1962 in sports
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1962 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
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|Decades:||1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s|
|Years:||1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965|
- 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 Golf
- 12 Horse racing
- 13 Ice hockey
- 14 Motor racing
- 15 Rugby league
- 16 Rugby union
- 17 Swimming
- 18 Tennis
- 19 Volleyball
- 20 Yacht racing
- 21 Multi-sport events
- 22 Awards
- 23 References
- AFL Championship – Dallas Texans won 20-17 over the Houston Oilers in double overtime
- NFL Championship – Green Bay Packers won 16-7 over the New York Giants
- Sugar Bowl (1961 season):
- The NCAA-record consecutive stadium sellout streak began at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is still continuing today.
- World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
- Seventh European Championships held from September 12 to September 16 at Belgrade
- Commonwealth Games Championships held in November at Perth, Western Australia
- Victorian Football League
- January 23 – Bob Feller and Jackie Robinson are selected for the Baseball Hall of Fame in their first years of eligibility.
- October: National League pennant playoff: After finishing tied for the league lead, the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants played-off for the title. The Giants won the series 2 games to 1, thereby winning the National League championship.
- World Series – New York Yankees win 4 games to 3 over the San Francisco Giants. The Series MVP was Ralph Terry, New York.
- March 2 – In Hershey, Pennsylvania, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored 100 points against the New York Knicks, breaking several National Basketball Association records.
- NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship –
- Cincinnati wins 71-59 over Ohio St.
- NBA Finals –
- March 24 – Emile Griffith regained the World Welterweight Championship by knocking out Benny the "Kid" Paret in the 12th round. Paret died ten days later on April 3 as a result of severe head injuries sustained in the fight.
- September 25 – Sonny Liston knocks out Floyd Patterson, two minutes and six seconds into the first round, to become World Heavyweight Champion.
- Masters Tournament – Arnold Palmer
- U.S. Open – Jack Nicklaus
- British Open – Arnold Palmer
- PGA Championship – Gary Player
- Canadian Open – Ted Kroll
- PGA Tour money leader – Arnold Palmer – $81,448
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Even Stevens
- Canadian Triple Crown:
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe – Soltikoff
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes –
- English Triple Crown:
- 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: Jacques Plante, Montreal Canadiens
- Stanley Cup – Toronto Maple Leafs won 4 games to 2 over the Chicago Black Hawks
- World Hockey Championship –
- Men's champion: Sweden defeated Canada
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship – Michigan Technological University Huskies defeat Clarkson University Golden Knights 7-1 in Utica, New York
- November 2 – death of Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver during practice for the Mexican Grand Prix
- Stock car racing –
- 30 May – Rodger Ward wins the 46th running of the Indianapolis 500 in the Leader Cards 500 Special Watson–Offenhauser
- USAC Racing – Rodger Ward won the season championship
- Formula One – Graham Hill (Great Britain) wins World Drivers' Champion, driving for Ferrari.
- 24 Hours of Le Mans – won by Olivier Gendebien / Phil Hill sharing a Ferrari 330LM
- Rally racing – the team of Erik Carlsson / Gunnar Haggbom win the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Saab 96
- Drag racing – Jack Chrisman wins Top Eliminator at the NHRA Nationals[specify]
- 1962 New Zealand rugby league season
- 1962 NSWRFL season
- 1961–62 Northern Rugby Football League season / 1962–63 Northern Rugby Football League season
- February 20 – Australian swimming ace Kevin Berry takes over the world record in the men's 200m butterfly (long course) from USA's Carl Robie at a meet in Melbourne, clocking 2:12.5.
- August 11 – Carl Robie regains the world record in the men's 200m butterfly (long course) and betters the world's best time twice in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, clocking 2:12.4 and, eventually, 2:10.8.
- August 19 – US swimmer Sharon Finneran breaks the world record in the women's 200m butterfly (long course) during a meet in Chicago, Illinois – 2:31.2.
- August 25 – Sharon Finneran breaks her own world record in the women's 200m butterfly (long course) during a meet in Los Altos, California – 2:30.7.
- October 23 – Australia's Kevin Berry takes over the world record in the men's 200m butterfly (long course) once again, clocking 2:09.7 at a meet in Melbourne, Victoria.
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Rod Laver (Australia) defeats Roy Emerson (Australia) 8–6, 0–6, 6–4, 6–4
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Margaret Smith Court (Australia) defeats Jan Lehane O'Neill (Australia) 6–0, 6–2
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Rod Laver (Australia) defeats Martin Mulligan (Australia) 6–2, 6–2, 6–1
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Karen Hantze Susman (USA) defeats Věra Pužejová Suková (Czechoslovakia) 6–4, 6–4
- 1962 FIVB Men's World Championship in Moscow won by the USSR
- The New York Yacht Club retains the America's Cup as Weatherly defeats Australian challenger Gretel, of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, 4 races to 1; it is the first time in 81 years a country other than Great Britain has challenged for the Cup
- Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia
- British Empire and Commonwealth Games held in Perth, Western Australia
- Central American and Caribbean Games held in Kingston, Jamaica
- Second Winter Universiade held in Villars, Switzerland
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Maury Wills, Major League Baseball
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Dawn Fraser, Swimming
- ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year: Jim Beatty, Athletics