1981 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 191

  • Jan 1 67th Rose Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #16 Washington, 23-6
  • Jan 1 47th Sugar Bowl: #1 Georgia beats #7 Notre Dame, 17-10
  • Jan 1 47th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 18-17
  • Jan 3 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Czech teenager Hana Mandlíková wins her 1st of 4 career Grand Slam singles titles; beats home favourite Wendy Turnbull 6-0, 7-5

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • Jan 4 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Brian Teacher wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats home favourite Kim Warwick 7-5, 7-6, 6-3
  • Jan 11 AFC Championship, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego: Oakland Raiders beat San Diego Chargers, 34-27
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Dallas Cowboys, 20-7

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 13 Islander's Mike Bossy's 15th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Jan 15 Pitcher Bob Gibson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility; after a stellar 17 year career, polls 337 votes from Baseball Writers Association of America

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even take his gold teeth

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 18 Swedish tennis star Björn Borg claims his second straight ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–4, 6–2, 6–2 win over Ivan Lendl at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jan 22 O A "Bum" Phillips becomes head coach of New Orleans Saints
  • Jan 23 Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games
  • Jan 23 Red Sox trade Fred Lynn to Angels for Frank Tanana and Joe Rudi

  • Jan 24 Islanders scored 5 power play goals against Nordiques
  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10; MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB
  • Jan 29 AL approves sale of White Sox to Jerry Reinsdorf & Eddie Einhorn for $20 million, & 80% of Mariners to George Argyros for $104 million
  • Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 21-7; MVP: Eddie Murray, Detroit Lions, PK
  • Feb 1 Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell sensationally instructs younger brother Trevor to bowl underarm to Brian McKechnie with NZ needing 6 from last ball to tie 3rd World Series ODI in Melbourne; Australia wins by 6

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Feb 1 31st NBA All-Star Game, Coliseum at Richfield, OH: East beats West, 123-120; MVP: Nate Archibald, Boston Celtics, PG

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • Feb 3 Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 10 33rd NHL All-Star Game, The Forum, Inglewood: Campbell Conference beats Wales Conference, 4-1; MVP: Mike Liut, St. Louis Blues, G
  • Feb 10 Dennis Lillee becomes Australian Cricket's top wicket-taker with 249
  • Feb 12 Arbitrator Goetz declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent
  • Feb 15 23rd Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins record 7th title at Daytona, beating Bobby Allison to the line by 3.5 seconds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 20-year-old Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky becomes first player in NHL history to score 5 career hat-tricks before age 21; scores 5 goals and 2 assists in 9-2 Oilers' home win against St. Louis

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Feb 20 Quebec's Czech rookie brothers Peter and Anton Stastny each score first career NHL hat-tricks in Nordiques' 9-3 win at Vancouver; Peter adds 3 assists and Anton 2
  • Feb 25 NHL most penalized game; Bruins vs Northstars, 84 penalties (392 mins)
  • Feb 25 NY Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames
  • Feb 25 Exec Board of Baseball Players' Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29 if the issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved
  • Feb 26 84 penalties (406 mins) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minn & Bost
  • Feb 28 Calvin Murphy (Hou), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws
  • Mar 1 Houston Rockets guard Calvin Murphy misses a free throw in a 102-86 loss in San Antonio, ending his NBA record consecutive free throw streak at 78
  • Mar 3 Isle's Mike Bossy 9th & final hat trick of season-4 goals
  • Mar 3 NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie
  • Mar 5 Ice Dance Championship at Hartford won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB)
  • Mar 6 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Hartford won by Denise Biellmann
  • Mar 7 28th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 61-60
  • Mar 7 22nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Ole Miss beats Georgia, 66-62

  • Mar 11 Johnny Mize and Rube Foster are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Mar 14 NCAA St Joseph's upsets top seed DePaul 49-48
  • Mar 17 FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team forms
  • Mar 18 Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)
  • Mar 19 Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4
  • Mar 21 France beats England 16-12 at Twickenham, London for it's 7th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 3rd Grand Slam title

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Mar 23 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Raymond Floyd beats Barry Jaeckel and Curtis Strange on the first hole of a sudden death playoff in a rain affected Monday finish

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Mar 24 Bombay beat Delhi by innings & 46 to win Ranji Cricket Trophy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 28 Martina Navratilova beats 16 year old American tennis prodigy Andrea Jaeger 6-3, 7-6 in the final of the WTA Tour Championships at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Mar 29 Tiina Lehtola ski jumps female record 110m
  • Mar 29 AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Louisiana Tech beat Tennessee 79-59 in Eugene

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30 43rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats North Carolina, 63-50; Hoosiers' future Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas is named Tournament Most Outstanding Player

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • Apr 4 135th Grand National: Bob Champion aboard 10/1 hope Aldaniti wins by 4 lengths from 8/1 favourite Spartan Missile
  • Apr 5 Philadelphia Flyers amass a record 2,621 penalty minutes
  • Apr 8 Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
  • Apr 9 LA Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela's 1st start, beats Astros 2-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 11 Larry Holmes beats Trevor Berbick in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 12 45th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tom Watson wins his second green jacket and 5th major title by 2 strokes over Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller

  • Apr 17 Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers
  • Apr 17 Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • Apr 18 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox tie Rochester Red Wings 2-2 in 32 innings (game resumed 23rd June)
  • Apr 19 Oakland A's runs record to 11-0
  • Apr 20 85th Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan wins men's race in 2:09:26; Allison Roe of New Zealand takes women's title in 2:26:46
  • Apr 22 Dodgers rookie Fernando Valenzuela tosses his 3rd shutout in 4 starts
  • Apr 24 Bill Shoemaker wins his 8,000th race, 2000 more than any other jockey
  • Apr 24 San Antonio blocks 20 Golden State shots to set NBA reg game record
  • Apr 27 1st female soccer official is hired by NASL
  • Apr 29 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st lefty to strike out 3,000 batters
  • Apr 29 NFL Draft: South Carolina running back George Rogers first pick by New Orleans Saints

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • May 2 107th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Velásquez on Pleasant Colony wins in 2:02
  • May 10 Montreal Expo Charlie Lee no-hits SF Giants, 4-0
  • May 12 NY Islanders tie own record with two shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs Minn
  • May 13 Dinamo Tbilisi wins 21st European Cup Winner's Cup against Carl Zeiss Jena of East Germany 2-1 in Düsseldorf
  • May 14 35th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • May 15 "Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" airs
  • May 16 106th Preakness: Jorge Velásquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6
  • May 16 Houston Astro Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples beating Cubs 6-1
  • May 17 Islanders score 5 power play goals against Flyers in a playoff
  • May 21 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: NY Islanders win back-to-back titles; beat Minnesota North Stars, 5-1 for 4 games to 1 series win
  • May 23 Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez (22) becomes the youngest 3-division world champion in history by knocking out WBC World Super Welterweight champion Maurice Hope in 12 rounds in Las Vegas
  • May 24 Bobby Unser wins, loses, & wins a controversial Indy 500
  • May 25 Bobby Unser becomes 1st Indy 500 winner to be disqualified

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 25 Carl Yastrzemski is 4th to play 3,000 baseball games (Cobb, Musial & Aaron)

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • May 27 Lenny Randle tries to blow a slow roller foul but umpire says no
  • May 27 25th European Cup: Liverpool beats Real Madrid 1-0 at Paris
  • May 30 LA Dodgers are quickest to get 1,000,000 attendence (22 games)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 5 Astro's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Jun 6 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29
  • Jun 6 French Open Women's Tennis: Czech teenager Hana Mandlíková beats Sylvia Hanika of Germany 6-2, 6-4 for her only French singles crown
  • Jun 7 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins 11th and final career Grand Slam title; Open era record 6th French title; beats Ivan Lendl 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
  • Jun 8 Seattle Mariners draft Mike Moore #1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 10 Pete Rose ties Stan Musial's NL record of 3,630 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jun 11 Mariners beat Orioles 8-2 at Kingdome, then players go on strike
  • Jun 12 Baseball players begin a 50 day strike, their 3rd strike
  • Jun 12 Larry Holmes TKOs Leon Spinks in 3 for WBC heavyweight boxing title

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jun 14 LPGA Championship, Jack Nicklaus GC: Donna Caponi Young sinks 15 foot birdie putt on 18th to beat Jerilyn Britz and Pat Meyers by 1 stroke

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Jun 18 Test cricket debut of Terry Alderman, v England at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 21 US Open Men's Golf, Merion GC: David Graham wins his second major title and becomes the first Australian to win the US Open, 3 strokes ahead of runners-up George Burns and Bill Rogers

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 417

  • Jan 1 Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian race car driver
  • Jan 1 Abdülkadir Koçak, Turkish boxer
  • Jan 2 Hanno Balitsch, German footballer
  • Jan 2 Maxi Rodríguez, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 2 Ryan Garko, American baseball player
  • Jan 2 Kirk Hinrich, American basketball player
  • Jan 3 Eli [Elisha] Manning, American football quarterback (NY Giants - MVP Super Bowls XLII, XLVI), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 3 Chris Blais, California racecar driver
  • Jan 5 Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Jan 6 Asante Samuel, National Football League Defensive Back, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Jan 7 Alex Auld, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Cold Lake, Canada
  • Jan 7 Marquis Daniels, American basketball player, born in Jasper, Florida
  • Jan 8 Jeff Francis, Canadian baseball player, born in Vancouver, Canada
  • Jan 8 Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player, born in Guangzhou, China
  • Jan 9 Euzebiusz Smolarek, Polish footballer, born in Łódź, Poland
  • Jan 12 Dan Klecko, American football player, born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 13 Reggie Brown, American football player
  • Jan 13 Darrell Rasner, American baseball player
  • Jan 15 El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer, born in Dakar, Senegal
  • Jan 15 Sean Lamont, Scottish rugby union footballer, born in Perth, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Bobby Zamora, English footballer
  • Jan 17 Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer
  • Jan 18 Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 18 Olivier Rochus, Belgian tennis player, born in Namur, Belgium
  • Jan 19 Asier Del Horno, Spanish footballer, born in Barakaldo, Spain
  • Jan 19 Lucho González, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jan 20 Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 20 Owen Hargreaves, English football player & television pundit, born in Calgary, Canada
  • Jan 21 Ivan Ergić, Serbian footballer
  • Jan 21 Jamie Dalrymple, English cricketer
  • Jan 21 Dany Heatley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 22 Ibrahima Sonko, French footballer, born in Bignona, Senegal
  • Jan 23 Rob Friend, Canadian football player, born in Rosetown, Canada
  • Jan 24 Travis Hanson, American baseball player
  • Jan 25 Francis Jeffers, English footballer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Juan Jose Haedo, Argentinian Cyclist
  • Jan 27 Alicia Molik, Australian tennis player
  • Jan 28 Rick Razzano, American football player
  • Jan 30 Dimitar Berbatov, Bulgarian footballer, born in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
  • Jan 30 Mathias Lauda, Austrian racing driver, born in Salzburg, Austria
  • Jan 30 Peter Crouch, English footballer, born in Macclesfield, United Kingdom
  • Jan 31 Julio Arca, Argentinian football player, born in Quilmes, Argentina
  • Feb 1 Luis Lamá, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • Feb 1 Graeme Smith, South African cricketer, born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Feb 1 Rob Austin, British racing driver, born in Evesham, United Kingdom
  • Feb 2 Jason Kapono, American basketball player
  • Feb 3 Maurice Ross, Scottish footballer
  • Feb 4 Tom Mastny, Indonesian baseball player
  • Feb 4 Johan Van Summeren, Belgian cyclist
  • Feb 4 Ben Hendrickson, American baseball player
  • Feb 4 Jason Kapono, America professional basketball player
  • Feb 5 Loukas Vyntra, Greek football player, born in Město Albrechtice, Czechia
  • Feb 6 Ty Warren, American football defensive lineman, born in Bryan, Texas
  • Feb 9 Joël Camathias, Swiss racing driver
  • Feb 10 Andrew Johnson, English footballer, born in Bedford, United Kingdom
  • Feb 11 Scot Thompson, US soccer player, born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 13 Luisão [Ânderson Luís da Silva], Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Feb 13 Liam Miller, Irish footballer, born in Cork, Republic of Ireland
  • Feb 13 Luke Ridnour, US basketball player, born in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
  • Feb 15 Diego Martínez, Mexican footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Feb 16 Jay Howard, British racing driver
  • Feb 16 Jerry Owens, American baseball player
  • Feb 16 Qyntel Woods, American basketball player
  • Feb 17 Donielle Thompson, Wheatridge CO, gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 17 Lisa Skinner, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 18 Andrei Kirilenko, Russian basketball player
  • Feb 18 Ivan Sproule, Irish footballer
  • Feb 18 Alex Rios, American baseball player
  • Feb 19 Gil Reyes, American boxer
  • Feb 19 Nicky Shorey, English footballer
  • Feb 20 Tony Hibbert, English footballer
  • Feb 22 Fredson Camara, Brazilian footballer, born in Monção, Brazil
  • Feb 23 Gareth Barry, English footballer (West Bromwich Albion F.C.), born in Hastings, United Kingdom
  • Feb 23 Charles Tillman, American football cornerback, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 24 Lleyton Hewitt, Australian tennis player (US Open 2001, Wimbledon 2002), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • Feb 24 Mohammad Sami, Pakistani cricketer
  • Feb 25 Park Ji-Sung, South Korean footballer
  • Feb 26 Kertus Davis, American NASCAR driver, born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • Feb 27 Elodie Ouédraogo, Belgian athlete, born in Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Belgium
  • Feb 28 Brian Bannister, American baseball player, born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Feb 28 Florent Serra, French tennis player, born in Bordeaux, France
  • Mar 1 Will Power, Australian auto racer (Indianapolis 500 2018), born in Toowoomba, Queensland
  • Mar 1 Brad Winchester, American ice hockey player
  • Mar 3 Dusty Dvoracek, American football player
  • Mar 3 Emmanuel Pappoe, Ghanaian footballer
  • Mar 5 Andreas Wiig, Norwegian snowboarder
  • Mar 5 Paul Martin, American ice hockey player
  • Mar 8 Michael Beauchamp, Australian footballer
  • Mar 9 Antonio Bryant, American football player, born in Miami, Florida
  • Mar 9 Anders Nøhr, Danish footballer, born in Ikast, Denmark
  • Mar 9 Clay Rapada, American baseball player, born in Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Mar 10 Samuel Eto'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • Mar 10 Efthimios Kouloucheris, Greek footballer
  • Mar 10 Steven Reid, English-born footballer
  • Mar 11 Lee Evans, American football player
  • Mar 13 Stephen Maguire, Scottish snooker player, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Mar 14 Bobby Jenks, American baseball player
  • Mar 15 Mikael Forssell, Finnish footballer
  • Mar 16 Curtis Granderson, American baseball player
  • Mar 16 Yoav Ziv, Israeli footballer

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 9 NFL coach Bill Cowher (23) weds Kaye Young

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 1 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (25) weds second wife Cathleen Castillo

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 15 Professional boxer George Foreman (32) weds Sharon Goodson

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 17 Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer (b. 1899)
  • Feb 5 Barend Barendse, Dutch sports reporter and actor (Zeskamp, Oebele), dies at 73
  • Feb 15 Jack Crapp, English cricketer (7 Tests for England 1948-49, 319 runs), dies at 68
  • Mar 6 George Geary, English cricketer (14 Tests for England, 46 wickets), dies at 87
  • Mar 7 Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling, German tennis player (runner-up Wimbledon 1931, 1936), dies at 72
  • Mar 14 Ken Barrington, cricketer (82 Tests for England, 6806 runs), dies
  • Mar 17 Paul Dean, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • Mar 26 Tim Wall, cricketer (SA v NSW 1933 is Sheffield Shield record), dies
  • Mar 30 Noel Harford, New Zealand cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), dies at 50
  • Apr 2 Delfo Cabrera, Argentine distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 1948), dies in a car accident at 62

Person of interestJoe Louis

Apr 12 Joe Louis, [Brown bomber], US heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), dies of cardiac arrest at 66

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Apr 16 Eric Hollies, English cricketer (13 Tests for England, 44 wickets), dies at 68
  • Apr 21 Harry Lee, cricketer (scored 18 & 1 in only Test for England), dies
  • Apr 28 Mickey "Toy Bulldog" Walker, welterweight champ (1922-26) dies at 79
  • Apr 28 Cliff Battles, Pro/College Football Halls of Fame halfback (Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), dies at 70
  • May 8 Maurice Fernandes, cricket captain (WI in 1st Test win, 1930 v Eng), dies
  • May 9 C E "Nip" Pellew, cricketer (10 Tests 484 runs at 37), dies
  • May 9 Ralph Allen, English footballer (b. 1906)
  • May 25 Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • May 30 Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1955)
  • Jun 3 Eric Dalton, South African cricketer (698 runs for South Africa at 31 72), dies at 74
  • Jun 28 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged marathoner, dies of cancer at 22
  • Aug 14 Dudley Nourse, South African cricketer (34 Tests for South Africa, 2960 runs), dies at 70
  • Aug 27 Valery Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • Aug 28 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), dies at 82
  • Aug 31 Victor Trumper Jr, Australian cricketer (7 games for NSW, 74 runs 12 wkts), dies at 67
  • Sep 9 Phiroz Edulji Palia, cricket (2 Tests for India, 29 runs & 0-13), dies
  • Sep 29 Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (b. 1913)
  • Oct 4 Freddie Lindstrom, Major League Baseball Hall of famer (b. 1905)
  • Oct 15 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)
  • Nov 14 Robert Bradford, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1941)
  • Nov 22 Jack Fingleton, Australian cricketer (18 Tests for Australia, 1189 runs), dies at 73
  • Nov 25 Morris Kirksey, American 4 X 100m (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 86
  • Nov 26 Max Euwe, Dutch world chess champion (1935-37), dies at 80