Events in Sport in 1968

  • Jan 1 54th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #4 Indiana, 14-3
  • Jan 1 34th Sugar Bowl: LSU beats #5 Wyoming, 20-13
  • Jan 1 34th Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #2 Tennessee, 26-24
  • Jan 13 Minn North Stars center Bill Masterton fatally injured (dies on 15th)
  • Jan 14 Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB
  • Jan 16 21st NHL All-Star Game: Toronto beat All-Stars 4-3 at Toronto
  • Jan 20 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak
  • Jan 21 AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 25-24
  • Jan 21 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-20
  • Jan 22 NBA announces it will expand to Milwaukee & Phoenix
  • Jan 23 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 23 18th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-124 at New York City
  • Jan 28 29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Chandler Harper
  • Jan 28 Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29 56th Women's Australian Championships: Billie Jean King beats Margaret Court (6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 29 56th Men's Australian Championships: William Bowrey beats Juan Gisbert, Sr (7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4)
  • Jan 30 1968 NFL Draft: Ron Yary from USC first pick by Minnesota Vikings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Vince Lombardi resigns as coach of Green Bay Packers

  • Feb 4 Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball
  • Feb 5 Skater Kees Verkerk wins olympic gold in the 1500m
  • Feb 6 10th Winter Olympic games opens in Grenoble, France
  • Feb 10 Peggy Fleming wins Olympic figure skating gold medal, Grenoble, France
  • Feb 17 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts opens
  • Feb 18 10th Winter Olympic games close at Grenoble, France
  • Feb 21 Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 23 Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBAer to score 25,000 points

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 24 Gary Unger begins NHL consecutive game record of 914 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 3 Jean Beliveau (Mont) becomes 2nd NHLer to score 1,000 pts

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 3 In a blockbuster trade, the Toronto Maple Leafs send hall of fame forward Frank Mahovlich to the rival Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 4 Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Mar 8 6 year old Tommy Moore scores hole-in-one in golf (Hagerstown, Maryland)
  • Mar 9 15th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 87-50
  • Mar 15 Bob Beamon sets indoor long jump record (27'2-3/4")
  • Mar 17 Kathie Whitworth wins LPGA St Petersburg Orange Blossom Golf Open
  • Mar 23 30th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats NC 78-55

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24 Mickey Wright wins Port Malabar Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Mar 30 122nd Grand National: Brian Fletcher aboard Red Alligator wins
  • Mar 31 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Palm Beach County Golf Open
  • Apr 8 Baseball's Opening Day is postponed because of Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Apr 9 Minn's Wayne Connelly is 1st to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • Apr 14 1st NBA game at Madison Sq Garden, Knicks beat SD Clippers
  • Apr 14 32nd Masters Golf Tournament: Bob Goalby wins, shooting a 277
  • Apr 14 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA O'Sullivan Golf Open
  • Apr 15 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • Apr 17 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Balt Orioles
  • Apr 18 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • Apr 19 72nd Boston Marathon: Amby Burfoot of Conn 1st man in 2:22:17 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:30:00
  • Apr 21 Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Apr 28 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies' Golf Invitational
  • Apr 30 3 Oriole pitchers walk 14 NY Yankees in a 9 inning game
  • May 1 Phillies J Boozer is ejected for throwing spitballs during his warmup

  • May 2 22nd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 2
  • May 4 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins
  • May 5 Carol Mann wins LPGA Shreveport Kiwanis Club Golf Invitational
  • May 11 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
  • May 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Tall City Golf Open
  • May 18 93rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins in 1:56.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 18 AL Kaline hits his 307th HR, surpassing Hank Greenberg as a Tiger

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • May 21 Cubs Billy Williams sets outfielder record of 695 straight game
  • May 22 Pitts Pirate Willie Stargell hits 3 HRs, a double & a single
  • May 23 AC Milan of Italy win 8th European Cup Winner's Cup against Hamburger SV of West Germany 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 24 American boxer Bob Foster defeats holder Dick Tiger for the world light-heavyweight Championship at Madison Square Gardens, New York (goes on to defend title 14x)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 26 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • May 27 NL awards Montreal & SD major league franchises

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 George Halas retires from coaching, finishing with 318 regular-season wins and 6 NFL titles

