1976 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 153


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 After 45 years of coaching, Paul Brown announces his retirement from the National Football League

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • Jan 1 42nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Michigan, 14-6
  • Jan 4 64th Men's Australian Open: Mark Edmondson beats John Newcombe (6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1)
  • Jan 4 64th Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Renata Tomanova (6-2, 6-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders 16-10

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 4 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams 37-7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Bryan Trottier failed in 4th Islander penalty shot

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jan 14 Ted Turner becomes CEO of Atlanta Braves
  • Jan 18 Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR
  • Jan 20 29th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-5 at Philadelphia
  • Jan 23 Ian Redpath hits his only 2 sixes in Cricket Tests, v WI Adelaide
  • Jan 23 Wash Caps end 25 game winless streak (0-22-3) beat NY Rangers 7-5
  • Jan 24 Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 24 George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round of a real slugfest

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Jan 26 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-20

  • Jan 28 NBA Atlanta Hawks begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Feb 1 East Lansing police arrest Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall for taking batting practice at Michigan State University after he is warned not to
  • Feb 1 62nd Rose Bowl: #11 UCLA beats #1 Ohio State, 23-10
  • Feb 2 Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & umpire Cal Hubbard elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 3 26th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-109 at Philadelphia
  • Feb 4 12th Winter Olympic games opens in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 5 Last day of Test Cricket for Lance Gibbs & Ian Redpath

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Feb 7 Darryl Sittler, Toronto, sets NHL record with 10 points in a game

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • Feb 9 Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Feb 11 John Curry wins the UK’s 1st Olympic gold medal in figure skating; the country's 1st medal for 12 years at the winter games
  • Feb 13 American Dorothy Hamill wins Olympic figure-skating gold in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 15 12th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 15 18th Daytona 500: David Pearson wins (152.181 MPH)
  • Feb 17 NZ scores their 1st innings win in Test Cricket, v India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 New Zealand v India, his 1st match-winning spell

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 20 Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 2 Bob Lurie becomes CEO of San Francisco Giants
  • Mar 4 SF Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie & Bud Herseth
  • Mar 6 Ice Dance Championship at Gothenburg won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • Mar 6 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by John Curry (Great Britain)
  • Mar 6 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by American Dorothy Hamill
  • Mar 6 23rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Virginia beats North Carolina, 67-62
  • Mar 14 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 7,000th race
  • Mar 28 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64 at Pennsylvania State University
  • Mar 29 38th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Michigan 86-68

  • Mar 31 Cleveland Cavaliers clinch their 1st ever NBA playoff bearth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez & Paul Mitchell

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Apr 3 Philadelphia Flyers win record tying 20th straight NHL home game
  • Apr 3 130th Grand National: John Burke aboard Rag Trade wins
  • Apr 4 5th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Judy Rankin
  • Apr 8 1976 NFL Draft: Lee Roy Selmon from University of Oklahoma first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Apr 10 Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed-Yanks win 9-7
  • Apr 10 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 40th Masters Golf Tournament: Ray Floyd wins, shooting a 271

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Apr 13 1st NBA playoff game for Cleve Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Wash

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 17 NL greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 Phils win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Apr 17 Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her second WTA Tour Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena; beats Chris Evert 6–3, 5–7, 6–3
  • Apr 19 80th Boston Marathon: Jack Fultz of United States 1st man in 2:20:19 and Kim Merritt of United States 1st woman in 2:47:10
  • Apr 30 Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 1 102nd Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr wins aboard Bold Forbes, the second of 3 Derby successes
  • May 12 20th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Saint-Etienne 1-0 at Glasgow
  • May 13 9th & final ABA championship: NY Nets beat Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 2
  • May 15 101st Preakness: John Lively aboard Elocutionist wins in 1:55
  • May 16 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Philadelphia Flyers in 4 games
  • May 22 St Louis Cardinal Reggie Smith hits 3 HR
  • May 24 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title in Munich
  • May 30 22nd LPGA Championship won by Betty Burfeindt
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 1:42:52.466 (239.350 km/h)
  • Jun 3 Test Cricket debut of Mike Brearley v West Indies (0 & 17)
  • Jun 5 108th Belmont: Angel Cordero Jr riding Bold Forbes wins in 2:29
  • Jun 6 30th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 8 Houston Astros draft Floyd Bannister #1

