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Year 1986 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

Events 101 - 200 of 242

  • 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

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 for her 18th and final Grand Slam title and record 7th French singles crown

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jun 8 40th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Hous Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 8 Longest 9 inning AL game (4h16m), Baltimore Orioles beat Yankees 18-9

Sport awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Czech star Ivan Lendl wins 3rd career Grand Slam title; beats Mikael Pernfors of Sweden 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 In a clash of future Baseball Hall of Fame starting pitchers California Angel Don Sutton (298 wins) beats Tom Seaver of the Chicago WS (306 wins), 3-0 at Comiskey Park

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • Jun 10 A. Bartlett Giamatti succeeds Chub Feeney as President of baseball's National League

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 Steve Garvey 1st ejection from a game, after Atlanta's triple-play

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 15 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills GC: Raymond Floyd wins his 4th and final major, 2 strokes ahead of Chip Beck and Lanny Wadkins

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Jun 18 Don Sutton becomes 19th pitcher to win 300 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 20 Jim Fregosi replaces Tony La Russa as White Sox manager

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • Jun 21 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson, signs 3-year contract to play baseball with the Kansas City Royals
  • Jun 21 Heike Drechsler of East Germany long jumps 7.45 m (women's record)
  • Jun 22 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Chi Chi Rodriguez wins his first career major title by 2 strokes from Bruce Crampton of Australia

  • Jun 23 Pedro Morales swims world record 100m butterfly (52.84)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 25 Phillies give Steve Carlton, 41, his unconditional release

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton
  • Jun 27 American tennis player Anne White shocks Wimbledon by wearing a white, one-piece, lycra body suit in 1st round match against Pam Shriver; wears regular outfit after rain break
  • Jun 27 Robby Thompson (SF Giants) sets record, caught stealing 4 times in 1 game
  • Jun 29 FIFA World Cup Final, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City: Argentina beats West Germany, 3-2 in front of 114,600
  • Jun 29 Boston Red Sox trade for Tom Seaver

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 29 Sparky Anderson is 1st to win 600 games as manager in both leagues

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 29 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Scioto CC: Dale Douglass wins by 1 stroke ahead of Gary Player for his lone Champions Tour major title

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 2 Boston Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens (14-0) suffers his 1st loss (4-2 v Toronto), one win short of AL record for consecutive wins to start season

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Jul 4 England cricket captain Mike Gatting smashes 183 not out in the drawn 3rd Test vs India at Birmingham

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Hana Mandlíková 7-6, 6-3 for her 7th Wimbledon singles title

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

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 100th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Germany's Boris Becker successfully defends his title beating Ivan Lendl 6-4, 6-3, 7-5

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • Jul 6 Atlanta infielder Bob Horner becomes 11th player to hit 4 home runs in a MLB game during Braves 11-8 loss v Montreal
  • Jul 7 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets world heptathlon record of 7,148 points in the inaugural Goodwill Games at Moscow
  • Jul 9 Padres trade pitcher Tim Stoddard to Yankees for pitcher Ed Whitson
  • Jul 11 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway runs 10,000m in world record 30:13.74

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jul 14 US Open Women's Golf, NCR CC: Jane Geddes wins by 2 strokes in an 18-hole Monday playoff with South African born Sally Little

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 19 Tim Witherspoon KOs Frank Bruno in 11 for heavyweight boxing title


Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 20 British Open Men's Golf, Turnberry: Australian Greg Norman wins his first major championship at even-par, 5 strokes clear of runner-up Gordon J. Brand

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 27 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Board of Trade CC: Pat Bradley wins in a playoff with Ayako Okamoto of Japan

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Jul 27 24th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Czechoslovakia in Prague Czech (3-0)
  • Jul 27 73rd Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA
  • Jul 29 NY jury rules NFL violated antitrust laws, awards USFL $1 in damages
  • Aug 1 Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven becomes 10th to reach 3,000 MLB strikeout milestone, 2-hits A's, 10-1
  • Aug 2 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee beats her own world heptathlon record by 13 points (7,161) in Houston
  • Aug 2 Curtis Cup Women's Golf, Prairie Dunes CC: Great Britain & Ireland beats the US 13-5, the visitors first win on American soil
  • Aug 2 Lee Elder fires a record 11-under par 61 on his way to winning the Senior PGA Merrill Lynch/Golf Digest Commemorative at Sleepy Hollow CC; mark stands for 11 years

