1984 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 266

  • Jan 2 Darryl Cullinan, 16, scores his 1st first-class cricket century
  • Jan 2 70th Rose Bowl: UCLA beats #4 Illinois, 45-9
  • Jan 2 50th Sugar Bowl: #3 Auburn beats #8 Michigan, 9-7
  • Jan 2 13th Fiesta Bowl: #14 Ohio State beats #15 Pittsburgh, 28-23
  • Jan 2 50th Orange Bowl: #5 Miami (FL) beats #1 Nebraska, 31-30
  • Jan 4 Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game
  • Jan 5 Adrian Dantley (Utah), ties NBA record of 28 free throws
  • Jan 6 Last day of Test cricket for Chappell, Marsh & Lillee
  • Jan 8 NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams
  • Jan 8 AFC Championship Game: Los Angeles Raiders beat Seattle Seahawks 30-14
  • Jan 8 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat San Francisco 49ers 24-21
  • Jan 9 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez is arrested for cocaine possession
  • Jan 11 Denver Nuggets 163, San Antonio Spurs 155-highest-scoring NBA game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Hana Mandlíková ends Martina Navratilova's 54-match winning streak

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jan 19 Francesco Moser bicycles world record time: 50,808 km
  • Jan 22 Annette Kennedy of SUNY sets women's basketball record with 70 pts
  • Jan 22 Super Bowl XVIII: LA Raiders beat Wash Red Skins, 38-9 in Tampa Super Bowl MVP: Marcus Allen, LA Raiders, RB
  • Jan 23 Buffalo Sabres win NHL record 10th straight road game
  • Jan 23 Greatest unpaced 1-hr bicycle distance, F Moser (Italy), 51.15 km
  • Jan 26 Nordiques' Michel Goulet scored on 9th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 27 LA Kings end Wayne Gretzky's NHL-record 51-game scoring streak
  • Jan 28 LA Kings stop Wayne Gretzky 51 game scoring streak
  • Jan 29 34th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 154-145 (OT) at Denver
  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 45-3
  • Jan 29 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic of Deer Creek
  • Jan 31 36th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-6 at NJ
  • Feb 1 Daniel Stern becomes NBA commissioner

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 5 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Feb 8 14th Winter Olympic games opens in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 8 A's take Yankees pitcher Tim Belcher as Type A free agent compensation
  • Feb 11 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL short handed season scoring record at 11
  • Feb 12 Alice Miller wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • Feb 12 Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean skate "Bolero" at the Olympics
  • Feb 12 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup after going undefeated in the qualifying rounds
  • Feb 16 Bill Johnson becomes 1st American to win Olympic downhill skiing gold
  • Feb 16 NJ Devils 1st OT goal, Jan Ludvig beats Hartford Whalers 6-5
  • Feb 19 14th winter Olympic games close at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • Feb 19 1st brother combo to win Gold & Silver in same event at Olympics (Phil & Steve Mahre-Slalom)
  • Feb 22 Brothers Anton & Peter Stastny score 8 pts each for NHL Quebec
  • Mar 2 John Long (Detroit) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • Mar 3 NY Islanders score their most goals (11) vs Tor Maple Leafs (6)

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Mar 3 Peter Ueberroth elected baseball commissioner (Effective Oct 1)

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 Nancy Lopez wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Mar 4 Pee Wee Reese & Rick Ferrell elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Mar 9 Philadelphia 76'ers block 20 Seattle shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Mar 9 Tim Witherspoon beats Greg Page in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 10 Heavyweight Tim Witherspoon KOs Greg Page
  • Mar 10 25th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Auburn, 51-49
  • Mar 10 5th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 82-71 (OT)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 11 Christa Johnson wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • Mar 11 31st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats Duke, 74-62

  • Mar 13 Last day of 1st-class cricket for G Chappell, R Marsh, B Laird
  • Mar 13 WA beat Queensland by four wickets to win the Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 18 Christa Johnson wins LPGA Tucson Conquistadores Golf Open
  • Mar 19 Pitcher Denny McLain indicted on charges of racketeering
  • Mar 21 Border scores 100* v WI Trinidad after 98* in 1st cricket innings
  • Mar 21 NFL owners passed the infamous anti-celebrating rule

