The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music
Associated Press Athlete of 1968: Denny McLain, Major League Baseball. Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year: Peggy Fleming, Figure skating
Professional Sports 1968
Baseball's Opening Day was postponed because of the Martin Luther King assassination
World Series: Detroit Tigers vs.St. Louis Cardinals Series: 4-3. MVP was Mickey Lolich, Detroit.
The National League expands:
The San Diego Padres
The Montreal Expos
The American League expands:
The Kansas City Royals
Mickey Mantle hits final career homer # 536
NFL Championship: Baltimore Colts 34-0 Cleveland Browns in 1968 NFL championship game.
Super Bowl III
This, the third AFL-NFL Championship Game was the first to be called The Superbowl.
"We're (Jets) gonna win the game. I guarantee it."
Three days before the game Jets' Quarterback "Broadway" Joe Namath said to the unrelenting predictions the Jets would lose to the Baltimore colts by 18 points. The Jets won 16 to 7, giving the AFL much needed gravitas.
NBA: Boston Celtics vs. LA Lakers Series: 4-2
NBA announces two expansion teams:
The Milwaukee Bucks
The Phoenix Suns
Wilt Chamberlain becomes 1st NBA player to score 25,000 points.
With Mohammad Ali stripped of his title and suspended boxing really doesn't mean much though Joe Frazier TKOs Buster Mathis in 11 for heavyweight boxing title and
Jimmy Ellis beats Floyd Patterson in 15 for heavyweight boxing title. That right there means something is amiss.
NHL - Hockey
Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens vs.St. Louis Blues Series: 4-0
Minnesota North Star s' center Bill Masterton dies from a fall on the ice against the Oakland Seals.
Games of the XIX Olympiad
Ten days before the games were to begin, Mexican Police and Army killed 300 students in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas. Called the Tlatelolco Massacre, the International Olympic Committee held an urgent meeting to consider canceling the games which they did not do.
United States sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos (gold and bronze medallists in the men's 200-meter race) stood barefooted on the podium wearing civil rights buttons, lowered heads and each defiantly with a black-gloved fist in the air during the Star Spangled Banner. The U.S. Olympic Committee suspends both athletes.
Winter Games of the XIX Olympiad
10th Winter Olympic games opens in Grenoble, France
Professional Sports 1968
The Masters - Bob Goalby
US Open - Lee Trevino
US Women's Open - Susie Berning
Arthur Ashe becomes 1st black to win U.S. singles championship
College Sports 1968
Heisman Trophy: O.J. Simpson, USC, HB points: 2,853
NCAA Football: Ohio State Buckeyes
ORANGE BOWL: #3 Penn State Nittany Lions 15 #6 Kansas Jayhawks 14
NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA wins 78-55 over North Carolina
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