1980 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 235

  • Jan 1 66th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #1 Ohio State, 17-16
  • Jan 1 46th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #6 Arkansas, 24-9
  • Jan 1 46th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #4 Florida State, 24-7

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 2 68th Men's Australian Open: Guillermo Vilas beats John Sadri (7-6, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 2 68th Women's Australian Open: Barbara Jordan beats Sharon Walsh (6-3, 6-3)
  • Jan 6 Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat
  • Jan 6 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers 27-13
  • Jan 6 NFC Championship Game: Los Angeles Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-0
  • Jan 7 Minn ends Philadelphia Flyers' NHL record 35 game unbeaten streak ends
  • Jan 8 Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0
  • Jan 8 NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports
  • Jan 10 Jim Stewart, Bruin's rookie goalie allows 3 goals in his 1st 4 mins & a total of 5 in 1st period; he never again plays in NHL
  • Jan 12 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • Jan 20 Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena, MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • Jan 21 Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal
  • Jan 22 PGA begins a senior golf tour
  • Jan 22 West Indies beat England 2-0 to win cricket's 1st World Series Cup
  • Jan 25 Dutch government demands boycott of Olympics
  • Jan 26 Islanders & Whalers play a NHL penalty-free game
  • Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 37-27
  • Jan 29 Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 3 Larry Holmes TKOs Lorenzo Holmes in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Feb 3 30th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-136 (OT) at Landover, Maryland
  • Feb 4 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
  • Feb 5 32nd NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-3 at Detroit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 9 Rick Barry, Houston, is 1st in NBA to score 8 3-pointers in a game

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • Feb 10 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 12 NY Islanders 2nd scoreless tie, vs Winnipeg Jets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 Richard Hadlee becomes NZ's top wicket-taker with 117

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Feb 13 NZ beats West Indies by one wicket in cricket at Dunedin
  • Feb 14 13th Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, New York
  • Feb 15 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 500m in 38.03 sec
  • Feb 15 Wayne Gretzy assists on NHL-record-tieing 7 goals
  • Feb 16 Eric Heiden skates 5k in 7:02.29 (Olympic Record)
  • Feb 17 Dot Germain wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • Feb 19 Botham a century & 13 wickets in Jubilee Test Cricket at Bombay
  • Feb 19 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1000m in 1:15.18
  • Feb 21 Eric Heiden skates Olympic record 1500m in 1:55.44

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 22 USA beats USSR in Olympic hockey 4-3, referred to as "Miracle on Ice". USA captain Mike Eruzione scores winning goal in 3rd period

Ice Hockey Player Mike Eruzione
Ice Hockey Player
Mike Eruzione
  • Feb 23 13th Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, NY
  • Feb 23 Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
  • Feb 24 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
  • Feb 24 Rangers score 5 power-play goals against Islanders
  • Feb 24 USA Olympic hockey team defeated Finland, 4-2, to win the gold medal
  • Feb 26 Richard Hadlee scores Test Cricket century v Roberts, Garner, Holding, Croft

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Mar 1 Hilbert van der Duim becomes world champion all-round skater
  • Mar 1 27th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Maryland, 73-72
  • Mar 1 21st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: LSU beats Kentucky, 80-78
  • Mar 2 3rd Islander scoreless tie-Penguins in Pitts

  • Mar 2 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Sun City Golf Classic
  • Mar 2 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 4 40th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 9 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Sunstar '80 Golf Tournament
  • Mar 11 Rod Marsh bowls 10 overs for 51 runs in dull Aust v Pak cricket draw
  • Mar 12 NY Islanders 3rd scoreless tie, vs Pittsburgh Penguin
  • Mar 14 Polish airliner crash kills all 87 aboard (22 are US amateur boxers)
  • Mar 16 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Honda Civic Golf Classic
  • Mar 23 Border completes 150 in each inning of Test Cricket v Pakistan

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 23 Donna Caponi Young Pro-Am wins LPGA National Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Mar 24 42nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats UCLA 59-54
  • Mar 29 134th Grand National: Charlie Fenwick aboard Ben Nevis wins

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 30 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 31 Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for WBA heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Apr 1 Baseball Players' Association votes to cancel 92 remaining exhibition games

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Apr 1 Wayne Gretzky breaks Bobby Orr's record with 103rd assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 6 9th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Donna Caponi Young
  • Apr 6 Gordie Howe completes a record 26th season
  • Apr 8 Islander Potvin's 2 shorthanded goals tie NHL record vs Kings & set NHL rec of 2 shorthanded playoff goals in 1 period
  • Apr 9 Los Angeles Kings tie NHL record with two shorthanded playoff goals (vs NY Islanders)
  • Apr 12 Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper & Money hit grand slams)
  • Apr 12 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games
  • Apr 12 Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 13 44th Masters Golf Tournament: Seve Ballesteros wins, shooting a 275

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Apr 13 Amy Alcott wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic
  • Apr 13 US boycotts Summer Olympics in Moscow

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 16 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Apr 20 Donna White wins LPGA Florida "Lady Citrus" Golf Tournament
  • Apr 21 84th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:12:11 and Jacqueline Gareau of Canada 1st woman in 2:34:28; Rosie Ruiz disqualified as women's champion for not running the entire course
  • Apr 25 A's manager Billy Martin restrained by umpires from attacking a fan
  • Apr 26 Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01)
  • Apr 26 Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards)
  • Apr 27 Barbara Barrow wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • Apr 29 1980 NFL Draft: Billy Sims from University of Oklahoma first pick by Detroit Lions
  • May 1 Sabres & Islanders play to 1:20 of 5th period in a playoff
  • May 3 106th Kentucky Derby: Jacinto Vasquez on Genuine Risk wins in 2:02
  • May 3 Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits his 521st & final HR
  • May 3 Texas Ranger Ferguson Jenkins becomes 4th to win 100 games in AL & NL
  • May 4 Dodgers bat out of order against Phillies in 1st inning
  • May 4 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA CPC Women's Internationalional Golf Tournament
  • May 4 White Sox 1st baseman Mike Squires catches final inning of 11-1 loss to Brewers, becoming 1st lefty to catch since Dale Long in 1958
  • May 8 Sabres take only 15 shots, Islanders 22, in a playoff game
  • May 11 Pam Higgins wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 11 Pete Rose, 39, steals second, third, & home in one inning for Phillies

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 12 West Ham United wins the FA Cup, beating Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium. Midfield playmaker Trevor Brooking scores the winner with a rare header.
  • May 13 Cincinnati Red Ray Knight hits 2 HRs in 5th inning vs NY Mets
  • May 14 Valencia of Spain wins 20th European Cup Winner's Cup against Arsenal of England 5-4 on penalties in Brussels
  • May 15 Flyers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 400

  • Jan 2 Stephanie Stiegler, pairs skater (& Zimmerman), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 3 Angela Ruggiero, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Oly-98)
  • Jan 3 David Tyree, American football player
  • Jan 4 Yaroslav Popovych, Ukrainian cyclist
  • Jan 4 Miguel Monteiro, Portuguese footballer
  • Jan 6 Steed Malbranque, French footballer
  • Jan 9 Sergio García Fernández, Spanish professional golfer (31 tour victories), born in Borriol, Spain
  • Jan 10 Matt Roney, American baseball player
  • Jan 11 Mike Williams, American football player
  • Jan 12 Bobby Crosby, American baseball player
  • Jan 13 Nils-Eric Johansson, Swedish footballer
  • Jan 13 Akira Kaji, Japanese footballer
  • Jan 13 Michael Rupp, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 14 Clive Clarke, Irish footballer
  • Jan 14 Cory Gibbs, American soccer player
  • Jan 14 Ossama Haidar, a Lebanese soccer player
  • Jan 14 Byron Leftwich, American football player
  • Jan 15 Matt Holliday, American baseball player
  • Jan 16 Seydou Keita, Malian footballer
  • Jan 16 Albert Pujols, Dominican-American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 18 Robert Green, English footballer
  • Jan 18 Julius Peppers, American football player
  • Jan 19 Jenson Button, English Formula One driver (World Championship 2009), born in Frome, England
  • Jan 21 Aubrie Rippner, tennis star (1995 USTA National Girls 18), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Dave Kitson, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Jake Grove, American football player
  • Jan 22 Jonathan Woodgate, English footballer
  • Jan 23 Theresa Kulikowski, gymnast (World-bronze-95, Oly-96), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jan 24 Rocky Boiman, American football player
  • Jan 25 Xavi, Catalan Spanish footballer
  • Jan 25 Efstathios Tavlaridis, Greek footballer
  • Jan 27 Marat Safin, Russian tennis player
  • Jan 27 Chanda Gunn, ice hockey player
  • Jan 29 Ivan Klasnić, Croatian football player
  • Jan 30 Joãozinho, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 1 Moisés Muñoz, Mexican footballer
  • Feb 1 Otilino Tenorio, Ecuadorian footballer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 1 Héctor Luna, Dominican Republic baseball player
  • Feb 2 Oleguer Presas, Spanish football player
  • Feb 8 Stephen Wright, English footballer
  • Feb 9 Angelos Charisteas, Greek footballer
  • Feb 9 Shelly Martinez, American wrestler
  • Feb 10 César Izturis, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Feb 10 Mike Ribeiro, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 10 Steve Tully, English footballer
  • Feb 11 Titi Buengo, Angolan footballer
  • Feb 11 Cormac McAnallen, Northern Irish Gaelic footballer (d. 2004)
  • Feb 11 Marco Bresciano, Australian soccer player
  • Feb 12 Juan Carlos Ferrero, Spanish tennis player
  • Feb 13 Kristy Powell, Fla, gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 13 Sebastian Kehl, German footballer
  • Feb 14 Fátima Leyva, Mexican footballer
  • Feb 16 Ashley Lelie, American football player
  • Feb 17 Shanyn MacEachern, Brampton Ontario, gymnist (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 17 Klemi Saban, Israeli footballer
  • Feb 17 Al Harrington, American basketball player
  • Feb 18 Alison Rachel Fitch, New Zealand swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Feb 18 Nikolai Antropov, Kazakh ice hockey player
  • Feb 19 Mike Miller, American basketball player
  • Feb 20 Artur Boruc, Polish footballer
  • Feb 20 Imanol Harinordoquy, French rugby union footballer
  • Feb 21 Parthiva Sureshwaren, Indian racing driver
  • Feb 21 Brad Fast, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 21 Jim Vandermeer, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 23 Yvonne Tousek, gymnistic (Olympics-96), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Feb 24 Roman Sloudnov, Russian swimmer
  • Feb 25 Antonio Burks, American basketball player
  • Feb 26 Gary Majewski, Major League Baseball player
  • Feb 28 Pascal Bosschaart, Dutch footballer
  • Feb 28 Piotr Giza, Polish footballer
  • Feb 28 Lucian Bute, Romanian-born Quebec boxer
  • Feb 28 Tayshaun Prince, American basketball player
  • Feb 29 Ruben Plaza, Spanish cyclist
  • Feb 29 Simon Gagné, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 29 Taylor Twellman, American soccer player
  • Feb 29 Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • Mar 1 Shahid Afridi, cricketer (ton in 37 balls in 1st ODI innings)
  • Mar 1 Djimi Traoré, Malian footballer
  • Mar 1 Abdur Rehman, Pakistani cricketer
  • Mar 2 Édson Nobre, Angolan footballer
  • Mar 3 Mason Unck, American football player
  • Mar 4 Omar Bravo, Mexican footballer
  • Mar 4 Jack Hannahan, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Arash Markazi, American sportswriter
  • Mar 11 Paul Scharner, Austrian footballer
  • Mar 11 Dan Uggla, American baseball player
  • Mar 12 Douglas Murray, Swedish ice-hockey player
  • Mar 13 Caron Butler, American basketballer
  • Mar 14 Matteo Grassotto, Italian racing driver
  • Mar 14 Ben Herring, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Mar 14 Aaron Brown, British/English footballer
  • Mar 15 Deidra Graham, Salt Lake City Utah, gymnast (alt-Olympics-96)
  • Mar 15 Freddie Bynum, American baseball player
  • Mar 16 Felipe Reyes, Spanish basketball player
  • Mar 16 Todd Heap, American football player
  • Mar 17 Danny Califf, American soccer player
  • Mar 18 Sebastien Frey, French footballer
  • Mar 20 Jamal Crawford, American basketball player
  • Mar 21 Ronaldinho Gaucho, Brazilian international footballer
  • Mar 24 Tassos Venetis, Greek footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 Actor Samuel L. Jackson (31) weds sports channel producer LaTanya Richardson (30)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 24 Tennis star Bjorn Borg (24) weds tennis player Mariana Simionescu (23) in Bucharest, Romania

