Events in Sport in 1962

  • Jan 1 48th Rose Bowl: #6 Minnesota beats #16 UCLA, 21-3
  • Jan 1 28th Sugar Bowl: #1 Alabama beats #9 Arkansas, 10-3`
  • Jan 1 28th Orange Bowl: #4 LSU beats #7 Colorado, 25-7
  • Jan 7 1st AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 47-27; MVP Cotton Davidson, Dallas Texans, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th

  • Jan 9 NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 73 points in Warriors' 135-117 win over Chicago Packers; at the time, most points scored in NBA regulation game, and remains tied for 3rd-highest total

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 14 12th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 31-30; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Henry Jordan, Green Bay Packers, DT

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Jan 15 50th Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Smith beats Jan Lehane O'Neill in the final for 3rd straight year 6-0, 6-2

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 15 50th Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Rod Laver takes the 1st leg of his 1st Grand Slam; beats fellow Queenslander Roy Emerson 8-6, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 16 12th NBA All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, Mo: West beats East, 150-130; MVP: Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C; All-Star record 27 rebounds

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 24 Jackie Robinson is 1st African American elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. Bob Feller is also elected.

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Feb 2 1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games)
  • Feb 3 John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm
  • Feb 4 Russian newspaper Izvestia reports baseball is an old Russian game
  • Feb 17 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs St Louis Hawks

  • Feb 18 4th Daytona 500: Race winner Fireball Roberts dominates the event, leading 144 of the 200 laps
  • Feb 22 Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts
  • Feb 25 Mike O'Hara completes record 97th marathon
  • Feb 25 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks for the second year in a row
  • Mar 2 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points, most ever by an NBA player in a single game, during Warriors' 169-147 win over NY Knicks in Hershey; 36-of-63 from field, 28-of-32 from free-throw line
  • Mar 3 9th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Clemson, 77-66
  • Mar 10 Due to its no black policy, Phillies leave Jack Tar Harrison Hotel & move to Rocky Point Motel, 20 miles outside Clearwater, Florida

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 14 Gordie Howe (Det Red Wings) is 2nd NHLer to score 500 goals

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Mar 15 Wilt Chamberlain is 1st to score 4,000 pts in an NBA season
  • Mar 20 Sjoukje Dijkstra becomes world champion figure skater
  • Mar 21 Philadelphia retires pitcher Robin Roberts' # 36
  • Mar 23 Nawab of Pataudi captains India cricket v WI age 21 years 77 days
  • Mar 23 William DeWitt buys Cincinnati Reds for $4,625,000
  • Mar 24 24th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cincinnati beats Ohio State, 71-59; Bearcats win back-to-back National titles
  • Mar 24 Welterweight boxing title fight between Benny Paret and Emile Griffith, Paret knocked out 13th round, dies 10 days later. First use of television slow motion replay.

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 27 Jacques Plante ties record winning 6th NHL Vezina trophy

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • Mar 28 Devastating 8 for 6 spell by Gibbs gives WI cricket victory over India
  • Mar 31 116th Grand National: Fred Winter aboard 28/1 shot Kilmore wins by 10 lengths from Wyndburgh
  • Apr 3 American jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races)

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 9 26th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Arnold Palmer wins the 3rd of his 4 Masters titles in an 18 hole Monday playoff with Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald; tournament's first 3-way playoff

  • Apr 10 52,564 fans attend first MLB game at LA's Dodger Stadium at Chavez Ravine, a 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds
  • Apr 10 Houston Colt .45s make their MLB debut with an 11-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Colt Stadium; outfielder Román Mejías hits a pair of 3-run homers
  • Apr 11 New York Mets make a losing debut

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 13 Stan Musial scores his 1,869th run, a new NL record

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Apr 14 France retains the Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 11-0 win over Ireland at Stade Colombes, Paris

  • Apr 16 66th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:48; second straight win and 3rd title overall
  • Apr 18 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 22 NY Mets tiea NL record by losing 9 straight to start season
  • Apr 22 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Dick Duff scores the winner as Toronto Maple Leafs beat Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1 for a 4-2 series victory
  • Apr 23 NY Mets win their 1st game ever, after going 0-9, beat Pirates 9-1
  • Apr 26 Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 30 LPGA Titleholders Championship, Augusta CC: Mickey Wright wins her 8th major title in a playoff with Ruth Jessen

