Events in Sport in 1974

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 1 62nd Men's Australian Open: Jimmy Connors beats Phil Dent (7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 1 62nd Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Chris Evert (7-6, 4-6, 6-0)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jan 1 60th Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #7 Southern California, 42-21
  • Jan 1 40th Orange Bowl: #6 Penn State beats #13 LSU, 16-9
  • Jan 3 NY Yankees sign Bill Virdon as manager
  • Jan 13 Super Bowl VIII: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Houston Super Bowl MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB
  • Jan 15 24th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-123 at Seattle
  • Jan 19 Notre Dame beats UCLA, ends NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak
  • Jan 20 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-13
  • Jan 20 Essex Comm College beats Englewood Cliffs 210-67 in basketball

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Ray Kroc, CEO of McDonald's buys San Diego Padres baseball team for $12 million

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • Jan 29 27th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 6-4 at Chicago
  • Jan 29 1974 NFL Draft: Ed Jones from Tennessee State first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • Feb 2 Smallest crowd at Cleveland Arena (Cavs vs Golden State-1,641)
  • Feb 3 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Feb 5 Mats Wermelin, Sweden, scores all points in 272-0 basketball win
  • Feb 6 3rd time Rangers shut-out Islanders 6-0
  • Feb 10 Gail Denenber wins LPGA Sears Women's Golf Classic
  • Feb 10 Judy Ikenberry wins 1st Us women's marathon (2:55:17)
  • Feb 11 Dick Woodson is 1st of 48 to invoke baseball's new arbitration rule
  • Feb 11 1st baseball arbitration Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins, Twins offered $23,000

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 13 James 'Cool Papa' Bell is named to baseball's Hall of Fame

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • Feb 17 49 die in stampede for seats at soccer match, Cairo, Egypt
  • Feb 17 Carol Mann wins LPGA Naples Lely Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 Gordie Howe comes out of retirement for $1M from Houston Aeros, WHA

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Feb 24 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champ all-round skater
  • Feb 25 Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) begin tandem bicycle ride a record 18,020 miles around the world, completed on August 27, 1975
  • Mar 1 Ian & Greg Chappell make 264 partnership v NZ cricket at Wellington
  • Mar 3 Despite Billy Harris' hat trick Islanders lose 3-4

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 3 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Mar 6 Australian brothers an & Greg Chappell both score cricket centuries vs New Zealand
  • Mar 9 21st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Maryland, 103-100 (OT)
  • Mar 10 Carol Mann wins LPGA S&H Green Stamp Golf Classic
  • Mar 17 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Bing Crosby Golf Classic International
  • Mar 24 36th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: NC State beats Marquette 76-64

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 26 George Foreman TKOs Ken Norton in 2 for heavyweight boxing title in Caracas, Venezuela

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Mar 30 128th Grand National: Brian Fletcher aboard Red Rum wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 Tony Greig takes 8-86 v WI Port-of-Spain (later 5-70 in 2nd inn)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 4 Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Apr 5 Last day of Test cricket for Garry Sobers & Rohan Kanhai
  • Apr 8 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta
  • Apr 9 San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc, addresses fans "Ladies & gentlemen, I suffer with you I've never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life"

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 14 38th Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 278

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Apr 15 78th Boston Marathon: Neil Cusack of Ireland 1st man in 2:13:39 and Miki Gorman of United States 1st woman in 2:47:11
  • Apr 19 Oriole Al Bumbry hits an inside-the-park HR against NY Yankees
  • Apr 21 3rd Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jo Ann Prentice
  • Apr 24 NFL grants franchise to Tampa Bay Bucaneers
  • Apr 25 NFL moves goal posts & adopts sudden-death playoff
  • Apr 28 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • May 4 100th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr. aboard Cannonade wins in 2:04
  • May 5 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Tara Golf Classic

  • May 6 A's pitcher Paul Lindblad makes an errant throw in 1st inning of 6-3 loss to Balt ends his record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games
  • May 8 FC Magdenburg of East Germany win 14th European Cup Winner's Cup against AC Milan of Italy 2-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 12 28th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Milwaukee, 4 games to 3
  • May 12 Jo Ann Prentice wins LPGA American Defender-Raleigh Golf Classic
  • May 17 18th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Atletico Madrid 4-0 at Brussels
  • May 18 99th Preakness: Miguel Rivera aboard Current Little wins in 1:54.6
  • May 19 Joanne Carner Golf Invitational wins LPGA Bluegrass
  • May 19 Stanley Cup: Philadelphia Flyers beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 22 Soccer team Veendam forms
  • May 26 Joanne Carner wins Hoosier LPGA Golf Classic
  • May 26 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 3:09:10.094 (255.224 km/h)
  • May 27 Pirates Ken Brett no-hits Padres until 9th inning
  • Jun 2 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Baltimore Golf Classic
  • Jun 4 NFL grants franchise to Seattle Seahawks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 As' Reggie Jackson & Bill North engage in clubhouse fight at Detroit

