1971 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 140

  • Jan 1 57th Rose Bowl: #12 Stanford beats #2 Ohio State, 27-17
  • Jan 1 37th Sugar Bowl: #4 Tennessee beats #11 Air Force, 34-13
  • Jan 1 37th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 17-12
  • Jan 2 A barrier collapses at Ibrox Park football ground at end of a soccer match in Glasgow Scotland, killing 66
  • Jan 3 AFC Championship Game: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders 27-17
  • Jan 3 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 17-10
  • Jan 5 Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.
  • Jan 12 21st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-107 at San Diego
  • Jan 17 Super Bowl V: Balt Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB
  • Jan 19 24th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 2-1 at Boston
  • Jan 19 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • Jan 24 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-6
  • Jan 28 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from University of Stanford first pick by New England Patriots
  • Jan 30 UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
  • Jan 31 Special Veterans Committee adds 6 former players and 1 executive to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard and George Weiss
  • Jan 31 Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 4 Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks
  • Feb 6 1st time a golf ball is hit on Moon (by Alan Shepard)
  • Feb 9 Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball hall of fame
  • Feb 10 Bill White becomes 1st African American baseball announcer (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 11 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
  • Feb 12 Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 US Vice President Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd while golfing, injuring 2

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • Feb 17 England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Feb 21 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
  • Feb 23 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak

Sport awardGolf Major

Feb 28 53rd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at PGA National FL Jack Nicklaus wins his 2nd golf grand slam

  • Mar 6 Test Cricket debut of Sunil Gavaskar, v West Indies at Port-of-Spain

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 8 Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 8 Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Mar 13 18th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: South Carolina beats North Carolina, 52-51

Sport awardTennis Open

Mar 14 59th Men's Australian Open: Ken Rosewall beats Arthur Ashe (6-1, 7-5, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Mar 14 59th Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong (2-6, 7-6, 7-5)
  • Mar 19 Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half
  • Mar 20 Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game
  • Mar 21 Gavaskar scores 1st of his 34 Test Cricket tons, 116 at Georgetown
  • Mar 21 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 25 Boston Patriots become New England Patriots
  • Mar 27 33rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 UCLA wins their 5th consecutive NCAA basketball title
  • Apr 3 125th Grand National: John Cook aboard Specify wins
  • Apr 7 Dismissal of Curt Flood's suit against baseball is upheld by
  • Apr 10 1st baseball game at Phila's Veterans Stadium, Phils beat Expos 4-1
  • Apr 10 US table tennis team arrives in People's Republic of China
  • Apr 11 35th Masters Golf Tournament: Charles Coody wins, shooting a 279

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 18 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Apr 19 75th Boston Marathon: Alvaro Mejia of Colombia 1st man in 2:18:45 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:08:30
  • Apr 25 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Apr 30 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beat Balt Bullets in 4 games
  • May 1 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Avila on Canonero II wins in 2:03.2
  • May 2 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

  • May 9 Elizabeth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42)
  • May 9 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA San Antonio Alamo Golf Open
  • May 11 Cleveland's pitcher Steve Dunning hits a grand slam off Oakland Athletics pitcher Diego Seguí
  • May 15 96th Preakness: Gustavo Avila aboard Canonero II wins in 1:54
  • May 18 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 3
  • May 21 Chelsea win 11th European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid 2-1 in Athens (replay)
  • May 23 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationalionale
  • May 27 23rd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 13-11
  • May 27 UCLA defeats Florida State 81-76 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser wins in 3:10:11.545 (253.850 km/h)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 30 Willie Mays hits his 638th HR, sets NL record of 1,950 runs scored

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jun 2 15th European Cup: Ajax beats Panathinaikos 2-0 at London
  • Jun 3 Chic Cub Ken Holtzman 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 1-0
  • Jun 3 Test Cricket debut of Imran Khan, v Englandl at Edgbaston (5, 0-36, 0-19)
  • Jun 4 Zaheer Abbas scores Cricket 274 at Edgbaston, 544 minutes 38 fours
  • Jun 5 103rd Belmont: Walter Blum aboard Pass Catcher wins in 2:30.6
  • Jun 6 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Jun 6 Willie Mays hits record 22nd & last extra inning HR

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6 70th Men's French Open: Jan Kodes beats Ilie Năstase (8-6, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5)

