Year 1977 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 10 American golfer Al Geiberger becomes first player in history to post a sub-60 score, 59 (−13) in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, during the 2nd round Danny Thomas Memphis Classic at Colonial CC in Cordova, Tennessee
  • Jul 28 Legendary England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham on debut takes 5 for 74 in the Australian 1st innings in a 7 wicket 3rd Test win at Trent Bridge
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Sports Stars Married in 1977

  • Feb 20 World No. 1 tennis player Arthur Ashe (33) weds photographer Jeanne Moutoussamy in New York City
  • Jun 8 Retired NBA player Bill Russell (43) weds 1968 Miss USA Dorothy Anstett (39); divorced 1980
  • Jul 8 NFL coach Mike Ditka (37) weds Diana Trantham in Dallas County, Texas

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Sports Stars Who Died in 1977

  • Jan 29 Buster Nupen, South African cricket all-rounder (17 Tests, 50 wickets; one eye only), dies at 75
  • Feb 5 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67
  • Feb 19 Mike González, Cuban baseball player, dies at 86
  • Feb 21 Henry Jordan, American Pro Football HOF defensive tackle (Super Bowl 1967, 68; 7 × All-Pro; 4 × Pro Bowl; Cleveland Browns, GB Packers), dies from a heart attack at 42
  • Feb 22 Jack O'Connor, English cricket all-rounder (4 Tests, 1 x 50; Derbyshire CCC), dies at 79

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