1999 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 85th Rose Bowl: #9 Wisconsin beats #6 UCLA, 38-31
  • Jan 1 65th Sugar Bowl: #3 Ohio State beats #8 Texas A&M, 24-14
  • Jan 2 65th Orange Bowl: #7 Florida beats #18 Syracuse, 31-10
  • Jan 4 1st BCS National Championship: #1 Tennessee beats #2 Florida State, 23-16, at 28th Fiesta Bowl

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Jan 11 Marty Schottenheimer resigns as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs

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Jan 13 Basketball player Michael Jordan announces his retirement only to return in 2001

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Jan 17 "The Miss", NFC Championship Game; Minnesota Viking Gary Anderson misses field goal fourth quarter allowing Atlanta Falcons to tie and eventually win in overtime, despite becoming 1st kicker to finish the regular season without missing
  • Jan 17 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat New York Jets 23-10
  • Jan 17 NFC Championship Game: Atlanta Falcons beat Minnesota Vikings 30-27 (OT)
  • Jan 24 49th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-6 at Tampa, Florida
  • Jan 25 After an inquiry into a corruption scandal, 6 International Olympic Committee members are expelled

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Jan 31 Super Bowl XXXIII: Denver Broncos beats Atlanta Falcons 34-19 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, John Elway MVP

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Jan 31 87th Men's Australian Open: Yevgeny Kafelnikov beats Thomas Enqvist (4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 87th Women's Australian Open: Martina Hingis beats Amelie Mauresmo (6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Feb 6 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 23-10

Sport awardSports Awards

Feb 15 7th ESPY Awards: Mark McGwire, Chamique Holdsclaw win

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire

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Feb 16 O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy is sold for $230,000 to help settle a $33.5 million civil judgement against Simpson for the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Mar 6 20th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats St. John's, 82-63
  • Mar 7 46th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #1 Duke beats #15 North Carolina, 96-73
  • Mar 7 40th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Arkansas, 76-63
  • Mar 28 18th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Purdue beats Duke 62-45
  • Mar 29 61st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Duke 77-74
  • Apr 10 152nd Grand National: Paul Carberry aboard Bobbyjo wins
  • Apr 11 63rd Masters Golf Tournament: José María Olazábal wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 17 1999 NFL Draft: Tim Couch from University of Kentucky first pick by Cleveland Browns

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Apr 18 Wayne Gretzky plays his last game in the NHL, as his New York Rangers lose 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 19 103rd Boston Marathon: Joseph Chebet of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:52 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:23:25
  • May 1 125th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley aboard Charismatic wins in 2:03.29
  • May 2 John Elway announces his retirement from the NFL
  • May 15 124th Preakness: Chris Antley aboard Charismatic wins in 1:55.20
  • May 19 Lazio of Italy win 39th European Cup Winner's Cup against Mallorca of Spain 2-1 in Birmingham
  • May 26 7th UEFA Champions League Final: Manchester United beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Barcelona
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Kenny Bräck wins in 3:15:51.182 (246.513 km/h)
  • May 31 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 4 NHL Western Conference Final: Dallas Stars beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 5 131st Belmont: Jose Santos aboard Lemon Drop Kid wins in 2:27.88

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6 98th Men's French Open: Andre Agassi beats Andrei Medvedev (1-6, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6 98th Women's French Open: Steffi Graf beats Martina Hingis (4-6, 7-5, 6-2)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

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Jun 19 Stanley Cup: Dallas Stars defeat Buffalo Sabres 4-2, Brett Hull clinches series with controversial "No Goal"

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 20 99th US Golf Open: Payne Stewart shoots a 279 at Pinehurst CC

  • Jun 25 53rd NBA Championship: San Antonio Spurs beat New York Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 27 45th LPGA Championship won by Juli Inkster
  • Jul 4 106th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lindsay Davenport beats Steffi Graf (6-4 7-5)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 113th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Andre Agassi (6-3 6-4 7-5)

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • Jul 6 U.S. Army private Barry Winchell dies from baseball-bat injuries inflicted in his sleep the previous day by fellow soldiers for his relationship with transgendered showgirl and former Navy combat medic, Calpernia Addams
  • Jul 11 20th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Dave Eichelberger
  • Jul 13 70th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-1 at Fenway Park, Boston
  • Jul 15 The inaugural game at the Seattle Mariners' Safeco Field was held in Seattle, Washington.
  • Jul 18 128th British Golf Open: at Carnoustie; Scot Paul Lawrie wins after play off
  • Jul 18 New York Yankees' David Cone becomes 15th pitcher to throw a perfect game (6-0 vs Montreal)

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Jul 25 86th Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)

Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor
Lance Armstrong

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Jul 27 Tony Hawk is the first skateboarder to land a "900"

Skateboarder Tony Hawk
Skateboarder
Tony Hawk

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 15 81st PGA Championship: Tiger Woods shoots a 277 at Medinah Country Club

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Aug 20 7th World Championships in Athletics open at Seville, Spain
  • Aug 29 7th World Championships in Athletics close at Seville, Spain

