On This Day

1974 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 168

  • Jan 1 Lee MacPhail takes over as AL president, succeeding Joe Cronin

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Jimmy Connors wins his only Australian title; beats home favourite Phil Dent 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • 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 1 Ernie DiGregorio of Buffalo hands out 25 assists in the Braves' 120-119 win over Portland, establishing an NBA single-game record for assists by a rookie
  • Jan 3 NY Yankees sign Bill Virdon as manager
  • Jan 13 Super Bowl VIII, Rice Stadium, Houston, TX: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7; MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB
  • Jan 15 24th NBA All-Star Game, Seattle Center Coliseum: West beats East, 134-123; MVP: Bob Lanier, Detroit Pistons, C
  • Jan 19 Notre Dame beats UCLA, 71-70 in South Bend, Indiana to end Bruins' NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak
  • Jan 20 24th NFL Pro Bowl, Arrowhead Stadium, KC, Missouri: AFC beats NFC, 15-13; MVP: Garo Yepremian, Miami Dolphins, PK
  • 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, Chicago Stadium: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 6-4; MVP: Garry Unger, St. Louis, C
  • 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 5 Mats Wermelin, Sweden, scores all points in 272-0 basketball win

  • Feb 6 3rd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • 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 16th Daytona 500: Richard Petty first driver to win back-to-back titles at Daytona; his 5th Great American race

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 Australian cricketing brothers Ian (145) and Greg Chappell (162no) record 264 partnership in 1st Test draw vs New Zealand at Wellington; Ian (121) and Greg (133) double up with centuries in 2nd innings
  • Mar 2 Australian cricket batsman Greg Chappell makes 247no in drawn 1st Test vs NZ in Wellington; also hits 133 in 2nd innings; brother Ian 145 and 121 also scores twin centuries
  • Mar 3 Despite Billy Harris' hat trick Islanders lose 3-4
  • Mar 6 Australian cricketing brothers Ian (145 & 121) and Greg Chappell (247no and 133) score unique twin centuries in drawn 1st Test vs New Zealand in Wellington
  • Mar 9 21st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Maryland, 103-100 (OT)
  • Mar 16 Both Wales (12-16 v England) and France (6-19 v Scotland) lose their final round matches handing Ireland their 8th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • Mar 24 36th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Marquette, 76-64; Wolfpack first title; first tournament officially designated as a Division I championship

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 for the 2nd consecutive year; horse goes on to win 1977 race for 3 GN victories; Fletcher's record 3rd GN win
  • Mar 31 American golfer Lee Trevino goes bogey-free for the full 4 rounds as he wins the Greater New Orleans Open by 8 strokes from Bobby Cole and Ben Crenshaw

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 awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 14 38th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Gary Player wins the 2nd of his 3 Masters titles, 2 strokes ahead of Dave Stockton and Tom Weiskopf

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • Apr 15 78th Boston Marathon: Neil Cusack of Ireland takes men's race in 2:13:39; American Miki Gorman women's winner in 2:47:11
  • Apr 19 Oriole Al Bumbry hits an inside-the-park HR against NY Yankees
  • Apr 24 NFL grants franchise to Tampa Bay Bucaneers
  • Apr 25 NFL moves goal posts & adopts sudden-death playoff
  • May 4 100th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr. aboard Cannonade wins in 2:04
  • 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 10 7th ABA championship: NY Nets beats Utah Stars, 4 games to 1
  • May 12 28th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Milwaukee, 4 games to 3
  • 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 Stanley Cup Final, The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA: In their first Finals appearance the Philadelphia Flyers beat Boston Bruins, 1-0 to take the title, 4 games to 2
  • May 22 Soccer team Veendam forms
  • 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 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

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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 15 French Open Women's Tennis: American teenager Chris Evert beats Olga Morozova of Russia 6-1, 6-2 for first of a record 7 French singles titles

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jun 16 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Hale Irwin's score of 287 (+7) is good enough for the first of his 3 Open titles, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Forrest Fezler

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 16 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins first career Grand Slam title; beats Manuel Orantes of Spain 2-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jun 19 KC Royal Steve Busby 2nd no-hitter beats Milwaukee Brewers, 2-0
  • Jun 23 LPGA Championship, Pleasant Valley CC: 1965 champion Sandra Haynie wins by 2 shots from JoAnn Carner
  • 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 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Candiac GC: Carole Jo Skala wins by 3 from JoAnn Carner
  • Jul 1 NFL players go on strike for 41 days challenging the "Rozelle Rule" but had to wait until 1977 for new collective bargaining agreement
  • Jul 3 Pitching in MLB-record 13th consecutive game for the LA Dodgers, Mike Marshall saves Tommy John's 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Chris Evert wins her first Wimbledon title beating Russian Olga Morzova 6-0, 6-4
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles beating Ken Rosewall of Australia 6-1, 6-1, 6-4
  • Jul 7 Milwaukee's Don Money sets MLB record for consecutive errorless games at 3rd base (78) in Brewers 8-5 win v Twins
  • Jul 7 FIFA World Cup Final, Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany: Striker Gerd Müller scores 43rd minute winner as West Germany beats the Netherlands, 2-1
  • 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 British Open Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: South African Gary Player wins his 3rd Open Championship, 4 strokes clear of runner-up Peter Oosterhuis of England
  • Jul 14 Billy Martin is 1st AL manager ejected by umpire from 2 games in 1 day
  • Jul 17 Bob Gibson becomes 2nd pitcher to strike-out 3,000 (Cesar Geronimo)
  • Jul 19 Cleveland Indian Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0
  • Jul 21 US Open Women's Golf, La Grange CC: Sandra Haynie wins by 1 shot from Beth Stone and Carol Mann
  • Jul 21 61st Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium wins 5th Tour that he enters; equals Jacques Anquetil record for Tour victories
  • 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)

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 11 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Tanglewood Park: Lee Trevino wins the first of his 2 PGA C'ships, 1 stroke ahead of defending champion Jack Nicklaus

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 12 Yankees Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford become 1st team mates inducted to hall of fame on same day

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Aug 15 Longest team (6) trampoline bouncing marathon (1,248 hours or 52 days)
  • Aug 20 Brooklyn pitcher Dan Bankhead is 1st black to homer in his 1st at bat
  • Aug 20 Nolan Ryan pitch measured at record 161.6 kph (100.4 mph)
  • Aug 23 Zaheer Abbas scores 240 Pakistan v England at The Cricket Oval
  • Aug 27 NY Met Benny Ayala hits a HR in his 1st at bat
  • Sep 2 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Atlanta CC: Jack Nicklaus wins inaugural event; first of his 3 TPC titles, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up J. C. Snead
  • Sep 3 SF Giants' pitcher John Montefusco in his MLB debut, homers in his first at bat and pitches 9 innings in relief to earn a 9 - 5 victory over the Dodgers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 Future Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard Oscar Robertson retires; leaves NBA with 26,710 points, 9,887 assists & 7,804 rebounds in 1,040 games

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 7 US Open Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King wins her 4th and final US title; beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Sep 8 Ian Thompson wins marathon (2:13:18.8)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 579

  • 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, American football defensive end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 5 Calvin Collins, American football guard (Atlanta Falcons), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Jan 6 Juan Roque, American football tackle (Detroit Lions), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 6 Marcus Crandell, CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jan 6 Paul Grant, NBA center (Minn Timberwolves), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 6 Daniel Cordone, Argentine footballer, born in General Rodríguez Partido, Argentina
  • Jan 8 Arjan Blaauw, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen), born in Stadskanaal, Netherlands
  • Jan 9 Craig Wishart, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman vs South Africa 1995), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Jan 9 Jamain Stephens, American NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Jan 10 Hollis Thomas, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Jan 10 Davide Dionigi, Italian footballer, born in Modena, Italy
  • Jan 10 Steve Marlet, French footballer, born in Pithiviers, France
  • Jan 11 Goran Lozanovski, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 11 Rod Jones, NFL guard (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 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 interestMel C

