On This Day

Year 1974 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

  • 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 awardUS Open Women's Tennis

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

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Sep 8 England's Ian Thompson wins European Championship marathon in 2:13:18.8 in Rome, Italy

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Jimmy Connors wins his first of 5 US singles titles; outclasses veteran Australian Ken Rosewall 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in last event played on grass

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Sep 10 Lou Brock ties (104) & then sets (105) baseball stolen base mark
  • Sep 10 Teuvo Louhivouri sets cycling distance record of 515.8 mi in 24 hrs
  • Sep 13 Phillies set NL record, using 27 players in a game, St Louis uses 24, tying record of 51. Phils win 7-3 in 17
  • Sep 17 Courageous (US) beats Southern Cross (Aust) in 23rd America's Cup
  • Sep 24 Al Kaline, Detroit Tiger, is 12th to get 3,000 hits

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Sep 28 California Angel Nolan Ryan 3rd no-hitter beats Minn Twin, 4-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Sep 29 New York City Marathon: Norbert Sander wins men's race in 2:26:30; Katherine Switzer takes out women's event in 3:07:29

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 2 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Hank Aaron hits his final home run as a member of the Atlanta Braves, in a 13-0 drubbing of the Cincinnati Reds; Aaron's 733rd career HR on his last NL at bat

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

AgreementContract of Interest

Oct 3 39-year old Frank Robinson becomes MLB’s first African-American manager when he signs as player-manager for Cleveland Indians; agrees to 1-year contract estimated at $180,000

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Future Basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry West (“Mr. Clutch”) retires after 14 NBA seasons with the LA Lakers; West has 25,192 career points; averages 29.1 ppg in 153 playoff games

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • Oct 6 Brazilian McLaren driver Emerson Fittipaldi finishes 4th in the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to win his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 3 points from Clay Ragazzoni

  • Oct 9 Washington Capitals 1st NHL game, losing 6-3 to NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden Wash Caps begin a 37 game road losing streak
  • Oct 9 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 9 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 10 US Gen George Brown's speech deplores Jewish influence in US over his treatment during the 1973 World Series
  • Oct 15 Washington Capitals 1st NHL tie, playing LA Kings to 1-1 tie
  • Oct 17 NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Oct 17 Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3
  • Oct 17 Oakland A's beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A's only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series
  • Oct 18 1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • Oct 19 Det Red Wing Mickey Redmond scores 1st hat trick against Wash Caps
  • Oct 19 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers in Portland (next win 6-1-90)

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Oct 19 Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong wins her first WTA Tour Championship; beats Chris Evert 6-3, 6-4 in the final at the Los Angeles Sports Arena

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Oct 22 MLB New York Yankees trade outfielder Bobby Murcer to San Francisco Giants for outfielder Bobby Bonds
  • Oct 23 Chicago Cubs trade 6-time MLB All Star outfielder Billy Williams to Oakland A's for second baseman Manny Trillo and 2 pitchers

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Oct 24 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Texas Rangers)

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • Oct 26 Cleveland Coliseum opens for NBA's Cavaliers & MISL's Crunch
  • Oct 27 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets female world marathon record (2:46:24) in Neuf-Brisach, France
  • Oct 28 1st time 2 Islanders hat trick in same game-MacMillian & Westfall
  • Oct 30 California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 30 "The Rumble in the Jungle": Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire; regains world heavyweight boxing title with famous "rope-a-dope" tactic

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Nov 2 Atlanta Braves trade then MLB home run king Hank Aaron to Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Dave May
  • Nov 6 Dodger Mike Marshall is 1st relief pitcher to win Cy Young Award
  • Nov 10 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 11-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 13 Dodgers Steve Garvey wins NL MVP

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey
  • Nov 16 Milwaukee Bucks lose their 11th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Nov 17 Bonnie Bryant becomes the only left-handed player in history to win an LPGA Tour event; scores a 3-stroke victory in the Bill Branch Golf Classic in Fort Myers, Florida
  • Nov 22 Test Cricket debut of Gordon Greenidge and Viv Richards, at Bangalore
  • Nov 23 Alexis Argüello of Nicaragua knocks out Mexican defending champion Rubén Olivares in the 13th round at the Forum in Inglewood, California, to claim the WBA world featherweight boxing title
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Montreal Alouettes defeat Edmonton Eskimos, 20-7 on a slick, wet field

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Nov 24 24th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty
  • Nov 26 Greenidge scores 107 in 2nd innings of Test Cricket debut v India
  • Nov 27 Cardinals outfielder Bake McBride wins NL Rookie of Year

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 28 Bowie Kuhn suspends George Steinbrenner for 2 years

