1982 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 234

  • Jan 1 68th Rose Bowl: #12 Washington beats #13 Iowa, 28-0
  • Jan 1 48th Sugar Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats #2 Georgia, 24-20
  • Jan 1 11th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #8 Southern California, 26-10
  • Jan 1 48th Orange Bowl: #1 Clemson beats #4 Nebraska, 22-15
  • Jan 2 Islanders start 23 undefeated home streak (21-0-2) 14 straight wins
  • Jan 2 "The Epic in Miami", in 85 degree heat (Fahrenheit), the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, a game that set numerous playoff scoring records
  • Jan 3 70th Men's Australian Open: Johan Kriek beats Steve Denton (6-2, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 70th Women's Australian Open: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd (6-7, 6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Darryl Sittler, on advice from his doctor, leaves the Toronto Maple Leafs because of mental depression

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 Islander's Bryan Trottier's 10th career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jan 10 "Freezer Bowl", Bengals beat Chargers in -59°F (-51°C) to win AFC championship
  • Jan 10 Petra Schneider swims world record 1500 m freestyle (15:43.31)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 "The Catch" - iconic moment in NFL history - Dwight Clark makes a fingertip catch for a touchdown from Joe Montana with 58 seconds left (SF 49ers win the game and go on to win the Super Bowl)

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • Jan 10 AFC Championship Game: Cincinnati Bengals beat San Diego Chargers 27-7
  • Jan 10 NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 13 Hank Aaron & Frank Robinson elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jan 20 Darryl Sittler is traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia Flyers
  • Jan 21 NY Islanders begin then NHL record 15 game winning streak
  • Jan 24 Super Bowl XVI: SF 49ers beat Cin Bengals, 26-21 in Pontiac Michigan, MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB
  • Jan 26 Islanders score 4 goals within 1:38, 5 within 2:37 vs Penguins
  • Jan 27 Philadelphia trades Larry Bowa & Ryne Sandberg to Cubs for Ivan DeJesus
  • Jan 27 West Indies beat Australia 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 29 Old Dominion ends Louisiana Tech's women's basketball rec 54-game win streak
  • Jan 29 Wayne Garland, baseball 1st millionaire free agent, waived by Indians
  • Jan 31 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
  • Jan 31 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 16-13
  • Jan 31 32nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 120-118 at East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • Feb 7 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 8 Dodgers trade Davey Lopes to A's breaking up the longest-playing infield (Cey-Russell-Lopes-Garvey)
  • Feb 9 34th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-2 at Washington

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Feb 12 Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, breaking NHL record

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Feb 13 Islander's Bryan Trottier scores 5 goals against Flyers
  • Feb 14 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • Feb 15 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), begins streak of 63 consecutive free throw
  • Feb 17 Commencement of Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket match, v England
  • Feb 20 NY Islanders wins then NHL record 15th straight game

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 21 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Bent Tree Ladies Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • Feb 24 Basketball team Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
  • Feb 24 Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 Test Cricket debut of batsman Martin Crowe, playing for New Zealand v Australia in Wellington, run out for 9

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
  • Feb 27 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw
  • Feb 28 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic
  • Mar 2 60th hat trick in Islander history-Bryan Trottier
  • Mar 5 Gaylord Perry (with 297 wins) signs with Seattle Mariners
  • Mar 6 NBA highest scoring game: San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 (3 OT)
  • Mar 6 23rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Kentucky, 48-46
  • Mar 7 Beth Daniel wins LPGA American Express Sun City Golf Classic
  • Mar 7 NCAA Tournament Selection televised live for 1st time
  • Mar 7 29th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 47-45
  • Mar 10 Salim Malik scores 100 in 2nd inning of Test Cricket debut (v SL)
  • Mar 13 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Copenhagen won by Scott Hamilton (USA)

  • Mar 13 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champs in Copenhagen won by Elaine Zayak (USA)
  • Mar 13 Elaine Zayak, lands 6 triple jumps to win world skating championship
  • Mar 14 Sally Little wins LPGA Olympia Gold Golf Classic
  • Mar 14 Sidath Wettimuny scores Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket century
  • Mar 21 Jerry Pate celebrates golf win by jumping into the water hazard

