Events in Sport in 1973

Events 1 - 200 of 217

  • Jan 1 61st Men's Australian Open: John Newcombe beats Onny Parun (6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1)
  • Jan 1 61st Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley (6-4, 7-5)
  • Jan 1 59th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 42-17
  • Jan 1 39th Orange Bowl: #9 Nebraska beats #12 Notre Dame, 40-6
  • Jan 7 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 11 American League adopts designated hitter rule
  • Jan 14 Super Bowl VII: Miami Dolphins beat Wash Red Skins, 14-7 in LA, MVP: Jake Scott, Miami, S
  • Jan 18 Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as 1st player signed as a DH
  • Jan 18 Islanders break 12 game losing streak, 20 game road winless streak
  • Jan 21 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 33-28

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 22 George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Jan 23 23rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 104-84 at Chicago
  • Jan 24 Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 27 UCLA's basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)
  • Jan 28 Henry Boucha, Detroit Red Wings, scores 6 sec into a game vs Mont
  • Jan 30 26th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 5-4 at NY Rangers
  • Jan 30 1973 NFL Draft: John Matuszak from University of Tampa first pick by Houston Oilers
  • Feb 1 Monte Irvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 2 Test Cricket debut of Richard John Hadlee, NZ v Pakistan, Wellington
  • Feb 4 Islanders & Sabres had a penalty free game
  • Feb 7 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10 2nd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 11 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Naples-Lely Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Feb 11 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row
  • Feb 15 Friendsville Academy (Tenn) ends 138-game basketball losing streak
  • Feb 17 Rodney Redmond scores 107 on debut v Pakistan, his only Test Cricket
  • Feb 18 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Pompano Beach Golf Classic
  • Feb 20 10th time Islanders shut-out-4-0 vs Penguins
  • Feb 21 Chicago Black Hawks, record 262nd NHL game without being shut-out
  • Feb 27 White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs 3 year $750,000 contract
  • Mar 1 Robyn Smith becomes 1st female jockey to win a major race in the US - Aqueduct's Paumonok Handicap
  • Mar 5 Yankee pitchers Peterson & Kekich announce they swapped wives
  • Mar 10 20th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Maryland, 76-74
  • Mar 11 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA S&H Green Stamp Golf Classic
  • Mar 18 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 20 Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 21 Frank Mahovlich becomes 5th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Mar 24 SF 49er pres Lou Spadia proposes NFL expand to 30 teams
  • Mar 25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats Queens College, 59-52, Immaculata 1st undefeated team in New York
  • Mar 25 Carol Mann wins LPGA Sears Women's Golf Classic
  • Mar 26 35th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Memphis 81-76
  • Mar 26 UCLA wins their 7th straight NCAA basketball title
  • Mar 27 Dennis Amiss out for 99 v Pakistan, 3rd 99 in Test Cricket

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 29 Dave Cowens wins NBA MVP

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • Mar 31 Flyers score 8 goals in 1 period vs Islanders, on 60 shots

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 Ken Norton defeats Muhammad Ali in a 12 round split decision

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 31 127th Grand National: Brian Fletcher aboard Red Rum wins
  • Apr 1 Betsy Cullen wins LPGA Alamo Ladies Golf Classic
  • Apr 5 NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19)
  • Apr 6 Roberto Clemente Day, Pirates retire his #
  • Apr 7 Doug Walters' best Test Cricket bowling, 5-66 v WI Georgetown

  • Apr 9 37th Masters Golf Tournament: Tommy Aaron wins, shooting a 283

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 15 2nd Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Apr 17 77th Boston Marathon: Jon Anderson of United States 1st man in 2:16:03 and Jacqueline Hansen of United States 1st woman in 3:05:59
  • Apr 27 KC Royal Steve Busby no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • Apr 29 Gloria Ehret wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 30 Women's tennis groups end disputes over sanctioning tournaments
  • May 1 SF Giants score 7 runs with 2 outs in 9th to beat Pirates, 8-7
  • May 4 Longest baseball game in Veterans' Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20 innings
  • May 5 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4
  • May 6 Judy Rankin wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 Ernie Banks fills in for Cubs mgr Whitey Lockman who is ejected during the game, technically becoming baseball's 1st African American manager

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 9 For 2nd time, Johnny Bench hits 3 HRs in a game

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
  • May 10 27th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • May 10 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
  • May 12 6th ABA championship: Indiana Pacers beat Ky Colonels, 4 games to 3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Smith Court in Mother's Day match in Calif

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
Tennis Legend Margaret Smith Court
Tennis Legend
Margaret Smith Court
  • May 13 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 15 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 1st no-hitter beats KC Royals, 3-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • May 16 AC Milan of Italy win 13th European Cup Winner's Cup against Leeds of England 1-0 in Saloniki
  • May 17 Angels outfielder Bobby Valentine breaks his leg trying to scale wall to prevent a Dick Green home run during a 5-4 loss to the A's
  • May 19 98th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:54.4

