1986 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 225

  • Jan 1 72nd Rose Bowl: #13 UCLA beats #4 Iowa, 45-28; Iowa's All-American running back, Ronnie Harmon, fumbles the ball 4 times in his last game.
  • Jan 1 52nd Sugar Bowl: #8 Tennessee beats #2 Miami, 35-7
  • Jan 1 15th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #7 Nebraska, 27-23
  • Jan 1 52nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #1 Penn State, 25-10

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 NY Islander, Mike Bossy, scores his 500th goal

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • Jan 6 Last day in Test cricket for Bob Holland
  • Jan 9 NY Islanders repeat their greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Jan 12 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins 31-14
  • Jan 12 NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears beat Los Angeles Rams 24-0
  • Jan 17 Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jan 21 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana
  • Jan 24 NY Islander Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point
  • Jan 26 Hein Vergeer becomes European skating champion
  • Jan 26 Val Skinner wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears beat NE Patriots, 46-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE
  • Feb 2 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 28-24
  • Feb 4 38th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-3 (OT) at Hartford
  • Feb 6 NJ Devil Peter McNab becomes 42nd NHLer to score 350 goals
  • Feb 8 5' 7" Spud Webb of Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition
  • Feb 9 36th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 139-132 at Dallas
  • Feb 9 Marvin Johnson wins record 3rd time, light heavyweight boxing title

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 9 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Feb 9 West German team swims world record 4x200 m freestyle (7:05.17)
  • Feb 11 Australia beat India 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup, David Boon scores the most runs in the series (418)
  • Feb 12 1st-class cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, Leeward Is v Guyana
  • Feb 15 44,180 largest NBA crowd to date-Philadelphia at Detroit
  • Feb 16 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion for the second time
  • Feb 18 San Antonio's Alvin Robertson scores NBA 2nd quadruple double-20 pts, 11 rebounds, 10 assists & 10 steals against Phoenix

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 20 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany, New York

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 21 Tennis star Jimmy Connors fined $20,000 & suspended for 10 weeks

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Feb 23 Despite losing, Red Sox Wade Boggs gets largest arbitration ($1.35M)
  • Feb 23 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins LPGA Standard Register/Samaritan Golf Classic
  • Feb 28 Peter Uberroth suspended 7 baseball players for 1 year, after they admitted in Curtis Strong's trial in September, they used drugs
  • Mar 2 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 7 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 136th assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 8 Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Mar 8 27th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Alabama, 83-72
  • Mar 8 7th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Syracuse, 70-69
  • Mar 9 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 9 33rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Georgia Tech, 68-67
  • Mar 11 Islander Mike Bossy, 1st NHLer to score 50 goals in 9 straight seasons
  • Mar 11 NFL adopts instant replay rule

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 16 Christa Johnson wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • Mar 18 Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Queensland
  • Mar 21 Pittsburgh Associates buy Pittsburgh Pirates for $218 million
  • Mar 22 HBO launches boxing's heavyweight-title-unification-tournament
  • Mar 22 Trevor Berbick beats Pinklon Thomas in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 23 Heavyweight Trevor Berbick KOs Pinklon Thomas
  • Mar 23 Penny Pulz wins LPGA Circle K Tucson Golf Open

  • Mar 25 Kurt Browning (Canada) becomes 1st skater to land a quadruple jump
  • Mar 30 5th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas beats USC 97-81
  • Mar 31 48th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Duke 72-69
  • Apr 2 NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance)
  • Apr 4 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season
  • Apr 5 140th Grand National: Richard Dunwoody aboard West Tip wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 15th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Apr 6 Soccer ball juggled non-stop for 14:14 hrs

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 13 50th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 279

  • Apr 13 Boston Celtics end season with a 40-1 home win record
  • Apr 13 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
  • Apr 15 Viv Richards century off 56 balls v England in Antigua Test Cricket