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 30 Willie Mays hits 4 HRs

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 2 7th European Cup: Benfica beats Real Madrid 5-3 at Amsterdam
  • May 5 88th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Decidedly wins in 2:00.4
  • May 19 87th Preakness: John Rotz aboard Greek Money wins in 1:56.2
  • May 19 Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner's NL hit record with 3,431

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 22 Roger Maris walks 5 times (record 4 intentionally) in a 9 inning game

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 23 Joe Pepitone 2nd Yankee to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning (Joe DiMaggio)

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • May 28 Wide World of Sports with Chris Schenkel premieres on CBS radio
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Rodger Ward wins in 3:33:50.291 (225.780 km/h)
  • Jun 1 Roda JC soccer team reforms in Kerkrade
  • Jun 2 French Championships Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Rod Laver beats Roy Emerson 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 9-7, 6-2; 2nd leg of Laver's 1st Grand Slam
  • Jun 2 French Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Margaret Smith beats doubles partner Lesley Turner 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
  • Jun 9 94th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Jaipur wins in 2:28.8
  • Jun 10 A record 54 home runs hit in baseball
  • Jun 10 Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of USSR, sets then long jump record at 27' 3½"
  • Jun 15 Phillies score 10 runs in an inning against Reds en route to 13-8 win
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his first major title by 3 strokes in an 18-hole playoff with Arnold Palmer
  • Jun 17 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile: Brazil go 1-down early but recover to beat Czechoslovakia, 3-1
  • Jun 23 Larry Doby retires from Cleveland Indians to play in Japan
  • Jun 24 Jack Reed's 22nd-inning HR wins longest NY Yankee game in history
  • Jun 26 Boston Red Sox Earl Wilson no-hits LA Angels, 2-0
  • Jun 30 17th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Murle Lindstrom
  • Jun 30 LA Dodger Sandy Koufax no-hits NY Mets, 5-0
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats fellow Australian Martin Mulligan 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 for the 3rd leg of his first Grand Slam
  • Jul 6 NY Yankees 'M&M boys' Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle hit 2 HRs each in 7-5 win v Twins, Mantle his 4th consecutive homer
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Karen Susman beats Věra Suková of Czechoslovakia 6-4, 6-4 for her only Grand Slam singles title
  • Jul 7 Bill Hartack becomes 8th jockey to win 3,000 American thoroughbred races
  • Jul 10 32nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-1 at D.C. Stadium, Washington
  • Jul 10 All star MVP: Maury Wills (LA Dodgers)
  • Jul 13 British Open Golf, Royal Troon: Arnold Palmer wins his 2nd consecutive Open, 6 strokes clear of runner-up Kel Nagle of Australia
  • Jul 15 49th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • Jul 18 Minnesota Twins Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew hit grand slams in 1st inn & Harmon Killebrew connect in a club-record, 11-run 1st inning

Sport awardPGA Championship

Jul 22 PGA Championship, Aronimink GC: Gary Player of South Africa wins by 1 stroke from Bob Goalby

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Jul 22 Chicago White Sox Floyd Robinson goes 6 for 6 (all singles)
  • Jul 26 Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn sets HR record of 31 by a pitcher
  • Jul 30 33rd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-4 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • Jul 30 All star MVP: Leon Wagner (LA Angels)
  • Jul 31 Statham is Test cricket's leading wkt-taker (229), beating Lindwall
  • Aug 1 Boston Red Sox pitcher Bill Monboquette no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0
  • Aug 3 NY Met Frank Thomas hits his 6th HR in 3 games
  • Aug 11 Dodgers protest wetting down of Candlestick to slow Maury Wills down
  • Aug 19 Homer Blancos plays finest round in golf, shooting a 55

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 24 Dodger coach Leo Durocher suffers a near-fatal allergic reaction to a penicillin injection while in the clubhouse at the Polo Grounds

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Aug 26 Minnesota Twins Jack Kralick no-hits KC A's, 1-0
  • Sep 2 St. Louis 1st baseman Stan Musial's records his 3,516th hit in Cards' 4-3 loss v NY Mets; jumps him over Tris Speaker into 2nd place behind Ty Cobb on the MLB all-time list
  • Sep 5 Atletico Madrid of Spain win 2nd European Cup Winner's Cup against ACF Fiorentina of Italy 3-0 in Stuttgart (replay)
  • Sep 5 Cubs Ken Hubbs sets 2nd base record for consecutive errorless games at 78 & consecutive errorless chances (418), he errors in the 4th
  • Sep 10 US National Championship Men's Tennis: Rod Laver completes his first Grand Slam defeating fellow Queenslander Roy Emerson 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 US National Championship Women's Tennis: Margaret Smith beats defending champion Darlene Hard of the US 9-7, 6-4 for her first US singles crown

