On This Day

Year 1977 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

  • Jul 19 48th MLB All Star Game, Yankee Stadium, NYC, NY: NL wins, 7-5; MVP: Don Sutton, LA Dodgers, P

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

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
  • Jul 24 64th Tour de France won by Bernard Thevenet of France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 1 San Francisco Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits NL record 18th MLB career grand slam

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • Aug 2 In his comeback Test, England cricket batsman Geoff Boycott is unbeaten on 80 after a 1st innings 107 as England beats Australia by 7 wickets in the 3rd Test at Trent Bridge
  • Aug 8 Texas Rangers turn their 1st triple play (vs A's)
  • Aug 9 NHL refuses merger of 6 WHA clubs
  • Aug 10 Phillies & Expos play a doubleheader that ends at 3:23 AM
  • Aug 14 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Pebble Beach: Lanny Wadkins wins his only major title in event's 1st sudden-death playoff with Gene Littler
  • Aug 15 England regain cricket Ashes by taking a 3-0 series lead over Australia
  • Aug 16 Yanks blow 9-4 lead in 9th but beat Chicago 11-10 in bottom of 9th
  • Aug 18 Dodgers pitcher Don Sutton throws his NL record tying 5th one-hitter
  • Aug 21 American water skier Donna Patterson Brice sets women's high speed record 111.11 mph at Long Beach, California

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 25 Canadian NHL player Tim Horton posthumously inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton

  • Aug 27 Toby Harrah and Bump Wills hit back-to-back inside-the-park-homers off Yankee Ken Clay at Yankee Stadium, Rangers won 8-2
  • Aug 28 NY Yankee Ron Guidry faces just 28 men & beats Texas Rangers 1-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 28 Nolan Ryan strikes out 300 batters for 5th straight year

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Aug 28 NY Cosmos defeat Seattle Sounders, 2-1, at Civic Stadium in Portland Ore, winning their 2nd North American Soccer League championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 29 St Louis Cardinal Lou Brock eclipses Ty Cobb's 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893 as Padres win 4-3

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Sep 1 Tracy Austin at age 14 years, 8 months, 20 days, becomes the youngest female to play in the US Open, beating German Heidi Eisterlehner 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in a 1st round match

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 2 One of the great anti-climaxes in sport; 43-year-old transsexual Rene Richards, who fought for over a year for right to play in a major event, is beaten 6-1, 6-4 by Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade at the US Open

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • Sep 3 Japanese baseball superstar Sadaharu Oh hits his 756th career home run to surpass Hank Aaron as all-time career leader in professional baseball
  • Sep 5 Cleveland Indians stage 1st "I hate the Yankee Hanky Night"
  • Sep 6 Angels acquire Dave Kingman from Padres for cash, 9 days later Yankees buy Kingman (started with Mets) who plays in all 4 divisions in 1977
  • Sep 10 Blue Jays beat Yankees 19-3 with 20 hits
  • Sep 10 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:34:47.5)

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 10 US Open Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Chris Evert wins her 3rd straight US singles title; beats Wendy Turnbull of Australia 7-6, 6-2; final time event played at West Side Tennis Club

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 11 US Open Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Guillermo Vilas becomes the only Argentine to win US title; beats Jimmy Connors 2-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-0; final time event played at West Side Tennis Club

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Sep 15 Orioles forfeit to Blue Jays when mgr Earl Weaver pulls team off field in 5th citing hazardous condition (small tarpaulin on bullpen mound)
  • Sep 17 Ryder Cup Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes: US wins 12½-7½; last time a Great Britain & Ireland team competes for Ryder Cup
  • Sep 17 Dave Kingman hits his 1st Yankee homer, Reggie hits 2 more
  • Sep 18 Brooks Robinson Night in Baltimore
  • Sep 18 Courageous (US) sweeps Australia (Aust) in 24th America's Cup
  • Sep 22 Minn Twin Bert Blyleven no-hits California Angels, 9-0

  • Sep 24 Ken Hinton of CFL British Columbia Lions returns a punt 130 yards
  • Sep 26 Cleveland Browns play their 1st overtime game, beat Patriots 30-27
  • Sep 27 Phillies clinch 2nd straight NL East Division title
  • Sep 29 Eva Shain is 1st woman to referee a heavyweight championship

