1973 in Sport (Part 2)

Events in Sport

Events 101 - 200 of 200

  • Jul 27 Walter Blum becomes 6th jockey to ride 4,000 winners
  • Jul 30 Texas Rangers Jim Bibby no-hits 1st-place Oakland, 6-0
  • Jul 31 Frank Hayes scores 106 on Test Cricket debut v WI as England lose

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Struggling ABA club Virginia Squires trades star forward Julius Erving to New York Nets for George Carter and cash

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman George Brett gets his 1st MLB hit on debut for the Kansas City Royals in 3-1 win v Chicago WS

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Aug 4 NY Yankees pitcher Lindy McDaniel puts in one of the best relief stints in MLB history, entering in 2nd inning, allows only 1 run in 13 innings in 3-2 win v Detroit Tigers
  • Aug 5 Braves pitcher Phil Niekro no-hits the San Diego Padres, 9-0, the first for the franchise in Atlanta
  • Aug 5 15 year old Australian swimmer Stephen Holland smashes Mike Burton's 1,500m world record by a massive 14.78 seconds (15:37.8) in Brisbane

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 6 Roberto Clemente, Warren Spahn, Billy Evans, Monty Irvin, Mickey Welch and High Pockets Kelly are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 12 PGA Championship, Canterbury GC: Jack Nicklaus wins 3rd of 5 PGA C'ships by 4 from Bruce Crampton of Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 14 Johnny Unitas files $725,000 suit against Balt Colts

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 17 Willie Mays hits 660th & last HR (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Hank Aaron's record 1,378 extra base hit surpasses Stan Musial record

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Aug 24 Garry Sobers scores 26th & last Test Cricket ton 150 v Eng Lord's
  • Aug 26 David Eisenhower writes his last sports column
  • Aug 26 10-year-old Mary Boitano is 1st woman to win 6.8-mile Dipsea Race in Marin County, CA, beating a field of 1,500 runners

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 1 In his first title defence George Foreman retains his WBC & WBA heavyweight crowns when he KOs Jose "King" Roman of Puerto Rico in round 1 in Tokyo, Japan

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Sep 1 Gloucestershire beats Sussex by 40 runs in the Gillette Cup cricket final at Lord's to win their first major trophy since the Championship in 1877; South African all-rounder Mike Proctor stars with 94 and 2 for 37
  • Sep 2 Billy Martin is fired as Detroit Tigers manager due to continual differences with the front office; goes on to manage Texas, Oakland and NY Yankees (in 5 separate stints)
  • Sep 2 Netherlands win their first men’s hockey World Cup, 4-2 on penalties over India in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • Sep 3 American golfer Billy Casper finishes at 20-under-par 264 to beat Australian Bruce Devlin by 1 stroke to win the Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open; his 50th PGA Tour title
  • Sep 5 1st one-day Cricket international for WI (v Eng) - lose by 1 wicket
  • Sep 7 Mike Storen becomes American Basketball Association's 4th commissioner
  • Sep 8 Billy Martin named manager of the Texas Rangers
  • Sep 8 Hank Aaron sets record of most HRs in 1 league (709)
  • Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court wins her 24th and final Grand Slam singles title; beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley 7-6, 5-7, 6-2
  • Sep 9 4th place finish in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch Jackie Stewart his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship
  • Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: Australian John Newcombe wins his second US title; beats Jan Kodeš 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 Muhammad Ali defeats Ken Norton

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Sep 10 NY Jets trade pro footballs leading receiver Don Maynard to St Louis
  • Sep 13 ABC announces it obtained TV rights for 1976 Olympics

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Sep 16 Buffalo's O.J. Simpson rushes for a then NFL record 250 yards in Buffalo's 31-13 win at New England

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Sep 19 NL refuses to allow San Diego Padres move to Washington, D.C.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 20 Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • Sep 20 Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season
  • Sep 21 NY Mets go into 1st place (at .500) after trailing 12½ games

AgreementContract of Interest

Sep 21 Nate Archibald signs 7 yr contract with NBA KC Kings for $450,000

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • Sep 22 Ryder Cup Golf, Muirfield: US beats Great Britain & Ireland, 19-13; first time 'Ireland' included in team name
  • Sep 22 Balt Oriole Al Bumbry hits 3 triples vs Milwaukee Brewers
  • Sep 24 St Louis Cards Jim Bakken sets NFL record kicking 7 field goals
  • Sep 25 Mets beat Expos 2-1 on Willie Mays Night at Shea Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 26 Wilt Chamberlain signs with ABA San Diego Conquistadors

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 27 Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 in 11 innings, for record 383 of season

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Sep 29 Insurance ind announces auto racers get into more highway accidents
  • Sep 30 American Nina Kuscsik retains her NYC Marathon crown in 2:57:07; Tom Fleming wins Men's race in 2:21:54
  • Sep 30 Mel Gray begins NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/manager Leo Durocher ends his 45 year career in the sport when he resigns as Houston Astros manager

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Oct 7 Scotsman Jackie Stewart wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship despite withdrawing from the season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; wins title by 16 points from Emerson Fittipaldi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 8 NLCS game 3 brawl between Cins' Pete Rose & NY Met Bud Harrelson

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Oct 10 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Cincinnati Reds, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 11 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 14 Willie Mays last hit, as Mets beat A's in World Series game 2 A's Mike Andrews makes 2 errors, prompting owner Finley to remove him

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 1st ½ century

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Oct 21 A's manager Dick Williams quits after A's beat Mets in World Series
  • Oct 21 Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
  • Oct 21 23rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Benny Parsons wins
  • Oct 23 Yankee GM & pres Lee MacPhail named AL president

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 23 19 year old American tennis star Chris Evert retains her WTA Tour Championship at Boca Raton, Florida; beats Nancy Richey Gunter 6-3, 6-3 in the final

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • Oct 25 Cubs trade Ferguson Jenkins to Rangers for Bill Madlock & Vic Harris
  • Oct 25 SF Giants trade Willie McCovey to San Diego Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell
  • Oct 27 1st time Islanders beat Rangers-3-2
  • Oct 28 Elmore Smith of Lakers blocks 17 shots in a game (NBA record)
  • Nov 3 BYU receiver Jay Miller sets an NCAA football single game record with 22 catches (for 263 yards) en route to a 56-21 victory over New Mexico at Cougar Stadium, Provo, Utah
  • Nov 4 New Orleans Saints 1st shutout victory, 13-0 vs Buffalo Bills
  • Nov 4 Chicago centre Stan Mikita registers his 1,000 NHL career point in the Black Hawks 5-3 loss to the Minnesota North Stars at the Met Centre, Bloomington, Minnesota

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 13 Oakland A's Reggie Jackson wins AL MVP unanimously

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Nov 14 Canada begins production of Olympic coins
  • Nov 21 Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) wins MLB's NL MVP
  • Nov 25 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Vancouver: Ottawa Rough Riders 8th Championship; defeat Edmonton Eskimos, 22-18
  • Dec 1 Jack Nicklaus finishes at 13-under-par 275 to win the Walt Disney World Open by 1 stroke from Mason Rudolph; becomes the first player to reach $2 million in PGA Tour career earnings
  • Dec 1 38th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 35-0 in Birmingham

Sport awardDavis Cup

Dec 1 Davis Cup Tennis, Cleveland, Ohio: Rod Laver and John Newcombe beat American pair Stan Smith and Erik van Dillen 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to give Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead, (ends 5-0); 23rd Cup title for Australia

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Dec 2 Davis Cup Tennis, Cleveland: After clinching a famous victory the previous day, Australians Rod Laver and John Newcombe finish a 5-0 rout of the US with wins over Stan Smith and Tom Gorman
  • Dec 2 US Air Arena opens in Landover Maryland; NBA's Washington Bullets beat Seattle SuperSonics, 98-96; arena demolished 2002
  • Dec 5 Chicago Cubs Ron Santo becomes 1st baseball player to invoke 10-5 rule and veto his trade (with the California Angels)
  • Dec 5 Dodgers trade Willie Davis to Expos for relief pitcher Mike Marshall
  • Dec 6 NL votes to move San Diego Padres to Washington, D.C. (doesn't happen)
  • Dec 7 Orioles sell pitcher Eddie Watt to the Phillies
  • Dec 7 Phillies sell infielder-outfielder Cesar Tovar to the Texas Rangers
  • Dec 8 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 8 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 3rd consecutive season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 win over Dutchman Tom Okker in Boston, Massachusetts

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Dec 9 St Louis Cardinal Jim Bakken kicks 6 field goals vs Atlanta Falcons

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 10 First time since 1885, tennis has 2 top male players - Americans Stan Smith and Jimmy Connors

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Dec 11 NA Soccer League awards LA, San Francisco, Seattle & Vancouver franchises
  • Dec 12 Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 & $10 silver coins)
  • Dec 12 San Diego files anti-trust against NL (stopping Padres move to DC)
  • Dec 15 Golf Resort (Disney Inn) opens
  • Dec 15 Sandy Hawley becomes 1st jockey to win 500 races in 1 year
  • Dec 15 Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game
  • Dec 16 O.J. Simpson becomes 1st NFLer to rush 2,000 yard in a season
  • Dec 18 Yanks sign Dick Williams as manager, overturned later by AL Pres

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 20 Montreal Canadien Henri Richard scores his 1,000th NHL point

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • Dec 21 3rd Fiesta Bowl: #10 Arizona State beats Pittsburgh, 28-7
  • Dec 25 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins his second award for best European football player ahead of Juventus goalkeeper Dino Zoff and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller
  • Dec 27 LA Dodgers announce night games will start at 7:30 instead of 8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 30 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders, 27-10

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Dec 30 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys, 27-10
  • Dec 31 Johan Cruyff chosen European Football Player of theYear
  • Dec 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert 7-6, 4-6, 6-0 for her first of 4 home singles titles
  • Dec 31 40th Sugar Bowl: #3 Notre Dame beats #1 Alabama, 24-23

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 817

  • 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
  • Feb 12 Brendon Mark Cameron, New Zealand 4k pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Otorohanga, New Zealand
  • Feb 13 Willie Smith, NFL linebacker (Detroit Lions), born in Smithfield, North Carolina
  • Feb 14 George Hegamin, NFL/WLAF tail back (Dallas Cowboys, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Feb 14 Michael "Mike" Theodore Lambert IV, Thomaston Ga, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 14 Steve McNair, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), born Mount Olive, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • Feb 14 Tyus Edney, NBA guard (Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings)
  • Feb 15 Amy Van Dyken, US 50m/100m freestyle/100m butterfly swimmer (Olympic 2 g-96), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Feb 16 Cathy Freeman, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • Feb 16 James Young, Australian water polo player (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 16 Nikos Kostakis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 16 Christian Bassedas, Argentine former footballer
  • Feb 17 Chris Robinson, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Feb 17 Drew Barry, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Feb 17 Frank Sanders, NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Feb 17 Raymond Jackson, NFL defensive back (Buffalo Bills)
  • Feb 18 Claude Makélélé, French footballer
  • Feb 19 Masafumi Kawaguchi, WLAF linebacker (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Feb 19 Terrence Rencher, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns)
  • Feb 19 Tommy Bennett, safety (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Feb 20 Vladimir Iiic, WLAF defensive end (Barcelona Dragons, Rhein Fire)
  • Feb 21 Brian Rolston, NHL left wing (Olympics 1994, NJ Devils), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Feb 22 James Christensen, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Feb 22 Kate Sage, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 22 Ntala Skinner, Sun Valley Idaho, biathelete (Olympics 1994)
  • Feb 22 Juninho Paulista, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 22 Claus Lundekvam, Norwegian footballer
  • Feb 22 Einar Kristian Tveitå, Norwegian athlete
  • Feb 23 Robert Pipkins, American luge racer (Olympics 1994), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Feb 24 Alexei Kovalev, NHL right wing (NY Rangers), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 24 Harold Morrow, full back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 24 Kavis Reed, CFL defensive back (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Feb 24 Jordan Jovtchev, Bulgarian gymnast
  • Feb 25 Daryl Gardener, defensive end (Miami Dolphins)
  • Feb 25 Kirrily Sharpe, Bankstown Aust, tennis star (1995 Futures-Saga-JPN)
  • Feb 25 Normann Stadler, German triathlete
  • Feb 26 Jenny Thompson, Danvers Mass, 400m freestyle (Olympic gold 1992, 96)
  • Feb 26 Marshall Faulk, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Feb 26 Ole Gunnar Solskjær, Norwegian retired footballer
  • Feb 27 Terence Davis, WLAF wide receiver (London Monarchs)
  • Feb 27 Mark Taylor, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • Feb 28 Demetrice Martin, WLAF cornerback (Scotland Claymores)
  • Feb 28 Denard Walker, cornerback (Tennessee Oilers)

Person of interestEric Lindros

Feb 28 Eric Lindros, NHL center (Philadelphia Flyers), born in London, Ontario

NHL Star Eric Lindros
NHL Star
Eric Lindros
  • Feb 28 Gary Walker, NFL defensive tackle/defensive end (Houston Oilers)
  • Feb 28 Henry Bailey, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Feb 28 Nicolas Minassian, French racing driver
  • Mar 1 Chris Webber, American NBA forward (Washington Bullets, Wizards), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Mar 1 Igor Murin, Slovakian hockey goaltender (Team Slovakia 1998), born in Trencin, Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 2 John Elmore, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Mar 2 Trevor Sinclair, English footballer
  • Mar 2 Dejan Bodiroga, Serbian basketball player
  • Mar 3 Cory Raymer, NFL center (Washington Redskins)
  • Mar 3 James Dexter, tackle (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Mar 3 Jim Mills, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 3 Tisha Venturini, Modesto California, soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 3 Winslow Oliver, running back (Carolina Panthers)
  • Mar 3 Romāns Vainšteins, Latvian cyclist
  • Mar 4 Phillip Daniels, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Mar 5 Nicole Pratt, Australian tennis star (1995 Futures Australia), born in Mackay, Queensland
  • Mar 5 Paul Lieftink, Dutch soccer player (NAC, Spakenburg)
  • Mar 5 Yannis Anastasiou, Greek footballer
  • Mar 5 Ryan Franklin, American baseball player
  • Mar 6 Brian Olson, middleweight (189 lbs) judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Mar 6 Greg Ostertag, NBA center (Utah Jazz)
  • Mar 6 Michael Finley, NBA guard/forward (Phoenix Suns/Dallas Mavericks)
  • Mar 6 Terry Adams, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Mar 7 Ray Parlour, English footballer
  • Mar 8 Kendell Watkins, NFL tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Mar 8 Kurt Mollekens, Belgian racing car driver
  • Mar 8 Justin Thompson, American baseball player
  • Mar 9 David Prinosil, German tennis star (1995 ATP Newport), born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
  • Mar 9 Josh LaRocca, WLAF QB (Rhein Fire)
  • Mar 9 Troy Bailey, WLAF DE (Scotland Claymores)
  • Mar 10 Mauricio Taricco, Argentine footballer
  • Mar 10 Chris Sutton, English footballer
  • Mar 11 Kennedy Otieno, Kenya cricket wicket-keeper (85 v Aust 1996 World Cup)
  • Mar 11 Mike Mihelic, CFL offensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Mar 11 Sammie Brennan, CFL defensive back (BC Lions)
  • Mar 11 Tony Veland, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Mar 11 Martin Hiden, Austrian footballer
  • Mar 12 Antonio Banks, cornerback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Mar 12 Gabriel Mendez, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 12 Keif Bryant, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Mar 12 Louis Laros, Dutch soccer player (Willem II, Vitesse)
  • Mar 13 Bobby Jackson, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Mar 13 Dan Wilkinson, American NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Mar 13 Edgar Davids, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, AC Milan), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Mar 13 Trezelle Jenkins, American NFL tackle (KC Chiefs), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 14 Chris Sullivan, defensive end (New England Patriots)
  • Mar 15 Franca Fehlauer, golfer (Belgian Intl Jr champ 1991), born in Hamburg, Germany
  • Mar 16 Bert Zuurman, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Mar 17 Jerome Woods, safety (KC Chiefs)

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