Events in Sport in 1972

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  • Jan 1 58th Rose Bowl: #16 Stanford beats #4 Michigan, 13-12
  • Jan 1 38th Sugar Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Auburn, 40-22
  • Jan 1 38th Orange Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Alabama, 38-6
  • Jan 2 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts 21-0
  • Jan 2 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 14-3

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 60th Men's Australian Open: Ken Rosewall beats Malcolm Anderson (7-6, 6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 60th Women's Australian Open: Virginia Wade beats Evonne Goolagong (6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • Jan 7 LA Lakers win their 33rd straight game, setting a still standing NBA record for longest streak
  • Jan 8 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall
  • Jan 9 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 9 LA Lakers 33 game winning streak snapped by a loss to the Bucks 120-104
  • Jan 13 Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 15 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Jan 16 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
  • Jan 16 Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19 Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Jan 22 22nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 112-110 at LA
  • Jan 23 Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champion
  • Jan 23 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-13
  • Jan 25 25th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 3-2 at Minnesota
  • Feb 1 1972 NFL Draft: Walt Patulski from University of Notre Dame first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • Feb 3 11th Winter Olympic games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
  • Feb 5 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 13 11th Winter Olympic games close at Sapporo, Japan
  • Feb 16 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 Wilt Chamberlain hit 30,000 point mark during a game with Phoenix Suns

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Feb 20 1st time Cleveland Cavaliers beat NY Knicks (111-109)
  • Feb 20 Ard Schenk wins world championship for speed skating
  • Feb 25 Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

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Mar 6 Jack Nicklaus, passes Arnold Palmer as golf's all-time money winner

  • Mar 9 Players on White Sox vote 31-0 in favor of a strike, if necessary
  • Mar 11 19th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 73-64
  • Mar 12 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Eve Golf Open

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Mar 12 NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Mar 14 NBA's Cincinnati Royals announce they are moving to KC
  • Mar 18 Cornell NCAA hockey team shut out for 1st time in 225 games (Boston U)
  • Mar 19 1st AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats West Chester State 52-48 in Normal
  • Mar 19 Carol Mann wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 19 LA Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts

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Mar 22 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP

  • Mar 22 Nick Mileti purchases Cleve Indians for $9 million
  • Mar 22 Yankees trade Danny Cater to the Red Sox for Sparky Lyle
  • Mar 25 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida 81-76

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 Bobby Hull becomes the 2nd NHLer to score 600 goals

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Mar 25 UCLA wins its 6th consecutive national basketball title
  • Mar 26 Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Sears Women's World Golf Classic
  • Mar 26 LA Lakers broke NBA record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13)
  • Mar 28 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
  • Apr 1 Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike

  • Apr 5 Baseball season is delayed due to a strike
  • Apr 8 Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • Apr 8 126th Grand National: Graham Thorner aboard Well To Do wins
  • Apr 9 36th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286
  • Apr 9 Glenn Turner (259) & Terry Jarvis make 387 opening cricket stand v WI
  • Apr 13 1st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days
  • Apr 16 1st Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock
  • Apr 16 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
  • Apr 17 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland 1st man in 2:15:39 and Nina Kuscsik of United States 1st woman in 3:10:26
  • Apr 17 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
  • Apr 20 Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket
  • Apr 23 Betty Burfeind wins LPGA Birmingham Centennital Golf Classic
  • Apr 28 Courts award 1968 Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner due to the winner being given drugs before the race

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 30 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • May 6 98th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:01.8
  • May 7 26th NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Betty Burfeindt wins Sealy LPGA Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Giants trade Willie Mays to Mets for pitcher Charlie Williams & cash

