On This Day

Events in Sport in 1972 (Part 2)

  • Sep 28 Canada defeats the USSR in the eighth and final game of the ice hockey Summit Series

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Sep 30 Pittsburgh right fielder Roberto Clemente doubles off Mets' Jon Matlack to become the 11th MLB player to record 3000 hits as Pirates beat NY, 5-0

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Oct 1 New York City Marathon: men's event 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

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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

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • Oct 3 Roric Harrison homers as Baltimore beats Cleveland, 4-3; last AL pitcher to homer until MLB inter-league play 25 years later

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Oct 4 Future Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams manages his final game as Texas Rangers lose to KC Royals, 4-0 in the last game played at Municipal Stadium; Williams replaced by Whitey Herzog

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 Despite retiring with suspension trouble at the US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, Emerson Fittipaldi becomes first Brazilian to win the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 16 points from Jackie Stewart
  • 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

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Oct 15 17 year old American tennis prodigy Chris Evert wins inaugural WTA Tour Championship at Boca Raton, Florida; beats Australian Kerry Melville Reid 7-5, 6-4; Evert not eligible for prize money

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Oct 17 1st time Islanders shut-out-5-0 vs Penguins
  • Oct 22 World Series Baseball: Oakland A's beat Reds, 3-2 in Cincinnati for a 4-3 series win; Athletics' first C'ship since 1930 and first in Oakland
  • Oct 25 Eddy Merckx (Belgium) covers 30 miles, 1,258 yards in 1 hr
  • Oct 29 Don Cockroft of Cleveland Browns kicks 57-yard field goal
  • Nov 2 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton is unanimously selected National League Cy Young Award winner; wins 27 games for Phillies, who as a team win only 57 games
  • Nov 4 Kings score 3 goals within 45 seconds against Islanders
  • Nov 11 Rugby League World Cup, Stade de Gerland, Lyon, France: Australia and Great Britain draw 10-10; Great Britain awarded the Trophy

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Nov 12 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

Auto Racer Richard Petty
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Richard Petty
  • 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 Philadelphia Flyers beat New York Islanders and start them on 15 game winless streak
  • Nov 22 In Pittsburgh, Penguins set NHL record for scoring fastest 5 goals (2:07) in 10-4 win over St. Louis Blues
  • Nov 27 Yanks trade Ellis, Torres & Spikes to Indians for Nettles & Moses

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Nov 28 LA Dodgers trade Frank Robinson to California Angels

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson
  • Dec 2 In 1 of their worst trades Yanks get Rich McKinney for Stan Bahnsen
  • Dec 2 37th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-16 in Birmingham

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Dec 2 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase successfully defends his ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 6–2, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3 win over American Stan Smith in Barcelona, Spain

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Dec 3 CFL Grey Cup, Ivor Wynne Stadium, Hamilton: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 13-10; Tiger-Cats first team in CFL's modern era to win Grey Cup at home

  • Dec 5 38th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (FL)
  • Dec 11 New York Jets' Don Maynard becomes all time pro reception leader (632)
  • Dec 16 Miami Dolphins become 1st undefeated NFL team (14-0-0)
  • 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 26 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer wins award for best European football player ahead of tied fellow German duo of Gerd Müller and Günter Netzer
  • Dec 27 LA Kings start Islanders on 12 game losing streak
  • Dec 29 Test Cricket debut of Jeff Thomson and Max Walker v Pakistan at MCG
  • Dec 31 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-7
  • Dec 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-4, 7-5 for her record 11th and final Australian singles crown
  • Dec 31 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 26-3
  • Dec 31 39th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #5 Penn State, 14-0