1973 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 202

  • Jan 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Home favourite John Newcombe beats Onny Parun of New Zealand 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 for his first Australian title
  • Jan 1 59th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 42-17
  • Jan 1 39th Orange Bowl: #9 Nebraska beats #12 Notre Dame, 40-6
  • Jan 2 Japanese boxer Masao Ohba retains his WBA flyweight title with a 12th-round knockout of Chartchai Chionoi of Thailand in Tokyo; Ohba dies three weeks later in a car accident
  • Jan 7 British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • Jan 11 American League adopts designated hitter rule
  • Jan 14 Super Bowl VII, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7; MVP: Jake Scott, Miami, S
  • Jan 18 Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as 1st player signed as a DH
  • Jan 18 Islanders break 12 game losing streak, 20 game road winless streak

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 21 23rd NFL Pro Bowl, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas: AFC beats NFC, 33-28; MVP: O. J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills, RB

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 22 George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 rounds to win WBC & WBA heavyweight boxing titles in Kingston, Jamaica; Frazier knocked down 3 times in both 1st & 2nd rounds

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 23 23rd NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: East beats West, 104-84; MVP: Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics, C

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • Jan 24 Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 27 UCLA's basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)
  • Jan 28 Henry Boucha, Detroit Red Wings, scores 6 sec into a game vs Mont
  • Jan 30 26th NHL All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 5-4; MVP: Greg Polis, Pittsburgh Penguins, LW

  • Jan 30 1973 NFL Draft: John Matuszak from University of Tampa first pick by Houston Oilers
  • Feb 1 Outfielder Monte Irvin is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues; fourth inductee through the committee

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Test debut of champion New Zealand cricket all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee; drawn 1st Test v Pakistan, Wellington

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Feb 4 Islanders & Sabres had a penalty free game
  • Feb 7 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10 2nd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10 Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad scores 201 runs in a match against New Zealand
  • Feb 11 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 Muhammad Ali beats British heavyweight boxing champion Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in 12 rounds at Las Vegas Convention Centre

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Feb 15 Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak
  • Feb 17 Rodney Redmond scores 107 on debut v Pakistan, his only Test Cricket
  • Feb 18 15th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins his 4th Great American Race by more than 2 laps from Bobby Isaac
  • Feb 20 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins
  • Feb 21 Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out
  • Feb 27 White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3 year $750,000 contract
  • Mar 1 Robyn Smith rides North Sea to victory in the Paumanok Handicap at Aqueduct Race Track in NYC to become the first American female jockey to win a stakes race
  • Mar 5 Yankee pitchers Peterson & Kekich announce they swapped wives
  • Mar 10 20th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Maryland, 76-74

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 20 Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 21 Montreal Canadiens' left wing Frank Mahovlich becomes 5th NHL player to score 500 goals

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Mar 24 San Francisco 49er pres Lou Spadia proposes NFL expand to 30 teams
  • Mar 25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats Queens College, 59-52, Immaculata 1st undefeated team in New York

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 26 35th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Memphis 81-76; Bruins' 7th straight title; future Hall of Fame center Bill Walton tournament MOP for 2nd consecutive year

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton
  • Mar 27 Dennis Amiss out for 99 v Pakistan, 3rd 99 in Test Cricket
  • Mar 29 Dave Cowens wins NBA MVP

  • Mar 31 Philadelphia Flyers score an NHL record tying 8 goals from an astounding 60 shots in the 2nd period of a 10-2 win over New York Islanders
  • Mar 31 Muhammad Ali suffers a broken jaw in a shock split-points decision loss to Ken Norton over 12 rounds in San Diego; Ali wins rematch in another controversial split decision
  • Mar 31 127th Grand National: Brian Fletcher wins aboard 9/1 co-favourite Red Rum; recovers from 15 lengths behind at final fence; first of Red Rum's record 3 GN victories
  • Mar 31 Boston Bruins defenceman Bobby Orr scores his 3rd career hat trick in a 7-3 loss at Toronto to become the first player in NHL history to score 100 points for 4 straight seasons

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 American tennis star Billie Jean King ends Australian Margaret Court's 57-match winning streak 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 in semi finals of the WTA event in Indianapolis, IN

