Champ Events in History



2015 Event - Australian golfer Jason Day wins the PGA Championship with a score of 20 under par; American Jordan Spieth wins second place, resulting in a rank of #1 in the world, replacing Northern Irish golf champ Rory McIlroy

1997 Event - Jana Novotna (Czechoslovakia) beats Mary Pierce (France) in Chase Tennis Champ

1996 Event - IBM's Deep Blue defeats chess champ Gary Kasparov

1995 Death - Mikhail Moseyevich Botvinnik, world chess champ, dies

1995 Event - Ice Pairs Champ at Birmingham won by Radka Kovarikova and Rene Novotny

1995 Event - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Birmingham won by Chen Lu (CHN)

1995 Death - Carlos Monzon, El Macho, Argentina MW boxing champ (1970-77), dies at 52

1994 Death - Detlef Macha, East Germany cyclist (5x world champ), dies at 35

1994 Event - Steffi Graf becomes 1st defending tennis champ to lose in 1st round of a major tournament (Wimbledon to Lorrie McNeal)

1994 Event - Bernie Kosar is 2nd quarterback to throw TD passes in AFC and NFC Champ games

1993 Death - Willie Mosconi, world billiards champ, dies of heart attack at 80

1993 Event - YokoZuna beats Hulk Hogan to become WWF champ

1993 Event - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Prague won by Oksana Baiul (UKR)

1992 Death - Kitty McKane Godfree, Tennis champ (Wimbledon 1924, 26), dies at 96

1992 Death - Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, boxing champ 1928 Olympics gold, dies

1992 Event - Nature Boy Ric Flair becomes WWF champ at Royal Rumble

1992 Event - Rowdy Roddy Piper beats Mountie to become WWF Intercontinental Champ

1991 Event - Undertaker beats Hulk Hogan to become new WWF champ

1991 Event - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Munich won by Kristi Yamaguchi

1990 Event - NL batting champ Willie McGee signs as a free agent with San Francisco Giants

1990 Event - Jushin "Thunder" Liger beats Naoki Sano to become New Japan IWGP champ

1990 Event - Mitsuko Nishiwaki beats Nakano to become Japan Women wrestling champ

1989 Death - Sugar Ray Robinson, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 67 of Alzheimer

1989 Event - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Midori Ito (Japan)

1988 Death - Irene Rich, U.S. actress (Beau Brumell, Champ), dies at 96

1988 Event - Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens

1987 Event - Gari Kasparov becomes world chess champ

1987 Event - For 3rd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 goals in a Stanley Cup game Wayne Gretzky passes Jean Beliveau as all time playoff scoring champ

1987 Event - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Cincinnati won by Katarina Witt

1987 Event - Penn State upsets Miami in Fiesta Bowl for college football champ

1986 Event - James "Bone Crusher" Smith TKO's WBA champ Tim Witherspoon in MSG

1986 Event - Hein Vergeer becomes European skating champ

1985 Event - Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes to become Heavyweight Boxing Champ

1985 Event - Livingston Bramble defeats Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to win WBA champ

1984 Event - Niki Lauda becomes 3rd time motor racing world champ

1984 Event - Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to become WWF champ

1983 Event - Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Helsinki won by Rosalynn Sumners (USA)

1983 Event - Roland Liboton becomes world champ cross-country cycling

1983 Event - Hilbert van Thumb becomes European skating champ

1983 Event - Don Muraco beats Pedro Morales to become WWF Intercontinental Champ

1982 Birthday - Tara Lipinski, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, figure skater, 1997 World Champ

1982 Death - Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight boxing champ/actor, dies at 86

1982 Death - Louis J N Gerardin, bicyclist (world champ sprint 1930), dies at 69

1981 Death - Max [Machgielis] Euwe, chess champ (1935-37), dies

1981 Event - Donna Caponi Young/Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Champ

1981 Birthday - Shelby Lyons, Oswego, New York, pairs skater, & Wells-1995 Midwest champ

1981 Death - Mickey "Toy Bulldog" Walker, welterweight champ (1922-26) dies at 79

1981 Death - Joe Louis, also known as the 'Brown bomber', U.S. heavyweight champ 1937 - 1949, dies at 66

1981 Event - 43rd NCAA Men's Basketball Champ: Indiana beats North Carolina 63-50

1981 Event - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Hartford won by Denise Biellmann

1981 Event - Ice Pairs Champ at Hartford won by Irina Vorobieva and I Lisovski (URS)

1980 Birthday - Serena Phillips, Corvallis Ore, figure skater, 1997 Pruetten champ

1980 Event - Kathy Whitworth/Donna Caponi Young win Portland Ping Team Golf Champ

1980 Birthday - Timothy Goebel, born in Evanston, Illinois, figure skater, 1996 National, Jr. champ

1980 Birthday - Brittney McConn, born in Largo, Florida, figure skater, 1997 Eastern Sr champ

1980 Birthday - Angela Nikodinov, Spartanburg, South Carolina, figure skater, 1997 Pacif Sr champ

1980 Event - 9th Boston Women's Marathon won by Jacqueline Gareau of Canada in 2:34:28, Rosie Ruiz disqualified as women's champ she hadn't run entire course

