Events in Sport in 1968 (Part 2)

Sports History

Nov 13 As a rookie, future Basketball Hall of Fame forward Elvin Hayes scores 54 points in San Diego Rockets' 122-120 win over Detroit Pistons, a career-high

Sports History

Nov 13 Bob Gibson edges Pete Rose to win NL MVP

Sports History

Nov 15 1st date in controversial Jim Bouton baseball diary "Ball Four"

  • Nov 19 New York Yankees pitcher Stan Bahnsen wins AL Rookie of the 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 30 33rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 24-16 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Calgary Stampeder, 24-21; MVP Vic Washington's 79-yard TD run remains a Grey Cup record
  • Dec 3 MLB Rules Committee adopts a series of changes designed to increase amount of offensive run production; decreases strike zone size and lowers height of pitcher's mound from 15" to 10"; changes are successful

Sports History

Dec 5 Future Hockey Hall of Fame center Phil Esposito of the Boston Bruins scores 2 goals in his goaltender brother Tony's (also HOF) NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens; 2-2 tie

  • Dec 6 Baseball dismisses Commissioner William Eckert after 3 years

Boxing Title Fight

Dec 10 Joe Frazier beats Oscar Bonavena in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

Dec 12 Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to be ranked #1 in tennis

NHL Record

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

  • Dec 24 Ballon d'Or: Manchester United's winger George Best wins award for best European football player ahead of teammate Bobby Charlton and Red Star Belgrade winger Dragan Džajić; first Northern Irish national to win the award
  • 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)

Sports History

Dec 29 AFL Championship, Shea Stadium, NYC: New York Jets beat Oakland Raiders 27-23; Joe Namath 3 TD passes sparks Jets to win

  • Dec 29 NFL Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Baltimore Colts shutout Cleveland Browns, 34-0
  • Dec 31 NY Jets win AFL championship