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jun 6 70th Women's French Open: Evonne Goolagong beats Helen Gourlay (6-3, 7-5)
  • Jun 8 White Sox draft Danny Goodwin #1, he refuses to sign
  • Jun 13 17th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Whitworth
  • Jun 16 Groningen soccer team forms in Groningen
  • Jun 20 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Heritage Golf Open
  • Jun 21 71st US Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots a 280 at Merion GC in Ardmore PA
  • Jun 21 Indians Ken Harrelson retires from baseball to play pro golf
  • Jun 23 Phillies Rick Wise no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
  • Jun 27 26th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by JoAnne Carner
  • Jun 28 Phillies' Rick Wise hits 2 HRs & no-hits Reds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 28 US Supreme Court (8-0) overturns draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jul 2 78th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong beats Margaret Smith (64 61)
  • Jul 3 85th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Newcombe beats Stan Smith (63 57 26 64 64)
  • Jul 10 100th British Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots a 278 at Royal Birkdale
  • Jul 11 Jane Blalock wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
  • Jul 11 Phillies Deron Johnson 3 HRs caps his 4 in a row
  • Jul 13 42nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-4 at Tiger Stadium, Detroit
  • Jul 13 All star MVP: Frank Robinson (Baltimore Orioles)
  • Jul 17 Kathy Whitworth/Judy Kimball wins LPGA Four-Ball Golf Championship
  • Jul 18 58th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 25 Judy Kimball wins LPGA O'Sullivan Ladies Golf Open
  • Jul 30 38th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Baltimore 24, All Stars 17 (52,289)
  • Jul 31 Deventer Soccer team Go Ahead Eagles forms
  • Aug 1 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
  • Aug 8 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open
  • Aug 9 Le Roy (Satchel) Paige inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Aug 10 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research
  • Aug 15 Charles Lismont wins Helsinki marathon (2:13:09.0)
  • Aug 15 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Len Immke Buick Golf Open
  • Aug 22 Pam Barnett wins LPGA Southgate Golf Open

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,003

  • Jan 1 Beno Bryant, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 1 Bobby Holik, Jihlava Cze, NHL left wing (NJ Devils, Team Czech Rep)
  • Jan 1 Bridget Pettis, American Basketball player (WNBA guard for Phoenix Mercury), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Jan 1 Kevin Lee, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • Jan 1 Kevin Mitchell, NFL linebacker (SF 49ers)
  • Jan 1 Sammie Henson, American wrestler
  • Jan 2 Aamer Nazir, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler 1993- )
  • Jan 2 Aaron Williams, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Jan 2 Brad Parpan, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 2 Horace Copeland, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jan 2 Robert O' Neal, WLAF DB (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 2 Lisa Harrison, American basketball player
  • Jan 3 Cory Cross, Lloydminster, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Jan 3 Rene van Rijswijk, Dutch soccer player (RKC)
  • Jan 4 Carlos Perez, Dominican/US baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • Jan 4 Deb Sonnenberg, softball pitcher (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Jan 4 Errol Brown, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 4 Garrison Hearst, NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals, SF 49ers)
  • Jan 4 Orlanda Truitt, wide receiver (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jan 4 Richard Chee Quee, cricketer (NSW opening batsman Fiji/Chin ancestry)
  • Jan 5 Eric Smith, NFL/WLAF wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Scotland Claymores)
  • Jan 5 Hillary Butler, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 5 Jason Bates, Downey CA, infielder (Colorado Rockies)
  • Jan 6 Jed DeVries, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jan 6 Mike Wells, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 6 Myron Baker, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 7 Bobby Hamilton, NFL/WLAF defensive end (Amsterdam Admirals, NY Jets)
  • Jan 7 Masato Itai, WLAF wide receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 7 Todd Yeaman, NFL defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • Jan 8 Billy Joe Hobert, NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jan 8 Branislav Janos, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • Jan 8 Darren Langdon, Deere Lake, NHL left wing (NY Rangers)
  • Jan 8 Roosevelt Potts, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 8 Stephane Barin, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • Jan 8 Pascal Zuberbühler, Swiss footballer
  • Jan 9 Bill Schroeder, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Jan 9 Elizabeth Punsalan, American ice skater (Oly-15-94), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Jan 9 Scott Thornton, London, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Jan 10 Guylaine Cloutier, Levis QUE, 100m breaststroke swimmer (Oly-4-92, 96)
  • Jan 10 Sergi Bruguera, Italian tennis star
  • Jan 11 Alexander Delgado, Palmerejo Venezuela, catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 11 Karmeeleyah McGill, WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores)
  • Jan 11 Noah Cantor, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jan 11 Stephen Smith, high jumper, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 12 Andy Fox, infielder (NY Yankees), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 12 Oscar Sturgis, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 12 Scott Burrell, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets)
  • Jan 12 Shane Dronett, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos)
  • Jan 13 Elmer Dessens, Hermosillo Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Jan 14 Antonios Nikopolidis, Greek footballer
  • Jan 15 LeShon Johnson, running back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jan 16 Jukka-Pekka Nummi, WLAF cornerback (Scottish Claymores)
  • Jan 16 Junior Bryant, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • Jan 16 Michel Kreek, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • Jan 16 Scott Williams, Orange California, field hockey defender (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 16 Sergei Bruguera, Spanish tennis star
  • Jan 16 Ulrich van Gobbel, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Jan 17 Derek Plante, Cloquet, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jan 17 Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 17 Tyler Houston, US baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • Jan 17 Richard Burns, English rally driver (d. 2005)
  • Jan 17 Ann Wolfe, female boxer
  • Jan 18 Andre Coleman, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 18 Greg Engel, NFL center (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 18 Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian race car driver
  • Jan 18 Josep Guardiola, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 19 Jeff Juden, baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants), born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • Jan 19 Maurice Hofman, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • Jan 19 Reggie Brooks, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 20 Alan Young, NFL defensive end (NY Jets)
  • Jan 20 Andrei Skabelka, NHL forward (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • Jan 20 Johnny Mitchell, NFL tight end (NY Jets)
  • Jan 20 Brian Giles, American baseball player
  • Jan 21 Doug Edwards, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Jan 21 Doug Weight, Warren MI, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers, Team USA 98)
  • Jan 22 Bucky Brooks, wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jan 22 Stan Collymore, English footballer
  • Jan 23 Adam Parore, cricket wicket-keeper (NZ, 1st Maori Test centurion)
  • Jan 23 James Logan, WLAF linebacker (Scotland Claymores)
  • Jan 23 Julie Foudy, SD California, soccer midfielder (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 23 Kevin Mawae, NFL center/guard (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 23 Mark Grimmette, doubles luger (Olympics-1994), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jan 24 Cory Bailey, US baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 24 Joe Panos, NFL guard/center (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 24 John Reece, WLAF/NFL cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals, Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 25 Herman Smith, NFL/WLAF defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs, London Monarchs)
  • Jan 25 Jordan Young, Thunder Bay Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Purdue)
  • Jan 25 Kerry Taylor, US baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • Jan 25 Kevin Williams, receiver/kick returner (Az Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 25 Konstantin Matoussevich, Israel, Men's high jump (Oly-7th-1996)
  • Jan 25 Tommie Jones, WLAF cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 25 Vincent Brisby, NFL wide receiver (New England Patriots)
  • Jan 25 Luca Badoer, Italian race car driver
  • Jan 26 Jon Heidenreich, WLAF G (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 26 Lamar Mills, WLAF DE (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 26 Lee Naylor, Australian 400m runner (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 26 Min Tang, Hunan China, tennis star (1995 Futures-Canberra AUS)
  • Jan 27 Mark Noordlander, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Jan 27 Patrice Brisebois, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 29 Chris Vargas, CFL quarterback (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