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 19 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 20 Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Apr 21 90th Boston Marathon: Rob de Castella of Australia 1st man in 2:07:51 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:55
  • Apr 21 Bob Hering sets Formula One power boat record (165.338 mph, Ariz)
  • Apr 27 Pat Bradley wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 29 Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Seattle Mariners

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Apr 29 1986 NFL Draft: Bo Jackson from University of Auburn first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • May 3 112th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Ferdinand wins in 2:02.8
  • May 3 Cubs 3rd baseman Ron Cey hits his 300th & 301st HR
  • May 3 NY Yankee Don Mattingly is 6th to hit 3 sacrifice flies in a game
  • May 7 Phillies outfielder Garry Maddox, retires
  • May 7 30th European Cup: Steaua Bucuresti beats Barcelona (0-0, 2-0 on penalties) at Seville
  • May 9 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • May 11 Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 14 Reggie Jackson hit his 537th HR passing Mickey Mantle into 6th place

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • May 14 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat St. Louis Blues, 4 games to 3
  • May 17 111th Preakness: Alex Solis aboard Snow Chief wins in 1:54.8
  • May 18 Becky Pearson wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
  • May 18 David Goch finishes swimming 55,682 miles in a 25-yd pool
  • May 24 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Calgary Flames, 4 games to 1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 25 KC Royal George Brett gets his 2,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • May 25 Laurie Rinker wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 28 White Sox Joe Cowley sets record striking out 1st 7 Rangers he faces
  • May 30 Bobby Rahal is 1st to average over 170 mph in Indianapolis 500

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Barry Bonds makes his MLB debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Jun 1 32nd LPGA Championship won by Pat Bradley
  • Jun 6 Jurgen Schull sets world discus record (74.07 m)
  • Jun 7 118th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Danzig Connect wins in 2:29.8
  • Jun 7 Pirates draft 3rd baseman Jeff King #1
  • Jun 8 40th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Hous Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 8 Juli Inkster wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship
  • Jun 8 Longest 9 inning AL game (4h16m), Balt Orioles beat Yankees 18-9

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 8 85th Men's French Open: Ivan Lendl beats Mikael Pernfors (6-3, 6-2, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player Mikael Pernfors
Tennis Player
Mikael Pernfors

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 8 85th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova (2-6, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jun 9 Angel Don Sutton (298 wins) beats White Sox Tom Seaver (306 wins) 3-0
  • Jun 10 A Bartlett Giamatti becomes president of baseball's NL

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 15 86th US Golf Open: Ray Floyd shoots a 279 at Shinnecock Hills GC NY

