On This Day

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 National Football League Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns, 23-12; first NFL title game televised in colour; last one played before Super Bowl era
  • Jan 11 16th NBA All-Star Game, Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH: East beats West, 137-94; MVP: Adrian Smith, Cincinnati Royals, PG

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Jan 12 Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach records his 1,000th NBA career victory (regular season and playoffs), 114-102 over the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Jan 15 5th AFL All Star Game, Rice Stadium, Houston: All-Stars beat Buffalo Bills, 30-19: MVPs: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB; Frank Buncom, LA Chargers, LB

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 16 16th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: East beats West, 36-7; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Dale Meinert, St. Louis Cardinals, LB

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Jan 16 Chicago is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls; become the 3rd NBA franchise in the city, after the Chicago Stags (1946–50) and Chicago Packers/Zephyrs (now Washington Wizards)

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 16 Chicago Black Hawks' right wing Bobby Hull scores 4 goals (his 17th career hat trick) in a 6-5 loss to NY Rangers; becomes the first player in team history to score 300 goals

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • 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 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Smith wins her 7th consecutive Australian singles title; beats American Nancy Richey in a walkover, Richey injured

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

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson makes it 4 straight Australian titles; beats American 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

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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: Polesitter Richard Petty comes from 2 laps down to win the event after 198 laps were completed because of rain
  • Feb 28 Sandy Koufax & Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout against Dodgers
  • Mar 2 Black Hawks right wing Bobby Hull becomes the NHL's first 2-time 50-goal scorer when he strikes in a 5-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Stadium

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Mar 2 Jean Beliveau scores his 380th career NHL goal when Montreal ties Toronto, 3-3; moves him ahead of Ted Lindsay into the #3 spot all time, behind Gordie Howe and Maurice Richard

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • 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
  • Mar 12 Bobby Hull's 51st goal of season, sets record
  • Mar 12 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)
  • Mar 19 28th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Texas Western beats Kentucky, 72-65; Miners first title in first title game
  • Mar 26 120th Grand National: Tim Norman aboard 50/1 outsider Anglo wins by 20 lengths, giving Freddie 2nd place for a second straight year
  • Mar 26 Wales beats France, 9-8 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 15th Five Nations Rugby Championship

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

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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 awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 11 30th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus becomes first back-to-back champion winning an 18-hole Monday playoff with Tommy Jacobs and Gay Brewer

  • 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)

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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 18 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan wins in 2:17:11; American Bobbi Gibb first woman in 3:21:40 (unsanctioned)
  • 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 26 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach
  • Apr 26 International Olympic Committee votes to award German city of Munich the right to host the 1972 Summer Olympic Games
  • 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 Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Montreal Canadiens earn back-to-back titles; beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 in OT for a 4-2 series victory
  • May 5 Willie Mays hit his 512th HR
  • May 7 92nd Kentucky Derby: Donald Brumfield aboard Kauai King wins in 2:02
  • May 11 European Cup Final, Heysel Stadium, Brussels: Fernando Serena scores the winner as Real Madrid beats Partizan Belgrade, 2-1; Madrid's 6th title
  • 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 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 25 Peru & Argentina soccer fans fight in Lima; 248 die
  • 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

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Tony Roche wins his first and only Grand Slam title; beats István Gulyás of Hungary 6-1, 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Jun 5 French Championships Women's Tennis: Ann Haydon-Jones of England beats American Nancy Richey 6-3, 6-1 for her 2nd French singles crown
  • 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 14 Miami beats St Petersburg (Florida State League) 4-3 in 29 innings longest uninterrupted game in organized baseball

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 20 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic CC: Billy Casper erases a 7-stroke deficit on the final 9 holes to tie Arnold Palmer; wins Monday 18-hole playoff by 4 strokes

  • Jun 28 Ernie Terrell beats Doug Jones in 15 wba for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 30 Test cricket debut of Derek Underwood, v WI Trent Bridge, wicketless
  • Jul 1 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 GC: 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 Men's Golf, Muirfield: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders & Dave Thomas by 1 stroke to become only 4th in history to win all 4 majors
  • Jul 12 37th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 10 at Busch Stad, St Louis
  • Jul 12 Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson voted MLB All Star game MVP
  • 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 Men's Golf, Firestone CC: Al Geiberger wins his only major title by 4 shots from Dudley Wysong
  • Jul 30 FIFA World Cup Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England: Striker Geoff Hurst scores a hat trick as England beats West Germany, 4-2 after extra time
  • 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 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 21 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Rainbow Springs CC; Mickey Wright wins her 13th and final major title by 1 from Margie Masters & Jo Ann Prentice

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Aug 26 Baltimore Orioles Roznovsky & B Powell are 4th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 27 Oakland Pitcher Paul Lindblad begins a 385 cons errorless streak
  • Aug 31 Referee Leo Horn whistles his last soccer match (Ajax-Bulgaria)

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Sep 2 Joe Auer returns the opening kickoff 95 yards for a Miami touchdown in the Dolphins' first ever NFL regular-season game; Oakland Raiders go on to win 23-14 at the Orange Bowl before 26,776 fans

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Sep 3 Houston Oilers hold Denver Broncos to no 1st downs in their NFL season opening 45-7 win at Rice Stadium

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Sep 3 Future Hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr signs his first NHL contract with the Boston Bruins; 2 year deal paying a then record $70,000 plus signing bonus

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

  • Sep 4 Australian Jack Brabham clinches his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship with a 6th place in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza
  • Sep 10 Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 12 US National Championships Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Fred Stolle beats John Newcombe 4-6, 12-10, 6-3, 6-4; his second and final major singles title

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maria Bueno of Brazil beats American Nancy Richey 6-3, 6-1 for her 7th and final Grand Slam singles crown

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

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Sep 18 Baltimore quarterback Johnny Unitas throws 4 touchdown passes in 38-23 win at Minnesota to surpass Y.A. Tittle as NFL's career leader with 212; finishes career with 290 TD passes

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • Sep 22 Orioles beat A's 6-1 to clinch their 1st AL pennant
  • Sep 25 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Stardust CC, LV: Gloria Ehret wins her only major title by 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Mickey Wright
  • Sep 25 Smallest Yankee stadium crowd, 413 see White Sox win 4-1
  • Oct 2 Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax wins his 27th game of the season, 6-3 v Philadelphia Phillies; clinches Dodgers 3rd National League pennant in 4 years
  • Oct 2 Australian Robert 'Nat' Young puts on a dominating performance to win the World Surfing Championship at Ocean Beach, San Diego; Joyce Hoffman of Capistrano Beach, California takes women's title
  • Oct 6 Oriole Jim Palmer, 20, is youngest to pitch a World Series shutout
  • Oct 9 Baltimore Orioles sweep LA Dodgers, in 63rd World Series
  • Oct 19 Bobby Orr makes his NHL regular-season debut for the Boston Bruins against the Detroit Red Wings
  • Oct 22 Ice hockey legend Bobby Orr scores his first career goal (vs Montreal Canadiens)
  • Oct 23 Australian Jack Brabham is first to win F1 World Drivers Championship and International Cup for Constructors Championship in the same year; 2nd in season ending Mexican Grand Prix at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
  • Oct 30 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup: David Pearson wins
  • Nov 1 NFL awards a franchise to New Orleans; name "Saints" alludes to November 1, All Saints Day in Catholic faith
  • Nov 1 LA Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax becomes first 3-time winner of Cy Young Award; unanimous winner for 2nd straight year; final year only 1 award given for pitchers in both major leagues
  • Nov 5 Brigham Young QB Virgil Carter sets NCAA record of 599 yards gained

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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 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 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 25 Cincinnati infielder Tommy Helms is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 26 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Saskatchewan Roughriders win their first Championship; defeat Ottawa, 29-14

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Nov 27 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Kathy Whitworth wins back-to-back titles by 2 shots from Judy Kimball and Mary Mills

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • 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 1 Ecuadorian national baseball team defends its title with a 4-3 win over Brazil in the South American Championship; last win for next 50 years; Eloy Guerrero drives in Ramón Sotomayor with the winning run
  • Dec 3 31st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-0 in Birmingham

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

Baseball Player Roger Maris
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 27 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United midfielder Bobby Charlton wins award for best European football player; claims award by a single point ahead of Benfica striker Eusébio
  • 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