1975 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 176


Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 1 63rd Men's Australian Open: John Newcombe beats Jimmy Connors (7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6)

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 1 63rd Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Martina Navratilova (6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jan 1 61st Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 18-17
  • Jan 1 41st Orange Bowl: #9 Notre Dame beats #2 Alabama, 13-11
  • Jan 4 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • Jan 12 Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB
  • Jan 14 Anita Wold (Norway) sets women's ski jump distance record-98 m
  • Jan 14 25th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 108-102 at Phoenix

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jan 19 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Colgate Golf Triple Crown

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Jan 20 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 17-10
  • Jan 21 28th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-1 at Montreal
  • Jan 23 Ralph Kiner elected to baseball's Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 10th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 1st

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Jan 28 1975 NFL Draft: Steve Bartkowski from University of California first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • Jan 31 UCLA defeats Kentucky 92-85 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • Feb 1 1st successful Wash Cap penalty shot, Ken Lockett vs Vancouver Canucks

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 2 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Feb 7 NBA New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game road losing streak
  • Feb 8 Caps only got one shot in a period against Islanders
  • Feb 9 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Naples Lely Golf Classic
  • Feb 10 William "Judy" Johnson selected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 16 Washington Capitals 1st NHL shutout, beating KC Scouts 3-0
  • Feb 20 Leonard Baichan scores 105* on Test Cricket debut, v Pakistan Lahore
  • Feb 23 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 8 22nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 70-66
  • Mar 19 Pennsylvania is 1st state to allow girls to compete with boys in HS sports
  • Mar 23 Sue Roberts wins LPGA Bing Crosby International Golf Classic

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 24 Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 26 Washington Capitals play record NHL 37th road game without a win & NHL record of 17 straight loses
  • Mar 29 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Karsten-Ping Golf Open
  • Mar 29 Only 2nd time Islanders beat Rangers
  • Mar 30 Ron Lalonde scores the 1st hat trick by a Washington Capital
  • Mar 31 37th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Kentucky 92-55
  • Apr 5 129th Grand National: Tommy Carberry aboard L'Escargot wins
  • Apr 8 Frank Robinson debuts as 1st African American baseball manager (Cleveland, beats New York 5-3)
  • Apr 10 Rangers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 11 Hank Aaron returns as a Milwaukee player (Brewer)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Apr 11 J. P. Parisé scores an 11 sec OT goal, to see the NY Islanders eliminate the NY Rangers in their ever 1st playoff advance

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 13 39th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 276

  • Apr 20 4th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Palmer
  • Apr 21 79th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:09:55 and Liane Winter of West Germany 1st woman in 2:42:24 (world record for female)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 26 Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Apr 27 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Charity Golf Classic
  • May 3 101st Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Foolish Pleasure wins 2:02
  • May 3 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:40:15.8)
  • May 4 Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
  • May 4 Maria Astrologes wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • May 9 Brian Oldfield shot puts 22.86 m (world record)
  • May 11 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • May 13 Hail stones as large as tennis balls hit Wernerville, Tennessee
  • May 14 Dynamo Kyiv of the Soviet Union win 15th European Cup Winner's Cup over Ferencvár osi TC of Hungary 3-0

  • May 16 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 17 100th Preakness: Darrel McHargue aboard Master Derby wins in 1:56.4
  • May 22 8th ABA Championship: Kentucky Colonels beat Ind Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • May 25 29th NBA Championship: Golden Warriors sweep Wash Bullets in 4 games
  • May 25 Joanne Carner wins LPGA American DefenderGolf Classic
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins in 2:54:55.064 (240.135 km/h)
  • May 26 Tennis game in Surrey championships lasts 31 minutes
  • May 27 Stanley Cup: Philadelphia Flyers beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
  • May 28 19th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Leeds United 2-0 at Paris
  • Jun 1 21st LPGA Championship won by Kathy Whitworth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 1 California Angel Nolan Ryan 4th no-hitter beats Balt Orioles, 1-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Jun 6 Nolan Ryan's bid for 2nd no-hitter broken in 6th inning
  • Jun 7 Sri Lanka's 1st one-day international, v WI Cricket World Cup
  • Jun 8 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Girl Talk Golf Classic
  • Jun 9 107th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Avatar wins in 2:28.2
  • Jun 11 One-day international cricket debut, Javed Miandad age 17 yrs 364 days
  • Jun 12 Hank Aaron's 1st HR in Milwaukee since 1965
  • Jun 15 Carol Mann wins Lawson's LPGA Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 15 74th Men's French Open: Bjorn Borg beats Guillermo Vilas (6-2, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 15 74th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova (2-6, 6-2, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jun 18 Fred Lynn gets 10 RBIs in a Red Sox 15-1 victory over Tigers
  • Jun 18 Gary Gilmour takes 6-14 in Cricket World Cup semi v England
  • Jun 21 West Indies beat Australia by 17 runs to win Cricket World Cup
  • Jun 22 Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic
  • Jun 23 75th US Golf Open: Lou Graham shoots a 287 at Medinah CC ILL
  • Jun 28 Golfer Lee Trevino is struck by lightning at Western Open (Ill)
  • Jun 28 The South African rugby team beats France 33-18 in Pretoria
  • Jun 29 3rd du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): JoAnne Carner
  • Jun 30 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Bugner in Malaysia
  • Jul 1 Muhammad Ali beats Joe Bugner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 82nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong (60 61)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 89th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Ashe beats Jimmy Connors (61 61 57 64)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Jul 6 Susie McAllister wins LPGA Wheeling Ladies Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 10 Test Cricket debut of Graham Gooch, v Australia, out for a pair