1980 Event - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Dortmund won by Anett Potzsch

1979 Birthday - Eve Chalom, born in Detroit, Michigan, dance skater, & Gates--1995 Nat, Jr. champ

1979 Birthday - Alizah Allen, born in New York City, New York, figure skater, 1997 North Atlantic Sr champ

1979 Event - Muhammad Ali retires as boxing champ

1979 Birthday - Sydne Vogel, born in Anchorage, Alaska, figure skater, 1996 NW Pac Sr champ

1979 Event - Men's Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Vladimir Kovalev (U.S.S.R.)

1979 Event - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Vienna won by Linda Fratianne

1978 Birthday - Derrick Delmore, Camp Springs, Maryland, fig skater, 1996 Grand Prix champ

1978 Death - James J "Gene" Tunney, heavyweight boxing champ (1926-8), dies at 80

1978 Death - Gene Tunney, former heavyweight boxing champ (1926-28), dies at 80

1978 Event - Leonid Mossejev becomes European marathon champ (2:11:57.5)

1978 Birthday - Karen Kwan, Torrance California, figure skater, 1995 Pac Coast Sr champ

1978 Event - Bob Backland beats Billy Graham in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ

1977 Birthday - Nicole Bobeck, Chic, figure skater, U.S. Champ 1995

1977 Birthday - Jere Michael, Aspen, Colorado, figure skater, 1994 National, Jr. champ

1977 Birthday - Diane Halber, Torrance, California, fig skater, 1996 National Collegiate champ

1977 Birthday - Amy D'Entremont, Stoneham Massachusetts, figure skater, 1995 NE, Jr. champ

1977 Event - Billy Graham beats Bruno Sammartino in Baltimore, to become WWF champ

1977 Birthday - Lisa Bell, Rockford, Illinois, figure skater, 1997 Midwestern Sr champ

1977 Event - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Tokyo won by Linda Fratianne (USA)

1977 Event - Harley Race beats Terry Funk in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champ

1976 Event - Jo Ann Washam/Chi Chi Rodriguez wins Pepsi-Cola Mixed Team Golf Champ

1976 Birthday - Jennifer Robinson, Barrie Ontario, 1996 Canadian Champ

1976 Event - Czechoslovakia becomes European soccer champ

1976 Event - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Gothenburg won by Dorothy Hamill

1976 Death - "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, lt-hvywgt box champ (1930-34), dies at 71

1975 Event - Terry Funk beats Jack Brisco in Miami Beach, to become NWA champ

1975 Event - Nick Bockwinkle beats Verne Gagne in St. Paul, to become NWA champ

1975 Birthday - Alexi Komarov, born in Yekaterinburg, Russia, dance skater, & Carr-1995 Pac Champ

1975 Birthday - Matthew Kessinger, born in Louisville, Kentucky, fig skater, 1995 Gt Lakes, Jr. champ

1975 Birthday - Mathew Gates, born in Baldock, England, dance skater, & Chalom-1995 Nat, Jr. champ

1975 Birthday - Trifun Zivanovic, born in Santa Monica, fig skater, 1995 Pac Coast, Jr. champ

1975 Birthday - Brian Buetsch, born in Rockford, Illinois, figure skater, 1997 Great Lakes Sr champ

1975 Birthday - Paul Frey, born in Boston, Massachusetts, dance skater, & Ponte-1995 Eastern, Jr. champ

1974 Event - Jack Brisco beats Giant Baba in Tokyo, to become NWA wrestling champ

1974 Event - Giant Baba beats Jack Brisco in Kagoshimi, to become NWA champ

1974 Birthday - Robyn Petroskey, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, figure skater, 1996 Midwest champ

1974 Event - Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes world champ all-round skater

1973 Event - Bruno Sammartino beats Stan Stasiak in New York, to become WWF champ

1973 Event - Stan Stasiak beats Pedro Morales in Philadelphia, to become WWF champ

1973 Birthday - John Baldwin, Jr., born in Dallas, Texas, figure skater, 1996 SW Pacific Sr champ

1973 Event - Jack Brisco beats Harley Race in Houston, to become NWA champ

1973 Birthday - Damon Allen, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, figure skater, 1997 Midwestern champ

1973 Event - Harley Race beats Dory Funk, Jr. in Kansas City, to become NWA champ

1973 Birthday - Franca Fehlauer, born in Hamburg, Germany, golfer, Belgian International, Jr. champ 1991

