1982 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 213

  • Jan 1 68th Rose Bowl: #12 Washington beats #13 Iowa, 28-0
  • Jan 1 48th Sugar Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats #2 Georgia, 24-20
  • Jan 1 11th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #8 Southern California, 26-10
  • Jan 1 48th Orange Bowl: #1 Clemson beats #4 Nebraska, 22-15
  • Jan 2 Islanders start 23 undefeated home streak (21-0-2) 14 straight wins
  • Jan 2 "The Epic in Miami", in 85 degree heat (Fahrenheit), the San Diego Chargers defeat the Miami Dolphins 41-38 in overtime in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game, a game that set numerous playoff scoring records
  • Jan 3 Australian Open Men's Tennis: South African Johan Kriek wins first career Grand Slam title; beats American Steve Denton 6-2, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Star center Darryl Sittler leaves the Toronto Maple Leafs on medical advice because of mental depression; trade request was taking too long

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 Islander's Bryan Trottier's 10th career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jan 10 Petra Schneider swims world record 1500 m freestyle (15:43.31)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys, 28-27; "The Catch" - iconic moment in NFL history - Dwight Clark makes fingertip catch for a TD from Joe Montana with 58" remaining; SF goes on to win Super Bowl

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • Jan 10 AFC Championship, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati: Cincinnati Bengals beat San Diego Chargers, 27-7 in the "Freezer Bowl"

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 13 Hank Aaron & Frank Robinson elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl scores a 6–7, 2–6, 7–6, 6–2, 6–4 win over American Vitas Gerulaitis to claim his first of 5 ATP Masters Grand Prix titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • Jan 20 Future Hockey Hall of Fame center Darryl Sittler is traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Rich Costello, a 2nd round draft pick and future considerations
  • Jan 21 NY Islanders begin then NHL record 15 game winning streak

  • Jan 24 Super Bowl XVI, Pontiac Silverdome: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB
  • Jan 26 Islanders score 4 goals within 1:38, 5 within 2:37 vs Penguins
  • Jan 27 Philadelphia trades Larry Bowa & Ryne Sandberg to Cubs for Ivan DeJesus
  • Jan 27 West Indies beat Australia 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 29 Old Dominion ends Louisiana Tech's women's basketball rec 54-game win streak
  • Jan 29 Wayne Garland, baseball 1st millionaire free agent, waived by Indians
  • Jan 30 WBC super welterweight champion Wilfred Benitez of Puerto Rico defeats boxing legend Roberto Durán of Panama in a 15-round unanimous decision at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas
  • Jan 31 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 16-13
  • Jan 31 32nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 120-118 at East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • Feb 8 Dodgers trade Davey Lopes to A's breaking up the longest-playing infield (Cey-Russell-Lopes-Garvey)
  • Feb 9 34th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-2 at Washington

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Feb 12 Wayne Gretzky scores 153rd point of season, breaking NHL record

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Feb 13 Islander's Bryan Trottier scores 5 goals against Flyers
  • Feb 14 24th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (153.991 MPH)
  • Feb 15 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), begins streak of 63 consecutive free throw
  • Feb 17 Commencement of Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket match, v England
  • Feb 20 NY Islanders wins then NHL record 15th straight game
  • Feb 24 Basketball team Boston Celtics begin 18 NBA game win streak
  • Feb 24 Wayne Gretzky scores NHL-record 78th goal of season en route to 92

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 26 Test Cricket debut of batsman Martin Crowe, playing for New Zealand v Australia in Wellington, run out for 9

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Martin Crowe
  • Feb 27 Dan Issel (NBA-Nuggets), hits on 63rd consecutive free throw
  • Feb 28 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Arizona Copper Golf Classic
  • Mar 2 60th hat trick in Islander history-Bryan Trottier
  • Mar 5 Gaylord Perry (with 297 wins) signs with Seattle Mariners
  • Mar 6 NBA highest scoring game: San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 (3 OT)

  • Mar 6 23rd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Kentucky, 48-46
  • Mar 7 NCAA Tournament Selection televised live for 1st time
  • Mar 7 29th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Virginia, 47-45
  • Mar 10 Salim Malik scores 100 in 2nd inning of Test Cricket debut (v SL)
  • Mar 13 Ice Dance Championship at Copenhagen won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GBR)
  • Mar 13 Men's Figure Skating Champions in Copenhagen won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • Mar 13 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champs in Copenhagen won by Elaine Zayak (USA) who lands 6 triple jumps
  • Mar 14 Sally Little wins LPGA Olympia Gold Golf Classic
  • Mar 14 Sidath Wettimuny scores Sri Lanka's 1st Test Cricket century
  • Mar 21 Jerry Pate celebrates golf win by jumping into the water hazard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 Isle's Mike Bossy's 20th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 25 Wayne Gretzky becomes 1st NHL to score 200 points in a season
  • Mar 27 Imran takes 14-116 for cricket match v Sri Lanka at Lahore
  • Mar 28 1st NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: LA Tech beats Cheney 76-62
  • Mar 28 Last AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Rutgers beat Texas 83-77 in Philadelphia
  • Mar 29 44th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC beats Georgetown 63-62
  • Apr 2 In exhibition game A's pitcher Steve McCatty comes to bat using a 15" toy bat (under Billy Martins orders), protesting disallowing of DH
  • Apr 3 Buffalo Sabre Gil Perrault scores his 1,000th NHL point
  • Apr 3 136th Grand National: Mr. Dick Saunders aboard Grittar wins
  • Apr 4 11th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sally Little
  • Apr 6 Largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in Minnesota 52,279
  • Apr 8 Tracy Caulkins, 19, wins her 36th US swimming title
  • Apr 9 LA Lakers block 21 Denver shots setting NBA regulation game record
  • Apr 10 LA Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton in 3rd period, win in OT 6-5
  • Apr 11 46th Masters Golf Tournament: Craig Stadler wins, shooting a 284
  • Apr 18 Atlanta Braves win record 11th straight opening game (beat Astros)
  • Apr 19 86th Boston Marathon: Alberto Salazar of United States 1st man in 2:08:51 and Charlotte Teske of West Germany 1st woman in 2:29:33
  • Apr 19 Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery
  • Apr 20 Atlanta Braves become 1st team to win 1st 12 games of the season
  • Apr 21 Atlanta Braves win their 13th straight game
  • Apr 22 Atlanta Braves lose after winning 1st 13 games of season
  • Apr 24 Cards win 12th game in a row; 7-4 over Phillies
  • Apr 26 Gene Michael becomes NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • Apr 27 NFL Draft: University of Texas defensive end Kenneth Sims first pick by New England Patriots
  • Apr 30 Atlanta Braves win record 12th straight from beginning of season
  • May 1 108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye wins aboard Gato Del Sol, the first of consecutive Derby victories (1983 Sunny's Halo)
  • May 4 Twins rookie outfielder Jim Eisenreich, who suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, removes himself, due to taunts from Red Sox bleacher fans
  • May 4 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 0
  • May 6 Seattle Mariner Gaylord Perry becomes 15th pitcher to win 300 games
  • May 6 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Vancouver Canucks beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • May 7 Californian federal jury rules NFL violates antitrust laws in preventing Oakland Raiders move to Los Angeles Coliseum
  • May 9 Sally Little wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • May 12 FC Barcelona of Spain win 22nd European Cup Winner's Cup against Standard Liège of Belgium 2-1 in Barcelona
  • May 13 Chicago Cubs win their 8,000th (beat Astros)
  • May 15 107th Preakness: Jack Kaenel aboard Aloma's Ruler wins in 1:55.4
  • May 16 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders sweep Vancouver Canucks in 4 games
  • May 18 Tigers outfielder Larry Herndon is 14th to hit 4 consecutive HRs
  • May 23 Cathy Morse wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Classic
  • May 25 Ferguson Jenkins becomes 7th pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters
  • May 26 26th European Cup: Aston Villa beats Bayern Munich 1-0 at Rotterdam
  • May 27 New owners purchase NHL Colorado Rockies, & get approval to move them to NJ Meadowlands (Devils)
  • May 27 John McMullen buys NHL Colorodo Rockies & gets approval to move to NJ
  • May 30 Closest Indy 500, Gordon Johncock beats Rick Mears by 0.16 seconds
  • May 30 Sandra Spuzich wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 1 Rickey Henderson is fastest to reach 50 stolen bases in a year

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Jun 5 114th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Conquistador Cielo wins in 2:28

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 French Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats American teenager Andrea Jaeger 7-6, 6-1 for her first French singles crown

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6 French Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander of Sweden wins his first career Grand Slam title; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 1-6, 7-6, 6-0, 6-4

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jun 7 NY Mets draft Dwight Gooden, Roger McDowell & Randy Myers

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 371

  • Jan 1 David Nalbandian, Argentinian tennis player
  • Jan 2 Athanasia Tsoumeleka, Greek race walker
  • Jan 4 Paulo Ferrari, Argentinian footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • Jan 4 Richard Logan, English footballer, born in Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
  • Jan 6 Gilbert Arenas, American basketball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jan 6 Brian Bass, American baseball player, born in Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • Jan 7 Francisco Rodriguez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Jan 7 Hannah Stockbauer, German swimmer, born in Nuremberg, Germany
  • Jan 7 Ianina Zanazzi, Argentine racing driver, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jan 8 Emanuele Calaiò, Italian footballer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • Jan 8 John Utaka, Nigerian footballer, born in Enugu, Nigeria
  • Jan 12 Sherzod Abdurahmonov, Uzbekistanian boxer
  • Jan 12 Paul-Henri Mathieu, French tennis player, born in Strasbourg, France
  • Jan 12 Dimitrios Tsiamis, Greek triple jumper, born in Karditsa, Greece
  • Jan 12 Hans Van Alphen, Belgian decathlete, born in Turnhout, Belgium
  • Jan 12 Chris Ray, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jan 12 Dontrelle Willis, American baseball player, born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 13 Guillermo Coria, Argentine tennis player
  • Jan 14 Léo Lima, Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan 14 Víctor Valdés, Spanish goalkeeper, born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Spain
  • Jan 15 Armando Galarraga, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Cumaná, Venezuela
  • Jan 16 Tuncay Şanlı, Turkish footballer
  • Jan 17 Dwyane Wade, American basketball player (Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 19 Mike Komisarek, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 21 Dean Whitehead, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Fabricio Coloccini, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 22 Jason Peters, American football player
  • Jan 23 Wily Mo Peña, Dominican baseball player
  • Jan 30 Jorge Cantu, Mexican baseball player
  • Jan 31 Yuniesky Betancourt, Major League Baseball shortstop
  • Jan 31 Andreas Görlitz, German football player
  • Jan 31 Brad Thompson, Major League Baseball player
  • Feb 1 Shoaib Malik, Pakistani cricketer
  • Feb 2 Sergio Castaño, Spanish footballer
  • Feb 2 Kelly Mazzante, American basketball player
  • Feb 3 Alan Gurr, Australian V8 Supercar driver
  • Feb 4 Tomas Vaitkus, Lithuanian professional road racing cyclist
  • Feb 5 Aidin Nikkhah Bahrami, Iranian basketball player (d. 2007)
  • Feb 5 Rodrigo Palacio, Argentine footballer
  • Feb 5 Tomas Kopecky, Ice hockey player
  • Feb 5 Kevin Everett, American football player
  • Feb 8 Eric Alexander, American football player
  • Feb 10 Keith Dunne, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  • Feb 10 Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league footballer, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Feb 10 Justin Gatlin, American sprinter (Olympic gold 100m 2004), born in Brooklyn, New York City
  • Feb 11 Neil Robertson, Australian snooker player (2010 world champion), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Feb 12 Onil Joseph, Dominican baseball player, born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic
  • Feb 12 Louis Tsatoumas, Greek long jumper, born in Messene, Greece
  • Feb 13 Michael Turner, Running Back for the San Diego Chargers, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • Feb 14 Marián Gáborík, Slovak hockey player
  • Feb 17 Adriano, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 17 Brian Bruney, American baseball player
  • Feb 20 Jason Hirsh, American baseball player
  • Feb 21 Bernhard Auinger, Austrian racing driver
  • Feb 24 Emanuel Villa, Argentine footballer
  • Feb 24 Klára Zakopalová, Czech tennis player
  • Feb 24 Nick Blackburn, American baseball player
  • Feb 25 Chris Baird, Irish footballer
  • Feb 25 Anton Volchenkov, Russian ice hockey player
  • Feb 25 Flavia Pennetta, Italian tennis player (US open 2015), born in Brindisi, Italy
  • Feb 26 Katherine Hull Kirk, Australian golfer (Canadian Open 2008), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • Feb 26 Li Na, Chinese tennis player (French Open 2011, Australian Open 2014), born in Wuhan, China
  • Mar 2 Henrik Lundqvist, Swedish ice hockey player
  • Mar 2 Ben Roethlisberger, American football player, born in Lima, Ohio
  • Mar 2 Corey Webster, American football player
  • Mar 2 Kevin Kurányi, German footballer
  • Mar 3 Colton Orr, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 4 Mariano Altuna, Argentine racing driver
  • Mar 4 Landon Donovan, American soccer player
  • Mar 5 Daniel Carter, New Zealand Rugby player
  • Mar 8 Nicolas Armindo, race car driver
  • Mar 8 Leonidas Kabantais, Greek footballer
  • Mar 8 Nicoleta Onel, Romanian gymnast
  • Mar 8 Craig Stansberry, American baseball player
  • Mar 10 Timo Glock, German racing car driver
  • Mar 11 Hasan Raza, cricketer (Test cricketer at the age of 14)
  • Mar 11 Brian Anderson, Major League Baseball player
  • Mar 12 Tobias Schweinsteiger, German footballer
  • Mar 12 Zach Miner, American baseball player
  • Mar 13 Nicole Ohlde, American basketball player, born in Clay Center, Kansas
  • Mar 14 Carlos Marinelli, Argentine footballer
  • Mar 14 François Sterchele, Belgian footballer (d. 2008)
  • Mar 15 Rafael Pérez, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 17 Steven Pienaar, South African footballer
  • Mar 18 Timo Glock German Formula 1 driver
  • Mar 18 Pedro Mantorras, Angolan footballer
  • Mar 18 Chad Cordero, American baseball player
  • Mar 19 Brad Jones, Australian footballer
  • Mar 19 Jonathan Fanene, American football player
  • Mar 20 Tomasz Kuszczak, Polish footballer
  • Mar 20 José Moreira, Portuguese footballer
  • Mar 20 Terrence Duffin, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Mar 21 Colin Turkington, British racing driver
  • Mar 21 Aaron Hill, American baseball player
  • Mar 23 José Raúl Contreras, Chilean footballer
  • Mar 24 Corey Hart, American baseball player
  • Mar 24 Dustin McGowan, American baseball player
  • Mar 25 Álvaro Saborío, Costa Rican footballer
  • Mar 25 Danica Patrick, American auto racer (1st woman to win an IndyCar Series race), born in Beloit, Wisconsin
  • Mar 26 Mikel Arteta, Spanish footballer

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 19 Race car driver Al Unser Jr (19) weds Shelley Unser

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 28 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) weds Andrea Skeete

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 23 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) divorces Sharon Goodson after 7 months of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 3 Derek Sealy, cricketer (West Indies 1930-39), dies
  • Jan 7 Bert Oosterhuis, Dutch motor racer (Paris-Dakar), dies in race crash
  • Jan 15 Red Smith, American sportscaster and columnist (Pulitzer 1976, Fight Talk), dies at 76
  • Jan 19 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Roubaix '76), dies [or 1/20]
  • Jan 20 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brus 1974), dies at 31[or 1/19]
  • Feb 10 K R Meher-Homji, cricket wk (Test as Indian, catch no stumped), dies
  • Feb 12 Hal Hooker, cricket (307 partners with Kippax for last wicket), dies
  • Feb 17 Nestor Chylak, American baseball umpire (b. 1922)
  • Feb 25 J K Irani, cricket wicketkeeper (2 Tests for India 1947-48), dies
  • Apr 7 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (b. 1948)
  • Apr 20 Andrew Sandham, cricketer (325 Eng 1930, 879 runs in 14 Tests), dies
  • Apr 26 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies
  • Apr 28 EW "Nobby" Clark, Engl cricketer (32 wickets in 8 Tests 1929-34), dies
  • May 8 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer, dies in an accident
  • May 15 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver, dies in a crash at 36
  • Jun 8 Satchel Paige, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5-time Negro League, 2-time MLB All Star), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Jun 13 Ken "Slasher" Mackay, cricketer (Aussie all-rounder 1956-63), dies
  • Jun 13 Peter Maivia, wrestler (b. 1935)
  • Jul 1 Ray Scarborough, American MLB pitcher (All Star 1950), dies at 64
  • Jul 6 Bob Johnson, American baseball player, dies at 76
  • Jul 7 Bep [Elisa H] Bakhuis, soccer star/writer, dies at 76
  • Jul 15 Donald Beard, cricketer (4 Tests for NZ 1952-56), dies
  • Jul 27 Vladimir Smirnov, Russian foil fencer (Olympic gold 1980), dies at 28
  • Jul 30 Frank Nicholson, South African cricket wicket-keeper (1935-36), dies
  • Aug 8 Eric Brandon, British racing driver, dies at 62
  • Aug 12 Salvador Sanchez, Mexican boxer (b. 1959)
  • Aug 19 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (b. 1908)
  • Aug 24 Jack Siedle, cricketer (batted in 18 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Aug 28 G W A Chubb, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa, 21 wickets), dies
  • Sep 7 Ken Boyer, American baseball player (b. 1931)
  • Sep 19 Fred Badcock, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ 1930-33, 16 wkts), dies
  • Sep 26 Alec Hurwood, cricketer (Australian off-spinner v WI 1930-31), dies
  • Sep 29 H C Slinger Nitschke, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1931-32), dies
  • Sep 29 Monty Stratton, baseball player (b. 1912)
  • Oct 3 Roger Claessen, Belgian soccer star, dies at 41
  • Nov 13 Dorothy [Little-]Round, England, tennis star (Never on Sunday), dies
  • Nov 15 Martin De Alzaga, Argentine racing driver (b. 1901)
  • Nov 17 Duk Koo Kim, South Korean boxer, legally declared dead
  • Nov 29 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (b. 1908)
  • Dec 8 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), dies
  • Dec 13 Jack Badcock, Australian cricketer (7 Tests, 1 century but inconsistent), dies at 68
  • Dec 18 Ray Emery, New Zealand cricketer (2 Tests NZ v WI 1952, 46 runs, 2 wkts), dies at 67
  • Dec 18 Bernard Malivoire, French cox pair (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 44