1983 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 226

  • Jan 1 PGA inaugurates all-exempt tour
  • Jan 1 69th Rose Bowl: #5 UCLA beats #19 Michigan, 24-14
  • Jan 1 49th Sugar Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #1 Georgia, 27-23
  • Jan 1 12th Fiesta Bowl: #11 Arizona State beats #12 Oklahoma, 32-21
  • Jan 1 49th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #13 LSU, 21-20
  • Jan 3 Tony Dorsett sets NFL record with 99-yd rush, Dallas vs Minnesota
  • Jan 7 Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win v England
  • Jan 10 NY Supreme Court issues a preliminary injunction barring NY Yankees from playing season-opening series against Tigers in Denver
  • Jan 11 Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 3rd time
  • Jan 12 NCAA creates football Kickoff Classic to begin in August

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 AMA urges ban on boxing, cites Muhammad Ali's deteriorating condition

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jan 13 Quebec Nordiques play 251st NHL game without being shut out
  • Jan 15 Hartford Whalers smallest crowd 4,812 (beat Devils) during blizzard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 18 IOC restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals (Pentathlon & Decathlon victories) 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Jan 22 Houston is 1st NBA team to be held scoreless in an overtime Portland Trail Blazers out score them 17-0 & win 113-96
  • Jan 22 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys 31-17

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 Tennis great Björn Borg announces retirement at 26 (5 x Wimbledon, 6 x French Open)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jan 23 In NBA, Portland scores all 17 pts in overtime to beat Houston 113-96
  • Jan 23 "Mud Bowl", Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 14-0 in the AFC Championship Game on a wet, muddy field, which negated the Jets significant speed and skill advantage
  • Jan 23 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat New York Jets 14-0
  • Jan 30 Hilbert van Thumb becomes European skating champ
  • Jan 30 Super Bowl XVII: Wash Red Skins beat Miami Dolphins, 27-17 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: John Riggins, Washington, RB
  • Feb 6 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 20-19
  • Feb 8 35th NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 9-3 at NY Islander

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Baseball orders Mickey Mantle to sever ties with Claridge Casino

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 8 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL all star record of 4 goals in 1 period

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Feb 13 Australia beats NZ 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 13 Donna White wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic
  • Feb 13 World Boxing Council becomes 1st to cut boxing from 15 to 12 rounds
  • Feb 13 33rd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 132-123 at Inglewood, California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 Marvin Gaye sings "The Star Spangled Banner" at NBA All Stars Game at The Forum, Inglewood, California

Singer Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye
  • Feb 18 NBA Indiana Pacers begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • Feb 19 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 400 m free style swimming record
  • Feb 20 Roland Liboton becomes world champ cross-country cycling
  • Feb 20 25th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (155.979 MPH)
  • Feb 21 NBA San Diego Clippers begin a 29 game road losing streak
  • Feb 22 Vladimir Salnikov (USSR) sets 1500m free style swimming record
  • Mar 5 NSW beat Western Australia by 54 runs to win Sheffield Shield
  • Mar 6 Anne-Marie Palli wins LPGA Samaritan Turquoise Golf Classic
  • Mar 10 Walter Alston, Dodgers manager, elected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 11 Ice Dance Championship at Helsinki, Finland won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (Great Britain)

  • Mar 11 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Helsinki won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
  • Mar 12 4th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Boston College, 85-77
  • Mar 13 30th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Virginia, 81-78
  • Mar 13 24th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia beats Alabama, 86-71
  • Mar 15 Karnataka beat Bombay on 1st innings to win cricket Ranji Trophy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 17 70th hat trick in Islander history-Mike Bossy

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 20 In a clash of tennis legends, Martina Navratilova outclasses Chris Evert Lloyd 6-2, 6-0 to win her first of 5 straight WTA Tour Championships at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 27 Larry Holmes beats Lucien Rodriguez in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Apr 1 NY Isle Mike Bossy becomes 1st to score 60 goals in 3 cons seasons
  • Apr 3 Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship, Mission Hills CC: Amy Alcott wins by 2 shots from Kathy Whitworth and Beth daniel
  • Apr 3 2nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: USC beats Louisiana Tech 69-67
  • Apr 4 45th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC State beats Houston 54-52
  • Apr 5 NY Met Tom Seaver's sets record 14th NL Opening Day assignment
  • Apr 9 137th Grand National: Ben de Haan aboard Corbiere wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 10 Baltimore's Eddie Murray hits his 1,000 career hit