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Cricketer
Graham Gooch

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 12 104th British Golf Open: Tom Watson shoots a 279 at Carnoustie

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Jul 13 Carol Mann wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic
  • Jul 15 46th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-3 at County Stadium, Milwaukee
  • Jul 15 All star MVP: Bill Madlock (Pittsburgh Pirates) & John Matlock (NY Mets)
  • Jul 18 Jury can't decide on trial of Dave Forbes of Boston Bruins (1st athlete indicted for excessive violence during play)
  • Jul 19 NY Yankee catcher Thurman Munson's 1st-inning single & RBI are nullified because tar on his bat handle exceeds 18" limit
  • Jul 20 30th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Sandra Palmer
  • Jul 20 62nd Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France
  • Jul 21 Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager
  • Jul 21 NY Met Félix Millán hits 4 singles; erased by Joe Torres 4 double plays
  • Jul 23 LA Dodgers W Crawford & Lee Lacy are 5th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Jul 27 Carol Mann wins LPGA George Washington Ladies Golf Classic
  • Aug 1 41st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Pittsburgh 21, All-Stars 14 (54,103)
  • Aug 1 Billy Martin replaces Bill Virdon as manager of NY Yankees
  • Aug 3 Susie Berning wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 480

  • Jan 1 Becky Kellar, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 1 Chris Anstey, NBA center (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Jan 1 Joe Cannon, American soccer player
  • Jan 2 Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union player
  • Jan 6 James Farrior, linebacker (NY Jets)
  • Jan 6 Laura Berg, softball outfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Whittier, California
  • Jan 7 Rob Waddell, New Zealand single scull rower (Olympics 1996) and America's Cup sailor (Team NZ), born in Cambridge, New Zealand
  • Jan 8 Vitali Yachmenev, NHL right wing (LA Kings), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Jan 9 Justin Huish, Fountain Valley CA, archer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Jan 9 Mariano Friedick, Tarzana California, pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 9 Kiko Calero, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Jan 10 Jake Delhomme, American football player
  • Jan 11 Brad Badger, American football player (Washington Redskins), born in Corvallis, Oregon
  • Jan 11 Rory Fitzpatrick, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jan 12 Jocelyn Thibault, NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 13 Angela Holbeck, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 14 Marcel Koning, soccer player (FC The Hague/NEC)
  • Jan 15 Greg Loveridge, cricketer (NZ leg-spinner, did not bowl v Zim 1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 15 Mary Pierce, tennis star (1995 Australian Open), born in Montreal, Quebec

