Events in Sport in 1976

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 After 45 years of coaching, Paul Brown announces his retirement from the National Football League

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • Jan 1 42nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Michigan, 14-6
  • Jan 4 64th Men's Australian Open: Mark Edmondson beats John Newcombe (6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1)
  • Jan 4 64th Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Renata Tomanova (6-2, 6-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders 16-10

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 4 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams 37-7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Bryan Trottier failed in 4th Islander penalty shot

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jan 14 Ted Turner becomes CEO of Atlanta Braves
  • Jan 18 Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR
  • Jan 20 29th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-5 at Philadelphia
  • Jan 23 Ian Redpath hits his only 2 sixes in Cricket Tests, v WI Adelaide
  • Jan 23 Wash Caps end 25 game winless streak (0-22-3) beat NY Rangers 7-5
  • Jan 24 Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 24 George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round of a real slugfest

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Jan 26 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 23-20

  • Jan 28 NBA Atlanta Hawks begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Feb 1 East Lansing police arrest Dodgers reliever Mike Marshall for taking batting practice at Michigan State University after he is warned not to
  • Feb 1 62nd Rose Bowl: #11 UCLA beats #1 Ohio State, 23-10
  • Feb 2 Roger Connor, Fred Lindstrom & umpire Cal Hubbard elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 3 26th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-109 at Philadelphia
  • Feb 4 12th Winter Olympic games opens in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 5 Last day of Test Cricket for Lance Gibbs & Ian Redpath

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Feb 7 Darryl Sittler, Toronto, sets NHL record with 10 points in a game

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • Feb 9 Oscar Charleston selected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Feb 11 John Curry wins the UK’s 1st Olympic gold medal in figure skating; the country's 1st medal for 12 years at the winter games
  • Feb 13 American Dorothy Hamill wins Olympic figure-skating gold in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 15 12th Winter Olympic games close at Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 15 18th Daytona 500: David Pearson wins (152.181 MPH)
  • Feb 17 NZ scores their 1st innings win in Test Cricket, v India

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 17 Richard Hadlee takes 7-23 New Zealand v India, his 1st match-winning spell

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 20 Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Mar 2 Bob Lurie becomes CEO of San Francisco Giants
  • Mar 4 SF Giants are bought for $8 million by Bob Lurie & Bud Herseth
  • Mar 6 Ice Dance Championship at Gothenburg won by Pakhomova & Gorshkov (URS)
  • Mar 6 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by John Curry (Great Britain)
  • Mar 6 Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg won by American Dorothy Hamill
  • Mar 6 23rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Virginia beats North Carolina, 67-62
  • Mar 14 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 7,000th race
  • Mar 28 AIAW Women's Basketball Tournament, Delta States beat Immaculata, 69-64 at Pennsylvania State University
  • Mar 29 38th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Michigan 86-68

  • Mar 31 Cleveland Cavaliers clinch their 1st ever NBA playoff bearth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 2 A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez & Paul Mitchell

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Apr 3 Philadelphia Flyers win record tying 20th straight NHL home game
  • Apr 3 130th Grand National: John Burke aboard Rag Trade wins
  • Apr 4 5th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Judy Rankin
  • Apr 8 1976 NFL Draft: Lee Roy Selmon from University of Oklahoma first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Apr 10 Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed-Yanks win 9-7
  • Apr 10 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 40th Masters Golf Tournament: Ray Floyd wins, shooting a 271

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Apr 13 1st NBA playoff game for Cleve Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Wash

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 17 NL greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 Phils win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Apr 17 Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her second WTA Tour Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena; beats Chris Evert 6–3, 5–7, 6–3
  • Apr 19 80th Boston Marathon: Jack Fultz of United States 1st man in 2:20:19 and Kim Merritt of United States 1st woman in 2:47:10
  • Apr 30 Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 1 102nd Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr wins aboard Bold Forbes, the second of 3 Derby successes
  • May 12 20th European Cup: Bayern Munich beats Saint-Etienne 1-0 at Glasgow
  • May 13 9th & final ABA championship: NY Nets beat Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 2
  • May 15 101st Preakness: John Lively aboard Elocutionist wins in 1:55
  • May 16 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Philadelphia Flyers in 4 games
  • May 22 St Louis Cardinal Reggie Smith hits 3 HR
  • May 24 Muhammad Ali TKOs Richard Dunn in 5 for heavyweight boxing title in Munich
  • May 30 22nd LPGA Championship won by Betty Burfeindt
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Johnny Rutherford wins in 1:42:52.466 (239.350 km/h)
  • Jun 3 Test Cricket debut of Mike Brearley v West Indies (0 & 17)
  • Jun 5 108th Belmont: Angel Cordero Jr riding Bold Forbes wins in 2:29
  • Jun 6 30th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Phoenix Suns, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 8 Houston Astros draft Floyd Bannister #1

AgreementContract of Interest

Jun 8 Bobby Orr signs a five-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 13 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Cedar Brae CC: Donna Caponi wins in a playoff with Judy Rankin

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Jun 14 75th French Open Men's Tennis: Adriano Panatta of Italy beats American Harold Solomon 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6
  • Jun 14 75th Women's French Open: Susan Barker beats Renata Tomanova (6-2, 0-6, 6-2)
  • Jun 15 Rain out! Astrodome cancels game heavy rains make it difficult for visiting team and umpires to get through flooded streets to the stadium
  • Jun 17 ABA (Nets, Pacers, Nuggets & Spurs) merges into NBA
  • Jun 18 Bowie Kuhn voids A's sales, totaling $35 million, of Joe Rudi & Rollie Fingers to Red Sox, & Vida Blue to Yankees
  • Jun 20 76th US Golf Open: Jerry Pate shoots a 277 at Atlanta AC in Duluth Ga
  • Jun 20 UEFA European Championship Final: Czechoslovakia upsets West Germany 5-3 on penalties following 2-2 draw after extra time in Belgrade
  • Jun 22 SD Padre pitcher Randy Jones ties record of 68 innings without a walk
  • Jun 25 Ranger Toby Harrah is only shortstop not to handle a fielding chance in doubleheader
  • Jun 26 WS shortstop Toby Harrah plays DH without touching a batted ball

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Chris Evert beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley of Australia 6-3, 4-6, 8-6 for second of 3 Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg beats Ilie Năstase of Romania 6-4, 6-2, 9-7 for the first of 5 straight Wimbledon titles

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jul 10 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: American Johnny Miller wins his only Open championship, 6 strokes clear of Seve Ballesteros and Jack Nicklaus; Miller's second and last major title
  • Jul 11 1st US football club in Austria forms (FAAFC-1st Austrian American)
  • Jul 11 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Green GC: JoAnne Carner wins in a playoff with Sandra Palmer
  • Jul 13 47th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Veterans Stadium, Phila
  • Jul 13 All star MVP: George Foster (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jul 13 Last day of Test Cricket for English all-rounder Brian Close, aged 45
  • Jul 17 21st modern Olympic games opens in Montreal: 25 African teams (later rising to 33 nations) boycott the games due to New Zealand playing rugby in apartheid South Africa
  • Jul 18 Nadia Comăneci becomes the first gymnast in Olympic Games history to score a perfect 10 score (total 7) at Montreal Games
  • Jul 18 63rd Tour de France won by Lucien Van Impe of Belgium

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 20 Hank Aaron hits 755th and last home run off Angels Dick Drago

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jul 23 42nd NFL Chicago All Star Game: Pittsburgh 24, All Stars 0 (52,895)
  • Jul 23 Balt Oriole Reggie Jackson homers in 6th straight game
  • Jul 28 White Sox John Odom (5 inn) & Francisco Barrios (4 inn) no-hits A's
  • Jul 30 Japanese beat Russian for Olympic gold in woman's volleyball
  • Jul 31 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski beats American Frank Shorter by 50 seconds to win the Olympic Games marathon in 2:09:55 in Montreal
  • Aug 1 21st Summer Olympic Games, Montreal, Canada: Officially close
  • Aug 1 Seattle Seahawks take the field for the first time in pre-season game v SF 49ers at the newly constructed Kingdome in Seattle
  • Aug 1 Reigning world F1 champion Niki Lauda of Austria suffers a near fatal crash during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim
  • Aug 4 England beats Australia by 8 wickets in the limited overs cricket international at Lord's; first time women are permitted to play on the main square at 'the home of cricket'
  • Aug 8 Chicago White Sox suit up in shorts
  • Aug 9 Pitt Pirate John Candelaria no-hits LA Dodgers, 2-0

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 16 PGA Championship, Congressional CC: Dave Stockton wins 2nd PGA C'ship in a Monday bad weather finish; by 1 from Ray Floyd & Don January

