1979 in Sport (Part 2)

Events in Sport

Events 101 - 178 of 178


Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 5 Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Aug 5 PGA Championship, Oakland Hills CC: Australian David Graham wins on the third playoff hole against Ben Crenshaw
  • Aug 11 Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year
  • Aug 19 Sally wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic Little
  • Aug 21 Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0
  • Aug 24 NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
  • Aug 25 California Angels trounce Toronto Blue Jays, 24-2

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 26 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Ian Botham makes 1000 runs/100 wkts in Tests in his 21st match

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • Aug 30 Kathy Horvath (14y5d) is youngest to play in US Tennis Open, she loses

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 30 Wildest US Tennis Open match, McEnroe defeats Ilie Năstase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Năstase was defaulted by the umpire then reinstated

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Aug 31 16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open Tennis
  • Aug 31 Phillies replaces manager Danny Ozark with Dallas Green
  • Sep 2 US Men's Amateur Golf Championship, Canterbury GC: Mark O'Meara wins 8 & 7 over John Cook
  • Sep 4 Sunil Gavaskar scores 221 in India's 8 for 429 chasing 438 in drawn 4th cricket Test v England at The Oval; England win series 1-0
  • Sep 5 A's Matt Keough A's beats Brewers 6-1 for 1st win after 14 straight losses, ended 1978 with 4 loses (1 shy of the record 19)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 5 Roscoe Tanner fires 11 aces, breaks the net with his bullet serve & upsets top-seeded Björn Borg in US Open Tennis quarterfinals

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Sep 7 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 8 US Open Women's Tennis: Tracy Austin becomes youngest US champion (16 years, 9 months); beats Chris Evert 6-4, 6-3

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Sep 9 Sally Little wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins first Grand Slam title; beats fellow American Vitas Gerulaitis 7-5, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Sep 12 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 12 Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th hit off NY Yankee Jim Beattie

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Sep 15 Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros)
  • Sep 16 23rd Ryder Cup: US wins, 17-11 at The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, US)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 17 Royals' George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/HRs in a season

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • Sep 22 Larry Parrish (Expos) HRs off Rawly Eastwick (Phillies) in DH
  • Sep 23 Sandra Post wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 Pete Rose reaches 200 hits in a season for 10th time

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Sep 24 Russian ice skaters Protopopov & Beloussova ask for asylum in Switzerland
  • Sep 25 California Angels win their 1st NL West pennant
  • Sep 26 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 28 Larry Holmes TKOs Earnie Shavers in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Sep 29 Astros' J R Richard strikes out NL season righty record of 313
  • Sep 30 Milwaukee Brewers lose 5-0 ending 213 straight games without a shutout
  • Oct 5 MLB National League Championship: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Cincinnati Reds, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 6 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat California Angels, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 7 Cleveland Browns' Dino Hall sets club records with 9 kickoff returns
  • Oct 7 Debbie Massey wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 Frank Mahovlich formally retires from the NHL after a failed comeback attempt with the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Oct 7 30th Formula One WDC: Jody Scheckter wins by four points
  • Oct 10 Nordiques' Real Cloutier sets NHL record of a hat trick in 1st game
  • Oct 14 Amy Alcott wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 NHL's greatest scorer Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 15 NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • Oct 17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series
  • Oct 20 John Tate beats Gerrie Coetze in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Oct 21 10th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42
  • Oct 21 9th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:33
  • Oct 21 Greta Weitz wins woman participation in NYC marathon (02:27:33)
  • Oct 21 Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions

  • Oct 27 Islanders score 2 goals within 6 seconds 3 goals within 44 seconds
  • Oct 29 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
  • Nov 1 Edward Bennett Williams buys Orioles from Hoffberger for $12.3 million
  • Nov 3 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Mizuno Japan Golf Classic
  • Nov 12 Tony Franklin of Philadelphia Eagles kicks 59-yard field goal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 13 Willie Stargell and Keith Hernandez share NL MVP Award NL

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • Nov 17 Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball on a flight to Austin, TX
  • Nov 18 29th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins

AgreementContract of Interest

Nov 19 Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Nov 24 Kings' Charley Simmer fails on 8th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Nov 25 67th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 17-9

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 25 Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcast a game together for the first time, a pairing that would last 22 years and become one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Nov 26 Intl Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after 21 years
  • Nov 27 1st day-night one-day cricket international, Australia v WI at SCG
  • Dec 1 44th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-18 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 45th Heisman Trophy Award: Charles White, Southern California (RB)
  • Dec 4 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith
  • Dec 9 Murle Breer/Dave Eichelberger wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 11 Geoff Boycott scores cricket century in a limited-over international
  • Dec 16 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
  • Dec 16 QB Roger Staubach's last regular season game with the Dallas Cowboys
  • Dec 21 Gary Unger plays in record 914th consecutive NHL game
  • Dec 23 NY Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • Dec 25 Opening day of 4th Test Cricket, India 8-112 v Pakistan at Kanpur
  • Dec 25 9th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats Arizona, 16-10
  • Dec 27 Red Army beats NY Rangers 5-2 at Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 29 Red Army beats NY Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 404

  • Apr 4 Rebecca Stoyel, Australian gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 4 Roberto Luongo, Canadian ice hockey goaltender, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Apr 5 Timo Hildebrand, German footballer
  • Apr 7 Adrián Beltré, Dominican baseball player
  • Apr 8 Jeremy Guthrie, American baseball player
  • Apr 10 Peter Kopteff, Finnish footballer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Apr 11 Malcolm Christie, English footballer, born in Stamford, England
  • Apr 11 Michel Riesen, Swiss ice hockey player, born in Oberbalm, Switzerland
  • Apr 12 Mateja Kežman, Serbian footballer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Apr 12 Elena Grosheva, Russian gymnast (Olympic 1996), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • Apr 12 Jordan De Jong, American baseball player, born in Orange City, Iowa
  • Apr 13 Baron Davis, American basketball player
  • Apr 13 Meghann Shaughnessy, American tennis player
  • Apr 14 Noé Pamarot, French footballer
  • Apr 16 Christijan Albers, Dutch Formula One driver, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Apr 16 Sixto Peralta, Argentine footballer, born in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
  • Apr 18 Michael Bradley, American basketball player
  • Apr 18 Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver
  • Apr 18 Matthew Upson, English footballer
  • Apr 19 Challen Sievers, Downers Grove Ill, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 22 Zoltan Gera, Hungarian footballer
  • Apr 27 Natasha Chokljat, Australian netball player, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • Apr 29 Ryan Sharp, Scottish racing driver
  • Apr 29 Lee Dong-Gook, Korean footballer
  • Apr 30 Gerardo Torrado, Mexican footballer
  • May 1 Jennifer Botterill, Canadian ice hockey forward (gold medal 2002, 2006, 2010 Olympics), born in Ottawa, Canada
  • May 1 Mauro Bergamasco, Italian rugby union flanker (Italy 106 caps), born in Padova, Italy
  • May 2 Jason Chimera, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • May 2 Roman Lyashenko, Russian ice hockey player, born in Murmansk, Russia (d. 2003)
  • May 4 Lesley Vainikolo, Tongan born rugby union and rugby league player, born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • May 7 Katie Douglas, American basketball player
  • May 8 Jayna Cronin Geneva NY, dance skater (& Dreger-1997 Natl-13th)
  • May 9 Brandon Webb, American baseball player
  • May 12 Andre Carter, American football player
  • May 12 Steve Smith, American football player
  • May 14 Carlos Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer
  • May 14 Clinton Morrison, English-born Irish footballer
  • May 17 Wayne Thomas, English footballer
  • May 18 Mariusz Lewandowski, Polish footballer
  • May 18 Julián Speroni, Argentine footballer
  • May 18 Milivoje Novakovič, Slovenian footballer
  • May 19 Diego Forlán, Uruguayan footballer
  • May 19 Andrea Pirlo, Italian footballer
  • May 21 Damián Ariel Álvarez, Argentinian footballer
  • May 23 Brian Campbell, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 23 Kirk Saarloos, American baseball player
  • May 23 Rasual Butler, American basketball player
  • May 24 Tracy McGrady, NBA forward (Toronto Raptors)
  • May 25 Sam Sodje, Nigerian footballer
  • May 25 Jonny Wilkinson, English international and Newcastle Falcons rugby player
  • May 25 Caroline Ouellette, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 26 Mehmet Okur (Memo), Turkish basketball player
  • May 27 Mile Sterjovski, Australian footballer
  • May 28 Joeri Jansen, Belgian athlete
  • May 28 Ronald Curry, American football player
  • May 29 Arne Friedrich, German football player
  • May 29 John Rheinecker, Major League Baseball player
  • May 30 Mike Bishai, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 1 Santana Moss, American football player
  • Jun 4 Naohiro Takahara, Japanese footballer
  • Jun 4 Daniel Vickerman, Australian rugby union player
  • Jun 5 Fraser Watts, Scottish cricketer
  • Jun 5 Jason White, American NASCAR driver
  • Jun 7 Kevin Hofland, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 8 Pete Orr, Canadian baseball player
  • Jun 8 Luis Ernesto Michel, Mexican football player
  • Jun 10 Konstantinos Loumpoutis, Greek footballer
  • Jun 10 Jake Tsakalidis, Georgian-Greek basketball player
  • Jun 12 Dallas Clark, American football player
  • Jun 13 Nila Håkedal, Norwegian beach volleyball player
  • Jun 15 Yulia Nestsiarenka, Belarusian athlete
  • Jun 15 Charles Zwolsman Jr., Dutch racing driver
  • Jun 17 Cawey Schau, canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 17 Nick Rimando, American soccer player
  • Jun 19 Soni Meduna, gymnast (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jun 19 John Duddy, Northern Irish boxer
  • Jun 19 Quentin Jammer, American football player
  • Jun 20 Sydne Vogel, figure skater (1996 NW Pac Sr champ), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Jun 20 Charles Howell III, Professional Golfer
  • Jun 20 Cael Sanderson, Olympic Wrestler
  • Jun 22 Joey Cheek, American speed skater
  • Jun 22 Brad Hawpe, American baseball player
  • Jun 23 LaDainian Tomlinson, American football player
  • Jun 25 Richard Hughes, Scottish footballer (Bournemouth), born in Glasgow
  • Jun 26 Ryō Fukuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Jun 26 Walter Herrmann, Argentinian basketball player (Olympic 2004 gold), born in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Jun 28 Randy McMichael, American football player
  • Jun 28 Jimmy Spithill, Australian sailor (America's Cup winning helmsman 2010, 2013), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 29 Andy O'Brien, English footballer (Republic of Ireland), born in Harrogate, England
  • Jun 29 Marleen Veldhuis, Dutch swimmer
  • Jul 2 Sam Hornish, Jr., American race car driver

Person of interestJoe Thornton

Jul 2 Joe Thornton, Canadian hockey player, born in London, Ontario

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • Jul 3 Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Greek footballer
  • Jul 3 David Bacani, American baseball player
  • Jul 5 Stiliyan Petrov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Jul 5 Amélie Mauresmo, French tennis player
  • Jul 7 Anastasios Gousis, Greek sprinter
  • Jul 7 Carl Breeze, British racing driver
  • Jul 10 Mvondo Atangana, Cameroon footballer
  • Jul 11 Éric Abidal, French footballer

Weddings in Sport


Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport