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Year 1997 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

Events 101 - 200 of 272

  • May 25 NHL Eastern Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 26 Sammy Sosa (Cubs) & Tony Womack (Pirates) hit inside the park HRs

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • May 26 NHL Western Conference Final: Detroit Red Wings beat Colorado Avalanche, 4 games to 2
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Arie Luyendyk wins his 2nd Indy 500
  • May 27 Major league revenue sharing begins, NY Yanks pay out most $28M
  • May 28 5th UEFA Champions League Final: Borussia Dortmund beats Juventus 3-1 at Munich

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Ken Dryden becomes president of NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • May 31 Super Rugby Final, Eden Park, Auckland: Blues win second straight title with a 23-7 victory over ACT Brumbies; fullback Adrian Cashmore lands 3 penalties & 2 conversions for the winners
  • Jun 1 LA Dodger Wilton Guerrero's bat breaks, revealing it is corked
  • Jun 2 Albert Belle's Chicago White Sox tying 27-game hitting streak ends
  • Jun 7 129th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Touch Gold wins in 2:28.8
  • Jun 7 Stanley Cup Final, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings edge Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1 for a 4-0 series sweep; 8th title in Wings' franchise history and first since 1955

Sport awardFrench Open Women's Tennis

Jun 7 French Open Women's Tennis: Iva Majoli of Croatia wins her 1st and only career Grand Slam singles title; upsets world #1 Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • Jun 8 French Open Men's Tennis: Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil wins first of 3 French titles; beats Spaniard Sergi Bruguera 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
  • Jun 10 Kevin Brown of Florida Marlins no hits SF Giants 9-0
  • Jun 12 1st ever baseball inter-league game SF Giants beat Texas Rangers 4-3

  • Jun 13 51st NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 4, games to 2

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 15 US Open Men's Golf, Congressional CC: Ernie Els wins his second Open title, the second of his 4 major championships, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Colin Montgomerie

Golfer Ernie Els
Golfer
Ernie Els
  • Jun 17 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 21 NHL Draft: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) center Joe Thornton first pick by Boston Bruins

NHL Star Joe Thornton
NHL Star
Joe Thornton
  • Jun 21 Women's National Basketball Association begins as NY Liberty beats LA Sparks
  • Jun 22 WLAF World Bowl 5, Olympic Stadium, Barcelona: Barcelona Dragons beat Rhein Fire, 38-24

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 24 Despite an AL record 19-strikeout performance by Randy Johnson, A's first baseman Mark McGwire hits a massive 538 foot home run in Oakland's 4-1 defeat of Seattle Mariners

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Jun 25 NHL approves franchises in Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus, and Minnesota-St Paul

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 25 NBA Draft: Wake Forest power forward Tim Duncan first pick by San Antonio Spurs

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • Jun 29 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: Graham Marsh of Australia wins by 1 stroke ahead of South African John Bland

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 1 Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Mike Tyson indefinitely & withholds $20m purse for biting Evander Holyfield's ear during their heavyweight title fight 28 June

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
Boxer Evander Holyfield
Boxer
Evander Holyfield

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: 16 year old Swiss Martina Hingis beats Jana Novotná 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to become the youngest Wimbledon winner in 110 years

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Cédric Pioline of France 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 for his 10th Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras
Tennis Player Cedric Pioline
Tennis Player
Cedric Pioline

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jul 6 Montreal Expos retire Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Andre Dawson's uniform #10

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Jul 6 Australian cricket batsman Steve Waugh completes twin centuries (108 & 116) in 268 run 3rd Test win v England at Old Trafford
  • Jul 8 68th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Jacobs Field, Cleveland
  • Jul 9 Baseball's triple A American Association (formed in 1902) votes to disband
  • Jul 10 Hideki Irabu makes his debut as a NY Yankee, he beats Tigers 10-3
  • Jul 12 Cubs play in their 5,000th consecutive game without being no-hit
  • Jul 12 Pirates Francisco Cordova & Ricardo Rincon no-hit Astros 3-0 in 10 inn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Senior Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Michigan: Larry Gilbert wins his lone career major title by 3 strokes from Isao Aoki, Bob Dickson, Jack Kiefer and Dave Stockton