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 11 47th Masters Golf Tournament: Seve Ballesteros wins, shooting a 280

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Apr 13 Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault
  • Apr 14 NY Islanders tie own record with 2 shorthanded playoff goals (vs NY Rangers)
  • Apr 17 Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)
  • Apr 17 Lynn Adams wins LPGA Combanks Orlando Golf Classic

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 17 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Apr 17 NY Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs NY Rangers
  • Apr 18 87th Boston Marathon: Greg Meyer of United States 1st man in 2:09:00 and Joan Benoit of United States 1st woman in 2:22:43
  • Apr 22 Start of 1st Sri Lanka-Australia Test Cricket match (at Kandy)
  • Apr 23 David Hookes scores his only Test Cricket century, 143* v Sri Lanka
  • Apr 26 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 NFL Draft: Stanford quarterback John Elway first pick by Baltimore Colts

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Apr 27 Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king (3,509), passing Walter Johnson
  • May 3 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 0
  • May 7 109th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye wins aboard Sunny's Halo for consecutive Derby victories (1982 Gato Del Sol)
  • May 7 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: New York Islanders beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 2
  • May 8 Janet Coles wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
  • May 11 Aberdeen of Scotland win 23rd European Cup Winner's Cup against Real Madrid of Spain 2-1 in Gothenburg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 Reggie Jackson is 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • May 15 Lenore Muraoka wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • May 17 Stanley Cup: NY Islanders sweep Edmonton Oilers in 4 games
  • May 20 Larry Holmes beats Tim Witherspoon in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 20 Michael Dokes & Mike Weaver fight to a draw in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • May 20 Phillies Steve Carlton passes W Johnson with 2nd most strike outs
  • May 21 108th Preakness: Donald Miller Jr on Deputed Testamony wins in 1:55.4
  • May 22 Toronto Blue Jay Cliff Johnson hits record 18th pinch hit HR
  • May 25 Kirk Gibson (Tigers) & Jorge Orta (Blue Jays) hit inside park HRs
  • May 25 27th European Cup: Hamburg beats Juventus 1-0 at Athens
  • May 26 29th Walker Cup: US, 13½ - 10½
  • May 26 LA Lakers set NBA playoff game record of fewest free throws
  • May 29 Yuri Dumchev of USSR throws discus a record 71.86 m
  • May 29 Indianapolis 500: Tom Sneva wins in 3:05:03.092 (260.902 km/h)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 AL President Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for one week, for his public criticism of umpires

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • May 31 37th NBA Championship: Philadelphia 76ers sweep LA Lakers in 4 games
  • Jun 5 Alice Miller wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 82nd Men's French Open: Yannick Noah beats Mats Wilander (6-2, 7-5, 7-6)

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Yannick Noah
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 5 82nd Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Mima Jausovec (6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec
  • Jun 6 Twins draft pitcher Tim Belcher #1
  • Jun 7 Steve Carlton temporarily passes Nolan Ryan with his 3,552 strike out
  • Jun 8 Charlos Vieira begins 191 hr "nonstop" cycling in Leiria, Portugal
  • Jun 8 East German sprinter Marlies Göhr sets world record for 100m (10.81) in Berlin, Germany
  • Jun 9 Zimbabwe win their 1st one-day cricket international, v Australia
  • Jun 11 115th Belmont: Laffit Pincay Jr aboard Caveat wins in 2:27.8
  • Jun 11 Cards outfielder Lonnie Smith checks into a drug rehab

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 319

  • Jan 1 Calum Davenport, English footballer
  • Jan 5 Sean Dockery, American basketball player
  • Jan 7 Liesbeth Mouha, Belgian beach volleyball player
  • Jan 7 Natalie Gulbis, American golfer
  • Jan 8 Chris Mordetzky, American wrestler
  • Jan 10 Danilo Dirani, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jan 11 Matthew Palleschi, Canadian soccer player, born in Richmond Hill, Canada
  • Jan 11 Adrian Sutil, German racing driver, born in Starnberg, Germany
  • Jan 13 Ronny Turiaf, French basketball player
  • Jan 14 Maxime Monfort, Belgian cyclist
  • Jan 15 Jermaine Pennant, English footballer
  • Jan 15 Hugo Viana, Portuguese footballer
  • Jan 16 Emanuel Pogatetz, Austrian footballer
  • Jan 17 Alvaro Arbeloa, Spanish Footballer
  • Jan 17 Rick Kelly, Australian racing driver
  • Jan 17 Johannes Herber, German basketball player
  • Jan 20 Geovany Soto, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Jan 21 Moritz Volz, German footballer
  • Jan 21 Peter Philipakos, Greek-American soccer player
  • Jan 22 Shaun Cody, American football player
  • Jan 24 Shaun Maloney, Scottish footballer
  • Jan 24 Scott Speed, American race car driver
  • Jan 27 Carlo Colaiacovo, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 27 Gavin Floyd, American baseball player
  • Jan 27 Mike Zagurski, American baseball player
  • Jan 29 Nedžad Sinanović, Bosnian basketball player
  • Jan 31 Tom Vangeneugden, Belgian swimmer
  • Feb 1 Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Belgian cyclist
  • Feb 1 Kevin Martin, American basketball player
  • Feb 2 Carolina Klüft, Swedish athlete
  • Feb 2 Jordin Tootoo, Canadian hockey player
  • Feb 3 Richard Bartel, National Football League quarterback
  • Feb 6 Brodie Croyle, American football player
  • Feb 6 S Sreesanth, Indian cricketer
  • Feb 6 Jamie Whincup, Australian racing driver
  • Feb 7 Christian Klien, Austrian racing driver
  • Feb 7 Teshome Getu, Ethiopian footballer
  • Feb 7 Georgios Gougoulias, Greek footballer
  • Feb 9 Mikel Arruabarrena, Spanish footballer
  • Feb 11 Rafael Van der Vaart, Dutch footballer, born in Keemskerk, Netherlands
  • Feb 12 Carlton Brewster, NFL player, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Feb 14 Bacary Sagna, French footballer
  • Feb 15 Russell Martin, Canadian baseball player, born in East York, Canada
  • Feb 17 Gérald Cid, French footballer
  • Feb 17 Marios Kaperonis, Greek boxer
  • Feb 18 Jermaine Jenas, English footballer
  • Feb 18 Jason Maxiell, American basketball player
  • Feb 18 Roberta Vinci, Italian tennis player (5 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Taranto, Italy
  • Feb 20 Jose Morales, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Feb 20 Justin Verlander, American baseball player
  • Feb 21 Braylon Edwards, American football player
  • Feb 21 Franklin Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Feb 23 Mirco Bergamasco, Italian rugby player, born in Padua, Italiy
  • Feb 23 Mido, Egyptian footballer, born in Cairo, Egypt
  • Feb 25 Eduardo da Silva, Brazilian-born Croatian footballer
  • Feb 27 Devin Harris, American basketball player
  • Mar 1 Daniel Carvalho, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 1 Chris Hackett, English footballer
  • Mar 1 Blake Hawksworth, Canadian baseball player
  • Mar 2 Glen Perkins, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Ryan Lonie, Australian football player.
  • Mar 6 Andranik Teymourian, Iranian soccer player
  • Mar 7 Manucho, Angolan footballer
  • Mar 7 Taylor Tankersley, American baseball player
  • Mar 8 Mark Worrell, American baseball player.
  • Mar 9 Wayne Simien, American basketball player (Miami Heat), born in Leavenworth, Kansas
  • Mar 13 Kaitlin Sandeno, American swimmer (Olympic 2004 Gold), born in Mission Viejo, California
  • Mar 14 Bakhtiyar Artayev, Kazakh boxer
  • Mar 15 Daryl Murphy, Irish footballer
  • Mar 16 Brandon League, American baseball player
  • Mar 18 Tomasz Stolpa, Polish footballer
  • Mar 18 Andy Sonnanstine, American baseball player
  • Mar 23 Jerome Thomas, English footballer
  • Mar 23 Mo Farah [Mohamed Muktar Jama Farah], Somalian-born British distance runner (4 Olympic Golds, born in Mogadishu
  • Mar 23 Sir Mohamed Farah, British athlete (4-time Olympic gold 5,000/10,000m 2012, 16), born in Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Mar 24 T. J. Ford, American basketball player
  • Mar 28 Ryan Ashington, English footballer
  • Mar 30 Jérémie Aliadière, French footballer
  • Mar 30 Davis Romero, Panamanian baseball player
  • Mar 31 Paddy McCarthy, Irish footballer
  • Mar 31 Vlasios Maras, Greek gymnast
  • Apr 1 Ólafur Ingi Skúlason, Icelandic footballer
  • Apr 1 Sean Taylor, American football player (Washington Redskins), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2007)
  • Apr 2 Felix Borja, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • Apr 2 Paul Capdeville, Chilean tennis player, born in Santiago, Chile
  • Apr 4 Fabian Geiser, Swiss footballer (Le Mont), born in Langenthal, Switzerland
  • Apr 4 Doug Lynch, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Apr 4 Ben Gordon, British-American basketball player, born in London
  • Apr 6 James Wade, English Darts Player
  • Apr 11 Nicky Pastorelli, Dutch racing driver (Euro Formula 3000), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Apr 13 Schalk Burger, South African rugby player
  • Apr 13 Hunter Pence, American baseball player
  • Apr 14 James McFadden, Scottish footballer
  • Apr 14 Nikoloz Tskitishvili, American basketball player
  • Apr 15 Ilya Kovalchuk, Russian ice hockey player
  • Apr 15 Dudu Cearense, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 15 Bronson La'Cassie, Australian professional golfer
  • Apr 16 Cat Osterman, American softball pitcher, born in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 16 George Patis, Greek badminton player, born in Greece
  • Apr 17 Stanislav Chistov, Russian hockey player

Weddings in Sport

  • Jun 24 "NBC Sports" sportscaster Bob Costas (31) weds Carole Randall Krumenacher

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 6 Businessman Vidal Sassoon (55) weds dressage champion Jeanette Hartford-Davis

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Vidal Sassoon
  • Nov 21 NY Ranger Ron Greschner marries model Carol Alt

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 18 Wrestler Hulk Hogan (30) weds Linda Claridge

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 20 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer (b. 1933)
  • Jan 22 Fred Bakewell, cricketer (dashing England bat of 30s, 6 Tests), dies
  • Jan 26 Paul "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach (Alabama), dies at 69
  • Feb 1 Tullio Campagnolo, Italian bicycle manufacturer, dies
  • Feb 2 Bryan Valentine, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies
  • Feb 14 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Romain Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1935), dies at 70
  • Mar 13 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), dies of cancer at 58
  • Mar 18 Franco Giorgetti, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 80
  • Mar 25 Bob Waterfield, American NFL quarterback (Rams), dies at 62
  • Apr 12 Carl Morton, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • Apr 14 Nina Dumbadze, Russian discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952), dies at 64
  • Apr 18 Alan Melville, cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies
  • Apr 23 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Apr 24 Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Apr 28 Ron James, cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies
  • Apr 30 Joel H. Hildebrand, American Chemist whose research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures, dies at 101
  • May 2 Norm Van Brocklin, American football star (b. 1926)
  • May 25 Black Jack Stewart, Canadian NHL hockey player (b. 1917)

Person of interestJack Dempsey

May 31 Jack Dempsey, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), dies of heart failure at 86

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Jul 1 Erich Juskowiak, German footballer, dies at 56
  • Jul 14 Jack MacBryan, cricketer (Test for England 1924), dies
  • Jul 27 Mufasir-ul-Haq, cricketer (Pakistani left-arm quick 1965), dies
  • Jul 28 Alec Marks, cricketer (good NSW batsman 1928-37), dies
  • Aug 12 Henry Gifford Vivian, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ, 17 wkts), dies
  • Aug 16 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 81
  • Sep 1 Lennox Brown, cricket leg spinner (3 wickets at 63 for South Africa), dies
  • Sep 7 Henry Promnitz, cricketer (5-58 on debut for South Africa 1927-28), dies
  • Sep 8 Antonin Magne, French bicylist (won Tour de France 1931, 34), dies
  • Oct 16 Kelso, American racehorse (b. 1957)
  • Oct 18 Vijay Manjrekar, Indian cricketer (55 Tests for India), dies at 52
  • Oct 26 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), dies at 80

Person of interestGeorge Halas

Oct 31 George Halas [Papa Bear], American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas

Person of interestBetty Nuthall

Nov 8 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player, dies at 72

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • Nov 30 George Headley, cricket (10 tons in 22 Tests, 1st black WI capt), dies
  • Dec 2 Atholl Mckinnon, cricketer (South African lefty spinner in 8 Tests), dies
  • Dec 17 Erik Christensen, NHL player
  • Dec 28 Jimmy Demaret, American golfer (b. 1910)
  • Dec 31 Bill Hunt, cricketer (Test for Aust, out 0, took 0-25 & 0-14), dies