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Events in Sport in 1975

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Home favourite John Newcombe wins 7th and last career Grand Slam singles title; beats Jimmy Connors of the US 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Jan 1 61st Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 18-17
  • Jan 1 41st Orange Bowl: #9 Notre Dame beats #2 Alabama, 13-11
  • Jan 4 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • Jan 4 New Orleans Jazz set a then NBA record (with 24-second shot clock) by scoring only 20 points in the first half of a 111-89 loss in Seattle; unwanted record stands for nearly 25 years
  • Jan 9 Australia beat England by 171 runs in 4th Test to regain Ashes
  • Jan 12 Super Bowl IX, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6; MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB
  • Jan 14 Anita Wold (Norway) sets women's ski jump distance record-98 m

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 14 25th NBA All-Star Game, Arizona Vets Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Az: East beats West, 108-102; MVP: Walt Frazier, NY Knicks, PG

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • Jan 20 25th NFL Pro Bowl, Miami Orange Bowl: NFC beats AFC, 17-10; MVP: James Harris, LA Rams, QB
  • Jan 21 28th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 7-1; MVP: Syl Apps Jr., Pittsburgh, C
  • Jan 23 Ralph Kiner elected to baseball's Hall of Fame

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Jan 25 10th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 1st

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Jan 28 1975 NFL Draft: Steve Bartkowski from University of California first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • Feb 7 NBA New Orleans Jazz end a 28 game road losing streak
  • Feb 8 Caps only got one shot in a period against Islanders

  • Feb 10 William "Judy" Johnson selected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 16 Washington Capitals 1st NHL shutout, beating KC Scouts 3-0
  • Feb 16 17th Daytona 500: Benny Parsons wins after Cale Yarborough sends race leader David Pearson spinning on the backstretch; Parsons avoids the accident and takes the victory
  • Feb 20 Leonard Baichan scores 105* on Test Cricket debut, v Pakistan Lahore
  • Mar 1 Five Nations Rugby Championship match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh attracts a world record attendance of 104,000; Scots win 12-10
  • Mar 8 22nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats NC State, 70-66
  • Mar 15 Wales trounce Ireland, 32-4 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 18th Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • Mar 19 Pennsylvania is 1st state to allow girls to compete with boys in HS sports

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 24 Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 26 Washington Capitals play record NHL 37th road game without a win & NHL record of 17 straight loses
  • Mar 29 Only 2nd time Islanders beat Rangers
  • Mar 30 Ron Lalonde scores the 1st hat trick by a Washington Capital
  • Mar 31 37th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats Kentucky, 92-85; 10th title under coach John Wooden who had announced his retirement 2 days earlier

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Apr 3 Bobby Fischer stripped of world chess title for refusing to defend it

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • Apr 5 129th Grand National: Irish combination of jockey Tommy Carberry aboard L'Escargot wins by 15 lengths from 7/2 favourite and 1973-74 winner Red Rum

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Apr 5 American tennis #1 Chris Evert wins her 3rd WTA Tour Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena; beats Martina Navratilova 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Apr 8 Frank Robinson debuts as 1st African American baseball manager (Cleveland, beats New York 5-3)
  • Apr 10 Rangers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs

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Apr 11 Hank Aaron returns as a Milwaukee player (Brewer)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Apr 11 J. P. Parisé scores an 11 sec OT goal, to see the NY Islanders eliminate the NY Rangers in their ever 1st playoff advance

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 13 39th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 5th Masters title, 1 stroke ahead of Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf; Lee Elder, first African-American to compete in the tournament

  • Apr 21 79th Boston Marathon: American Bill Rodgers wins men's section in race record 2:09:55; Liane Winter of West Germany women's champion in 2:42:24 (female world record)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 26 Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • May 3 101st Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Foolish Pleasure wins 2:02
  • May 3 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:40:15.8)

