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1963 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
January 29 – First inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame are announced
AFL Eastern Division Playoff – Boston Patriots win 26–8 over the Buffalo Bills
AFL Championship – San Diego Chargers win 51–10 over the Boston Patriots on January 5, 1964
NFL Championship – Chicago Bears win 14–10 over the New York Giants
September 7 – the Pro Football Hall of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio with 17 charter members.
Rose Bowl (1962 season):
The Southern California Trojans won 42-37 over the Wisconsin Badgers to win the college football national championship. This is the first postseason bowl game to feature the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the country.
The Heisman Trophy – Roger Staubach, Navy
Instant replay is used for the first time during the broadcast of the Army-Navy Game.
FA Cup final – Manchester United won 3–1 over Leicester City
August 24 – Founding of the German Football League - Fußball-Bundesliga
May – Athletics at the 1963 Pan American Games held in São Paulo
Victorian Football League
Geelong wins the 67th VFL Premiership (Geelong 15.19 (109) d Hawthorn 8.12 (60))
Brownlow Medal awarded to Bob Skilton (South Melbourne)
1963 Bandy World Championship is held in Sweden and won by Soviet Union.
June 22 – Phillies center fielder Tony Gonzalez plays his 200th straight errorless game to help rookie Ray Culp beat Roger Craig and the Mets 2–0.
World Series – Los Angeles Dodgers win 4 games to 0 over the New York Yankees. The series MVP is Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles.
NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
Loyola (Illinois) wins 60–58 over Cincinnati
NBA Finals –
Boston Celtics win 4 games to 2 over the Los Angeles Lakers
Basketball World Championship –
Brazil World Champion
July 22 – Sonny Liston wins the Heavyweight Championship of the world by knocking out Floyd Patterson in the 1st round of their bout in Las Vegas, Nevada.
August 27 to September 7 – Pan American Games held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Grey Cup – Hamilton Tiger-Cats win 21–10 over the B.C. Lions
Giro d'Italia won by Franco Balmamion of Italy
Tour de France – Jacques Anquetil of France
UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Benoni Beheyt of Belgium
World Figure Skating Championships
Men's champion: Donald McPherson, Canada
Ladies' champion: Sjoukje Dijkstra, Netherlands
Pair skating champions: Marika Kilius & Hans-Jürgen Bäumler, Germany
Ice dancing champions: Eva Romanová & Pavel Roman, Czechoslovakia
1963 in sports Wikipedia
Men's professionalMasters Tournament – Jack Nicklaus
U.S. Open – Julius Boros
British Open – Bob Charles
PGA Championship – Jack Nicklaus
PGA Tour money leader – Arnold Palmer – $128,230
Ryder Cup – United States wins 23 to 9 over Britain in team golf.
Men's amateurBritish Amateur – Michael Lunt
U.S. Amateur – Deane Beman
Women's professionalWomen's Western Open – Mickey Wright
LPGA Championship – Mickey Wright
U.S. Women's Open – Mary Mills
Titleholders Championship – Marilynn Smith
LPGA Tour money leader – Mickey Wright – $31,269
United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
Speedy Scot won the Triple Crown of Harness Racing for Triple Crown races –
- Cane Pace – Meadow Skipper
- Little Brown Jug – Overtrick
- Messenger Stakes – Overtrick
Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
Pacers: Cardigan Bay
- Hambletonian – Speedy Scott
- Yonkers Trot – Speedy Scott
- Kentucky Futurity – Speedy Scott
SteeplechasesCheltenham Gold Cup – Mill House
Grand National – Ayala
Flat racesAustralia – Melbourne Cup won by Gatum Gatum
Canadian Triple Crown:
Canebora becomes the country's second Triple Crown winner, and the last until 1989.
France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Exbury
Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Ragusa
English Triple Crown:
- Queen's Plate – Canebora
- Prince of Wales Stakes – Canebora
- Breeders' Stakes – Canebora
United States Triple Crown:
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Only for Life
- Epsom Derby – Relko
- St. Leger Stakes – Ragusa
Stanley Cup – Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Detroit Red Wings 4 games to 1.
Stock car racing
Tiny Lund wins the Daytona 500 in the #21 Ford
NASCAR Championship – Joe Weatherly in the #8 Pontiac (for Bud Moore
30 May – Parnelli Jones wins the 47th running of the Indianapolis 500 in the Agajanian/Willard Battery Special Watson-Offenhauser
A.J. Foyt wins the season championship
Formula One – Jim Clark (Great Britain) wins World Drivers' Champion, driving a Lotus 25-Climax.
24 hours of Le Mans – Ludovico Scarfiotti / Lorenzo Bandini win, sharing a Ferrari 250P
Rally racing – the team of Erik Carlsson / Gunnar Palm win the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Saab 96
Drag racing – Bobby Vodnik wins Top Fuel at the NHRA Nationals
5 September – at Bonneville, Craig Breedlove sets a new land speed record at 407.447 mph (655.722 km/h) in Spirit of America. The controversial jet-propelled three-wheeler's record is not recognized by FIA, because it is neither wheel-driven nor four-wheeled; FIM quickly accepts the record, & the public does not recognize the distinction.
Third Amateur Radio Direction Finding European Championship held in Vilnius, Lithuania.
1963 New Zealand rugby league season
1963 NSWRFL season
1962–63 Northern Rugby Football League season / 1963–64 Northern Rugby Football League season
69th Five Nations Championship series is won by England
New Zealand All Blacks team tours Great Britain and is defeated only once: 3–0 by Newport RFC on 30 October
July 27 – US swimmer Susan Pitt breaks the world record in the women's 200m butterfly (long course) during a meet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, clocking 2:29.1.
- Kentucky Derby – Chateaugay
- Preakness Stakes – Candy Spots
- Belmont Stakes – Chateaugay
AustraliaAustralian Men's Singles Championship – Roy Emerson (Australia) defeats Ken Fletcher (Australia) 6–3, 6–3, 6–1
Australian Women's Singles Championship – Margaret Smith Court (Australia) defeats Jan Lehane O'Neill (Australia) 6–2, 6–2
EnglandWimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Chuck McKinley (USA) defeats Fred Stolle (Australia) 9–7, 6–1, 6–4
Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Margaret Smith Court (Australia) defeats Billie Jean King (USA) 6–3, 6–4
FranceFrench Men's Singles Championship –
French Women's Singles Championship –
USAAmerican Men's Singles Championship –
American Women's Singles Championship –
EventsFederation Cup – USA 2–1 Australia (inaugural event)
Davis Cup1963 Davis Cup – United States 3–2 Australia at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre (grass) Adelaide, Australia
Volleyball at the 1963 Pan American Games in São Paulo won by Brazil (both men's and women's tournaments)
Fourth Pan American Games held in São Paulo, Brazil
Fourth Mediterranean Games held in Naples, Italy
Third Summer Universiade held in Porto Alegre, Brazil
Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Sandy Koufax, Major League Baseball
Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Mickey Wright, LPGA golf
ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the year: Valery Brumel, Athletics