AgreementContract of Interest

Jun 8 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 13 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Cedar Brae CC: Donna Caponi wins in a playoff with Judy Rankin

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Jun 14 75th Men's French Open: Adriano Panatta beats Harold Solomon (6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6)
  • Jun 14 75th Women's French Open: Susan Barker beats Renata Tomanova (6-2, 0-6, 6-2)
  • Jun 15 Rain out! Astrodome cancels game heavy rains make it difficult for visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium
  • Jun 17 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA
  • Jun 18 Bowie Kuhn voids A's sales, totaling $35 million, of Joe Rudi & Rollie Fingers to Red Sox, & Vida Blue to Yankees
  • Jun 20 76th US Golf Open: Jerry Pate shoots a 277 at Atlanta AC in Duluth Ga
  • Jun 20 UEFA European Championship Final: Czechoslovakia upsets West Germany 5-3 on penalties following 2-2 draw after extra time in Belgrade
  • Jun 22 SD Padre pitcher Randy Jones ties record of 68 innings without a walk
  • Jun 25 Ranger Toby Harrah is only shortstop not to handle a fielding chance in doubleheader
  • Jun 26 WS shortstop Toby Harrah plays DH without touching a batted ball

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Chris Evert beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley of Australia 6-3, 4-6, 8-6 for second of 3 Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 6-4, 6-2, 9-7 for the first of 5 straight Wimbledon titles

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jul 10 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: American Johnny Miller wins his only Open championship, 6 strokes clear of Seve Ballesteros and Jack Nicklaus; Miller's second and last major title
  • Jul 11 1st US football club in Austria forms (FAAFC-1st Austrian American)
  • Jul 11 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Green GC: JoAnne Carner wins in a playoff with Sandra Palmer
  • Jul 13 47th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Veterans Stadium, Phila
  • Jul 13 All star MVP: George Foster (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jul 13 Last day of Test Cricket for English all-rounder Brian Close, aged 45
  • Jul 17 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa
  • Jul 18 Nadia Comăneci becomes the first person in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 in gymnastics at 1976 Summer Olympics
  • Jul 18 63rd Tour de France won by Lucien Van Impe of Belgium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 20 Hank Aaron hits 755th and last home run off Angels Dick Drago

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jul 23 42nd NFL Chicago All Star Game: Pittsburgh 24, All Stars 0 (52,895)
  • Jul 23 Balt Oriole Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game
  • Jul 28 White Sox John Odom (5 inn) & Francisco Barrios (4 inn) no-hits A's
  • Jul 30 Japanese beat Russian for Olympic gold in woman's volleyball
  • Jul 31 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski beats American Frank Shorter by 50 seconds to win the Olympic Games marathon in 2:09:55 in Montreal
  • Aug 1 21st Summer Olympic Games, Montreal, Canada: Officially close
  • Aug 1 Seattle Seahawks take the field for the first time in pre-season game v SF 49ers at the newly constructed Kingdome in Seattle
  • Aug 1 Reigning world F1 champion Niki Lauda of Austria suffers a near fatal crash during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 458

