1977 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 182

  • Jan 1 63rd Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Michigan, 14-6
  • Jan 1 43rd Sugar Bowl: #1 Pittsburgh beats #4 Georgia, 27-3; Tony Dorsett runs for record 202 yards
  • Jan 1 43rd Orange Bowl: #11 Ohio State beats #12 Colorado, 27-10

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 Bowie Kuhn suspends Braves owner Ted Turner for one year due to tampering charges in Gary Matthews free-agency signing

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • Jan 4 Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play
  • Jan 8 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Kerry Melville Reid wins her first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 7-5, 6-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Super Bowl XI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena: Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings, 32-14; MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland, WR

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 9 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Roscoe Tanner wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 11 Cubs trade outfielder Rick Monday to Dodgers for Bill Buckner
  • Jan 11 France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in massacre of Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympics
  • Jan 16 Cap's H Monahan scored on 2nd penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 17 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 24-14
  • Jan 18 Imran Khan takes 12 wickets in match for Pakistan win at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19 Ernie Banks elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jan 25 30th NHL All-Star Game, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver : Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 4-3; MVP: Rick Martin, Buffalo Sabres, LW
  • Jan 26 Soviet figure skaters Sergei Shakrai & Marine Tcherkasova are 1st to perform a quadruple twist lift in Helsinki

  • Jan 30 Allan Border scores 36 in his 1st-class innings (NSW v Qld)
  • Jan 31 Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, & Al Lopez elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 1 Hillsdale High School defeats Person High School 2-0 in basketball
  • Feb 2 Toronto's Ian Turnbull scores 5 goals, NHL REcord for a defenseman
  • Feb 5 Future 5-division world boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard makes his professional debut with a 6-round unanimous decision over Luis Vega at Baltimore’s Civic Center
  • Feb 6 4th time Rangers shut-out Islanders 4-0
  • Feb 12 Toronto Maple Leafs shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • Feb 13 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship
  • Feb 13 27th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 125-124 at Milwaukee
  • Feb 18 Test Cricket debuts of Colin Croft & Joel Garner v Pakistan Bridgetown
  • Feb 19 A's sell pitcher Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000
  • Feb 20 19th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (153.218 MPH)

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 25 New Orleans' Pete Maravich sets NBA record for a guard with 68 pts

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Mar 3 Islanders allow Red Wings only 11 shots on goal
  • Mar 3 World Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Tokyo won by Linda Fratianne (USA)
  • Mar 5 24th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 75-69
  • Mar 17 Australia wins cricket Centenary Test by 45 runs, same result as 1877

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 27 American tennis star Chris Evert wins her 4th and final WTA Tour Championship 2–6, 6–1, 6–1 against England's Sue Barker at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Mar 28 39th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Marquette beats NC 67-59
  • Apr 1 NFL decides to experiment with a 7th official in some preseason games
  • Apr 2 Montreal Canadiens set NHL record of 34 straight home games without a lose
  • Apr 2 131st Grand National: Tommy Stack aboard Red Rum wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 6th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Kathy Whitworth

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • Apr 3 Boston Bruin Jean Ratelle scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • Apr 6 Kingdome opens, Seattle Mariners 1st game, loses to Angels 7-0

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10 41st Masters Golf Tournament: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 276

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • Apr 10 Beverly Klass wins LPGA Women's International Golf Satellite
  • Apr 10 Cleveland Indians set club record for longest, 9 inn game (3:17)
  • Apr 15 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium
  • Apr 17 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • Apr 18 81st Boston Marathon: Jerome Drayton of Canada 1st man in 2:14:46 and Miki Gorman of United States 1st woman in 2:48:33

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

Apr 18 Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Apr 21 Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6
  • Apr 23 ADO The Hague soccer team forms
  • Apr 23 Czech chess master Vlastimil Hort plays 201 games simultaneously & only loses 10
  • Apr 25 Cincinnati Reds tie record of 12 runs in 5th inning beating Braves 23-9
  • May 1 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets female world marathon record (2:35:15.4) in Oyarzun, Spain
  • May 1 American golfer Debbie Austin wins the Birmingham Classic, the first of 5 LPGA Tour victories in a 4-month span
  • May 1 American golfer Gene Littler wins the Houston Open, his 29th and final PGA title
  • May 3 1977 NFL Draft: Ricky Bell from USC first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • May 7 103rd Kentucky Derby: Jean Cruguet on Seattle Slew wins in 2:02.2
  • May 11 Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game
  • May 14 KC Royals Jim Colborn no-hits Texas Rangers, 6-0
  • May 14 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 16 Muhammad Ali beats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • May 21 102nd Preakness: Jean Cruguet aboard Seattle Slew wins in 1:54.4
  • May 21 San Diego Padres beat Mont Expos, 11-8, in 21 innings
  • May 22 Red Sox (6) & Brewers (5) tie single game HR record of 11
  • May 25 21st European Cup: Liverpool beats Borussia Monchengladbach 3-1 at Rome

