Events in Sport in 1973

  • Jan 1 39th Orange Bowl: #9 Nebraska beats #12 Notre Dame, 40-6
  • Jan 1 59th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 42-17
  • Jan 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Home favourite John Newcombe beats Onny Parun of New Zealand 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 for his first Australian title
  • Jan 2 Japanese boxer Masao Ohba retains his WBA flyweight title with a 12th-round knockout of Chartchai Chionoi of Thailand in Tokyo; Ohba dies three weeks later in a car accident

Sports History

Jan 3 A 12-man syndicate led by Michael Burke and George Steinbrenner III buys MLB's New York Yankees from CBS for US$10 million

  • Jan 7 British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • Jan 8 Greg Chappell's best Test bowling, 5-61 v Pakistan at SCG
  • Jan 11 American League adopts designated hitter rule
  • Jan 14 Super Bowl VII, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7; 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

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 21 23rd NFL Pro Bowl, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas: AFC beats NFC, 33-28; MVP: O. J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills, RB

Boxing Title Fight

Jan 22 George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 rounds to win WBC & WBA heavyweight boxing titles in Kingston, Jamaica; Frazier knocked down 3 times in both 1st & 2nd rounds

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 23 23rd NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: East beats West, 104-84; MVP: Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics, C

Hall of Fame

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 28 Mickey Welch, George Kelly & Billy Evans elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 30 1973 NFL Draft: John Matuszak from University of Tampa first pick by Houston Oilers
  • Jan 30 26th NHL All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 5-4; MVP: Greg Polis, Pittsburgh Penguins, LW
  • Feb 1 Outfielder Monte Irvin is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues; fourth inductee through the committee

Sports History

Feb 2 Test debut of champion New Zealand cricket all-rounder Sir Richard Hadlee; drawn 1st Test v Pakistan, Wellington

  • Feb 4 Islanders & Sabres had a penalty free game
  • Feb 6 Bernice Fekete skips her curling rink to 2nd straight 8-ender, Edm
  • Feb 7 1st time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10 2nd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10 Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad scores 201 runs in a match against New Zealand
  • Feb 11 1st sub 17-min 1,500m female free style swim (Shane Gould 16m56.9s)
  • Feb 11 Philadelphia 76ers lose their 20th NBA game in a row

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 14 Muhammad Ali beats British heavyweight boxing champion Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in 12 rounds at Las Vegas Convention Centre

  • 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

Daytona 500

Feb 18 15th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins his 4th Great American Race by more than 2 laps from Bobby Isaac

  • 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 rides North Sea to victory in the Paumanok Handicap at Aqueduct Race Track in NYC to become the first American female jockey to win a stakes race
  • Mar 5 Yankee pitchers Peterson & Kekich announce they swapped wives
  • Mar 10 20th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Maryland, 76-74

Hall of Fame

Mar 20 Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash

Sports History

Mar 21 Montreal Canadiens' left wing Frank Mahovlich becomes 5th NHL player to score 500 goals

  • Mar 24 San Francisco 49er president Lou Spadia proposes the NFL expands to 30 teams
  • Mar 25 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Immaculata beats Queens College, 59-52, Immaculata 1st undefeated team in New York

Sports History

Mar 26 35th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Memphis 81-76; Bruins' 7th straight title; future Hall of Fame center Bill Walton tournament MOP for 2nd consecutive year

  • Mar 27 Dennis Amiss out for 99 v Pakistan, 3rd 99 in Test Cricket
  • Mar 29 Boston Celtic Dave Cowens wins NBA MVP
  • Mar 31 127th Grand National: Brian Fletcher wins aboard 9/1 co-favourite Red Rum; recovers from 15 lengths behind at final fence; first of Red Rum's record 3 GN victories

Sports History

Mar 31 American tennis star Billie Jean King ends Australian Margaret Court's 57-match winning streak 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 in semi finals of the WTA event in Indianapolis, IN

NHL Record

Mar 31 Boston Bruins defenceman Bobby Orr scores his 3rd career hat trick in a 7-3 loss at Toronto to become the first player in NHL history to score 100 points for 4 straight seasons

  • Mar 31 Muhammad Ali suffers a broken jaw in a shock split-points decision loss to Ken Norton over 12 rounds in San Diego; Ali wins rematch in another controversial split decision
  • Mar 31 Philadelphia Flyers score an NHL record tying 8 goals from an astounding 60 shots in the 2nd period of a 10-2 win over New York Islanders

NBA Record

Apr 1 Boston Celtics captain John Havlicek scores career high 54 points in 134-109 rout of Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of 1st round Eastern Conference playoffs; hits NBA playoff record 24-of-36 field-goal attempts

