Events in Sport in 1966

  • Jan 1 52nd Rose Bowl: #5 UCLA beats #1 Michigan State, 14-12
  • Jan 1 32nd Sugar Bowl: #6 Missouri beats Florida, 20-18
  • Jan 1 32nd Orange Bowl: #4 Alabama beats #3 Nebraska, 39-28
  • Jan 2 Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns 23-12 in NFL championship game
  • Jan 11 16th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 137-94 at Cincinnati

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Jan 12 Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Jan 15 AFL Pro Bowl: All-Stars beats Buffalo 30-19
  • Jan 15 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 36-7
  • Jan 27 Wisconsin State Circuit Court Judge Elmer W Roller rules either the Braves stay in Milwaukee or NL must promise Wisconsin an expansion team for 1966

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 54th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Nancy Richey

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 54th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Arthur Ashe (6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

AgreementContract of Interest

Feb 11 SF Giant Willie Mays signs highest contract, $130,000 per year

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 14 Wilt Chamberlain breaks NBA career scoring record at 20,884 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 15 Kees Verkerk becomes world champion all-round skater
  • Feb 16 End of Wally Grout's Test Cricket career, 187 dismissals as Australian wicketkeeper
  • Feb 27 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Diane Towler and Bernard Ford of great Britain
  • Feb 27 8th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (160.927 MPH)
  • Feb 28 Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers
  • Mar 5 Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19m indoor world record
  • Mar 5 Player reps elect Marvin Miller as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association
  • Mar 5 13th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats NC State, 71-66

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 12 Bobby Hull's 51st goal of season, sets record

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Mar 12 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 13 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lagunita Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Mar 19 28th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Texas Western beats Ky 72-65
  • Mar 20 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA St Petersburg Women's Golf Open
  • Mar 26 120th Grand National: Tim Norman aboard Anglo wins
  • Mar 27 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Louise Suggs Delray Beach Golf Invitational

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 29 Muhammad Ali beats George Chuvalo in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 3 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Venice Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

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Apr 8 AFL chooses 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • Apr 9 Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 30th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288

  • Apr 11 Emmett Ashford becomes 1st African American major league umpire
  • Apr 12 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2
  • Apr 17 100th international soccer match between Netherlands and Belgium (3-1)
  • Apr 17 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational

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Apr 18 Bill Russell becomes first African American coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Apr 19 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan 1st man in 2:17:11 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:21:40
  • Apr 19 Roberta Bignay becomes 1st woman to run in the Boston Marathon
  • Apr 22 Atlanta Braves win their 1st game, beating NY Mets 8-4
  • Apr 24 Atlanta Braves win NL-record 18 straight home games (17 in Milwaukee)
  • Apr 24 Carol Mann wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational
  • Apr 26 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach
  • Apr 28 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • May 5 Borussia Dortmund of West Germany win 6th European Cup Winner's Cup against Liverpool of England 2-1 in Glasgow
  • May 5 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • May 5 Willie Mays hit his 512th HR
  • May 7 92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02
  • May 8 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
  • May 11 11th European Cup: Real Madrid beats Partizan 2-1 at Brussels

  • May 12 St Louis' Busch Stadium opens, Braves lose to Cards 4-3 in 12 inns
  • May 15 1st day of Sunday play in County Cricket, Essex v Somerset
  • May 15 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Invitational
  • May 21 91st Preakness: Don Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 1:55.4
  • May 21 Muhammad Ali TKOs Henry Cooper in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 22 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • May 25 Peru & Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die
  • May 29 Carol Mann wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies Golf Invitational
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Graham Hill wins (232.2 kph)
  • Jun 4 98th Belmont: William Boland aboard Amberoid wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 5 Cincinnati Red Leo Cardenas hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
  • Jun 5 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Clayton Federal Golf Invitational

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 65th Men's French Championships: Tony Roche beats Istvan Gulyas (6-1, 6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Jun 5 65th Women's French Championships: Ann Jones beats Nancy Richey (6-3, 6-1)
  • Jun 6 NFL & AFL announce their merger

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Jun 7 NY Mets pass up Reggie Jackson to draft Steve Chilcott #1

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jun 8 NFL & AFL announce plans to become NFC and AFC in 1970
  • Jun 9 5 Minnesota Twins (Rich Rollins, Zolio Versailes, Tony Oliva, Don Michner, & Harmon Killebrew) all homer in 7th inning to beat A's 9-4
  • Jun 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Bluegrass Ladies Golf Invitational
  • Jun 14 Miami beats St Petersburg (Florida State League) 4-3 in 29 innings longest uninterrupted game in organized baseball
  • Jun 20 66th US Golf Open: Billy Casper shoots a 278 at Olympic CC in San Francisco
  • Jun 28 Ernie Terrel beats Doug Jones in 15 wba for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 30 Test cricket debut of Derek Underwood, v WI Trent Bridge, wicketless
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Spaniard Manuel Santana wins last of 4 major titles beating American Dennis Ralston 6-4, 11-9, 6-4

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Billie Jean King beats Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 for the first of her 12 Grand Slam singles titles

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
  • Jul 2 West Indian cricket batsman Basil Butcher scores career best 209 not out to guide tourists to a 139-run 3rd Test win over England at Trent Bridge
  • Jul 3 US Open Women's Golf, Hazeltine National: American Sandra Spuzich wins by 1 from Carol Mann for her only LPGA major title
  • Jul 3 Atlanta Braves Tony Cloninger, 1st NL player and only pitcher to hit 2 grand slams in a MLB game (17-3 v SF Giants)
  • Jul 9 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders & Dave Thomas by 1 stroke to become only 4th in history to win all 4 majors
  • Jul 10 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Buckeye Savings Golf Invitational
  • Jul 12 37th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 10 at Busch Stad, St Louis
  • Jul 12 All star MVP: Brooks Robinson (Balt Orioles)
  • Jul 14 53rd Tour de France won by Lucien Aimar of France
  • Jul 23 John Pennel pole vaults record (5.34 m)
  • Jul 24 PGA Championship, Firestone CC: Al Geiberger wins his only major title by 4 shots from Dudley Wysong
  • Jul 24 Gloria Ehret/Judy Kimball wins LPGA Yankee Women's Golf Open
  • Jul 30 FIFA World Cup Final: Striker Geoff Hurst scores a hat trick as England beats West Germany 4-2 a.e.t. in London, England
  • Jul 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Supertest Ladies Golf Open
  • Aug 5 33rd NFL Chicago College All-Star Game: Green Bay 38, All-Stars 0; 72,000 at Soldier Field
  • Aug 5 West Indies cricket captain Gary Sobers scores 174 including a century between lunch & tea to set up a 4th Test win v England at Headingley
  • Aug 6 Muhammad Ali knocks out English boxer Brian London in round 3 at Earl's Court in London to retain his undisputed world heavyweight title
  • Aug 7 Australian Jack Brabham is first to win the Formula 1 world drivers and constructors championships in the same year with victory in the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring
  • Aug 15 Puerto Rican champion José Torres beats Eddie Cotton on points in Las Vegas to retain the WBC/WBA light-heavyweight boxing title
  • Aug 17 Willie Mays takes 2nd place on all-time HR list
  • Aug 21 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
  • Aug 26 Balt Orioles Roznovsky & B Powell are 4th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 27 Oakland Pitcher Paul Lindblad begins a 385 cons errorless streak
  • Aug 28 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Glass City Golf Classic
  • Aug 31 Referee Leo Horn whistles his last soccer match (Ajax-Bulgaria)
  • Sep 2 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Ladies' World Series of Golf
  • Sep 4 Houston Oilers holds Denver Broncos to no 1st downs winning 45-7
  • Sep 4 Jim Hogan wins Europe marathon (2:20:04.6)
  • Sep 10 Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 11 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Pacific Ladies' Golf Classic
  • Sep 12 US Men's National Tennis Championships: In an all-Australian final Fred Stolle beats John Newcombe 4-6, 12-10, 6-3, 6-4

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 80th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maria Bueno beats Nancy Richey (6-3, 6-1)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • Sep 17 Cleve pitchers set AL record striking out 19 batters in 1st 9 innings
  • Sep 18 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Shirley Englehorn Golf Invitational
  • Sep 22 Orioles beat A's 6-1 to clinch their 1st AL pennant
  • Sep 25 12th LPGA Championship won by Gloria Ehret
  • Sep 25 Smallest Yankee stadium crowd, 413 see White Sox win 4-1
  • Oct 2 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational
  • Oct 2 LA Dodgers Sandy Koufax clinches 3rd LA pennant in 4 years
  • Oct 6 Oriole Jim Palmer, 20, is youngest to pitch a World Series shutout
  • Oct 9 Balt Orioles sweep LA Dodgers, in 63rd World Series

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Oct 19 Bobby Orr makes his NHL regular-season debut for the Boston Bruins against the Detroit Red Wings

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Oct 22 Ice hockey legend Bobby Orr scores his first career goal (vs Montreal Canadiens)
  • Oct 23 Jack Rule, Jr. and Sandra Spuzich win JCPenney Classic Haig & Haig Scotch Mixed Foursome golf tournament
  • Oct 23 17th Formula One WDC: Jack Brabham wins by 14 points
  • Oct 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Las Cruces Ladies Golf Open
  • Oct 30 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup: David Pearson wins
  • Nov 1 NFL awards New Orleans its 16th franchise (All Saints Day)
  • Nov 5 Brigham Young QB Virgil Carter sets NCAA record of 599 yards gained
  • Nov 6 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Amarillo Ladies' Golf Open

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Nov 8 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs anti-trust immunity to AFL-NFL merger

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Nov 12 Dodgers complete an 18-game tour of Japan with a 9-8-1 record
  • Nov 13 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Alamo Ladies' Golf Open
  • Nov 14 Muhammad Ali TKOs Cleveland Williams in 3 for heavyweight title

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Nov 16 Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente is named NL MVP

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Nov 20 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Success Golf Open
  • Nov 20 Dallas sacks Pittsburgh QBs an NFL record 12 times
  • Nov 22 32nd Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Spurrier, Florida (QB)
  • Nov 23 Chicago outfielder Tommie Agee is voted AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 26 54th CFL Grey Cup: Saskatchewan Roughriders defeats Ottawa, 29-14
  • Nov 27 LPGA Titleholders Championship, Augusta CC: Kathy Whitworth wins by 2 shots from Judy Kimball
  • Nov 27 In highest-scoring NFL game, Wash Redskins defeat NY Giants 72-41
  • Nov 29 1st NBA game at Oakland Coliseum Arena - Warriors beat Bulls 108-101
  • Dec 3 31st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 4 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Pensacola Ladies Golf Invitational

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Dec 8 A terrible Yankee trade, Roger Maris for Card's Charlie Smith

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Dec 11 Al Nelson sets NFL record returning missed field goal, 100 yards
  • Dec 12 US Supreme Courts votes 4-3 allowing Braves to move to Atlanta
  • Dec 20 NBA awards Seattle Supersonics a franchise for 1967-68 season
  • Dec 28 55th Davis Cup: Australia beats India in Melbourne (4-1)
  • Dec 31 Test Cricket debut of Bishen Singh Bedi, India v WI Calcutta, 2-92