1997 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 292

  • Jan 1 83rd Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #2 Arizona State, 20-17
  • Jan 1 26th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #20 Texas, 38-15
  • Jan 2 63rd Sugar Bowl: #3 Florida beats #1 Florida State, 52-20

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 11 Martina Hingis beats Jennifer Capriati at Sydney Tennis Intl

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jan 12 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions
  • Jan 12 Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Tiger Woods wins Mercedes Championships

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Jan 12 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars 20-6
  • Jan 12 NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers beat Carolina Panthers 30-13

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman, Eugene Amosin the groin

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
  • Jan 17 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman
  • Jan 18 47th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 11-7 at San Jose Arena
  • Jan 19 Michelle McGann wins LPGA Healthsouth Inaugural
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XXXI: Green Bay Packers beat NE Patriots, 35-21 in New Orleans

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 26 85th Men's Australian Open: Pete Sampras beats Carlos Moya (6-2, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Jan 26 85th Women's Australian Open: Martina Hingis beats Mary Pierce (6-2, 6-2)
  • Feb 2 Mark O'Meara wins Pebble Beach National Golf Pro-am
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-23 (OT)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman

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Feb 4 Mario Lemieux is 7th NHL player to score 600 goals

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux

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Feb 5 O.J. Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman & Nicole Simpson in a civil court action.

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Feb 9 47th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-120 at Cleveland

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 9 Kelly Robbins wins LPGA Diet Dr Pepper National Pro-Am

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • Feb 9 Mark O'Meara wins Buick golf invitational
  • Feb 10 O.J. Simpson jury reaches decision on $25M in punitive damages

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • Feb 12 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O.J. Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
  • Feb 16 Paul Stankowski wins Hawaiian Golf Open
  • Feb 16 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Los Angeles Women's Championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Feb 20 SF Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Feb 22 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Cup Noodles Hawaiian Ladies Open
  • Feb 23 Jeff Sluman wins Tucson Golf Classic
  • Mar 2 Gail Graham wins LPGA Alpine Australian Ladies Masters

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 Nick Faldo wins Nissan Golf Open

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Mar 7 Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome & Stockholm are finalists for 2004 Olympics site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Steve Elkington wins Doral-Ryder Golf Open

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington
  • Mar 9 44th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 North Carolina beats NC State, 64-54
  • Mar 9 38th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 95-68
  • Mar 11 SF Giant J T Snow suffers a fractured eye socket when hit by a pitch
  • Mar 14 Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson wins 67th James E Sullivan Award
  • Mar 15 Pitts Penguins' Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals
  • Mar 16 Donna Andrews wins LPGA Welch's/Circle K Championship
  • Mar 16 NJ Devils' Dave Andreychuk is 26th NHL to score 500 goals
  • Mar 16 Stuart Appleby wins Honda Golf Classic
  • Mar 19 Major League Baseball announces 5 year/$50M deal with Pepsi
  • Mar 22 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Tara Lipinski (USA)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 23 Betsy King wins LPGA Standard Register PING

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 Phil Mickelson wins Bay Hill Golf Invitiational

  • Mar 25 Indians trade Lofton & Embree to Braves for Grissom & Justice
  • Mar 26 NHL announce Might Ducks & Vancouver Canucks to open 1998 in Japan
  • Mar 29 1st game at Turner Field Atlanta, Braves beats Yanks 2-0 (exhibition)
  • Mar 30 16th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Old Dominion 68-59
  • Mar 30 26th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Betsy King
  • Mar 30 Steve Elkington wins Golf's Players Championship
  • Mar 31 59th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Arizona beats Kentucky 84-79 (OT)
  • Apr 4 Anaheim Ducks clinch their 1st-ever playoff berth
  • Apr 4 Braves officially open Turner Field against Cubs
  • Apr 6 9th Seniors Golf Tradition: Gil Morgan wins
  • Apr 6 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Longs Drugs Challenge
  • Apr 6 Brad Faxon wins Freeport-McDermott Golf Classic
  • Apr 7 150th Grand National: Tony Dobbin aboard Lord Gyllene wins
  • Apr 9 Cleve Indians closer Jose Mesa found guilty of rape
  • Apr 9 Major League Soccer announces Miami & Chicago expansion
  • Apr 9 NFL announces it will give $3M to CFL & possible "World Classic Bowl"
  • Apr 13 48th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Carlos Perez (Mon)/Darren Holmes
  • Apr 13 61st Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods at 21 (270 18 under par)
  • Apr 13 Hartford Whalers last NHL game
  • Apr 13 NHL Pitts Penguin Mario Lemieux's last NHL regular game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 15 Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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Apr 17 NJ Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • Apr 19 SD Padres & St Louis Cards play at Aloha Stadium Hawaii
  • Apr 19 1997 NFL Draft: Orlando Pace from Ohio State first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • Apr 20 1st baseball game in Hawaii, Cards beat Padres in doubleheader
  • Apr 20 58th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Hale Irwin
  • Apr 20 Cubs beat NY Mets ending NL worst opening, lost 14 straight games
  • Apr 20 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Susan G Komen International

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 20 Nick Price wins golf MCI Classic

Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price

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Apr 20 Mark McGwire is 4th to HR on Detroit Tiger left field roof (others are Frank Howard, Harmon Killibrew, & Cecil Fielder)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Apr 21 101st Boston Marathon: Lameck Aguta of Kenya 1st man in 2:10:34 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:26:23
  • Apr 25 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr hits his 250th HR

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 27 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Apr 29 KC Royal Chili Davis is 75th to hit 300 HRs
  • Apr 30 Atlanta Braves win record 19 games in April
  • May 3 123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3
  • May 4 Phil Blackmar wins 50th Houston golf Open
  • May 4 Tammie Green wins LPGA Sprint Titlehoders Championship
  • May 6 NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
  • May 6 Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics
  • May 9 San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy Jones
  • May 10 Chicago Cubs turn baseballs 68th triple play (vs SF Giants)
  • May 11 NY Mets C Everett & Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • May 11 Scott McCarron wins Bellsouth Golf Classic
  • May 11 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Sara Lee Classic
  • May 12 Angels scores 13 in 7th vs White Sox

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray

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May 14 Baseball's Executive Council suspends NY Yank owner George Steinbrenner

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • May 14 FC Barcelona of Spain win 37th European Cup Winner's Cup against Paris Saint-Germain of France 1-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 16 Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings
  • May 16 Expos trailing SF Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
  • May 17 122nd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 14 Simone Biles, American gymnast (4 gold medals 2016), born in Columbus, Ohio

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 24 Lydia Ko, New Zealand professional golfer, born in Seoul, South Korea

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 1 Retired MLB player Johnny Bench (49) weds stockbroker Elizabeth Benton

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 19 Tennis player champion Andre Agassi (26) weds actress and model Brooke Shields (31) in Monterey, California

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 25 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (38) weds news anchor Jane Skinner (30) at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell

Divorces in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 24 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (30) divorces MLB outfielder David Justice (31) after more than 4 years of marriage

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry
MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Graham Kersey, cricket wicket keeper, dies in car crash
  • Jan 1 John Burgess, rugby administrator, dies at 71
  • Jan 2 Jim Rodger, sports writer, dies at 75
  • Jan 10 George Young, footballer, dies at 74
  • Jan 16 Jim Kensil, NFL president (NY Jets), dies of heart failure at 66
  • Jan 18 Neville Crump, racehorse trainer, dies at 86
  • Jan 23 Laura "Dinky" Patterson, dies bungee jumping at Super Bowl rehearsal at 43
  • Feb 19 Stanley Pearson, footballer, dies at 76
  • Mar 20 Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
  • Apr 6 Jack Kent Cooke, NFL owner (Wash Redskins), dies at 84
  • Apr 7 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player (b. 1923)
  • Apr 13 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (b. 1903)
  • Apr 23 Denis Compton, English cricketer (b. 1918)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 26 Don Hutson, first NFL wide receiver, dies at 84

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • Jun 30 Larry O'Day, wrestler (b. 1944)
  • Jul 7 Jerry Doggett, sportscaster (Bkln/LA Dodgers), dies at 80
  • Jul 23 Chuhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (b. 1904)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 25 Ben Hogan, golfer (Masters, British Open, US Open-1953), dies at 84

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Sep 2 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 9 Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, dies of a heart attack at 70

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Sep 23 Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72
  • Oct 5 Dave Marr, golfer/commentator, dies at 63
  • Oct 8 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77
  • Nov 2 Roy McMillan, baseball player (Reds), dies of heart failure at 68
  • Nov 9 Helenio Herrera, French football player and coach (b. 1910)
  • Nov 11 Rodney Milburn, American athlete (b. 1950)
  • Nov 14 Eddie Arcaro, jockey (won 2 Triple Crowns), dies at 81
  • Nov 16 Russ "Mad Monk" Meyer, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 74
  • Nov 20 Dick Littlefield, baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Dec 3 Steve Hamilton, pitcher (NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 63
  • Dec 7 Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer dies at 54 from a suspected heart attack
  • Dec 21 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer, European Heavyweight Champion, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist, dies at 72
  • Dec 28 George Fleming, cyclist, dies at 80
  • Dec 29 (Hanlon) Pat Clarke, cyclist, dies at 82