On This Day

Year 1981 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 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
  • Apr 24 Bill Shoemaker wins his 8,000th race, 2000 more than any other jockey

Sports Stars Married in 1981