Knicks beat Lakers, 113-99
  • May 10 Atlanta Braves' Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in his 1,000th game, loses to Cards 6-5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 10 Bobby Orr scores one of the most famous goals in hockey history, an overtime goal that gives the Boston Bruins its first Stanley Cup since 1941

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 12 Ernie Banks hits his 500th home run

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • May 15 International Olympic Committee votes to expel South Africa
  • May 16 95th Preakness: Eddie Belmonte aboard Personality wins in 1:56.2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 17 Hank Aaron becomes 9th player to get 3,000 hits

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • May 23 San Diego Padres beat SF Giants 17-16 in 15 innings
  • May 25 3rd ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat LA Stars, 4 games to 2
  • May 30 Baseball All-Star voting is returned to fans
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser wins in 3:12:37.057 (250.654 km/h)
  • Jun 4 San Diego Padres draft Mike Ivie #1
  • Jun 6 102nd Belmont: John Rotz aboard High Echelon wins in 2:34
  • Jun 7 Jockey Willie Shoemaker passes Johnny Longden with his 6,033 win
  • Jun 7 69th Men's French Open: Jan Kodes beats Zeljko Franulovic (6-2, 6-4, 6-0)
  • Jun 7 69th Women's French Open: Margaret Court beats Helga Niessen Masthoff (6-2, 6-4)
  • Jun 12 Pitts Pirate Doc Ellis no-hits San Diego Padres, 2-0
  • Jun 15 16th LPGA Championship won by Shirley Englehorn
  • Jun 21 70th US Golf Open: Tony Jacklin shoots a 281 at Hazeltine National Minn
  • Jun 21 FIFA World Cup Final: Brazil and Pelé become first team and player to win three times, beating Italy, 4-1 in front of 107,412 at Azteca Stadium, Mexico City
  • Jun 26 Frank Robinson hits 2 grand slams as Orioles beat Senators 12-2
  • Jun 30 Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium opens, Braves beat Reds 8-2
  • Jul 1 Dutch soccer club FC Utrecht is established (KNVB Cup 1985, 2003-04)
  • Jul 2 NY Yankees infielder Horace Clarke breaks up a potential no-hitter in the 9th inning for 3rd time in 28 days

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King 14-12, 11-9 for her third and final Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jul 3 California Angels pitcher Clyde Wright no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian thriller, John Newcombe beats Ken Rosewall 5,7 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 5 US Open Women's Golf, Muskogee CC: Donna Caponi successfully defends her title by 1 from Sandra Haynie and Sandra Spuzich

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Jul 8 SF Giant Jim Ray Hart is 8th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (5th)

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 12 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders by 1 stroke in event's first 18-hole playoff to win the 2nd of his 3 Open Championships

  • Jul 14 41st All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Riverfront Stadium, Cin
  • Jul 14 All star MVP: Carl Yastremski (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jul 15 Denmark beats Italy 2-0 in 1st world female soccer championship
  • Jul 18 Willie Mays becomes 10th baseball player to get 3,000 hits
  • Jul 19 57th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 20 Dodgers Bill Singer no-hits the Phillies 5-0, giving up no walks
  • Jul 21 Clay Kirby has a no-hitter going for 8 inn, but is lifted for a pinch hitter, Reliever Jack Baldschun gives up 3 hits & Padres lose, 3-0
  • Jul 24 International Law Tennis Association institutes 9 point tie break rule

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 26 Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench hits 3 consecutive HRs off Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • Jul 27 Expos beat White Sox 10-6 in the annual Hall of Fame game
  • Jul 27 L Boudreau, Earle Combs, Ford Frick, and Jesse Haines enter Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jul 31 37th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Kansas City 24, All Stars 3 (69,940)
  • Aug 1 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Stargell smacks 3 doubles and 2 homers in a 20-10 Pirates win v Braves
  • Aug 3 The second ever NFL work stoppage ends with NFL and Players' Association agreeing to a 4-year, $19.1 million deal
  • Aug 7 First all-computer chess championship is conducted in New York and won by CHESS 3.0 (CDC 6400), a program written by Slate, Atkin & Gorlen at Northwestern University
  • Aug 8 NY Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his number 37 (BTG was there)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 971