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 200

  • Jan 1 Glen Davis, American basketball player
  • Jan 3 Jacob Timpano, Australian soccer player
  • Jan 4 James Milner, English footballer
  • Jan 4 Steve Slaton, American football player
  • Jan 6 Paul McShane, Irish footballer
  • Jan 7 Grant Leadbitter, English footballer
  • Jan 8 David Silva, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 12 Miguel Ángel Nieto, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 13 Joannie Rochette, Canadian figure skater
  • Jan 14 Cristina Aicardi, Peruvian badminton player
  • Jan 15 Fred Davis, American football player
  • Jan 23 Steven Taylor, English footballer
  • Jan 25 Chris O'Grady, English footballer
  • Jan 25 Shahriar Nafees, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Jan 26 Gerald Green, American basketball player
  • Jan 28 Jessica Ennis, English heptathlete
  • Jan 29 Mark Howard, English football player
  • Jan 29 Simon Vukčević, Montenegrin football player
  • Jan 29 Chris Bourque, American pro hockey player
  • Jan 30 Nick Evans, American baseball player
  • Jan 31 Yves Makabu-Makalambay, Belgian football goalkeeper
  • Feb 4 Mohammad Mahmudullah, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Feb 5 Reed Sorenson, American racecar driver
  • Feb 5 Billy Sharp, English footballer
  • Feb 5 Manuel Fernandes, Portuguese footballer
  • Feb 6 Brendan Taylor, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Feb 10 Viktor Troicki, Serbian tennis player
  • Feb 10 Radamel Falcao García Zárate, Colombian football player (AS Monaco, Colombia national team), born in Santa Marta, Colombia
  • Feb 13 Luke Moore, English footballer
  • Feb 13 Jamie Murray, Scottish tennis player
  • Feb 14 Aschwin Wildeboer, Spanish swimmer
  • Feb 14 Michael Ammermüller, German racing driver
  • Feb 15 Gabriel Paletta, Argentine footballer
  • Feb 17 Joey O'Brien, Irish footballer
  • Feb 18 Marc Torrejón, Spanish footballer
  • Feb 19 Kyle Chipchura, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 19 Henri Karjalainen, Finnish racing driver
  • Feb 19 Marta, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 22 Rajon Rondo, American basketball player
  • Feb 23 Jerod Mayo, American Football player
  • Feb 24 Wojtek Wolski, Polish Ice hockey player
  • Feb 26 Makelele, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 1 Jonathan Spector, American soccer player
  • Mar 4 Tom De Mul, Belgian footballer
  • Mar 4 Bohdan Shust, Ukrainian footballer
  • Mar 5 Matty Fryatt, English footballer
  • Mar 7 Ben Griffin, Australian soccer player
  • Mar 14 Elton Chigumbura, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Mar 14 Andy Taylor, British/English footballer
  • Mar 16 T. J. Jordan, American basketball player
  • Mar 18 Bia Figueiredo, Brazilian racing driver
  • Mar 18 Abdennour Cherif El Ouazzani, Algerian footballer
  • Mar 18 Kaloyan Ivanov, Bulgarian basketball player
  • Mar 23 Andrea Dovizioso, Italian motorcycle racer
  • Mar 24 Kohei Hirate, Japanese racing driver
  • Mar 24 Anthony McMahon, English footballer
  • Mar 27 Manuel Neuer, German football player (Bayern Munich, German national team), born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
  • Mar 28 Barbora Strýcová, Czech tennis player
  • Mar 29 Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, English footballer
  • Mar 30 Sergio Ramos, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 1 Ireen Wüst, Dutch speed skater
  • Apr 3 Sergio Sánchez, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 4 Aiden McGeady, Republic of Ireland and Celtic footballer,
  • Apr 4 Cameron Barker, Professional ice hockey player
  • Apr 8 Igor Akinfeev, Russian footballer
  • Apr 8 Félix Hernández, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Seattle Mariners), born in Valencia
  • Apr 10 Olivia Borlée, Belgian athlete
  • Apr 10 Vincent Kompany, Belgian footballer
  • Apr 12 Blerim Džemaili, Swiss footballer
  • Apr 14 Matt Derbyshire, English footballer
  • Apr 15 Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Dutch footballer
  • Apr 16 Paul di Resta, British racing driver
  • Apr 18 Maurice Edu, American soccer player
  • Apr 18 Billy Butler, American baseball player
  • Apr 19 Candace Parker, American basketball player
  • Apr 21 Audra Cohen, American tennis player
  • Apr 21 Alexander Edler, Swedish hockey player
  • Apr 22 Dusan Sakota, Serbian-Greek basketball player
  • Apr 22 Marshawn Lynch, American Football player
  • Apr 23 Sven Kramer, Dutch speed skater, born in Heerenveen, Netherlands
  • May 1 Christian Benítez, Ecuadorian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • May 1 Adam Casey, Australian footballer
  • May 8 Marvell Wynne, American soccer player
  • May 11 Abou Diaby, French footballer
  • May 11 Ronny, Brazilian footballer
  • May 13 Scott Sutter, Swiss footballer
  • May 15 Matías Fernández, Chilean footballer
  • May 15 Adam Moffat, Scottish football player
  • May 15 Kyle Loza, Freestyle Motocross Rider, born in Orange County, California
  • May 16 Andy Keogh, Irish footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
  • May 18 Ryan Lamb, English rugby union player
  • May 19 Mario Chalmers, NCAA basketball player
  • May 20 Dexter Blackstock, English footballer
  • May 23 Ruben Zadkovich, Australian soccer player
  • May 25 Yoan Gouffran, French footballer
  • May 28 Charles N'Zogbia, French footballer
  • May 28 Berrick Barnes, Australian Rugby player
  • May 28 Michael Oher, American football player at Ole Miss
  • May 31 Robert Gesink, Dutch cyclist
  • Jun 3 Alexandros Karageorgiou, Greek archer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 3 British golfer Nick Faldo (28) weds manager's secretary Gill Bennett