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Apr 5 NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19)
  • Apr 6 Roberto Clemente Day, Pirates retire his #
  • Apr 7 Doug Walters' best Test Cricket bowling, 5-66 v WI Georgetown
  • Apr 9 37th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Due to weather delays final round is played on Monday with Tommy Aaron winning his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of J. C. Snead
  • Apr 10 Kansas City Royals open their new park, Royals Stadium with 12-1 rout of the Texas Rangers; attendance 39,476
  • Apr 14 Ireland edges France, 6-4 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to create a 5-way tie for the Five Nations Rugby Championship; each nation wins their 2 home matches
  • Apr 16 77th Boston Marathon: American double; Jon Anderson men's champion in 2:16:03; Jacqueline Hansen wins women's title in 3:05:59
  • Apr 27 KC Royal Steve Busby no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • Apr 30 Women's tennis groups end disputes over sanctioning tournaments
  • May 4 Longest baseball game in Veterans' Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20 innings
  • May 5 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4 - fastest Kentucky Derby ever

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs managerr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 9 For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • May 10 27th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • May 10 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Yvan Cournoyer has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4 to take title, 4 games to 2
  • May 12 6th ABA championship: Indiana Pacers beat Ky Colonels, 4 games to 3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 Bobby Riggs beats Margaret Smith Court in Mother's Day match in California

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
Tennis Legend Margaret Smith Court
Tennis Legend
Margaret Smith Court

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 15 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • May 16 AC Milan of Italy win 13th European Cup Winner's Cup against Leeds of England 1-0 in Saloniki
  • May 17 Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg trying to scale wall to prevent a Dick Green home run during a 5-4 loss to the A's
  • May 19 98th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:54 - fastest Preakness race ever (recognized 2012)
  • May 28 Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 6-3, in 21 innings (game started 5/26)
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Gordon Johncock wins in 2:05:25.320 (255.944 km/h)
  • May 30 17th European Cup: Ajax beats Juventus 1-0 at Belgrade
  • May 31 Glenn Turner scores his 1,000th run of English cricket season

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 2 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court of Australia beats American teenager Chris Evert 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for her 5th and last French singles crown

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 3 French Open Men's Tennis: Ilie Năstase of Romania wins his second Grand Slam singles title; beats Czech star Niki Pilić 6-3, 6-3, 6-0

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jun 7 Rangers draft Texas high school pitcher David Clyde #1
  • Jun 9 105th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 2:24, becoming the 1st Triple Crown winner in 25 years

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jun 10 LPGA Championship, Pleasant Valley CC: 1964 champion Mary Mills wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Betty Burfeindt

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Jun 12 Close finish at Trent Bridge, NZ Cricket need 479 to win, all out 440
  • Jun 13 Garvey, Lopes, Cey & Russell play together for 1st time, set record of staying together as an infield for 8½ years (LA Dodgers)
  • Jun 17 Canadian Open Golf (La Canadienne), Montreal Municipal GC: Jocelyne Bourassa of Canada wins inaugural event in a playoff with Sandra Haynie & Judy Rankin
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Johnny Miller fires a record final round 63 (-8) to win his first major championship, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up John Schlee
  • Jun 18 NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 Pete Rose & Willie Davis both get career hit # 2,000

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Jun 20 Chicago's Cy Acosta is 1st AL pitcher to bat since DH rule (strikeout)
  • Jun 20 SF Giants Bobby Bonds sets NL record with 22 lead off HRs
  • Jun 23 Phillies Ken Brett 4th consecutive game HR in which he pitched

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jun 28 Black Sports Hall of Fame forms: Paul Robeson, Elgin Baylor, Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis and Althea Gibson elected