May 28 NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24) weds school teacher Janice Brown

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 27 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (40) weds Mae Louise Allen in Mexico City

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 24 Professional boxer George Foreman (22) weds Adrienne Calhoun

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 9 Elmer Flick, baseball player (b. 1876)
  • Jan 16 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), dies at 81
  • Feb 1 Jim A J Christy, cricket (10 Tests for S Af, 638 runs at 34 33), dies
  • Feb 15 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (b. 1885)
  • Feb 26 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket keeper (2 Tests in 30's), dies at 67
  • Mar 15 Jean-Pierre Monseré, Belgian cyclist (b. 1948)
  • Mar 16 Chuck Fleetwood-Smith, cricketer (Vict & Aust), dies
  • Mar 18 George Wood, England cricket wicketkeeper (v South Africa 1924), dies
  • Apr 7 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 74
  • Apr 12 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • Apr 13 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1949)
  • Apr 15 Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)
  • May 12 J M Taylor, cricketer (20 Tests 1920-26, 997 runs), dies
  • May 12 Heinie Manush, American baseball player (b. 1901)
  • May 31 Dainty Ironmonger, cricketer (74 wkts in 14 Tests after age 46), dies
  • Jun 17 C Christopher Morris, cricketer (brilliant batsman for Philadelphia), dies
  • Jun 24 John Dunning, cricketer (4 Tests for NZ 1933-37), dies
  • Jul 1 Lord Learie Constantine, WI cricketer (all-rounder & fielder), dies
  • Jul 4 Joe Cox, cricketer (4 wickets in 3 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 11 Pedro Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (b. 1940)
  • Jul 28 Myril Hoag, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • Sep 3 Percy Holmes, cricketer (Yorks opener, 7 Tests for Eng 1921-32), dies
  • Sep 14 Bill Copson, cricketer (England pace bowler before & after WW2), dies
  • Oct 13 Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (b. 1921)
  • Oct 21 Etienne Gailly, Belgian marathoner (Oly-bronze-48), dies at 48
  • Oct 24 Chuck Hughes, Detroit Lion collapses during game & later, dies
  • Nov 3 Etienne Gailly, Belgium marathoner (Oly-bron-48), dies in accident at 48
  • Nov 5 Sam Jones, baseball player (b. 1925)
  • Nov 14 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver (b. 1934)
  • Nov 19 Bill Stern, American sportscaster (Saturday Night Fights), dies at 64
  • Nov 23 Lisle Nagel, Australian cricket opening bowler (1932), dies
  • Dec 14 Dick Tiger, Nigerian-born boxer (b. 1929)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 18 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), dies at 69

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones