1997 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 272

  • Jan 1 83rd Rose Bowl: #4 Ohio State beats #2 Arizona State, 20-17
  • Jan 1 26th Fiesta Bowl: #7 Penn State beats #20 Texas, 38-15
  • Jan 2 63rd Sugar Bowl: #3 Florida beats #1 Florida State, 52-20
  • Jan 4 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Justin Gimelstob & Chanda Rubin clinch first title for the US; beat South African pair Wayne Ferreira & Amanda Coetzer 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 for a 2-1 victory
  • Jan 12 Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Tiger Woods wins Mercedes Championships

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • Jan 12 AFC Championship, Foxborough Stadium: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-6
  • Jan 12 NFC Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: Green Bay Packers beat Carolina Panthers, 30-13

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Jan 15 Controversial Chicago Bulls' forward Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman Eugene Amos in the groin during a game against Minnesota Timberwolves; ultimately pays Amos $200,000 settlement, and is suspended for 11 games without pay

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
  • Jan 15 Seattle's Sam Perkins ties Jeff Hornacek's NBA single-game record by connecting on 8 straight 3-point field goals during Sonics' 122-78 win over visiting Toronto; Seattle also sets an NBA steals record with 27
  • Jan 15 San Francisco head coach George Seifert announces his resignation after 8 highly-successful NFL seasons with the 49ers: winningest coach in team history at 108-35; 2 Super Bowl titles
  • Jan 17 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman
  • Jan 18 47th NHL All-Star Game, San Jose Arena, San Jose, CA: East beats West, 11-7; Mark Recchi, Montreal, RW
  • Jan 25 In a high profile NHL trade, San Jose obtain future Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Ed Belfour from Chicago in exchange for goaltender Chris Terreri, Ulf Dahlen, Michal Sykora and a conditional pick in 1998 Entry Draft
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XXXI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Green Bay Packers beat New England Patriots, 35-21; MVP: Desmond Howard, Green Bay KR

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 26 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras wins his 2nd and last Australian title; beats Carlos Moyá of Spain 6-2, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Hingis becomes first Swiss player – male or female – to win a Grand Slam singles title; beats Mary Pierce of France 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 26 Mario Lemieux ties NHL record with 4 goals in the 3rd period as Pittsburgh wins, 5-2 at Montreal; 39th career hat trick and 13th 4-goal game, tying NHL record shared by Wayne Gretzky & Mike Bossy

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Jan 31 San Antonio forward Dominique Wilkins scores 27 points in the Spurs' 97-95 loss to Minnesota; gives him 26,009 career points; only the 6th NBA player to reach the 26k milestone

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Future Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque scores a goal and an assist to become the Boston Bruins' all-time scoring leader, with 1,341 points in an 18-year NHL career

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 26-23 (OT); MVP: Mark Brunell, Jacksonville Jaguars, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 2 Scotty Bowman becomes first coach in NHL history to win 1,000 games

NHL Coach Scotty Bowman
NHL Coach
Scotty Bowman

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Feb 5 O.J. Simpson found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson in a civil court action

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Feb 9 47th NBA All-Star Game, Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH: East beats West, 132-120; MVP: Glen Rice, Charlotte Hornets, F
  • Feb 10 O.J. Simpson jury reaches decision on $25M in punitive damages

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Feb 11 Bill Parcells becomes head coach of NY Jets

NFL Coach Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coach Legend
Bill Parcells
  • Feb 12 Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O.J. Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgement
  • Feb 16 Paul Stankowski wins Hawaiian Golf Open
  • Feb 16 39th Daytona 500: Hendrick Motorsports posts a 1-2-3 finish with Jeff Gordon winning the race, ahead of Terry Labonte and Ricky Craven

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Feb 20 San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9M 2 year contract

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Mar 1 Puerto Rican boxer Héctor Camacho stops Sugar Ray Leonard in 5th round in Atlantic City, NJ to retain IBC middleweight title; only time Leonard's is KO'ed and sends him into permanent retirement
  • Mar 2 Australians Greg Blewett (214) and Steve Waugh (160) bat for the entire 3rd day of the 1st cricket Test against South Africa in Johannesburg; set up Australian innings and 196 run victory
  • Mar 2 Michael Andretti wins at Homestead in a Swift chassis, marking the first Champ Car victory in an American-built chassis since 1983; first-ever Champ Car start for the Swift

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Mar 5 Tommy Lasorda, Nellie Fox and Willie Wells inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tommy Lasorda
  • Mar 7 Athens, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Rome & Stockholm are finalists for 2004 Olympics site
  • Mar 9 44th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #5 North Carolina beats NC State, 64-54
  • Mar 9 38th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 95-68
  • Mar 11 San Francisco Giant J T Snow suffers a fractured eye socket when hit by a pitch
  • Mar 14 Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson wins 67th James E Sullivan Award
  • Mar 15 Pitts Penguins' Joe Mullen, is 1st American to score 500 NHL goals

  • Mar 15 France beats Scotland, 47-20 at Parc des Princes, Paris to claim an 11th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 5th Triple Crown; fly-half Christophe Lamaison lands 6 penalties and 3 conversions
  • Mar 16 NJ Devils' Dave Andreychuk is 26th NHL to score 500 goals
  • Mar 19 Major League Baseball announces 5 year/$50M deal with Pepsi
  • Mar 21 Ice Dance Championship in Lausanne, Switzerland won by Oksana Grishuk & Evgeny Platov (Rus)
  • Mar 22 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Lausanne won by Tara Lipinski (USA)
  • Mar 23 WrestleMania XIII, Rosemont Horizon, IL: Undertaker beats Sycho Sid for WWF Heavyweight title
  • Mar 25 Indians trade Lofton & Embree to Braves for Grissom & Justice
  • Mar 26 NHL announce Might Ducks & Vancouver Canucks to open 1998 in Japan
  • Mar 29 1st game at Turner Field Atlanta, Braves beats Yanks 2-0 (exhibition)
  • Mar 30 16th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Old Dominion, 68-59; Volunteers 5th national title

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Mar 30 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Steve Elkington of Australia leads wire-to-wire to win his 2nd PC title, a record 7 strokes ahead of runner-up Scott Hoch.

Golfer and PGA Champion Steve Elkington
Golfer and PGA Champion
Steve Elkington

Sport awardGolf Major

Mar 30 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: 41-year old Betsy King wins her 3rd title in this event, 2 strokes ahead of Kris Tschetter and Amy Fruhwirth; last of her 6 major titles

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Mar 31 59th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Arizona beats Kentucky, 84-79 (OT); Wildcats' first title in first title game
  • Mar 31 West Indies cricketers win 3rd Test at Bridgetown, Barbados by 38 runs after setting India a modest 120 run target; tourists dismissed for 81 in Brian Lara's debut as Windies' captain
  • Apr 4 Anaheim Ducks clinch their 1st-ever playoff berth
  • Apr 4 Braves officially open Turner Field against Cubs
  • Apr 6 9th Seniors Golf Tradition: Gil Morgan wins
  • Apr 7 150th Grand National: Tony Dobbin aboard New Zealand bred Lord Gyllene wins at 14/1 by 25 lengths; race postponed 2 days because of IRA bomb threat
  • Apr 9 Cleveland Indians pitcher Jose Mesa is acquitted of rape
  • Apr 9 Major League Soccer announces Miami & Chicago expansion
  • Apr 9 NFL announces it will give $3M to CFL & possible "World Classic Bowl"
  • Apr 13 48th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Carlos Perez (Mon)/Darren Holmes
  • Apr 13 61st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods wins his first major title, a record 12 strokes ahead of Tom Kite; 4-round total 270 (−18) is tournament record
  • Apr 13 Hartford Whalers last NHL game
  • Apr 13 NHL Pitts Penguin Mario Lemieux's last NHL regular game
  • Apr 13 Travis Fryman homers off R Hernandez in both games of double header 1st time since 1961 that 2 doubleheaders are played in the same city Giants vs Mets & Oakland A's vs Yankees in NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 15 Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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Apr 17 NJ Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • Apr 19 San Diego Padres & St Louis Cards play at Aloha Stadium Hawaii
  • Apr 19 NFL Draft: Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • Apr 20 1st baseball game in Hawaii, Cards beat Padres in doubleheader
  • Apr 20 58th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Hale Irwin
  • Apr 20 Cubs beat NY Mets ending NL worst opening, lost 14 straight games

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 20 Nick Price wins golf MCI Classic

Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price

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Apr 20 Mark McGwire is 4th to HR on Detroit Tiger left field roof (others are Frank Howard, Harmon Killibrew, & Cecil Fielder)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Apr 21 101st Boston Marathon: Lameck Aguta of Kenya wins men's event in 2:10:34; Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia women's champion in 2:26:23
  • Apr 25 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr hits his 250th HR
  • Apr 29 KC Royal Chili Davis is 75th to hit 300 HRs
  • Apr 30 Atlanta Braves win record 19 games in April
  • May 3 123rd Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 2:02.3

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May 3 Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • May 4 Phil Blackmar wins 50th Houston golf Open
  • May 6 NHL Hartford Whalers become Carolina Hurricanes
  • May 6 Rick Pitino becomes coach of Boston Celtics
  • May 9 San Diego Padres retire #35 worn by pitcher Randy Jones
  • May 10 Chicago Cubs turn baseballs 68th triple play (vs SF Giants)
  • May 11 NY Mets C Everett & Butch Huskey are 9th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • May 11 Deep Blue defeats Garry Kasparov 3.5-2.5 in chess
  • May 12 Angels scores 13 in 7th vs White Sox

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May 13 Eddie Murray is 6th baseball player to play in 3,000 games

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray

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May 14 Baseball's Executive Council suspends NY Yank owner George Steinbrenner

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • May 14 FC Barcelona of Spain win 37th European Cup Winner's Cup against Paris Saint-Germain of France 1-0 in Rotterdam
  • May 16 Atlanta Braves beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0 in 13 innings
  • May 16 Expos trailing SF Giants by 9 runs comeback to win 14-13
  • May 17 122nd Preakness: Gary Stevens aboard Silver Charm wins in 1:54

Sport awardLPGA Championship

May 18 LPGA Championship, DuPont CC: Christa Johnson wins her only major title on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff over Leta Lindley

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • May 20 White Sox Frank Thomas reaches base safely for 15th straight time

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May 21 Blue Jays pitcher Roger Clemens beats the Yankees for his 200th win

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • May 25 David Frost wins Golf's Colonial Final in Fort Worth Texas

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 13 Connor McDavid, Canadian NHL centre (1st pick 2015 Draft by Edmonton Oilers), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario

Person of interestSimone Biles

Mar 14 Simone Biles, American gymnast (4 gold medals 2016), born in Columbus, Ohio

Gymnast Simone Biles
Gymnast
Simone Biles

Person of interestKatie Ledecky

Mar 17 Katie Ledecky, American swimmer (5 Olympic gold 2012, 2016), born in Washington D.C.

Swimmer Katie Ledecky
Swimmer
Katie Ledecky
  • Apr 3 Gabriel Fernando de Jesus, Brazilian football player (Manchester City, Brazil national team), born in São Paulo, Brazil

Person of interestLydia Ko

Apr 24 Lydia Ko, New Zealand golfer, (Evian C'ship 2015, ANA Inspiration 2016), born in Seoul, South Korea

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko
  • Aug 22 Eddie Williams, American pastor and former fullback (Cleveland Browns), born in San Mateo, California
  • Sep 10 Brooke Henderson, Canadian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2016), born in Smiths Falls, Ontario
  • Oct 16 Naomi Osaka, Japanese tennis player (US Open 2018), born in Osaka, Japan

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 1 Retired MLB player Johnny Bench (49) weds stockbroker Elizabeth Benton

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 19 Tennis player champion Andre Agassi (26) weds actress and model Brooke Shields (31) in Monterey, California

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • Oct 4 Infanta Cristina of Spain (32) weds retired handball player turned entrepreneur Iñaki Urdangarin (29) in Barcelona, Spain

LoveWedding of Interest

Oct 25 NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (38) weds news anchor Jane Skinner (30) at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 24 Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry (30) divorces MLB outfielder David Justice (31) after more than 4 years of marriage

Actress Halle Berry
Actress
Halle Berry
MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Graham Kersey, cricket wicket keeper, dies in car crash
  • Jan 1 John Burgess, rugby administrator, dies at 71
  • Jan 2 Jim Rodger, sports writer, dies at 75
  • Jan 10 George Young, Scottish football player, dies at 74
  • Jan 16 Jim Kensil, NFL president (NY Jets), dies of heart failure at 66
  • Jan 18 Neville Crump, racehorse trainer, dies at 86
  • Jan 23 Laura "Dinky" Patterson, dies bungee jumping at Super Bowl rehearsal at 43
  • Feb 2 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (b. 1913)
  • Feb 19 Stanley Pearson, footballer, dies at 76
  • Mar 20 Tony Zale, American boxer (b. 1913)
  • Apr 3 Sergei Filatov, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 70
  • Apr 6 Jack Kent Cooke, Canadian entrepreneur, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 84
  • Apr 7 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player, dies at 73
  • Apr 13 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (b. 1903)
  • Apr 23 Dennis Compton, England cricket batsman & footballer (5,807 Test runs, Arsenal 1950 FA Cup), dies at 78
  • Apr 30 Henry Picard, American golfer (Masters 1938, PGA 1939), dies at 90
  • May 3 Sébastien Enjolras, French racing driver, killed in a practice crash at 21
  • May 25 Jay Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1960), dies at 74
  • Jun 2 Helen Jacobs, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles, US Open 1932-35), dies of heart failure at 88

Person of interestDon Hutson

Jun 26 Don Hutson, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), dies at 84

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson
  • Jun 30 Larry O'Day, wrestler (b. 1944)
  • Jul 7 Jerry Doggett, American sportscaster (Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers), dies at 80
  • Jul 23 Chuhei Nambu, Japanese athlete (b. 1904)
  • Jul 24 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), dies of a brain tumour at 63
  • Jul 24 Frank Parker, American tennis player (4-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies at 81

Person of interestBen Hogan

Jul 25 Ben Hogan, American golfer (9-time major title winner; US masters 1951, 53), dies of a stroke at 84

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Sep 2 Rudolf Bing, opera manager (NY Met Opera), dies at 95

Person of interestRichie Ashburn

Sep 9 Richie Ashburn, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, dies of a heart attack at 70

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Sep 23 Abe Gibron, head coach (Chicago Bears), dies at 72
  • Oct 5 Dave Marr, golfer/sportscaster, (PGA Championship 1965), dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • Oct 6 Johnny Vander Meer, American baseball player, dies at 82
  • Oct 8 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77
  • Nov 2 Roy McMillan, baseball player (Reds), dies of heart failure at 68
  • Nov 9 Helenio Herrera, French football player and coach (b. 1910)
  • Nov 11 Rodney Milburn, American athlete (b. 1950)
  • Nov 14 Eddie Arcaro, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1941 Whirlaway, 1948 Citation), dies of liver cancer at 81
  • Nov 16 Russ "Mad Monk" Meyer, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies), dies at 74
  • Nov 18 Joyce Wethered, British golfer (English Ladies' champion 1920–24), dies at 96
  • Nov 20 Dick Littlefield, baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Dec 3 Steve Hamilton, pitcher (NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 63
  • Dec 7 Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer dies at 54 from a suspected heart attack
  • Dec 13 Harry Glaß, German ski jumper (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 67
  • Dec 21 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer, European Heavyweight Champion, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist, dies at 72
  • Dec 28 George Fleming, cyclist, dies at 80
  • Dec 29 Pat Clarke, British cyclist, dies at 82