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jun 7 Padres draft Brown University shortstop Bill Almon #1
  • Jun 8 106th Belmont: Miguel Rivera aboard Little Current wins in 2:29.2
  • Jun 9 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Desert Inn Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 10 Mike Schmidt hits a ball off public address speaker on Astrodome roof

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 14 Angels' Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 Red Sox in 12 innings

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Jun 16 74th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 287 at Winged Foot GC NY
  • Jun 16 Sandra Haynie wins Lawson's LPGA Golf Open

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 16 73rd Men's French Open: Bjorn Borg beats Manuel Orantes (2-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jun 16 73rd Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Olga Morozova (6-1, 6-2)
  • Jun 19 KC Royal Steve Busby 2nd no-hitter beats Milwaukee Brewers, 2-0
  • Jun 23 20th LPGA Championship won by Sandra Haynie
  • Jun 24 India all out for 42 in Lord's Test cricket in 77 mins
  • Jun 24 Steve Busby retires 1st 9 White Sox to set AL record with 33 consecutive batters retired
  • Jun 30 2nd du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Carole Jo Skala
  • Jul 3 Pitching in major league-record 13th consecutive game for Dodgers
  • Jul 5 81st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Olga Morzova (60 64)
  • Jul 6 88th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jimmy Connors beats K Rosewall (61 61 64)
  • Jul 7 Sue Roberts wins LPGA Niagara Frontier Golf Classic
  • Jul 7 FIFA World Cup: West Germany beats the Netherlands 2-1 for football's 10th World Cup in Munich
  • Jul 7 New Zealand imposes a blanket ban on sports teams from South Africa
  • Jul 8 Yank shortstop Jim Mason ties record with 4 doubles in 9 inn game
  • Jul 13 103rd British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots a 282 at Royal Lytham
  • Jul 14 Billy Martin is 1st AL manager ejected by umpire from 2 games in 1 day
  • Jul 14 Sharon Miller wins LPGA Borden Golf Classic
  • Jul 17 Bob Gibson becomes 2nd pitcher to strike-out 3,000 (Cesar Geronimo)
  • Jul 21 29th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Sandra Haynie
  • Jul 21 61st Tour de France won by Eddy Merckx of Belgium
  • Jul 23 45th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-2 at 3 Rivers Stadium, Pitts
  • Jul 23 All star MVP: Steve Garvey (LA Dodgers)
  • Jul 28 Carole Jo Skala wins LPGA Wheeling Ladies Golf Classic
  • Aug 4 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA George Washington Golf Classic
  • Aug 10 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate-European American Golf Open
  • Aug 11 56th PGA Championship: Lee Trevino shoots a 276 at Tanglewood NC
  • Aug 12 Nolan Ryan strikes out 19 & walks only 2 as Angels top Red Sox, 4-2

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 12 Yankees Mickey Mantle & Whitey Ford become 1st team mates inducted to hall of fame on same day

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Aug 15 Longest team (6) trampoline bouncing marathon (1,248 hours or 52 days)
  • Aug 18 Joanne Carner wins LPGA St Paul Keller Golf Open
  • Aug 20 Brooklyn pitcher Dan Bankhead is 1st black to homer in his 1st at bat
  • Aug 20 Nolan Ryan pitch measured at record 161.6 kph (100.4 mph)
  • Aug 23 Zaheer Abbas scores 240 Pakistan v England at The Cricket Oval
  • Aug 24 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA National Jewish Hospital Golf Open
  • Aug 27 NY Met Benny Ayala hits a HR in his 1st at bat
  • Sep 1 Jane Blalock/Sue Roberts wins LPGA Southgate Ladies Golf Open
  • Sep 3 Giants John Montefusco makes his major league debut

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 3 NBA guard Oscar Robertson retires

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • Sep 8 Ian Thompson wins marathon (2:13:18.8)
  • Sep 8 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • Sep 8 94th Men's U.S. Open: Jimmy Connors beats Ken Rosewall (6-1, 6-0, 6-1)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 94th Women's U.S. Open: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley (3-6, 6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Sep 10 Lou Brock ties (104) & then sets (105) baseball stolen base mark
  • Sep 10 Teuvo Louhivouri sets cycling distance record of 515.8 mi in 24 hrs
  • Sep 13 Phillies set NL record, using 27 players in a game, St Louis uses 24, tying record of 51. Phils win 7-3 in 17
  • Sep 15 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 17 Courageous (US) beats Southern Cross (Aust) in 23rd America's Cup
  • Sep 28 California Angel Nolan Ryan 3rd no-hitter beats Minn Twin, 4-0
  • Sep 29 4th NYC Women's Marathon won by Katherine Switzer in 3:07:29
  • Sep 29 5th NYC Marathon won by Norbert Sander in 2:26:30
  • Sep 29 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Portland Ladies Golf Classic
  • Oct 2 Hank Aaron's 733rd career HR on his last NL at bat

