1991 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 359

  • Jan 1 77th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #17 Iowa, 46-34
  • Jan 1 57th Sugar Bowl: #6 Tennessee beats Virginia, 23-22
  • Jan 1 20th Fiesta Bowl: #18 Louisville beats #25 Alabama, 34-7
  • Jan 1 57th Orange Bowl: #1 Colorado beats #5 Notre Dame, 10-9
  • Jan 3 LA King Wayne Gretzky scores his 700th goal against NY Islanders
  • Jan 4 Fu Mingxia, 12, of China wins World Swimming Championships gold medal
  • Jan 5 Kevin Bradshaw of US Intl scores NCAA Div 1 record 72 pts
  • Jan 8 Tamas Darnyi swims world record 400m medley (4:12.36)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 9 Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Jan 9 Dean Smith of NC is 6th to win 700 career coaching basketball games
  • Jan 11 Ben Johnson's 1st race after being stripped of his 1988 Olympic Gold medal for steroid use, he finishes 2nd
  • Jan 12 Largest crowd to watch Atlantic Coast Womens Basketball game (11,520)
  • Jan 12 Melvin Stewart swims world record 200 m butterfly (1:55.69)
  • Jan 13 42 killed in exhibition soccer match in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jan 13 Soccer stadium riot in Orkney, South Africa, at least 40 die
  • Jan 15 Australia beat NZ 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Jan 18 WLAF's NY Knights become NY-NJ Knights

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 18 Longest tennis match at the Australian Open, Boris Becker beats Italy's Omar Camporese in 5 hours & 11 mins

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player Omar Camporese
Tennis Player
Omar Camporese
  • Jan 19 42nd NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 11-5 at Chicago
  • Jan 20 Buffalo Bills beat LA Raiders 51-3 for AFC title
  • Jan 20 AFC Championship Game: Buffalo Bills beat Los Angeles Raiders 51-3
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants with a field goal by Matt Barr's with no time left beat San Francisco 49ers 15-13

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Brett Hull is 3rd NHLer to score 50 goals in less than 50 games (49)

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • Jan 25 Mark Waugh scores ton in 1st Test Cricket innings, v England Adelaide
  • Jan 26 Houston guard Vernon Maxwell is 4th NBAer to score 30 pts in a quarter
  • Jan 26 Jan Stenerud becomes 1st pure placekicker to make NFL Hall of Fame
  • Jan 27 Super Bowl XXV: NY Giants beat Buffalo Bills, 20-19 in Tampa Super Bowl MVP: Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, RB ("Wide Right"
  • Jan 27 79th Men's Australian Open: Boris Becker beats Ivan Lendl (1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 Women's Australian Open: Monica Seles beats Jana Novotná 5-7, 6-3, 6-1

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • Jan 31 Denver Nuggets Michael Adams becomes shortest NBAer to get a triple-double

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 3 Meg Mallon wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon
  • Feb 3 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 23-21
  • Feb 4 Baseball's Hall of Fame board of directors vote 12-0 to bar Pete Rose, due to his betting on games while a player and manager

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Feb 4 Batsmen Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones make a world record 467 run stand for New Zealand v Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington

Cricketer Martin Crowe
Cricketer
Martin Crowe
  • Feb 5 LA King Dave Taylor becomes 29th NHler to score 1000 points

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 5 Howard Stern kisses NY Giant Leonard Marshall's ass over bet, Stern lost claiming the Giants would lose the Superbowl

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
Radio shock jock
Howard Stern

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Feb 7 Bob Knight, Larry O'Brien, Tiny Archibald, Dave Cowens, Harry Gallatin & Larry Fleisher elected to NBA Hall of Fame

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens

AgreementContract of Interest

Feb 8 Roger Clemens signs record $5,380,250 per year Red Sox contract

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Feb 10 41st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 116-114 at Charlotte
  • Feb 12 North & South Korea form a joint team for table tennis competition
  • Feb 15 Troy State sets NCAA Div II record with 103 points in 2nd half routing DeVry Institute 187-117
  • Feb 17 33rd Daytona 500: Ernie Irvan wins (148.148 MPH)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 Edmonton Oiler goalie Grant Fuhr returns to NHL after season-long suspension for substance abuse & shuts out NJ Devils 4-0