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Dave Stockton
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Dave Stockton

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jul 13 US Open Women's Golf, Pumpkin Ridge GC: Alison Nicholas of England wins her lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Jul 20 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Justin Leonard recovers from 5 strokes back after 3 rounds; wins by 3 from Darren Clarke and Jesper Parnevik
  • Jul 21 NY Yank Mike Whiton held in Milwaukee on charges of sexual assault

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 22 Greg Maddux throws a complete game with just 76 pitches

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Jul 23 Dallas TV Station KXAS settle with Dallas Cowboys Michael Irvin and Erik Williams for reporting false sex assault allegations against them
  • Jul 25 QB Brett Favre, re-signs with Green Bay Packers for $50M for 7 yrs
  • Jul 27 Detroit Tigers retire pitching great Hal Newhouser's #16
  • Jul 27 84th Tour de France won by Jan Ullrich of Germany

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 27 British Senior Open Men's Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Gary Player of South Africa wins with birdie on 2nd playoff hole against countryman John Bland

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 28 NY Ranger center Mark Messier signs with Vancouver for $20M for 3 yrs

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Jul 31 A's first baseman Mark McGwire becomes MLB's top home run hitter to be traded in the middle of a season when he moves from Oakland to St. Louis Cardinals (34 home runs and 81 RBI)
  • Jul 31 College Football's all-time winningest coach Eddie Robinson and his Grambling State University program are placed on 2-years' probation for rules violations, including recruiting and academic eligibility
  • Aug 1 6th Athletics World Championships open at Athens, Greece
  • Aug 3 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Glen Abbey GC: Colleen Walker wins by 2 shots from Liselotte Neumann of Sweden
  • Aug 3 Manchester United beats Chelsea 4-2 on penalties to win the Charity Shield, after a bad-tempered 1-all draw at Wembley

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 6 Sri Lanka slams world record 952 for 6 in the 1st cricket Test against India in Colombo; Sanath Jayasuriya 340, Roshan Mahanama 225 - record partnership 576

  • Aug 6 Newly established NHL franchise Nashville Predators name Barry Trotz as inaugural coach; lasts 15 seasons and 1,196 regular season games
  • Aug 8 Mariners Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Chicago White Sox
  • Aug 9 Yanks break Minnesota Twins Brad Radke's string of 12 straight wins
  • Aug 10 36th Walker Cup: US, 18-6
  • Aug 10 Anaheim Angels Tony Phillips arrested for purchasing cocaine
  • Aug 10 Atlanta Braves sign Greg Maddux to record 5 year, $575 Million deal
  • Aug 13 Boston Red Sox trade Mike Stanley back to the NY Yankees

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 13 San Diego Padres trade Rickey Henderson to Anaheim Angels

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Aug 15 Dan Wilson hits Seattle Mariners 3,000th HR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 L.A. Dodgers retire Tommy Lasorda's #2

Baseball Pitcher and Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Pitcher and Manager
Tommy Lasorda
  • Aug 16 For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia)
  • Aug 16 The South African soccer team, Bafana Bafana wins against the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo at First National Bank stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 16 New Zealand beats Australia, 36-24 in Dunedin to retain the Tri Nations Rugby Series with an unbeaten record; All Blacks flyhalf Carlos Spencer lands 5 penalties and 3 conversions; halftime NZ, 36-0
  • Aug 17 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Davis Love III wins his only major title by 5 strokes from Justin Leonard
  • Aug 19 NY Yank 3rd baseman Wade Boggs pitches a scoreless inning vs Anaheim
  • Aug 24 97th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Joel Kribel
  • Aug 30 1st WNBA Championship: Houston Comets beat NY Liberty
  • Aug 30 Greg Rudaski is 1st to serve (2) 141 MPH serves in a match (US Open)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 31 Don Mattingly's #23 is retired by NY Yankees

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • Aug 31 Eddie George runs for 216 yards on 35 carries and scores a touchdown as the Oilers, playing their first NFL game in Tennessee, beat Oakland 24-21 in overtime at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis
  • Sep 1 Two-time defending US Open champion Pete Sampras has his 17-match winning streak, the 4th-longest of the Open Era in men’s singles, snapped in a 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 loss to Petr Korda of Czech Republic
  • Sep 5 Athens in Greece, selected to host 2004 Olympics
  • Sep 5 Orioles beat Yankes 13-9 in longest 9 inning game
  • Sep 6 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Hingis wins her first US title; outclasses Venus Williams 6-0, 6-4
  • Sep 7 US Open Men's Tennis: Patrick Rafter of Australia wins his first Grand Slam title; beats Canadian Greg Rusedski 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
  • Sep 10 Mark McGwire joins Babe Ruth as only the players to hit 50 HRs in 2 consecutive years
  • Sep 12 NY Met John Olerud hits for the cycle
  • Sep 13 Carolina Hurricane's 1st exhibition game beat NY Islanders 4-1
  • Sep 16 ABL MVP Nikki McCray signs with WNBA
  • Sep 16 Mark McGwire signs with the St Louis Cardinals for $26M

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Sep 18 Seve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo elected to World Golf Hall of Fame

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Sep 20 Yanks clinch 37th appearance in post season, 3rd consecutive
  • Sep 21 Mike Piazza is 2nd to hit a HR out of Dodger Stadium
  • Sep 21 NY Yankee Cecil Fielder hits his 300th HR
  • Sep 23 Seattle Mariners break record for most HRs in a year (258)
  • Sep 25 WNBA announces it will add Detroit & Washington, D.C. franchises

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 26 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. hits his 56th HR of 1997

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Ken Griffey Jr.
  • Sep 28 Ryder Cup Golf, Valderrama GC, Spain: Europe wins 14½-13½ to retain the Cup; first time event contested in continental Europe; first of 6 consecutive victories at home by Europe
  • Sep 28 St Louis Cardinals Mark McGwire hits his 58th HR of 1997 (34 with Oak A's)
  • Sep 30 1st time 3 cons HRs in post season-Raines, Jeter, O'Neill (NY Yankees)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 30 Yanks Tim Raines, Derek Jeter & Paul O'Neill are 1st to hit 3 consecutively homers in post season (Yanks beat Indians 8-6)

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
Baseball Player Derek Jeter
Baseball Player
Derek Jeter
MLB Right Fielder Paul O'Neill
MLB Right Fielder
Paul O'Neill
  • Oct 1 Carolina Hurricanes lose franchise's debut NHL game, 4-2 v Tampa Bay Lightning at the Ice Palace, Tampa, Florida
  • Oct 1 Minnesota Timberwolves NBA forward Kevin Garnett, just 2 years out of high school, signs a record 6-year, $123 million contract extension
  • Oct 1 Zimbabwe and New Zealand tie their One Day International cricket match in Bulawayo; Black Cap tail-ender Gavin Larson is run out on last ball at 9/233 amidst crowd surging onto field; 13th ODI tie
  • Oct 1 Nebraska head football coach Tom Osborne records his 250th NCAA career victory with a 67-7 drubbing of Oklahoma; Osborne, in his 25th season, reaches milestone faster than anyone (301 games)
  • Oct 2 The Bruins beat the LA Kings, 6-5 in Boston to extend their NHL opening game unbeaten streak to 11-straight years (9-0-2)
  • Oct 3 Carolina Hurricanes lose the NHL franchise's 1st home game, 4-3 vs Pittsburgh Penguins at the Greensboro Coliseum

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