On This Day

January 1982 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 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 New York Islanders beat Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to start 23 NHL game 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

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 2 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her 1st of 3 Australian singles crowns; beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-7, 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 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

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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)

Sport awardNFC Championship

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 and Frank Robinson elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 Edmonton's rookie goaltender Grant Fuhr has his 23-game unbeaten streak end with a 7-1 Oilers' defeat in Toronto

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr

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 with a 6-1 win over Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
  • Jan 24 Super Bowl XVI, Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit, MI: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB
  • Jan 26 In a 9-2 NHL win over Pittsburgh Penguins, the NY Islanders score 4 goals within 1:38, 5 within 2:37 in a 6 goal 1st period
  • Jan 27 Philadelphia Phillies trade shortstop Larry Bowa & infielder Ryne Sandberg to Chicago Cubs for 2nd baseman Ivan DeJesus
  • Jan 27 West Indies beat Australia 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 27 Los Angeles Kings set an NHL record with their 6th consecutive tied game, a 4-4 deadlock against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers
  • Jan 29 Old Dominion ends Louisiana Tech's women's basketball record 54-game winning 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, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 16-13; MVPs: Co-MVPs: Kellen Winslow, San Diego Chargers, TE; Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DE

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 US male Figure Skating championship won by Scott Hamilton

Figure Skater Scott Hamilton
Figure Skater
Scott Hamilton

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 31 32nd NBA All-Star Game, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ: East beats West, 120-118; Larry Bird, Boston Celtics, F

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 David Nalbandian, Argentine tennis player (ATP Finals 2005; Wimbledon 2002 runner-up), born in Unquillo, Argentina
  • Jan 1 Egidio Arévalo, Uruguayan soccer midfielder (90 caps; Bella Vista), born in Paysandú, Uruguay
  • Jan 2 Athanasia Tsoumeleka, Greek race walker (Olympic gold 20k 2004), born in Preveza, Greece
  • 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, born in Sakarya Province
  • Jan 17 Dwyane Wade, American basketball player (Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 19 Mike Komisarek, American ice hockey player, born in West Islip, New York
  • Jan 21 Dean Whitehead, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Fabricio Coloccini, Argentine footballer, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • Jan 22 Jason Peters, American football player, born in Queen City, Texas
  • Jan 23 Wily Mo Peña, Dominican baseball player, born in Laguna Salada, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 31 Yuniesky Betancourt, Cuban baseball shortstop, born in Santa Clara, Cuba
  • Jan 31 Andreas Görlitz, German football player, born in Weilheim in Oberbayern, Germany
  • Jan 31 Jānis Sprukts, Latvian ice hockey player, born in Riga, Latvia
  • Jan 31 Brad Thompson, American baseball pitcher, born in Las Vegas, Nevada

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 3 Derek Sealy, West Indian cricket batsman (11 Tests; youngest West Indian Test player 17:122), dies at 69
  • 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 20 Marc Demeyer, Belgian road racing cyclist (Paris-Brussels 1974), dies at 31