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 29 Muhammad Ali beats Earnie Shavers in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Brazilian soccer great Pelé plays his final game for the New York Cosmos in an exhibition against Santos in front of 75,000 at Giants Stadium; 1,281 goals in 1,363 games

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele
  • Oct 1 New York Yankees end MLB season with 100-62 record; win 2nd consecutive AL East title; go on the win World Series 4-2 v LA Dodgers

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 2 Dusty Baker hits his 30th homer of the season against Astros' J.R. Richard; Dodgers become the first team in MLB history to have 4 players hit 30 or more HRs; joins Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32) and Ron Cey (30)

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 2 Austrian Ferrari driver Niki Lauda finishes 4th in the US Grand Prix East at Watkins Glen to clinch his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; Englishman James Hunt wins the race

Auto Racer Niki Lauda
Auto Racer
Niki Lauda
  • Oct 6 Yankees win AL pennant by rallying for 3 runs in 9th to beat KC Royals 5-3 in 5th & deciding playoff game
  • Oct 8 Largest baseball crowd in Penns, 64,924 see Dodgers beat Phillies 4-1 in 4th NL championship game (Dodgers win pennant)
  • Oct 8 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Philadelphia Phillies, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 9 Yanks rally for 3 in 9th & beat Royals 5-3 for pennant #31
  • Oct 9 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Kansas City Royals, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 12 "Throwaway Game" Catfish Hunter loses WS 6-1 resting Yank pitchers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 Linda Ronstadt sings national anthem prior to World Series Game 3 at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Singer and Actress Linda Ronstadt
Singer and Actress
Linda Ronstadt
  • Oct 18 NY Yankees win their 21st World Championship, 4 games

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 18 Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive homers tying Ruth's series record

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Oct 18 Yanks beat Dodgers 8-4 for 21st world championship, 1st in 15 years
  • Oct 23 New York City Marathon: defending champion Bill Rodgers wins in 2:11:38; Miki Gorman retains women's title in 2:43:10
  • Oct 23 Despite not driving in season ending Japanese Grand Prix, Austrian Niki Lauda wins his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from Jody Scheckter of South Africa

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 2 Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton wins his second Cy Young Award, outpointing Tommy John of the LA Dodgers; Carlton leads National League with 23 wins and posts 2.64 ERA

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • Nov 5 NCAA passing record set at 571 yards (Marc Wilson, Brigham Young)
  • Nov 10 Major Indoor Soccer League officially organized (NYC)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 16 Rod Carew wins AL MVP award

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • Nov 19 Canuck's Ron Sedlbauer fails on 3rd penalty shot against Islanders
  • Nov 20 Steve Largent begins NFL streak of 177 consecutive game receptions

Sports record brokenNFL Record

Nov 20 Walter Payton (Bears) rushes for NFL record 275 yards

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 21 Orioles 1st baseman Eddie Murray wins AL Rookie of Year

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 25 Thomas Hearns KOs Jerome Hill in 2 rounds in his 1st pro fight

  • Nov 26 42nd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 48-21 in Birmingham
  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Montreal Alouettes beat Edmonton Eskimos, 41-6; record Grey Cup crowd 68,318; game referred to as the 'Ice Bowl'; Dan Sweet record 23 points
  • Dec 2 First day of World Series Cricket at VFL Park in Melbourne; barely 200 people see Australia dismissed for 256 by West Indies; Ray Bright top scores with 69; Michael Holding captures 4 wickets & Andy Roberts 3; WI go on to win 1st WSC 'Test' by 3 wickets
  • Dec 4 NFL's 5,000th game, Cincinnati beats KC 27-7
  • Dec 4 West Indies win 1st World Series Cricket 'Test' against Australia at VFL Park in Melbourne by 3 wickets; chasing 235 for victory, Viv Richards with 56 and Clive Lloyd 44 guide WI to 237/7 with 2 days to spare
  • Dec 4 Davis Cup Men's Tennis, Sydney: John Alexander beats Adriano Panatta of Italy 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 8-6, 11-9 in a 3 hour, 54 minute classic to give Australia a 3-1 victory
  • Dec 8 43rd Heisman Trophy Award: Earl Campbell, Texas (RB)
  • Dec 12 Yanks purchase Andy Messersmith from Braves
  • Dec 13 14 University of Evansville basketball players die in plane crash
  • Dec 14 MLB Boston Red Sox trade Fergie Jenkins to Texas Rangers for John Poloni & cash
  • Dec 14 Test Cricket debut of Pakistan spin bowling great Abdul Qadir v England in 1st Test at Lahore
  • Dec 17 Rookie defenseman Barry Beck scores first career hat trick and adds an assist in Colorado Rockies' 5-1 win v Minnesota North Stars; sets NHL record for rookie defensemen with a goal in his 6th straight game
  • Dec 18 NBA Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 42, Nate Thumond
  • Dec 25 7th Fiesta Bowl: #8 Penn State beats #15 Arizona State, 42-30
  • Dec 27 Ballon d'Or: Borussia Mönchengladbach's Danish forward Allan Simonsen is named Europe's best football player ahead of Hamburg forward Kevin Keegan and Nancy midfielder Michel Platini
  • Dec 30 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her 6th career Grand Slam title; beats fellow Australian Helen Gourlay Cawley 6-3, 6-0
  • Dec 31 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Vitas Gerulaitis wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Englishman John Lloyd 6-3, 7-6, 5-7, 3-6, 6-2

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 419

  • Apr 4 Omarr Smith, American football defensive back, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 5 JoAnn Sevin, Dubois PA, air pistol (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 6 Andy Phillips, American Baseball Player
  • Apr 12 Giovanny Espinoza, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Charguayaco, Ecuador
  • Apr 12 Glenn Rogers, Australian-born Scottish cricketer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Apr 16 Fredrik Ljungberg, Swedish footballer, born in Vittsjö, Sweden
  • Apr 17 Pascal de Vries, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente), born in Hengelo, Netherlands
  • Apr 18 Dan LaCouture, American NHL hockey player, born in Hyannis, Massachusetts
  • Apr 19 Lucien Mettomo, Cameroonian footballer (2002 World Cup), born in Douala, Cameroon
  • Apr 19 Joe Beimel, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in St. Marys, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 19 Dennys Reyes, Mexican baseball player, born in Higuera de Zaragoza, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • Apr 20 Lisa Ervin, American figure skater (US Nationals-4th-1992), born in Charleston, West Virginia
  • Apr 22 Mark van Bommel, Dutch footballer
  • Apr 23 Andruw Jones, Curaçaoan baseball player, born in Willemstad, Curaçao
  • Apr 23 Willie Mitchell, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Port McNeill, British Columbia, Canada
  • Apr 23 Lee Young-Pyo, Korean footballer, born in Hongcheon, Gangwon, South Korea
  • Apr 24 Ryan Mitchell, Australian breaststroke swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Port Augusta, Australia
  • Apr 24 Carlos Beltrán, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Manatí, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 25 Marguerite Moreau, American actress (Connie-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3), born in Riverside, California
  • Apr 25 Ilias Kotsios, Greek footballer, born in Larissa, Greece
  • Apr 26 Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese baseball player (Hanshin Tigers, Chicago Cubs), born in Osaki, Kagoshima, Japan
  • Apr 29 Claus Jensen, Danish footballer
  • May 2 Amy D'Entremont, American figure skater (1995 NE Jr champ), born in Stoneham, Massachusetts
  • May 2 Luke Hudson, American baseball player, born in Fountain Valley, California
  • May 3 Ryan Dempster, Canadian baseball player, born in Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada
  • May 3 Tyronn Lue, American basketball coach (NBA Championship 2016 Cleveland), born in Mexico, Missouri
  • May 4 Mariano Pernía, Argentine-Spanish footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • May 5 Tiffany Roberts, American soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Petaluma, California
  • May 6 Shannon Shakespeare, Canadian 100m swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Mission, British Columbia
  • May 6 Trent Steed, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 6 Christophe Brandt, Belgian cyclist
  • May 7 Marko Milic, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns)
  • May 7 Elton Flatley, Australian rugby union fly-half (38 caps; 187 points; Queensland Reds 114 games, 609 points), born in Tamworth, NSW
  • May 9 Maggie Dixon, American college basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • May 9 Iñigo Landaluze, Spanish cyclist
  • May 10 Amanda Borden, gymnast (World silver 94, Olympic gold 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • May 10 Henri Camara, Senegalese footballer
  • May 10 Nick Heidfeld, German Formula 1 driver
  • May 11 Janne Ahonen, Finnish ski jumper
  • May 11 Gonzalo Colsa, Spanish footballer
  • May 11 Pablo García, Uruguayan footballer
  • May 11 Victor Matfield, South African rugby union footballer
  • May 12 Monique de Bruin, American fencer-foil (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • May 12 Graeme Dott, British snooker player
