1975 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 158

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Home favourite John Newcombe wins 7th and last career Grand Slam singles title; beats Jimmy Connors of the US 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 9 Australia beat England by 171 runs in 4th Test to regain Ashes
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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 10 William "Judy" Johnson selected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 16 Washington Capitals 1st NHL shutout, beating KC Scouts 3-0
  • Feb 16 17th Daytona 500: Benny Parsons wins (153.649 MPH)
  • Feb 20 Leonard Baichan scores 105* on Test Cricket debut, v Pakistan Lahore
  • 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

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 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 Bobby Fischer stripped of world chess title for refusing to defend it

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Apr 5 129th Grand National: Tommy Carberry aboard L'Escargot wins
  • Apr 5 American tennis No. 1 Chris Evert wins her 3rd WTA Tour Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena; beats Martina Navratilova 6-4, 6-2
  • 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
  • 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 9 Brian Oldfield shot puts 22.86 m (world record)
  • 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 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

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 1 LPGA Championship, Pine Ridge GC: Kathy Whitworth wins by 1 stroke from Sandra Haynie

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
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 9 107th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Avatar wins in 2:28.2
  • Jun 11 One-day international cricket debut of Javed Miandad aged 17 yrs 364 days
  • Jun 12 Hank Aaron's 1st HR in Milwaukee since 1965

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 15 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg retains title; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 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 21 Ruffian leads all the way to win the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont and clinch American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies
  • 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 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St. George's CC: JoAnne Carner wins in a playoff with Carol Mann
  • Jun 30 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Bugner in Malaysia
  • Jun 30 Muhammad Ali beats British boxer Joe Bugner in a 15 round unanimous decision to retain the WBC & WBA heavyweight title

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King outclasses Evonne Goolagong 6-0, 6-1 for her 6th Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American to win Wimbledon, beats Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Jul 6 Art Wall Jr. at 51 years, 7 months, 10 days becomes the second oldest to win a PGA Tour event, beating Gary McCord by 1 at the Greater Milwaukee Open (oldest Sam Snead)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Graham Gooch

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 12 British Open Golf, Carnoustie: American Tom Watson wins 18-hole playoff by 1 stroke over Jack Newton of Australia; first of 8 major titles; first of 5 Open Championships

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • 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 16 Major League Baseball owners re-elect Commissioner Bowie Kuhn to a 7-year term
  • 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: American Sandra Palmer wins her second major (Titleholders Championship 1972)
  • 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 and Lee Lacy are 5th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 1 41st Chicago Charities College All-Star Game: Pittsburgh 21, All-Stars 14 (54,103)
  • Aug 5 Philadelphia Phillies create MLB record when first 8 batters get hits off Bill Bonham, beat Cubs 13-5
  • Aug 9 1st NFL game in Louisiana Superdome, Houston beats Saints 13-7
  • Aug 10 PGA Championship, Firestone CC: Jack Nicklaus wins 4th PGA C'ship by 2 shots from Australian Bruce Crampton
  • Aug 13 Viv Richards out for 291 v England at Cricket, at the Oval
  • Aug 19 Astros hire Bill Virdon to replace Preston Gomez as manager
  • Aug 22 McNichols Sports Arena in Denver opens
  • Aug 24 SF Giant Ed Halick no-hits NY Giants, 6-0
  • Aug 27 1st night match at US Tennis Open (Parun defeats Smith)
  • Aug 27 Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) complete tandem bicycle ride, a record 18,020 miles around the world
  • Sep 1 NY Mets pitcher Tom Seaver shuts out Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0; first to reach 200 strikeouts for a MLB-record 8th straight season
  • Sep 3 England cricket batsman Bob Woolmer scores 149 on the final day to save the 4th Test v Australia at The Oval; longest first-class match ever played in England; 32 hours 17 minutes
  • Sep 3 Dodgers 1st baseman Steve Garvey begins his NL record 1,207 consecutive game streak in a 13-2 loss v Cincinnati Reds

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 482

  • 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 interestMary Pierce

Jan 15 Mary Pierce, French tennis player (Australian Open 1995, French Open 2000), born in Montreal, Canada

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), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Jan 25 Tim Montgomery, US athlete, born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • 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), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 10 Hiroki Kuroda, Japanese baseball player, born in Osaka, Japan
  • Feb 11 Chuck Watanabe, kayak (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 11 Jacque Vaughn, NBA guard (Utah Jazz), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 11 Andrew "Andy" Lally, US sports car and stock car racing driver, born in Northport, New York
  • Feb 12 Chris Szarka, CFL fullback (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 12 Matt Finkes, NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Piqua, Ohio
  • Feb 12 Scot Pollard, NBA center (Detroit Pistons), born in Murray, Utah
  • Feb 12 Seth Payne, NFL defensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Clifton Springs, New York
  • Feb 13 Mark Gerald Keddell, New Zealand 200m runner (Olympics 1996), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Feb 13 Ben Collins, English racing car driver and former Top Gear Stig (ASCAR-2003), born in Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Feb 15 Robert Fuchs, Dutch footballer (PSV, DESK Kaatsheuvel), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 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 Ulihrach, Czech tennis player, born in Kolín, Czech Republic
  • Feb 23 Chris Garner, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Feb 23 Pat Barnes, American football quarterback (KC Chiefs), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 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, American MLB pitcher (2 x no-hitters), dies at 29 of carbon monoxide poisoning at 29
  • Feb 4 Howard Hill, American archer (b. 1899)
  • Feb 16 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic 1924), dies at 71
  • Feb 18 Nazir Ali, Indian cricketer (2 Tests for India, 4 wickets), dies at 68
  • Feb 27 Neville Cardus, English writer and cricketer, dies at 86
  • Mar 6 Glen Hardin, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936 400m hurdles), dies at 64
  • Mar 21 Joe Medwick, American baseball player, dies at 63
  • 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 interestEzzard Charles

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 5 Paul Keres, Estonian chess player (b. 1916)
  • Jun 17 Sid Gordon, American baseball player, dies at 57
  • 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, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (Yankees (1949-60), NY Met's 1st), dies of cancer at 85
  • Oct 4 Joan Whitney Payson, owner of New York Mets, dies at 72
  • Oct 4 May Sutton, American tennis champion and 1st American woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon in 1905, dies at 89
  • Oct 21 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 86
  • Oct 27 H. V. Porter, American basketball pioneer who created fan-shaped backboard, dies at 84
  • Oct 28 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 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