Events in Sport in September 1966

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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

AgreementContract of Interest

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 World Championship of Drivers title with a 6th place in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 10 Muhammad Ali TKOs Karl Mildenberger in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 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

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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 12th LPGA Championship won by Gloria Ehret
  • Sep 25 Smallest Yankee stadium crowd, 413 see White Sox win 4-1