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Year 1970 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

  • 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
Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • 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)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 1 Future Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Stargell smacks 3 doubles and 2 homers in a 20-10 Pirates win v Braves

Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Stargell
Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Willie Stargell
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 8 NY Yankees honor Casey Stengel, retiring his number 37 (BTG was there)

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel
  • Aug 11 Jim Bunning becomes 2nd (Cy Young) to win 100 games in both leagues
  • Aug 12 Curt Flood loses his $41 million antitrust suit against baseball [1]
  • Aug 15 Patricia Palinkas becomes 1st woman pro football player (Orlando)

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 16 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Southern Hills CC: Dave Stockton wins 1st of 2 PGA C'ships by 2 shots from Bob Murphy and Arnold Palmer

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
Golfer Arnold Palmer
Arnold Palmer

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 23 Roberto Clemente compiles his record 2nd straight 5-hit game

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Aug 28 Phillies Larry Bowa steals home for 2nd time in 1970
  • Aug 31 59th Davis Cup: USA beats Germany in Cleveland (5-0)

  • Sep 2 US Open first Grand Slam tournament tiebreak is used to decide a set at 6-6; first player to reach 5 points with sudden death at 4-4
  • Sep 3 After playing a NL record 1,117 consecutive MLB games, Chicago Cubs outfielder Billy Williams asks to sit out
  • Sep 7 White Sox use record 41 players in doubleheader & lose both games
  • Sep 9 Bowie Kuhn suspends Denny McLain for carrying a gun
  • Sep 9 Feyenoord wins soccer's Club World Cup

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 12 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Margaret Court of Australia completes Grand Slam; beats American Rosemary Casals 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • Sep 13 New York City Marathon: inaugural event won by Gary Muhrcke in 2:31:38

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 13 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Ken Rosewall wins second US title; beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 2-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3; first major in which tiebreak used to decide sets at 6-6

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Sep 21 Oakland A's Vida Blue no-hits Minnesota Twins, 6-0
  • Sep 27 Ken Boswell sets 2nd baseman record of 85 games without an error
  • Sep 28 Intrepid (US) beats Gretel II (Australia) in 22nd America's Cup
  • Oct 1 Phillies beat Montreal Expos, 2-1 in final game played at Connie Mack Stadium, Philadelphia; fans swarm onto field and destroy it after the game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 2 Detroit general manager Jim Campbell gives controversial Billy Martin a 2-year deal (1971-72) to manage the Tigers at a well above MLB average annual salary of $65,000

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • Oct 3 First umpires strike in MLB history lasts one day during League Championship Series; AL and NL presidents recognise newly-formed MLB Umpires Association; negotiate labor contract
  • Oct 4 Jochen Rindt of Austria posthumously clinches Formula 1 World Drivers Championship at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen when contender Jacky Ickx finishes 4th; Rindt killed in a practice accident at the Italian GP at Monza 5/9/70
  • Oct 5 MLB Championship Series both end on the same day with same score; (AL) Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3-0; (NL) Cincinnati Reds down Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0; Orioles win WS, 4-1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 13 2 future Basketball Hall of Famers debut; guard Calvin Murphy for San Diego Rockets in 111-96 loss in Chicago; forward Dave Cowens for Boston Celtics in 114-107 loss in New York

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • Oct 14 Cleveland Cavaliers lose to Buffalo Braves in their 1st game 107-92
  • Oct 15 Baltimore Orioles beat Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 1 in 67th World Series
  • Oct 25 Austrian driver Jochen Rindt wins F1 World Drivers Championship by 5 points from Jacky Ickx after Mexican GP; only season World Championship awarded posthumously, after Rindt's death in Italian GP practice at Monza

  • Oct 28 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers 1st home game, lose to San Diego 110-99
  • Nov 1 First NFL regular season New York Giants-Jets game; Giants win 22-10 at Shea Stadium
  • Nov 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson wins his second NL Cy Young Award (23-7 record, 274 strikeouts and 3.12 ERA
  • Nov 7 Argentine boxer Carlos Monzon upsets defending champion Nino Benvenuti of Italy in 12th round KO in Rome to win WBC, WBA middleweight titles
  • Nov 8 Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks NFL record 63 yard field goal
  • Nov 8 5th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 12-7
  • Nov 12 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA victory (11th game), beating Portland 105-103

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 15 Paul Brown, as head coach of the expansion Cincinnati Bengals, defeats his former team the Cleveland Browns, a moment he calls his "greatest victory"

