On This Day

Year 1971 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

  • Aug 31 Adrienne Beames runs female world record marathon (2:46:30)
  • Sep 1 Australian John Newcombe becomes 1st male top-seed to lose in US Open 1st round when beaten by eventual finalist Jan Kodeš 6-2, 6-7, 6-7, 3,-6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Pittsburgh Pirates start what is believed to be first all-black line-up (including several Latinos) in MLB history‚ in 10-7 win v Philadelphia Phillies; includes future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente & Willie Stargell

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Stargell
Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Willie Stargell

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 2 Teenage debutants Chris Evert & Jimmy Connors win their first matches at the US Open Tennis Championships at Forest Hills

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Sep 5 Astros pitcher J R Richard debut, strikes out 15 Giants in a 5-3 win
  • Sep 5 NY Mets Don Hahn hits 1st inside the park homer at Phillies Vet
  • Sep 9 NHL great Gordie Howe retires (for the first time), after 25 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Billie Jean King beats doubles partner Rosemary Casals 6-4, 7-6

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: American Stan Smith wins first career Grand Slam event; beats Czech star Jan Kodeš 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 13 Frank Robinson hits his 500th HR

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson
  • Sep 14 Cleveland Indians & Washington Senators, play 20 innings
  • Sep 18 Ryder Cup Golf, Old Warson CC: US beats Europe, 18½-13½; after leading by 1 match, GB loses all Friday morning 4-ball matches to lose momentum
  • Sep 19 New York City Marathon: inaugural women's race won by Beth Bonner in 2:55:22; 2nd men's race won by Norman Higgins in 2:22:54
  • Sep 21 AL OKs Washington Senator move to Arlington (Texas Rangers)
  • Sep 24 Houston Astros beat San Diego Padres, 2-1, in 21 innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 26 Jim Palmer is 4th Oriole to win at least 20 games this season

Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer

  • Sep 30 Last Washington Senator home game, Yanks win career 5th forfeit game Yanks trailing 4-2 in 9th with 2 outs, fans rush field
  • Oct 3 American tennis star Billie Jean King becomes first female athlete to win $100,000 in prize money in a single year; wins the $4,000 Virginia Slams Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Oct 3 Scotsman Jackie Stewart finishes 5th in the season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 29 points from Swede Ronnie Peterson
  • Oct 6 MLB National League Championship: Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 10 Rain washes out Game 2, 1st World Series postponement since 1962
  • Oct 11 60th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Charlotte (3-2)
  • Oct 11 Brooks Robinson ties Series record, reaches base 5 straight times
  • Oct 13 1st World Series night game (Pittsburgh 4-Baltimore 3)
  • Oct 17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 68th World Series
  • Nov 2 Baltimore Orioles pitcher Pat Dobson no-hits the Yomiuri Giants, 2 - 0; first no-hitter in history of exhibition play between American and Japanese teams
  • Nov 5 NBA's LA Lakers starts a 33 game consecutive victory streak
  • Nov 10 Joe Torre wins NL MVP, Vida Blue wins AL MVP

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 20 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • Nov 21 NY Rangers scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • Nov 23 Danny Murtaugh, manager of MLB world champions Pittsburgh Pirates, announces his retirement
  • Nov 24 Braves catcher-infielder Earl Williams, wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 25 37th Heisman Trophy Award: Pat Sullivan, Auburn (QB)
  • Nov 27 36th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-7 in Birmingham
  • Nov 28 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Calgary Stampeders beat Toronto Argonauts, 14-11 on a slick, rain-covered field
  • Nov 29 1st pro golf championship at Walt Disney World

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Dec 1 Chicago Cubs release longtime star and future Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, ending his 19-year MLB career; announce Banks will serve as a coach on manager Leo Durocher's staff; Banks finishes with 512 home runs and 1,636 RBI

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 12 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase finishes ATP Masters Grand Prix with a perfect 6-0 record to win the rich season ending event at the Coubertin Stadium, Paris

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Dec 25 Longest NFL game (82m40s) as Dolphins beat Chiefs 27-24

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 26 Muhammad Ali finishes off German Jürgen Blin with a thundering right cross for a 7th-round knockout in a non-title heavyweight boxing contest in Zurich, Switzerland