American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
  • May 28 NL grants San Diego Padres a franchise
  • May 29 12th European Cup: Manchester United beats Benfica 4-1 at London
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins in 3:16:13.786 (246.040 km/h)
  • Jun 1 100th Belmont: Gus Gustines aboard Stage Door Johnny wins in 2:27.2
  • Jun 8 UEFA European Championship: Italy defeat Yugoslavia 2-0 in Rome
  • Jun 9 Carol Mann wins LPGA Bluegrass Ladies Golf Invitational
  • Jun 9 67th Men's French Open: Ken Rosewall beats Rod Laver (6-3, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 9 67th Women's French Open: Nancy Richey beats Ann Jones (5-7, 6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • Jun 10 4h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats France 20-2
  • Jun 15 15th Curtis Cup: US wins 10½-7½ at Royal County Down Golf Club (Newcastle, Northern Ireland)
  • Jun 16 Mickey Wright wins LPGA "500" Ladies Golf Classic
  • Jun 16 68th US Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots a 275 at Oak Hill CC NY
  • Jun 16 Lee Trevino is 1st to play all 4 rounds of golf's US open under par
  • Jun 20 Jim Hines becomes 1st person to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds
  • Jun 24 14th LPGA Championship won by Sandra Post
  • Jun 24 Joe Frazier TKOs Manuel Ramos in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 25 Bobby Bonds hits a grand slam in his 1st major league game (Giants)
  • Jun 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Jul 3 Cleve Indian Luis Tiant strikes out 19 Minnesota Twins

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 82nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats Tony Roche (6-3 6-4 6-2)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Jul 5 Philadelphia 76'ers trade Wilt Chamberlain to LA Lakers
  • Jul 6 75th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats J Tegart (97 75)
  • Jul 7 23rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Susie Maxwell Berning
  • Jul 9 39th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 1-0 at Astrodome, Houston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 All star MVP: Willie Mays (SF Giants), 1st player to win a second times

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jul 10 US Major League baseball announces it will split into 2 divisions for 1969
  • Jul 11 Earl Weaver replaces Hank Bauer as manager of Orioles

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 13 97th British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots 289 at Carnoustie Scotland

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 14 Brave Hank Aaron hits his 500th HR off SF Giant Mike McCormick

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jul 14 Carol Mann wins LPGA Pabst Ladies' Golf Classic
  • Jul 21 50th PGA Championship: Julius Boros shoots a 281 at Pecan Valley TX
  • Jul 21 Carol Mann wins LPGA Buckeye Savings Golf Invitational
  • Jul 21 55th Tour de France won by Jan Janssen of Netherlands
  • Jul 24 Hoyt Wilhelm pitches in a record 907th major league game
  • Jul 27 Carol Mann wins LPGA Supertest Canadian Golf Open
  • Jul 29 Cincinnati Red George Culver no hits Phillies, 6-1
  • Aug 2 35th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 34, All-Stars 17 (69,917)
  • Aug 4 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Gino Paoli Golf Open
  • Aug 10 Shirley Englehorn wins LPGA Concord Golf Open
  • Aug 11 Satchel Paige, 62, & needing 158 days on a major league payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Braves
  • Aug 18 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Holiday Inn Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Aug 25 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Ladies World Series of Golf
  • Aug 25 NY Yankee outfield Rocky Colavito pitches 2 2/3 innings & beats Tigers 6-5; he played right field in 2nd game & homered
  • Aug 29 1st US Open tennis match (Billie Jean King beats Dr Vija Vuskains)
  • Aug 31 68th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bruce Fleisher
  • Aug 31 Garfield Sobers becomes the first cricketer to hit 6 sixes in one over.
  • Sep 1 Carol Mann wins LPGA Willow Park Ladies Golf Invitational
  • Sep 3 Chicago White Sox set AL record of 39 loses by 1 run
  • Sep 8 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Pacific Ladies Golf Classic
  • Sep 8 1st official (88th overall) U.S. Open (formerly known as U.S National Championships): Arthur Ashe beats Tom Okker (14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 82nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Virginia Wade beats Billie Jean King (6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 14 Jimmy Ellis beats Floyd Patterson in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Sep 14 Detroit Tigers' Denny McLain's 30th victory of season
  • Sep 15 Carol Mann wins LPGA Shirley Englehorn Golf Invitational
  • Sep 17 Gaylord Perry (Giants) no-hits St Louis Cardinals, 1-0
  • Sep 18 Ray Washburn (Cards) no-hits SF Giants 2-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 19 Denny McLain's 31st win & Mickey Mantle's 535th HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 NY Met manager Gil Hodges suffers a heart attack