Sports History

Apr 1 Despite a final round, 5-3 loss to Montreal, Boston Bruins center Phil Esposito wins his third consecutive NHL scoring title with 130 points from 55 goals and 75 assists in the 78-game season

  • Apr 5 NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19)
  • Apr 6 Roberto Clemente Day, Pittsburgh Pirates retire his #21
  • Apr 6 Yankee Ron Blomberg becomes 1st designated hitter, he walks
  • Apr 7 Doug Walters' best Test Cricket bowling, 5-66 v WI Georgetown
  • Apr 9 37th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Due to weather delays final round is played on Monday with Tommy Aaron winning his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of J. C. Snead
  • Apr 10 Kansas City Royals open their new park, Royals Stadium with 12-1 rout of the Texas Rangers; attendance 39,476
  • Apr 14 Ireland edges France, 6-4 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to create a 5-way tie for the Five Nations Rugby Championship; each nation wins their 2 home matches
  • Apr 16 77th Boston Marathon: American double; Jon Anderson men's champion in 2:16:03; Jacqueline Hansen wins women's title in 3:05:59
  • Apr 27 KC Royals pitcher Steve Busby no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • Apr 30 Women's tennis groups end disputes over sanctioning tournaments
  • May 4 Longest baseball game in Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20 innings

Sports History

May 5 99th Kentucky Derby: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:59.4 - fastest Kentucky Derby ever

Sports History

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

Baseball Record

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

  • May 10 27th NBA Championship: NY Knicks beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • May 10 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Yvan Cournoyer has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4 to take title, 4 games to 2
  • May 12 6th ABA championship: Indiana Pacers beat Ky Colonels, 4 games to 3

Sports History

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

  • 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 17 Joe Ferguson, hits the 6,000th Dodger home run
  • May 19 98th Preakness: Ron Turcotte aboard Secretariat wins in 1:54 - fastest Preakness race ever (recognized 2012)
  • May 27 American athlete Rick Wohlhuter runs world record 880 yards in 1:44.6
  • May 28 Chicago White Sox beat Cleveland Indians, 6-3, in 21 innings (game started 5/26)
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Gordon Johncock wins first of his two Indy triumphs after rain halts the race at lap 133
  • 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

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 2 French Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court of Australia beats American teenager Chris Evert 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 for her 5th and last French singles crown

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 3 French Open Men's Tennis: Ilie Năstase of Romania wins his second Grand Slam singles title, besting Croat player Niki Pilić of Yugoslavia, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0

  • 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

LPGA Championship

Jun 10 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pleasant Valley CC: 1964 champion Mary Mills wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Betty Burfeindt

  • Jun 12 New Zealand all-rounder Bevan Congdon scores 176 as Kiwis chase 479 in 1st Test v England at Nottingham; tourists just miss out, dismissed for 440
  • Jun 12 Yanks trade wife swapper Mike Kekich for Lowell Palmer
  • 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 Canadian Open Golf (La Canadienne), Montreal Municipal GC: Jocelyne Bourassa of Canada wins inaugural event in a playoff with Sandra Haynie & Judy Rankin
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: Johnny Miller fires a record final round 63 (-8) to win his first major championship, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up John Schlee
  • Jun 18 NCAA makes urine testing mandatory for participants

Sports History

Jun 19 Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) and Willie Davis (LA Dodgers) both record 2,000th MLB career hit; Rose, a single in 4-0 win vs SF Giants; Davis, a HR in 3-0 win vs Atlanta Braves

  • 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

Sports History

Jun 23 Phillies Ken Brett 4th consecutive game HR in which he pitched

  • Jul 1 1st US-China basketball game, US collegiates beats Shanghai 96-61
  • Jul 1 Australian Bruce Crampton becomes the 5th golfer (but first non-American) to win more than $1m when 4th in the Western Open
  • Jul 3 Brothers Gaylord (Hall of Fame) and Jim Perry (3-time All Star) face each other for only time in MLB, Tigers beat Indians 5-4, Gaylord charged with loss
  • Jul 5 Test cricket debut of English umpire Harold "Dickie" Bird v NZ at Leeds (66 Tests, 69 ODI)
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Czech Jan Kodeš beats Alex Metreveli of Russia 6-1, 9-8, 6-3 for his 3rd Grand Slam singles success
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Chris Evert 6-0, 7-5 for her 10th career Grand Slam singles title
  • Jul 8 NY Mets are 12½ games back in NL and go on to win pennant
  • Jul 14 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon GC: American Tom Weiskopf wins wire-to-wire by 3 strokes from Johnny Miller and Neil Coles
  • Jul 15 California Angel Nolan Ryan's 2nd no-hitter beats Detroit Tigers, 6-0

Baseball Record

Jul 15 MLB San Francisco Giant Willie McCovey becomes 15th to hit 400 HRs, this one at Candlestick Park against Pittsburgh Pirate's Bob Moose

Sports History

Jul 19 NY Mets future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays is named to NL All Star team for 24th time (ties Stan Musial)

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

Sports History

Jul 21 Braves Hank Aaron hits Philadelphia Phillies Ken Brett's fastball for his 700th HR, in Atlanta

  • Jul 22 60th Tour de France won by Luis Ocana of Spain
  • Jul 22 US Open Women's Golf, CC of Rochester: Susie Maxwell Berning wins by 5 from Gloria Ehret & Shelley Hamlin for her third national title
  • 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 30 Texas Rangers Jim Bibby no-hits 1st-place Oakland, 6-0
  • Jul 31 England cricket batsman Frank Hayes scores unbeaten 106 in Test debut in 1st Test v West Indies at The Oval, London; tourists win by 158 runs
  • Aug 1 MLB All Star catchers Thurman Munson of the NY Yankees and Boston Red Sox' Carlton Fisk brawl at home plate Fenway Park; Red Sox win, 3-2

Sports History

Aug 1 Struggling ABA club Virginia Squires trades star forward Julius Erving to New York Nets for George Carter and cash

Sports History

Aug 2 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman George Brett gets his 1st MLB hit on debut for the Kansas City Royals in 3-1 win over Chicago White Sox

  • Aug 4 NY Yankees pitcher Lindy McDaniel puts in one of the best relief stints in MLB history, entering in 2nd inning, allows only 1 run in 13 innings in 3-2 win v Detroit Tigers
  • Aug 5 15 year old Australian swimmer Stephen Holland smashes Mike Burton's 1,500m world record by a massive 14.78 seconds (15:37.8) in Brisbane

Sports History

Aug 5 Atlanta Braves pitcher Phil Niekro no-hits San Diego Padres, 9-0; first no-hitter for franchise in Atlanta

  • Aug 6 Roberto Clemente, Warren Spahn, Billy Evans, Monte Irvin, Mickey Welch and George "High Pockets" Kelly are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

PGA Championship

Aug 12 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Jack Nicklaus wins 3rd of 5 PGA C'ships by 4 from Bruce Crampton of Australia

Sports History

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

  • Aug 17 Lee Trevino's 1st hole-in-one
  • 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 24 Garry Sobers scores 26th & last Test Cricket ton 150 v Eng Lord's
  • Aug 26 10-year-old Mary Boitano is 1st woman to win 6.8-mile Dipsea Race in Marin County, CA, beating a field of 1,500 runners
  • Aug 26 David Eisenhower writes his last sports column
  • Sep 1 Gloucestershire beats Sussex by 40 runs in the Gillette Cup cricket final at Lord's to win their first major trophy since the Championship in 1877; South African all-rounder Mike Proctor stars with 94 and 2 for 37
  • Sep 1 In his first title defence George Foreman retains his WBC & WBA heavyweight crowns when he KOs Jose "King" Roman of Puerto Rico in round 1 in Tokyo, Japan

Sports History

Sep 2 Billy Martin is fired as Detroit Tigers manager due to continual differences with the front office; goes on to manage Texas, Oakland and NY Yankees (in 5 separate stints)

  • Sep 2 Netherlands win their first men’s hockey World Cup, 4-2 on penalties over India in Amstelveen, Netherlands
  • Sep 3 American golfer Billy Casper finishes at 20-under-par 264 to beat Australian Bruce Devlin by 1 stroke to win the Sammy Davis, Jr. Greater Hartford Open; his 50th PGA Tour title
  • 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)

US Open Women's Tennis

Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Margaret Court wins her 24th and final Grand Slam singles title; beats fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley 7-6, 5-7, 6-2

Sports History

Sep 9 4th place finish in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza is enough to clinch Jackie Stewart his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

  • Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian John Newcombe wins his second US singles title; beats Jan Kodeš 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
  • Sep 13 US Congress passes & sends a bill to President Nixon to lift NFL football's television blackout of sold out games
  • Sep 16 Buffalo's O.J. Simpson rushes for a then NFL record 250 yards in Buffalo's 31-13 win at New England

Baseball Record

Sep 19 Frank Robinson, Angels OF, homers in record 32nd major league ballpark - Arlington Stadium (Arlington, Texas), against the Rangers

  • Sep 19 NL refuses to allow San Diego Padres move to Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 20 Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match
  • Sep 20 Willie Mays announces retirement at end of 1973 season

Contract of Interest

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

  • Sep 21 NY Mets go into 1st place (at .500) after trailing 12½ games
  • Sep 22 Baltimore Oriole Al Bumbry hits 3 triples vs Milwaukee Brewers
  • Sep 22 Ryder Cup Golf, Muirfield: US beats Great Britain & Ireland, 19-13; first time 'Ireland' included in team name
  • Sep 25 New York Mets beat Montreal Expos, 2-1 on 'Willie Mays Night' at Shea Stadium, NYC

Sports History

Sep 26 Wilt Chamberlain signs with ABA San Diego Conquistadors

  • Sep 27 Nolan Ryan strikes out 16 in 11 innings, for record 383 of season
  • Sep 29 Insurance ind announces auto racers get into more highway accidents
  • Sep 30 Mel Gray begins NFL streak of 121 consecutive game receptions
  • Sep 30 New York City Marathon: American Nina Kuscsik retains her crown in 2:57:07; Tom Fleming wins men's race in 2:21:54
  • Sep 30 New York Yankees close 50th year at Yankee Stadium with an 8-5 loss to Detroit Tigers for an 80-82 season record; manager Ralph Houk resigns

Sports History

Oct 1 Future Baseball Hall of Fame player and manager Leo Durocher ends his 45 year career in the sport when he resigns as Houston Astros manager

  • Oct 7 Scotsman Jackie Stewart wins his 3rd Formula 1 World Drivers Championship despite withdrawing from the season ending US Grand Prix at Watkins Glen; wins title by 16 points from Emerson Fittipaldi
  • 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 42 year old future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Willie Mays' last MLB career hit, as NY Mets beat A's, 10-7 in World Series Game 2 in Oakland

Sports History

Oct 20 US President Nixon proclaims Jim Thorpe to have been the greatest athlete of the 1st half of the 20th century

  • Oct 21 23rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Benny Parsons wins

Sports History

Oct 21 Baseball World Series: defending champion Oakland A's beat NY Mets, 5-2 in Game 7 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum to retain title; A's manager Dick Williams immediately quits; MVP: A's outfielder Reggie Jackson

  • 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 23 19 year old American tennis star Chris Evert retains her WTA Tour Championship at Boca Raton, Florida; beats Nancy Richey Gunter 6-3, 6-3 in the final
  • Oct 23 Yankee GM & President Lee MacPhail named AL president
  • Oct 25 Cubs trade Ferguson Jenkins to Rangers for Bill Madlock & Vic Harris
  • Oct 25 SF Giants trade Willie McCovey to San Diego 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)

Sports History

Oct 30 Tom Seaver becomes 1st non-20-game winner to win Cy Young award

  • Oct 31 Tom Seaver wins NL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 3 BYU receiver Jay Miller sets an NCAA football single game record with 22 catches (for 263 yards) en route to a 56-21 victory over New Mexico at Cougar Stadium, Provo, Utah
  • Nov 4 Chicago centre Stan Mikita registers his 1,000 NHL career point in the Black Hawks 5-3 loss to the Minnesota North Stars at the Met Centre, Bloomington, Minnesota
  • Nov 4 New Orleans Saints 1st shutout victory, 13-0 vs Buffalo Bills
  • Nov 13 Oakland A's Reggie Jackson wins AL MVP unanimously
  • Nov 14 Canada begins production of Olympic coins

Sports History

Nov 14 Jim Palmer is named AL Cy Young winner

  • Nov 21 Pete Rose (Cincinnati Reds) wins MLB's NL MVP
  • Nov 25 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Vancouver: Ottawa Rough Riders 8th Championship; defeat Edmonton Eskimos, 22-18
  • Dec 1 38th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 35-0 in Birmingham

Davis Cup

Dec 1 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Cleveland, Ohio: Rod Laver and John Newcombe beat American pair Stan Smith and Erik van Dillen 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to give Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead, (ends 5-0); 23rd Cup title for Australia

  • Dec 1 Jack Nicklaus finishes at 13-under-par 275 to win the Walt Disney World Open by 1 stroke from Mason Rudolph; becomes the first player to reach $2 million in PGA Tour career earnings
  • Dec 2 Capital Centre (USAir Arena) opens in Landover Maryland; NBA's Washington Bullets beat Seattle SuperSonics, 98-96 in opening game; arena demolished 2002
  • Dec 2 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Cleveland: After clinching a famous victory the previous day, Australians Rod Laver and John Newcombe finish a 5-0 rout of the US with wins over Stan Smith and Tom Gorman
  • Dec 5 Chicago Cubs Ron Santo becomes 1st baseball player to invoke 10-5 rule and veto his trade (with the California Angels)
  • 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 8 39th Heisman Trophy Award: John Cappelletti, Penn State (RB)