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Dec 27 1st Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arizona State beats Florida State, 45-38
  • Dec 28 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins award for best European football player ahead of Inter forward Sandro Mazzola and Manchester United winger George Best; first Dutch national and Ajax player to win award
  • Dec 30 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (NY Islanders)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 822

  • Feb 9 Jim Miller, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Atl Falcons, Jaguars)
  • Feb 9 Ken Felder, American baseball outfielder (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Feb 9 Pat O'Neill, NFL punter/place kicker (NE Patriots)
  • Feb 9 Johan Mjällby, Swedish footballer
  • Feb 10 Kevin Sefcik, American infielder (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Oaklawn, Illinois
  • Feb 10 Marty Nothstein, US sprint cyclist (Olympic silver 1996), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 10 Wayne Gandy, American football offensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Haines City, Florida
  • Feb 10 Louie Spicolli [Louis Mucciolo Jr.], American wrestler, born in San Pedro, California (d. 1998)
  • Feb 11 John Bock, Americn NFL center (NY Jets, Miami Dolphins), born in Crystal Lake, Illinois
  • Feb 11 Linda Wild, American tennis star (1993 Melbourne Open), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Feb 12 Lincoln Kennedy, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders), born in York, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 12 Romeo Bandison, NFL defensive tackle (Cleveland Browns), born in the Hague, Netherlands
  • Feb 12 Shane Tonkin, Australian baseball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Perth, Australia
  • Feb 12 Shante Carver, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Stockton, California
  • Feb 13 Jim Reid, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers), born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Feb 13 Mats Sundin, Swedish NHL center (Olympics gold 2006; Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Bromma, Sweden
  • Feb 13 Shelly Hammonds, NFL safety (Minnesota Vikings), born in Barnwell, South Carolina
  • Feb 13 Todd Williams, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Feb 14 Derrick Witherspoon, American NFL running back (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Feb 14 Gheorghe Muresan, American NBA center (Washington Bullets/Wizards), born in Tritenii de Jos, Romania
  • Feb 14 Kenny Shedd, American football receiver (New York Jets, Oakland Raiders), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • Feb 14 Lonnie Johnson, American NFL tight end (Buffalo Bills), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Feb 15 Jim Butler, US table tennis player (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 15 Ray Sefo, New Zealand kick boxer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 16 Anthony Abrams, NFL defensive tackle (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 16 Chi Kredell, water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 16 Larry Jones, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 16 Marco Sas, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Feb 16 Mike Hubbard, MBA catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Feb 18 Constantin Popa, Romanian-Israeli basketball player, born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Feb 19 Becky Dyroen-Lancer, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • Feb 19 Glyn Milburn, NFL running back/kick returner (Den Broncos, Det Lions)
  • Feb 19 Wally Williams, NFL center/guard (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Feb 19 William Henderson, American NFL running back (Super Bowl 1996; Pro Bowl, All Pro 2004; Green Bay Packers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 20 Jari Litmanen, soccer player (Ajax)
  • Feb 20 Joost can der Westhuizen, South African rugby player, born in Pretoria (d. 2017)
  • Feb 21 Arco Jochemsen, Dutch soccer player (SVDB, Vitesse), born in Barneveld, the Netherlands
  • Feb 22 Jason Marshall, Canadian NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Cranbrook, Canada
  • Feb 22 Lisa Fernandez, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Lakewood, California
  • Feb 22 Max Lane, American NFL tackle (NE Patriots), born in Norborne, Missouri
  • Feb 22 Mohammed Sylla, Guinean football player (Willem II, FC Martigues), born in Conakry, Guinea (d. 2010)
  • Feb 22 Rico Mack, American WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Statham, Georgia
  • Feb 23 Carin Koch, Swedish golfer (2 LPGA Tour titles), born in Kungälv, Sweden
  • Feb 23 Torsten Kienass, German hockey defenseman (Team Germany), born in Berlin, East Germany
  • Feb 23 Don Maxwell, Canadian cricketer, born in Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Feb 24 Aki Rahunen, Finland, tennis star
  • Feb 24 Brian Savage, Sudbury, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Feb 24 Pedro de la Rosa, Spanish Formula One driver
