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
  • Jan 3 AFC Championship Game: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders 27-17
  • 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 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 53rd PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 281 at PGA National FL Jack Nicklaus wins his 2nd golf grand slam

  • 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 10 US table tennis team arrives in People's Republic of China
  • Apr 11 35th Masters Golf Tournament: Charles Coody wins, shooting a 279

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 18 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 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 25 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Apr 30 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beat Balt Bullets in 4 games
  • May 1 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Avila on Canonero II wins in 2:03.2
  • May 2 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

  • May 9 Elizabeth Bonner runs female world record marathon (3:01:42)
  • May 9 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA San Antonio Alamo Golf Open
  • 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 23 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationalionale
  • 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 Zaheer Abbas scores Cricket 274 at Edgbaston, 544 minutes 38 fours
  • Jun 5 103rd Belmont: Walter Blum aboard Pass Catcher wins in 2:30.6
  • Jun 6 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • 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
  • Jun 13 17th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Whitworth
  • Jun 16 Groningen soccer team forms in Groningen
  • Jun 20 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Heritage Golf Open
  • Jun 21 71st US Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots a 280 at Merion GC in Ardmore PA
  • 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 26th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by JoAnne Carner
  • Jun 28 Phillies' Rick Wise hits 2 HRs & 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 78th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong beats Margaret Smith (64 61)
  • Jul 3 85th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Newcombe beats Stan Smith (63 57 26 64 64)
  • Jul 10 100th British Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots a 278 at Royal Birkdale
  • Jul 11 Jane Blalock wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
  • 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 17 Kathy Whitworth/Judy Kimball wins LPGA Four-Ball Golf Championship
  • 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 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
  • Aug 8 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open
  • Aug 9 Le Roy (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 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Len Immke Buick Golf Open
  • 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 John Newcombe is 1st male top-seed to lose in 1st round of US Open

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 2 Chris Evert & Jimmy Connors win their 1st US Open tennis matches

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
  • Sep 12 91st Men's U.S. Open: Stan Smith beats Jan Kodes (3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 91st Women's U.S. Open: Billie Jean King beats 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 14 Cleve Indians & Washington Senators, play 20 innings
  • Sep 18 19th Ryder Cup: US beats Europe, 18½-13½ at Old Warson Country Club (St. Louis, Missouri, US)
  • 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 SD Padres, 2-1, in 21 innings
  • Sep 26 Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open
  • Oct 3 Billie Jean King became 1st female athlete to win $100,000
  • Oct 3 22nd Formula One WDC: Jackie Stewart wins by 29 points
  • Oct 5 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • 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 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Quality-First Golf Classic
  • 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 10 US table tennis team arrived in China
  • Nov 20 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • Nov 21 NY Rangers scores a NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • 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)