On This Day

January 1983 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 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 2 In a 35-27 win over the Houston Oilers, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson completes 20 consecutive passes and finishes the season winning his second consecutive passing title with an NFL record 70.55% completion percentage
  • Jan 3 Dallas running back Tony Dorsett sets NFL record with 99-yard rush in the Cowboys' 31-27 defeat at Minnesota Vikings
  • 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

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Jan 11 LA Kings' center Marcel Dionne picks up his 24th NHL career hat-trick and adds 3 assists for 6 points in a 9-7 win at Washington; Kings' first road win after 8 straight losses

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne
  • Jan 11 Edmonton’s Pat Hughes sets NHL record for the fastest 2 shorthanded goals by one player at just 25 seconds apart in a 7-5 win at St. Louis; first player to break a Wayne Gretzky record
  • Jan 12 Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 12 NCAA creates football Kickoff Classic to begin in August
  • Jan 12 Quebec Nordiques play 230th NHL game without being shut out

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali

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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 semi-pro baseball

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Jan 18 Dick Motta becomes the 5th NBA coach to record 600 wins as his Dallas Mavericks defeat the Golden State Warriors, 112-102 in Oakland
  • 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, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys, 31-17

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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, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat New York Jets, 14-0

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Jan 23 Ivan Lendl scores a 6–4, 6-4, 6–2 win over American John McEnroe to claim back-to-back ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Jan 30 Hilbert van Thumb becomes European skating champ
  • Jan 30 Super Bowl XVII, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Washington Redskins beat Miami Dolphins, 27-17; MVP: John Riggins, Washington, RB

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Park Sung-hyun, South Korean archer (Olympics gold individual/team 2004, team 2008; women's WR in a FITA Round 1,405 points), born in Gunsan, South Korea
  • Jan 5 Sean Dockery, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 7 Liesbeth Mouha, Belgian beach volleyball player, born in Tongeren, Belgium
  • Jan 7 Natalie Gulbis, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2006 3rd), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 8 Chris Mordetzky, American wrestler, born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 10 Danilo Dirani, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 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, born in Bastogne, Belgium
  • Jan 14 Vincent Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2009, 11, 12; SD Chargers, TB Buccaneers), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 2021)
  • Jan 15 Jermaine Pennant, English footballer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 15 Hugo Viana, Portuguese footballer, born in Barcelos, Portugal
  • Jan 16 Emanuel Pogatetz, Austrian footballer, born in Graz, Austria
  • Jan 17 Alvaro Arbeloa, Spanish footballer, born in Salamanca, Spain
  • Jan 17 Rick Kelly, Australian racing driver, born in Mildura, Australia
  • Jan 17 Johannes Herber, German basketball player, born in Darmstadt, Germany
  • Jan 19 Justyna Kowalczyk, Polish cross-country skier (Olympic gold 30k classical 2010, 10k classical 2014), born in Limanowa, Poland
  • Jan 20 Geovany Soto, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Jan 21 Moritz Volz, German footballer
  • Jan 21 Peter Philipakos, Greek-American soccer player
  • Jan 22 Shaun Cody, American football player, born in Whittier, California
  • Jan 24 Shaun Maloney, Scottish soccer midfielder (47 caps; Celtic), born in Miri, Malaysia
  • Jan 24 Scott Speed, American race car driver, born in Manteca, California
  • 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, born in Zavidovići, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Jan 31 Tom Vangeneugden, Belgian swimmer, born in Overpelt, Belgium

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 9 Stan Spence, American baseball center fielder (MLB All-Star 1942, 44, 46, 47; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns), dies from emphysema at 67
  • Jan 17 Bill Bonthron, American athlete (world 1,500m record 3:48.8 1934), dies at 70
  • Jan 20 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer, dies at 49
  • Jan 23 Fred Bakewell, English cricket batsman (6 Tests, top score 107; Northamptonshire), dies at 74
  • Jan 26 Paul "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach (Alabama), dies at 69