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Sep 27 Cardinals' super pitcher Bob Gibson's 13th shutout of year

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Sep 29 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Mickey Wright Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Carl Yastrzemski .3005 avg wins his 2nd straight batting crown

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Sep 29 Chuck Latourette, sets NFL record 47.7 yd punt return avg (3 punts)
  • Sep 30 AL & NL umpires form a new Association of Major League Umpires
  • Sep 30 Sharon Miller wins LPGA Seven Lakes Golf Invitational
  • Oct 2 Bob Gibson sets a World Series record of 17 strikeouts
  • Oct 10 Detroit Tigers beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 65th World Series
  • Oct 11 MLB star Billy Martin named manager of the Minnesota Twins
  • Oct 12 19th Olympic games open at Mexico City, Mexico
  • Oct 12 Norma Enriqueta Basilio Satelo is 1st woman to light Olympic flame
  • Oct 14 In NL expansion draft, Expos & Padres choose 30 players each
  • Oct 16 During Olympics Tommie Smith & John Carlos give black power salute
  • Oct 16 Milwaukee Bucks play their 1st game losing 89-84 to Chicago Bulls
  • Oct 16 Jim Dorey sets Toronto Maple Leaf penalty records (48 mins on 9 penalties in a game & 44 minutes on 7 penalties in a period)
  • Oct 18 Bob Beamon of USA sets long jump record (29 ft. 2½ in.) in Mexico City
  • Oct 18 US Olympic Committee suspends Tommie Smith & John Carlos for giving "black power" salute as a protest during victory ceremony
  • Oct 20 Carol Mann wins LPGA Quality Chekd Golf Classic
  • Oct 20 Mamo Wolde wins 16th Olympic marathon (2:20:26.4)
  • Oct 25 Longest Olympic field hockey game, The Netherlands beats Spain 1-0 in 2h25m (6 OT)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 George Foreman wins gold for USA at Mexico Olympic games (Heavyweight boxing)

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Oct 27 19th Olympic games close at Mexico City, Mexico
  • Oct 27 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA River Plantation Golf Invitational
  • Oct 31 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1st game beating Detroit 138-118 (6th game)
  • Nov 3 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Canyon Ladies Golf Classic
  • Nov 3 19th Formula One WDC: Graham Hill wins by 12 points
  • Nov 5 1st AL pitcher to win MVP, Denny McLain (wins unanimously)
  • Nov 10 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 11 As a rookie, Elvin Hayes scores 54 points against the Detroit Pistons, a career-high

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 13 Bob Gibson edges Pete Rose to win NL MVP

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Nov 15 1st date in controversial Jim Bouton baseball diary "Ball Four"
  • Nov 17 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Pensacola Ladies' Golf Invitational
  • Nov 19 Yankees pitcher Stan Bahnsen wins AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 21 Cin trades shortstop Leo Cardenas to Twins for pitcher Jim Merritt
  • Nov 23 Milwaukee Bucks make their 1st NBA trade, giving Bob Love & Bob Weiss to Chicago Bulls for Flynn Robinson
  • Nov 24 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Louise Suggs Golf Invitational

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 26 34th Heisman Trophy Award: O.J. Simpson, Southern Cal (RB)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Nov 30 56th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Calgary Stampeder, 24-21
  • Nov 30 33rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 24-16 in Birmingham
  • Dec 1 Peggy Wilson wins LPGA Hollywood Lakes Golf Open
  • Dec 3 Pitcher's mound drops from 15" to 10" & strike zone reduced from knees to shoulders to top of knees to armpits, to help hitters
  • Dec 6 Baseball dismisses Commissioner William Eckert after 3 years
  • Dec 10 Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Dec 12 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 14 Bobby Orr scores first career hat trick (vs Chicago Blackhawks)

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Dec 26 Bruin Ted Green sets NHL penalty record of 3 minors, 2 majors & 2 game misconducts in a game against NY Rangers in NY's Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 28 57th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Adelaide (4-1)
  • Dec 29 Baltimore Colts beat Cleveland Browns 34-0 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 29 NY Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23 in AFL championship game
  • Dec 31 NY Jets win AFL championship