On This Day

January 1982 in Sport

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 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

Sport awardTennis Open

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 & Frank Robinson elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

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
  • Jan 24 Super Bowl XVI, Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit, MI: 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 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 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, 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

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, 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, 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 30 Jorge Cantu, Mexican baseball player, born in McAllen, Texas
  • 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, 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 20 Marc Demeyer, Belgian road racing cyclist (Paris-Brussels 1974), dies at 31