1972 Birthday - Stephen O'Connor, Irish amateur snooker champ 1990

1972 Birthday - Kyoko Ina, Tokyo, Japan, figure skater, 1993 North Atlantic Sr champ

1972 Birthday - Loraine Lambert, Ipswich Queensland, golfer, New Zealand champ 1991, 92

1972 Birthday - Denise Booker, Liverpool, golfer, S Australian, Jr. champ 1990

1972 Birthday - Dan Hollander, Royal Oak, Michigan, figure skater, 1996 Great Lakes champ

1972 Birthday - Rachel Hetherington, born in Port Macquarie NSW, golfer, 1993 NSW Champ

1972 Death - Victor Barna, table tennis champ, dies

1972 Event - Ard Schenk becomes world champ skater

1972 Event - Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champ

1972 Event - Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ

1972 Birthday - Lee McIntyre, born in Peak Hill, Australia, golfer, T3 1995 NSW Trainee Champ

1971 Event - Danny Murtaugh, manager of world champ Pirates, announces retirement

1971 Birthday - Todd Eldredge, Chatham Massachusetts, figure skater, 1997 National Sr champ

1971 Birthday - Michael Chack, Toms River, New Jersey, figure skater, 1997 Pac Coast Sr champ

1971 Birthday - Pete Sampras, born in Washington D.C., tennis champ, U.S. Open-1990, 93 95

1971 Birthday - Shepherd Clark, born in Atlanta, Georgia, figure skater, 1994, 97 Eastern Sr champ

1971 Birthday - Barbara Failey-Herbert, South Africa, golfer, 1989 winner SA Champ

1971 Event - Pedro Morales beats Ivan Koloff in NY, to become WWF wrestling champ

1971 Event - Ivan Koloff beats Bruno Sammartino in New York, to become WWF champ

1971 Death - Sonny Liston, World Champ hw boxer (1962-64), found dead at 36

1970 Death - Charles "Sonny" Liston, heavyweight boxer champ (1962-64), dies

1970 Birthday - Tonya Harding, born in Portland, Oregon, figure skater, 1994 Olympics/U.S. Champ 1994

1970 Birthday - Tina Fischer, Bad Nauheim Germany, golfer, European Amat champ 1994

1970 Birthday - Brian Wells, Carmel California, pairs skater, & Lyons-1995 Midwest champ

1970 Birthday - Jim Courier, born in Sanford, Florida, tennis champ, 1990, 91 French

1970 Birthday - Dawn Ponte, born in Kent, Rhode Island, dance skater, & Frey-1995 Eastern, Jr. champ

1970 Birthday - Sebastien Britten, Brossard Que, figure skater, 1995 Canadian Champ

1970 Birthday - Rick Schroder, born in New York, actor, Ricky-Silver Spoons, Champ, Earthling

1970 Event - Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Ljubljana won by Gabriele Seyfert (GDR)

1969 Birthday - Katrin Krabbe, Neubrandenburg, East Germany, 100m/200m, World Champ 1991

1969 Death - Marion Lloyd Vince, fencer (National champ 1928, 31), dies at 63

1969 Death - Rocky Marciano, former heavyweight champ, dies in a plane crash at 45

1969 Event - Dorey Funk, Jr. beats Gene Kiniski in Tampa, to become NWA champ

1968 Death - Jess Willard, Heavyweight boxing champ (1915-19), dies at 86

1968 Event - Verne Gagne beats Dick Beyers (Dr. X) in Minn, to become NWA champ

1968 Event - Dick Beyers (Dr. X) beats Verne Gagne, to become NWA champ

1968 Death - Jim Clark, of Scotland, world driving champ, dies at 32 in race car

1968 Event - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Geneva won by Peggy Fleming (U.S.)

1968 Birthday - Marcus Meloan, Agana Guam, Canadian Tour golfer, 1992 U.S. Amat Champ

1967 Birthday - Michael Moorer, boxing heavyweight champ, defeated Holyfield-1994

1967 Birthday - Kathaleen K Cutone, Olenoridge, New Jersey, fig skater, 1994 Collegiate champ

1967 Birthday - Riddick Bowe, born in Brooklyn, New York, HW boxing champ 1988 Olympics silver

1967 Event - Clifford Ann Creed/Margie Masters wins Yankee Ladies' Team Golf Champ

1967 Birthday - Jean Bartholomew, Queens, New York, LPGA golfer, 1989 Duke U Champ

1967 Event - Rocky Marciano retires as undefeated boxing champ

1967 Event - Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in St. Paul, to become NWA champ

1967 Event - Kees Verkerk becomes world champ all round skater

1967 Event - Kees Verkerk becomes European skating champ

1967 Death - Barney Ross, welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), dies at 57

1966 Event - Mad Dog Vachon beats Dick The Bruiser in Omaha, to become NWA champ