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Aug 31 Dino Ciccarelli retires from the NHL

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 119th Women's U.S. Open: Serena Williams beats Martina Hingis (6-3, 7-6)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Sep 13 John Elway's #7 jersey is retired by the Denver Broncos
  • Sep 26 33rd Ryder Cup: US wins 14.5-13.5 at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts, US

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Oct 12 Pat LaFontaine formally retires from the NHL due to lingering concussion problems

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • Oct 18 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 1
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Atlanta Braves beat New York Mets, 4 games to 2

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Oct 22 NHL goaltender Grant Fuhr wins his 400th career game (vs Florida Panthers)

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • Oct 27 MLB World Series: New York Yankees defeat Atlanta Braves to win 4-0
  • Oct 31 Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
  • Oct 31 50th Formula One WDC: Mika Hakkinen wins by two points
  • Nov 6 4th Rugby World Cup: Australia beats France 35-12 in Cardiff
  • Nov 20 64th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 28-17 in Auburn
  • Nov 20 11th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 31-29 in South Bend
  • Nov 21 51st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Jarrett wins

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Nov 26 Steve Yzerman scores his 600th career goal

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman
  • Nov 28 87th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeats Calgary Stampeders, 32-21
  • Dec 4 8th SEC Championship Game: #7 Alabama beats #5 Florida, 34-7
  • Dec 5 88th Davis Cup: Australia beats France in Nice (3-2)
  • Dec 13 65th Heisman Trophy Award: Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (RB)

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Dec 27 Joe Sakic records his 1,000th career point, an assist against the St. Louis Blues

NHL Legend Joe Sakic
NHL Legend
Joe Sakic

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

May 21 NFL legend Deion Sanders (31) weds model Pilar Biggers in Paradise Island, Bahamas

NFL Legend Deion Sanders
NFL Legend
Deion Sanders
  • Jun 5 1994 Figure Skater World Champion Yuka Sato (26) weds her fellor skater Jason Dungjen
  • Jun 12 Former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller (22) weds lawyer and ophthalmologist Chris Phillips (26) at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 4 Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star player David Beckham (24) weds Spice Girls singer Victoria Beckham (25) at the 560-acre Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Ireland

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 17 Cricketer Glenn McGrath (29) weds flight attendant Jane Louise Steele

Cricketer Glenn McGrath
Cricketer
Glenn McGrath

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 18 Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson (56) weds longtime girlfriend Rhonda Rookmaaker (45) in the Florida Keys

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 31 NHL player Phil Esposito (57) weds Bridget Leigh

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Sep 26 Actress-singer and former beauty queen Vanessa L Williams (36) weds Los Angeles Lakers' basketball player Rick Fox (30) at Church of the Holy Trinity in New York

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 12 Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1961)
  • Jan 19 Ivan Francescato, Italian rugby union footballer (b. 1967)
  • Jan 31 Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • Feb 21 Wilmer David Mizell, baseball player (b. 1930)
  • Feb 22 Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (b. 1964)
  • Mar 6 Dennis Viollet, former soccer player (b. 1933)

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Mar 8 "Joltin" Joe DiMaggio [Yankee Clipper], MLB center fielder who had a 56 game hitting streak, dies of lung cancer at 84

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Mar 24 Birdie Tebbetts, American baseball player and manager (b. 1912)
  • Mar 25 Cal Ripken, Sr., American baseball manager (b. 1936)
  • Apr 4 Early Wynn, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Apr 25 Lord Killanin, Irish International Olympic Committee president (b. 1914)
  • Apr 28 Alf Ramsey, English football manager (b. 1920)
  • May 3 Joe Adcock, American baseball player (b. 1927)
  • May 3 Steve Chiasson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • May 13 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (b. 1902)
  • May 18 Betty Robinson, American runner (b. 1911)
  • Jun 14 Bernie Faloney, professional football player (b. 1932)
  • Aug 14 Pee Wee [Harold] Reese, American baseball player (Dodgers), dies at 81
  • Sep 6 René Lecavalier, French Canadian sportscaster (b. 1918)
  • Sep 9 Catfish Hunter, American baseball player (b. 1946)
  • Sep 11 Gonzalo Rodriguez, Uruguayan auto racing driver (b. 1972)
  • Sep 20 Robert Lebel, Quebec ice hockey administrator (b. 1905)
  • Oct 8 John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)

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Oct 12 Wilt Chamberlain, American NBA basketball player (5 time MVP), dies of congestive heart failure at 63

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

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Oct 25 Payne Stewart, American golfer, dies in a plane crash at 42

  • Oct 31 Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)

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Nov 1 Walter Payton, American Football Hall of Fame Running Back, dies at 45

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • Nov 4 Malcolm Marshall, Barbadian West Indies cricketer (b. 1958)
  • Nov 8 Leon Štukelj, Slovenian gymnast (b. 1898)
  • Nov 27 Yasuhiro Kojima, wrestler (b. 1937)