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 21 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 Isle's Mike Bossy's 20th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 25 Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st NHL to score 200 points in a season
  • Mar 27 Imran takes 14-116 for cricket match v Sri Lanka at Lahore
  • Mar 28 1st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: LA Tech beats Cheney 76-62
  • Mar 28 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 28 Last AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Rutgers beat Texas 83-77 in Philadelphia
  • Mar 29 44th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC beats Georgetown 63-62
  • Apr 2 In exhibition game A's pitcher Steve McCatty comes to bat using a 15" toy bat (under Billy Martins orders), protesting disallowing of DH
  • Apr 3 Buffalo Sabre Gil Perrault scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • Apr 3 136th Grand National: Mr. Dick Saunders aboard Grittar wins
  • Apr 4 11th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sally Little
  • Apr 6 Largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in Minn 52,279
  • Apr 8 Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th US swimming title
  • Apr 9 LA Lakers block 21 Denver shots setting NBA regulation game record
  • Apr 10 LA Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton in 3rd period, win in OT 6-5
  • Apr 11 46th Masters Golf Tournament: Craig Stadler wins, shooting a 284
  • Apr 18 Atlanta Braves win record 11th straight opening game (beat Astros)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 18 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA CPC Women's Golf International

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Apr 19 86th Boston Marathon: Alberto Salazar of United States 1st man in 2:08:51 and Charlotte Teske of West Germany 1st woman in 2:29:33
  • Apr 19 Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery
  • Apr 20 Atlanta Braves become 1st team to win 1st 12 games of the season
  • Apr 21 Atlanta Braves win their 13th straight game
  • Apr 22 Atlanta Braves lose after winning 1st 13 games of season
  • Apr 24 Cards win 12th game in a row; 7-4 over Phillies

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 25 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Orlando Lady Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Apr 26 Gene Michael becomes NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • Apr 27 1982 NFL Draft: Kenneth Sims from University of Texas first pick by New England Patriots
  • Apr 30 Atlanta Braves win record 12th straight from beginning of season
  • May 1 108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye on Gato Del Sol wins in 2:02.4
  • May 2 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • May 4 Twins rookie outfielder Jim Eisenreich, who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, removes himself, due to taunts from Red Sox bleacher fans
  • May 4 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 0
  • May 6 Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games
  • May 6 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing
  • May 7 Oakland Raiders to move to LA
  • May 9 Sally Little wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • May 12 FC Barcelona of Spain win 22nd European Cup Winner's Cup against Standard Liège of Belgium 2-1 in Barcelona
  • May 13 Chicago Cubs win their 8,000th (beat Astros)
  • May 15 107th Preakness: Jack Kaenel aboard Aloma's Ruler wins in 1:55.4
  • May 16 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
  • May 16 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games
  • May 18 Tigers outfielder Larry Herndon is 14th to hit 4 consecutive HRs

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 363

  • Jan 1 David Nalbandian, Argentinian tennis player
  • Jan 4 Paulo Ferrari, Argentinian footballer
  • Jan 4 Richard Logan, English footballer
  • Jan 6 Gilbert Arenas, American basketball player
  • Jan 6 Brian Bass, American baseball player
  • Jan 7 Francisco Rodriguez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Jan 7 Hannah Stockbauer, German swimmer
  • Jan 7 Ianina Zanazzi, Argentine racing driver
  • Jan 8 Emanuele Calaiò, Italian footballer
  • Jan 8 John Utaka, Nigerian footballer
  • Jan 12 Sherzod Abdurahmonov, Uzbekistanian boxer
  • Jan 12 Paul-Henri Mathieu, French tennis player
  • Jan 12 Dimitrios Tsiamis, Greek triple jumper
  • Jan 12 Hans Van Alphen, Belgian decathlete
  • Jan 12 Chris Ray, American baseball player
  • Jan 12 Dontrelle Willis, American baseball player
  • Jan 13 Guillermo Coria, Argentine tennis player
  • Jan 14 Léo Lima, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 15 Armando Galarraga, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Jan 16 Tuncay Şanlı, Turkish footballer
  • Jan 17 Dwyane Wade, American basketball player (Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 19 Mike Komisarek, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 21 Dean Whitehead, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Fabricio Coloccini, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 22 Jason Peters, American football player
  • Jan 23 Wily Mo Peña, Dominican baseball player
  • Jan 30 Jorge Cantu, Mexican baseball player
  • Jan 31 Yuniesky Betancourt, Major League Baseball shortstop
  • Jan 31 Andreas Görlitz, German football player
  • Jan 31 Brad Thompson, Major League Baseball player
  • Feb 1 Shoaib Malik, Pakistani cricketer
  • Feb 2 Sergio Castaño, Spanish footballer
  • Feb 2 Kelly Mazzante, American basketball player
  • Feb 3 Alan Gurr, Australian V8 Supercar driver
  • Feb 4 Tomas Vaitkus, Lithuanian professional road racing cyclist
  • Feb 5 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iranian basketball player (d. 2007)
  • Feb 5 Rodrigo Palacio, Argentine footballer
  • Feb 5 Tomas Kopecky, Ice hockey player
  • Feb 5 Kevin Everett, American football player
  • Feb 8 Eric Alexander, American football player
  • Feb 10 Keith Dunne, Irish footballer
  • Feb 10 Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league player
  • Feb 10 Justin Gatlin, American sprinter
  • Feb 12 Onil Joseph, Dominican baseball player
  • Feb 12 Louis Tsatoumas, Greek long jumper
  • Feb 13 Michael Turner, Running Back for the San Diego Chargers
  • Feb 14 Marián Gáborík, Slovak hockey player
  • Feb 17 Adriano, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 17 Brian Bruney, American baseball player
  • Feb 20 Jason Hirsh, American baseball player
  • Feb 21 Bernhard Auinger, Austrian racing driver
  • Feb 24 Emanuel Villa, Argentine footballer
  • Feb 24 Klára Zakopalová, Czech tennis player
  • Feb 24 Nick Blackburn, American baseball player
  • Feb 25 Chris Baird, Irish footballer
  • Feb 25 Anton Volchenkov, Russian ice hockey player
  • Mar 2 Henrik Lundqvist, Swedish ice hockey player
  • Mar 2 Ben Roethlisberger, American football player, born in Lima, Ohio
  • Mar 2 Corey Webster, American football player
  • Mar 2 Kevin Kurányi, German footballer
  • Mar 3 Colton Orr, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 4 Mariano Altuna, Argentine racing driver
  • Mar 4 Landon Donovan, American soccer player
  • Mar 5 Daniel Carter, New Zealand Rugby player
  • Mar 8 Nicolas Armindo, race car driver
  • Mar 8 Leonidas Kabantais, Greek footballer
  • Mar 8 Nicoleta Onel, Romanian gymnast
  • Mar 8 Craig Stansberry, American baseball player
  • Mar 10 Timo Glock, German racing car driver
  • Mar 11 Hasan Raza, cricketer (Test cricketer at the age of 14)
  • Mar 11 Brian Anderson, Major League Baseball player
  • Mar 12 Tobias Schweinsteiger, German footballer
  • Mar 12 Zach Miner, American baseball player
  • Mar 13 Nicole Ohlde, WNBA basketball player
  • Mar 14 Carlos Marinelli, Argentine footballer
  • Mar 14 François Sterchele, Belgian footballer (d. 2008)
  • Mar 15 Rafael Pérez, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 17 Steven Pienaar, South African footballer
  • Mar 18 Timo Glock German Formula 1 driver
  • Mar 18 Pedro Mantorras, Angolan footballer
  • Mar 18 Chad Cordero, American baseball player
  • Mar 19 Brad Jones, Australian footballer
  • Mar 19 Jonathan Fanene, American football player
  • Mar 20 Tomasz Kuszczak, Polish footballer
  • Mar 20 José Moreira, Portuguese footballer
  • Mar 20 Terrence Duffin, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Mar 21 Colin Turkington, British racing driver
  • Mar 21 Aaron Hill, American baseball player
  • Mar 23 José Raúl Contreras, Chilean footballer
  • Mar 24 Corey Hart, American baseball player
  • Mar 24 Dustin McGowan, American baseball player
  • Mar 25 Álvaro Saborío, Costa Rican footballer
  • Mar 25 Danica Patrick, American race car driver, 1st woman to win an IndyCar Series race, born in Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Mar 26 Mikel Arteta, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 31 Jessica Joseph, dance skater (& Butler-1997 Natl), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Mar 31 Tal Ben Haim, Israeli footballer
  • Mar 31 Philippe Mexès, French footballer
  • Apr 2 Bianca Chatfield, Australian netballer
  • Apr 2 Marco Amelia, Italian World Cup-winning footballer
  • Apr 2 Jeremy Bloom, American skier and football player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 19 Race car driver Al Unser Jr (19) weds Shelley Unser