  • May 4 Houston's Bob Watson scores baseball's one-millionth run of all time
  • May 9 Brian Oldfield shot puts 22.86 m (world record)
  • May 14 Dynamo Kyiv of the Soviet Union win 15th European Cup Winner's Cup over Ferencvár osi TC of Hungary 3-0
  • May 16 Muhammad Ali TKOs Ron Lyle in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 17 100th Preakness: Darrel McHargue aboard Master Derby wins in 1:56.4
  • May 22 8th ABA Championship: Kentucky Colonels beat Ind Pacers, 4 games to 1
  • May 25 29th NBA Championship: Golden Warriors sweep Wash Bullets in 4 games
  • May 25 Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser wins in 2:54:55.064 (240.135 km/h)
  • May 26 Tennis game in Surrey championships lasts 31 minutes
  • May 27 Stanley Cup Final, The Aud, Buffalo, NY: Philadelphia Flyers take back-to-back titles; beat Buffalo Sabres, 2-0 for a 4-2 series win
  • May 28 19th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Leeds United 2-0 at Paris

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jun 1 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Pine Ridge GC: Kathy Whitworth wins her 3rd LPGA C'ship by 1 stroke from Sandra Haynie

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth

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Jun 1 California Angel Nolan Ryan 4th no-hitter beats Baltimore Orioles, 1-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Jun 6 Nolan Ryan's bid for 2nd no-hitter broken in 6th inning
  • Jun 7 Sri Lanka's 1st one-day international, v WI Cricket World Cup
  • Jun 9 107th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Avatar wins in 2:28.2
  • Jun 11 One-day international cricket debut of Javed Miandad aged 17 yrs 364 days
  • Jun 12 Hank Aaron's 1st HR in Milwaukee since 1965
  • Jun 14 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 for her 2nd of 7 French singles titles

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 15 French Open Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg retains title; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 6-2, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jun 18 Fred Lynn gets 10 RBIs in a single Red Sox game in a 15-1 victory over the Tigers
  • Jun 18 Gary Gilmour takes 6-14 in Cricket World Cup semi v England
  • Jun 21 Cricket World Cup, Lord's, London: Player of the Match Clive Lloyd scores 102 as West Indies beats Australia by 17 runs; first major limited overs One Day International (ODI) tournament
  • Jun 21 Ruffian leads all the way to win the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont and clinch American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies
  • Jun 23 US Open Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Lou Graham defeats John Mahaffey by 2 strokes in an 18-hole Monday playoff to win his only major championship
  • Jun 28 Reigning PGA Championship winner Lee Trevino and playing partners Jerry Heard, Bobby Nichols, Jim Ahern and Tony Jacklin are struck by lightning at Western Open; suffer minor burns
  • Jun 28 The South African rugby team beats France 33-18 in Pretoria
  • Jun 29 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St. George's CC: JoAnne Carner wins in a playoff with Carol Mann
  • Jun 30 Muhammad Ali retains his world heavyweight boxing crown by beating Englishman Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in a re-match in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King outclasses Evonne Goolagong 6-0, 6-1 for her 6th Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Ashe becomes first African-American to win Wimbledon, beats countryman Jimmy Connors 6-1, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Jul 6 Art Wall Jr. at 51 years, 7 months, 10 days becomes the second oldest to win a PGA Tour event, beating Gary McCord by 1 at the Greater Milwaukee Open (oldest Sam Snead)

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Jul 10 Test Cricket debut of Graham Gooch, v Australia, out for a pair

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Cricketer
Graham Gooch

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 12 British Open Golf, Carnoustie: American Tom Watson wins 18-hole playoff by 1 stroke over Jack Newton of Australia; first of 8 major titles; first of 5 Open Championships

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson
  • Jul 15 46th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-3 at County Stadium, Milwaukee
  • Jul 15 All star MVP: Bill Madlock (Pittsburgh Pirates) & John Matlock (NY Mets)
  • Jul 16 Major League Baseball owners re-elect Commissioner Bowie Kuhn to a 7-year term
  • Jul 18 Jury can't decide on trial of Dave Forbes of Boston Bruins (1st athlete indicted for excessive violence during play)
  • Jul 19 NY Yankee catcher Thurman Munson's 1st-inning single & RBI are nullified because tar on his bat handle exceeds 18" limit