  • May 13 Diane Halber, figure skater (1996 National Collegiate champ), born in Torrance, California
  • May 13 Sara DeCosta, ice hockey goalie (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • May 13 Robby Hammock, baseball player
  • May 14 Anca Barna, Cluj Romania, tennis star (semifinals 1995 ITF Poland)
  • May 14 Jayna Hefford, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • May 14 Roy Halladay, American baseball player
  • May 16 Jean-Sébastien Giguère, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 17 Jere Michael, Aspen Colo, figure skater (1994 National Jr champ)
  • May 18 Lee Hendrie, English footballer
  • May 18 Danny Mills, English footballer
  • May 19 Manuel Almúnia, Spanish footballer
  • May 19 Brandon Inge, American baseball player
  • May 20 Leonardo Noeren Franco, Argentine footballer
  • May 20 Chad Muska, American Skateboarder for Element Skateboards
  • May 21 Quinton Fortune, South African footballer
  • May 21 Ricky Williams, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1998, U of Texas; Pro Bowl 2002, Miami Dolphins), born in San Diego, California
  • May 22 Dre Bly, American Football Player
  • May 25 Giel Beelen, Dutch radio DJ (a Guinness World Record for the longest radio DJ marathon ever, lasting 198 hours of non-stop broadcasting), born in Haarlem, Netherlands
  • May 26 Luca Toni, Italian footballer, born in Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy
  • May 27 Abderrahmane Hammad, Algerian athlete
  • May 27 Mahela Jayawardene, Sri Lankan cricketer
  • May 29 Massimo Ambrosini, Italian soccer midfielder (Italy 35 caps, AC Milan), born in Pesaro, Italy
  • May 29 António Lebo-Lebo, Angolan soccer defender (Angola 15 caps), born in Malanje, Angola
  • May 29 Marco Cassetti, Italian soccer defender (Italy 5 caps, Roma, Watford), born in Brescia, Italy
  • May 30 Akwá, Angolan footballer
  • May 31 Joachim Olsen, Danish athlete
  • May 31 Moses Sichone, Zambian footballer
  • May 31 Theodoros Baev, Bulgarian-born Greek volleyball player
  • May 31 Phil Devey, Canadian baseball player
  • May 31 Domenico Fioravanti, Italian swimmer
  • May 31 Greg Leeb, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 3 Travis Hafner, American MLB first baseman (tied MLB record 6 grand slams 2006), born in Jamestown, North Dakota
  • Jun 3 Cris, Brazilian footballer
  • Jun 3 Az-Zahir Hakim, American football player
  • Jun 4 Dionisis Chiotis, Greek footballer
  • Jun 4 Alex Manninger, Austrian footballer
  • Jun 4 Quinten Hann, Australian former snooker player
  • Jun 5 Chantal Lefebvre, Canadian, ice dancer (1996 Canadians-2nd), born in Ville LaSalle, Quebec
  • Jun 6 David Connolly, Irish footballer
  • Jun 7 Marcin Baszczyński, Polish football player
  • Jun 7 Odalis Pérez, Dominican baseball player (Atlanta Braves, LA Dodgers), born in Las Matas de Farfán, Dominican Republic
  • Jun 8 Yvette Basting, Breda Neth, tennis star (1994 Futures-Flensberg-GER)
  • Jun 9 Zephnad Wattimury, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • Jun 9 Peja Stojakovic, Serbian basketball player
  • Jun 10 Mike Rosenthal, American football player, sports radio talk show host
  • Jun 11 Geoff Ogilvy, Australian golfer (US Open 2006; 8 PGA Tour titles), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Jun 13 Alexei Kariozhny, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Jun 14 Chris McAlister, American football player
  • Jun 15 Michael Doleac, American basketball player
  • Jun 16 Kerry Wood, American baseball player
  • Jun 16 Petros Papadakis, American sportscaster, former USC football player
  • Jun 17 Mark Tauscher, American NFL player, born in Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • Jun 19 Peter Warrick, American NFL running back (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jun 20 Gordan Giriček, Croatian basketball player
  • Jun 23 Hayden Foxe, Australian soccer defender (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • Jun 23 Miguel Ángel Angulo, Spanish footballer

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