  • Jan 1 Brian Morton, Wollongong Australia, canoeist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 1 Tom Sier, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Jan 2 Anthony Stuart, cricketer (Australian ODI pace bowler, hat trick 1997)
  • Jan 2 Glenn Cadrez, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jan 2 Royce Clayton, infielder (SF Giants, St Louis Cardinals), born in Burbank, California
  • Jan 3 James Brown, NFL tackle (NY Jets)
  • Jan 3 Tony Farmer, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets)
  • Jan 3 Trudi Jeffrey, Brisbane QLD, golfer (1990 Australian Jr Champion)
  • Jan 3 Yogi Johl, 130 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 4 Colin Scrivener, CFL defensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 4 Sean Lumpkin, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • Jan 5 James Patton, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jan 6 Daniel Naulty, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 6 Gabrielle Reece, Trinidad, volleyball star/model (Extremists)
  • Jan 6 Geert Brusselers, soccer player (NAC)
  • Jan 6 John Gerak, NFL tight end/guide (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams)
  • Jan 6 Keenan McCardell, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Jaguars)
  • Jan 6 Kerrin Petty, Townshend Vt, cross country skier (Olympics 1994)
  • Jan 6 René Binken, soccer player (Volendam)
  • Jan 7 Darryl Williams, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks, Cin Bengals)
  • Jan 7 Frank "Cliff" Mannon, Amarillo TX, team handball (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 7 Paul McCallum, CFL/WLAF kicker/punter (Claymores, Sask Roughriders)
  • Jan 7 Todd Day, NBA guard/forward (Boston Celtics)
  • Jan 7 Joao Ricardo, Angolan footballer
  • Jan 8 Jon Klemm, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jan 9 Graciela Schutt, WPVA volleyballer (Deerfield-25th-1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jan 10 Cameron MacKenzie, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 10 Deon Figures, NFL cornerback/PR (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 10 James Wilson, WLAF defensive end (Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 11 Franco Davin, Argentina, tennis star
  • Jan 12 Jenny Griffith, WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1995), born in Burbank, California
  • Jan 12 Nigel Wilson, Canadian-American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • Jan 12 Takahiro Ikenoue, WLAF defensive linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 13 Frank Kooiman, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Jan 13 Nachi Abe, WLAF tight end (Scotland Claymores)
  • Jan 13 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), born in Cesena, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Jan 14 Eric Charron, Verdun, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • Jan 14 Steve Cooke, Kanai Hawaii, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Jan 14 Tyrone Hughes, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 15 Dan Landry, volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 15 Elroy Kromheer, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • Jan 15 Michele Granger, Anaheim California, softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Jan 16 Don MacLean, NBA forward (NJ Nets, Denver Nuggets)
  • Jan 16 Ron Villone, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Jan 17 Candace Murray, softball shortstop (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 17 Darnell Walker, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers)
  • Jan 17 Jeremy Roenick, NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 17 James Wattana, Thai snooker player
  • Jan 18 Leo Araguz, NLF/WLAF punter (Oakland Raiders, Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 18 Peter van Petegem, Belgian cyclist
  • Jan 19 Rick Krivda, Mckeesport PA, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)
  • Jan 19 T J Mathews, Belleville IL, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Jan 19 Kathleen Smet, Belgian triathlete
  • Jan 20 Dennis Hulshof, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Jan 20 Marvin Benard, Bluefields Nicaragua, outfielder (SF Giants)
  • Jan 20 Rob Gaudreau, Lincoln, NHL center (Ottawa Senators)
  • Jan 20 Ron Carpenter, NFL/WLAF safety (NY Jets, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 20 Terry Kirby, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers)
  • Jan 20 Thomas "Tom" Murray, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jan 21 Brennan Little, St Thomas Ont, golfer (1994 Western States mini-tour)
  • Jan 21 Ian Salisbury, cricketer (Sussex & England leg-spinner 1992-96)
  • Jan 22 Keith Wagner, NFL/WLAF tackle (NY Giants, Redskins, Scot Claymores)
  • Jan 22 Abraham Olano, Spanish cyclist
  • Jan 23 Alan Embree, Vancouver WA, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • Jan 23 Jim Schwantz, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers)
  • Jan 23 Mark Wohlers, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Jan 23 Marquel Fleetwood, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 23 Richard Smehlik, Ostrava Cze, NHL defenseman (Buf Sabres, Olympic gold 1998)
  • Jan 23 Sherman Obando, Changuinola Panama, outfielder (Montreal Expos)
  • Jan 24 Chris Bartolone, hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998)
  • Jan 25 Chris Mills, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, NY Knicks)
  • Jan 25 Milt Stegall, CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 25 Pau Coll, WLAF kicker/safety (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Jan 25 Scott Hendrickson, CFL guard (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jan 26 Dan Carlson, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants)
  • Jan 26 Dean Malkoc, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 26 Ronald Moore, NFL running back (NY Jets, St Louis Rams, Az Cardinals)
  • Jan 27 Dario Brose, US soccer halfback (Olympic-92), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 27 Dean Headley, cricket (grandson of George, England ODI quick 1996)
  • Jan 28 Barry Minter, NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 28 James Atkins, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 28 Mike Chalenski, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 29 Eric Gouka, cricketer (Netherlands pace bowler 1996 World Cup)
  • Jan 29 Scott Davis, guard (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 29 Jörg Hoffmann, German swimmer
  • Jan 30 Edwin de Kruyf/Kruijff, soccer player (FC Utrecht, FC Groningen)
  • Jan 30 Hans Spark, soccer player (RKC)
  • Jan 30 Oleg Khmyl, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 30 Scott Levins, NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jan 31 Greg Skrepenak, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 31 Travis Hannah, NFL/WLAF receiver (Houston Oilers, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 31 Minnie Driver, British actress and singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting, The Riches), born in London, England
  • Feb 1 Eric Mobley, NBA center (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Feb 1 Malik Sealy, NBA guard/forward (Detroit Pistons, LA Clippers)
  • Feb 1 Yasuyuki Kazama, Japanese racing driver
  • Feb 2 Chris Luneburg, WLAF T (London Monarchs)
  • Feb 2 Diego Martos, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Feb 2 Erik ten Hag, soccer player (FC Twente, RKC, FC Utrecht)
  • Feb 2 Ivan Vukov, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • Feb 2 Nikolaos Michopoulos, Greek footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 14 John J "Johnny" Murphy, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • Jan 27 Probir Sen, cricket (20 catch & 11 stumpings, 14 Tests for Ind), dies
  • Jan 28 Tommy Andrews (Aust) 16 Tests 1921-26, cricketer (592 runs), dies
  • Feb 5 Rudy York, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • Feb 13 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (28 Tests for England, ct 60 stp 12), dies
  • Feb 23 Hirsch Jacobs, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (b. 1904)
  • Apr 6 Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 15 Ripper Collins, American baseball player (b. 1904)