1966 Event - Dick The Bruiser beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ

1966 Birthday - Julie Forbes, born in Torphins, Scotland, golfer, Aberdeenshire champ 1989

1966 Event - Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St. Louis, to become NWA champ

1965 Event - Mad Dog Vachon beats Crusher in Denver, to become NWA champ

1965 Event - The Crusher beats Mad Dog Vachon in St. Paul, to become NWA champ

1965 Event - Mad Dog Vachon beats Igor Vodic in Omaha, to become NWA champ

1965 Event - Igor Vodic beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ

1965 Event - Australia suspends champ swimmer Dawn Fraser for 10-yrs for misconduct

1964 Birthday - Jon Hough, Royal Oak, Michigan, Nike golfer, 1986 NAIA Individual National Champ

1964 Birthday - Tish Certo, Niagara Falls, New York, LPGA golfer, 1981 Erie County, New York Champ

1964 Birthday - Fiona Pike, Adelaide Australia, golfer, S Australia State champ 1993/94

1964 Event - Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ

1964 Event - Verne Gagne beats Mad Dog Vachon in Omaha, to become NWA champ

1964 Event - Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ

1963 Event - Verne Gagne beats The Crusher in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ

1963 Event - Crusher beats Verne Gagne in St. Paul, to become NWA champ

1963 Birthday - Missie Berteotti, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, LPGA golfer, 1993 PING/Welch's Champ

1963 Event - Verne Gagne beats Fritz Von Erich in Amarillo, to become NWA champ

1963 Event - Fritz Von Erich beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ

1963 Event - Verne Gagne beats Crusher Lisowski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ

1963 Event - Crusher Lisowski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ

1963 Event - Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in New York, to become WWF champ

1963 Event - Bruno Sammartino becomes WWF champ

1963 Event - 1st U.S. female world figure skating champ (Tenley Albright)

1963 Birthday - Jane Leary, Sydney Australia, golfer, 1992 Australian Amateur Champ

1963 Birthday - Michelle Bell, Melrose, Massachusetts, LPGA golfer, 1981 Mass School Girls Champ

1963 Event - Buddy Rogers and Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ and Thesz becomes NWA champ

1963 Birthday - Felita Carr, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, dance skater, & Komarov-1995 Pac Champ

1962 Birthday - Evander Holyfield, Atmore Ala, boxer, Olympic-bronze-1988, champ, 1990 - 1992

1962 Birthday - Marie Laurie Mahabir, Guadeloupe, North American Bodybuilding Champ, 1985-87

1962 Event - Verne Gagne beats Mister M (doctor X) in Minn, to become NWA champ

1962 Birthday - Scott Kolden, Torrance California, actor, Scott-Me and the Champ

1962 Event - Mister M (Dr. X) beats Verne Gagne in Minn, to become NWA champ

1961 Birthday - Frank Bruno, British boxer, European champ

1961 Birthday - Chela Quintana, Venezuela, LPGA golfer, 8 time Venezuelan Amat Champ

1961 Event - Verne Gagne beats Gene Kiniski in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ

1961 Event - Gene Kiniski beats Verne Gagne in Minneapolis, to become NWA champ

1961 Event - Buddy Rogers beats Pat O'Conner in Chicago, to become NWA champ

1961 Event - Henk van der Grift (Netherlands) becomes world champ all-round skater

1961 Birthday - Maia Chiburdanidze, Kutaisi U.S.S.R., women's world chess champ

1960 Death - Edward Brophy, actor (Champ, Dumbo, Great Guy), dies at 65

1960 Birthday - Lloyd Honeyghan, English welterweight boxing champ, 1986

1960 Birthday - Ayrton Senna, Brazilian formula-1 racer, 1988 champ

1960 Event - Verne Gagne beats Doctor X in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ

1959 Death - Max Baer, U.S., heavyweight boxing champ (1934), dies at 49

1959 Event - Doctor X beats Wilber Snyder in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ

1959 Event - 2-time champ Monterrey Mexico barred from 1959 Little League competition for using players outside predetermined geographical area

1959 Birthday - Ann O'Neill, Toowoomba QLD, golfer, 1989 Downs District Champ

1959 Event - Pat O'Connor beats Dick Hutton in St. Louis, to become NWA champ

1958 Event - Wilber Snyder beats V Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA wrestling champ

1958 Birthday - Sue Daniels, Adelaide Australia, golfer, 1983 Victorian Amateur Champ

1958 Birthday - Wilfredo Benitez, PR, boxer, world champ at 17y176d

1958 Event - Verne Gagne beats Edouard Carpentier in Omaha, to become NWA champ

1958 Death - "Sensational" Sherri Martel, woman's wrestling champ (WWF)

1958 Event - Brazil becomes world soccer champ in Sweden

1958 Birthday - Wade Boggs, Nebraska, Red Sox/Yank 3rd baseman, AL bat champ 1985-88

1958 Event - Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times

1957 Event - Dick Hutton beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA wrestling champ

1957 Birthday - Jodi Anderson, born in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. long jump champ, 1978-81

1957 Birthday - Lynette Love, U.S. tai kwan do champ 1987, Olympics 1988

1957 Birthday - Jeffrey George Sluman, born in Rochester, New York, PGA golfer, 1988 PGA Champ

1957 Birthday - Scott Ayakatubby, beach volleyball champ

1957 Event - Edouard Carpentier beats Lou Thesz, to become NWA wrestling champ

1957 Event - Men's Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by David Jenkins (USA)

1957 Event - Worlds Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by Carol Heiss (U.S.)

1956 Event - Lou Thesz beats Whipper Billy Watson in St. Louis, to become NWA champ

1956 Birthday - Scott Michael Pellaton, barefoot water ski champ

1956 Birthday - Sherri Turner, Greenville, South Carolina, LPGA golfer, 1988 Mazda LPGA Champ

1956 Death - Stan Ockers, Belgian world champ cyclist (1955), dies at 36

1956 Birthday - Charlie Magri, world champ flyweight boxer, 1983

1956 Birthday - Bjorn Borg, born in Stockholm, Sweden, tennis champ, Wimbledon 1976-79

1956 Event - Heavyweight champ, Rocky Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing

1956 Event - Whipper Billy Watson beats Lou Thesz in Toronto, to become NWA champ

1955 Birthday - Sue Novara-Reber, born in Flint, Michigan, cyclist, 1975 World sprint champ

1955 Event - Detroit outfielder Al Kaline, 20, is youngest batting champ

1955 Event - Heavyweight champ Rocky Mariano KOs Archie Moore in 9

1954 Event - Tennis champ Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in an accident

1953 Birthday - Leon Spinks, U.S., heavyweight boxing champ, 1978, Gold Medal 1976 Olympics

1953 Death - Bill Tilden, tennis champ, dies at 60

1952 Birthday - Guillermo Vilas, Argentina, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1977

1952 Birthday - Nelson Piquet, auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ, 1981, '83, '87

1952 Birthday - "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, New Jersey, middleweight boxing champ, 1982-83

1952 Birthday - Alexis Arguello, born in Managua, Nicaragua, featherweight boxer, 1974 champ

1952 Event - Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of FRA

1951 Birthday - Bill Madlock, 4X NL batting champ for the Chicago Cubs

1950 Event - Heavyweight champ Ezzard Charles KOs Joe Louis in New York City for heavyweight boxing title

1950 Death - Stanislas Bizot, French checker player (world champ 1925), dies at 70

1950 Birthday - Joe Bugner, Hungarian/British/Australian boxer, European Champ 1971

1950 Birthday - Rick Flair, Richard Fliehr, wrestling champ, NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA

1949 Birthday - Larry Holmes, heavyweight boxing champ, 1978 - 1985

1949 Death - Wallace Beery, U.S. actor (The Champ), dies at 64

1949 Event - Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champ

1949 Birthday - Nikki Lauda, Austria, formula 1 auto racer, world champ 1975, 77, 84

1949 Birthday - Manuel Orantes, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1975

1949 Event - Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

1949 Birthday - George Foreman, born in Houston, Texas, world heavyweight boxing champ, 1973 - 1974, 1995

1948 Birthday - Rudy Hartono Kurniawan, Indonesia, All-England tennis champ

1948 Event - Lou Thesz beats Bill Longson, to become NWA wrestling champ

1948 Birthday - Champ Summers, baseball player

1948 Birthday - John Drayton Mahaffey, Kerrville, Texas, PGA golfer, 1978 PGA Champ