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 18 Joe Frazier KOs Bob Foster in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Nov 18 Johnny Bench wins NL MVP
  • Nov 21 NY Knicks 1st game against Cleve Cavalier, Knicks win 102-94 at Madison Square Garden
  • Nov 22 20th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bobby Isaac wins
  • Nov 24 36th Heisman Trophy Award: Jim Plunkett, Stanford (QB)
  • Nov 25 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson wins AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 Test Cricket debut of Rodney "Iron Gloves" Marsh v England, Brisbane
  • Nov 28 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Montreal Alouettes defeat Calgary Stampeders, 23-10; game marred by woeful field conditions
  • Nov 28 35th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 33-28 in Birmingham
  • Nov 29 England cricket batsman Colin Cowdrey reaches 22 on Day 3 of the drawn 1st Test against Australia in Brisbane to become Test Cricket's leading run scorer; passes countryman Wally Hammond's world Test-record aggregate of 7,249 runs
  • Dec 3 Claude Ruel resigns as coach of the NHL Montreal Canadiens; replacement Al MacNeil leads Habs to a Stanley Cup championship 5 months later
  • Dec 5 LA Rams Willie Ellison sets NFL record of 247 yards rushing
  • Dec 5 Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy & Bill Masterson Trophy stolen from Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Dec 6 Cleveland Cavaliers 1st NBA home victory, beating Buffalo Braves 108-106
  • Dec 10 North American Soccer League awards NY & Toronto franchises
  • Dec 13 Greg Chappell scores 108 on Test debut v England at the WACA

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 15 Stan Smith and Rod Laver finish with 4-1 records atop inaugural season ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis standings in Tokyo, Japan; Smith wins event after beating Laver 4–6, 6–3, 6–4 in the rounds

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Dec 29 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller wins award for best European football player ahead of West Ham United defender Bobby Moore and Cagliari forward Luigi Riva
  • Dec 31 Would have been start of Aust/Eng Test Cricket at MCG, washed out

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 798

  • Feb 12 Lamar Thomas, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs, Miami Dolphins), born in Ocala, Florida
  • Feb 13 Kevin Stocker, American baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Feb 13 Ruben Brown, NFL guard (Buffalo Bills), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Feb 14 Elaine Youngs, American volleyball outside hitter (Olympics 1996), born in El Toro, California
  • Feb 14 Guillaume Raoux, French tennis player, born in Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France
  • Feb 14 Kelly Stinnett, American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • Feb 14 Richard Smehlik, Czech NHL defenseman (Team Czech Rep, Buffalo), born in Ostrava, Czechia
  • Feb 14 Sean Hill, American NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in Duluth, Minnesota
  • Feb 14 Giuseppe Guerini, Italian cyclist, born in Gazzaniga, Italy
  • Feb 15 Nathaniel Mills, US speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Feb 15 Tyrone Legette, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Feb 16 Angelo Peruzzi, Italian footballer
  • Feb 17 Tommy Moe, American nordic skier (Olympic-gold/silver-1994), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Feb 18 Tyler Green, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Springfield, Ohio
  • Feb 19 Garland Hawkins, NFL defensive end (Chicago Bears)
  • Feb 19 Ruwan Kalpage, cricket off-spinner (Sri Lankan)
  • Feb 20 Bryan Robinson, defensive end (St Louis Rams)
  • Feb 20 Jeff Robinson, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams)
  • Feb 20 Leo Stefan, hockey forward (Team Germany), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Feb 21 Javier De La Hoya, Mexican-American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Durango, Mexico
  • Feb 21 Marc Woodard, American NFL linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • Feb 21 Michael Slater, Australian cricketer (devastating Aust opening bat since 1993), born in Wagga Wagga, Australia
  • Feb 21 Will Moore, American NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 22 Adam Keefe, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in Irvine, California
  • Feb 22 Dominic Roussel, Canadian NHL goalie (Winnipeg Jets), born in Hull, Canada
  • Feb 24 Jeff Garcia, CFL quarterback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Feb 24 Wilson Alvarez, Maracaibo Venezuela, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • Feb 25 Alfred Jordan, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Feb 25 Brian O'Neal, NFL full back (SF 49ers)
  • Feb 25 Corey Mayfield, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Feb 25 Dave Brown, NFL quarterback (NY Giants)
  • Feb 25 Troy Mallette, Sudbury, NHL left wing (Ottawa Senators)
  • Feb 26 Ben Maruquin, American field hockey sweeper (Olympics 1996), born in Ventura, California
  • Feb 26 Sasha Danilovic, Serbian NBA guard (Miami Heat), born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Feb 27 David White, American NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills), born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • Feb 27 Kent Desormeaux, American jockey, born in Maurice, Louisiana
  • Feb 28 Mika Stromberg, Helsinki FIN, hockey defenseman (Team Finland)
  • Feb 28 Noureddine Morceli, Algeria, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Mar 1 Yolanda Griffith, American Women's Basketball Hall of Fame center (Olympic gold 2000, 04; WNBA Finals MVP 2005, Sacramento Monarchs; 8 × WNBA All-Star), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 2 Ciriaco Sforza, Swiss soccer midfielder (79 caps; Grasshopper Club Zürich, Internazionale, FC Kaiserslautern, Bayern Munich) and manager (Grasshoppers, FC Wil), born in Wohlen, Switzerland
  • Mar 3 Donovan Bergstrom, US 3K steeplechase runner
  • Mar 3 Inzamam-ul-Haq, cricketer (dashing Pakistani batsman)
  • Mar 3 Kristine Radford, Australian tennis star (1996 ITF/Lyneham), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Mar 3 Rick Mirer, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Mar 3 Scott Keswick, Nevada, gymnast (Coca-Cola-1st-94, Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 4 Dave Stevens, Fullerton CA, pitcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • Mar 4 Marja Helena Paluila, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Mar 6 Robbie Tobeck, NFL guard/center (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mar 6 Scott Stahoviak, infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Mar 7 James 'Jim' Spivey, American middle-distance runner, born in Schiller Park, Illinois
  • Mar 7 Kathy Gedney, American WPVA volleyballer (US Open-25th-1994), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mar 8 Harry Decheiver, soccer player (RKC)
  • Mar 8 Jason Elam, NFL kicker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Mar 8 Rhett Harty, Pasedena CA, US soccer player (Olympic-92)
  • Mar 8 Vadim Bekboulatov, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Mar 10 Antonio Edwards, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Mar 10 Peter Wright, Scottish darts player (PDC World Champion 2020), born in Livingston, Scotland
  • Mar 12 Michael Bankston, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Mar 12 Rex Walters, NBA guard (Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat)
  • Mar 12 Rod Smith, NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • Mar 12 John Nemechek, American NASCAR driver (d. 1997)
  • Mar 14 Ebru Kavaklıoğlu, Russian athlete
  • Mar 15 Chris Dalman, NFL guard/center (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 15 Diego Nargiso, tennis pro, born in Naples, Italy
  • Mar 15 Eric Castle, NFL free safety (San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 15 Paul Kruse, Merritt, NHL left wing (Calgary Flames)
  • Mar 16 Kelli James, Medford NJ, field hockey forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 17 Shannan Mitchem, female infielder (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Decatur, Georgia
  • Mar 18 Sarah Thorsett, Winona Minn, 1.5k runner
  • Mar 19 Errol Refos, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Mar 19 Janne Laukenen, Lahti FIN, NHL defenseman (Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Senators)
  • Mar 19 Rick Mirer, NFL quarterback (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 19 Sean Fleming, CFL kicker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 20 Kristin Klein, volleyball outside hitter (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mar 20 Ron George, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Mar 20 Todd Burger, NFL guard (Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 22 Jason Rouser, American 200m/400m runner, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Mar 22 Travis Richards, American hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994), born in Crystal, Minnesota
  • Mar 22 Leontien van Moorsel, Dutch cyclist (4 Olympic gold medals), born in Boekel, Netherlands
  • Mar 23 Carl Pickens, NFL wide receiver (Cin Bengals)
  • Mar 23 Turhon O'Bannon, CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Mar 24 Marques Bragg, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Mar 24 Mike Vanderjagt, CFL kicker (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Mar 24 Shannon Lemora, Baton Rouge Louisiana, 1.5k runner
  • Mar 24 Judith Draxler, Austrian swimmer
  • Mar 25 Magnus Larsson, Swedish tennis star
  • Mar 25 Shawn Antoski, Brantford, NHL left wing (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • Mar 26 Paul Bosvelt, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles/FC Twente), born in Doetinchem, Netherlands
  • Mar 27 Anthony Prior, American NFL cornerback (NY Jets, Minnesota Vikings), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Mar 27 Ed Philion, NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Mar 28 James Johnson, American NFL/WLAF running back (Tampa Bucs, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Mar 28 Jason B Gailes, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Dighton, Massachusetts
  • Mar 28 Shawn Price, NFL defensive end (GB Packers, Car Panthers, Buf Bills), born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles
  • Mar 30 Secretariat, American thoroughbred race horse (Triple Crown, 1973), born in Caroline County, Virginia (d. 1989)
  • Apr 2 Jon Lieber, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2001; Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • Apr 2 Tammi Reiss, American actress and former WNBA guard (Utah Starzz), born in New York
  • Apr 3 Keith Franklin, American football linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 4 Barry van Galen, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • Apr 4 Jason Stoltenberg, Australian tennis star, born in Narrabri, Australia
  • Apr 5 Tim Jacobs, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins)

Deaths in Sport