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

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Singer-Songwriter
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, Canadian 50m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 14 Kevin Jefferson, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • Jan 14 Nancy Napolski, American sports shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Hinsdale, Idaho
  • Jan 15 Mike Minter, American football safety (Carolina Panthers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jan 15 Ray King, American baseball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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, American football defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Logan, West Virginia
  • Jan 19 Amaury Telemaco, Dominican baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Higüey, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 19 Gregory Playfair, Dutch football player (PSV), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Jan 19 Tarik Oulida, Dutch football player (Ajax/Seville), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jan 19 Walter Jones, American football offensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks), born in Aliceville, Alabama
  • Jan 19 Jaime Moreno, Bolivian footballer, born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
  • Jan 20 Calvin Harrison, American athlete (Olympic gold medalist), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Jan 20 Rae Carruth, American football wide receiver (Carolina Panthers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 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 Stephanie Rottier, Dutch tennis player (1995 semi Prague), born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
  • Jan 23 Glen Chapple, English cricketer (Lancashire & England A pace bowler), born in Skipton, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 Yosvani Pérez, Cuban baseball player, born in Rodas, Cuba
  • Jan 24 Tim Biakabutuka, running back (Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 25 Adam Meadows, American football player (Indianapolis Colts), born in Powder Springs, Georgia
  • Jan 25 Daniel Sproule, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 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, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 30 Martina Jerant, Canadian basketball player (Olympics 1996), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • Jan 30 Robert Rollins, English cricketer (big-hitting Essex wicketkeeper-batsman), born in London, England
  • Jan 31 Bob Mulder, Dutch football player (Appingedam, FC Groningen), born in Delfzijl, Netherlands
  • Jan 31 Lorenzo Styles, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Sharon, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 31 Othella Harrington, American basketball forward (Houston Rockets), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Jan 31 Pavi Sald, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 31 Tory Toogood, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 31 Ariel Pestano, Cuban baseball player, born in Cuba
  • Feb 1 Walter McCarty, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • Feb 1 Roberto Heras, Spanish cyclist, born in Béjar, Spain
  • Feb 1 David Meca, Spanish long distance swimmer, born in Sabadell, Spain
  • 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 football defensive lineman (Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Feb 6 Olaf Lindenbergh, Dutch football player (Ajax, De Graafschap), born in Purmerend, Netherlands
  • Feb 7 Ryan Phillips, linebacker (NY Giants)

Person of interestSteve Nash

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), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 10 Lea Ghirardi-Rubbi, French tennis star (1994 Futures NC), born in Colombes, France
  • Feb 10 Ty Law, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 11 Brian Newman, US football guard (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 11 Ronnie Ward, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 11 Wally Richardson, NFL quarterback (Baltimore Ravens), born in Orangeburg, United States
  • Feb 11 Jaroslav Špaček, NHL defenseman (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Rokycany, Czechoslovakia
  • Feb 12 Ian Mcintyre, NHL left wing (Vancouver Canucks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 12 Toranosuke Takagi, Japanese race car driver, born in Shizuoka, Japan
  • Feb 14 Rob Jahrling, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Burruyacú Department, Argentina
  • Feb 14 Philippe Léonard, Belgian footballer, born in Liège, Belgium
  • Feb 15 Erik Schulz, US pairs skater (& Ilana Goldfogel), born in Port Huron, Michigan
  • Feb 15 Tim Hall, US running back (Oakland Raiders), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1998)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Basketball Player and US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player and US Senator
Bill Bradley

LoveWedding of Interest

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

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving

LoveWedding of Interest

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

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

LoveWedding 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 interestTim Horton

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 1 Larry Doyle, American baseball second baseman (NL MVP 1912, NL batting champion 1915), dies of tuberculosis at 87
  • Mar 4 Bill Aston, British racing driver (Aston Butterworth), dies at 73
  • Mar 22 Peter Revson, US race car driver (Indianapolis 500), dies at 35
  • Apr 18 John Henry Lewis, American boxer (World Light-Heavyweight champion 1935-38), dies of emphysema and Parkinson's at 59
  • Apr 21 Charles "Chic" Harley, American football player (b. 1895)
  • Apr 23 Cy Williams, American MLB outfielder (4-time NL HR leader), dies at 86

Person of interestDenny Shute

May 13 Denny Shute, American golfer (British Open 1933, PGA C'ship 1936-37), dies at 69

Golfer Denny Shute
Golfer
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, dies at 25
  • Jun 17 Yadavendra Singh, cricketer (Yuvraj of Patiala, Test for India), dies
  • Jun 20 Horace Lindrum, Australian snooker and billiards player, dies at 62
  • 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, dies at 80
  • Aug 7 Sylvio Mantha, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 72
  • Aug 11 Jack Hill, Australian cricketer (3 Tests for Australia 1953-55, 8 wickets), dies at 51
  • Aug 13 Hugo Yarnold, English cricketer (Umpire in 3 Tests for England), dies at 57
  • Oct 6 Helmuth Koinigg, Austrian Formula One driver (b. 1948)
  • Oct 27 Rudolf Dassler, German founder of sportswear company Puma, dies at 76
  • Nov 29 James J. Braddock, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 69
  • Dec 5 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1909-11, 19), 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 16 Helen Hicks, American golfer (Western Open 1937, Titleholders Championship 1940), dies of throat cancer at 63
  • Dec 18 Harry Hooper, American baseball player, dies at 87