On This Day

Events in Sport in 1972

Events 1 - 200 of 241

  • 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, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts, 21-0

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 2 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Virginia Wade of England wins her first Grand Slam title; beats home favourite 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 2 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 14-3

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 3 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Ken Rosewall retains title for his 4th overall Australian crown; beats fellow Australian Mal 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
  • Jan 7 Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 134-90 for their 33rd straight win, the longest winning streak in major professional sports
  • Jan 8 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall

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Jan 9 Led by future Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks beat LA Lakers, 120-104, ending LA's consecutive win streak at 33, the longest winning streak in major league sports history

  • Jan 13 Bernice Gera wins anti-discrimination case against the National Baseball Congressl, initiated March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 15 World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier stops Terry Daniels in 4 rounds in New Orleans to retain his WBC and WBA titles

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, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Dallas Cowboys beat Miami Dolphins, 24-3; MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 18 22nd NBA All Star Game, The Forum, Inglewood, Ca: West beats East, 112-110: MVP: Jerry West, LA Lakers, G, hits a last-second, 20-foot game-winning jumper

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

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 23 Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champion
  • Jan 23 22nd NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: AFC beats NFC, 26-13; MVPs: Jan Stenerud, Kansas City Chiefs, PK; Willie Lanier, Kansas City Chiefs, LB
  • Jan 25 25th NHL All-Star Game, Metropolitan Sports Centre, Bloomington, IN: East beats West, 3-2; MVP: Bobby Orr, Boston, D
  • Feb 1 1972 NFL Draft: Walt Patulski from University of Notre Dame first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • Feb 3 XI Winter Olympic Games opens in Sapporo, Japan (1st in Asia)
  • Feb 4 Dutch speed skater Ard Schenk wins the 5,000m at the Sapporo Winter Olympics; also wins the 1,500m and 10,000m gold medals
  • Feb 5 Bob Douglas is 1st African American elected to Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 5 German speed skater Erhard Keller wins his 2nd consecutive Olympic 500m gold medal at the Sapporo Winter Games after taking out the event in Grenoble (1968)
  • Feb 6 Dutch speed skater Ard Schenk follows his win in the 5,000m with victory in the 1,500m, on his way to 3 gold medals at the Sapporo Winter Olympics; also wins 10,000m
  • Feb 7 Dutch Olympic 1,500m and 5,000m speed skating champion Ard Schenk wins his 3rd gold medal at the Sapporo Winter Games when he takes out the 10,000m
  • Feb 13 XI Winter Olympic Games close at Sapporo, Japan
  • Feb 15 Newly-formed NHL franchise New York Islanders hire Bill Torrey as their first General Manager
  • Feb 16 Test Cricket debut of Lawrence Rowe WI v NZ Kingston, 214 & 100

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Feb 16 Wilt Chamberlain of the Los Angeles Lakers becomes first player in NBA history to reach the career 30,000 point mark during a 110-109 loss to the 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

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Feb 20 14th Daytona 500: A.J. Foyt dominates the race, winning by almost 2 laps over his closest competitor Charlie Glotzbach

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • Feb 25 Lopsided trade, Cards trade Steve Carlton to Phillies for Rick Wise
  • Feb 26 Ireland-Wales Five Nations Rugby match scheduled for Lansdowne Road, Dublin is cancelled because of escalating political situation; Championship not completed for first time since World War II

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

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Mar 2 American jockey Willie Shoemaker wins his record 555th stakes race aboard Royal Owl in the San Jacinto Stakes at Santa Anita; Eddie Arcaro 554

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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

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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 LA Lakers beat Golden State Warriors, 162-99, by then record 63 pts
  • Mar 22 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named NBA MVP
  • Mar 22 Nick Mileti purchases Cleveland Indians for $9 million
  • Mar 22 Yankees trade Danny Cater to the Red Sox for Sparky Lyle

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Mar 25 34th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Florida, 81-76; 6th straight title for Bruins; future Hall of Fame center Bill Walton tournament MOP

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton

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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 LA Lakers break NBA wins record by winning 69 of 82 games (69-13), record will stand for 24 years
  • Mar 28 Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game
  • Apr 1 Major league baseball players stages 1st collective strike
  • Apr 5 The regular MLB season fails to open due to a player strike for the first time in history; 86 games are lost before the labor dispute settled
  • Apr 8 Alvin Kallicharran scores 100* in his 1st Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • Apr 8 126th Grand National: Graham Thorner aboard 14/1 bet Well To Do wins from 1970 winner Gay Trip; Black Secret & General Symons dead heat for 3rd
  • Apr 9 36th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire to win the 4th of his 6 Masters titles, 3 strokes ahead of Bruce Crampton, Tom Weiskopf and Bobby Mitchell
  • 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 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
  • Apr 17 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland wins men's race in 2:15:39; American Nina Kuscsik takes inaugural women's title in 3:10:26; first year women's race officially sanctioned
  • 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 28 Courts award 1968 Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner due to the winner being given drugs before the race
  • 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

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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 Final, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Wayne Cashman scores twice as Boston Bruins beat NY Rangers, 3-0 to take title, 4-2
  • 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 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 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)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 29 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Southern Pines CC: Sandra Palmer wins first of 2 majors by a massive 10 strokes from Judy Rankin and Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • May 31 16th European Cup: Ajax beats Internazionale 2-0 at Rotterdam

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 3 French Open Women's Tennis: American icon Billie Jean King wins her only French singles title; beats Evonne Goolagong of Australia 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jun 4 French Open Men's Tennis: Andrés Gimeno of Spain wins his only major singles title; beats Frenchman Patrick Proisy 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1
  • 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

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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 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: Kathy Ahern wins her only major title, by 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Jane Blalock
  • Jun 18 US Open Men's Golf, Pebble Beach GL: Jack Nicklaus captures his 3rd Open title, 3 strokes ahead of Bruce Crampton of Australia
  • 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 Final, Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium: Gerd Müller scores a brace as West Germany beats Soviet Union, 3-0
  • Jun 23 US President Nixon signs act barring sex discrimination in college sports
  • Jun 23 Bernice Gera becomes first female umpire in US pro baseball, Geneva Senators and Auburn Twins in Geneva, New York
  • Jun 24 Danie Malan, South African athlete, sets a new world record in the 1000m event in Munich
  • Jun 26 Australian bowler Bob Massie takes 16 wickets (8-84 & 8-53) on Test cricket debut vs England
  • Jun 30 Cincinnati Reds are 11 games back in NL, & go on to win pennant
  • Jul 2 US Open Women's Golf, Winged Foot GC: American Susie Maxwell Berning wins by 1 from Judy Rankin, Kathy Ahern & Pam Barnett
  • Jul 2 American pole vaulter Bob Seagren breaks world record for the 4th and final time with 5.63m in Eugene, Oregon
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King earns her 8th Grand Slam singles title beating Evonne Goolagong of Australia 6-3, 6-3

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 9 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Stan Smith beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 for his only Wimbledon title

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jul 13 LA Rams (Irsay) & Baltimore Colts (Rosenbloom) swap owners
  • Jul 14 Plate umpire and catcher in a game are brothers. Bill Haller is umpire & Tom Haller is Tigers catcher, KC Royals win 1-0
  • Jul 15 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Lee Trevino claims his second straight Claret Jug; first to successfully defend his title since Arnold Palmer in 1962; wins by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus
  • Jul 21 Los Angeles Dodgers release and end career of knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm
  • Jul 22 59th Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium takes 4th consecutive general classification title as well as points and combination events
  • Jul 25 43rd MLB All Star Game, Atlanta Stadium, Atlanta, GA: NL beats AL, 4-3; MVP: Joe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds, 2B
  • Jul 28 39th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Dallas 20, All Stars 7 (54,162)
  • Jul 31 Chicago infielder Dick Allen becomes only 7th player in MLB history to hit 2 inside-the-park home runs in a game; both off Bert Blyleven in 8-1 White Sox win over Minnesota Twins
  • Aug 1 Nate Colbert hits MLB record tying 5 HRs and record 13 RBI as Padres beat Atlanta 9-0, 11-7 in a doubleheader
  • Aug 5 Detroit Tigers shortstop Ed Brinkman commits an error ending record streak of 72 games & 331 total chances without a misplay
  • Aug 6 Hank Aaron hits 660th & 661st HRs for the Atlanta Braves, breaking Babe Ruth's MLB record of homers for one team