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 29 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins for a record 4th time

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • May 29 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • May 29 Janet Guthrie becomes 1st woman to drive in Indianapolis 500
  • May 29 Sue Press is 1st woman golfer to hit consecutive holes-in one
  • May 30 Cleveland Indian Dennis Eckersley no-hits California Angels, 2-0
  • Jun 1 SC Heerenveen soccer team forms in Heerenveen
  • Jun 1 Dutch soccer club FC Volendam is established (6-time Eerste Divisie champions)
  • Jun 3 Balt Orioles pull their 6th triple play (9-6-4-6-6 vs KC Royals)
  • Jun 5 31st NBA Championship: Port Trailblazers beat Philadelphia 76er, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 5 LA Dodgers retire Walt Alston's #24

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 French Open Men's Tennis: Guillermo Vilas of Argentina wins first career Grand Slam event; outclasses American Brian Gottfried 6-0, 6-3, 6-0

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 76th Women's French Open: Mima Jausovec beats Florenta Mihai (6-2, 6-7, 6-1)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec
  • Jun 6 Doobie Brothers sponsor a Golf Classic & Concert for United Way
  • Jun 7 White Sox draft Harold Baines #1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 8 Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Jun 10 Al Geiberger becomes the 1st player in history to post a score of 59 (−13) in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, during the 2nd round Danny Thomas Memphis Classic at Colonial CC in Cordova, Tennessee
  • Jun 11 109th Belmont: Jean Cruguet riding Seattle Slew wins in 2:29.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 LPGA Championship, Bay Tree Plantation GC: Chako Higuchi of Japan wins her only LPGA major title by 3 from Pat Bradley, Sandra Post & Judy Rankin

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Jun 15 NY Mets trade Tom Seaver to Reds for Pat Zachry
  • Jun 16 Ron Guidry's 1st complete game, 7-0 over KC Royals

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 18 Billy Martin & Reggie Jackson get into a dug out altercation

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Jun 19 US Open Golf, Southern Hills CC: Hubert Green shoots 2-under 278 to beat Lou Graham by 1 stroke
  • Jun 19 Red Sox set 3 game record of 16 HRs, all against Yanks
  • Jun 25 8th Rugby League World Cup: Australia beats Great Britain 13-12
  • Jun 26 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 1 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Hometown favourite Virginia Wade beats Betty Stove of the Netherlands 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • Jul 1 East German sprinter Marlies Göhr sets world record for 100m (10.88) in Dresden, Germany
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Sweden's Björn Borg beats American Jimmy Connors 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 for the second of 5 consecutive Wimbledon singles titles
  • Jul 3 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Lachute GC: Judy Rankin wins by 3 strokes from Pat Meyers and Sandra Palmer
  • Jul 4 Red Sox end 9-game losing streak by smashing a MLB-record 8 HRs in a 9-6 win vs Toronto at Fenway Park
  • Jul 9 British Open Golf, Turnberry: Tom Watson wins second of 5 Open titles by a stroke from Jack Nicklaus; pair play together in final 2 rounds; separate themselves from field under rare clear skies, remembered as the "Duel in the Sun"
  • Jul 19 48th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-5 at Yankee Stadium, NY
  • Jul 19 All star MVP: Don Sutton (LA Dodgers)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 US Open Women's Golf, Hazeltine National GC: Hollis Stacy wins wire-to-wire by 2 strokes from Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 24 Pete Rose passes Frankie Frisch as switch-hit leader with 2,881

