Events in Sport in 1971

  • Jan 1 57th Rose Bowl: #12 Stanford beats #2 Ohio State, 27-17
  • Jan 1 37th Sugar Bowl: #4 Tennessee beats #11 Air Force, 34-13
  • Jan 1 37th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 17-12
  • Jan 2 A barrier collapses at Ibrox Park football ground at end of a soccer match in Glasgow Scotland, killing 66

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Jan 3 AFC Championship Game: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders 27-17

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 3 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 17-10
  • Jan 5 Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.
  • Jan 12 21st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-107 at San Diego
  • Jan 17 Super Bowl V: Balt Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB
  • Jan 19 24th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 2-1 at Boston
  • Jan 19 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • Jan 24 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-6
  • Jan 28 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from University of Stanford first pick by New England Patriots
  • Jan 30 UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
  • Jan 31 Special Veterans Committee adds 6 former players and 1 executive to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard and George Weiss
  • Jan 31 Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame

  • Feb 4 Baseball announces a special hall of fame wing for blacks
  • Feb 6 1st time a golf ball is hit on Moon (by Alan Shepard)
  • Feb 9 Satchel Paige becomes 1st negro-league player elected to baseball hall of fame
  • Feb 10 Bill White becomes 1st African American baseball announcer (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 11 Montreal Canadien John Believau scores his 500th NHL goal
  • Feb 12 Only Test Cricket for Ken Eastwood, who scored 5 & 0 Aust v England

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Feb 13 US Vice President Spiro Agnew hits 2 tee shots into crowd while golfing, injuring 2

Vice President of the United States Spiro Agnew
Vice President of the United States
Spiro Agnew
  • Feb 14 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (144.462 MPH)
  • Feb 17 England regains cricket Ashes with a 2-0 series win

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Feb 20 Bruin Phil Esposito is NHL's quickest to score 50 goals in a season

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Feb 21 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
  • Feb 23 Boston Bruins begin 13 NHL game win streak

Sport awardGolf Major

Feb 28 PGA Championship, PGA National East: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire for his 2nd career grand slam; wins by 2 from Billy Casper

  • Mar 6 Test Cricket debut of Sunil Gavaskar, v West Indies at Port-of-Spain

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 8 Joe Frazier beats Muhammad Ali in 15, retains heavyweight boxing title at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 8 Milwaukee Bucks win their 20th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Mar 13 18th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: South Carolina beats North Carolina, 52-51

Sport awardTennis Open

Mar 14 59th Men's Australian Open: Ken Rosewall beats Arthur Ashe (6-1, 7-5, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Mar 14 59th Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong (2-6, 7-6, 7-5)
  • Mar 19 Philadelphia 76ers outscore Cincinnati Royals 90-8 in 1 half
  • Mar 20 Boston Bruins win 13th straight NHL game
  • Mar 21 Gavaskar scores 1st of his 34 Test Cricket tons, 116 at Georgetown
  • Mar 21 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 25 Boston Patriots become New England Patriots
  • Mar 27 33rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Villanova 68-62 UCLA wins their 5th consecutive NCAA basketball title

  • Apr 3 125th Grand National: John Cook aboard Specify wins
  • Apr 7 Dismissal of Curt Flood's suit against baseball is upheld by
  • Apr 10 1st baseball game at Phila's Veterans Stadium, Phils beat Expos 4-1
  • Apr 11 35th Masters Golf Tournament: Charles Coody wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 19 75th Boston Marathon: Alvaro Mejia of Colombia 1st man in 2:18:45 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:08:30
  • Apr 30 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beat Balt Bullets in 4 games
  • May 1 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Ávila wins aboard Canonero II (wins Preakness May 15)
  • May 9 Elizabeth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42)
  • May 11 Cleveland's pitcher Steve Dunning hits a grand slam off Oakland Athletics pitcher Diego Seguí
  • May 15 96th Preakness: Gustavo Avila aboard Canonero II wins in 1:54
  • May 18 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 3
  • May 21 Chelsea win 11th European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid 2-1 in Athens (replay)
  • May 27 23rd Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland, 13-11
  • May 27 UCLA defeats Florida State 81-76 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser wins in 3:10:11.545 (253.850 km/h)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 30 Willie Mays hits his 638th HR, sets NL record of 1,950 runs scored

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jun 2 15th European Cup: Ajax beats Panathinaikos 2-0 at London
  • Jun 3 Chic Cub Ken Holtzman 2nd no-hitter beats Cincinnati Reds, 1-0
  • Jun 3 Test Cricket debut of Imran Khan, v Englandl at Edgbaston (5, 0-36, 0-19)
  • Jun 4 Oakland A's beat Washington Senators, 5-3, in 21 innings
  • Jun 4 Zaheer Abbas scores 274 for Pakistan vs England at Edgbaston, 544 minutes 38 fours
  • Jun 5 103rd Belmont: Walter Blum aboard Pass Catcher wins in 2:30.6
  • Jun 6 Willie Mays hits record 22nd & last extra inning HR

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6 70th Men's French Open: Jan Kodes beats Ilie Năstase (8-6, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5)

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jun 6 70th Women's French Open: Evonne Goolagong beats Helen Gourlay (6-3, 7-5)
  • Jun 8 White Sox draft Danny Goodwin #1, he refuses to sign

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 13 LPGA Championship, Pleasant Valley CC: Kathy Whitworth wins by 4 strokes from Kathy Ahern