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 6 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Gary Player of South Africa wins by 2 shots from Americans Tommy Aaron & Jim Jamieson

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Aug 7 Yogi Berra, Sandy Koufax, Lefty Gomez, Early Wynn, Josh Gibson, Will Harridge, Buck Leonard & Ross Youngs are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Aug 10 Finnish runner Lasse Virén wraps up the 5,000/10,000m double at the Munich Olympics; runs Olympic record 13:26.42 for the 5k gold medal
  • Aug 12 Ian & Greg Chappell both scores centuries in same Test Cricket innings
  • Aug 17 Phillies Steve Carlton wins his 15th straight game
  • 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 XX Summer Olympic Games open in Munich, West Germany

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Aug 26 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Aug 28 American 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of David Edgar, John Murphy, John Heidenreich & Mark Spitz swim a world record 3:26.42 to beat Soviet Union for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Aug 28 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould sets a world record 2:23.07 to beat German Kornelia Ender in the 200m individual medley at the Munich Olympics; her first of 3 gold medals at the Games
  • Aug 28 Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut becomes media darling at the Munich Olympics; wins gold in the teams all-round ; follows with 2 gold and a silver
  • Aug 28 North Korean shooter Ri Ho-jun wins the 50m rifle prone event at the Munich Olympics; his nation's first ever Olympic gold medal
  • 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 29 Sandy Neilson wins the blue ribband women's 100m freestyle gold medal in 58.59 at the Munich Olympics beating fellow American Shirley Babashoff and Shane Gould of Australia
  • Aug 30 Japanese breaststroker Nobutaka Taguchi beats American pair Tom Bruce & John Hencken to win the 100m gold medal in world record 1:04.94 at the Munich Olympic Games
  • Aug 30 Australian teenage swimmer Shane Gould with a world record 4:19.04 for the 400m, wins her second of 3 gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • Aug 30 American women's 4 x 100m freestyle relay team of Shirley Babashoff, Jane Barkman, Jenny Kemp & Sandy Neilson beats East Germany by just 0.36 to win gold at the Munich Olympics; world record 3:55.19
  • Aug 30 Amidst Olga Korbut mania at the Munich Olympics, Soviet team mate Ludmilla Tourischeva wins the gymnastics individual all-round competition, her 2nd gold medal of the Games
  • Aug 30 Slalom canoeing is introduced at the Munich Olympics with East Germany winning all 4 events
  • Aug 31 Lasse Viren runs Olympic/world record 10,000m (27:38.4)
  • Aug 31 Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut wins balance beam & floor exercise gold medals at the Munich Olympics; follows gold in the teams all-round
  • Aug 31 American super swimmer Mark Spitz wraps up the Olympic butterfly double with a world record 54.27 in the 100m in Munich, having already won the 200m in world record time 2:00.70
  • Aug 31 American 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of John Kinsella, Fred Tyler, Steve Genter & Mark Spitz swim a world record 7:35.78 to beat West Germany for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Aug 31 Australian swimmer Gail Neall with a world record 5:02.97 wins the 400m individual medley gold medal at the Munich Olympics

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Sep 1 American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer beats Russian champion Boris Spassky 12.5-8.5 in Reykjavik, Iceland; most publicised world title match ever played; Fischer 1st American to win title

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Sep 1 Australian swimmer Shane Gould wins the 200m freestyle in world record 2:03.56 at the Munich Olympics; her 3rd gold medal & 3rd world record of the Games
  • Sep 1 An American sweep of the medals in the women's 200m butterfly at the Munich Olympics; Karen Moe takes gold in world record 2:15.57 ahead of team mates Lynn Colella and Ellie Daniel
  • Sep 1 Valeriy Borzov of the Soviet Union runs 10.14 to beat American Robert Miller and Lennox Miller of Jamaica in the coveted men's 100m final at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 1 Japanese gymnast Sawao Kato wins the parallel bars gold medal at the Munich Olympics, his 3rd gold of the Games including team & individual all-round victories
  • Sep 1 Welshman Richard Meade representing Great Britain and riding Laurieston grabs the equestrian individual and team 3-day event gold medals at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 1 Polish shooter Józef Zapędzki successfully defends his Olympic 25m rapid fire pistol title at the Munich Games with an Olympic record 595 points
  • Sep 2 Chicago Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas no-hits San Diego Padres, 8-0
  • Sep 2 East German swimmer Roland Matthes wraps up the Olympic backstroke double with a world record 2:02.82 in the 200m in Munich, having already won the 100m in Olympic record time
  • Sep 2 American breaststroker John Hencken beats David Wilkie of Great Britain to win the 200m gold medal in world record 2:21.55 at the Munich Olympic Games
  • Sep 2 American breaststroker Cathy Carr swims a world record 1:13.58 to win the 100m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 2 John Akii-Bua of Uganda with a world record 47.82 wins the 400m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 2 East German sprinter Renate Stecher sets world record 11.07 to beat Raelene Boyle of Australia for the women's 100m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 2 French track cyclist Daniel Morelon successfully defends his Olympic sprint title beating Australian John Nicholson for the gold medal in Munich