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 22 Islander Bryan Trottier ties NHL record scores 5 seconds into game

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Mar 23 Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • Mar 23 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Ottawa won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • Mar 24 IOC agrees to 6-team exhibition baseball tournament in Olympics

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 25 Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Mar 29 NFL Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis
  • Mar 31 138th Grand National: Neale Doughty aboard Hallo Dandy wins
  • Apr 1 3rd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC beats Tennessee 72-61
  • Apr 2 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston 84-75

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 5 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain's all-time career scoring record of 31,419 points (31,421)

  • Apr 7 Detroit Tiger Jack Morris no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0
  • Apr 8 13th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
  • Apr 10 John Long (Detroit) ends NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • Apr 13 India beat Pak by 58 runs to win 1st Asia Cricket Cup in Sharjah

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 Pete Rose becomes 1st NL to get get 4,000 hits in a career

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Apr 15 48th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Crenshaw wins, shooting a 277
  • Apr 15 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • Apr 16 88th Boston Marathon: Geoff Smith of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:34 and Lorraine Moller of New Zealand 1st woman in 2:29:28
  • Apr 17 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage
  • Apr 18 Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)
  • Apr 22 Vicki Fergon wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • Apr 24 Oiler's Wayne Gretzky is 3rd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • Apr 27 Cleve Indians beat Detroit Tigers, 8-4, in 19 innings
  • Apr 29 Betsy King wins LPGA Freedom/Orlando Golf Classic
  • Apr 30 Strong winds cause a 30 min delay in Toronto Blue Jays game
  • May 1 1984 NFL Draft: Irving Fryar from University of Nebraska first pick by New England Patriots
  • May 1 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Minnesota North Stars, 4 games to 0
  • May 5 110th Kentucky Derby: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Swale wins in 2:02.4
  • May 5 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 Baltimore Oriole Cal Ripken Jr hits for cycle

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • May 7 Sharon Barrett wins LPGA Potamkin Cadillac Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 8 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • May 8 USSR announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics
  • May 9 Chicago White Sox beat Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, in 25 innings (started 5/8)
  • May 11 Johan Cruijff quits soccer
  • May 13 Amy Alcott wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • May 13 Dutch footballer Johan Cruyff''s last competitive match
  • May 16 Juventus of Italy win 24th European Cup Winner's Cup against Porto of Portugal 2-1 in Basel
  • May 16 Phillie pitcher Steve Carlton hits a grand slam homer
  • May 16 Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game
  • May 17 Cincinnati Reds Mario Soto throws 4 strikeouts in one inning
  • May 19 109th Preakness: Angel Cordero Jr aboard Gate Dancer wins in 1:53.6
  • May 19 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat NY Islanders, 4 games to 1

