On This Day

Year 1970 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 AFL Championship, Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland: Kansas City Chiefs beat Oakland Raiders, 17-7; Chiefs defence forces 4 interceptions

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 4 NFL Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Cleveland Browns, 27-7
  • Jan 6 Australian boxer Johnny Famechon retains his WBC featherweight title with a 14th-round knockout of Fighting Harada in Tokyo; re-match of questionable 15-round decision in 1969 in his first title defence
  • Jan 11 Super Bowl IV, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7; MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • Jan 16 Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause
  • Jan 16 NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4)
  • Jan 16 Inaugural Buffalo Sabres owners Seymour H. Knox III and Northrup Knox hire former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and head coach Punch Imlach in the same capacities for their new NHL franchise
  • Jan 17 357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft
  • Jan 17 9th AFL All Star Game, Astrodome, Houston: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 26-3; MVP: John Hadl, LA Chargers, QB

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

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 18 20th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 16-13; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; George Andrie, Dallas Cowboys, DE

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 20 20th NBA All-Star Game, Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa: East beats West, 142-135; MVP: Willis Reed, NY Knicks, C; Tom and Dick Van Arsdale, first brothers to play in same NBA All-Star Game

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Jan 20 23rd NHL All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena: East beats West, 4-1; MVP: Bobby Hull, Chicago, LW

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Jan 26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats fellow Australian Kerry Melville Reid 6-1, 6-3; Court retains title for 9th Australian singles crown and 1st leg of her Grand Slam
  • Jan 27 1970 NFL Draft: Terry Bradshaw from Louisiana Tech first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 27 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Arthur Ashe beats big serving local Dick Crealy 6-4, 9-7, 6-2

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Feb 1 Former MLB Commissioner Ford Frick as well as ex-players Earle Combs and Jesse Haines are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Feb 1 Rangers' goalie Terry Sawchuk records his 447th (and final) victory, and 103rd career shutout when New York beats the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-0; both are NHL records at the time

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk

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 by just 3 car lengths over David Pearson, after passing him with 9 laps to go
  • Feb 28 Bicycles permitted to cross Golden Gate Bridge
  • Feb 28 Caroline Walker runs world female record marathon (3:02:53)
  • Mar 1 Minnesota coach Charlie Burns becomes the final player/coach in NHL history, when he plays in the North Stars' 8-0 win over Toronto Maple Leafs; remains in role for final month of the season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Boston's Bobby Orr becomes the first defenseman in NHL history to score 25 goals in a season during a 3-1 Bruins win over the visiting St. Louis Blues

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 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; Bruins' 4th straight title under coach John Wooden
  • 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 Federal Bankruptcy Referee Sidney Volinn declares MLB's Seattle Pilots bankrupt; car dealer Bud Selig buys franchise for $10.8 million and moves club to Milwaukee (Brewers)
  • Apr 4 124th Grand National: 15/1 chance Gay Trip wins by 20 lengths, giving Irish jockey Pat Taaffe his second GN winner
  • 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
Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Apr 13 34th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Billy Casper defeats Gene Littler, 69 to 74 in a Monday 18-hole playoff to win his 3rd major title; last 18-hole playoff at the Masters
  • Apr 18 France beats England, 35-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris to earn a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship with Wales
  • Apr 20 74th Boston Marathon: Englishman Ron Hill wins in 2:10:30 (US record): American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:05:07 (unsanctioned)
  • 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 European Cup Final, San Siro, Milan: Feyenoord beats Celtic, 2-1; first time title won by a Dutch club
  • 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
  • May 10 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Bobby Orr scores famous OT winner as Boston beats St. Louis Blues, 4-3 for 4-0 series sweep; Bruins its first title since 1941

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 6 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Helga Niessen Niessen of Germany 6-2, 6-4 for 2nd leg of her successful Grand Slam
  • Jun 7 American jockey Bill Shoemaker passes Johnny Longden with his 6,033 career win
  • Jun 7 French Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Jan Kodeš wins his first major title; beats Željko Franulović of Yugoslavia 6-2, 6-4, 6-
  • Jun 12 Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Doc Ellis no-hits the Padres, 2-0 at San Diego Stadium

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jun 15 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: Shirley Englehorn wins her only major title; beats 1967 champion Kathy Whitworth by 4 strokes in an 18-hole playoff

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Jun 21 US Open Men's Golf Hazeltine National GC: Englishman Tony Jacklin shoots sub-par in all 4 rounds on his way to a 7-stroke win ahead of Dave Hill

Sport awardFIFA World Cup

Jun 21 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Brazil and Pelé become first team and player to win World Cup 3 times, beating Italy, 4-1 in front of 107,412

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele
  • Jun 26 Frank Robinson hits 2 grand slams as Orioles beat Senators 12-2
  • Jun 30 Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium opens as the visiting Atlanta Braves beat Reds, 8-2; demolished 2002
  • Jul 1 Dutch soccer club FC Utrecht is established (KNVB Cup 1985, 2003-04)

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

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

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 awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

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 awardUS Women's Golf Open

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 awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 12 British Open Men's 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 14 41st MLB All Star Game, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, OH: NL beats AL, 5-4; MVP: Carl Yastrzemski, Boston Red Sox, LF

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 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: Defending champion Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins general, mountains and combination categories
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 812

  • Jan 1 Brian Morton, Wollongong Australia, canoeist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 2 Anthony Stuart, Australian cricket fast bowler and coach (3 ODIs; 8 wickets @ 13.62; hat trick 1997), born in Newcastle, Australia
  • Jan 2 Glenn Cadrez, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1997, 98; Denver Broncos), born in El Centro, California
  • Jan 2 Royce Clayton, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1997; SF Giants, St Louis Cardinals) and actor (The Rookie, Moneyball), born in Burbank, California
  • Jan 4 Colin Scrivener, CFL defensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Jan 4 Sean Lumpkin, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Golden Valley, Minnesota
  • Jan 5 James Patton, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills), born in Brazoria County, Texas
  • Jan 6 Daniel Naulty, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 6 Gabrielle Reece, American volleyball player & actress (Extremists), born in La Jolla, California
  • Jan 6 Geert Brusselers, Dutch football player & coach (NAC), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Jan 6 John Gerak, NFL tight end/guide (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Jan 6 Keenan McCardell, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Jaguars), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 6 Kerrin Petty, Swedish-American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Townshend, Vermont
  • Jan 7 Paul McCallum, Canadian football punter and placekicker (Claymores, Sask Roughriders), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 7 Todd Day, American NBA guard/forward (Boston Celtics), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • Jan 7 Joao Ricardo, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • Jan 8 Darryl Williams, American NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks, Cin Bengals), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 8 Jon Klemm, Canadian NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jan 9 Graciela Schutt, American WPVA volleyballer (Deerfield-25th-1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jan 10 Cameron MacKenzie, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 10 Deon Figures, American NFL cornerback/PR (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Bellflower, California
  • Jan 11 Franco Davin, Argentina, tennis star
  • Jan 12 Jenny Griffith, American WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1995), born in Burbank, California
  • Jan 13 Frank Kooiman, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Jan 13 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), born in Cesena, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Jan 14 Eric Charron, Canadian NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Verdun, Quebec
  • Jan 14 Steve Cooke, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Lihue, Hawaii
  • Jan 14 Tyrone Hughes, American NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 15 Dan Landry, American volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 15 Michele Granger, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Anaheim, California
  • Jan 16 Don MacLean, American NBA forward (NJ Nets, Denver Nuggets), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Jan 16 Ron Villone, American pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Jan 17 Candace Murray, Canadian softball shortstop (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 17 Darnell Walker, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 17 Jeremy Roenick, American NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 17 James Wattana, Thai snooker player, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Jan 18 Leo Araguz, American football punter (Oakland Raiders, Rhein Fire), born in Pharr, Texas
  • Jan 18 Peter van Petegem, Belgian cyclist, born in Brakel, Belgium
  • Jan 19 Rick Krivda, American baseball pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 19 T. J. Mathews, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Columbia, Illinois
  • Jan 19 Kathleen Smet, Belgian triathlete, born in Beveren, Belgium
  • Jan 20 Marvin Benard, American baseball outfielder (SF Giants), born in Bluefields, Nicaragua
  • Jan 20 Rob Gaudreau, American ice hockey player (Ottawa Senators), born in Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Jan 20 Ron Carpenter, American football player (NY Jets, Amsterdam Admirals), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 20 Terry Kirby, American football player (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • Jan 20 Thomas "Tom" Murray, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jan 21 Ian Salisbury, cricketer (Sussex & England leg-spinner 1992-96)
  • Jan 22 Abraham Olano, Spanish cyclist, born in Anoeta, Spain
  • Jan 23 Alan Embree, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in The Dalles, Oregon
  • Jan 23 Jim Schwantz, American football player & politician (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Jan 23 Mark Wohlers, American baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Jan 23 Richard Šmehlik, Czech NHL defenseman (Buf Sabres, Olympic gold 1998), born in Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • Jan 23 Sherman Obando, Panamanian baseball outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
  • Jan 25 Chris Mills, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, NY Knicks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 25 Milt Stegall, American football player (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 26 Dan Carlson, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 26 Dean Malkoc, Canadian NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 26 Ronald Moore, American NFL running back (NY Jets, St Louis Rams, Az Cardinals), born in Chowchilla, California
  • Jan 27 Dario Brose, US soccer halfback (Olympic-92), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 27 Dean Headley, English cricket fast bowler (15 Tests; first Test cricketer to be son and grandson of Test cricketers; Ron & George Headley), born in Norton, England
  • 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 28 Mr. Prospector, American thoroughbred racehorse and breeding stallion (most influential sire of his generation), born in Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky (d. 1999)
  • Jan 29 Scott Davis, American football guard (Atlanta Falcons), born in Glenwood, Iowa
  • Jan 29 Jörg Hoffmann, German swimmer, born in Schwedt an der Oder, Germany
  • Jan 30 Scott Levins, American NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jan 31 Greg Skrepenak, American football offensive lineman (Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 31 Travis Hannah, American football wide receiver (Houston Oilers, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 31 Minnie Driver, British actress & singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting, The Riches), born in London, England
  • Feb 1 Yasuyuki Kazama, Japanese auto racer (D1 GP 2005), born in Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 2 Erik ten Hag, soccer player (FC Twente, RKC, FC Utrecht)
  • Feb 2 Nikolaos Michopoulos, Greek footballer
  • Feb 2 Roar Strand, Norwegian footballer
  • Feb 3 Jason Muzzatti, NHL goalie (Hartford Whalers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 3 Keith Carney, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, Team US), born in Providence, Rhode Island
  • Feb 3 Oscar Cordoba, Colombian footballer
  • Feb 4 John Frascatore, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Feb 4 Todd Peterson, NFL kicker (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Feb 5 Darren Lehmann, Australian cricket batsman (27 Tests @ 44.95, 5 x 100s; 117 ODIs) and coach (Australia 2013-18), born in Gawler, Australia
  • Feb 5 Forey Duckett, American football cornerback (Saints, Scot Claymores), born in Oakland, California
  • Feb 6 Jeff Rouse, American 50m/100m backstroke swimmer (Olymp-gold/silver-92, 96), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Feb 6 Mark Hutton, Australian baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Feb 6 Per Frandsen, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Feb 7 Chris Gardocki, NFL punter (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 7 Denis Chasse, NHL right wing (Winnipeg Jets), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 7 Stanley Roberts, NBA center (LA Clippers, Minn Timberwolves)
  • Feb 8 Alonzo Mourning, NBA center (Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets)
  • Feb 8 Cameron Cuffy, cricketer (St Vincent & WI fast bowler 1994-)
  • Feb 8 John Filan, Australian footballer

Person of interestGlenn McGrath

Feb 9 Glenn McGrath, Australian cricket fast bowler (124 Tests, 563 wickets @ 21.64)), born in Dubbo, New South Wales

Cricketer Glenn McGrath
Cricketer
Glenn McGrath
  • Feb 10 Alberto Castillo, Dominican-American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic
  • Feb 10 Bobby Jones, American pitcher (NY Mets), born in Fresno, California
  • Feb 10 Brendan Eppert, US speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 10 Nobushige Kumakubo, Japanese racing driver, born in Fukushima, Japan
  • Feb 10 Noureddine Naybet, Moroccan footballer, born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • Feb 11 Alistair Brown, English cricketer (Surrey & England ODI opening batsman 1996), born in Beckenham, United Kingdom
  • Feb 11 Jason Allyn Scott, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 12 Bryan Roy, Dutch football manager and player (Ajax), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Feb 12 Dell Demps, NBA guard (San Antonio Spurs), born in Long Beach, Canada

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 14 John J "Johnny" Murphy, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • Jan 17 Robert Lindley Murray, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1917-18), dies at 77
  • 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)
  • Mar 2 Paul Christman, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (University of Missouri; All-Pro 1946, 47; Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers), dies from a heart attack at 51
  • Apr 6 Maurice Stokes, American basketball player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 15 Ripper Collins, American baseball player, dies at 66

Person of interestTerry Sawchuk

May 31 Terry Sawchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender (4-time Vezina Trophy & Stanley Cup winner), dies from liver injuries 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 cricket fast bowler (1 Test; New Zealand's first-ever Test match 1930), dies at 74
  • Jun 27 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (b. 1902)
  • Jul 4 Harold Vanderbilt, American yachtsman and America's Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), dies at 85
  • Jul 17 Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
  • Jul 21 Bob Kalsu, American football player, dies at 25
  • Jul 31 Walter Briggs Jr, American sports executive (owner Detroit Tigers 1952-56), dies at 58
  • Jul 31 Jimmy Conzelman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach, team owner (Chicago Cardinals), dies at 72
  • Aug 6 Ingolf Dahl [Marcus], German-American pianist and composer (Allegro and Arioso), dies at 56
  • Aug 8 Johnny Goodman, American golfer (US Open 1933), dies at 60
  • Aug 12 Glenn Hartranft, American athlete (discus WR 47.89m 1925; Olympic silver shot putt 1924), dies at 68
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 Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (NHL leading scorer 1923-24), dies at 78

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • Sep 19 Greville Stevens, cricketer (10 Tests for England 1922-29), dies
  • Oct 4 Curtis Turner, American auto racer (184 NASCAR races over 17 years, 17 wins), dies in aeroplane crash at 46
  • Nov 21 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, dies at 83
  • Dec 1 Frank Smailes, English cricket all-rounder (1 Test; 8 County C'ships, Yorkshire), dies at 60
  • Dec 26 Lillian Board, British 400m athlete (Olympic silver 1968), dies at 22

Person of interestSonny Liston

Dec 30 Sonny Liston, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1962-64), dies of lung congestion and heart failure at 40; foul play suspected

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