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 28 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) weds Andrea Skeete

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 23 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) divorces Sharon Goodson after 7 months of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 3 Derek Sealy, cricketer (West Indies 1930-39), dies
  • Jan 7 Bert Oosterhuis, Dutch motor racer (Paris-Dakar), dies in race crash
  • Jan 15 Red Smith, sportscaster (Pulitzer, Fight Talk), dies at 76
  • Jan 16 Red Smith, American sports columnist (b. 1905)
  • Jan 19 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Roubaix '76), dies [or 1/20]
  • Jan 20 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brus 1974), dies at 31[or 1/19]
  • Feb 10 K R Meher-Homji, cricket wk (Test as Indian, catch no stumped), dies
  • Feb 12 Hal Hooker, cricket (307 partners with Kippax for last wicket), dies
  • Feb 17 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (b. 1922)
  • Feb 25 J K Irani, cricket wicketkeeper (2 Tests for India 1947-48), dies
  • Apr 7 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (b. 1948)
  • Apr 20 Andrew Sandham, cricketer (325 Eng 1930, 879 runs in 14 Tests), dies
  • Apr 26 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies
  • Apr 28 EW "Nobby" Clark, Engl cricketer (32 wickets in 8 Tests 1929-34), dies
  • May 8 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer, dies in an accident
  • May 15 Gordon Smiley, American race car driver (b. 1946)
  • Jun 8 [Leroy] Satchel Paige, US baseball pitcher, dies at 75
  • Jun 13 Ken "Slasher" Mackay, cricketer (Aussie all-rounder 1956-63), dies
  • Jun 13 Peter Maivia, wrestler (b. 1935)
  • Jul 6 Bob Johnson, American baseball player (b. 1905)
  • Jul 7 Bep [Elisa H] Bakhuis, soccer star/writer, dies at 76
  • Jul 15 Donald Beard, cricketer (4 Tests for NZ 1952-56), dies
  • Jul 27 Vladimir Smirnov, Russian foil fencer (Olympic gold 1980), dies at 28
  • Jul 30 Frank Nicholson, South African cricket wicket-keeper (1935-36), dies
  • Aug 8 Eric Brandon, British racing driver (b. 1920)
  • Aug 12 Salvador Sanchez, Mexican boxer (b. 1959)
  • Aug 19 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (b. 1908)
  • Aug 24 Jack Siedle, cricketer (batted in 18 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Aug 28 G W A Chubb, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa, 21 wickets), dies
  • Sep 7 Ken Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1931)
  • Sep 19 Fred Badcock, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ 1930-33, 16 wkts), dies
  • Sep 26 Alec Hurwood, cricketer (Australian off-spinner v WI 1930-31), dies
  • Sep 29 H C Slinger Nitschke, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1931-32), dies
  • Sep 29 Monty Stratton, baseball player (b. 1912)
  • Oct 3 Roger J J Claessen, Belgian soccer star, dies at 41
  • Nov 13 Dorothy [Little-]Round, England, tennis star (Never on Sunday), dies
  • Nov 15 Martin De Alzaga, Argentine racing driver (b. 1901)
  • Nov 17 Duk Koo Kim, South Korean boxer, legally declared dead
  • Nov 29 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (b. 1908)
  • Dec 8 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), dies
  • Dec 13 Jack Badcock, cricketer (7 Tests, 1 century but inconsistent), dies
  • Dec 18 Raymond Emery, cricketer (2 Tests NZ v WI 1952, 46 runs, 2 wkts), dies