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jul 1 1st US-China basketball game, US collegiates beats Shanghai 96-61
  • Jul 1 Australian Bruce Crampton becomes the 5th golfer (but first non-American) to win more than $1m when 4th in the Western Open
  • Jul 3 Brothers Gaylord (Hall of Fame) and Jim Perry (3-time All Star) face each other for only time in MLB, Tigers beat Indians 5-4, Gaylord charged with loss
  • Jul 5 Test cricket debut of English umpire Harold "Dickie" Bird v NZ at Leeds (66 Tests, 69 ODI)
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Chris Evert 6-0, 7-5 for her 10th career Grand Slam singles title
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Czech Jan Kodeš beats Alex Metreveli of Russia 6-1, 9-8, 6-3 for his 3rd Grand Slam singles success
  • Jul 8 NY Mets are 12½ games back in NL and go on to win pennant
  • Jul 14 British Open Golf, Royal Troon GC: American Tom Weiskopf wins wire-to-wire by 3 strokes from Johnny Miller and Neil Coles
  • Jul 15 California Angel Nolan Ryan 2nd no-hitter beats Detroit Tigers, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 Willie Mays named to NL all star team for 24th time (ties Musial)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jul 20 Chic's Wilbur Wood starts and loses both games of a doubleheader with NY Yankees, 12-2, & 7-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 21 Braves Hank Aaron hits Ken Brett's fastball for his 700th HR

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jul 22 US Open Women's Golf, CC of Rochester: Susie Maxwell Berning wins by 5 from Gloria Ehret & Shelley Hamlin for her third national title
  • Jul 22 60th Tour de France won by Luis Ocana of Spain

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 757

  • Jan 1 Clyde Wijnhard, soccer player (Ajax, RKC)
  • Jan 1 Fang Li, Hunan China, tennis star (1991 Futures-Bilbao-ESP)
  • Jan 1 Justin Armour, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jan 1 Mercury Hayes, wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 2 Abu Wilson, running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 2 Chris Woodruff, tennis star (1993 NCAA Division I), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jan 2 Sarah Schwald, Bellingham Wash, 1.5k runner
  • Jan 3 Tyrone Brown, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 4 Lamont Warren, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 4 Ray Mickens, American football cornerback (NY Jets), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Jan 4 Todd Sauerbrun, NFL punter/kicker (Chicago Bears), born in East Setauket, New York
  • Jan 4 Frank Høj, Danish cyclist, born in Denmark
  • Jan 6 Sairaj Bahatule, Indian cricketer (promising Bombay leg-spin all-rounder), born in Mumbai, India
  • Jan 7 Bobby Engram, American football wide receiver (Chicago Bears), born in Camden, South Carolina
  • Jan 7 Brian Milne, American fullback (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Waterford, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 7 Ricky Wood, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Troy, New York
  • Jan 7 Robert Dunn, American team handball left wing (Olympics 1996), born in Glenn Cove, New York
  • Jan 9 Aaron Holbert, American baseball infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Torrance, California
  • Jan 9 Ronald Hamming, Dutch football player (FC Groningen, Fortuna Sittard), born in Zeegse, Netherlands
  • Jan 10 Berry Radstraat, Dutch soccer player (NEC, SCH)
  • Jan 10 Glenn Robinson, American NBA forward (Milw, Olympic gold 1996), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jan 10 Travis Davis, American NFL strong safety (New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Wilmington, California
  • Jan 11 Dave Dickenson, CFL quarterback (Calgary Stampeders)

Person of interestRahul Dravid

Jan 11 Rahul Dravid, Indian cricketer Captain of India (2004-07) and one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket, born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Cricketer Rahul Dravid
Cricketer
Rahul Dravid
  • Jan 13 Nikolai Khabibulin, Sverdlovsk Russia, NHL goalie (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Jan 14 Ed Howard, NFL wide receiver (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 14 Lethon Flowers, American NFL defensive back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Jan 14 Rod Myers, American baseball outfielder (KC Royals), born in Conroe, Texas
  • Jan 14 Giancarlo Fisichella, Italian race car driver, born in Rome, Italy
  • Jan 15 Daniel Nijhof, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • Jan 15 Randy Srochenski, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Regina, Canada
  • Jan 15 Essam El-Hadary, Egyptian footballer, born in Damietta Governorate, Egypt
  • Jan 16 Mario Bates, NFL-running back (New Orleans Saints)
  • Jan 16 Willie Whitehead, CFL defensive end (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jan 17 Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican footballer
  • Jan 17 Liz Ellis, Australian netball captain
  • Jan 18 Edward Jasper, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Tyler, Texas
  • Jan 18 Junior Burrough, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jan 18 Regilio Vreede, Dutch football player (Blue White, RKC), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Jan 19 Chris Stynes, American baseball infielder (KC Royals), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 19 Wang Junxia, Chinese long distance runner, born in Jiaohe, Jilin
  • Jan 19 Yevgeny Sadovyi, Russian swimmer (Olympic gold 200fre/400fre/4x200m 1992), born in Volzhsky, Russia
  • Jan 20 Eddie Kennison, American football wide receiver (St Louis Rams), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Jan 20 Jalen Rose, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 21 Bubba Miller, corner (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 21 Grady Jackson, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jan 22 Deon Minor, American 400m runner, born in Paris, Texas
  • Jan 22 George Noga, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 22 Reggie Barlow, American football wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jan 22 Said Larossi, Dutch soccer player (Emmen/Vitesse), born in Veenendaal, Netherlands
  • Jan 22 Rogerio Ceni, Brazilian footballer, born in Paraná, Brazil
  • Jan 23 Mark Kolesar, Canadian NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Manitoba, Canada
  • Jan 24 Chris Ferraro, Port Jefferson, NHL right wing (Olympics 1994, NY Rangers)
  • Jan 24 Erik Gervais, Valleyfield Quebec, kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 24 Peter Ferraro, Port Jefferson, NHL right wing (Olympics 1994, NY Rangers)
  • Jan 25 Anthony Harris, American football linebacker (Miami Dolphins), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Jan 25 Marco Battaglia, American football tight end (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Howard Beach, New York
  • Jan 25 Rodney Young, American NFL safety (NY Giants), born in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Jan 25 Terrell Wade, American baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Rembert, South Carolina
  • Jan 25 Scott Milanovich, American football coach and quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Butler, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 26 Tony Ramirez, tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 27 Eddie Davis, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 28 Bronwyn Thompson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 28 Jerome Allen, NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Jan 28 Joe Stephens, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • Jan 28 Robert Braknis, 100m backstroke/4 x 100 (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 29 Darnell Stephens, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jan 29 Jason Schmidt, Lewiston ID, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • Jan 30 Jalen Rose, American basketball player (Indiana Pacers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 30 Jimmy Oliver, Canadian football wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 30 Sharone Wright, American basketball player (Toronto Raptors), born in Macon, Georgia
  • Jan 31 Latario Rachal, American football player (Amsterdam Admirals, San Diego Chargers), born in California
  • Feb 1 Andrew DeClercq, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors, Boston Celtics), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 1 Elena Makarova, Russian tennis star (1993 Futures-Val), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 1 Tlia Reima, Finnish ice hockey center (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • Feb 2 Dan Brandenburg, linebacker (Buffalo Bills)
  • Feb 2 Patrick Jeffers, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Feb 2 Radka Bobkova, tennis star (quarter Bournemouth), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 2 Tim Denton, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Feb 3 Jim Campbell, American hockey forward (Olympics 1994), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Feb 4 Oscar De La Hoya, American boxer (Olympic gold 1992, 6-weight world champion), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 5 Israel Raybon, American football defensive end (Carolina Panthers), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Feb 5 Laura Espinoza-Watson, American baseball infielder (Silver Bullets), born in Torrance, California
  • Feb 5 Richard Matvichuk, Canadian NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • Feb 6 Arie Obdam, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam), born in Venhuizen, Netherlands
  • Feb 6 Fred Miller, American football offensive tackle (St Louis Rams), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 6 Lulama Masikazana, South African cricket wicket-keeper (Kwazulu for E Province), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 2011)
  • Feb 7 Billy Baumhoff, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 7 Juwan Howard, NBA forward/center (Washington Bullets/Wizards)
  • Feb 7 Kristin Godridge, Traralgon Aust, tennis star (1993 Futures-Singapore)
  • Feb 7 Leanne Schuster, WPVA volleyballer (National-9th-1995), born in Mesa, Arizona
  • Feb 7 Sonia Paquette, St-Janvier Quebec, hurdler (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 7 Tim Bowens, NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Feb 8 Andreas Gliatis, soccer player (NEC)
  • Feb 8 Dave Dopek, Bolingbrook Illinois, 200m runner
  • Feb 8 Eric Kresser, quarterback (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Feb 8 Michelle Brogan, Australian basketball forward (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Feb 8 Tom King, Australian 470 class sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 9 Svetlana Boginskaya, Soviet gymnast
  • Feb 11 Tom Tumulty, US linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 8 Ice hockey star Bobby Orr (25) weds speech therapist Peggy Wood at a secret ceremony in Ontario, Canada

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 10 Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully (45) weds Sandra Hunt

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully

LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 12 MLB baseball player Hank Aaron (39) weds Billye Aaron

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 1 NFL running back Gale Sayers (30) weds second wife Ardythe Bullard

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 4 NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle (47) weds activist Carrie Cooke

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 31 MLB executive Tony La Russa (29) weds Elaine Coker

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 24 Alan Lisette, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer vs West Indies 1956), dies at 53
  • Jan 25 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), dies in a car accident at 23
  • Feb 8 Herbie Taylor, South African cricketer (2936 runs in 42 Tests for South Africa), dies at 83
  • Feb 16 Pieter Van der Bijl, cricketer (outstanding S Af bat in 1938-39), dies
  • Mar 8 Gordon Leggat, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 351 runs at 21 93), dies
  • Mar 12 Frankie "Fordham Flash" Frisch, baseball player, dies at 74
  • Mar 26 George Sisler, hall of famer 1st baseman (257 hits-1920), dies at 80
  • Mar 26 Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • Apr 1 Arthur Wood, English cricket wicket-keeper (England 1938-39), dies at 74
  • Apr 27 Jim Sims, cricketer (England leg-spinner in 4 Tests 1935-37), dies
  • Apr 27 Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Apr 28 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies at 80
  • May 8 Ralph Miller, last 19th century baseball player (Brooklyn Bridegrooms and Baltimore Orioles), dies at 100
  • May 12 Art Pollard, American racecar driver (b. 1927)
  • May 20 Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
  • Jun 21 Frank Leahy, American football coach (Notre Dame), dies at 64
  • Jun 30 Elmer Layden, College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Notre Dame legendary 4-horsemen, 1st NFL Commissioner), dies at 70
  • Jul 2 Swede Savage, dies of injuries at Indianapolis 500
  • Jul 2 Chick Hafey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (2 World Series 1926, 31), dies at 70
  • Jul 2 George McBride, American MLB shortstop/manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), dies at 92
  • Jul 4 Leonid Stein, Russian chess player, dies at about 39
  • Jul 8 Wilfred Rhodes, cricketer (4187 1st-class wickets, most ever), dies
  • Jul 8 Harry F. V. Edward, British 100m/200m runner (Olympic bronze 1920), dies at 75
  • Jul 26 Mike Burke, President (NY Yankees)/dir (Madison Sq Garden), dies
  • Jul 29 Roger Williamson, English racing driver (b. 1948)
  • Aug 7 Jack Gregory, cricketer (scorer of fastest ton Australia 1921), dies
  • Aug 9 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (4 Olympic golds 1904, 08), dies at 88
  • Aug 12 John Clay, cricketer (Glamorgan offie in only Test 1935), dies
  • Aug 31 Stan Worthington, English cricket pace bowler (9 Tests 1930-36), dies
  • Sep 5 Jack Fournier, American baseball player (b. 1889)

Person of interestPaavo Nurmi

Oct 2 Paavo Nurmi, Finnish middle & long distance runner (9 Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), dies of Atherosclerosis at 76

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Oct 21 Nasif Estéfano, Argentine racing driver (b. 1932)
  • Oct 24 Jack Iverson, Australian cricketer (5 Tests 21 wickets S1024 15 23), dies at 58

Person of interestAbebe Bikila

Oct 25 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian Olympic marathon champion (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64) and Africa's first world record breaking athlete in any sport, who won the 1960 Olympics marathon barefoot, dies of a brain haemorrhage at 41

Athlete Abebe Bikila
Athlete
Abebe Bikila
  • Nov 19 Cyril Allcott, cricketer (6 Tests for NZ, 113 runs & 6 wickets), dies
  • Dec 16 Syd Barnes, cricketer (13 Tests for Australia 1938-48), dies
  • Dec 22 James Anderson, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1922, 24, 25), dies at 79
  • Dec 23 Arthur Richardson, Australian cricketer (9 Tests 1924-26), dies at 85