1947 Event - Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ

1947 Birthday - Candy Moore, Maplewood, New Jersey, actress, Lunch Wagon, Tomboy and Champ

1947 Event - Babe Didrikson is 1st American to win British Women's Amateur Golf Champ

1947 Event - Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ

1947 Death - Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25), dies at 51

1947 Event - Whipper Billy Watson beats Bill Longson, to become wrestling champ

1946 Birthday - Stanley R Smith, tennis champ, Wimbledon 1972, U.S. Open-1971

1946 Death - Alexander A Aljechin, world chess champ (1927-35, 37-46), dies at 53

1945 Event - Heavyweight champ Joe Louis is discharged from army

1945 Birthday - Ken Norton, heavyweight boxing champ/TV panelist, Gong Show

1945 Birthday - Ivan "Ironman" Stewart, Mickey Thompson off-road champ, 1983, 84, 90

1945 Birthday - Alain Prost, formula-1 racer, 1985, 86 champ

1944 Birthday - Chris Finnegan, UK, middleweight boxing champ, Gold Medal 1968 Olympics

1944 Birthday - Willem van Hanegem, Dutch soccer champ/coach, Feyenoord

1943 Birthday - Larry Mahan, Oregon, rodeo champ, 1967-70

1943 Birthday - Owen Keir Davidson, Australia, 4 time Wimbledon mix double champ

1942 Event - Bobby Managoff beats Yvon Robert in Houston, to become wrestling champ

1942 Event - Yvon Robert beats Bill Longson in Montreal, to become wrestling champ

1942 Event - Gunther Hagg becomes world champ of all records from 1500m to 5000m

1942 Death - Jose R Capablanca, Cuban chess player (world champ 1927), dies at 53

1942 Event - Bill Longson beats Managoff and Sandor Szabo, to become wrestling champ

1942 Birthday - Muhammad Ali, heavyweight champ boxer, 1964 - 1967 1974 - 1978

1941 Event - Amateur tennis champ Bobby Riggs turns pro

1941 Event - Million jam downtown Brooklyn to cheer NL champ Dodgers in a parade

1941 Event - Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ

1941 Birthday - Nona Gaprindasvili, U.S.S.R., world women's chess champ, 1962-78

1941 Event - Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ

1940 Birthday - Wilhelm Ruska, Holland, judo champ, Gold Medal 1972 Olympics

1940 Birthday - Tony Oliva, ball player, batting champ, AL Rookie of Year 1964

1940 Birthday - Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney, drag racer, 1st woman Top Fuel champ

1940 Event - Ray Steele beats B. Nagurski in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ

1940 Birthday - Jimmy Ellis, WBA heavyweight boxing champ, 1968-70

1939 Event - Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to become wrestling champ

1939 Event - Lou Thesz beats E Marshall in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ

1938 Birthday - Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Holland, speed skater, world champ

1938 Event - NL batting champ Ernie Lombardi is named MVP

1938 Birthday - Frederick S Stolle, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1966

1938 Birthday - Rafael H Osuna, tennis champ, U.S. Open - 1963

1938 Death - Suzanne Lenglen, 6 time Wimbledon champ, dies at 39 of anemia

1938 Birthday - Anne Kenny, Mudgee NSW, golfer, 1968, 71 Australian Champ

1938 Birthday - Earl Anthony, bowler, PBA money champ 1974-6, 1981-3

1938 Event - Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to become wrestling champ

1937 Event - Lou Thesz beats E Marshall in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ

1937 Event - AL batting champ Charlie Gehringer wins MVP

1937 Birthday - Raymond Ceulemans, Belgian world champ billiards player

1936 Birthday - Ashley J Cooper, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1957

1936 Event - Everett Marshall beats Ali Baba in Columbus, to become wrestling champ

1936 Birthday - Terry Downes, middleweight boxing champ, 1961-62

1936 Birthday - Jack Brabham, Australian race car driver, world champ 1966

1936 Birthday - Jim Clark, Formula 1 racer, 1963 champ

1935 Event - Max Euwe becomes world champ chess beating Alexander Aljechin

1935 Birthday - Lester Piggott, British jockey, 11 time champ

1935 Birthday - Judy Devlin Hashman, 10 time badminton champ, 1957-67

1935 Event - Danno O'Mahoney beats Ed George in Boston, to become wrestling champ

1935 Event - Danno O'Mahoney beats Jim Londos in Boston, to become wrestling champ

