1974 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 183

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 1 62nd Men's Australian Open: Jimmy Connors beats Phil Dent (7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 1 62nd Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert (7-6, 4-6, 6-0)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jan 1 60th Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #7 Southern California, 42-21
  • Jan 1 40th Orange Bowl: #6 Penn State beats #13 LSU, 16-9
  • Jan 3 NY Yankees sign Bill Virdon as manager
  • Jan 13 Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Houston Super Bowl MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB
  • Jan 15 24th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-123 at Seattle
  • Jan 19 Notre Dame beats UCLA, ends NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak
  • Jan 20 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-13
  • Jan 20 Essex Comm College beats Englewood Cliffs 210-67 in basketball

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Ray Kroc, CEO of McDonald's buys San Diego Padres baseball team for $12 million

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • Jan 29 27th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 6-4 at Chicago
  • Jan 29 1974 NFL Draft: Ed Jones from Tennessee State first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • Feb 2 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Golden State-1,641)
  • Feb 3 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Feb 5 Mats Wermelin, Sweden, scores all points in 272-0 basketball win
  • Feb 6 3rd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10 Gail Denenber wins LPGA Sears Women's Golf Classic
  • Feb 10 Judy Ikenberry wins 1st Us women's marathon (2:55:17)
  • Feb 11 Dick Woodson is 1st of 48 to invoke baseball's new arbitration rule
  • Feb 11 1st baseball arbitration Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins, Twins offered $23,000

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 13 James 'Cool Papa' Bell is named to baseball's Hall of Fame

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • Feb 17 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
  • Feb 17 Carol Mann wins LPGA Naples Lely Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Feb 24 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champ all-round skater
  • Feb 25 Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) begin tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975
  • Mar 1 Ian & Greg Chappell make 264 partnership v NZ cricket at Wellington
  • Mar 3 Despite Billy Harris' hat trick Islanders lose 3-4

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 3 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Mar 6 Australian brothers an & Greg Chappell both score cricket centuries vs New Zealand
  • Mar 9 21st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Maryland, 103-100 (OT)
  • Mar 10 Carol Mann wins LPGA S&H Green Stamp Golf Classic
  • Mar 17 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Bing Crosby Golf Classic International
  • Mar 24 36th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: NC State beats Marquette 76-64

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 26 George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Mar 30 128th Grand National: Brian Fletcher aboard Red Rum wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 Tony Greig takes 8-86 v WI Port-of-Spain (later 5-70 in 2nd inn)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 4 Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Apr 5 Last day of Test cricket for Garry Sobers & Rohan Kanhai
  • Apr 8 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta
  • Apr 9 San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc, addresses fans "Ladies & gentlemen, I suffer with you I've never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life"

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 14 38th Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 278

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • Apr 15 78th Boston Marathon: Neil Cusack of Ireland 1st man in 2:13:39 and Miki Gorman of United States 1st woman in 2:47:11
  • Apr 19 Oriole Al Bumbry hits an inside-the-park HR against NY Yankees
  • Apr 21 3rd Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jo Ann Prentice
  • Apr 24 NFL grants franchise to Tampa Bay Bucaneers
  • Apr 25 NFL moves goal posts & adopts sudden-death playoff
  • Apr 28 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • May 4 100th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr. aboard Cannonade wins in 2:04
  • May 5 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic

  • May 6 A's pitcher Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in 1st inning of 6-3 loss to Balt ends his record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games
  • May 8 FC Magdenburg of East Germany win 14th European Cup Winner's Cup against AC Milan of Italy 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 12 28th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Milwaukee, 4 games to 3
  • May 12 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic
  • May 17 18th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Atletico Madrid 4-0 at Brussels
  • May 18 99th Preakness: Miguel Rivera aboard Current Little wins in 1:54.6
  • May 19 Joanne Carner Golf Invitational wins LPGA Bluegrass
  • May 19 Stanley Cup: Philadelphia Flyers beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 22 Soccer team Veendam forms
  • May 26 Joanne Carner wins Hoosier LPGA Golf Classic
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:09:10.094 (255.224 km/h)
  • May 27 Pirates Ken Brett no-hits Padres until 9th inning
  • Jun 2 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Baltimore Golf Classic
  • Jun 4 NFL grants franchise to Seattle Seahawks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 As' Reggie Jackson and Bill North engage in clubhouse fight at Detroit

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jun 7 Padres draft Brown University shortstop Bill Almon #1
  • Jun 8 106th Belmont: Miguel Rivera aboard Little Current wins in 2:29.2
  • Jun 9 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Desert Inn Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 10 Mike Schmidt hits a ball off public address speaker on Astrodome roof

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 Angels' Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox in 12 innings

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Jun 16 74th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 287 at Winged Foot GC NY
  • Jun 16 Sandra Haynie wins Lawson's LPGA Golf Open

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 16 73rd Men's French Open: Bjorn Borg beats Manuel Orantes (2-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jun 16 73rd Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Olga Morozova (6-1, 6-2)
  • Jun 19 KC Royal Steve Busby 2nd no-hitter beats Milwaukee Brewers, 2-0
  • Jun 23 20th LPGA Championship won by Sandra Haynie
  • Jun 24 India all out for 42 in Lord's Test cricket in 77 mins
  • Jun 24 Steve Busby retires 1st 9 White Sox to set AL record with 33 consecutive batters retired
  • Jun 30 2nd du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Carole Jo Skala
  • Jul 3 Pitching in major league-record 13th consecutive game for Dodgers
  • Jul 5 81st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Olga Morzova (60 64)
  • Jul 6 88th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats K Rosewall (61 61 64)
  • Jul 7 Sue Roberts wins LPGA Niagara Frontier Golf Classic
  • Jul 7 FIFA World Cup: West Germany beats the Netherlands 2-1 for football's 10th World Cup in Munich
  • Jul 7 New Zealand imposes a blanket ban on sports teams from South Africa
  • Jul 8 Yank shortstop Jim Mason ties record with 4 doubles in 9 inn game
  • Jul 13 103rd British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots a 282 at Royal Lytham
  • Jul 14 Billy Martin is 1st AL manager ejected by umpire from 2 games in 1 day
  • Jul 14 Sharon Miller wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic
  • Jul 17 Bob Gibson becomes 2nd pitcher to strike-out 3,000 (Cesar Geronimo)
  • Jul 21 29th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Sandra Haynie
  • Jul 21 61st Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 23 45th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-2 at 3 Rivers Stadium, Pitts
  • Jul 23 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers)
  • Jul 28 Carole Jo Skala wins LPGA Wheeling Ladies Golf Classic
  • Aug 4 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
  • Aug 10 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate-European American Golf Open
  • Aug 11 56th PGA Championship: Lee Trevino shoots a 276 at Tanglewood NC
  • Aug 12 Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 & walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 607

  • Jan 1 Johnie Church, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 2 Juha Lind, NHL forward (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Dallas)
  • Jan 3 Stefan Ustorf, Kaufbeuren Ger, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals)
  • Jan 3 Todd Warriner, Blenheim, NHL left wing (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Jan 3 Alessandro Petacchi, Italian cyclist
  • Jan 4 Carl Powell, defensive end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 5 Calvin Collins, center/guard (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 5 Michelle Scerri, Australian golfer (1995 Tasmanian), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jan 6 Juan Roque, tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 6 Marcus Crandell, CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jan 6 Paul Grant, NBA center (Minn Timberwolves)
  • Jan 6 Daniel Cordone, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 8 Arjan Blaauw, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • Jan 8 Brian Roberson, wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Jan 9 Craig Wishart, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman vs South Africa 1995)
  • Jan 9 Jamain Stephens, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 10 Andre Kirwan, CFL receiver (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jan 10 Hollis Thomas, defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 10 Davide Dionigi, Italian footballer
  • Jan 10 Steve Marlet, French footballer
  • Jan 11 Goran Lozanovski, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 11 Rod Jones, NFL guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Jan 11 Toderick Malone, WLAF wide receiver (London Monarchs)
  • Jan 11 Warren Morris, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • Jan 11 Jens Nowotny, German footballer, born in Malsch, Germany

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 12 Melanie Chisholm, English singer "Sporty Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Whiston, England

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Mel C
  • Jan 13 Matt Lepsis, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jan 13 Sergei Brylin, NHL center (NJ Devils), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 14 Hugues Legault, 50m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 14 Kevin Jefferson, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • Jan 14 Michael Dritlein, WLAF wide receiver (Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 14 Nancy Napolski, Hinsdale Idaho, air rifle (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 15 Mike Minter, safety (Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 15 Ray King, American baseball player
  • Jan 17 Derrick Mason, wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Jan 17 Guillermo Mercedes, Dominican-American baseball infielder (Texas Rangers)
  • Jan 17 Marcus Spriggs, offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jan 17 Sharon Marie Ferris, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 17 Yang Chen, Chinese footballer
  • Jan 18 Shane Burton, defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 19 Amaury Telemaco, Higuey Dom Rep, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • Jan 19 Gregory Playfair, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (PSV)
  • Jan 19 Tarik Oulida, soccer player (Ajax/Seville)
  • Jan 19 Walter Jones, tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 19 Jaime Moreno, Bolivian footballer
  • Jan 20 Calvin Harrison, American athlete (Olympic gold medalist), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jan 20 Rae Carruth, wide receiver (Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 21 Jerald Sowell, fullback (NY Jets)
  • Jan 21 Jerry Wunsch, tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Jan 21 Orpheus Roye, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 21 Alex Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jan 22 Pavel Mikhalevitch, soccer player (NEC)
  • Jan 22 Stephanie Rottier, St Niklaas Belgium, tennis star (1995 semi Prague)
  • Jan 23 Glen Chapple, cricketer (Lancashire & England A pace bowler)
  • Jan 23 Yosvani Pérez, Cuban baseball player
  • Jan 24 Tim Biakabutuka, running back (Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 25 Adam Meadows, offensive tackle (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 25 Daniel Sproule, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 28 Derrick Mayes, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Jan 28 Jermaine Dye, outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 28 Tony Delk, NBA guard (SF Warriors)
  • Jan 28 Zack Bronson, safety (San Francisco 49ers)
  • Jan 28 Jermaine Dye, American baseball player
  • Jan 28 Magglio Ordóñez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Jan 29 David LaFleur, tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 29 Jeff Mitchell, corner (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Jan 29 Kris Burley, Truro Nova Scotia, gymnist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 29 Pat Walsh, WLAF Tackle (London Monarchs)
  • Jan 30 Martina Jerant, Windsor Ontario, basketball center (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 30 Robert Rollins, cricketer (big-hitting Essex wicketkeeper-batsman)
  • Jan 31 Bob Mulder, soccer player (Appingedam, FC Groningen)
  • Jan 31 Lorenzo Styles, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 31 Othella Harrington, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • Jan 31 Pavi Sald, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 31 Tory Toogood, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 31 Ariel Pestano, Cuban baseball player
  • Feb 1 Walter McCarty, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • Feb 1 Roberto Heras, Spanish cyclist, born in Béjar, Spain
  • Feb 1 David Meca, Spanish long distance swimmer
  • Feb 2 David Buck, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Feb 2 J R Conrad, offensive tackle/guard (NY Jets)
  • Feb 2 Jeff Cassar, soccer goalkeeper (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Feb 3 Konrad Gałka, Polish swimmer
  • Feb 4 Brandon Convery, Kingston, NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Feb 4 Chris Ward, defensive end (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Feb 5 Adrienne Johnson, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Feb 6 Nathan Davis, American NFL defensive linemen (Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Feb 6 Olaf Lindenbergh, soccer player (Ajax, De Graafschap)
  • Feb 7 Ryan Phillips, linebacker (NY Giants)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 7 Steve Nash, Canadian NBA guard (Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers), born in Johannesburg, South Africa

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • Feb 8 Ulises de la Cruz, Ecuadorian footballer
  • Feb 9 Brad Maynard, punter (NY Giants)
  • Feb 9 John Wallace, NBA forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • Feb 9 Orlando Bobo, guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 10 Andrew English, CFL receiver (BC Lions)
  • Feb 10 Lea Ghirardi-Rubbi, Colombes France, tennis star (1994 Futures NC)
  • Feb 10 Ty Law, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots)
  • Feb 11 Brian Newman, guard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • Feb 11 Ronnie Ward, linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • Feb 11 Wally Richardson, quarterback (Baltimore Ravens)

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 US Senator Bill Bradley (30) weds professor Ernestine Schlant

Basketball Player/US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player/US Senator
Bill Bradley

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 10 NBA player Julius Erving (23) weds model Turquoise Brown at Waldorf

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 16 MLB player Mike Schmidt (24) weds Donna Wightman

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 8 NBA forward Jerry Lucas (34) weds second wife Sharalee Beard

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 13 Professional boxer George Foreman (25) divorces Adrienne Calhoun after almost 3 years of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 21 Ken Viljoen, cricketer (played 27 Tests for South Africa 1930-47), dies
  • Jan 30 Bill Whitty, Australian cricketer (left-arm bowler 1909-12), dies at 87
  • Jan 31 Glen Morris, American Olympic track and field champion (Olympic gold, 1936) and actor (Tarzan, Hold That Co-ed), dies of congestive heart failure at 61
  • Feb 14 C S Dempster, cricketer (10 Tests for NZ, 723 runs), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 21 Tim Horton, Canadian hockey player and co-founder of Tim Hortons, dies in a car crash at 44

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • Mar 22 Peter Revson, US race car driver (Indianapolis 500), dies at 35
  • Apr 21 Charles "Chic" Harley, American football player (b. 1895)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 13 Denny Shute, American golfer, dies at 69

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • May 18 Daniel R Topping, US owner (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • May 25 Frank Ward, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1936-38), dies
  • May 26 Silvio Moser, Swiss racing driver (b. 1941)
  • Jun 2 Waldemar F Eric Marx, cricketer (3 Tests South Africa v Aust 1921-22), dies
  • Jun 2 Hiroshi Kazato, Japanese racing driver (b. 1949)
  • Jun 17 Yadavendra Singh, cricketer (Yuvraj of Patiala, Test for India), dies
  • Jul 9 Ted Bowley, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1929-30), dies
  • Jul 17 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, pitcher (St Louis Cards), dies at 63
  • Jul 19 Erno Schwarz, Hungarian-American soccer player, dies at 69
  • Jul 28 Jack Ellis, cricketer (Victorian WK, Ashes tourist 1926), dies
  • Aug 2 W. Douglas Hawkes, British racing driver (b. 1893)
  • Aug 7 Sylvio Mantha, professional ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • Aug 11 Jack Hill, cricketer (3 Tests for Australia 1953-55, 8 wickets), dies
  • Aug 13 Hugo Yarnold, cricketer (Umpire in 3 Tests for England), dies
  • Sep 25 William Sloane, publisher/writer ("Edge of Running Water"), dies
  • Oct 6 Helmuth Koinigg, Austrian Formula One driver (b. 1948)
  • Nov 29 James J. Braddock, American heavyweight boxer (b. 1905)
  • Dec 5 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Open 1909-11), dies at 87
  • Dec 9 George Carew, cricketer (4 Tests for WI between 1935 & 1949), dies
  • Dec 13 Rufus "Rufe" Davis, American actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora), dies at 66
  • Dec 18 Harry Hooper, American baseball player, dies at 87