  • Jan 1 Caleb Wyatt, American motocross rider, born in Medford, Oregon
  • Jan 2 Hrysopiyi Devetzi, Greek triple jumper
  • Jan 2 Danilo Di Luca, Italian cyclist
  • Jan 2 Cletidus Hunt, American football player
  • Jan 3 Mendel Witzenhauser, soccer player (Ajax, VVV)
  • Jan 3 Angelos Basinas, Greek footballer
  • Jan 4 Benoît Joachim, Luxembourg cyclist
  • Jan 4 Ted Lilly, American baseball player
  • Jan 5 Diego Tristán, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 6 Jeremy Linn, American 100m breaststroke (Olympics-silver/gold-96)
  • Jan 6 Richard Zednik, Bystrica CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Wash)
  • Jan 7 Éric Gagné, Canadian baseball player
  • Jan 7 Alfonso Soriano, Dominican baseball player
  • Jan 8 Brad Snyder, Ontario, shot putter (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 8 Carl Pavano, American baseball player
  • Jan 9 Amy Safe, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 9 Radek Bonk, Koprivnice Cze, NHL center (Ottawa Senators, Team Czech)
  • Jan 10 Adam Kennedy, American MBL second baseman (Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Angels), born in Riverside, California
  • Jan 11 Efthimios Rentzias, Greek basketball player, born in Trikala, Greece
  • Jan 13 Gary Brent, cricketer (Zimbabwe ODI pace bowler 1996)
  • Jan 13 Vaclav Batlik, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Costa Mesa, California
  • Jan 15 Corey Chavous, American football player
  • Jan 16 Viktor Maslov, Russian racing driver
  • Jan 18 Laurence Courtois, Kortrijk Belg, tennis star (1995 finalist Jakarta)
  • Jan 18 Vincent Polvliet, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • Jan 19 Sky Christopherson, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Jan 19 Tarso Marques, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jan 22 James Dearth, American football player
  • Jan 23 Byron Hanspard, NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 23 Phil Boudreault, Copper Cliff Ontario, boxer (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 23 Brandon Duckworth, American baseball player
  • Jan 24 Shae-Lynn Bourne, Canadian pairs skater (Bourne & Kraatz, 1994 World Champs-4th)
  • Jan 24 Cindy Pieters, Belgian cyclist
  • Jan 25 Tara Fleming, LPGA golfer (1992 LPGA Corning-10th), born in North York, Ontario
  • Jan 25 Mario Haberfeld, Brazilian racing car driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 26 Paul Byrne, Australian 800m ruuner (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 27 Haimish Karrasch, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 27 Mike Ferrier, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam, Salernitana)
  • Jan 27 Rhett Warrener, Shaunavon, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • Jan 27 Ahn Jung-Hwan, Korean football player
  • Jan 28 Miltiadis Sapanis, Greek footballer
  • Jan 28 Mark Madsen, American basketball player
  • Jan 30 Florian Keller, Munchen GER, hockey player (Team Germany, Rosenheim)
  • Jan 31 Traianos Dellas, Greek footballer
  • Jan 31 Buddy Rice, American race car driver, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Feb 2 Steven Dewick, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Feb 2 James Hickman, British swimmer
  • Feb 3 Dwayne Rudd, linebacker (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 5 Nancy Feber, Belgian tennis star (1995 Puerto Rico), born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Feb 5 John Aloisi, Australian footballer
  • Feb 5 Brian Moorman, American football player
  • Feb 6 Kim Zmeskal, US gymnast (Olympic-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 6 Tanja Frieden, Swiss snowboarder
  • Feb 6 Colin Teo, Singaporean Grand Prix driver
  • Feb 7 Terry Battle, running back (Detroit Lions)
  • Feb 7 Sreto Ristić, German footballer
  • Feb 8 Holly Manthei, Edina Minn, soccer midfielder/forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 8 Jim Parque, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Norwalk, California
  • Feb 8 Khaled Mashud, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Feb 8 Adam Piatt, American baseball player
  • Feb 9 Georgios Korakakis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 9 Vladimir Guerrero, Dominican baseball player
  • Feb 10 Lance Berkman, American baseball player, born in Waco, Texas
  • Feb 11 Tony Battie, NBA forward (Denver Nuggets), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Feb 12 Christian Cullen, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Paraparaumu, New Zealand
  • Feb 15 Óscar Freire, Spanish cyclist, born in Torrelavega, Spain
  • Feb 16 Eric Byrnes, American baseball player
  • Feb 17 Scott Williamson, American baseball player
  • Feb 18 Chanda Rubin, American tennis player (1996 Australian Open doubles), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Feb 18 Jason Podollan, Vernon, NHL center (Florida Panthers)
  • Feb 18 Volker Schenk, WLAF RB (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Feb 18 Leilani Munter, American race car driver
  • Feb 21 Robin Confer, soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 21 Ryan Smyth, Banff, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Feb 22 Faan Rautenbach, South African rugby player
  • Feb 23 Jeff O'Neill, Canadian NHL center (Hartford Whalers), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Feb 23 Scott Elarton, American baseball player, born in Lamar, Colorado
  • Feb 24 Bradley McGee, Australian cyclist
  • Feb 24 Zach Johnson, American golfer (Masters 2007, British Open 2015), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feb 24 Marco Campos, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1995)
  • Feb 25 Samaki Walker, NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks)
  • Feb 26 Nikolaos Siranidis, Greek diver
  • Feb 27 Tony Gonzalez, tight end (KC Chiefs)
  • Feb 28 Angie Kennedy, Nambour QLD Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 29 Bryan Gillooly, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Auburn, New York
  • Feb 29 Terrence Long, American baseball player
  • Mar 1 Maringo Vlijter, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Mar 2 Lars Bruggemann, hockey defenseman (Team Germany 1998)
  • Mar 4 Hiram Bocachica, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Mar 4 Thierry Renaer, Belgian field hockey player
  • Mar 4 Vic Wunderle, American archer
  • Mar 5 Adriana Serra-Zanetti, Modena Italy, tennis star (1995 Moscow semi)
  • Mar 5 Paul Konerko, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Juan Encarnacion, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Hines Ward, American football player
  • Mar 10 Barbara Schett, Innsbruck Austria, tennis star
  • Mar 11 Thomas Gravesen, Danish footballer
  • Mar 14 Sarah Elizabeth Ulmer, 3k ind pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mar 15 Laurent Gras, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • Mar 16 Abraham Núñez, Dominican baseball player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 11 NBA player Pete Maravich (27) weds college sweetheart Jackie Elliser in Metairie, Louisiana

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Jun 6 Pittsburgh Steelers quaterback Terry Bradshaw (27) weds ice skater JoJo Starbuck (25) at Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles
  • Jun 21 Country singer Reba McEntire (21) weds national steer wrestling champion Charlie Battles

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 7 NFL running back Walter Payton (21) weds Connie Norwood in Los Angeles, California

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 7 NBA guard George Gervin (24) weds Joyce King

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 31 NBA legend Larry Bird (19) divorces highschool sweetheart Janet Condra only 11 months after getting married

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 11 Mervyn Grell, cricketer (Test WI v England 1930, 21 & 13, 0-17), dies
  • Jan 17 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/18]
  • Jan 18 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/17]
  • Jan 30 Percy Tyson "Plum" Lewis, cricketer (pair in only Test for S Af), dies
  • Feb 2 Harry Elliott, England cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies
  • Feb 3 Neville Lindsay, cricketer (South African batsman in Test v Aust 1921), dies
  • Mar 6 "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, Light heavyweight boxing champion (1930-34) and actor, dies at 71
  • Apr 8 Donald Byrne, American chess player, dies at 45
  • May 3 Ernie Nevers, American College, Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback, coach (Stanford, Chicago Cardinals), dies of heart & kidney ailments at 72
  • May 20 Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 64
  • May 30 Max Carey, American baseball player, dies at 86
  • Jun 11 Jim Konstanty, American MLB relief pitcher (NL MVP 1950), dies at 59
  • Jun 15 Jimmy Dykes, American MLB infielder, manager (All Star 1933-34), dies at 79
  • Jun 20 Lou Klein, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • Jun 30 Firpo Marberry, baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jul 7 Walter Giesler, American soccer coach (b. 1910)
  • Jul 20 Tom Lowry, cricketer (early New Zealand Test captain), dies
  • Jul 23 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 64
  • Aug 10 Bert Oldfield, cricketer (54 Tests, 52 stumpings), dies
  • Aug 19 Ken Wadsworth, cricketer (Exciting NZ keeper), dies of cancer at 29
  • Aug 21 Ken James, cricketer (kept wicket for NZ in 11 Tests), dies
  • Aug 25 Perc Hornibrook, Australian cricketer (6 Tests 1928-30, 17 wickets), dies at 77
  • Sep 5 A E R Gilligan, cricketer (11 Tests for England 1922-25), dies
  • Sep 13 Armand Mondou, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1905)
  • Nov 11 E Q Davies, cricketer (9 runs & 7 wickets in 5 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Dec 2 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 59
  • Dec 18 George Emmett, cricketer (England opener v Aust Old Trafford 1948), dies
  • Dec 21 Edward Bartlett, cricketer (WI Test batsman in 5 Tests 1928-31), dies
  • Dec 25 Arthur Mitchell, cricketer (batted in 6 Tests for Eng 1933-36), dies
  • Dec 29 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500 m sprinter (Olympic silver 1976), dies at 22