1964 in sports
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1964 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
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- 1 Alpine skiing
- 2 American football
- 3 Association football
- 4 Athletics (track and field)
- 5 Australian rules football
- 6 Baseball
- 7 Basketball
- 8 Boxing
- 9 Canadian football
- 10 Cycling
- 11 Field hockey
- 12 Figure skating
- 13 Golf
- 14 Harness racing
- 15 Horse racing
- 16 Ice hockey
- 17 Lacrosse
- 18 Motorsport
- 19 Rugby league
- 20 Rugby union
- 21 Snooker
- 22 Swimming
- 23 Tennis
- 24 Volleyball
- 25 Yacht racing
- 26 Multi-sport events
- 27 Awards
- 28 References
- Men's Olympic Gold Medal:
- Women's Olympic Gold Medal:
- FIS Alpine World Ski Championships –
- AFL Championship – Buffalo Bills win 11-7 over the San Diego Chargers
- AFL MVP – Gino Cappelletti, WR Boston Patriots
- NFL Championship – Cleveland Browns win 27-0 over the Baltimore Colts
- NFL MVP – Johnny Unitas, QB – Baltimore Colts
- Cotton Bowl (1963 season):
- Heisman Trophy – John Huarte QB, Notre Dame
- Spain beat the Soviet Union 2-1 to win the European Championship.
- In October during the celebration of the 1964 Summer Olympics FIFA gives the right to host the Football World Cup in 1970 to Mexico.
- March 6 – Tom O'Hara sets a new world record for the indoor mile run by completing it in 3 minutes and 56.4 seconds
- Victorian Football League
- February 15 – death of Ken Hubbs (22), Chicago Cubs player, in an air crash just before the season began
- April 17 – The New York Mets play their first game at brand-new Shea Stadium and lose 4–3 to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Willie Stargell hits the first home run in the stadium's history, a second-inning solo shot off the Mets' Jack Fisher.
- June 21 – Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a perfect game in a 6-0 victory over the New York Mets.
- World Series – St. Louis Cardinals win 4 games to 3 over the New York Yankees. The Series MVP is pitcher, Bob Gibson of St. Louis.
- AL MVP – Brooks Robinson 3B, Baltimore Orioles
- NL MVP – Ken Boyer 3B, St. Louis Cardinals
- AL Rookie of the Year – Tony Oliva OF, Minnesota Twins
- NL Rookie of the Year – Dick Allen 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
- Cy Young Award – Dean Chance, Los Angeles Angels
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- UCLA wins 97-83 over Duke
- Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year – Gary Bradds F, Ohio State
- NBA Finals – Boston Celtics won 4 games to 1 over the San Francisco Warriors
- NBA MVP – Oscar Robertson G, Cincinnati Royals
- NBA Rookie of the Year – Jerry Lucas F, Cincinnati Royals
- February 25 in Miami Beach, Florida – Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston by TKO in the 7th round to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
- December 14 in Philadelphia, Joey Giardello won a 15-round decision over Rubin "Hurricane" Carter to win the World Middleweight title.
- Giro d'Italia won by Jacques Anquetil of France
- Tour de France – Jacques Anquetil of France
- UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Jan Janssen of Netherlands
- Olympic Games (Men's Competition) in Tokyo, Japan
- Gold Medal: India
- Silver Medal: Pakistan
- Bronze Medal: Australia
- World Figure Skating Championships
- Masters Tournament – Arnold Palmer
- U.S. Open – Ken Venturi
- British Open – Tony Lema
- PGA Championship – Bobby Nichols
- PGA Tour money leader – Jack Nicklaus – $113,285
- Women's Western Open – Carol Mann
- LPGA Championship – Mary Mills
- U.S. Women's Open – Mickey Wright
- Titleholders Championship – Marilynn Smith
- LPGA Tour money leader – Mickey Wright – $29,800
- United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
- Ayres won the United States Trotting Triple Crown races –
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- Pacers: Minuteman
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Polo Prince
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Northern Dancer
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Prince Royal
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Santa Claus
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Stan Mikita, Chicago Black Hawks
- Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Jean Beliveau, Montreal Canadiens
- Stanley Cup – Toronto Maple Leafs won 4-3 over the Detroit Red Wings
- World Hockey Championship –
- Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Sweden
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship – University of Michigan Wolverines defeat University of Denver Pioneers 6-3 in Denver, Colorado
- Guelph Mohawks win the first Castrol Cup.
- Vancouver Carlings win the Mann Cup.
- Oshawa Green Gaels win the Minto Cup.
Main article: List of 1964 motorsport champions
- Stock car racing –
- January 19 – death of Joe Weatherly, NASCAR Grand National champion, in a crash at Riverside. He is the first reigning Grand National champion to be killed, and the only reigning champion to die in a racing accident.
- February 23 – Richard Petty wins the Daytona 500 in the #43 Plymouth
- July 2 – death of Glen "Fireball" Roberts, American stock car driver, following injuries and burns sustained in a crash during the World 600
- July 17 – Donald Campbell, son of the great British record-breaker Malcolm, in Bluebird CN7 makes the last wheel-driven land speed record attempt. His speed, 403.10 mph (648.73 km/h), is less than the unratified speed of the controversial Spirit of America.
- 24 Hours of Le Mans – Jean Guichet / Nino Vaccarella win, sharing a Ferrari 275P
- Rally racing – the team of Paddy Hopkirk / Henry Liddon win the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Mini Cooper S
- Drag racing – Don Garlits wins the NHRA Top Fuel Dragster Championship
- 1964 New Zealand rugby league season
- 1964 NSWRFL season
- 1963–64 Northern Rugby Football League season / 1964–65 Northern Rugby Football League season
- The World Snooker Championship is revived in a challenge format:
- February 29 – in Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the women's 100m freestyle (long course) competition: 58.9 seconds.
- March 29 – Australia's Kevin Berry sets a new world record in the men's 200m butterfly (long course) at a meet in Sydney, clocking 2:06.9.
- July 12 – US swimmer Sharon Stouder breaks the world record in the women's 200m butterfly (long course) with one second, during a meet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, clocking 2:28.1.
- August 2 – Sharon Stouder once again breaks the world record in the women's 200m butterfly (long course), this time in Los Altos, California, clocking 2:26.4.
- October 18 – Kevin Berry breaks his own world record in the men's 200m butterfly (long course) on the last day of the swimming competition at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, with a time of 2:06.6.
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Roy Emerson (Australia) defeats Fred Stolle (Australia) 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Margaret Smith Court (Australia) defeats Lesley Turner Bowrey (Australia) 6–3, 6–2
- French Men's Singles Championship – Manuel Santana (Spain) defeats Nicola Pietrangeli (Italy) 6–3, 6–1, 4–6, 7–5
- French Women's Singles Championship – Margaret Court (Australia) defeats Maria Bueno (Brazil) 5–7, 6–1, 6–2
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Roy Emerson (Australia) defeats Fred Stolle (Australia) 6–4, 12–10, 4–6, 6–3
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Maria Bueno (Brazil) defeats Margaret Smith Court (Australia) 6–4, 7–9, 6–3
- American Men's Singles Championship – Roy Emerson (Australia) defeats Fred Stolle (Australia) in straight sets 6–4, 6–2, 6–4
- American Women's Singles Championship – Maria Bueno (Brazil) defeats Carole Caldwell Graebner (USA) in straight sets 6–1, 6–0
- Volleyball at the 1964 Summer Olympics won by USSR (men) and Japan (women)
- The New York Yacht Club retains the America's Cup as Constellation defeats British challenger Sovereign, of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, 4 races to 0
- 1964 Summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan
- United States wins the most medals (90), and the most gold medals (36).
- This Olympic opening ceremony is first time of live Olympic telecast program by geostationary communication satellite.
- 1964 Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck, Austria
- USSR wins the most medals (25), and the most gold medals (11).
- Third Winter Universiade held in Špindleruv Mlýn, Czechoslovakia
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Don Schollander, Swimming
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Mickey Wright, LPGA golf
- ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year: Don Schollander, Swimming
- Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year – Ken Venturi – Golf