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jul 20 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Sandra Palmer wins her second major title by 4 strokes from JoAnne Carner, Sandra Post and Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Jul 20 62nd Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France
  • Jul 21 Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager
  • Jul 21 NY Met Félix Millán hits 4 singles; erased by Joe Torres 4 double plays
  • Jul 23 LA Dodgers W Crawford and Lee Lacy are 5th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Aug 5 Philadelphia Phillies create MLB record when first 8 batters get hits off Bill Bonham, beat Cubs 13-5
  • Aug 9 1st NFL game in Louisiana Superdome, Houston beats Saints 13-7
  • Aug 10 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Firestone CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 4th PGA crown by 2 shots from Australian Bruce Crampton
  • Aug 13 Viv Richards out for 291 v England at Cricket, at the Oval
  • Aug 19 Astros hire Bill Virdon to replace Preston Gomez as manager
  • Aug 22 McNichols Sports Arena in Denver opens
  • Aug 24 SF Giant Ed Halick no-hits NY Giants, 6-0

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Aug 24 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Colonial CC: Al Geiberger leads wire-to-wire to finish 3 strokes ahead of runner-up Dave Stockton

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
  • Aug 27 1st night match at US Tennis Open (Parun defeats Smith)
  • Aug 27 Veronica & Colin Scargill (England) complete tandem bicycle ride, a record 18,020 miles around the world
  • Sep 1 NY Mets pitcher Tom Seaver shuts out Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0; first to reach 200 strikeouts for a MLB-record 8th straight season
  • Sep 3 England cricket batsman Bob Woolmer scores 149 on the final day to save the 4th Test v Australia at The Oval; longest first-class match ever played in England; 32 hours 17 minutes
  • Sep 3 Dodgers 1st baseman Steve Garvey begins his NL record 1,207 consecutive game streak in a 13-2 loss v Cincinnati Reds

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Sep 6 Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova asks for US political asylum in New York City during the US Open

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Sep 6 US Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert wins her first of 6 US titles; beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
  • Sep 7 Cincinnati Reds, win earliest NL division title
  • Sep 7 Last day of 1st-class cricket for Pakistani cricketer Hanif Mohammad
  • Sep 7 US Open Men's Tennis: Manuel Orantes of Spain wins his only Grand Slam title; upsets #1 seed Jimmy Connors 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

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Sep 10 Darryl Sittler is named captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • Sep 15 1st College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 17-3 in Foxborough
  • Sep 16 Pirates beat Cubs 22-0, Rennie Stennett is 3rd to go 7 for 7

Sport awardRyder Cup

Sep 20 Ryder Cup Golf, Laurel Valley GC: US beats Great Britain & Ireland, 21-11; Arnold Palmer non-playing American captain; Bernard Hunt GB & I skipper

  • Sep 26 Phillies & NY Mets play a doubleheader that ends at 3:15 AM
  • Sep 28 5th NYC Women's Marathon won by Kim Merritt in 2:46:14
  • Sep 28 6th NYC Marathon won by Tom Fleming in 2:19:27
  • Sep 28 Oakland A's Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Linblad & Rollie Fingers, no-hit California Angels, 5-0

  • Oct 1 "The Thrilla in Manila"; Muhammad Ali stops Joe Frazier in 14 rounds in Quezon City, the Philippines to retain his WBC/WBA heavyweight title
  • Oct 5 Austrian Niki Lauda wins the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to claim his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 19.5 points from Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil
  • Oct 7 Players' Association files a suit on behalf of Dodgers' Andy Messersmith
  • Oct 7 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 7 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 8 San Antonio Spurs, then members of the ABA, defeat the NBA's Atlanta Hawks, 109-107 in the first basketball game ever played in the Louisiana Superdome

