1981 in Sport (Part 2)

Events in Sport

Events 101 - 200 of 207

  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 12 Larry Holmes TKOs Leon Spinks in 3 for WBC heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 14 27th LPGA Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Jun 18 Test cricket debut of Terry Alderman, v England at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 21 81st US Golf Open: David Graham shoots 273 at Merion GC in Ardmore Pa
  • Jun 21 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 22 John McEnroe exhibits a disgraceful act of misbehavior at Wimbledon

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Jun 23 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox finally beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings (game began 18th April)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 28 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Jul 1 NEC soccer team forms in Nijmegen

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 88th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats H Mandlikova (6-2 6-2)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 4 95th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4)
  • Jul 5 9th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Jan Stephenson
  • Jul 7 Ben Plucknett of US throws discus 72.34 m, but throw is disqualified
  • Jul 12 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • Jul 19 110th British Golf Open: Bill Rogers shoots a 276 at Royal St George
  • Jul 19 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic
  • Jul 19 68th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • Jul 25 Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, force the cancellation of a rugby test between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa’s Springboks by invading the pitch during the game.

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 26 36th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Jul 29 Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul, New Zealand.
  • Jul 31 42 day old, 2nd major league baseball strike ends
  • Aug 2 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • Aug 6 Due to strike, Yanks, A's, Philles & Dodgers declared 1st ½ champs
  • Aug 9 52nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 9 63rd PGA Championship: Larry Nelson shoots a 273 at Atlanta AC Ga

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Aug 9 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA West Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • Aug 10 Pete Rose, 3,631 career hit, breaks Stan Musial's NL hit record
  • Aug 13 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 200m butterfly (2:05.96)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 14 Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • Aug 15 Robin Leamy of US swims record 7.98 kph for 50 m
  • Aug 16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • Aug 16 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • Aug 16 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 100m butterfly (57.93)
  • Aug 18 Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 23 Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • Aug 29 28th Walker Cup: US wins 15-9
  • Aug 29 Phillies minor leaguer Jeff Stone steals pro baseball record 121st base en route to 122 (Spartanburg (South Atlantic League))
  • Aug 30 Joanne Carner wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic
  • Aug 31 Dirk Wellham scores 103 on Test Cricket debut, v England at Lord's
  • Sep 3 Gerald P Remy of Boston gets 6 hits in a baseball game
  • Sep 3 Longest game in Fenway Park, suspended in 19, Seattle Mariners 7, Boston Red Sox 7
  • Sep 4 Longest game at Fenway Park completed in 20, Seattle Mariners 8, Boston Red Sox 7
  • Sep 6 Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon named NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • Sep 7 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 57 pass attempts
  • Sep 7 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 7 West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series

  • Sep 12 Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits Yanks for 8 innings before Rick Cerone & Dave Winfield lead off 9th with back-to-back doubles

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 101st Women's U.S. Open: Tracy Austin beats Martina Navratilova (1-6, 7-6, 7-6)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Sep 13 Atlanta Falcons tie record of 31 points in 4th quarter (vs Green Bay)
  • Sep 13 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • Sep 13 101st Men's U.S. Open: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3)
  • Sep 20 24th Ryder Cup: US, 18½-9½ at Walton Heath Golf Club (Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England)
  • Sep 20 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 21 Steve Carlton strikes out NL record 3,118th (Andre Dawson)

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Sep 21 Enterprise Radio (all sports) goes off the air

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 25 Nolan Ryan's 5th career no-hitter as Astros beat Dodgers 5-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Sep 30 Seoul, South Korea, is selected to host 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Oct 3 Brewers (since 1970) & Expos (1969) clinch their 1st-ever postseason

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 3 Mike Weaver beats Quick Tillis in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Oct 4 Donna Caponi Young and Kathy Whitworth wins Portland Ping Team Golf Championship
  • Oct 4 Pasakevi Kouna of Greece (9) is youngest international gymnastics participant
  • Oct 7 In 1st Eastern Division championship Yanks beat Brewers 5-3
  • Oct 8 USAC appeals panel restores disputed Indy 500 victory to Bobby Unser
  • Oct 11 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic
  • Oct 11 Yanks beat Brewers 7-3 & win only Eastern Championship Series
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 17 32nd Formula One WDC: Nelson Piquet wins by one point
  • Oct 18 NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game
  • Oct 19 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos for NL pennant
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 20 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99
  • Oct 25 11th NYC Women's Marathon won by Allison Roe in 2:25:29
  • Oct 25 12th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:08:13
  • Oct 26 LA Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 2 in 78th World Series
  • Oct 28 NY Yankee George Frazier loses 3 World Series games
  • Oct 29 Bill Giles becomes CEO of Philadelphia Phillies
  • Nov 1 Chako Higuchi wins LPGA Pioneer Cup Golf Tournament
  • Nov 3 Brewers reliever Rollie Fingers wins AL Cy Young Award
  • Nov 6 Larry Holmes TKOs Renaldo Snipes in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Nov 8 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Mazda Japan Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Nov 17 NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws
  • Nov 18 Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP
  • Nov 22 69th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-23
  • Nov 22 31st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins
  • Nov 25 Rollie Fingers is 1st relief pitcher to win AL MVP
  • Nov 28 Bear Bryant wins his 315th game to out distance Alonzo Stagg & become college football's winningest coach
  • Nov 28 46th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 28-17 in Birmingham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 30 NY Yankee Dave Righetti wins AL Rookie of Year Award

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • Dec 2 Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers) wins NL Rookie of the Year
  • Dec 3 Beth Daniel and Tom Kite win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 5 47th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Allen, Southern Cal (RB)
  • Dec 6 Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 Muhammad Ali's 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Dec 11 Wash Capitals biggest margin of victory (9) beating Toronto 11-2
  • Dec 13 70th Davis Cup: USA beats Argentina in Cincinnati (3-1)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 414