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Nov 29 39th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 17-13 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 20th time Islanders shut-out (3-0 vs Canucks)
  • Dec 1 American Jacqueline Hansen runs female world record marathon 2:43:54.5 in Culver City, California
  • Dec 1 South Africa is awarded the Davis Cup tennis title after India refuses to travel to South Africa for the final in protest of the South African government's apartheid policies
  • Dec 2 MLB Rules Committee changes long time philosophy to permit the use of cowhide, rather than just horsehide in the manufacture of baseballs
  • Dec 5 NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms
  • Dec 5 Birmingham Americans defeat the Florida Blazers 22-21 in the WFL's World Bowl
  • Dec 14 Viv Richards scores 1st Test Cricket ton 192 v India 20 fours 6 sixes

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Dec 15 Guillermo Vilas of Argentina beats defending champion lie Năstase 7–6, 6–2, 3–6, 3–6, 6–4 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis final in Melbourne, Australia

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Dec 19 Dave Kryskow scores Washington Capitals 1st NHL shorthanded goal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 22 Phil Esposito, Boston, became 6th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Dec 24 Cardinals' Lou Brock is named Sportsman of the Year
  • Dec 26 Washington Capitals 1st NHL sellout
  • Dec 27 40th Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
  • Dec 28 4th Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State beats #17 BYU, 16-6

Sport awardAFC Championship

Dec 29 AFC Championship, Oakland Coliseum: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders, 24-13

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Dec 29 NFC Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams, 14-10
  • Dec 31 New York Yankees sign Cy Young Award winner Jim "Catfish" Hunter for 5 years for a record $3.75 million from the Oakland A's

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Dec 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley retains her title; beats Martina Navratilova of Czechoslovakia 6-3, 6-2

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Dec 31 41st Sugar Bowl: #8 Nebraska beats #18 Florida, 13-10
  • Dec 31 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins back-to-back awards, and his 3rd overall, for best European football player ahead of Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer and Legia Warsaw midfielder Kazimierz Deyna

