On This Day

Year 1985 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 227

  • Jan 1 71st Rose Bowl: #18 Southern California beats #6 Ohio State, 20-17
  • Jan 1 51st Sugar Bowl: #5 Nebraska beats #11 LSU, 28-10
  • Jan 1 14th Fiesta Bowl: #14 UCLA beats #13 Miami, 39-37
  • Jan 1 51st Orange Bowl: #4 Washington beats #2 Oklahoma, 28-17
  • Jan 2 Nevada Las Vegas basketball gives coach Jerry Tarkanian his 600th career victory with a 142-140 win over Utah State in triple overtime; total of 282 points breaks NCAA men's record of 275 set in 1976
  • Jan 3 Future Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin scores 110 on debut in drawn 3rd Test against England in Kolkata

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Bryan Trottier failed on 9th Islander penalty shot

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jan 6 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 45-28
  • Jan 6 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears, 23-0
  • Jan 7 Lou Brock & Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Jan 9 Flames set NHL record 264th regular season game without being shut-out

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 Lenny Wilkens becomes first to coach in 1,000 NBA games when his Seattle SuperSonics defeat the Golden State Warriors, 89-86

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • Jan 13 23rd Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats USA in Nagoya Japan (2-1)
  • Jan 13 99 year old Otto Bucher from Switzerland becomes oldest man to record a hole-in-one at Spanish GC La Manga's 130-yard 12th hole
  • Jan 13 Blackhawk Doug Wilson failed on 12th penalty shot against Islanders

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 John McEnroe repeats previous year's result with a 7–5, 6–0, 6–4 win over Ivan Lendl to claim back-to-back season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 Playing in his 436th career game, Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky scores his 400th career NHL goal and adds 2 assists in a 5-4 Oilers' win over the Sabres in Buffalo

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 14 Martina Navratilova is 3rd to win 100 tennis tournaments (Connors & Evert)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jan 15 Mike Gatting (207) and Graeme Fowler (201) become first pair of England batsmen to complete double centuries in the same innings during 9-wicket 4th cricket Test win against India at Madras

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Jan 20 Super Bowl XIX, Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA: San Francisco 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • Jan 21 Dennis Potvin ties Bobby Orr's career record of 270 NHL goals
  • Jan 26 Edmonton Oiler Wayne Gretzky scores 50th goal in 49th game of season
  • Jan 27 Mark Mckoy cycles world record 50m hurdles indoor (5.25)
  • Jan 27 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 22-14; MVP: Mark Gastineau, NY Jets, DE
  • Jan 28 Houston's Bill Fitch becomes the 6th coach in NBA history to post 600 wins as the Rockets beat the New Jersey Nets, 97-93

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 Jari Kurri of Edmonton Oilers scores 100th pt of season in game 39

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri
  • Feb 1 Patient innings from Dilip Vengsarkar (137) and Mohammad Azharuddin (122) set India up for 5th cricket Test draw vs England in Kanpur; Azharuddin, 3 centuries in 1st 3 Tests
  • Feb 7 NY Devil Don Lever becomes 57th NHLer to score 300 goals
  • Feb 8 1st-class cricket debut of Jimmy Adams (age 17), Jamaica v Barbados
  • Feb 8 Bruce Morris, Marshall Univ, makes a 92' 5½" basketball shot
  • Feb 8 Michael Gross swims world record 800m freestyle (7:38.75)
  • Feb 10 35th NBA All-Star Game, Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis: West beats East, 140-129; MVP: Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets, C
  • Feb 11 Kent Hrbek signs 5-year $6 million contract with Minnesota Twins
  • Feb 11 Wasim Akram takes 10 wickets in his 2nd Test Cricket, NZ still wins

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Feb 12 37th NHL All-Star Game, Olympic Saddledome, Calgary: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 6-4; MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Feb 12 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup (Australian Tri-Series)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 World chess championship match abandoned-Karpov 25, Kasparov 23