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 3 Pele retires as soccer player

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele
  • Oct 6 Carole Jo Skala wins LPGA Sacramento Union Ladies Golf Classic
  • Oct 6 25th Formula One WDC: Emerson Fittipaldi wins by three points
  • Oct 9 Frank Robinson becomes 1st African American baseball manager (Cleveland Indians)
  • Oct 9 Washington Capitals 1st NHL game, losing 6-3 to NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden Wash Caps begin a 37 game road losing streak
  • Oct 9 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 9 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 10 US Gen George Brown's speech deplores Jewish influence in US over his treatment during the 1973 World Series
  • Oct 15 Washington Capitals 1st NHL tie, playing LA Kings to 1-1 tie
  • Oct 17 NBA New Orleans Jazz begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Oct 17 Washington Capitals 1st NHL home victory, beating Chicago 4-3
  • Oct 17 Oakland A's beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A's only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series
  • Oct 18 1st NBA game at Market Square Arena - Pacers beat Spurs 129-121

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • Oct 19 Det Red Wing Mickey Redmond scores 1st hat trick against Wash Caps
  • Oct 19 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers in Portland (next win 6-1-90)
  • Oct 21 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Cubic Corp Golf Classic
  • Oct 23 Cubs trade Billy Williams to A's for Manny Trillo, Knowles & Locker
  • Oct 24 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Texas Rangers)
  • Oct 26 Cleveland Coliseum opens for NBA's Cavaliers & MISL's Crunch
  • Oct 27 Chantal Langlace runs female world record marathon (2:46:24)
  • Oct 28 1st time 2 Islanders hat trick in same game-MacMillian & Westfall
  • Oct 30 California Angel Nolan Ryan throws fastest recorded pitch (100.9 MPH)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 30 The Rumble in the Jungle: Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Kinshasa, Zaire

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Nov 2 Braves trade Hank Aaron to Milwaukee Brewers for OF Dave May
  • Nov 3 Chako Higuchi wins Japan LPGA Golf Classic
  • Nov 6 Dodger Mike Marshall is 1st relief pitcher to win Cy Young Award
  • Nov 7 63rd Davis Cup: South Africa beats India in (w/o)
  • Nov 10 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 11-0
  • Nov 13 Dodgers Steve Garvey wins NL MVP
  • Nov 16 Milwaukee Bucks lose their 11th straight NBA game (team record)
  • Nov 17 Bonnie Bryant wins Bill Branch LPGA Golf Classic
  • Nov 22 Test Cricket debut of Gordon Greenidge & Viv Richards, at Bangalore
  • Nov 24 62nd CFL Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 20-7
  • Nov 24 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Lady Errol Golf Classic
  • Nov 24 24th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • Nov 26 Greenidge scores 107 in 2nd innings of Test Cricket debut v India
  • Nov 27 Cardinals outfielder Bake McBride wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 29 39th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 17-13 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 20th time Islanders shut-out (3-0 vs Canucks)
  • Dec 1 Jacqueline Hansen runs female world record marathon (2:43:54.5)
  • Dec 2 Cowhide, rather than just horsehide, can be used to make baseballs
  • Dec 5 1st Wash Cap penalty shot, Tom Williams unsuccessful vs Buff Sabres
  • Dec 5 NFL's Seattle Seahawks forms
  • Dec 5 Tom Williams is unsuccessful on Wash Capitals 1st NHL penalty shot
  • Dec 5 Birmingham Americans defeat the Florida Blazers 22-21 in the WFL's World Bowl
  • Dec 8 Sandra Post wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
  • Dec 14 Viv Richards scores 1st Test Cricket ton 192 v India 20 fours 6 sixes
  • Dec 19 Dave Kryskow scores Washington Capitals 1st NHL shorthanded goal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 22 Phil Esposito, Boston, became 6th NHLer to score 500 goals

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Dec 24 Cardinals' Lou Brock is named Sportsman of the Year
  • Dec 26 Washington Capitals 1st NHL sellout
  • Dec 27 40th Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)
  • Dec 28 4th Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State beats #17 BYU, 16-6
  • Dec 29 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders 24-13
  • Dec 29 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams 14-10
  • Dec 31 NY Yankees sign Jim "Catfish" Hunter for 5 yrs for a record $3.75 million
  • Dec 31 41st Sugar Bowl: #8 Nebraska beats #18 Florida, 13-10