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 549

  • Feb 16 Kathy McCormack, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympic silver 1998)
  • Feb 16 Fanis Katergiannakis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 18 Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russian tennis player (French Open 1996, Australian Open 1999), born in Sochi, Russia
  • Feb 18 Jamey Carroll, American baseball player, born in Evansville, Indiana
  • Feb 20 Katerina Kroupova, Olomouc Czech, tennis star (1994 Futures-Sofia-BUL)
  • Feb 21 Alexei Lojkin, Belarusian NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Feb 21 Rohsaan Griffin, American 200m runner, born in Texas City, Texas
  • Feb 21 Iván Campo, Spanish footballer, born in San Sebastián, Spain
  • Feb 22 Aaron Gavey, Canadian NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • Feb 22 Kyoko Nagatsuka, Japanese tennis star (1996 Hobart), born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • Feb 23 Herschelle Gibbs, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1996), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Feb 23 Kenyon Cotton, American football fullback (Baltimore Ravens), born in Bossier City, Louisiana
  • Feb 24 Jeremy Laster, Fullerton California, water polo driver (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 24 Simeon Rice, American NFL defensive end (Super Bowl 2002, Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 3-time Pro Bowl), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 24 Mike Lowell, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Feb 25 Detron Smith, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Feb 25 Tamarick Vanover, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 26 Sébastien Loeb, French rally driver, born in Haguenau, France
  • Feb 27 Chris Dishman, American football offensive lineman (Arizona Cardinals), born in Cozad, Nebraska
  • Feb 27 Jimmy Maher, Australian cricketer (Queensland lefty batsman victorious 1995 side), born in Innisfail, Australia
  • Feb 28 Katie Allen, Australian field hockey full back/half back (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 28 Kevin Abrams, cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • Feb 28 Lee Carsley, Irish footballer
  • Mar 1 Stephen Davis, American football running back (NFL Pro Bowl 1999, 2000, 03; Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • Mar 2 Hayley Lewis OAM, Australian swimmer and broadcaster (World C'ship gold 200m freestyle 1991; Olympic silver 800m, bronze 400m 1992), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Mar 4 Jarrett Deuling, Vernon, NHL left wing (NY Islanders)
  • Mar 4 Karol Kucera, Bratislava Slovakia, tennis star (1995-Rosmalen)
  • Mar 4 Ariel Ortega, Argentine footballer
  • Mar 4 Tommy Phelps, American baseball player
  • Mar 5 Brad Schumacher, American 400m/800m freesytyle (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Mar 5 Jens Jeremies, German footballer
  • Mar 7 Facundo Sava, Argentine footballer and manager, born in Ituzaingó, Argentina
  • Mar 8 Steve Sarkisian, CFL quarterback (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Mar 8 Toran James, linebacker (San Diego Chargers)
  • Mar 8 Mike Moriarty, American baseball player
  • Mar 9 Mark Harrity, Australian cricketer (promising South Aust left-arm fast bowler), born in Semaphore, South Australia
  • Mar 11 Billy Granville, linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Mar 11 David Cameron, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 12 Chris Carr, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Minn Timberwolves)
  • Mar 13 Corinna West, American lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Garberville Colorado
  • Mar 13 Thomas Enqvist, Swedish tennis player (Australian Open 1999 runner-up), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Mar 13 Vampeta [Marcos André Batista dos Santos], Brazilian footballer, born in Nazaré, Bahia, Brazil
  • Mar 14 Justine Joyce, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 15 Imad Baba, soccer midfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Humble, Texas
  • Mar 15 Robert Fick, American baseball player
  • Mar 16 Heath Streak, cricketer (Zimbabwean pace bowler 1993-)
  • Mar 16 Lamont Burns, American NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Mar 16 Georgios Anatolakis, Greek footballer
  • Mar 16 Fotini Vavatsi, Greek archer
  • Mar 17 Eric Lane, running back (NY Giants)
  • Mar 17 John Hall, kicker (NY Jets)
  • Mar 18 Torrian Gray, safety (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Mar 19 John Coppinger, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Mar 20 P J Bogart, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 21 Jose Clayton, Tunisian footballer
  • Mar 22 Marcus Camby, American NBA forward (Toronto Raptors), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Mar 22 Tuomas Gronman, Finnish NHL defenceman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Pitts), born in Viitasaari, Finland
  • Mar 22 Philippe Clement, Belgian footballer and coach, born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Mar 23 Eric Washington, NBA guard (Denver Nuggets)
  • Mar 23 Scott Galyon, linebacker (NY Giants)
  • Mar 24 Terry Killens, linebacker (Tennessee Oilers)
  • Mar 25 Mike Adams, wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 25 Vyninka Arlow, Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • Mar 26 Irina Spirlea, Romanian tennis star (1996 Amelia Island), born in Bucharest, Romania
  • Mar 26 Mike Peca, Canadian NHL center (Buffalo Sabres), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 27 Gaizka Mendieta, Spanish footballer, born in Bilbao, Spain
  • Mar 28 K C Jones, NFL center (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Mar 28 Mark King, English snooker player
  • Mar 29 Marc Gené, Spanish racing car driver
  • Mar 30 Martin Love, cricketer (high scoring Queensland batsman, Aust 1995)
  • Apr 1 Hugo Ibarra, Argentine soccer right back (11 caps; Colón, Boca Juniors), born in El Colorado, Formosa, Argentina
  • Apr 1 Sandra Völker, German swimmer (world record 50m backstroke 28.71 1999; World C'ship gold 4x100m relay 2001), born in Lübeck, Germany
  • Apr 1 Vladimir Beschastnykh, Russian soccer forward (71 caps; Racing Santander, FC Spartak Moscow), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 2 Tayfun Korkut, Turkish soccer midfielder (42 caps; Fenerbahçe, Real Sociedad) and manager (Hannover 96, FC Kaiserslautern, Bayer Leverkusen, VfB Stuttgart), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Apr 4 O. J. Santiago, American football tight end (Atlanta Falcons), born in Whitby, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 4 Dave Mirra, American BMX rider, born in Chittenango, New York (d. 2016)
  • Apr 5 Mike DuHaney, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Apr 5 Rick Terry, NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets)
  • Apr 6 Robert Kovač, Croatian footballer
  • Apr 7 Anita Maxwell, WNBA forward (Cleveland Rockers)
  • Apr 9 Ben Bordelon, American football tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Mathews, Louisiana
  • Apr 10 Petros Passalis, Greek footballer (Olympiakos), born in Giannitsa, Greece
  • Apr 11 Alex Corretja, tennis star (1990 Orange Bowl boys 16), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Apr 11 Sascha van Wissen, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • Apr 11 Ashot Danielyan, Armenian weightlifter, born in Yerevan, Armenia
  • Apr 11 Trot Nixon, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1996-2008 (Boston Red Sox, and 2 other teams), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • Apr 12 Kabir Khan, Pakistani cricketer, born in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
  • Apr 12 Roman Hamrlik, Czech ice hockey defenseman (Lightning, Olympic gold 1998), born in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia
  • Apr 12 Sylvinho, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 13 Sergei Gonchar, Russian NHL defenseman (Capitals, Olympic silver 1998), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Apr 13 Darren Turner, British racing car driver, born in Camberley, Surrey
  • Apr 14 Mike Allen Lambert, American volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Apr 15 Sergei Krivokrasov, Angarsk Russia, NHL right wing (Blackhawks, Olympic silver 1998)
  • Apr 17 James Hamilton, American football linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 17 Marcel Nijenhuis, Dutch soccer player (NEC), born in Heteren, Netherlands
  • Apr 19 Ante Moric, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 20 Ben Holbrook, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
  • Apr 20 Kevin Sullivan, Canadian athlete, 1.5k runner (Olympics 1996), born in Brantford, Ontario
  • Apr 20 Paul Bradford, American football cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in East Palo Alto, California
  • Apr 22 Adam Parfitt, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, British Columbia

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