1966 in sports
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1966 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s|
|Years:||1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969|
- 1 Alpine skiing
- 2 American football
- 3 Artistic gymnastics
- 4 Association football
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Australian rules football
- 7 Baseball
- 8 Basketball
- 9 Boxing
- 10 Canadian football
- 11 Cycling
- 12 Figure skating
- 13 Golf
- 14 Harness racing
- 15 Horse racing
- 16 Ice hockey
- 17 Motor racing
- 18 Orienteering
- 19 Rugby league
- 20 Rugby union
- 21 Snooker
- 22 Speed skating
- 23 Tennis
- 24 Volleyball
- 25 Multi-sport events
- 26 Awards
- 27 References
- FIS Alpine World Ski Championships –
- Orange Bowl (1965 season):
- Rose Bowl (1965 season):
- 1966 season championships were played in late 1966 and early 1967
- June 8: The AFL and NFL reach an agreement to merge as equals into one league under the NFL name, to take effect with the 1970 season.
- AFL Championship – Kansas City Chiefs won 31-7 over the Buffalo Bills
- NFL Championship – Green Bay Packers won 34-27 over the Dallas Cowboys
- Each of the two existing top-level professional leagues added a new team for the 1966 season. The Atlanta Falcons joined the NFL, and the Miami Dolphins joined the AFL.
- November 19 - The #1 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the #2 ranked Michigan State Spartans play to a 10-10 tie; Notre Dame are voted AP and UPI Poll national champions and Michigan State is voted national champions by the NFF.
- World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
- World Cup – England defeats Germany to win the 1966 World Cup Final.
- FIFA decide to give the right to host the Football World Cup 1974, Football World Cup 1978 and 1982 Football World Cup to West Germany, Argentina and Spain respectively
- July 17 – American runner Jim Ryun sets a new world record for the mile at 3:51.3
- August – 1966 Commonwealth Games held at Kingston, Jamaica
- September – 1966 European Championships in Athletics held at Budapest
- December – 1966 Asian Games held at Bangkok
- Victorian Football League
- January 20 – The BBWAA elects Ted Williams to the Hall of Fame. Williams, the last batter to hit .400, receives 282 of a possible 302 votes.
- Roberto Clemente is the National League MVP.
- Frank Robinson is the American League MVP.
- Ted Williams is inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame.
- World Series – Baltimore Orioles win 4 games to 0 over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Series MVP: Frank Robinson, Baltimore
- NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship –
- NBA Finals|NBA Finals –
- NBA MVP Philadelphia 76ers center Wilt Chamberlain
- March 29, Muhammad Ali defeats George Chuvalo in a 15 round unanimous decision
- April 25 at New York City, World Welterweight Champion Emile Griffith won a 15 round unanimous decision over Dick Tiger to also become the World Middleweight Champion.
- May 21 Muhammad Ali defeats Henry Cooper with a 6th round TKO
- August 6 Muhammad Ali defeats Brian London with a 3rd round KO
- September 10 Muhammad Ali defeats Karl Mildenberger with a 12th round TKO
- November 14, Muhammad Ali knocks out Cleveland Williams in three rounds to retain the WBC heavyweight title.
- Grey Cup – Saskatchewan Roughriders win 29-14 over the Ottawa Rough Riders
- Vanier Cup – St. Francis Xavier X-Men win 40-14 over the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
- Giro d'Italia won by Gianni Motta of Italy
- Tour de France - Lucien Aimar of France
- Vuelta a España - Francisco Gabica of Spain
- UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Rudi Altig of Germany
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- Masters Tournament - Jack Nicklaus
- U.S. Open - Billy Casper
- British Open - Jack Nicklaus becomes the fourth player to win all four major professional championships.
- PGA Championship - Al Geiberger
- PGA Tour money leader - Billy Casper - $121,945
- Women's Western Open - Mickey Wright
- LPGA Championship - Gloria Ehret
- U.S. Women's Open - Sandra Spuzich
- Titleholders Championship - Kathy Whitworth
- LPGA Tour money leader - Kathy Whitworth - $33,517
- Romeo Hanover wins the United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
- United States Trotting Triple Crown races –
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Galilee
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Titled Hero
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Bon Mot
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Sodium
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- 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: Bobby Hull, Chicago Black Hawks
- Stanley Cup – Montreal Canadiens won 4-2 over the Detroit Red Wings
- World Hockey Championship
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship - Michigan State University Spartans defeat Clarkson University Golden Knights 6-1 in Minneapolis, MN
- Stock car racing –
- USAC Racing
- Formula One – J. A. Brabham (Australia) wins World Drivers' Champion, driving an MRD-Repco. He is the only driver to win a championship in a car of his own team.
- 24 hours of Le Mans – Bruce McLaren / Chris Amon win, sharing Ford GT-40 Mk.II
- Rally racing - the team of Pauli Toivonen / Ensio Mikander win the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Citroën DS. However, the result was highly controversial, with the top finishers (including the BMC Mini Cooper S and Ford Cortina) disqualified on the dubious basis of their quartz-iodide single filament bulbs being illegal. It allows Citröen, who had made the necessary changes to their lighting systems just before the end of the event, to step up and take the winning slot.
- Drag racing - Pete Robinson wins the NHRA Top Fuel[clarification needed] World Championship.
- 1966 New Zealand rugby league season
- 1966 NSWRFL season
- 1965–66 Northern Rugby Football League season / 1966–67 Northern Rugby Football League season
- January 4 – death of Inga Artamonova (29), Russian world speed-skating champion, who was murdered by her husband
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Roy Emerson (Australia) defeats Arthur Ashe (USA) 6–4, 6–8, 6–2, 6–3
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Margaret Smith Court (Australia) defeats Nancy Richey (USA) walkover
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Manuel Santana (Spain) defeats Dennis Ralston (USA) 6–4, 11–9, 6–4
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Billie Jean King (USA) defeats Maria Bueno (Brazil) 6–3, 3–6, 6–1
- French Men's Singles Championship – Tony Roche defeats István Gulyás 6–1, 6–4, 7–5
- French Women's Singles Championship –
- American Men's Singles Championship – Tournament did not start until 1968
- American Women's Singles Championship – Tournament did not start until 1968
- 1966 FIVB Men's World Championship in Prague won by Czechoslovakia
- Asian Games held in Bangkok, Thailand
- British Empire and Commonwealth Games held in Kingston, Jamaica
- Central American and Caribbean Games held in San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Fourth Winter Universiade held in Sestriere, Italy
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Frank Robinson, Major League Baseball
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Kathy Whitworth, LPGA golf