  • Feb 25 Konstantin Matoussevich, Israeli high jumper (Olympic 7th-1996), born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Feb 25 Andrew Hermann, US 50K walker (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 25 Byron Dafoe, NHL goalie (Los Angeles Kings), born in Sussex, England
  • Feb 25 David Fox, American 50m freestyle (Olympic 6th 1996)
  • Feb 25 Helen Dobson, British golfer (ANA Inspiration 1998 runner-up), born in Skegness, England
  • Feb 25 Nova Peris, field hockey left halfback (Olympics 1996), born in Darwin, Australia
  • Feb 26 Rick Lyle, American football defensive end (NY Jets), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • Feb 27 Ivan Robinson, American boxer (Olympic-92), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 27 Jaroslav Modry, Czech NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in České Budějovice, Czechia
  • Feb 27 Rich Tylski, American football player (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in San Diego, California
  • Mar 1 Allen Johnson, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1996; World C'ship gold 1995, 97, 2001, 03), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 1 Zahoor Elahi, Pakistan cricket batsman (2 Tests; 14 ODIs), born in Sahiwal, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Mar 1 Tyler Hamilton, American road cyclist (only American to win one of the five Monuments of cycling; Liège–Bastogne–Liège 2003), born in Marblehead, Massachusetts
  • Mar 3 Terryl Ulmer, CFL defensive back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Mar 4 Jovan Stanković, Serbian footballer
  • Mar 5 Brian Hunter, American baseball outfielder (AL stolen base leader 1997, 99; Detroit Tigers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 5 Chad Fonville, infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Mar 5 Jose Mercedes, El Seybo Dom Rep, pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers)
  • Mar 5 Filip Meirhaeghe, Belgian mountainbiker
  • Mar 6 Darrick Martin, NBA guard (LA Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Mar 6 Roger Salkeld, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Burbank, California
  • Mar 7 Alison Herst, Canadian kayaker (Olympics-5-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 8 Bob Boughner, Windsor, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Mar 8 Marc Tobert, CFL slot back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Mar 8 Kit Symons, Welsh footballer
  • Mar 9 Bev Oden, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Millington, Tennessee
  • Mar 9 Lou Benfatti, American football player, NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets), born in Green Pond, New Jersey
  • Mar 10 Morris Unutoa, corner (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Mar 10 Shad Williams, pitcher (California Angels), born in Fresno, California
  • Mar 10 Steve Arnold, British racing driver
  • Mar 11 Jiri Vykoukai, Olomouc CZ, hockey player (Team Czech Rep, Olympic gold 1998)
  • Mar 11 Martin Rucinsky, Most Cze, NHL left wing (Canadiens, Olympic gold 1998)
  • Mar 11 Liesbeth Migchelsen, Dutch soccer defender (97 caps; FFC Heike Rheine, SV Fortuna Wormerveer, AZ Alkmaar), born in Harderwijk, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • Mar 12 Greg Hansell, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Bellflower, California
  • Mar 12 Isaiah Rider, American NBA guard/forward (Minn Timberwolves, Port Trailblazers), born in Oakland, California
  • Mar 12 Raul Mondesi, MLB outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
  • Mar 13 Curtis Conway, American NFL wide receiver and kick returner (Chicago Bears), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 13 Chen Li-Ling, Chinese tennis star (1995 Futures-Austin TX), born in Xiangtan, Hunan, China
  • Mar 13 Ralf Kleinmann, American football player from Germany, born in Cologne, Germany
  • Mar 13 Robert Samuels, West Indian cricketer (West Indies Test opening batsman v NZ 1996), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Mar 13 Ryan Hayden, American athlete, 400m hurdler, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mar 13 Tony Vinson, NFL running back (Atl Falcons, Lon Monarchs, Balt Ravens)
  • Mar 14 Ernie Brown, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Mar 15 Patrick Reidy, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 16 Brett Carolan, NFL tight end (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 16 Eric Ravotti, NFL linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 17 Katrina Colleton, WNBA guard/forward (LA Sparks)
  • Mar 17 Bill Mueller, American baseball player, born in Maryland Heights, Missouri
  • Mar 19 Cory Fleming, NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Mar 19 Kirk Botkin, NFL tight end (New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 19 Louie Debrusk, Canadian NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers, and three other teams), born in Cambridge, Ontario
  • Mar 19 Marty Moore, NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots)

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Deaths in Sport