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 22 Test Cricket debut of Sanath Jayasuriya, vs NZ at Hamilton

  • Feb 23 NC is 1st NCAA basketball team to win 1,500 games
  • Feb 24 End of World League of American Football's (WLAF) 1st draft
  • Feb 25 Andrew Jones scores twin Test Cricket tons v Sri Lanka (122 & 100*)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 25 Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky & John Candy buy CFL's Toronto Argonauts

Actor and Comedian John Candy
Actor and Comedian
John Candy
  • Feb 26 Asanka Gurusinha scores twin Test Cricket tons v NZ (119 & 102)
  • Feb 26 Bill Veeck & Tony Lazzeri elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Feb 26 NY-NJ Knights (WLAF) players 1st come together

  • Feb 28 Don Mattingly named 10th NY Yankee Captain
  • Mar 2 Deb Richard wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 2 NC State Chris Corchiani becomes 1st NCAAer to get 1,000 assists
  • Mar 3 Boon completes 10th Test Cricket century, 109* v WI at Kingston
  • Mar 5 Reggie Miller (Indiana) begins NBA free throw streak of 52 games
  • Mar 9 Joe Dumaars (Detroit) begins NBA free throw streak of 62 games
  • Mar 10 Eddie Sutton is 1st NCAA coach to lead 4 schools into playoffs

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 10 Laura Davies wins LPGA Inamori Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • Mar 10 38th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #7 North Carolina beats #6 Duke, 96-74
  • Mar 10 32nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Tennessee, 88-69
  • Mar 10 12th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Seton Hall beats Georgetown, 74-62
  • Mar 11 John Smith, US amateur wrestler, wins James E Sullivan Award
  • Mar 11 Monica Seles ends Steffi Graf's streak of 186 weeks ranked as #1
  • Mar 14 Ice Dance Championship at Munich won by Isabel & Phil Duchesnay (FRA)
  • Mar 15 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record 6.14m (20 feet 1 3/4)
  • Mar 16 NJ Net coach Bill Fitch is 4th coach to win 800 NBA games
  • Mar 17 Penny Hammel wins Desert Inn LPGA Golf International

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 Mike Tyson beats Razor Ruddock in the 7th round

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 Philadelphia '76ers retires Wilt Chamberlain's #13 jersey

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Mar 18 Reggie Miller (Indiana) ends NBA free throw streak of 52 games
  • Mar 19 KC Royals announce they are putting Bo Jackson on waivers
  • Mar 19 Sacramento Kings set NBA record of 29 consecutive road loses
  • Mar 19 St Louis Blues Brett Hull is 3rd NHLer to score 80 goals in a season

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 19 NFL owners strip Phoenix of 1993 Super Bowl game due to Arizona Not recognizing Martin Luther King Day

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mar 23 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.12m)
  • Mar 23 1st World League of American Football games, London beats Frankfurt 24-11, Sacramento beats Raleigh-Dur 9-3 & Mont beats Birmingham 20-5
  • Mar 24 Barcelona Dragons beat NY/NJ Knights 19-7 in their 1st WLAF game
  • Mar 24 Danielle Ammaccapane wins LPGA Standard Register Ping Golf Tournament
  • Mar 24 NY Yankees beat NY Mets, 9-3
  • Mar 25 Allan Border takes 5-68 v WI at Bourda (!), Georgetown
  • Mar 26 Orlando Thunder beats San Antonio Riders in their 1st WLAF game 35-34
  • Mar 26 Victoria beat NSW by 7 wickets to win Sheffield Shield Final
  • Mar 27 NCAA bans U of Minn football team from postseason play in 1992
  • Mar 28 Mike Tyson admits paternity to Kimberly Scarborough's son
  • Mar 30 1st exhibition baseball games at Joe Robbie Stadium (Yanks-Orioles)
  • Mar 30 Northern Michigan wins its 1st NCAA hockey title
  • Mar 31 10th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Virginia 70-67
  • Mar 31 20th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott
  • Mar 31 St Louis Blues Brett Hull scores his 86th goal
  • Apr 1 Dwight Gooden signs $5.15 million 3 year contract with NY Mets
  • Apr 1 53rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Kansas 72-65
  • Apr 3 Bo Jackson signs 1-year contract with Chicago White Sox
  • Apr 5 Joe Dumaars (Detroit) ends NBA free throw streak of 62 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 Argentine soocer star Diego Maradona suspended for 15 month by Italian League for testing positive for cocaine use

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • Apr 6 145th Grand National: Nigel Hawke aboard Seagram wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 7 3rd Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 7 Christa Johnson wins LPGA Ping/Welch's Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • Apr 8 Jockey Bill Shoemaker paralyzed in a car accident
  • Apr 8 Major league umpires & baseball reach a 4-year agreement

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Peter Burling, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold 2016, helmsman America's Cup 2017), born in Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Jan 6 Nikola Saric, Danish footballer
  • Jan 7 Eden Hazard, Belgian football player (Chelsea, Belgian national team), born in La Louvière, Belgium
  • Jan 19 Tommy Fleetwood, British golfer (US Open runner-up 2018), born in Southport, England
  • Mar 21 Antoine Griezmann, French football player (Atlético Madrid, French national team), born in Mâcon, France
  • Apr 21 Max Chilton, British racing driver, born in Redhill
  • May 1 Marcus Stroman, American MLB pitcher (Gold Glove 2017), born in Medford, New York
  • May 9 Majlinda Kelmendi, Kosovar-Albanian judoka (Olympic gold 2016), born in Peć, SFR Yugoslavia
  • May 27 Beauden Barrett, New Zealand Rugby union player (male world rugby player 2016, 2017), born in New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • May 28 Alexandre Lacazette, French soccer player, born in Lyon, France
  • Jun 19 Pontus Ekhem, Swedish hockey player
  • Jul 1 Michael Wacha, American MLB pitcher (All Star 2015), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jul 12 James Rodríguez, Colombian footballer (Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Colombia national team), born in Cúcuta, Colombia
  • Aug 18 Liz Cambage, Australian basketball player (WNBA single game record 53), born in London, England
  • Aug 20 Marko Đoković, Serbian tennis player
  • Sep 21 Jordan Hasay, American track and field athlete
  • Sep 27 Adam Chicksen, English Football Player
  • Sep 27 Simona Halep, Romanian tennis player (French Open 2018, world #1), born in Constanța, Romania
  • Nov 27 Nur Atikah Nabilah, Singaporean Gymnast

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 9 Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (42) weds equestrian Madeleine Gurdon (28) in Westminster, London

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 15 Baseball superstar George Brett (37) weds Leslie Davenport in Manhattan Beach, California

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 15 NBA star Magic Johnson marries Earletha "Cookie" Kelly

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 16 NBA center David Robinson (26) weds Valerie Hoggatt at a Baptist church ceremony in San Antonio, Texas

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 3 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, (7-time MLB All Star), dies of abdominal aortic aneurysm at 83
  • Jan 7 Joe Hicks, baseball coach, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 20 Bill Riordon, US tennis promotor (Jimmy Connors), dies

Person of interestRed Grange

Jan 28 Harold "Red" Grange, football's galloping ghost, dies of parkinson's disease at 87

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange
  • Feb 1 Phil Watson, NHL coach (NY Rangers), dies
  • Feb 8 Miran Bakhsh, Pakistani cricketer (2 Tests for Pakistan 1954-55), dies at 47
  • Feb 13 Ronald "Ron" Pickering, British athletics coach and BBC sports commentator, dies after a heart bypass operation at 60
  • Feb 15 Gary Gears, Chicago disk jockey, dies at 46 of a heart attack

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

Mar 7 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, dies at 87

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • Mar 9 Jim Hardin, former Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves pitcher (b. 1943)
  • Mar 19 John Russell Thomas, NFL general manager (Detroit Lions), dies
  • Apr 4 Luc de Rijck, Belgian soccer player (Turnhout), dies
  • Apr 4 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (b. 1920)
  • Apr 6 Bill Ponsford, cricketer (Test avg 48 22, 1st-class avg 65 18), dies
  • Apr 9 Forrest Towns, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1936), dies at 77
  • Apr 25 Theo Laseroms, [Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), dies
  • May 3 Don Whitmire, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Alabama, Navy - All American at both), dies at 68
  • May 6 Chucky Mullins, US soccer player, dies
  • Jun 3 Thomas C Lasorda, American artist and son of Los Angeles Dodgers manager, dies of pneumonia at 33
  • Jun 8 Mary Bacon, jockey, dying of cancer, commits suicide by gun at 43
  • Jun 15 Happy Chandler, American politician and Commissioner of Baseball (b. 1898)
  • Jun 28 Ernie McCormick, cricketer (12 Tests for Australia), dies
  • Jul 6 Muda Lawal, Nigerian footballer (b. 1954)
  • Jul 18 Harold Butler, cricketer (2 Tests for England 1947-48, 12 wkts), dies
  • Jul 21 Paul Warwick, English racing driver (b. 1969)
  • Jul 24 Freddie Brown, cricketer (English Test captain 1950-51), dies
  • Jul 27 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 89

Person of interestPaul Brown

Aug 5 Paul Brown, NFL founder (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), dies at 82

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • Aug 7 Shotzie, Cincinnati Red dog mascot, dies at 9
  • Aug 8 Julissa Gomez, American gymnast (b. 1972)
  • Aug 11 J. D. McDuffie, American NASCAR driver (b. 1939)
  • Aug 14 Alberto Crespo, Argentine racing driver (b. 1920)
  • Aug 24 Abel Kivlat, US 1500m runner (Olympic silver 1912), dies at 99
  • Sep 2 Concetto Lo Bello, Italian intl soccer judge, dies
  • Sep 6 Bob Goldham, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1922)
  • Sep 10 Jack Crawford, Australian tennis player (b. 1908)
  • Sep 10 Jack Crawford, Australian tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), dies at 83
  • Sep 13 Metin Oktay, Turkish football player (b. 1936)

Person of interestLeo Durocher

Oct 7 Leo Durocher, baseball player and manager (Dodgers, Giants), dies at 86

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Oct 17 Piet van Est, The Vuurbal, cyclist (7x Tour de France), dies at 57
  • Nov 12 Howard Brunner, dies of AIDS at 51
  • Nov 21 David "Sonny" Werblin, AFL owner (NY Jets), dies at 81
  • Nov 21 Prior Jones, West Indian cricketer (WI pace bowler in 9 Tests 1948-52), dies at 74
  • Nov 21 Sonny Werblin, NY sports impresario, dies at 81
  • Nov 26 Bob Johnson, US hockey coach (Pittsburgh Penguins), dies at 60
  • Nov 30 Zin [Parke Gerald Zinzan] Harris, New Zealand cricketer (9 Tests for NZ 1962-65), dies at 64
  • Dec 5 Aad Mansfield, soccer player/trainer (ADO/Feyenoord/FC Utrecht), dies
  • Dec 12 Ken Keltner, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 75
  • Dec 14 John Arlott, cricketer (the greatest of cricket commentators), dies
  • Dec 15 Horatio Luro, American horse trainer (Decidedly, Northern Dancer), dies at 90
  • Dec 18 George Abecassis, English Formula 1 driver (b. 1913)
  • Dec 20 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (b. 1942)
  • Dec 25 Mahmood Hussain, Pakistani cricket swing bowler (68 wkts in 27 Tests), dies at 59