  • Sep 2 For the first time since the advent of the Modern Olympics in 1896, a non-American wins the pole vault gold medal; East German Wolfgang Nordwig clears 5.5m at the Munich Games
  • Sep 3 Jerry Grant runs the first official 200mph qualifying lap in Champ Car history, posting a lap of 201.414mph around Ontario Motor Speedway
  • Sep 3 Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron earns his 6,135th total base to break Stan Musial’s MLB record in an 8-0 home defeat to the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Sep 3 Swedish swimmer Gunnar Larsson wraps up the Olympic medley double when he sets world record 2:07.17 in the 200m I/M in Munich, having already won the 400m I/M
  • Sep 3 American swimmer Mark Spitz wins coveted 100m gold medal in world record 51.22 at the Munich Olympics; completes the freestyle sprint double having already won 200m in world record 1:52.78
  • Sep 3 American swimmer Keena Rothhammer has to swim world record 8:53.68 to beat Australian wonder-kid Shane Gould in the 800m at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 3 American women's 4 x 100m medley relay team of Melissa Belote, Cathy Carr, Deena Deardurff & Sandy Neilson swim world record 4:20.75 to beat East Germany for gold at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 3 Finnish runner Lasse Virén scores a famous victory in the 10,000m at the Munich Olympics in world record 27:38.35
  • Sep 3 Great Britain's Mary Peters sets a new world record of 4801 points to win the Munich Olympics pentathlon gold by just 10 points from Heide Rosendahl of West Germany
  • Sep 4 US 4 x 100m medley relay team of Mike Stamm, Tom Bruce, Mark Spitz & Jerry Heidenreich sets world record 3:48.16 to win gold at the Munich Olympics; Mark Spitz becomes 1st athlete to win 7 Olympic gold medals at a single Games
  • Sep 4 American swimmer Mike Burton sets a world record 15:52.58 to win the 1,500m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 4 American swimmer Melissa Belote with a world record 2:19.19 takes the 200m backstroke gold medal at the Munich Olympics; wraps up backstroke double having won the 100m in Olympic record time
  • Sep 4 Soviet sprinter Valeriy Borzov runs 20.00 to win the men's 200m gold medal at the Munich Olympics; wraps up the 100/200m double at the Games
  • Sep 4 Kenyan legend Kipchoge Keino follows his 1,500m gold in Mexico City with an Olympic record 8:23.64 to win the 3,000m steeplechase at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 4 16 year old Ulrike Meyfarth of West Germany with a world record equalling 1.92m, wins the women's high jump gold medal at the Munich Olympics; youngest winner of individual athletics event in Olympic history
  • Sep 4 Willem Ruska of the Netherlands wins gold medals in both the heavyweight & open class Olympic judo competitions in Munich; first judoka to win 2 Olympic gold medals at one Games
  • Sep 4 Italian diver Klaus Dibiasi wins his 2nd of 3 consecutive 10m platform gold medals the Munich Olympics
  • 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 of 11 Israeli athletes by Black September Palestinian terrorist organisation
  • Sep 7 American Rod Milburn with a world record 13.24 wins the 110m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; just 0.10 seconds ahead of Frenchman Guy Drut
  • Sep 7 East German sprinter Renate Stecher runs a world record equalling 22.40 in the 200m final to repeat her 100m win over Australia's Raelene Boyle at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 7 Nadezhda Chizhova of the Soviet Union throws a world record 21.03m to win the women's shot put at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 7 American athletes Vincent Matthews & Wayne Collett finish 1-2 in 400m at the Munich Olympics; acted casually on the medal stand, did not face the flag during anthem; banned from the Olympics for life
  • Sep 7 Future world professional cycling road race champion Hennie Kuiper of the Netherlands wins the road race gold medal at the Munich Olympics in 4:14:37
  • Sep 8 Mykola Avilov representing the Soviet Union scores a world record 8454 points to win the decathlon gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats team mate Leonid Lytvynenko by 419 points
  • Sep 8 East German Annelie Ehrhardt with a world record 12.59 takes the 100m hurdles gold medal at the Munich Olympics; beats Romanian Valeria Bufanu by just 0.25
  • Sep 9 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Billie Jean King retains her title; beats Kerry Melville Reid of Australia 6-3, 7-5
  • Sep 9 Soviet runner Lyudmila Bragina with a world record 4:01.38 wins the women's 1,500m gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 9 Soviet Union beats the United States 51-50 in the most controversial game in international basketball history; with US leading 50-49 the final 3 seconds is replayed 3 times until the Soviets finally win
  • Sep 9 West German equestrian rider Liselott Linsenhoff follows her dressage teams gold in Mexico City with the individual dressage title at her home Olympics in Munich
  • Sep 10 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Ilie Năstase of Romania beats Arthur Ashe 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 for his first Grand Slam title
  • Sep 10 American men's 4 x 100m relay team of Larry Black, Robert Taylor, Gerald Tinker & Eddie Hart combine for a world record 38.19 to beat the Soviet Union for the gold medal at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 10 American long distance runner Frank Shorter scores a famous win in the men's marathon in 2:12:19.8 at the Munich Olympics
  • Sep 10 East v West in a women's 4 x 100m relay at the Munich Olympics; West Germany beats East Germany by 0.13 seconds for the gold medal
  • Sep 10 American freestyle wrestler Dan Gable wins the 68kg division gold medal at the Munich Olympics; only Olympic wrestler not to have a single point scored against him in the competition
  • Sep 10 Yugoslavia beats Czechoslovakia, 21-16 in the inaugural Olympic handball final in Munich
  • Sep 10 An American double in the inaugural Olympic archery competition in Munich; John Williams wins the men's individual gold medal; Doreen Wilber takes the women's gold
  • Sep 10 Cuban boxer Teófilo Stevenson wins first of 3 consecutive Olympic heavyweight gold medals when Munich Games opponent Ion Alexe of Romania withdraws from the final because of a broken thumb
  • Sep 10 Kazimierz Deyna scores twice as Poland beats Hungary 2-1 in the Olympic football gold medal match; 80,000 at the Munich Olympic Stadium
  • Sep 10 West Germany beats Pakistan 1-0 to become first European nation since 1920 to win the field hockey Olympic title; marred by disgraceful behaviour of Pakistani players, fans & officials after losing the Munich final
  • Sep 11 XX Summer Olympic Games close in Munich, German FR
  • Sep 12 Lord Michael Killanin succeeds Avery Brundage as head of Olympics
  • Sep 18 1st black NL umpire (Art Williams-Los Angeles vs San Diego)
  • 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 NYC Men's Marathon is won by Sheldon Karlin in 2:27:52; Nina Kuscsik wins Women's race in 3:08:41
  • Oct 2 Montreal Expos' pitcher Bill Stoneman no-hits the New York Mets, 7 - 0 at Parc Jarry; first MLB no-hitter ever pitched in Canada
  • Oct 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton wins 27th game as Philadelphia beats Cubs, 11-1 at Wrigley Field; almost half Phillies' 59 wins