  • Mar 17 Kyle Korver, American Basketball Player
  • Mar 17 Servet Çetin, Turkish Football Player
  • Mar 18 Tora Berger, Norwegian biathlete
  • Mar 18 Kasib Powell, American basketball player
  • Mar 19 Kolo Touré, Ivorian footballer
  • Mar 23 Erin Crocker, American NASCAR driver
  • Mar 23 Tony Peña, Jr., Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 24 Ron Hainsey, American ice hockey player
  • Mar 26 Baruch Dego, Israeli football player
  • Mar 26 Josh Wilson, American baseball player
  • Mar 27 Terry McFlynn, Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 28 Edwar Ramirez, American baseball player
  • Mar 29 Jlloyd Samuel, WestIndian-born footballer
  • Mar 31 Maarten van der Weijden, Dutch swimmer
  • Apr 1 Antonis Fotsis, Greek basketball player
  • Apr 1 Pieter Weening, Dutch cyclist
  • Apr 1 Bjoern Einar Romoeren, Norwegian ski jumper
  • Apr 2 Michael Clarke, Australian cricketer
  • Apr 3 Matthew Nash, Australian soccer player
  • Apr 3 Heath Ramsay, Australian Olympic swimmer
  • Apr 3 DeShawn Stevenson, American basketball player
  • Apr 5 Jorge de la Rosa, Mexican baseball player
  • Apr 6 Robert Earnshaw, Zambian born, Welsh international footballer
  • Apr 7 Suzann Pettersen, Norwegian golfer
  • Apr 8 Rebecca Wilson, Queensland Australia, gymnast (Olympics 1996)
  • Apr 8 Brian Burres, American baseball player
  • Apr 9 Ireneusz Jeleń, Polish footballer
  • Apr 9 Milan Bartovič, Slovak ice hockey player
  • Apr 9 Dennis Sarfate, American baseball player
  • Apr 10 Alexei Semenov, Russian ice hockey player
  • Apr 11 Alexandre Burrows, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 12 Nicolás Burdisso, Argentine footballer
  • Apr 12 Brian Vandborg, Danish cyclist
  • Apr 13 Nat Borchers, American soccer player
  • Apr 15 Andrés D'Alessandro, Argentine football player
  • Apr 17 Ryan Raburn, American baseball player
  • Apr 18 Brian Buscher, American baseball player
  • Apr 19 Martin Havlat, Czech hockey player
  • Apr 19 Troy Polamalu, American football player
  • Apr 22 Ken Dorsey, American football player
  • Apr 23 Sean Henn, American baseball player
  • Apr 24 Taylor Dent, American tennis player
  • Apr 25 Felipe Massa, Brazilian racing driver (11 wins), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Apr 25 John McFall, British Paralympic sprinter
  • Apr 26 Matthieu Delpierre, French footballer
  • Apr 27 Patrik Gerrbrand, Swedish footballer
  • Apr 27 Joey Gathright, American baseball player
  • Apr 29 Émilie Mondor, Canadian athlete (d. 2006)
  • Apr 29 George McCartney, Northern Irish footballer
  • Apr 30 John O'Shea, Irish footballer
  • May 1 Aliaksandr Hleb, Belarusian footballer
  • May 1 Derek Asamoah, Ghanaian Footballer
  • May 1 Wes Welker, American football player
  • May 2 Matt Murray, English footballer
  • May 2 Chris Kirkland, English footballer
  • May 4 Eric Djemba-Djemba, Cameroon footballer
  • May 5 Chris Duncan, baseball player
  • May 8 Andrea Barzagli, Italian footballer
  • May 8 Yasuko Tajima, Japanese swimmer
  • May 8 John Maine, American baseball player
  • May 9 Bill Murphy, American baseball player
  • May 10 Humberto Suazo, Chilean footballer
  • May 11 Lauren Jackson, Australian basketball player
  • May 11 Daniel Ortmeier, American baseball player
  • May 13 Jimmy Yang, American wrestler
  • May 15 Patrice Evra, French-Senegalese footballer
  • May 15 Justin Morneau, Canadian baseball player
  • May 17 Beñat Albizuri, Spanish cyclist
  • May 17 Giannis Taralidis, Greek footballer
  • May 17 Leon Osman, English footballer
  • May 18 Mahamadou Diarra, Malian footballer
  • May 19 Luciano Figueroa, Argentine footballer
  • May 19 Klaas-Erik Zwering, Dutch swimmer
  • May 20 Iker Casillas, Spanish footballer
  • May 20 Lindsay Taylor, American basketball player
  • May 20 Mark Winterbottom, Australian racing driver
  • May 21 Beth Botsford, 100m/200m backstroke (Olympic gold 1996)
  • May 21 Josh Hamilton, Major League Baseball player
  • May 22 Jürgen Melzer, Austrian tennis player
  • May 24 Shelby Lyons, pairs skater (& Wells-1995 Midwest champ), born in Oswego, New York
  • May 27 Johan Elmander, Swedish footballer
  • May 27 Miloy, Angolan footballer
  • May 27 Fivos Constantinou, Cypriot distance runner
  • May 28 Daniel Cabrera, Dominican baseball player
  • May 29 Andrei Arshavin, Russian footballer
  • May 30 Andrey Arshavin, Russian Footballer
  • May 30 Gianmaria Bruni, Italian racing driver
  • May 30 Ahmad Elrich, Australian footballer
  • May 31 Jake Peavy, American baseball player
  • Jun 1 Carlos Zambrano, Venezuelan Major League Baseball player
  • Jun 2 Chin-hui Tsao, Taiwanese baseball player
  • Jun 2 Nikolay Davydenko, Russian professional tennis pl
  • Jun 4 Giourkas Seitaridis, Greek footballer
  • Jun 7 Tyler Johnson, baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 7 Anna Kournikova, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow

Tennis Player Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player
Anna Kournikova
  • Jun 7 Stephen Bywater, British goalkeeper
  • Jun 7 Kevin Kyle, Scottish footballer
  • Jun 8 Matteo Meneghello, Italian racing driver
  • Jun 10 Burton O'Brien, Scottish footballer
  • Jun 11 Emiliano Moretti, Italian footballer

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