Events in Sport in 1969

  • Jan 1 Jack Kent Cooke, owner of NHL's LA Kings, fines each player $100 for "NOT" arguing with the referee
  • Jan 1 55th Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #2 Southern California, 27-16
  • Jan 1 35th Sugar Bowl: #9 Arkansas beats #4 Georgia, 16-2
  • Jan 1 35th Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #6 Kansas, 15-14
  • Jan 2 "Soviet Sport" calls Emile Zatopek a public enemy
  • Jan 12 Super Bowl III: NY Jets beat Balt Colts, 16-7 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB
  • Jan 14 Matt Busby retires from Manchester United
  • Jan 14 19th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-112 at Baltimore
  • Jan 19 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-25
  • Jan 19 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 10-7
  • Jan 21 22nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at Montreal

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 22 Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

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Jan 27 Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

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Jan 27 Australian Open Open Men's Tennis: Rod Laver takes 1st leg of his successful second Grand Slam; beats Andres Gimeno 6-3, 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

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Jan 27 1st Women's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King (6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 28 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America

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Jan 28 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Feb 2 Stan Coveleski & Waite Hoyt are voted into baseball Hall of Fame

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Feb 4 John Madden is named head coach of NFL's Oakland Raiders

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Feb 5 Vince Lombardi, becomes part owner, VP, GM and head coach of Redskins
  • Feb 7 Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major US racetrack (Hialeah)

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Feb 10 LSU Pete Maravich scores 66, despite losing to Tulane 101-94

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Feb 11 Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah

AgreementContract of Interest

Feb 21 Ted Williams signs 5-year contract to manage Washington Senators

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 22 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st female jockey to win at a major US track
  • Feb 23 11th Daytona 500: LeeRoy Yarbrough wins (157.95 MPH)
  • Feb 25 Pension plan for baseball is agreed to
  • Feb 28 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs won by Towler & Ford of Great Britain

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Mar 1 NY Yankees' Mickey Mantle retires

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

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Mar 2 Phil Esposito becomes 1st NHL Player to score 100 points in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Mar 8 16th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 85-74
  • Mar 14 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win at Aqueduct
  • Mar 14 Seymour Nurse scores 258 in his last Test Cricket innings, WI v NZ
  • Mar 16 Boston Bruins scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • Mar 22 31st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Purdue 92-72 UCLA wins its 5th national championship in 6 years
  • Mar 29 123rd Grand National: Eddie P. Harty, Sr. aboard Highland Wedding wins
  • Apr 1 Seattle Pilots trade minor league outfielder Lou Piniella to Royals

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Apr 2 Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)

  • Apr 7 Dodgers' Bill Singer is credited with 1st official save, against Reds
  • Apr 7 Ted Williams begins managing Washington Senators, they lose to Yanks 8-4
  • Apr 8 1st Baseball game in Canada - Mont Expos beats NY Mets 10-9

  • Apr 8 Expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games
  • Apr 9 Chic Cub Billy Williams hits 4 consecutive doubles beat Phillies 11-3
  • Apr 12 Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
  • Apr 13 33rd Masters Golf Tournament: George Archer wins, shooting a 281
  • Apr 14 1st major league baseball game outside US played (Montreal Canada)
  • Apr 17 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
  • Apr 21 73rd Boston Marathon: Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan 1st man in 2:13:49 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:22:46

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 22 Joe Frazier KOs Dave Zyglewick in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Apr 22 Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312 day non-stop sailing

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Apr 23 LA Laker Jerry West scores 53 points

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • Apr 30 Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney 3rd no-hitter beats Houston Astros, 10-0
  • May 1 Houston Astros hurler Don Wilson blanks Cincinnati Reds, 4-0 for second career no-hitter
  • May 1 Leonard Tose buys NFL Philadelphia Eagles for a professional sports record $16.15m
  • May 3 95th Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack on Majestic Prince wins in 2:01.8
  • May 4 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep St Louis Blues in 4 games
  • May 5 23rd NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • May 7 2nd ABA championship: Oakland Oaks beat Indiana Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • May 17 94th Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Majestic Prince wins in 1:55.6
  • May 17 Balt, Cleve & Pitts agree to go from NFC to AFC in NFL
  • May 21 Slovan Bratislava of Czechoslovakia win 9th European Cup Winner's Cup against FC Barcelona of Spain 3-2 in Basel

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May 21 After 9,015 at bats Hank Aaron is lifted for a pinch hitter, Mike Lum, who doubled in a 15-3 victory over NY Mets

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • May 28 13th European Cup: Milan beats Ajax 4-1 at Madrid
  • May 30 Derek Clayton runs world record marathon (2:08:33.6) at Antwerp

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May 30 Indianapolis 500: Mario Andretti wins in 3:11:14.689 (252.453 km/h)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