Person of interestTerry Sawchuk

May 31 Terry Sawchuk, NHL goaltender, dies from injuries suffered during an off-ice scuffle with a teammate at 40

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • Jun 2 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team, dies in a car crash at 32
  • Jun 11 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter, dies at 87
  • Jun 16 Brian Piccolo, American football player (b. 1943)
  • Jun 17 Matthew Henderson, New Zealand cricketer (one Test for NZ 1930), dies at 74
  • Jun 27 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (b. 1902)
  • Jul 17 Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
  • Jul 21 Bob Kalsu, American football player (b. 1945)
  • Jul 31 Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (b. 1912)
  • Aug 6 Ingolf Dahl, German composer (Andante & Arioso), dies at 58

Person of interestVince Lombardi

Sep 3 Vince Lombardi, American football coach (Green Bay Packers), dies at 57

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • Sep 5 Jochen Rindt, Austrian auto racer (posthumous World F1 title 1970), dies of throat injuries in practice accident at 28
  • Sep 6 Gerard Smithson, cricketer (Eng batsman against W Indies 1948), dies

Person of interestCy Denneny

Sep 10 Cy Denneny, Canadian ice hockey hall of famer (Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins) dies at 78

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • Sep 19 Greville Stevens, cricketer (10 Tests for England 1922-29), dies
  • Oct 1 Raoul Riganti, Argentine racing driver (b. 1893)
  • Nov 21 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, dies at 83
  • Dec 1 Frank Smailes, cricketer (England pace bowler Test v India 1946), dies
  • Dec 26 Lillian Board, British 400m athlete (Olympic silver 1968), dies at 22

Person of interestSonny Liston

Dec 30 Sonny Liston, World heavyweight boxing champion (1962-64), dies at 38

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston