Events in Sport in 1973 (Part 2)

Sports History

Dec 8 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 3rd consecutive season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–3, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3 win over Dutchman Tom Okker in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Dec 9 NFL St. Louis Cardinal Jim Bakken kicks 6 field goals vs Atlanta Falcons

Sports History

Dec 10 First time since 1885, tennis has 2 top male players - Americans Stan Smith and Jimmy Connors

  • Dec 11 NA Soccer League awards LA, San Francisco, Seattle & Vancouver franchises
  • Dec 12 Canada begins selling Olympic coins ($5 & $10 silver coins)
  • Dec 12 San Diego files anti-trust against NL (stopping Padres move to DC)
  • Dec 15 Sandy Hawley becomes 1st jockey to win 500 races in 1 year
  • Dec 15 Tennessee beats Temple 11-6 in low scoring NCAA basketball game

Sports History

Dec 16 O.J. Simpson becomes 1st NFL running back to rush for 2,000 yards in a season

  • Dec 18 Yanks sign Dick Williams as manager, overturned later by AL Pres

Sports History

Dec 20 AL president Joe Cronin refuses to allow Dick Williams to manage Yankees

Sports History

Dec 20 Montreal Canadien Henri Richard scores his 1,000th NHL point

  • Dec 21 3rd Fiesta Bowl: #10 Arizona State beats Pittsburgh, 28-7

Football Awards

Dec 25 Ballon d'Or: Ajax forward Johan Cruyff wins his second award for best European football player ahead of Juventus goalkeeper Dino Zoff and Bayern Munich striker Gerd Müller

  • Dec 27 LA Dodgers announce night games will start at 7:30 instead of 8

AFC Championship

Dec 30 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Oakland Raiders, 27-10

  • Dec 30 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Minnesota Vikings beat Dallas Cowboys, 27-10
  • Dec 31 40th Sugar Bowl: #3 Notre Dame beats #1 Alabama, 24-23

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Dec 31 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert 7-6, 4-6, 6-0 for her first of 4 home singles titles

  • Dec 31 Johan Cruyff chosen European Football Player of theYear