1962 in sports

1962 in sports

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Artistic Gymnastics

*World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
**Men's all-around champion: Yuri Titov, USSR
**Women's all-around champion: Larissa Latynina, USSR
**Team competition champions: men's - Japan; women's - USSR



* Seventh European Championships, held from September 12 to September 16 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia


* August 29 — flagicon|INA Asian Games Marathon, Jakarta, Indonesia
**Men's Winner: Masayuki Nagata (JPN) 2:34:55

* September 16 — flagicon|YUG European Championships Marathon, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
**Men's Winner: Brian Kilby (ENG) 2:23:18

* November 29 — flagicon|AUS Commonwealth Games Marathon, Perth, Australia
**Men's Winner: Brian Kilby (ENG) 2:21:17

* December 2 — flagicon|JPN Fukuoka Marathon, Japan
**Men's Winner: Toru Terasawa (JPN) 2:16:19

=Auto Racing=

*Stock car racing:
**Fireball Roberts won the Daytona 500
**NASCAR Championship - Joe Weatherly
*Indianapolis 500 - Rodger Ward
*USAC Racing - Rodger Ward won the season championship
*Formula One Championship - Graham Hill of Great Britain
*24 hours of Le Mans: won by the team of Olivier Gendebien / Phil Hill driving a Ferrari 330LM
*Rally racing - the team of Erik Carlsson / Gunnar Haggbom won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Saab 96
*Drag racing - Jack Chrisman won Top Eliminator at the NHRA Nationals


*January 23: Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame in their first years of eligibility.

*October: National League pennant playoff: After finishing tied for the league lead, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants played-off for the title. The Giants won the series 2 games to 1, thereby winning the National League championship.

*World Series: New York Yankees win 4 games to 3 over the San Francisco Giants. The Series MVP was Ralph Terry, New York.


*March 2 - In Hershey, Pennsylvania, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 100 points against the New York Knicks, breaking several National Basketball Association records.

*NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship:
**Cincinnati wins 71-59 over Ohio St.

*NBA Finals:
**Boston Celtics won 4 games to 3 over the Los Angeles Lakers


*March 24, 1962 - Emile Griffith regained the World Welterweight Championship by knocking out Benny the "Kid" Paret in the 12th round. Paret died ten days later on April 3, 1962 as a result of severe head injuries sustained in the fight.
*September 25, 1962 - Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson, two minutes and six seconds into the first round, to become World Heavyweight Champion.

Figure skating

*World Figure Skating Championships
**Men's champion: Donald Jackson, Canada
**Ladies' champion: Sjoukje Dijkstra, Netherlands
**Pair skating champions: Maria Jelinek & Otto Jelinek, Canada
**Ice dancing champions: Eva Romanová & Pavel Roman, Czechoslovakia

=Football (American)=

*AFL Championship: Dallas Texans won 20-17 over the Houston Oilers in double overtime
*NFL Championship: Green Bay Packers won 16-7 over the New York Giants

Football (Australian rules football)

* Victorian Football League
** Essendon wins the 66th VFL Premiership (13.12 (90) d Carlton 8.10 (58))
** Brownlow Medal awarded to Alistair Lord (Geelong)

=Football (Canadian)=

* Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers win 28-27 over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Football (Soccer)

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*Football World Cup in Chile: Brazil won 3-1 over Czechoslovakia

*England - FA Cup: Tottenham Hotspur won 3-1 over Burnley


Men's professional
*April 6-9 - Masters Tournament - Arnold Palmer
*June 13-17 - U.S. Open - Jack Nicklaus
*July 10-13 - British Open - Arnold Palmer
*July 19-22 - PGA Championship - Gary Player
*PGA Tour money leader - Arnold Palmer - $81,448Men's amateur
*British Amateur - Richard Davies
*U.S. Amateur - Labron Harris Jr.Women's professional
*Women's Western Open - Mickey Wright
*LPGA Championship - Judy Kimball
*U.S. Women's Open - Murle Lindstrom
*Titleholders Championship - Mickey Wright
*LPGA Tour money leader - Mickey Wright - $21,641

=Thoroughbred Horse Racing=

*Australia - Melbourne Cup - Even Stevens
*Canada - Queen's Plate - Flaming Page
*France - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Soltikoff
*Ireland - Irish Derby Stakes - Tambourine