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Jun 6 Joe Namath resigns from NFL after Pete Rozelle, football commissioner, said he must sell his stake in a bar

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Jun 7 101st Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Arts & Letters wins in 2:28.8
  • Jun 8 MLB ledgend Mickey Mantle gives his farewell retirement speech during "Mickey Mantle Day" at Yankee Stadium, 60,096 see #7 retired
  • Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Rod Laver wins second leg of his 2nd Grand Slam; beats fellow Australian Ken Rosewall 6-4, 6-3, 6-4
  • Jun 8 68th Women's French Open: Margaret Court beats Ann Jones (6-1, 4-6, 6-3)

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Jun 14 Oakland As' Reggie Jackson gets 10 RBIs to beat Red Sox 21-7

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jun 15 US Open Golf, Champions GC: Orville Moody wins only major title by 1 stroke from Al Geiberger, Bob Rosberg & Dean Beman
  • Jun 15 Mets help their power needs by adding 1st baseman Donn Clendenon
  • Jun 21 John Pennel pole vaults world record (5.45 m)
  • Jun 23 Joe Frazier TKOs Jerry Quarry in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 25 Pancho Gonzalez beats Charles Pasarell in 112 game (5hr12m) marathon
  • Jun 27 Honduras/El Salvador breaks diplomatic relations due to soccer match
  • Jun 28 John Hampshire scores 107 on Test cricket debut v WI at Lord's

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 29 US Open Women's Golf, Scenic Hills CC: Donna Caponi wins first of 4 major titles; beat Peggy Wilson by 1 stroke

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 29 On Billy Williams Day in Chicago, the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial's NL record for consecutive games played (896)

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jun 30 Derek Clayton of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:34
  • Jul 2 Ireland cricketers dismiss West Indies for just 25 (Dougie Goodwin 5 for 6, Alec O'Riordan 4 for 18) to set up a huge upset in Londonderry
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Home favourite Ann Jones upsets 3-time defending champion Billie Jean King 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats John Newcombe 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 for the 3rd leg of his Grand Slam
  • Jul 9 Tom Seaver's no-hit bid against Cubs ends with 1 out in 9th
  • Jul 12 British Open Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Tony Jacklin wins the first of his 2 major titles, 2 strokes ahead of Bob Charles of New Zealand; first Briton to win The Open since 1951
  • Jul 15 Cincinnati Red Lee May hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
  • Jul 18 Joe Namath agrees to sell interest in Bachelors 3, to stay in NFL
  • Jul 20 56th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 23 40th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 9-3 at RFK Memorial, Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 23 All star MVP: Willie McCovey (SF Giants)

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 27 15th LPGA Championship won by Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 30 Astros Denis Menke and Jim Wynn hit grandslams in 9th inn vs Mets
  • Aug 1 36th Chicago Charities College All-Star Game: NY Jets 26, All-Stars 24 (74,208)
  • Aug 3 Cincinnati Reds with 25 hits & 10 runs in 5th edge Philadelphia Phillies 19-17 at Connie Mack Stadium
  • Aug 5 Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell smashes first and longest home run ever hit out of Dodger Stadium; the incomparable shot off Alan Foster, measures 506 feet
  • Aug 10 Don Sutton breaks his 13-game losing streak to Cubs with a 4-2 win
  • Aug 11 Pittsburgh Steelers beat NY Giants 17-13 in Montreal (NFL expo)
  • Aug 12 Boston Celtics sold for an NBA record $6 million
  • Aug 13 Balt Oriole Jim Palmer no-hits Oakland A's, 8-0
  • Aug 14 NY Mets fall 9½ games back, later to win pennant
  • Aug 17 PGA Championship, NCR GC: Ray Floyd wins by 1 stroke from South African Gary Player
  • Aug 17 NY Jets beat NY Giants 37-14 in their 1st meeting (pre season)
  • Aug 19 Chicago Cub Ken Holtzman no-hits Atlanta Braves, 3-0
  • Aug 23 Audrey McElmory (US) wins World Cycling Championships, Brno Czechoslovakia
  • Aug 23 France's Une De Mai wins International Trot at Roosevelt Raceway Czechoslovakia (1st American to win cycling race title since 1912)
  • Aug 25 Det Lions beat Boston Patriots 22-9 in Montreal (NFL expo)

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Aug 29 Joe Pepitone quits Yanks after being fined $500 for leaving the bench

MLB First Baseman and Outfielder Joe Pepitone
MLB First Baseman and Outfielder
Joe Pepitone
  • Aug 30 69th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Steve Melnyk
  • Sep 2 Ralph Houk signs 3-year contract to manage New York Yankees at $65,000 a season, then the biggest salary in MLB
  • Sep 7 Scottish Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart wins the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch his first World Formula 1 Drivers Championship; his 6th F1 win of the season