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • Feb 16 Largest NBA crowd to date, 43,816, sees Philadelphia at Detroit
  • Feb 16 Livingston Bramble defeats Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini to win WBA champ
  • Feb 16 NJ Devils score their fastest hat trick in 42 seconds
  • Feb 17 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion
  • Feb 17 27th Daytona 500: After taking pole at then-record speed of 205.114 mph Bill Elliott dominates race leading 136 of 200 laps
  • Feb 20 After defending his WBC flyweight championship, Sot Chitalada's check for $104,000 is stolen by a ringside pickpocket
  • Feb 21 Largest NBA crowd to date 44,970 (Atlanta at Detroit)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 National League baseball player Tim Raines is awarded a $1.2 million salary for 1985 by arbitrator

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Feb 23 Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight throws a chair during a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 23 Goaltender Patrick Roy makes his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • Mar 1 Milwaukee businessman Herb Kohl purchases NBA's Milwaukee Bucks for $18 million
  • Mar 3 Bill Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 5 NY Islander Mike Bossy is 1st to score 50 goals in 8 straight seasons

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 6 Enos Slaughter & Arky Vaughan are elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 6 Mike Tyson KOs Hector Mercedes in 1 round in his 1st pro fight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Mar 8 Ice Dance Championship at Tokyo won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 8 6th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats St. John's, 92-80
  • Mar 9 26th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Auburn beats Alabama, 53-49
  • Mar 10 Dallas Maverick coach Dick Motta is 4th NBA coach to win 700 games
  • Mar 10 India beat Pakistan to win "World Championship of Cricket"
  • Mar 10 32nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgia Tech beats North Carolina, 57-54

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 12 Larry Bird scores Boston Celtic record 60 points

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 15 Larry Holmes TKOs David Bey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Mar 16 MLB Pitcher Denny McLain, convicted of racketeering, sentenced to 25 yrs
  • Mar 17 Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 Commissioner Peter Ueberroth reinstates Willie Mays & Mickey Mantle

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Mar 19 NSW wins cricket Sheffield Shield by beating Queensland by 1 wicket

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 21 Arthur Ashe is nominated for the Internatinal Tennis Hall of Fame

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Mar 24 Norman Gifford makes cricket ODI debuts at age 44 (v Aust, Sharjah)
  • Mar 24 Third straight WTA Tour Championship for tennis legend Martina Navratilova; beats Helena Suková 6–3, 7–5, 6–4 at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Mar 29 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 126th assist
  • Mar 30 139th Grand National: Welsh jockey Hywel Davies aboard 11-year old 50/1 outsider Last Suspect wins by 1½ lengths from Mr. Snugfit
  • Mar 30 Ireland beats England, 13-10 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to clinch it's 10th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 6th triple Crown
  • Mar 31 4th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Old Dominion beats Georgia, 70-65; Monarchs' Tracy Claxton, MOP
  • Mar 31 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Calvin Peete shoots final round 66 to win by 3 strokes from D. A. Weibring; Peete only player to break par in all 4 rounds
  • Apr 1 47th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Villanova beats Georgetown, 84-75; Wildcats lowest-seeded team to win tournament (8)
  • Apr 2 Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky sets an NHL record with his 34th career hat trick as the Oilers beat the Kings 6-4 in Los Angeles
  • Apr 2 Quebec's Czech center Peter Stastny scores his 100th NHL point of the season for the 5th straight year, with an assist for the Nordiques in a 6-4 win over the Boston Bruins in Quebec City
  • Apr 2 The NCAA Rules Committee adopts a 45-second shot clock for men’s basketball to begin in the 1986 season in an effort to eliminate stalling
  • Apr 4 Tulane University cancels its basketball season amidst scandal
  • Apr 7 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Alice Miller shoots a final round 67 (−5) to win her only major title, 3 strokes ahead of Jan Stephenson of Australia
  • Apr 9 White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver starts a record 15th opening day game
  • Apr 13 "TASS" denounces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • Apr 13 Katrin Dörre wins 1st female World Cup marathon (2:33:30)

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 14 49th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bernhard Langer wins by 2 strokes from Seve Ballesteros, Curtis Strange & Raymond Floyd; first German champion

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Apr 14 Ahmed Salah wins 1st World Cup marathon (2:08:09)
  • Apr 15 89th Boston Marathon: Englishman Geoff Smith repeats as men's champion in 2:14:05; American Lisa Larsen Weidenbach takes women's title in 2:34:06
  • Apr 20 Carlos Lopes runs world record marathon (2:07:12)
  • Apr 21 Ingrid Kristiansen wins London Marathon in a record 2:21:06
  • Apr 23 Brooklyn College soccer team wins Nepal's invitational
  • Apr 25 For 2nd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points in a Cup game (3 goals, 4 assists)
  • Apr 28 Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 4th time
  • Apr 29 Tony Tubbs TKOs Greg Page in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Apr 30 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech defensive end Bruce Smith first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • May 4 111th Kentucky Derby: Angel Cordero Jr on Spend A Buck wins 2:00.2
  • May 11 56 die and at least 265 are injured at Bradford City football ground in the worst fire in English football history

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Dave Concepcion becomes 4th Cincinnati Red teammate to get 2,000 hits, others include Pete Rose, Tony Perez & Cesar Cedeno

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 13 Carlton Fisk becomes 5th catcher to steal 100 bases
  • May 15 Everton of England wins 25th European Cup Winner's Cup against Rapid Wien of Austria 3-1 in Rotterdam

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 16 Michael Jordan named NBA Rookie of Year

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • May 16 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Quebec Nordiques, 4 games to 2
  • May 16 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Black Hawks, 4 games to 2
  • May 18 110th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Tank's Prospect wins in 1:53.4

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 244

  • Jan 1 Steven Davis, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (117 caps [2019]; Rangers, Southampton), born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • Jan 1 Jeff Carter, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 2012, 14; NHL All-Star 2009, 17; Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings), born in London, Ontario
  • Jan 1 Tiago Splitter, Brazilian basketball forward and coach (NBA C'ship 2014, San Antonio Spurs; All-EuroLeague Team selection 2008-10), born in Blumenau, Brazil
  • Jan 2 Heather O'Reilly, American soccer midfielder (231 caps; FIFA Women's World Cup 2015; Olympic gold 2004, 08, 12), born in East Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Jan 4 Fernando Rees, Brazilian race car driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 4 Al Jefferson, American basketball player, born in Monticello, Mississippi
  • Jan 6 R. P. Singh, Indian cricketer, born in Raebareli District, India

Person of interestLewis Hamilton

Jan 7 Lewis Hamilton, English auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2008, 14-15, 17-19), born in Stevenage, England

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • Jan 11 Kazuki Nakajima, Japanese racing driver, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Jan 12 Artem Milevskiy, Ukrainian footballer, born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Jan 15 Kenneth Emil Petersen, Danish footballer, born in Solrød Strand, Denmark
  • Jan 18 Riccardo Montolivo, Italian soccer player, born in Milan, Italy
  • Jan 19 Benny Feilhaber, American soccer player, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan 19 Esteban Guerrieri, Argentine racing driver, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jan 21 Alex Pérez, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 21 Matt Unicomb, Australian basketball player
  • Jan 21 Adrian Lewis, English darts player (PDC World Champion 2011-12), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • Jan 22 Mohamed Sissoko, Malian footballer, born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
  • Jan 23 Dong Fangzhuo, Chinese football player, born in Dalian, China
  • Jan 25 Acie Law IV, American basketball player, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 28 Arnold Mvuemba, French footballer
  • Jan 29 Marc Gasol, Spanish basketball player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jan 30 Trae Williams, American football player, born in South Brisbane, Australia
  • Jan 31 Adam Federici, Australian football player, born in Nowra, Australia
  • Jan 31 Mario Williams, American football defensive end, born in Richlands, North Carolina
  • Feb 1 Dean Shiels, Irish soccer midfielder (14 caps, Northern Ireland; Hibernian, Rangers), born in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland
  • Feb 5 Laurence Maroney, American football player, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Person of interestCristiano Ronaldo

Feb 5 Cristiano Ronaldo, Portuguese soccer striker (4th to score in 4 World Cups, Real Madrid), born in Funchal, Portugal

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Feb 6 Yang Yu, Chinese swimmer, born in Hangzhou, China
  • Feb 6 Joji Kato, Japanese speed skater, born in Yamagata, Japan
  • Feb 6 Kris Humphries, American basketball player, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 10 Anette Sagen, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Mosjøen, Norway
  • Feb 11 Mike Richards, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Kenora, Canada
  • Feb 13 Alexandros Tziolis, Greek footballer, born in Katerini, Greece
  • Feb 13 David Padgett, US basketball player, born in Reno, Nevada
  • Feb 14 Philippe Senderos, Swiss footballer, born in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Feb 14 Tyler Clippard, American baseball player, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Feb 16 Zoi Dimoschaki, Greek swimmer
  • Feb 16 Stacy Lewis, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2011, Women's British Open 2013), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Feb 18 Anton Ferdinand, English footballer, born in Peckham, London
  • Feb 20 Ryan Sweeney, American baseball player
  • Feb 21 Georgios Samaras, Greek footballer, born in Heraklion, Greece
  • Feb 22 Hameur Bouazza, Algerian footballer, born in Essonne, France
  • Feb 25 Benji Marshall, New Zealand rugby player
  • Feb 25 Joakim Noah, American basketball player
  • Feb 27 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Russian footballer, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 28 Jelena Janković, Serbian tennis player, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • Mar 1 Jeremy Jacob "J" Leman, Champaign Illinois, American Football Player
  • Mar 2 Reggie Bush, American NFL running back (Heisman Trophy 2005 [later forfeited], USC; Super Bowl 2009, New Orleans Saints), born in Spring Valley, California
  • Mar 3 Sam Morrow, Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 4 Chinedum Ndukwe, American football player
  • Mar 9 Parthiv Patel, Indian Cricket Player, born in Ahmedabad, India
  • Mar 10 Lassana Diarra, French footballer
  • Mar 11 Derek Schouman, American football player
  • Mar 11 Nikolai Topor-Stanley, Australian soccer player
  • Mar 12 Bradley Wright-Phillips, English footballer
  • Mar 12 Tosh Townend, American skateboarder
  • Mar 13 Alcides [Alcides Eduardo Mendes de Araújo Alves], Brazilian football player, born in São José do Rio Preto, Brazil
  • Mar 13 Austin Scott, American football player, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 15 Antti Autti, Finnish snowboarder (Gold 2005 Winter X Games), born in Finland
  • Mar 15 Tom Chilton, British racing driver, born in Reigate, England
  • Mar 16 Colin O'Brady, American athlete and adventurer, first to cross Antarctica solo unassisted, born in Olympia, Washington
  • Mar 18 Vince Lia, Australian Footballer
  • Mar 18 Gennaro Esposito, Italian footballer
  • Mar 19 Ernesto Viso, Venezuelan racing driver
  • Mar 21 Adrian Peterson, American Football player
  • Mar 22 Mike Jenkins, German-born American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 2009; Dallas Cowboys), born in Neuenburg am Rhein, Germany
  • Mar 23 Maurice Jones-Drew, American football player
  • Mar 26 Prosper Utseya, Zimbabwean cricket captain
  • Mar 27 Dario Baldauf, Austrian football player, born in Bregenz, Austria
  • Mar 27 Stijn De Smet, Belgian football player, born in Bruges, Belgium
  • Mar 28 Stan Wawrinka, Swiss tennis player (3-time Grand Slam winner), born in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Mar 29 Maxim Lapierre, Canadian ice hockey forward
  • Mar 29 Mickey Pimentel, National Football League linebacker
  • Apr 1 Beth Tweddle, English gymnast (World C'ship gold 2006, 09, 10; Olympic bronze 2012), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Apr 2 Thom Evans, Scottish rugby union winger (10 caps; London Wasps, Glasgow Warriors), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Apr 2 Stéphane Lambiel, Swiss figure skater (World C'ship gold men's singles 2005, 06; Olympic silver 2006; Grand Prix Final champion 2005, 07), born in Martigny, Switzerland
  • Apr 4 Rudy Fernández, Spanish basketball player (Real Madrid), born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Apr 6 Clarke MacArthur, Canadian-born ice hockey player
  • Apr 10 Dion Phaneuf, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Apr 10 Eddie Castro, Panamanian jockey (record 9 wins in one race meeting 2005), born in Los Santos Province, Panama
  • Apr 12 Ted Ginn Jr., American football player, born in Ohio
  • Apr 15 John Danks, American baseball player
  • Apr 15 Aaron Laffey, American baseball player
  • Apr 16 Luol Deng, Sudanese-born British basketball player, born in Wau, South Sudan
  • Apr 17 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player (Australian Open 2008 runner-up; Davis Cup 2017; Hopman Cup 2014), born in Le Mans, France
  • Apr 18 Łukasz Fabiański, Polish football goalkeeper (Poland national team), born in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland
  • Apr 18 Karl Reindler, Australian racing driver, born in Perth, Australia
  • Apr 19 Valon Behrami, Swiss footballer (Switzerland national team), born in Mitrovica, Yugoslavia
  • Apr 25 Giedo van der Garde, Dutch racing driver, born in Rhenen, Netherlands
  • Apr 26 John Isner, American tennis player, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • May 2 Kyle Busch, American auto racer, (NASCAR Cup Series Champion 2015), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • May 2 Sarah Hughes, American figure skater, born in Great Neck, New York
  • May 2 David Nugent, English footballer, born in Huyton, England
  • May 2 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, American baseball player, born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • May 4 Ravi Bopara, English cricketer, born in Forest Gate, London
  • May 5 Terrence Wheatley, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • May 5 P. J. Tucker, American basketball player (Houston Rockets), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • May 6 Chris Paul, American basketball point guard (9-time NBA All Star), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • May 7 Drew Neitzel, American college basketball player

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 5 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (22) weds Lisa Andrews

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 5 NFL football player Reggie White (23) weds Sara Copeland

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 30 NFL Quarterback Dan Marino (23) weds Claire Veazey at St. Regis Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 2 NFL running back, broadcaster, actor and felon O.J. Simpson marries second wife Nicole Brown (murdered 1994)

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson

LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 24 NFL quarterback Joe Montana (28) weds actress and model Jennifer Wallace

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

LoveWedding of Interest

Mar 25 Professional boxer George Foreman (35) weds Mary Martelly

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 19 NBA player Isiah Thomas (24) weds Lynn Kendall in Chicago

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 9 NBA guard George Gervin (33) weds Joyce King in Bexar County, Texas

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • Dec 14 "The Cosby Show" actress Phylicia Rashad (37) weds former NFL wide receiver and sportscaster Ahmad Rashad (36)

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Feb 4 Professional boxer George Foreman (35) divorces Andrea Skeete after almost 3 years of marriage

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 9 Don Brennan, cricket wicket-keeper (England in 2 Tests 1951), dies
  • Jan 13 Adam Walsh, American College Football Hall of Fame center and coach (Notre Dame; Bowdoin), dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Uday Merchant, cricket (bro of Vijay, prolific scorer), dies
  • Feb 10 Johnny Mokan, baseball player (b. 1895)
  • Feb 12 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 73
  • Mar 2 John Kelly Jr, American rower (Olympic bronze single sculls 1956; president US Olympic Committee) and brother of Grace Kelly, dies at 57
  • Mar 17 Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (Indian all-rounder, 31 Tests 1947-58), dies at 59
  • Apr 5 Tyrell Johnson, cricketer (WI left-arm quickie, one Test 1939), dies
  • Apr 11 Bunny Ahearne, British ice hockey promoter, dies at 84
  • May 2 Attilio Bettega, Italian rallydriver (b.1951)
  • May 6 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 78
  • May 18 Harald Andersson, Swedish discus thrower (world record 52.42m 1934), dies at 78
  • May 29 39 people die in a confrontation at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium when Juventus and Italian fans are crushed against a wall escaping a breach by Liverpool fans
  • Jun 10 Bob Prince, American sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies of cancer at 68
  • Jun 15 Len Hopwood, cricketer (took 0-155 in two Tests Eng v Aust 1934), dies
  • Jun 15 Percy Fender, English cricketer (13 Tests for England, 380 runs 29 wkts), dies at 92
  • Jun 15 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (b. 1927)
  • Jun 28 Jimmy Thomson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1935, PGA C'ship 1936 runner-up), dies at 76
  • Jul 2 David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
  • Jul 3 Frank Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager, dies at 92
  • Jul 3 Cooney Weiland, Canadian NHL forward (Boston Bruins), dies at 80
  • Jul 5 Jack Robertson, South African cricket spinner (3 Tests v Aust 1935-36), dies
  • Jul 23 Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 27 Smoky Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies at 95
  • Jul 31 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), dies at 55
  • Aug 2 Sandy Bell, South African cricket pace bowler (16 Tests), dies at 79
  • Aug 9 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • Aug 12 Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
  • Aug 22 Ginty Lush, Australian cricketer (NSW quickie of 30's), dies at 71
  • Sep 1 Stefan Bellof, German race car driver (b. 1957)
  • Sep 1 Jay Youngblood, American wrestler (b. 1955)
  • Sep 2 Abe Lenstra, Dutch soccer star, dies at 64
  • Sep 10 Jock Stein, Scottish footballer and manager, dies at 62
  • Oct 13 Jack Wilson, Australian cricket spin bowler (1 Test; 43 wickets on England Tour 1956), dies at 64
  • Oct 24 Richie Evans, American NASCAR driver, dies in a car crash at 44
  • Oct 31 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (NBA light heavyweight title 1941), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Nov 1 Arnold Pihlak, Estonian soccer forward (44 caps; FK Austria Wien), dies at 83
  • Nov 2 Fred Enke, American College basketball coach (University of Arizona 1925–1961, record 522–344), dies at 88
  • Nov 8 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish road cyclist (Tour de France 1927-28), dies at 86
  • Nov 8 Masten Gregory, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1961, 65 [Jochen Rindt]), dies at 53
  • Nov 10 Pelle Lindbergh, goalie (Philadelphia Flyers), dies in drunk driving accident
  • Nov 19 Lall Singh, cricketer (Test for India 1932), dies
  • Nov 21 Ramnath Kenny, cricketer (5 Tests for India 1958-60), dies
  • Nov 25 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Nov 28 Johnny "Blood" McNally, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (NFL champion 1929-31, 36; Green Bay Packers), dies from a stroke at 82
  • Dec 6 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player, dies at 92

Person of interestRoger Maris

Dec 14 Roger Maris, American baseball right fielder (7-time MLB All Star, 61 HRs 1961), dies of cancer at 51

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Dec 14 Charlie Bachman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard & coach (Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan State), dies at 93
  • Dec 16 Dick Pollard, cricketer (England fast-medium bowler 1946-48), dies
  • Dec 16 Merv Waite, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust 1938, 1 wkt avg 190), dies
  • Dec 27 Harry Hopman, Australian tennis player, coach (Davis Cup captain 1939-67, won 16), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Dec 31 Alexander Matheson, cricketer (2 wickets/2 Tests for NZ 1930-31), dies