*English Triple Crown Races:
*#2,000 Guineas Stakes - Privy Councillor
*#Epsom Derby - Larkspur
*#St. Leger Stakes - Hethersett

*United States Triple Crown Races:
*#May 5 - Kentucky Derby - Decidedly
*#Preakness Stakes - Greek Money
*#Belmont Stakes - Jaipur

Ice Hockey

*Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks

*Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens

*Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs won 4 games to 2 over the Chicago Black Hawks

*World Hockey Championship:
** Men's champion: Sweden defeated Canada

*NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship - Michigan Technological University Huskies defeat Clarkson University Golden Knights 7-1 in Utica, NY


*ISF World Championships:
**Men's combined champion: Karl Schranz, Austria
**Women's combined champion: Marielle Goitschel, France


* February 20 — Australian swimming ace Kevin Berry takes over the world record in the men's 200m butterfly (long course) from USA's Carl Robie at a meet in Melbourne, Victoria, clocking 2:12.5.

* August 11 — Carl Robie regains the world record in the men's 200m butterfly (long course) and betters the world's best time twice in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, clocking 2:12.4 and, eventually, 2:10.8.

* August 19 — US swimmer Sharon Finneran breaks the world record in the women's 200m butterfly (long course) during a meet in Chicago, Illinois: 2:31.2.

* August 25 — Sharon Finneran breaks her own world record in the women's 200m butterfly (long course) during a meet in Los Altos, California: 2:30.7.

* October 23 — Australia's Kevin Berry takes over the world record in the men's 200m butterfly (long course) once again, clocking 2:09.7 at a meet in Melbourne, Victoria.


*Rod Laver becomes only the second man in tennis history to win the Grand Slam in tennis.

*Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
*#Australian Open - Rod Laver
*#French Open - Rod Laver
*#Wimbledon championships - Rod Laver
*#US Open - Rod Laver

*Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
*#Australian Open - Margaret Smith
*#French Open - Margaret Smith
*#Wimbledon championships - Karen Susman
*#US Open - Margaret Smith

*Davis Cup: Australia wins 5-0 over Mexico in world tennis.


* Men's World Championship in Moscow, Soviet Union
** Gold Medal: Soviet Union
** Silver Medal: Czechoslovakia
** Bronze Medal: Romania

Yacht racing

*The New York Yacht Club retains the America's Cup as "Weatherly" defeats Australian challenger "Gretel", of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, 4 races to 1; it is the first time in 81 years a country other than Great Britain has challenged for the Cup

Multi-sport events

*Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia

*British Empire and Commonwealth Games held in Perth, Western Australia

* Central American and Caribbean Games held in Kingston, Jamaica

* Second Winter Universiade held in Villars, Switzerland


*Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year: Maury Wills, Major League Baseball
*Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year: Dawn Fraser, Swimming
*ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year: Jim Beatty, Athletics



*January 1 — Sven Nylander, Swedish hurdler
*January 5 — Delroy Poyser, Jamaican long jumper
*January 10 — Michele Mitchell, American diver
*January 17 — Jan Wegereef, Dutch football (soccer) referee
*January 18 — Laurie Gallen, New Zealand field hockey player
*January 22 — Uwe Messerschmidt, German track cyclist and road bicycle racer
*January 25 — Guadalupe Canseco, Mexican diver
*January 26 — Lynda Cornet, Dutch rower
*January 26 — Raúl Quiroga, Argentine volleyball player
*January 26 — Nick Sandhu, Indian-born Canadian field hockey defender


*February 2 — Andy Fordham, English darts player
*February 7 — Salvatore Antibo, Italian long distance runner
*February 10 — Bobby Czyz, Polish-American boxer
*February 13 — Jackie Silva, Brazilian beach volleyball player
*February 14 — Philippe Sella, French rugby union player
*February 19 — Hana Mandlíková, Czech tennis player
*February 20 — Stephan van den Berg, Dutch windsurfer
*February 20 — Pedro Nolasco, Dominican boxer (d. 1995)
*February 20 — Pierre Quinon, French pole vaulter
*February 23 — John Hatch, Canadian basketball player
*February 23 — Pedro Monzón, Argentine football coach and player
*February 23 — Ahn Byeong-Keun, South Korean judoka
*February 27 — Verónica Ribot, Argentine diver
*February 27 — Kory Tarpenning, American pole vaulter


*March 1 — Russell Coutts, New Zealand-born competitive sailor
*March 3 — Jackie Joyner-Kersee, US track and field athlete
*March 3 — Elliott Quow, US track and field sprinter
*March 6 — Bengt Baron, Swedish backstroke swimmer
*March 7 — Francisco Hervás, Spanish volleyball player and coach
*March 7 — Peter Manley, English darts player
*March 9 — Pétur Gudmundsson, Icelandic shot putter
*March 9 — John Lyon, English boxer
*March 9 — Haruo Urata, Japanese long-distance runner
*March 12 — Darryl Strawberry, American baseball player
*March 13 — Pello Ruiz Cabestany, Spanish road racing cyclist
*March 13 — Liane Tooth, Australian field hockey forward
*March 14 — Tsvetanka Khristova, Bulgarian discus thrower
*March 15 — Fernando Martín Espina, Spanish basketball player (d. 1989)
*March 18 — Nergüin Enkhbat, Mongolian boxer
*March 18 — Kazuhiro Mizoguchi, Japanese javelin thrower
*March 22 — Juan Aguilera, Spanish tennis player
*March 22 — Luiz Carvalho, Brazilian breaststroke swimmer
*March 22 — Jesús Herrera, Mexican long-distance runner
*March 22 — Teun van Vliet, Dutch road bicycle racer
*March 23 — Steve Redgrave, British rower, five-time Olympic gold medalist
*March 26 — Paul Chamberlin, American tennis player
*March 26 — John Stockton, American basketball player, all-time NBA leader in assists and steals
*March 26 — Laurien Willemse, Dutch field hockey defender
*March 30 — Manuel Matias, Portuguese long-distance runner
*March 30 — Alette Pos, Dutch field hockey goalkeeper
*March 31 — Georgios Stefanopoulos, Greek boxer


*April 1 — John Wallace, Canadian rower
*April 10 — Isabel Reuss, Mexican freestyle swimmer
*April 13 — Bill Reifsnyder, American long-distance runner
*April 15 — Nawal El Moutawakel, Moroccan hurdler
*April 17 — Christiane Knacke, East German butterfly swimmer
*April 24 — Stuart Pearce, English footballer and manager
*April 27 — PattiSue Plumer, American long-distance runner
*April 27 — Seppo Räty, Finnish javelin thrower
*April 29 — Rob Druppers, Dutch middle distance runner


*May 1 — Paula Weishoff, American volleyball player
*May 5 — Hugo Chapacu, Paraguayan tennis player
*May 6 — Mario Kummer, East German track and road cyclist and manager
*May 8 — Markku Slawyk, German field hockey player and coach
*May 9 — Steve Spence, American long-distance runner
*May 10 — José Youshimatz, Mexican track cyclist
*May 12 — Mark Bradshaw, American diver
*May 14 — Ricci Luyties, American volleyball player
*May 16 — Carmela Schmidt, East German freestyle swimmer
*May 29 — Misako Miyahara, Japanese long-distance runner
*May 30 — Jan Gunnarsson, Swedish tennis player


*June 8 — Phil Bourque, American hockey player
*June 10 — Ralf Schumann, German pistol shooter
*June 19 — Jeremy Bates, British tennis player
*June 21 — David Smith, British hammer thrower
*June 23 — Patrick Kelly, Canadian ice speed skater
*June 28 — Ann-Louise Skoglund, Swedish track and field hurdler
*June 30 — Silke Renk, German javelin thrower


*July 1 — Chris Cavanaugh, American freestyle swimmer
*July 7 — Ross Rutledge, Canadian field hockey player (d. 2004)
*July 11 — Kerrith Brown, British judoka
*July 12 — Jin-Sun Yoo, South Korean tennis player
*July 14 — Diane Ratnik, Canadian volleyball player
*July 15 — Michelle Ford, Australian freestyle and butterfly swimmer
*July 27 — Neil Brooks, Australian swimmer
*July 29 — Vincent Rousseau, Belgian long-distance runner
*July 31 — Alberto Cuba, Cuban long-distance runner