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Jun 16 Groningen soccer team forms in Groningen
  • Jun 20 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Heritage Golf Open
  • Jun 21 US Open Golf, Merion GC: Lee Trevino wins his 2nd Open in a playoff with Jack Nicklaus
  • Jun 21 Indians Ken Harrelson retires from baseball to play pro golf
  • Jun 23 Phillies Rick Wise no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 4-0
  • Jun 27 US Open Women's Golf, Kahwa GC: JoAnne Carner wins by 7 strokes from Kathy Whitworth
  • Jun 28 Phillies' Rick Wise hits 2 HRs and no-hits Reds

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Jun 28 US Supreme Court (8-0) overturns draft evasion conviction of Muhammad Ali

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Evonne Goolagong beats Margaret Court 6-4, 6-1 for the first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Newcombe of Australia beats American Stan Smith 6-3, 5-7, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 for his third and final Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 7 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces that Negro League players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame to be given full membership in the Museum
  • Jul 10 100th British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale: Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke from Lu Liang-Huan of Taiwan
  • Jul 11 Phillies Deron Johnson 3 HRs caps his 4 in a row
  • Jul 13 42nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-4 at Tiger Stadium, Detroit
  • Jul 13 All star MVP: Frank Robinson (Baltimore Orioles)
  • Jul 18 58th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 25 Judy Kimball wins LPGA O'Sullivan Ladies Golf Open
  • Jul 30 38th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Baltimore 24, All Stars 17 (52,289)
  • Jul 31 Deventer Soccer team Go Ahead Eagles forms
  • Aug 1 Richard Petty wins the Dixie 500 in Atlanta, Georgia to become the first NASCAR driver to win $1m in career earnings
  • Aug 9 Satchel Paige inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Aug 10 16 baseball researchers form Society for American Baseball Research
  • Aug 15 Charles Lismont wins Helsinki marathon (2:13:09.0)
  • Aug 15 Despite crashing out on lap 36, Scotsman Jackie Stewart clinches his second World Formula 1 Drivers title at the Austrian Grand Prix at Österreichring; French Tyrrell driver François Cevert wins the race
  • Aug 22 Pam Barnett wins LPGA Southgate Golf Open
  • Aug 26 Orioles' Don Buford struck out 5 times in a game

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Aug 26 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins worth one million dollars, the first million dollar contract in NHL history

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Aug 31 Adrienne Beames runs female world record marathon (2:46:30)
  • Sep 1 Australian John Newcombe becomes 1st male top-seed to lose in US Open 1st round when beaten by eventual finalist Jan Kodeš 6-2, 6-7, 6-7, 3,-6

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Sep 1 The Pirates start what is believed to be first all-black line-up (including several Latinos) in MLB history‚ in 10 - 7 win v Phillies; includes future Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente & Willie Stargell

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 2 Teenage debutants Chris Evert & Jimmy Connors win their first matches at the US Open Tennis Championships at Forest Hills

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Sep 5 Astros pitcher J R Richard debut, strikes out 15 Giants in a 5-3 win
  • Sep 5 NY Mets Don Hahn hits 1st inside the park homer at Phillies Vet
  • Sep 9 NHL great Gordie Howe retires

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Billie Jean King beats doubles partner Rosemary Casals 6-4, 7-6

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals
  • Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis: Stan Smith wins first career Grand Slam event; beats Czech star Jan Kodeš 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6
  • Sep 14 Cleveland Indians & Washington Senators, play 20 innings
  • Sep 18 Ryder Cup Golf, Old Warson CC: US beats Europe, 18½-13½; after leading by 1 match, GB loses all Friday morning 4-ball matches to lose momentum
  • Sep 19 1st NYC Women's Marathon won by Beth Bonner in 2:55:22
  • Sep 19 2nd NYC Marathon won by Norman Higgins in 2:22:54
  • Sep 21 AL OKs Washington Senator move to Arlington (Texas Rangers)
  • Sep 24 Houston Astros beat San Diego Padres, 2-1, in 21 innings
  • Sep 26 Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open

  • Oct 3 American tennis star Billie Jean King becomes first female athlete to win $100,000 in prize money in a single year; wins the $4,000 Virginia Slams Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Oct 3 Scotsman Jackie Stewart finishes 5th in the season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his second World Formula 1 Drivers title by 29 points from Swede Ronnie Peterson
  • Oct 6 MLB National League Championship: Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco Giants, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 10 Rain washes out Game 2, 1st World Series postponement since 1962
  • Oct 11 60th Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Charlotte (3-2)
  • Oct 13 1st World Series night game (Pittsburgh 4-Baltimore 3)
  • Oct 17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 68th World Series
  • Nov 2 Orioles Pat Dobson no-hits Yomiuri Giants, 2-0
  • Nov 5 NBA's LA Lakers starts a 33 game consecutive victory streak
  • Nov 20 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • Nov 21 NY Rangers scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • Nov 23 Danny Murtaugh, manager of MLB world champions Pittsburgh Pirates, announces his retirement
  • Nov 24 Braves catcher-infielder Earl Williams, wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 25 37th Heisman Trophy Award: Pat Sullivan, Auburn (QB)
  • Nov 27 36th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-7 in Birmingham
  • Nov 28 59th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeats Toronto Argonauts, 14-11
  • Nov 29 1st pro golf championship at Walt Disney World

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Dec 1 Cubs release Ernie Banks & sign him as a coach

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Dec 25 Longest NFL game (82m40s) as Dolphins beat Chiefs 27-24
  • Dec 27 1st Fiesta Bowl: #8 Arizona State beats Florida State, 45-38
  • Dec 30 Long Island NHL franchise purchased (NY Islanders)