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 266

  • Jan 1 José Paolo Guerrero, Peruvian footballer
  • Jan 1 Alok Kapali, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Jan 1 Michael Witt, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Jan 6 Sean O'Brien, Australian professional windsurfer
  • Jan 6 A.J. Hawk, American football player
  • Jan 7 Jon Lester, American baseball player
  • Jan 8 Jeff Francoeur, American baseball player
  • Jan 12 Scott Olsen, American baseball player
  • Jan 14 Mike Pelfrey, American baseball player
  • Jan 15 Megan Jendrick, American swimmer
  • Jan 19 Karun Chandhok, Indian racing driver
  • Jan 19 Thomas Vanek, Austrian ice hockey player
  • Jan 22 Maceo Rigters, Dutch footballer
  • Jan 22 Ben Eager, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 22 Leon Powe, American basketball player
  • Jan 23 Arjen Robben, Dutch footballer
  • Jan 24 Scott Kazmir, American baseball player
  • Jan 25 Robinho, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 26 Iain Turner, Scottish footballer
  • Jan 26 Luo Xuejuan, Chinese swimmer
  • Jan 28 Andre Iguodala, basketball & NBA player (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Hermida, American baseball player
  • Jan 31 Jeremy Wariner, American 400m runner
  • Jan 31 Vernon Davis, NFL player
  • Feb 1 Darren Fletcher, Scottish footballer
  • Feb 4 Mauricio Pinilla, Chilean footballer
  • Feb 5 Carlos Tévez, Argentinine footballer
  • Feb 5 Nate Salley, American football player
  • Feb 6 Darren Bent, English footballer
  • Feb 8 Panagiotis Vasilopoulos, Greek basketball player
  • Feb 9 Dioner Navarro, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Feb 10 Alex Gordon, American baseball player
  • Feb 12 Peter Vanderkaay, American mid-distance swimmer
  • Feb 12 Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Nationwide Series Driver
  • Feb 14 Hamed Namouchi, Tunisian footballer
  • Feb 17 AB de Villiers, South African cricketer
  • Feb 21 Andrew Ellis, New Zealand rugby union player
  • Feb 21 David Odonkor, German footballer
  • Feb 24 Clivio Piccione, Monegasque racing driver
  • Feb 26 Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese footballer
  • Feb 27 Lotta Schelin, Swedish female footballer
  • Feb 27 David Noel, American basketball player
  • Feb 29 Cam Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 29 Darren Ambrose, English footballer
  • Feb 29 Cullen Jones, American swimmer
  • Feb 29 Adam Sinclair, Indian field hockey player
  • Mar 1 Alexander Steen, Canadian-born Swedish ice hockey player
  • Mar 3 Alexander Semin, Russian ice hockey player
  • Mar 4 Zak Whitbread, American-born English footballer
  • Mar 7 Mathieu Flamini, French footballer
  • Mar 9 Julia Mancuso, American Olympic gold medalist
  • Mar 10 Ben May, English footballer
  • Mar 13 Pieter Custers, Dutch athlete
  • Mar 13 Steve Darcis, Belgian tennis player
  • Mar 13 Marc Zwiebler, German badminton player
  • Mar 15 Kostas Vassiliadis, Greek basketball player
  • Mar 16 Levi Brown, American football player
  • Mar 20 Markus Niemelä, Finnish racing driver
  • Mar 20 Fernando Torres, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 20 Valtteri Filppula, Finnish professional ice-hockey player
  • Mar 20 Marcus Vick, American football player
  • Mar 21 Franck Perera, Montpellier France, racing car driver
  • Mar 24 Chris Bosh, American basketball player
  • Mar 26 Gregory Strydom, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Mar 28 Christopher Samba, French-born footballer
  • Mar 28 Yordanos Abay, Ethiopian footballer
  • Mar 30 Mario Ancic, Croatian tennis player
  • Mar 30 Samantha Stosur, Australian tennis player
  • Mar 31 James Jones, American football player
  • Apr 1 Gilberto Macena, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 3 Maxi López, Argentine footballer
  • Apr 3 Jonathan Blondel, Belgian footballer
  • Apr 4 Arkady Vyatchanin, Russian swimmer
  • Apr 9 Adam Loewen, Canadian baseball player
  • Apr 15 Rodney Carney, NBA athlete
  • Apr 15 Cam Janssen, American ice hockey player
  • Apr 25 Andre' Woodson, American football quarterback
  • Apr 25 Robert Andino, Baseball player
  • Apr 27 Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Apr 27 Daniel Holdsworth, Australian Rugby League player
  • Apr 29 Phạm Văn Quyến, Vietnamese footballer
  • May 1 Alexander Farnerud, Swedish footballer
  • May 2 Saulius Mikoliūnas, Lithuanian footballer
  • May 2 Thabo Sefolosha, American basketball player
  • May 4 Manjural Islam, Bangladeshi test cricket player (d. 2007)
  • May 4 Kevin Slowey, American baseball player
  • May 4 Montell Owens, American football player
  • May 7 Alex Smith, American football player
  • May 7 Drew Stanton, American football player
  • May 7 James Loney, American baseball player
  • May 9 Prince Fielder, American baseball player
  • May 10 Edward Mujica. Venezuelan baseball player
  • May 11 Andrés Iniesta Luján, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Spanish national team), born in Fuentealbilla, Spain
  • May 14 Michael Rensing, German footballer
  • May 14 Nigel Reo-Coker, English footballer
  • May 15 Sérgio Jimenez, Brazilian racing driver
  • May 16 Jensen Lewis, American baseball player
  • May 17 Christian Bolaños, Costa Rican footballer
  • May 18 Niki Terpstra, Dutch cyclist
  • May 18 Joakim Soria, Mexican baseball player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 2 Tennis player Yannick Noah (23) weds beauty queen Cecilia Rodhe (22) in Cameroon