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Aug 16 St Louis Cards beat San Diego Chargers 20-10 in Tokyo (NFL expo)
  • Aug 27 Transsexual Renee Richards barred from competing in US Tennis Open
  • Sep 11 Minnie Minoso bats for White Sox after a 12-year hiatus (hitless)
  • Sep 11 US Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert retains her title; routs Evonne Goolagong Cawley 6-3, 6-0
  • Sep 12 Seattle Seahawks play 1st regular-season game (St L 30, Sea 24)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 US Open Men's Tennis : Jimmy Connors wins his second US title; beats Björn Borg of Sweden 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Sep 13 2nd Enterprise, approach & lands Test Cricket (ALT) flight (5m28s)

  • Sep 26 Phillies clinch their 1st NL East Division title
  • Sep 28 Muhammad Ali beats Ken Norton in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 29 SF Giant John Montefusco no-hits Atlanta Braves, 9-0
  • Sep 29 Tommy Lasorda replaces Walter Alston as Dodger manager
  • Oct 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder Hank Aaron singles in his last MLB at-bat & drives in his 2,297th run as Milwaukee Brewers lose, 5-2 v Detroit Tigers
  • Oct 5 MLB expansion draft: Seattle Mariners & Toronto Blue Jays pick 30 unprotected AL players; Ruppert Jones OF (Seattle) & Bob Bailor OF (Toronto) are first picks
  • Oct 6 John Hathaway completes 50,600 mile bicycle tour of every continent
  • Oct 9 Peter Petherick takes hat-trick on cricket debut New Zealand v Pakistan Javed 1st wkt
  • Oct 9 Test Cricket debut of Javed Miandad (Pakistan), scores 163 on 1st day
  • Oct 10 Greece's 98 year-old Dimitrion Yordanidis, is oldest man to compete in a marathon; he finishes in 7:33
  • Oct 12 MLB National League Championship: Cincinnati Reds beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 14 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 16 Toronto Maple Leaf Lanny McDonald scores a hat trick in 2 min 54 sec
  • Oct 17 Coldest World Series game Yankees vs Cincinnati, 39 degrees F (until 1997)
  • Oct 20 NY Nets Julius "Dr J" Erving sold to Philadelphia 76ers
  • Oct 21 Cincinnati Reds sweep NY Yankees, in 73rd World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 21 NY Knicks retire 1st number, # 19, Willis Reed

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • Oct 21 NY Yankee Thurman Munson ties World Series mark of 6 straight singles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 22 Rick Barry (San Francisco), begins then longest NBA free throw streak of 60

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • Oct 24 6th NYC Women's Marathon won by Miki Gorman in 2:39:11
  • Oct 24 7th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:10:10
  • Oct 24 Sadiq & Mushtaq Mohammad score hundreds in same Test Cricket innings v NZ
  • Oct 24 English McLaren driver James Hunt finishes 4th in the season ending Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway to win his first World Formula 1 Drivers title by 1 point from Niki Lauda
  • Oct 28 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (NY Yankees)
  • Nov 4 1st mass-market free-agent reentry draft, Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Gullett, Tenace, Fingers, Baylor, Grich & McCovey, available
  • Nov 6 Former Twins relief ace Bill Campbell is 1st free-agent to sign with a new team, joining the Red Sox for $1 million over 4 years
  • Nov 14 Cleveland Browns' Jerry Sherk sets club record with 4 sacks
  • Nov 16 Rick Barry (San Francisco), ends then longest NBA free throw streak of 60
  • Nov 21 26th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins
  • Nov 24 NBA Atlanta Hawks end a 28 game road losing streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 25 O.J. Simpson gains 273 yards for Buffalo vs Detroit

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Nov 27 41st Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 38-7 in Birmingham
  • Nov 28 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 23-20 in a thriller; 53,467 Grey Cup record attendance
  • Nov 29 NY Yankees sign free agent Reggie Jackson to 5-year contract
  • Nov 30 42nd Heisman Trophy Award: Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh (RB)
  • Dec 5 Buffalo Bill O.J. Simpson rushes 203 yards
  • Dec 12 Spaniard Manuel Orantes beats Wojtek Fibak of Poland 5–7, 6–2, 0–6, 7–6, 6–1 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 19 John Lever takes 7-46 in 1st Test Cricket innings, v India Delhi
  • Dec 19 Piper Cherokee crashes into Balt Memorial Stadium upper stands, 10 minutes after Colts lose 40-14 to Steelers. No one seriously hurt
  • Dec 19 65th Davis Cup: Italy beats Chile in Santiago (4-1)
  • Dec 25 6th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Oklahoma beats Wyoming, 41-7
  • Dec 26 AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-7
  • Dec 26 NFC Championship Game: Minnesota Vikings beat Los Angeles Rams 24-13