1935 Birthday - Malcolm J. Anderson, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1957

1935 Birthday - Mickey Wright, born in San Diego, California, LPGA golfer, 4 times LPGA champ

1935 Birthday - Floyd Patterson, heavyweight champ 1956 - 1959, 1960 - 1962, Gold Medal 1952 Olympics

1934 Birthday - Roger Maris, Yankee, home run champ, 61 in 1961, AL MVP 1960, 1961

1934 Event - Max Baer KO's Primo Carnera in 11 for HW box champ in Long Island City

1933 Event - NFL starts official stats as Bears beat Giants 23-21 in champ game

1933 Birthday - Neale A Fraser, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1959

1933 Death - James Corbett, (Gentleman Jim), heavyweight box champ (1892-97), dies

1932 Birthday - Ingemar Johansson, Sweden, world heavyweight boxing champ, 1952

1931 Birthday - Viktor Korchnoi, chess champ

1930 Birthday - Marion A. Trabert, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1953

1929 Birthday - Graham Hill, London, auto racer, 1962, 68 international racing champ

1927 Birthday - Frank A Sedgman, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1951

1927 Birthday - Franklin "Bud" Held, javelin world champ, 1949, 51, 53-55

1927 Event - Cuban chess champ, Jose Capablanca wins 33-day Grand Chess Tournie

1925 Event - Harry Heilmann's 6 hits edges Ty Cobb .393 to .389 as batting champ

1925 Birthday - Arthur D. Larsen, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1950

1924 Birthday - Piet Roozenburg, World champ checker player, 1948 . . 55

1923 Birthday - John McKay, West Virginia, football coach, USC, Tampa Bay, 5 time Rose Bowl champ

1923 Birthday - A Louise Brough Clapp, born in Oklahoma, tennis player, 4 time Wimbledon champ

1922 Event - Bicyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world sprint champ

1922 Event - 1st official International Weightlifting Federation Champ (Tallinn, Estonia)

1922 Birthday - Iser J Koepermann, Russian/U.S. world checkers champ, 1958-68, 75-76

1922 Birthday - Carl Furillo, Brooklyn Dodger, NL Batting Champ 1953

1921 Birthday - Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table tennis player, World Champ 1950-55

1921 Event - Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world champ sprinter

1921 Birthday - Frederick Schroeder, Jr., tennis champ, U.S. Open-1942

1921 Birthday - Jake LaMotta, born in Bronx, middleweight boxing champ, 1949-51, Raging Bull

1921 Event - Babe Ruth becomes all time home run champ with number 120, Gavvy Cravath

1920 Birthday - Stan Musial, outfielder, St. Louis Cardinal, 7 times NL bat champ

1920 Birthday - Sugar Ray Robinson, Walter Smith, middle/welterweight boxer, champ

1920 Birthday - Julius Boros, golfer, PGA Champ 1968, U.S. Open 1952, 1963

1919 Birthday - Pauline Betz Addie, born in Dayton, Ohio, tennis champ, Wimbledon 1946

1919 Birthday - Joseph R Hunt, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1943

1918 Birthday - William Talbert, tennis doubles champ, U.S. 1942, 45, 46, 48

1918 Birthday - W Donald McNeill, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1940

1918 Death - John L Sullivan, Massachusetts, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 59

1916 Birthday - Frank A Parker, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1944

1915 Birthday - Gus Lesnevich, light heavyweight boxing champ, 1947 fight of year

1914 Birthday - Chandler Harper, golfer, 1950 PGA champ

1914 Birthday - Jersey Joe Walcott, heavyweight boxing champ, 1951-52

1913 Birthday - Archie Moore, light-heavyweight boxing champ, 1952-60

1913 Birthday - Fred Davis, English world champ snooker player, 1948-49, 51

1912 Birthday - Louis J N Gerardin, Toto, French bicyclist/trainer, champ 1930

1910 Death - Stanley "Midnight Assassin" Ketchel, HW boxing champ, shot and killed

1910 Event - Chalmers Auto Co offers a new car to each leagues' batting champ

1909 Birthday - Barney Ross, New York City, Welterweight Boxing Champ, 1934

1909 Birthday - Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist, champ sprinter 1932-37,

1909 Birthday - Max Baer, Omaha Nebraska, heavyweight boxing champ, 1934-35

1909 Birthday - Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Flem cyclist, champ sprinter 1932-37,

1908 Event - Jack Johnson KO Tommy Burns and becomes 1st black heavyweight champ

1908 Birthday - John H Doeg, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1930

1908 Birthday - Helen Hull Jacobs, born in Berkley, California, U.S. tennis champ, 1932-35

1907 Birthday - Bep van Klaveren, European Boxing Champ, Gold Medal 1928 Olympics

1906 Birthday - George Martin Lott, Jr., tennis champ, 1931 U.S. Open runner-up

1906 Birthday - Marion Lloyd Vince, born in Brooklyn, New York, fencer, National champ 1928, 31

1906 Birthday - Vera Menchik, Moscow, 1st official women's world chess champ, 1927

1905 Birthday - Max Schmeling, Germany, world heavyweight boxing champ, 1930-32

1905 Event - Tom Jenkins beats Frank Gotcha for heavyweight wrestling champ

1905 Event - James J Jeffries retires as boxing champ

1904 Birthday - Wilmer L Allison, Jr., tennis champ, U.S. Open-1935

1904 Birthday - Maxie Rosenbloom, born in New York City, light heavyweight boxing champ, 1930-34

1903 Event - George Sutton becomes billard champ

1903 Birthday - "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, New York City, light-heavyweight box champ, 1932-34

1903 Event - AL/NL batting champ Ed Delahanty, disappears, found dead days later

1903 Birthday - Glenna Collett Vare, born in Rhode Island, National Am Golf champ, 1922, 25, 28-30, 35

1901 Birthday - Henri Cochet, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1928

1901 Birthday - Joyce Wethered, Surrey England, golfer, 4 time British Amateur champ

1901 Birthday - Mickey "Toy Bulldog" Walker, welterweight boxing champ, 1922-26

1901 Birthday - Joe Davis, English snooker/billiards-world champ, 1927-46

1900 Birthday - [Leon] Goose Goslin, baseball hall of famer, AL bat champ 1928

1900 Birthday - Wilhelm Steinitz, Germany, 1st chess champ, 1866-1894

1898 Birthday - Jean Borota, France, tennis champ, 35 Wimbeldons between 1922-64

1896 Birthday - Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ, 1917-25

1895 Birthday - Edward Brophy, actor, Champ, Dumbo, Great Guy, Cameraman, Doughboys

1894 Birthday - William Johnston, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1915

1893 Birthday - Piet Moeskops, Dutch world champ cyclist, 1921-24, 26

1893 Birthday - R Lindley Murray, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1918

1892 Birthday - Alexander A Aljechin, Russian/French chess champ, 1927-35, 37-46

1891 Birthday - Irene Rich, Luther, Buffalo, New York, actress, Beau Brummell, Champ

1891 Birthday - Elizabeth Ryan, Anaheim California, doubles tennis champ, 6 time Wimbled

1891 Birthday - R N Williams II, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1914

1890 Event - George Dixon becomes 1st black boxing champ (Bantam weight)

1890 Birthday - Maurice E McLoughlin, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1912

1889 Birthday - John Kilbane, U.S., featherweight boxing champ, 1912-23

1888 Event - Heavyweight boxing champ John L Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain

1888 Event - HW Boxing champ John L Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds

1887 Birthday - Stanley "Midnight Assassin" Ketchel, HW boxing champ, 1908-10

1881 Birthday - Karl Frederick, pistol champ, Gold Medal 1920 Olympics

1879 Birthday - Beals C Wright, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1905

1879 Death - Adolf Anderssen, German world champ chess (1851..66), dies at 60

1878 Birthday - Holcombe Ward, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1904

1878 Birthday - Jack Johnson, 1st black heavyweight boxing champ, 1908 - 1915

1877 Birthday - Malcolm D. Whitman, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1898

1875 Birthday - Hugh L Doherty, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1903

1873 Birthday - Robert D Wrenn, tennis champ, U.S. Open - 1893

1872 Birthday - William A. Larned, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1901

1871 Birthday - Oliver Samuel Campbell, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1890

1870 Event - Jem Mace and defends his heavyweight crown against Irish champ Joe Coburn, it lasts 1 hour and 17 minutes, and neither is struck by a punch

1868 Birthday - Fred H Hovey, tennis champ, U.S. Open-1895

1866 Birthday - Jack McAuliffe, U.S. lightweight boxing champ, hall of famer

1862 Birthday - Henry W. Slocum, Jr., tennis champ, U.S. Open-1888

1861 Birthday - Richard D Sears, Boston, tennis champ, U.S. Open, 1881

1858 Birthday - John L Sullivan, Massachusetts, heavyweight boxing champ, 1882-92