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 31 Karolyn Englehardt divorces baseball manager Pete Rose (39) after 16 years of marriage

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

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Frank Clifford Wykoff, sprinter (Olympic gold 28, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • Jan 3 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (b. 1892)
  • Jan 10 Bo Rein, American college football coach (b. 1945)
  • Jan 12 Hans Ebeling, cricketer (Vict stalwart, bowled for Aust 1934), dies
  • Jan 31 J P Duminy, cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wkt at 39 in 3 Test S Af), dies
  • Feb 1 Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 28 Ian Alexander Ross Peebles, cricketer (45 wkts for England), dies
  • Mar 1 Dixie Dean, English footballer (b. 1907)
  • Mar 12 Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Mar 18 Herman Griffith, cricketer (13 Tests for WI, 44 wickets), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 31 Jesse Owens, American track and field star who spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold medals, dies of lung cancer at 66

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • Apr 2 Dick Howorth, cricketer (England slow lefty all-rounder late 40's), dies
  • Apr 12 Stanley De Silva, cricketer (motor bike Sri Lanka '79 World Cup), dies
  • Apr 13 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (b. 1956)
  • May 2 Clarrie Grimmett, cricket (36 Tests for Australia, 216 wickets), dies
  • May 20 Jack Walsh, cricketer (at Wallsend)/commentator (NBN), dies
  • Jun 1 Rube Marquard, American baseball pitcher, dies at 90
  • Jun 10 Denys Morkel, South African cricketer (batsman scored 663 runs 1927-32), dies
  • Jun 18 André Leducq, French cyclist (b. 1904)
  • Jul 18 Naoomal Jeoomal, cricketer (3 Tests for India 1932-34, 108 runs), dies
  • Aug 1 Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • Aug 2 Verdun John Scott, cricketer (ten Tests for NZ), dies
  • Aug 6 Charles Urbanus, Dutch baseball player, dies at 66
  • Aug 9 P K "Perker" Lee, cricketer (Australian bowler 1931-33, 2 Tests), dies
  • Aug 21 Jack Cheetham, cricketer (15 Tests as South African capt, won 7 lost 5), dies
  • Sep 8 Bruce Dooland, cricketer (prolific leggie for Notts), dies
  • Oct 6 Jean Robic, French cyclist (b. 1921)
  • Oct 10 Walter Keeton, cricketer (opening bat in 2 Test for Eng 1934-39), dies
  • Oct 14 S N Banerjee, cricketer (one Test for India), dies
  • Oct 15 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek footballer and volleyball player (b. 1896)
  • Nov 18 Conn Smythe, NHL coach 1927-1931 (b. 1895)
  • Nov 21 Jim Parks Sr, Kent cricket all-rounder (only Test for England), dies
  • Nov 22 Herbert Wade, cricketer (South African batsman & captain 1935-36), dies
  • Nov 23 Herby Wade, cricketer (South African capt 10 Tests 1935-36), dies
  • Nov 26 Rachael Roberts, actress (This Sporting Life), dies at age 53
  • Dec 4 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • Dec 5 Don Taylor, cricketer (3 Tests for NZ 1947-56, 159 runs), dies
  • Dec 14 Elston Howard, MVP catcher (NY Yankees), dies at 59
  • Dec 28 Amir Elahi, cricketer, 1st Pakistani Test cricketer to die
  • Dec 31 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for England, legendary 6-hitter), dies