1998 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 84th Rose Bowl: #1 Michigan beats #8 Washington State, 21-16
  • Jan 1 64th Sugar Bowl: #4 Florida State beats #9 Ohio State, 31-14
  • Jan 2 64th Orange Bowl: #2 Nebraska beats #3 Tennessee, 42-17
  • Jan 6 Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 8 NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position
  • Jan 9 Boston Red Sox Mo Vaughn pleads not guilty to drunken driving
  • Jan 9 Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky best NHL player ever
  • Jan 11 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco 49ers 23-10

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 14 Charles Barkley pleads not guilty to an assault charge

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Dino Ciccarelli is traded for the fourth time, from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Florida Panthers

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli
  • Jan 18 48th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-7 at Vancouver
  • Jan 18 Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 18 Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • Jan 22 NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 22 Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Jan 22 World League of American Football renamed as NFL Europe
  • Jan 25 Helen Alfredsson wins Office Depot LPGA tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XXXII: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers 31-24
  • Jan 27 WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics & Detroit Shock
  • Jan 30 All-Star Fla Marlin catcher Darren Daulton, retires
  • Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 29-24
  • Feb 1 86th Men's Australian Open: Petr Korda beats Marcelo Rios (6-2, 6-2, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Feb 1 86th Women's Australian Open: Martina Hingis beats Conchita Martinez (6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Feb 3 Florida Panther Dino Ciccarelli is 9th NHLer to score 600 career goals
  • Feb 3 NY Yankees replace general manager Bob Watson with Brian Cashman
  • Feb 5 Author Tom Clancy confirms he signed agreement to purchase Minnesota Vikings for slightly more than $200 million, an NFL franchise record
  • Feb 6 Twins trade Chuck Knoblauch to NY Yankees for $3M & 4 minor leaguers
  • Feb 7 18th Winter Olympic games open at Nagano, Japan
  • Feb 7 NHL's Dallas Stars retire Neal Broten's #7
  • Feb 8 1st female ice hockey game in Olympic history Finland beats Sweden 6-0
  • Feb 8 48th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 135-114 at NYC
  • Feb 8 NHL stops season until Feb 24th to accommodate the Olympics
  • Feb 10 Olympic figure skater Peggy Fleming undergoes breast cancer surgery
  • Feb 12 Dallas Cowboys sign Chan Gailey as their 4th head coach
  • Feb 15 Dale Eggeling wins Los Angeles Women's Golf Championship
  • Feb 17 USA Women's Ice Hockey Team beats Canada and wins the first Olympic Gold medal
  • Feb 18 NY Rangers fire head coach Colin Campbell
  • Feb 19 US hockey team destroys their rooms at Olympic village in Japan
  • Feb 20 Tara Lipinski wins Olympic figure skating gold medal
  • Feb 22 18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan
  • Feb 24 NHL resumes season since Feb 8th to accommodate the Olympics
  • Feb 26 Steven M Gluckstern completes sale of NY Islanders

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 28 Vancouver Canucks Mark Messier is 4th NHLer to get 1,600 points

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Mar 7 19th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Syracuse, 69-64
  • Mar 8 45th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #4 North Carolina beats #1 Duke, 83-68
  • Mar 8 39th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats South Carolina, 86-56
  • Mar 29 17th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Louisiana Tech 93-75
  • Mar 30 60th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Utah 78-69
  • Mar 31 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1st game they host Detroit Tigers

  • Apr 4 NFL Europe (Formerly WLAF), kicks off season
  • Apr 4 151st Grand National: Carl Llewellyn aboard Earth Summit wins
  • Apr 12 62nd Masters Golf Tournament: Mark O'Meara wins, shooting a 279

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 1998 NFL Draft: Peyton Manning from University of Tennessee first pick by Indianapolis Colts

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • Apr 20 102nd Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:34 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:23:21
  • May 2 124th Kentucky Derby: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 2:02.20

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 6 Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 13 Chelsea of England win 38th European Cup Winner's Cup against Stuttgart of Germany 1-0 in Stockholm
  • May 16 123rd Preakness: Kent Desormeaux aboard Real Quiet wins in 1:54.80

Sport awardGolf Major

May 17 44th McDonald's LPGA Championship won by Se Ri Pak

LPGA Golfer Se Ri Pak
LPGA Golfer
Se Ri Pak
  • May 17 David Wells (New York Yankees) pitches a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins
  • May 20 6th UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid beats Juventus 1-0 at Amsterdam
  • May 24 Indianapolis 500: Eddie Cheever Jr wins in 3:26:40.524 (233.604 km/h)
  • Jun 4 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Washington Capitals beat Buffalo Sabres, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 5 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Dallas Stars, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 6 130th Belmont: Gary Stevens aboard Victory Gallop wins in 2:29
  • Jun 7 97th Men's French Open: Carlos Moya beats Alex Corretja (6-3, 7-5, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 7 97th Women's French Open: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario beats Monica Seles (7-6, 0-6, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • Jun 14 52nd NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 16 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings defeat the first time finalists Washington Capitals 4-0
  • Jun 21 98th US Golf Open: Lee Janzen shoots a 280 at Olympic Club SF

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 105th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Jana Novotná beats Nathalie Tauziat (6-4 7-6)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 112th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats G Ivanišević (6-7 7-6 6-4 3-6 6-2)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
  • Jul 7 69th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 13-8 at Coors Field, Denver
  • Jul 12 FIFA World Cup: France beats Brazil 3-0 for football's 16th World Cup in Saint-Denis (France's 1st title)
  • Jul 19 127th British Golf Open: Mark O'Meara shoots a 280 at Royal Birkdale
  • Jul 26 19th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Hale Irwin
  • Aug 2 26th du Maurier Golf Classic: Brandie Burton
  • Aug 2 30th Curtis Cup: US wins 10-8 at The Minikahda Club (Minneapolis, Minnesota, US)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is hit by a pitch and charges the mound, causing a bench-clearing brawl

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Aug 2 85th Tour de France won by Marco Pantani of Italy
  • Aug 16 80th PGA Championship: Vijay Singh shoots a 271 at Sahalee Country Club
  • Sep 13 118th Men's U.S. Open: Patrick Rafter beats Mark Philippoussis (6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0)
  • Sep 13 118th Women's U.S. Open: Lindsay Davenport beats Martina Hingis (6-3, 7-5)
  • Oct 13 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Cleveland Indians, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 14 NY Islanders beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to end 11 game winless streak
  • Oct 14 Eric Robert Rudolph is charged with 6 bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Oct 14 MLB National League Championship: San Diego Padres beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 21 MLB World Series: New York Yankees defeat San Diego Padres to win 4-0
  • Nov 1 49th Formula One WDC: Mika Hakkinen wins by 14 points
  • Nov 7 10th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 31-26 in Chestnut Hill
  • Nov 12 NY Islanders tie Detroit Red Wings 1-1, to end 10 game losing streak
  • Nov 21 63rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 31-17 in Birmingham
  • Nov 22 86th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 26-24
  • Nov 22 48th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon wins
  • Dec 5 7th SEC Championship Game: #1 Tennessee beats #23 Mississippi State, 24-14
  • Dec 5 3rd Big 12 Championship Game: #10 Texas A&M beats #2 Kansas State, 36-33 (2 OT)
  • Dec 6 87th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Italy in Milan (4-1)
  • Dec 14 64th Heisman Trophy Award: Ricky Williams, Texas (RB)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 17 Martin Odegaard, Norwegian footballer, youngest to play for Real Madrid, born in Drammen, Norway

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 10 Major League Baseball outfielder Barry Bonds (33) weds Elizabeth Watson (28) at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in San Francisco

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds

HeartWedding of Interest

May 1 Cyclist Lance Armstrong weds Kristin Richard (divorced 2003)

Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Professional Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • Nov 6 "Some Like It Hot" actor Tony Curtis (73) weds horse trainer Jill Vanden Berg at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 14 Chicago Bulls NBA player Dennis Rodman (37) weds "Baywatch" actress Carmen Electra (26) at Little Chapel of the Flowers in Las Vegas, Nevada

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
Actress Carmen Electra
Actress
Carmen Electra

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 30 NBA player Clyde Drexler (36) weds attorney Gaynell Floyd

NBA Swingman Clyde Drexler
NBA Swingman
Clyde Drexler

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 13 Golfer champ Nick Faldo (41) divorces manager's secretary Gill Bennett after 12 years of marriage

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 1 Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (31 Grand Slams), dies at 92

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Feb 18 Harry Caray, American sportscaster (Chicago Cubs), dies at probably 83
  • Feb 18 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (b. 1957)
  • Mar 6 Frank Barrett, American baseball player (b. 1913)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 8 Ray Nitschke, American football player, dies of a heart attack at 61

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke
  • Mar 31 Tim Flock, American race car driver (b. 1924)
  • Apr 13 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfer (b. 1960)
  • Apr 22 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach (b. 1940)
  • Apr 28 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 29 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • May 2 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • May 15 Earl Manigault, American basketball player (b. 1944)
  • May 31 Charles Van Acker, Belgian racing driver (b. 1912)
  • Jun 10 Jim Hearn, American baseball player (b. 1921)
  • Jun 13 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 86
  • Jun 21 Al Campanis, American baseball executive (b. 1916)
  • Jul 5 Sid Luckman, American football player (b. 1916)
  • Jul 13 Morris "Red" Badgro, NFL hall of famer (NY Yankees, Giants, Dodgers), dies at 95
  • Jul 19 Elmer Valo, baseball player (b. 1921)
  • Aug 17 Wladyslaw Komar, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1940)
  • Aug 17 Tadeusz Slusarski, Polish track and field athlete (b. 1950)
  • Sep 1 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (b. 1921)
  • Sep 2 Jackie Blanchflower, Irish footballer (b. 1933)
  • Sep 13 Harry Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1926)
  • Sep 21 Florence Griffith Joyner, American athlete (b. 1959)
  • Sep 27 Doak Walker, American football player (b. 1927)
  • Sep 27 Narita Bryan, Japanese racehorse (b. 1991)
  • Sep 30 Dan Quisenberry, American baseball player, dies at 45
  • Oct 2 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver (b. 1924)
  • Oct 6 Mark Belanger, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • Oct 31 Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1935)
  • Nov 6 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (b. 1928)
  • Nov 11 Frank Brimsek, American ice hockey player (b. 1913)
  • Nov 13 Red Holzman, American basketball coach (b. 1920)
  • Nov 15 Ludvik Danek, Czechoslovak discus thrower (b. 1937)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 9 Archie Moore, American light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), dies at 84

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore