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Year 1985 in Sports History (Part 3)

Events in Sport

Events 201 - 243 of 243

  • Oct 22 Bret Saberhagen gives KC Royals their 1st win leading to their World Series title

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Oct 25 Angels announce that they will not offer Rod Carew a new contract

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • Oct 26 On a poor call in 6th game, umpire Don Deckinger starts a string of events costing Cardinals the World Series

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Oct 26 Doug Harvey's #2 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey
  • Oct 27 15th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:28:34
  • Oct 27 16th NYC Marathon won by Orlando Pizzolato in 2:11:34
  • Oct 27 Anthony Carter begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive game receptions

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Oct 27 Billy Martin is fired by Yankees for 4th time

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • Oct 27 KC Royals beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 82nd World Series
  • Oct 31 Last day in Test cricket for Pakistan's Zaheer Abbas
  • Nov 2 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Aqueduct Racetrack; winners: Cozzene, Life's Magic, Pebbles, Precisionist, Proud Truth, Tasso, Twilight Ridge
  • Nov 2 LA Kings score 5 goals in a span of 5:37, the fastest in NHL team history; rout Hartford Whalers, 8-1 at Hartford Civic Center
  • Nov 2 Tulsa's Gordon Brown (214) and Steve Gage (206) set NCAA football record for combined rushing yards in one game for 2 teammates who gained more than 200 yards each in 42-26 win at Wichita State

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Nov 3 French McLaren driver Alain Prost wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 4th in the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 20 points from Italian Michele Alboreto

Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Alain Prost
  • Nov 3 Bill Elliott wins Atlanta Journal 500 at Atlanta Raceway to become first driver to win 11 super-speedway races in 1 season; also first driver to win $2m in prize money in a single season

World RecordGarry Kasparov Becomes World Chess Champion

Nov 9 Garry Kasparov becomes the youngest ever world chess champion (22), with a 13-11 win over fellow Russian Anatoly Karpov

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Garry Kasparov vs. Anatoly Karpov in Moscow on November 9, 1985
Garry Kasparov vs. Anatoly Karpov in Moscow on November 9, 1985
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Nov 9 Richard Hadlee takes 9-52 New Zealand v Australia at the Gabba

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee

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Nov 13 Dwight Gooden, youngest 20 game winner, wins Cy Young award

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden
  • Nov 14 Brewers release 39-year-old pitcher Rollie Fingers
  • Nov 17 NY Jets best offensive production beating Tampa Bay 62-28
  • Nov 17 35th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins
  • Nov 18 Dwight Gooden (NL) & Bret Saberhagen (AL) win Cy Young

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Nov 20 NY Yankee Don Mattingly easily wins AL MVP

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: BC Lions defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 37-24; final CFL game played with 25-yard long endzone
  • Nov 25 Chicago White Sox shortstop Ozzie Guillén is named AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 Cards Vince Coleman wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 30 50th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-23 in Birmingham

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Dec 2 NFL quarterback legends Dan Marino and John Elway (Denver Broncos) face each other for the first time, a 30-26 win for Marino's Miami Dolphins (390 yards and 3 TDs)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

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Dec 2 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan almost come to blows at halftime in a 38-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins at the Orange Bowl, Miami; Chicago's only loss of the NFL season

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

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Dec 4 Slobodan Živojinović of Yugoslavia upsets No. 2 seed John McEnroe 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the Australian Open quarter finals; leaves McEnroe without a major singles title for the first time since 1978

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Dec 7 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Dec 7 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 for her 3rd and final Australian singles crown

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

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Dec 8 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg wins 1st career Grand Slam singles title; beats defending champion & fellow Swede Mats Wilander 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander

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Dec 9 SF 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 274 consecutive games with a reception in a 27-20 loss to LA Rams at Candlestick Park

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • Dec 11 NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals
  • Dec 13 Australian cricketer David Boon's 1st Test century, 123 v India at Adelaide
  • Dec 13 Test debut of cricketers Merv Hughes, Geoff Marsh and Bruce Reid (v India)

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Dec 20 Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Dec 20 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC
  • Dec 22 74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2)
  • Dec 24 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini is named Europe's best football player for the 3rd consecutive time; beats Verona striker Preben Elkjær and Barcelona midfielder Bernd Schuster
  • Dec 26 Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, v India at the MCG

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 201 - 246 of 246

  • Sep 29 Calvin Johnson, American College Football Hall of Fame wide receiver (Detroit Lions, 6-time Pro Bowl), born in Newnan, Georgia
  • Oct 1 Shahriar Nafees, Bangladeshi cricket batsman (24 Tests, 75 ODI), born in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Oct 7 Evan Longoria, American baseball player, born in Downey, California
  • Oct 12 Mike Green, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Oct 14 Digão, Brazilian footballer
  • Oct 14 Alexandre Sarnes Negrão, Brazilian racing driver
  • Oct 15 Walter López, Uruguayan footballer
  • Oct 15 Marcos Martinez Ucha, Spanish racing driver
  • Oct 16 Casey Stoner, Australian motorcycle racer and 2007 MotoGP World Champion
  • Oct 18 Yoenis Cespedes, Cuban MLB player, born in Campechuela
  • Oct 20 Dominic McGuire, American basketball player, born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 20 James Sutton, British auto racer (Porsche Carrera Cup GB 2007), born in Stevenage, England

Person of interestWayne Rooney

Oct 24 Wayne Rooney, English soccer midfielder (England 119 caps, Man U, Everton), born in Liverpool, England

English Footballer Wayne Rooney
English Footballer
Wayne Rooney
  • Oct 26 Andrea Bargnani, Italian basketball player (Toronto Raptors), born in Rome, Italy
  • Oct 26 Monta Ellis, American basketball player (Golden State Warriors), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Oct 29 Severino Jefferson, Brazilian football player
  • Nov 4 Marcell Jansen, German footballer, born in Mönchengladbach, West Germany
  • Nov 11 Robin Uthappa, Indian cricket player 'The Walking Assassin' , born in Kodagu, India
  • Nov 11 Luton Shelton, Jamaican soccer striker (75 caps; Vålerenga, Karabükspor, Sheffield United), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 2021)
  • Nov 13 Asdrúbal Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Nov 14 Thomas Vermaelen, Belgian footballer
  • Nov 18 Allyson Felix, American athlete (6-time Olympic gold 200m/400m/relays 2008, 12, 16), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 19 Chris Eagles, English footballer
  • Nov 20 Juan Cruz Álvarez, Argentine racing driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina
  • Nov 21 Jesús Navas, Spanish footballer
  • Nov 22 Asamoah Gyan, Ghanaian footballer
  • Nov 23 Ahn Hyun-Soo, South Korean short track skater, born in Seoul, South Korea
  • Nov 28 Caitlin McClatchey, Scottish swimmer
  • Nov 29 Shannon Brown, American basketball player, born in Maywood, Illinois
  • Dec 2 Amaury Leveaux, French swimmer (Olympic gold 4x100m freestyle relay 2012; WR 100m freestyle short course – 44.94s), born in Belfort, France
  • Dec 3 László Cseh, Hungarian swimmer (World C'ship gold 400m medley 2005, 200m butterfly 2015; 7 x Olympic medals), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Dec 4 Carlos Gómez, Dominican baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2013-14; Gold Glove Award 2013; hit for cycle 2008, 2017), born in Santiago, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 5 Nico Verdonck, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Dec 5 Josh Smith, American basketball player (New Orleans Pelicans), born in College Park, Georgia
  • Dec 6 R. P. Singh, Indian cricketer, born in Raebareli, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Dec 8 Dwight Howard, American basketball player (Charlotte Hornets), born in Atlanta, Georigia
  • Dec 10 T. J. Hensick, American ice hockey player
  • Dec 14 Jakub Błaszczykowski, Polish footballer, born in Truskolasy, Silesian Voivodeship, Poland
  • Dec 14 Julio Pimentel, Dominican baseball player, born in La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • Dec 14 Tom Smith, Welsh rugby union footballer, born in Bristol, Somerset
  • Dec 19 Gary Cahill, English soccer defender (61 caps; Chelsea, Bolton), born in Dronfield, Derbyshire
  • Dec 19 Neil Kilkenny, English-born Australian footballer
  • Dec 21 Bubba Stewart, American motocross racer (FIM World Supercross Champion 2009; FIM World Supercross GP Champion 2006, 07), born in Bartow, Florida
  • Dec 24 David Ragan, American race car driver, born in Unadilla, Georgia
  • Dec 27 Logan Bailly, Belgian football goalkeeper
  • Dec 27 Paul Stastny, Canadian-American ice hockey player

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