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • Jan 18 Derek Smith, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 19 Natalie Harvey, Australian 3k/5k runner (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 20 David Eckstein, American baseball player
  • Jan 20 Norberto Fontana, Argentine racing driver
  • Jan 21 Willem Korsten, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Jan 21 Ito, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 21 Nicky Butt, English footballer
  • Jan 21 Casey FitzRandolph, American speed skater
  • Jan 21 Yuji Ide, Japanese racing driver
  • Jan 22 Lee Maxwell Francis Vertongen, New Zealand cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Jan 22 Felipe Giaffone, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jan 23 Kevin Alexander, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Jan 24 Rónald Gómez, Costa Rican footballer
  • Jan 25 John Piersma, American 200m/400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • Jan 25 Tim Montgomery, American athlete
  • Jan 27 Chaminda Vaas, brilliant Sri Lankan cricket pace bowler (1994- )
  • Jan 28 Anne Montminy, 10m diver (Olympics-17-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 28 Julian Dean, Waihi NZ, team pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 28 Junior Spivey, American baseball player
  • Jan 29 Hendrik Dreekmann, German tennis star
  • Jan 29 Maarten Kerkhof, soccer player (Vitesse, De Graafschap)
  • Jan 30 Juninho Pernambucano, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 31 Kenard Lang, defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 1 Martijn Reuser, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • Feb 2 Macey Brooks, wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 2 Todd Bertuzzi, Sudbury, NHL right wing (NY Islanders)
  • Feb 2 Ieroklis Stoltidis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 2 Vaggelis Koutsoures, Greek footballer
  • Feb 4 Konstantinos Nebegleras, Greek footballer
  • Feb 5 Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Feb 5 Jan l'Ami, Dutch soccer player (Willem II)
  • Feb 6 Chad Allen, baseball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 6 Leo Insam, hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998)
  • Feb 7 Alexandre Daigle, NHL center (Ottawa Senators), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 7 Marika Lehtimaki, ice hockey center (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • Feb 8 Damon Denson, guard (New England Patriots)
  • Feb 9 Viktor Chistiakov, Russian-born Australian athlete
  • Feb 10 Tina Thompson, WNBA forward (Houston Comets)
  • Feb 10 Hiroki Kuroda, Japanese born baseball player
  • Feb 11 Chuck Watanabe, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 11 Jacque Vaughn, NBA guard (Utah Jazz)
  • Feb 11 Andy Lally, American race car driver
  • Feb 12 Chris Szarka, CFL full back (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Feb 12 Matt Finkes, linebacker (NY Jets)
  • Feb 12 Scot Pollard, NBA center (Detroit Pistons)
  • Feb 12 Seth Payne, defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Feb 13 Mark Gerald Keddell, 200m (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Feb 13 Ben Collins, English racing car driver (ASCAR-2003)
  • Feb 15 Robert Fuchs, soccer player (PSV)
  • Feb 16 Casey Barrett, 200m Butterfly (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 16 Marty Murray, Deloraine, NHL center (Calgary Flames)
  • Feb 16 Vanina Ickx, Belgian racing driver
  • Feb 17 Sung-Hee Park, Pusan Korea, tennis star (1993 Futures-Seoul)
  • Feb 17 Todd Harvey, Hamilton, NHL center (Dallas Stars)
  • Feb 17 Vaclav Prospal, NHL forward (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998, Philadelphia)
  • Feb 18 Scott Tucker, 400m/800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Feb 18 Gary Neville, English footballer
  • Feb 19 Paul Frey, dance skater (& Ponte-1995 Eastern Jr champ), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 19 Raymond Graanoogst, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Feb 19 Mikko Kavén, Finnish footballer
  • Feb 19 Daewon Song, Korean professional skateboarder
  • Feb 20 Brendan Witt, Humboldt, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • Feb 20 Ismael Kirui, Marakwet Kenya, 5k runner
  • Feb 20 Liván Hernández, Cuban baseball player
  • Feb 21 Scott Miller, Australian swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 22 Charles O'Bannon, NBA guard (Detroit Pistons)
  • Feb 22 Gregory Maddalone, dance skater (& Demkowski), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Feb 23 Bohdan Utihrach, Czech, tennis star
  • Feb 23 Chris Garner, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • Feb 23 Pat Barnes, quarterback (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 25 Hercules Kyvelos, boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Feb 26 Cindy Werley, field hockey forward/midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 26 Mike Wilson, Brampton, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Feb 27 Duce Staley, running back (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Feb 27 Marcus Robinson, wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • Feb 27 Prodromos Korkizoglou, Greek decathlete
  • Feb 28 Azhar Mahmood, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani ODI 1996)
  • Feb 28 Mike Rucker, American football player
  • Mar 4 Kirsten Bolm, German hurdler
  • Mar 4 Patrick Femerling, German-born professional basketball player
  • Mar 4 Myrna Veenstra, Dutch field hockey player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 21 Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench (27) weds Vickie Chesser in Cincinnati, Ohio

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 20 "The Exorcist" writer William Peter Blatty (47) weds tennis player Linda Tuero (24) in Las Vegas

Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 8 NBA legend Larry Bird (18) weds highschool sweetheart Janet Condra

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 5 Don Wilson, pitcher (Astro), dies at 29 of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Feb 4 Howard Hill, American archer (b. 1899)
  • Feb 16 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (b. 1903)
  • Feb 18 Syed Nazir Ali, cricketer (2 Tests for India, 4 wickets), dies
  • Feb 27 Neville Cardus, writer/cricketer, dies
  • Mar 15 Antonino Rocca, professional wrestler/sportscaster, dies at 49
  • Mar 21 Joe Medwick, baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Mar 22 Asa Smith Bushnell Jr, Sec of US Olympics (1945-65), dies at 75
  • Mar 25 Juan Gaudino, Argentine racing driver (b. 1893)
  • May 8 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), dies at 87
  • May 22 Lefty Grove, American Baseball Player (b. 1900)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 27 Ezzard Charles, heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), dies of ALS at 53

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • May 30 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), dies in a car accident at 24
  • Jun 28 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter (b. 1941)
  • Jul 6 Ruffian, American racehorse (b. 1972)
  • Jul 7 Ruffian, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1972)
  • Jul 13 Owen Wynne, cricketer (6 Tests for South Africa 1948-50), lost at sea
  • Aug 17 Vladimir Kutz, Russian distance runner (Olympic gold 1956) dies at 48
  • Aug 19 Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
  • Sep 29 Casey Stengel, NY Yankee manager (1949-60), dies in Glendale at 85
  • Oct 4 Joan Whitney Payson, owner of New York Mets, dies at 72
  • Oct 21 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (b. 1887)
  • Oct 28 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (b. 1894)
  • Nov 5 Annette Kellerman, swimmer (Million Dollar Mermaid), dies at 87
  • Dec 1 Nellie Fox, American baseball player (b. 1927)
  • Dec 3 Hugh Thurlow, cricketer (one Test for Australia 1932), dies
  • Dec 7 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75