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Oct 11 Islander's Bryan Trottier's 1st career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Oct 12 Jacqueline Hansen runs women's world record marathon (2:38:19)
  • Oct 19 Cleveland Browns' Don Cockroft kicks club record 5 field goals
  • Oct 21 Red Sox Carlton Fisk's 12th inning HR beats Reds 7-6 in game 6 of WS
  • Oct 22 Cincinnati Reds beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 72nd World Series
  • Oct 25 Denver Nuggets 1st game at McNichols Sports Arena beat St Louis Spirits
  • Oct 26 Cuba beats Mexico for its 4th Pan Am Games Gold Medal in baseball
  • Oct 28 Calvin Murphy (Houston) begins NBA free throw streak of 58 games
  • Oct 30 Giants pitcher John "the Count of" Montefusco wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Oct 30 John Bucyk, Boston, became 7th NHLer to score 500 goals
  • Nov 2 First sports event at The Summit arena in Houston - NBA's Houston Rockets beat Milwaukee Bucks, 104-89; future Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich top scores with 24 points
  • Nov 3 Chris Evert becomes first tennis player to achieve the No. 1 ranking as the WTA Tour rankings debut; Evert holds top-spot for first 26 weeks
  • Nov 4 Orioles Jim Palmer wins his 2nd Cy Young Award
  • Nov 12 NY Mets Tom Seaver wins his 3rd Cy Young Award
  • Nov 12 25th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • Nov 12 7h Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats England 25-0
  • Nov 18 Calvin Murphy (Houston) ends NBA free throw streak of 58 games
  • Nov 19 Reds 2nd baseman Joe Morgan is named NL MVP
  • Nov 23 CFL Grey Cup, McMahon Field, Calgary: Edmonton Eskimos defeat Montreal Alouettes, 9-8; just the 3rd Grey Cup in which no TDs scored; game-time temperature -15 degrees Celsius, with a 25-kph wind
  • Nov 23 Bob Thomas of Chicago Bears kicks 55-yard field goal
  • Nov 26 Boston Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn becomes the first rookie ever to be named American League MVP
  • Nov 28 Test Cricket debut of Michael Anthony Holding, WI v Australia Brisbane

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Nov 28 Bobby Orr plays his last game for the Boston Bruins

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Nov 29 40th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 28-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 2 Greg Chappell in his debut as Australian cricket captain completes a fine double in 8 wicket win in 1st Test v West Indies in Brisbane; scores 109no in 2nd innings to follow his 1st innings 123
  • Dec 6 41st Heisman Trophy Award: Archie Griffin, Ohio State (RB)

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Dec 7 Romanian tennis star Ilie Năstase wins his 4th season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 rout of Björn Borg of Sweden in Stockholm

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

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Dec 11 Great Yankee trade getting Willie Randolph, Dock Ellis & Ken Brett from Pirates for George "Doc" Medich

MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph
  • Dec 16 Bill Veeck buys 80% of White Sox from John Allyn
  • Dec 17 1st time NY Islanders shut-out NY Rangers, 3-0-Billy Smith's 5th
  • Dec 21 64th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Czechoslovakia in Stockholm (3-2)
  • Dec 21 Buffalo Sabres set NHL record of 40 points beating Caps 14-2 scoring 5 goals vs Washington Caps in 4:57
  • Dec 26 Crowd of 85,661 attend the 1st day of the Australia vs West Indies MCG cricket test
  • Dec 26 5th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #6 Nebraska, 17-14
  • Dec 28 Gary Cosier scores 109 v West Indies at MCG on Test Cricket debut
  • Dec 28 Red Army beats NY Rangers 7-3 at Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 28 "The Hail Mary", with 32 seconds left in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach throws a desperate 50-yard winning touchdown pass to Drew Pearson to defeat the Minnesota Vikings, and the "Hail Mary" play is born
  • Dec 28 In the aftermath of the Cold War, the New York Rangers become first team in NHL history to face a touring Soviet hockey squad; Soviet Army beats the Rangers, 7-3 at Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 30 Ballon d'Or: FC Dynamo Kyiv forward Oleg Blokhin claims award for best European football player ahead of former winners, Bayern Munich defender Franz Beckenbauer and Ajax forward Johan Cruyff
  • Dec 31 42nd Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama beats #7 Penn State, 13-6