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 25 Four-time tennis player champ Hana Mandlikova (24) weds restaurateur Jan Sedlak at Prague's old town hall

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 1 Tennis ace John McEnroe marries actress Tatum O'Neal

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Oct 18 NFL player Frank Gifford (56) marries 3rd wife Kathie Lee Johnson (35)

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 1 MLB player Kirby Puckett (24) weds Tonya Hudson (20)

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 15 Golfer Byron Nelson (74) weds advertising copy writer Peggy Simmons (42)

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 19 Hall of Famer boxing champ Muhammad Ali (44) weds Yolanda Williams

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Nov 28 NBC's Ahmad Rashad marriage proposal is accepted by Phylicia Ayers-Allen during halftime of Det Lions-NY Jets football game

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
  • Jan 1 Bruce Norris, American hockey executive (Detroit Red Wings) (b. 1924)
  • Jan 2 Bill Veeck, American baseball executive (b. 1914)
  • Jan 15 James H "Jim" Crowley, US football player (Notre Dame), dies at 83
  • Jan 24 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (b. 1954)
  • Jan 25 Horace Smith, cricketer (1 Test NZ v Eng 1933, one wkt at 113), dies
  • Feb 1 Gino Hernandez, American wrestler (b. 1957)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 27 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, dies of stomach cancer at 57

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • Mar 5 Teddy Hoad, cricketer (West Indian captain 1930), dies
  • Apr 5 Colin McCool, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia, 36 wkts), dies
  • Apr 23 Jim Laker, cricketer (193 wkts for England at 21 24), dies
  • Apr 24 Bill Edrich, cricketer (39 Tests for England), dies
  • May 2 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver, dies in an accident at 29
  • May 11 Fritz Pollard, American football player (b. 1894)
  • May 15 Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (b. 1958)
  • Jun 1 Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver (d. 1958)
  • Jun 2 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 84 (b. 1901)
  • Jun 15 K K Tarapore, cricketer (Test for India 1948), killed by motor-scooter
  • Jun 26 Laurie Fishlock, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • Jun 27 Don Rogers, of Cleveland Browns, dies of cocaine poisoning
  • Jun 27 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player (b. 1905)
  • Jul 2 Peanuts Lowrey, baseball player (b. 1917)
  • Jul 8 Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • Jul 15 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 18 Stanley Rous, British soccer official, dies at 91
  • Jul 24 Laurie Nash, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1932-36), dies
  • Jul 25 Theodore H "Ted" Lyons, pitcher (Chicago White Sox), dies at 85
  • Jul 28 Syd Curnow, South African cricketer (168 runs in 7 Tests), dies
  • Aug 3 Rupert de Smidt, cricketer (Western Province 1911-13), dies at 102
  • Aug 9 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist, dies at 77

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 11 Chuck McKinley, American tennis player (1963 Wimbledon), dies of a brain tumour at 45

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • Aug 29 Ellis Achong, cricketer (West Indies 1933-35, "chinaman"), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 4 Hank Greenberg "Hammerin' Hank", American MLB player (Detroit Tigers) dies at 75

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Oct 3 Vince DiMaggio, American Baseball Player (b. 1912)
  • Oct 5 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • Oct 11 Norm Cash, 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers), dies at 51
  • Oct 26 Jackson Scholz, American runner (b. 1897)
  • Nov 10 King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player, coach, and referee (b. 1903)
  • Dec 1 Robert L "Bobby" Layne, football player (Detroit Lions), dies at 59
  • Dec 1 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), dies at 61
  • Dec 20 Joe DeSa, American baseball player (b. 1959)