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 11 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 2
  • May 12 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13)
  • May 13 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12)
  • May 14 In Willie Mays 1st game as a NY Met his homer beats SF Giants, 5-4
  • May 16 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationale
  • May 20 5th ABA Championship: Indiana Pacers beat NY Nets, 4 games to 2
  • May 20 97th Preakness: Eldon Nelson aboard Bee Bee Bee wins in 1:55.6
  • May 21 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational
  • May 24 Glasgow Rangers of Scotland win 12th European Cup Winner's Cup against Dynamo Moscow 3-2 of the Soviet Union 3-2 in Barcelona
  • May 25 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Ron Stander
  • May 26 Joe Frazier TKOs Ron Stander in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Mark Donohue wins in 3:04:23.851 (262.262 km/h)
  • May 29 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • May 31 16th European Cup: Ajax beats Internazionale 2-0 at Rotterdam
  • Jun 3 Yanks score 8 times in 13th beating White Sox 18-10
  • Jun 4 Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • Jun 4 Record 8 shutouts pitched in 16 major league games (AL=5, NL=3)
  • Jun 4 71st Men's French Open: Andres Gimeno beats Patrick Proisy (4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 4 71st Women's French Open: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong (6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jun 7 Pirate's Gene Alley bases-loaded walk, beats Padres 1-0 in 18th
  • Jun 8 Padres draft Dave Roberts #1, Indians draft Rick Manning #2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 8 Test Cricket debut of Tony Greig, v Australia at Old Trafford (57/62)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • Jun 10 104th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Riva Ridge wins in 2:28
  • Jun 10 Hank Aaron's grandslammer (14) ties him for NL lead with Gil Hodges & moves him ahead of Willie Mays as #2 HR hitter (649)
  • Jun 11 18th LPGA Championship won by Kathy Ahern
  • Jun 18 72nd US Golf Open: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 290 at Pebble Beach, California
  • Jun 18 US Supreme Court, 5-3, confirms lower court rulings in Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws
  • Jun 18 UEFA European Championship: West Germany defeat Soviet Union 3-0 in Brussels
  • Jun 23 US President Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports
  • Jun 24 Danie Malan, South African athlete, sets a new world record in the 1000m event in Munich
  • Jun 25 Bernice Gera becomes 1st female umpire in pro baseball
  • Jun 26 Bob Massie takes 16 wickets (8-84 & 8-53) on Test cricket debut v Eng
  • Jun 30 Cincinnati Reds are 11 games back in NL, & go on to win pennant
  • Jul 2 27th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Susie Maxwell Berning
  • Jul 2 Bob Seagren pole vaults world record 5.63m
  • Jul 7 79th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Goolagong (63 63)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 9 86th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Stan Smith beats Ilie Năstase (4-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 7-5)

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jul 9 Kathy Ahern wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
  • Jul 13 LA Rams (Irsay) & Baltimore Colts (Rosenbloom) swap owners
  • Jul 14 Plate ump & catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is umpire & Tom Haller is Tigers catcher, KC Royals win 1-0
  • Jul 15 101st British Golf Open: Lee Trevino shoots 278 at Muirfield Gullane
  • Jul 15 Sandra Palmer/Jane Blalock wins Angelo's Four-Ball Golf Championship
  • Jul 21 Los Angeles Dodgers release & end career of knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm
  • Jul 22 59th Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 23 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Raleigh Golf Classic
  • Jul 25 43rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stad
  • Jul 25 All star MVP: Joe Morgan (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jul 28 39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162)
  • Jul 30 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA Lady Pepsi Golf Open
  • Aug 1 Nate Colbert of SD Padres hits record tying 5 HRs in a double header
  • Aug 5 Detroit shortstop Ed Brinkman errors ends record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a miscue
  • Aug 6 Garry Player wins PGA golf tournament
  • Aug 6 Hank Aaron hits 660th & 661st HRs for Braves (record for 1 team)
  • Aug 6 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Knoxville Ladies Golf Classic
  • Aug 12 Ian & Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings
  • Aug 13 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Pabst Ladies Golf Classic

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 16 54th PGA Championship: Gary Player shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Aug 17 Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game
  • Aug 20 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open
  • Aug 22 Rhodesia is expelled by the International Olympic Committee for its racist policies.

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 23 Chicago's Dick Allen is 4th (Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, & Alex Johnson) to homer into Comiskey Park's center field bleachers

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Aug 24 Gordie Howe & Jean Beliveau inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame
  • Aug 26 20th Olympic games open at Munich German FR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 26 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Aug 27 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • Aug 29 SF Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row
  • Aug 31 Lasse Viren runs Olympic/world record 10,000m (27:38.4)
  • Aug 31 Olga Korbut, USSR, wins olympic gold medal in gymnastics
  • Sep 2 Chicago White Sox Milt Pappas no-hits SD Padres, 1-0
  • Sep 4 US swimmer Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 olympic gold medals
  • Sep 5 11 Israeli athletes taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian Black September group at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 6 Summer Olympics resume in Munich Germany after massacre
  • Sep 9 92nd Women's U.S. Open: Billie Jean King beats Kerry Melville Reid (6-3, 7-5)
  • Sep 10 20th Olympic games close at Munich, German FR
  • Sep 10 Emerson Fittipaldi is youngest to win an auto race World Championship
  • Sep 10 Frank Shorter wins 17th Olympic marathon (2:12:19.8)
  • Sep 10 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • Sep 10 US Men's olympic basketball team's 1st loss, 51-50 to USSR (disputed)
  • Sep 10 92nd Men's U.S. Open: Ilie Năstase beats Arthur Ashe (3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Sep 12 Lord Michael Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as head of Olympics
  • Sep 17 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Quality First Golf Classic
  • Sep 18 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)
  • Sep 25 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open
  • Sep 27 1st game at Nassau Coliseum, Rangers beat Islanders 6-4 (exhibition)
  • Sep 28 Canada defeats the USSR in the eighth and final game of the ice hockey Summit Series

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 30 Roberto Clemente is 11th to get 3,000 hits

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Oct 1 2nd NYC Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik in 3:08:41
  • Oct 1 3rd NYC Marathon won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52
  • Oct 1 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Classic
  • Oct 2 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman 2nd no-hitter beats NY Mets, 7-0
  • Oct 3 Steve Carlton wins 27th game for Phillies (almost ½ of their 59 wins)
  • Oct 3 Balt Roric Harrison is last AL pitcher to homer until interleague play 25 years later

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 Ted Williams manages his final game as Rangers lose to Royals, 4-0

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Oct 7 1st season game at Nassau Coliseum, Flames-3, Islanders-2
  • Oct 8 Harold Carmichael begins NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • Oct 8 In Game 2 of ALCS, Oakland A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher
  • Oct 8 23rd Formula One WDC: Emerson Fittipaldi wins by 16 points
  • Oct 10 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Heritage Village Golf Open
  • Oct 11 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 12 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Detroit Tigers, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 13 Commish Bowie Kuhn allows Bert Campaneris to play in World Series
  • Oct 14 Oakland A Gene Tenace is 1st to homer in 1st 2 World Series at bats
  • Oct 15 61st Davis Cup: USA beats Romania in Bucharest (3-2)
  • Oct 15 Omni in Atlanta opens - Hawks beat NY Knicks 109-101
  • Oct 17 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Oct 22 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA GAC Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Oct 22 Oakland A's 1st championship; beat Reds, 4 games to 3 in World Series
  • Oct 29 Don Cockroft of Cleveland Browns kicks 57-yard field goal
  • Oct 29 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • Nov 2 Phillies' Steve Carlton wins unanimous NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 4 Kings score 3 goals within 45 seconds against Islanders
  • Nov 5 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Errol Golf Classic
  • Nov 11 6th Rugby League World Cup: Australia and Great Britain tie 10-10; Great Britain awarded the cup
  • Nov 12 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • Nov 15 White Sox Dick Allen wins AL MVP
  • Nov 21 Red Sox Carlton Fisk wins AL Rookie of Year, Mets Jon Matlack wins NL
  • Nov 22 Flyers beat New York Islanders and start them on 15 game winless streak
  • Nov 22 Pitts Penguins set NHL record for scoring fastest 5 goals (2:07)
  • Nov 28 LA Dodgers trade Frank Robinson to California Angels
  • Dec 2 60th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Saskatchewan, 13-10
  • Dec 2 37th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-16 in Birmingham
  • Dec 5 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)
  • Dec 16 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
  • Dec 18 US launches Operation Linebacker II, its heaviest bombing of North Vietnam, as negotiations to end the Vietnam War collapse
  • Dec 23 New York Islanders end 15 games winless streak
  • Dec 23 "Immaculate Reception" Steelers turns around a 7-6 defeat with a last second touchdown reception against Raiders to win 13-7
  • Dec 23 2nd Fiesta Bowl: #15 Arizona State beats Missouri, 49-35
  • Dec 25 England beat India by six wickets in the 1st Cricket Test in Delhi
  • Dec 27 LA Kings start Islanders on 12 game losing streak
  • Dec 29 Test Cricket debut of Jeff Thomson & Max Walker v Pakistan at MCG
  • Dec 31 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7