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 3 Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (23) weds swimmer Janet Buchan in Menlo Park, California

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 11 MLB manager Pete Rose (42) weds second wife Carol J. Woliung

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 14 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (53) weds Marjorie Wardlawholm

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Sep 14 Figure skater Marina Klimova (18) weds her partner Sergei Ponomarenko (23)

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 7 FIFA soccer player Diego Maradona (24) weds long-time fiancée Claudia Villafañe in Buenos Aires

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 24 MLB pitcher Roger Clemens (22) weds Debra Lynn Godfrey

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 29 MLB player Paul O'Neill (21) weds his childhood sweetheart Nevalee Davis in Columbus, Ohio

MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 29 MLB player Mark McGwire (21) weds Kathlene Hughes

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Dec 30 Professional wrestling manager Miss Elizabeth (Hulette) & wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage (Poffo) wed

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 16 Joyce King divorces NBA guard George Gervin (32) after nearly 8 years of marriage

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 14 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, dies of heart failure at 81

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • Jan 19 Max Bentley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 20 Johnny Weissmuller, US swimmer (Olympics-5 gold-1924, 28), dies at 79
  • Feb 3 Anne Townsend, lacrosse/tennis/field hockey star, dies
  • Feb 8 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (b. 1903)
  • Feb 28 Leslie Walcott, cricketer (Test for WI v England 1930), dies
  • Mar 6 Ian Cromb, cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 123 runs, 8 wkts), dies
  • Mar 13 Dick Whitington, journalist/cricketer (South Aust & AIF bat), dies
  • Mar 18 Charlie Lau, White Sox coach/renowned hitting instructor, dies at 50
  • Apr 4 John Arnold, cricketer (Eng bat v NZ 1931, scored 34 only Test), dies
  • Apr 5 Theo Koomen, Dutch sportscaster, dies in auto-accident at 54
  • Apr 17 Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 27 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player, dies at 63
  • May 8 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • May 10 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist, dies at 41
  • Jun 6 Bill Voce, cricketer (key player of the Bodyline series), dies
  • Jun 16 Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (b. 1895)
  • Jun 17 Swale, Kentucky Derby winner, collapses & dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 24 Clarence Campbell, Canadian NHL president, dies at 78

3rd President of the NHL Clarence Campbell
3rd President of the NHL
Clarence Campbell
  • Jul 7 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping (b. 1941)
  • Jul 14 Al Schacht, [Clown prince of baseball], baseball player, dies at 91
  • Jul 20 Jim [James] Fixx, jogger/writer (Jim Fixx on Running), dies at 52
  • Jul 25 Bryan Hextall, Canadian ice hockey player (NHL - NY Rangers), dies at 70
  • Jul 30 Maurice Tremlett, cricketer (England pace bowler 1948-49), dies
  • Aug 25 Waite Hoyte, knuckleball pitcher, dies at 84
  • Aug 25 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (b. 1921)
  • Sep 7 Don Tallon, cricketer (great Queensland & Australian keeper), dies
  • Sep 7 Joe Cronin, American baseball shortstop (Pirates, Red Sox, Senators, MVP 1930, AL Pres), dies at 77
  • Sep 8 Frank Lowson, cricketer (England opener 1951-55), dies
  • Sep 15 Jack Ikin, English cricketer (England opener 1946-55), dies at 66
  • Sep 27 John Facenda, sportscaster (NFL Action), dies at 72
  • Oct 1 Walter Alston, Baseball manager (LA Dodgers), dies at 72
  • Oct 11 Khanderao M Rangnekar, cricketer (33 runs at 5 50 for India), dies
  • Oct 11 Sid Carroll, Australian cricketer (prolific NSW opener 1945-59 avg 39 59), dies at 61
  • Dec 7 Lee Roy Yarbrough, American race car (Nascar) driver (b. 1938)
  • Dec 16 Debs Garms, American baseball player (b. 1907)
  • Dec 20 Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1946)