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 20 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Bluegrass Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • May 28 Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 6-3, in 21 innings (game started 5/26)
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Gordon Johncock wins in 2:05:25.320 (255.944 km/h)
  • May 30 17th European Cup: Ajax beats Juventus 1-0 at Belgrade
  • May 31 Glenn Turner scores his 1,000th run of English cricket season
  • Jun 3 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Sealy-Faberge Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 3 72nd Men's French Open: Ilie Năstase beats Nikola Pilic (6-3, 6-3, 6-0)

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 3 72nd Women's French Open: Margaret Court beats Chris Evert (6-7, 7-6, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jun 7 Rangers draft Texas high school pitcher David Clyde #1
  • Jun 9 105th Belmont: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 2:24, becoming the 1st Triple Crown winner in 25 years

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 10 19th LPGA Championship won by Mary Mills

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Jun 12 Close finish at Trent Bridge, NZ Cricket need 479 to win, all out 440
  • Jun 13 Garvey, Lopes, Cey & Russell play together for 1st time, set record of staying together as an infield for 8½ years (LA Dodgers)
  • Jun 17 1st du Maurier Golf Classic (La Canadienne): Jocelyne Bourassa
  • Jun 17 73rd US Golf Open: Johnny Miller shoots a 279 at Oakmont CC PA
  • Jun 18 NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 19 Pete Rose & Willie Davis both get career hit # 2,000

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Jun 20 Chicago's Cy Acosta is 1st AL pitcher to bat since DH rule (strikeout)
  • Jun 20 SF Giants Bobby Bonds sets NL record with 22 lead off HRs
  • Jun 23 Phillies Ken Brett 4th consecutive game HR in which he pitched
  • Jun 24 Susie Berning wins LPGA Heritage Village Golf Open

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jun 28 Black Sports Hall of Fame forms: Paul Robeson, Elgin Baylor, Jesse Owens, Jim Brown, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis & Althea Gibson elected

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jul 1 1st US-China basketball game, US collegiates beats Shanghai 96-61
  • Jul 1 Mary Mills wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic
  • Jul 4 In audience with Italian cyclists, Pope Paul VI praises athletes who "offer the magnificent show of a healthy, strong, generous youth"
  • Jul 5 Test Cricket umpiring debut of H D "Dickie" Bird v NZ at Leeds

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 80th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Chris Evert (60 75), 1st all-US women's 1st all-US women's Wimbledon final

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 7 87th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jan Kodes beats Alex Metreveli (61 98 63)
  • Jul 7 Balt Orioles pull their 4th triple play (5-4-3 vs Oakland)
  • Jul 8 Mary Lou Crocker wins LPGA MARC Equity Golf Classic Crocker
  • Jul 8 NY Mets are 12½ games back in NL and go on to win pennant
  • Jul 14 102nd British Golf Open: Tom Weiskopf shoots a 276 at Royal Troon
  • Jul 15 California Angel Nolan Ryan 2nd no-hitter beats Detroit Tigers, 6-0
  • Jul 15 Carole Jo Skala wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 19 Willie Mays named to NL all star team for 24th time (ties Musial)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jul 20 Chic's Wilbur Wood starts & loses both games of a doubleheader with NY Yankees, 12-2, & 7-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 21 Braves Hank Aaron hits Ken Brett's fastball for his 700th HR

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jul 22 28th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Susie Maxwell Berning
  • Jul 22 60th Tour de France won by Luis Ocana of Spain
  • Jul 24 44th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Royals Stadium, Kansas City
  • Jul 24 All star MVP: Bobby Bonds (SF Giants)
  • Jul 27 40th NFL Chicago All Star Game: Miami 14, All Stars 3 (54,103)
  • Jul 27 Walter Blum becomes 6th jockey to ride 4,000 winners
  • Jul 28 Jane Blalock/Sandra Palmer win Lady Angelo's 4-Ball Golf Tournament
  • Jul 30 Texas Rangers Jim Bibby no-hits 1st-place Oakland, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 31 ABA Virginia Squires trade Julius Erving to NY Nets

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • Jul 31 Frank Hayes scores 106 on Test Cricket debut v WI as England lose

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 George Brett gets his 1st hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Aug 5 Atlanta Braves Phil Niekro no-hits SD Padres, 9-0
  • Aug 5 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Pabst Ladies Golf Classic
  • Aug 6 Roberto Clemente & Warren Spahn inducted into National Baseball Hall of Fame

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 12 55th PGA Championship: Jack Nicklaus shoots a 277 at Canterbury Cleve

  • Aug 12 Betty Burfeindt wins LPGA Child & Family Service Golf Opens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 14 Johnny Unitas files $725,000 suit against Balt Colts

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • Aug 17 Willie Mays hits 660th & last HR (off Don Gullett of Cincinnati)
  • Aug 18 Hank Aaron's record 1,378 extra base hit surpasses Stan Musial record
  • Aug 19 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA St Paul Golf Open
  • Aug 24 Garry Sobers scores 26th & last Test Cricket ton 150 v Eng Lord's
  • Aug 26 David Eisenhower writes his last sports column
  • Aug 26 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • Aug 31 1st heavyweight championship fight in Japan (Foreman beats Roman)
  • Sep 1 George Foreman KOs Jose "King" Roman in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 2 Billy Martin fired as manager of the Detroit Tigers
  • Sep 2 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 5 1st one-day Cricket international for WI (v Eng) - lose by 1 wicket
  • Sep 7 Mike Storen becomes American Basketball Association's 4th commissioner
  • Sep 8 Billy Martin named manager of the Texas Rangers
  • Sep 8 Hank Aaron sets record of most HRs in 1 league (709)
  • Sep 8 93rd Women's U.S. Open: Margaret Court beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley (7-6, 5-7, 6-2)
  • Sep 9 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • Sep 9 93rd Men's U.S. Open: John Newcombe beats Jan Kodes (6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3)
  • Sep 10 Muhammad Ali defeats Ken Norton
  • Sep 10 NY Jets trade pro footballs leading receiver Don Maynard to St Louis
  • Sep 13 ABC announces it obtained TV rights for 1976 Olympics

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Buff Bill O.J. Simpson rushes 250 yards (2 TDs), beating NE Pats 31-13

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

AgreementContract of Interest

Sep 21 Nate Archibald signs 7 yr contract with NBA KC Kings for $450,000

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • Sep 22 20th Ryder Cup: US, 19-13 at Muirfield, Scotland
  • Sep 22 Balt Oriole Al Bumbry hits 3 triples vs Milwaukee Brewers
  • Sep 23 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Open
  • Sep 24 St Louis Cards Jim Bakken sets NFL record kicking 7 field goals
  • Sep 25 Mets beat Expos 2-1 on Willie Mays Night at Shea Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 26 Wilt Chamberlain signs with ABA San Diego Conquistadors

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Sep 27 Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 in 11 innings, for record 383 of season
  • Sep 29 Balt Orioles pull their 5th triple play (5-4-3 vs Detroit)
  • Sep 29 Insurance ind announces auto racers get into more highway accidents
  • Sep 30 3rd NYC Women's Marathon won by Nina Kuscsik in 2:57:07
  • Sep 30 4th NYC Marathon won by Tom Fleming in 2:21:54
  • Sep 30 Mel Gray begins NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • Sep 30 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Cameron Park Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Leo Durocher resigns as Houston Astro manager

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Oct 7 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Lincoln-Mercury Golf Open
  • Oct 7 24th Formula One WDC: Jackie Stewart wins by 16 points
  • Oct 8 NLCS game 3 brawl between Cins' Pete Rose & NY Met Bud Harrelson
  • Oct 10 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Cincinnati Reds, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 11 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 14 Judy Rankin wins LPGA GNA Golf Classic
  • Oct 14 Willie Mays last hit, as Mets beat A's in World Series game 2 A's Mike Andrews makes 2 errors, prompting owner Finley to remove him

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 20 President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe greatest athlete of 1st ½ century

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Oct 21 A's manager Dick Williams quits after A's beat Mets in World Series
  • Oct 21 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Waco Tribune Herald Ladies Golf Classic
  • Oct 21 Fred Dryer of the then Los Angeles Rams becomes the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game.
  • Oct 21 23rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Benny Parsons wins
  • Oct 25 Cubs trade Ferguson Jenkins to Rangers for Bill Madlock & Vic Harris
  • Oct 25 SF Giants trade Willie McCovey to SD Padres for pitcher Mike Caldwell
  • Oct 27 1st time Islanders beat Rangers-3-2
  • Oct 28 Elmore Smith of Lakers blocks 17 shots in a game (NBA record)
  • Oct 28 Sharon Miller wins LPGA Corpus Christi Civitan Golf Open
  • Nov 4 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Errol Golf Classic
  • Nov 4 New Orleans Saints 1st shutout victory, 13-0 vs Buffalo Bills
  • Nov 4 The Netherlands experiences the first Car Free Sunday caused by the 1973 oil crisis. Highways are deserted and are solely used by cyclists and roller skaters.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 13 Oakland A's Reggie Jackson wins AL MVP unanimously

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Nov 14 Canada begins production of Olympic coins
  • Nov 21 Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) wins MLB's NL MVP
  • Nov 25 61st CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 22-18
  • Dec 1 Jack Nicklaus becomes 1st golfer to earn $2M in a year
  • Dec 1 Jan Ferraris wins LPGA-Japan Golf Classic
  • Dec 1 38th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 35-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 2 62nd Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Cleveland (5-0)
  • Dec 5 Chicago Cubs Ron Santo becomes 1st baseball player to invoke 10-5 rule and veto his trade (with the California Angels)
  • Dec 5 Dodgers trade Willie Davis to Expos for relief pitcher Mike Marshall
  • Dec 6 NL votes to move San Diego Padres to Washington, D.C. (doesn't happen)
  • Dec 7 Orioles sell pitcher Eddie Watt to the Phillies
  • Dec 7 Phillies sell infielder-outfielder Cesar Tovar to the Texas Rangers