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

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 427

  • Jan 1 Hasan Salihamidžić, Bosnian footballer
  • Jan 2 Ales Pisa, Czech ice hockey player
  • Jan 2 Scott Proctor, American baseball player
  • Jan 3 Beata Handra, dance skater (& Sinek-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 3 Lee Bowyer, English footballer
  • Jan 3 A.J. Burnett, American baseball player
  • Jan 4 David Millar, Scottish road racing cyclist (banned in 2004 for doping), born in Mtarfa, Malta
  • Jan 6 Stacey Gartrell, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jan 11 Shomari Buchanan, American football player, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Jan 12 Yoandy Garlobo, Cuban baseball player, born in Jovellanos, Cuba
  • Jan 12 Cade McNown, American football player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 13 James Posey, American basketball player
  • Jan 14 Terry Ryan, American NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in St. John's, Canada
  • Jan 16 Jeff Foster, American basketball player
  • Jan 17 Ali el Kattabi, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Jan 18 Alina Jidkova, Russian tennis player
  • Jan 18 Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi)
  • Jan 19 Anne Miller, Midland Mich, tennis star (1995 Darmstadt Germany)
  • Jan 19 Lauren Etame Mayer, Cameroonian footballer
  • Jan 20 Paul "Goggo" Adams, cricketer (lefty very unorthodox bowler for South Africa)
  • Jan 21 Al Baxter, Australian rugby union footballer
  • Jan 21 Phil Neville, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Hidetoshi Nakata, Japanese footballer
  • Jan 22 Jono Gibbes, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Jan 24 Lenka Cenkova, Trinec Czech, tennis star (1995 Futures-Vaihingen-GER)
  • Jan 26 Justin Gimelstob, NJ, tennis star (1994 doubles USTA Bakersfield)
  • Jan 26 Vince Carter [Vinsanity], American basketball player who famously made "Le dunk de la mort" (the Dunk of Death), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Jan 28 Takuma Sato, Japanese racing car driver (Indianapolis 500 2017), born in Toyko, Japan
  • Jan 28 Daunte Culpepper, American football player
  • Jan 28 Lyle Overbay, American baseball player
  • Jan 29 Martin Hohenberger, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • Jan 30 Deltha O'Neal, American football player
  • Feb 1 Kevin Kilbane, Irish footballer
  • Feb 2 Libor Sionko, Czech football player
  • Feb 5 Adam Everett, American baseball player
  • Feb 5 Ahmad Merritt, American football player
  • Feb 6 Jason Euell, English-born footballer
  • Feb 7 Christine Scheels, New Berlin Wis, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • Feb 7 Hillary Wolf, extra lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 10 Salif Diao, Senegalese footballer, born in Kédougou, Senegal
  • Feb 11 Stephanie Richardson, Canadian 200m/800m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Feb 12 Jimmy Conrad, US soccer player, born in Arcadia, California
  • Feb 13 Randy Moss, NFL player, born in Rand, West Virginia
  • Feb 14 Cadel Evans, Australian cyclist
  • Feb 14 Darren Purse, English footballer, born in London
  • Feb 14 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 16 Alexei Morozov, NHL forward (Team Russia Olympic silver 1998, Pittsburgh)
  • Feb 16 Trina Jackson, 4X200m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Feb 16 Ahman Green, American football player
  • Feb 18 Kátia, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 18 Chrissie Wellington, British triathlete
  • Feb 19 Gianluca Zambrotta, Italian footballer
  • Feb 20 Sarah Ryan, Adelaide SA Australia, swimmer (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 20 Stephon Marbury, NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves)
  • Feb 20 Bartosz Kizierowski, Polish swimmer
  • Feb 20 T.J. Slaughter, American football player
  • Feb 21 Steve Francis, American basketball player
  • Feb 21 Chad Hutchinson, baseball and football player
  • Feb 22 Melanie Schnell, Radstadt Austria, tennis star (1994 semi Surabaya)
  • Feb 22 Hakan Yakin, Swiss footballer
  • Feb 23 Angie Trostel, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • Feb 23 Dally Randriantefy, Malagasy tennis player (1993 Marseille), born in Antananarivo, Madagascar

Person of interestFloyd Mayweather, Jr.

Feb 24 Floyd Mayweather, featherweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Grand Rapids Michigan

  • Feb 24 Bronson Arroyo, American baseball player
  • Feb 26 Tim Thomas, NBA forward (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Feb 26 Josh Towers, Major League Baseball player
  • Feb 26 Shane Williams, Welsh Rugby Player
  • Feb 28 Aki-Petteri Berg, NHL defenseman (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998, Kings)
  • Feb 28 Debbie Koegel, dance skater (& Oleg Fediukov), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 1 Rod White, Sharon Pa, archer (Olympic gold 1996)
  • Mar 1 Rens Blom, Dutch athlete
  • Mar 2 Andrew Strauss, English cricket player, born in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province
  • Mar 2 Jay Gibbons, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Rochester, Michigan
  • Mar 3 Bas Zuiderent, cricketer (Holland all-rounder 1996 World Cup)
  • Mar 4 Ana Gabriela Guevara, Mexican athlete
  • Mar 4 Daniel Klewer, German footballer
  • Mar 5 Bryan Berard, NHL defenseman (Team USA Olympics 1998, NY Islanders)
  • Mar 5 Mike MacDougal, American baseball player
  • Mar 5 Wally Szczerbiak, American basketball player
  • Mar 6 Giorgos Karagounis, Greek soccer player
  • Mar 6 Marcus Thames, American baseball player
  • Mar 7 Ludmila Richterova, Czech tennis star (1995 Bournemouth), born in Kosice, Slovakia
  • Mar 7 Gianluca Grava, Italian footballer, born in Caserta
  • Mar 7 Mitja Zastrow, German-born swimmer
  • Mar 8 Johann Vogel, Swiss footballer
  • Mar 9 Radek Dvorak, Czech NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Tábor, Czech Republic
  • Mar 10 Shannon Miller, Rolla MO, gymnast (Oly2 gold-2 silver/3 bronze-92, 96)
  • Mar 10 Peter Enckelman, Finnish footballer
  • Mar 11 Becky Hammon, WNBA player
  • Mar 13 Momo Sylla, Guinean footballer, born in Bouaké, Cote d'Ivoire
  • Mar 18 Danny Murphy, English footballer
  • Mar 18 Zdeno Chára, Slovak ice hockey player
  • Mar 18 Willy Sagnol, French footballer
  • Mar 18 Terrmel Sledge, American baseball player
  • Mar 18 Fernando Rodney, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 22 Joey Porter, American football player
  • Mar 24 Darren Lockyer, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Mar 26 Kevin Davies, English footballer
  • Mar 27 Tom van der Leegte, Dutch soccer player (PSV), born in Bergeijk, Netherlands
  • Mar 27 Vitor Meira, Brazilian racing driver, born in Brasilia, Brazil

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 20 World No. 1 tennis player Arthur Ashe (33) weds photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in New York City

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 8 Retired NBA player Bill Russell (43) weds 1968 Miss USA Dorothy Anstett

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 8 NFL coach Mike Ditka (37) weds Diana Trantham in Dallas County, Texas

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 6 Professional boxer George Foreman (28) weds Cynthia Lewis

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 29 E P "Buster" Nupen, cricketer (50 wickets for S Af, lost eye), dies
  • Feb 5 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67
  • Feb 19 Mike González, Cuban baseball player, dies at 86
  • Feb 22 Jack O'Connor, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England 1929-30), dies
  • Mar 5 Tom Pryce, Welsh Formula One driver, dies at 27
  • Mar 5 Jansen Van Vuuren, Dutch volunteer safety marshall at the 1977 South African Grand Prix
  • Mar 11 Alberto Rodriguez Larreta, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • Mar 18 José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • Mar 19 Buck Shaw, American football player and coach, dies at 77
  • Apr 3 Jack Ryder, Australian cricket all-rounder (20 Tests, 1,394 runs @ 51.62), dies at 87
  • Apr 12 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • Apr 20 Len Johnson, cricketer (one Test for Australia, 3-66 & 3-8), dies
  • Jun 9 Bill Merritt, cricketer (6 Tests of leg-spin for NZ, 12 wkts), dies
  • Jul 29 Austin Matthews, cricketer (Test Eng v NZ 1937), dies
  • Aug 24 Buddy O'Connor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • Aug 29 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, killing practising at Brands Hatch at 31
  • Sep 13 Arthur Fagg, cricketer (5 Tests for England 1936-39/umpire), dies
  • Oct 17 [Robert] Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player and umpire (only person in football and baseball Hall of Fame), dies at 77
  • Oct 18 Rolph Grant, West Indian cricketer (West Indian captain on 1939 England tour), dies at 67
  • Nov 8 Bucky Harris, American baseball player (b. 1896)
  • Nov 9 Fred Haney, American baseball player, dies at 81
  • Nov 22 Reg Perks, England cricket pace bowler (1938-39), dies
  • Dec 7 Paul Gibb, cricketer (England batsman, 8 Tests), dies
  • Dec 10 Adolph Rupp, American basketball coach (b. 1901)