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 3 Willie McCovey, Bobby Doerr and Ernie Lombardi are inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • Aug 3 First NFL 'American Bowl' exhibition game at London's Wembley Stadium, Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6
  • Aug 4 After winning only token damages in antitrust lawsuit against the NFL, USFL owners vote to suspend operations for 1986 season; folded before 4th season
  • Aug 5 Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway sets 5,000m world record (14:37.33) in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Aug 5 Giants left-handed pitcher Steve Carlton becomes 2nd to reach 4,000 strikeout milestone when he gets center-fielder Eric Davis in 11-5 loss v Reds
  • Aug 6 Baltimore's Jim Dwyer & Larry Sheets, and Rangers Toby Harrah hit MLB record 3 grand slams in Texas' 13-11 win
  • Aug 7 Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel and Anne Knabe begin cycling journey of 15,266 miles from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Argentina

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Billy Martin Day, his uniform number 1 retired

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • Aug 10 Pitcher Bob Forsch grand slams to lead Cards to a 5-4 win over Pirates
  • Aug 11 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Inverness Club: Bob Tway holes a famous bunker shot on the 18th to beat Australian Greg Norman by 2 stokes
  • Aug 12 Don Baylor gets hits by a pitch for a record 25th time in a season
  • Aug 12 Red Sox pitcher Tim Lollar gets a pinch-hit single
  • Aug 14 Phillies & Pirates play a 6 game series in 4 days
  • Aug 17 Red Sox trade shortstop Rey Quinones & pitcher Mike Trujillo to Mariners for shortstop Spike Owen & outfielder Dave Henderson
  • Aug 18 Jim Kelly signs with NFL Buffalo Bills ($75 million for 5 years)

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 21 Ian Botham takes world-record 356th Test Cricket wkt (v NZ, The Oval)

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • Aug 21 Red Sox Spike Owens scores 6 runs in a 24-5 rout of Cleveland Indians
  • Aug 21 With 2 outs in 6th inning, Red Sox score 11 runs

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 25 A's Mark McGwire hits his 1st major league home run

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Aug 26 Rosa Mota wins Stuttgart female marathon (2:28:38)
  • Aug 30 Gelindo Bordin wins Stuttgart marathon (2:10:54)
  • Sep 3 Houston Astros & Chicago Cubs use MLB record 53 players, including 17 pitchers in a 2-day 18 inning marathon; Astros win 8-7
  • Sep 6 Michael Spinks TKOs Steffen Tangstad in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 6 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her 3rd US singles title; beats Czech star Helena Suková 6-3, 6-2
  • Sep 7 Cleveland Browns becomes 1st team in NFL history to have a play reviewed by instant replay, Chicago 41, Browns 31

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 7 Dan Marino throws his 100th career touchdown pass, the fastest QB in NFL history to do so

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • Sep 7 US Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Czech final Ivan Lendl retains his title; beats Miloslav Mečíř 6-4, 6-2, 6-0
  • Sep 13 Bert Blyleven gives up a record 44 HRs in a season
  • Sep 14 Saskatchewan & Hamilton play 1st CFL regular-season overtime game
  • Sep 18 David Boon's 3rd Test cricket century, 122 v India at Madras
  • Sep 19 Chicago White Sox Joe Crowley no-hits California Angels, 7-1
  • Sep 19 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores 210 v India at Madras
  • Sep 21 NY Jets beat Miami Dolphins 51-45 in OT; record 884 passing yards
  • Sep 21 New Orleans Saints Mel Gray returns kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown
  • Sep 21 SD Padre Jimmy Jones pitches 1-hitter in his major league debut
  • Sep 22 India v Australia Test Cricket at Madras finishes in a tie

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 LA Dodger Fernando Valenzuela is 1st Mexican to win 20 games

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela
  • Sep 25 Houston Astro Mike Scott no-hits SF Giants, 2-0
  • Sep 28 Record 23,000 start in a marathon (Mexico City)
  • Sep 28 Tight end Brian Foster of RI catches NCAA record 18 passes for 327 yds
  • Sep 28 Cleveland Browns' Gerald McNeil sets the team record for the longest punt return with an 84-yard run (and TD), Browns 24, Detroit 21

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Cubs Greg Maddux defeats Phillies Mike Maddux (1st rookie brothers)

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Sep 29 Indians Jay Bell is 10th to hit a HR on 1st major league pitch he sees
  • Sep 29 Mary Lou Retton retires as a gymnast
  • Oct 2 Astros starter Mike Scott finishes MLB regular season with 306 strikeouts with 8 in a 2-1 win in San Francisco; 3rd NL pitcher to reach 300 in a season

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 2 New York Mets' Dwight Gooden becomes first pitcher to collect 200 strikeouts in each of his first 3 seasons when he records 7 in 8-2 win v Pittsburgh Pirates