*August 1 — Joetta Clark, American middle distance runner
*August 1 — Robert Clift, British field hockey player
*August 1 — Jacob "Baby Jakes" Matlala , South African boxer
*August 2 — Mercedes Coghen, Spanish field hockey player
*August 4 — Roger Clemens, baseball pitcher, seven-time Cy Young Award winner
*August 5 — Patrick Ewing, American NBA player
*August 5 — Eric Geboers, Belgian motocross racer
*August 7 — Robert de Wit, Dutch decathlete and bobsledder
*August 18 — Carina Benninga, Dutch field hockey international
*August 20 — Dong-Wook Song, South Korean tennis player
*August 22 — Jokin Mújika, Spanish cyclist and cyclocross-racer
*August 25 — Theresa Andrews, American backstroke swimmer
*August 26 — Roger Kingdom, American sprint hurdler
*August 30 — Toshihiro Shibutani, Japanese long-distance runner
*August 31 — Wanda Guenette, Canadian volleyball player


*September 1 — Ruud Gullit, Dutch football player and manager
*September 5 — Joni Nyman, Finnish boxer
*September 9 — Brad Willock, Canadian volleyball player
*September 10 — Policarpio Calizaya, Bolivian long-distance runner
*September 13 — Brian Fowler, New Zealand cyclist
*September 16 — Ricardo Vera, Uruguayan long-distance runner
*September 17 — Ernie Cholakis, Canadian field hockey player
*September 20 — José Esteban Montiel, Spanish long-distance athlete
*September 21 — Kelly Evernden, New Zealand tennis player
*September 27 — María Cangá, Ecuadorian judoka
*September 30 — Rolf Gölz, German road and track cyclist
*September 30 — Frank Rijkaard, Dutch football (soccer) player and manager
*September 30 — Martin Steele, British middle-distance runner


*October 9 — Jorge Luis Burruchaga, Argentine football (soccer) player and coach
*October 13 — Jerry Rice, American football player
*October 14 — Shahar Perkiss, Israeli tennis player
*October 19 — Evander Holyfield, American heavyweight boxer
*October 20 — Jan Goessens, Belgian road racing cyclist
*October 21 — Lev Shatilo, Soviet javelin thrower
*October 26 — Luis Pizarro, Puerto Rican boxer
*October 26 — Wilbert Suvrijn, Dutch football (soccer) midfielder
*October 27 — Ang Peng Siong, Singaporean swimmer
*October 30 — Courtney Walsh, Jamaican cricketer
*October 30 — Jorge Mondragón, Mexican diver
*October 31 — Hiroshi Yamamoto, Japanese archer


*November 1 — Sharron Davies, British swimmer
*November 5 — Zheng Meizhu, Chinese volleyball player
*November 5 — Abédi Pelé, Ghanaian football (soccer) player
*November 6 — Joan Hodson, New Zealand netball player
*November 6 — Ana Hernández, Cuban basketball player
*November 14 — Morgan Reeser, American sailor
*November 19 — Glenn Buchanan, Australian butterfly swimmer
*November 24 — Karen Marsden, Australian field hockey goalkeeper
*November 24 — Tracey Wickham, Australian middle distance swimmer
*November 30 — Bong-Soo Kim, South Korean tennis player


*December 4 — Nixon Kiprotich, Kenyan athlete
*December 10 — John de Wolf, Dutch football (soccer) player
*December 12 — Tracy Austin, American tennis player
*December 12 — Arturo Barrios, Mexican long-distance runner
*December 13 — Roger Ilegems, Belgian track cyclist and road bicycle racer
*December 13 — Kendra Slewenski, English netballer
*December 14 — Redzep Redzepovski, Yugoslav-Macedonian boxer
*December 16 — Charly Mottet, French cyclist
*December 19 — Markus Weise, German field hockey player and coach
*December 24 — Juan Hernández, Cuban boxer
*December 27 — Mark Few, American college basketball coach
*December 27 — Bill Self, American college basketball coach
*December 27 — Sherri Steinhauer, American golfer


*February 18 — Erik Granfelt (76), Swedish gymnast (b. 1883)
* April 3 — Benny Paret, Cuban boxer (b. 1937)
* April 14 — Iuliu Baratky, Romanian football player (b. 1910)
* April 18 — Oscar van Rappard (66), Dutch athlete and football (soccer) player (b. 1896)
*June 28 — Mickey Cochrane, US Major League Baseball player
* September 9 — Paavo Aaltonen (42), Finnish gymnast (b. 1919)
*September 12 — Cornelis den Held (79), Dutch athlete (b. 1883)
*November 2 — Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican Race Car Driver in a racing accident.

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