  • Sep 8 US amateur Men's Tennis: Stan Smith beats Bob Lutz (97 63 61)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Australian Margaret Court wins her 3rd US title and 16th Grand Slam singles event; beats Nancy Richey 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • Sep 9 Smallest US Tennis Open single session-131 (men's doubles final only)
  • Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats fellow Australian Tony Roche 7-9, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 to claim his record second Grand Slam
  • Sep 10 NY Mets sweep Montreal Expos putting them in 1st place for 1st time
  • Sep 13 Baltimore Orioles, win earliest AL Eastern division title
  • Sep 13 Bobby Bonds is baseballs 4th 30-HR, 30-steal player
  • Sep 15 Cards Steve Carlton sets record by striking out 19 NY Mets in a game

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Sep 20 Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: US, Great Britain tie, 16-16; great sporting gesture, America's Jack Nicklaus concedes missable 3-foot putt to Tony Jacklin at the 18th hole for the draw

  • Sep 20 Pitts Pirate Bob Moose no-hits NY Mets, 4-0
  • Sep 21 58th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Cleveland (5-0)
  • Sep 21 NY Jet Steve O'Neal punts 98 yards against Denver Broncos
  • Sep 21 Ron Hill wins European marathon (2:16:47.8)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 22 SF Giant Willie Mays, becomes second player to hit 600 home runs

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Sep 24 NY Mets clinch NL East pennant
  • Sep 28 Joe Kapp (Minnesota Vikings) passes for 7 touchdowns vs Balt Colts (52-14)
  • Sep 29 Red Sox Rico Petrocelli hits shortstop record 40th HR of season
  • Sep 29 Steve O'Neal of NY Jets, kicks longest NFL punt; 98 yards vs Denver
  • Oct 2 Seattle Pilots' last game in Seattle; crash to 98th season loss, 3-1 to Oakland in front of just 5,473; move to Milwaukee as the Brewers next season
  • Oct 4 MLB holds first league championship games; National League Championship Series: New York Mets beat Atlanta Braves, 9-5; Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3 in American League Championship Series
  • Oct 6 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets sweep Atlanta Braves, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 6 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 15 Madison Square Garden TV Network begins (Rangers vs North Stars)
  • Oct 15 NY Met Ron Swoboda's spectacular diving catch of sinking liner with runners at 1st & 3rd in 9th, Mets win in 10th in World Series game
  • Oct 15 Oriole Earl Weaver becomes 1st manager ejected in a World Series
  • Oct 16 T Agee & Ed Kranepool HR, Tommie Agee makes 2 great catches, New York Mets win Baseball World Series 4-1
  • Oct 16 100-1 shot NY Mets beat Orioles 5-3 & win 66th World Series in 5
  • Oct 16 Met Cleon Jones awarded 1st base when shoe polish on ball proves he is hit by a pitch, he scores on a HR in World Series
  • Oct 19 Scottish Matra-Ford driver Jackie Stewart finishes 4th in season ending Mexican Grand Prix to win his first World Formula 1 Drivers Championship by 26 points from Jacky Ickx of Belgium
  • Oct 24 Hanif, Mushtaq & Sadiq Mohammad start their only Test Cricket together
  • Nov 2 Quarterbacks Billy Kilmer of New Orleans and St Louis' Charlie Johnson each pass for 6 touchdowns for combined NFL record of 12 passing TDs in a game; Saints beat Cardinals, 51-42 at Busch Memorial Stadium
  • Nov 2 41-year old Detroit center Gordie Howe picks up his 19th and final NHL hat trick as the Red Wings beat Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3; Howe is the oldest player to score an NHL hat-trick
  • Nov 16 US President Nixon becomes first president to attend a season NFL game while in office: the Dallas Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 41-28
  • Nov 20 Gundappa Viswanath scores 137 on Test Cricket debut v Australia Kanpur

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Nov 20 Brazilian soccer icon Pele scores his 1,000th goal

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele
  • Nov 20 SF Giant Willie McCovey edges Tom Seaver as NL MVP
  • Nov 25 KC outfielder Lou Piniella is voted AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 26 35th Heisman Trophy Award: Steve Owens, Oklahoma (RB)
  • Nov 29 34th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 49-26 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 57th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeats Saskatchewan, 29-11
  • Dec 12 Decathlon Bill Toomey achieves world record-score of 8417 points
  • Dec 13 MLB manager Billy Martin fired by the Minnesota Twins
  • Dec 21 Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game
  • Dec 22 Pete Marovich sets NCAA record of hitting 30 of 31 foul shots
  • Dec 29 NY Times reports Curt Flood will sue baseball and challenge the reserve clause