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden
  • Oct 3 Baltimore loses 6-3 to Detroit Tigers, assuring Orioles of club's first ever last-place finish in AL East standings

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 4 NY Yankees closer Dave Righetti saves both doubleheader games at Fenway Park for 5-3 and 3-1 wins v Boston; Righetti's MLB record 46th save

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti
  • Oct 5 Rams running back Eric Dickerson runs for an NFL overtime record 42-yard touchdown as LA defeats Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26-20 at Anaheim Stadium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 Steve Yzerman is named captain of the Detroit Red Wings, a title he would hold for over 1,300 games

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 9 Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo, becomes the 12th NHLer to score 500 goals

  • Oct 12 California Angels within 1 pitch of pennant victory lose to Red Sox
  • Oct 13 25th NY, NL appearance in World Series (Mets vs A's)
  • Oct 13 IOC announces baseball will become a medal sport in 1992
  • Oct 14 IOC decides to stagger Winter & Summer Olympic schedule

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 207

  • May 28 Michael Oher, American football player at Ole Miss
  • Jun 1 Ben Smith, New Zealand rugby union utility back (84 caps; Otago, Highlanders, Pau), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Jun 3 Alexandros Karageorgiou, Greek archer

Person of interestRafael Nadal

Jun 3 Rafael Nadal, Spanish tennis player (20 Grand Slam singles titles - 13 x French Open), born in Manacor, Balearic Islands, Spain

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • Jun 3 Tomas Verner, Czech Republic ice skater
  • Jun 3 Adrián Vallés, Spanish racing driver
  • Jun 3 Al Horford, American basketball player
  • Jun 7 Keegan Bradley, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2011), born in Woodstock, Vermont
  • Jun 8 Patrick Kaleta, American hockey player
  • Jun 14 Jonathan Clare, English cricketer
  • Jun 16 Urby Emanuelson, Dutch footballer
  • Jun 16 Farhad Reza, Bangladeshi Cricketer
  • Jun 16 Rodrigo Defendi, Brazilian footballer
  • Jun 16 Robert Rothbart, Bosnian-Israeli Basketball Player
  • Jun 16 Fernando Muslera, Uruguayan footballer
  • Jun 18 Richard Gasquet, French tennis player, born in Béziers, France
  • Jun 19 Marvin Williams, American basketball player
  • Jun 22 Ramin Ott, American Samoan football player, born in Pago Pago, America Samoa
  • Jun 24 Stuart Broad, English cricketer
  • Jun 24 Phil Hughes, American baseball player
  • Jun 25 Charlie Davies, American soccer player (New England Revolution), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Jun 27 LaShawn Merritt, American sprinter, born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Jun 30 Victoria Crawford, American wrestler and model
  • Jul 1 Charlie Blackmon, American MLB outfielder (NL Batting champion 2017), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 4 Terrance Knighton, American NFL Player, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jul 6 Derrick Williams, American football player
  • Jul 8 Renata Costa, Brazilian footballer
  • Jul 8 Kevin Chappell, American golfer (US Open 2011 3rd), born in Fresno, California
  • Jul 11 Yoann Gourcuff, French footballer
  • Jul 11 Ryan Jarvis, English footballer
  • Jul 12 JP Pietersen, South African rugby union footballer
  • Jul 23 Nelson Philippe, French racing driver
  • Jul 24 Andrei Lutai, Russian figure skater
  • Jul 27 Courtney Kupets, American gymnast (World Championships champion 2002, 2003), born in Bedford, Texas
  • Jul 31 Evgeni Malkin, Russian NHL center (World C'ship gold 2012, 14; Pittsburg Penguins), born in Magnitogorsk, Chelyabinsk Oblast
  • Aug 1 Andrew Taylor, English footballer (Bolton Wanderers), born in Hartlepool, England
  • Aug 1 Anton Strålman, Swedish ice hockey player, born in Tibro, Sweden
  • Aug 1 Elena Vesnina, Russian tennis player, born in Lviv, Ukraine
  • Aug 5 Paula Creamer, American golfer (US Open 2010), born in Mountain View, California
  • Aug 13 Joseph Lapira, American soccer player, born in Rochester, New York
  • Aug 14 Terin Humphrey, American gymnast, born in Saint Joseph, Missouri
  • Aug 17 Rudy Gay, American basketball player, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Aug 17 Tyrus Thomas, American basketball player, born in Batton, Rouge, Louisiana
  • Aug 19 Saori Kimura, Japanese volleyball player

Person of interestUsain Bolt

Aug 21 Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter (Olympic gold 100m/200m 2008, 12, 16), born in Sherwood Content, Jamaica

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt
  • Aug 23 Josh Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons, born in Kiama, Australia
  • Aug 23 Brett Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons, born in Kiama, Australia
  • Aug 24 Nick Adenhart, American baseball player, born in Silver Spring, Maryland (d. 2009)
  • Aug 24 Arian Foster, American football running back (Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Aug 31 Feng Tianwei, Singaporean table tennis player
  • Sep 1 Gaël Monfils, French tennis player
  • Sep 1 Anthony Allen, English rugby union player

Person of interestShaun White

Sep 3 Shaun White, American snowboarder (Olympic gold: 2006, 2010, 2018), born in San Diego, California

Snowboarder Shaun White
Snowboarder
Shaun White
  • Sep 4 James Younghusband, Philippine footballer, born in Ashford, United Kingdom
  • Sep 8 João Moutinho, Portuguese footballer, born in Barreiro, Portugal
  • Sep 8 Matt Grothe, American football player, born in Lakeland, Florida
  • Sep 9 Justice Chibhabha, Zimbabwean cricketer, born in Masvingo, Zimbabwe
  • Sep 9 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Cameroonian basketball player, born in Yaounde, Cameroon
  • Sep 11 Chiliboy Ralepelle, South African rugby player, born in Tzaneen, South Africa
  • Sep 11 Dwayne Jarrett, American football player, born in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Sep 13 Kamui Kobayashi, Japanese racing driver, born in Amagasaki, Hyōgo, Japan
  • Sep 13 Sean Williams, American basketball player, born in Houston, Texas
  • Sep 14 Alan Sheehan, Irish footballer (Luton Town), born in Athlone, Ireland
  • Sep 17 Landry Mulemo, Belgian footballer
  • Sep 17 Dimitrios Regas, Greek sprinter
  • Sep 19 Ken Gushi, Japanese racing driver, born in Okinawa, Japan
  • Sep 23 Martin Cranie, English footballer
  • Sep 27 Ricardo Risatti, Argentine racing driver
  • Sep 28 Andrés Guardado, Mexican soccer midfielder (158 caps; Deportivo La Coruña, Valencia, PSV), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco
  • Sep 29 Benoît Pouliot, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 29 Mark Fraser, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Oct 6 Mohammad Shukri, Malaysian cricketer
  • Oct 7 Lee Nguyen, American soccer player, born in Richardson, Texas
  • Oct 7 Gunnar Nielsen, Faroese footballer, born in Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
  • Oct 9 Laure Manaudou, French swimmer, born in Villeurbanne, France
  • Oct 10 Nathan Jawai, Australian basketball player, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Oct 12 Sergio Peter, German footballer (SpVgg Neckarelz), born in Ludwigshafen, West Germany
  • Oct 14 Tom Craddock, English footballer
  • Oct 21 Chibuzor Chilaka, English footballer
  • Oct 22 Kara Lang, Canadian soccer player
  • Oct 23 Jake Robinson, English footballer
  • Oct 24 John Ruddy, English footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers), born in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Oct 27 Matty Pattison, South African footballer (Whickham), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Oct 27 David Warner, Australian cricket batsman (top Test score 335no 2019; 2nd highest by an Australian; "Sandpaper-gate" 2018 12-month suspension), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Oct 30 Thomas Morgenstern, Austrian ski jumper (3 Olympic gold 2006, 10), born in Spittal an der Drau, Austria
  • Oct 31 Chris Alajajian, Australian racing driver, born in Sydney, Australia
  • Nov 3 Paul Derbyshire, Italian rugby union flanker (24 caps; Benetton Treviso), born in Cecina, Livorno, Italy
  • Nov 4 Adrian Zaugg, South African racing driver
  • Nov 5 Kasper Schmeichel, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Nov 11 François Trinh-Duc, French rugby player, born in Montpellier, France
  • Nov 11 Victor Cruz, American football wide receiver (New York Giants), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Nov 15 Sania Mirza, Indian tennis player, born in Mumbai, India
  • Nov 17 Nani, Portuguese football player
  • Nov 22 Oscar Pistorius, South African paralympic athlete
  • Nov 26 Konstadinos Filippidis, Greek pole vaulter, born in Athens, Greece
  • Nov 27 Suresh Raina, Indian cricketer (Gujarat Lions, Chennai Super Kings), born in Muradnagar, India
  • Nov 30 Jordan Farmar, National Basketball Association player
  • Dec 1 DeSean Jackson, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2009-10, 13; Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 2 Claudiu Keșerü, Romanian soccer forward (37 caps; FC Nantes, Steaua București), born in Oradea, Romania
  • Dec 6 Matt Niskanen, American NHL player (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Virginia, Minnesota

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