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • Sep 12 Wash Senator Tom Cheney strikes out record 21 Orioles in 16 inn game
  • Sep 15 Australia's 1st entry in America's Cup yacht race (US wins)
  • Sep 16 Brian Kilby wins marathon: (2:23:18.8)
  • Sep 18 Bob Aspromonte sets NL 3rd baseman record of 57 cons errorless games

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 25 Sonny Liston KOs Floyd Patterson in 1st round for heavyweight title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Sep 25 Weatherly (US) beats Gretel (Aust) in 19th running of America's Cup
  • Sep 30 NY Mets lose record 120th game as Cubs turn triple play & beat NY 5-1
  • Oct 2 San Francisco Giants beat rival LA Dodgers, 8-7 in 4 hours 18 minutes in Game 2 NL tie-break series; longest 9-inning game in MLB history; Giants win series, 2-1
  • Oct 3 SF Giants (103-62) beat rivals LA Dodgers (102-63), 6-4 in season ending NL pennant decider; Dodgers set MLB record season attendance 2,755,184
  • Oct 4 Willie Mays scores in the 2nd inning for the Giants ending Whitey Ford's record Baseball World Series consecutive scoreless inning streak at ​33 2⁄3; Yankees beat Giants, 6-2 in Game 1 and 4-3 in the series
  • Oct 6 16th NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Garden, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs beat All-Stars, 4-1; MVP: Eddie Shack, Toronto, LW
  • Oct 7 8th LPGA Championship won by Judy Kimball
  • Oct 16 Yanks (20th championship) beat SF Giants 4 games to 3 in World Series
  • Oct 16 NY Yankees appear in 12 & win 9 of last 14 World Series

  • Oct 28 Jo Weatherly in a Pontiac finishes 2nd to Rex White in season-ending Dixie 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to clinch his 1st of 2 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships
  • Oct 28 NY Giant YA Tittle passes for 7 touchdowns vs Wash Redskins (49-34)
  • Nov 3 Wilt Chamberlain of the San Francisco Warriors scores 72 points at the Los Angeles Lakers, then 4th-highest point total in NBA history; hits 29 field goals & 14 free throws; remains 6th highest game total

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Nov 7 Glenn Hall set NHL record of 503 consecutive games as goalie

NHL Goalie Glenn Hall
NHL Goalie
Glenn Hall

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 20 Mickey Mantle wins AL MVP for the 3rd time

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Nov 23 Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills is named NL's MVP
  • Nov 29 Baseball decides to revert back to 1 all star game per year
  • Dec 1 27th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 38-0 in Birmingham, their fourth straight shutout in the series
  • Dec 1 Classifications in minor league baseball are overhauled; Eastern and South Atlantic leagues are promoted from Class-A to Class-AA; classes B, C and D are abolished with those leagues being promoted to Class-A
  • Dec 2 50th Grey Cup, Exhibition Stadium, Toronto: Winnipeg Blue Bombers edge Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 28-27; play starts 1 December; only final ever suspended during play (fog), and first to be finished on a Sunday
  • Dec 3 1963 NFL Draft: Terry Baker from Oregon State first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • Dec 16 NY Giant YA Title sets NFL season touchdown pass record at 33 with 6 touchdowns vs Dallas (41-31)
  • Dec 18 Ballon d'Or: Dukler Prague midfielder Josef Masopust wins award for best European football player; beats Benfica striker Eusébio and FC Köln defender Karl-Heinz Schnellinger
  • Dec 22 1,000,000th NBA point scored
  • Dec 27 28th Heisman Trophy Award: Terry Baker, Oregon State (QB)
  • Dec 28 51st Davis Cup: Australia beats Mexico in Brisbane (5-0)
  • Dec 29 British driver Graham Hill wins the South African Grand Prix at Prince George Circuit in a BRM; takes out his first F1 World Drivers Championship by 12 points from Scotsman Jim Clark

Sport awardNFL Championship

Dec 30 National Football League Championship, Yankee Stadium, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat NY Giants, 16-7; MVP: Ray Nitschke, Green Bay, LB

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke
  • Dec 31 American Basketball League announces suspension of operation