Events in Sport in 1979

  • Jan 1 65th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #5 Michigan, 17-10
  • Jan 1 45th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #1 Penn State, 14-7
  • Jan 1 45th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #6 Nebraska, 31-24

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 67th Men's Australian Open: Guillermo Vilas beats John Marks (6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 3 67th Women's Australian Open: Christine O'Neil beats Betsy Nagelsen (6-3, 7-6)
  • Jan 7 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers 34-5
  • Jan 7 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams 28-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Jan 17 NY Islanders didn't get a shot off in 1 period against NY Rangers
  • Jan 21 Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 23 Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jan 27 Islanders ends 23 undefeated games at home streak (15-0-8)
  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 13-7
  • Feb 3 Minnesota Twins trade Rod Carew to California for 4 players
  • Feb 4 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament
  • Feb 4 29th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-129 at Pontiac, Michigan
  • Feb 10 Allan Border is named 12th man for Australia, only Test Cricket he misses
  • Feb 18 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 18 21st Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (143.977 MPH)
  • Feb 21 2 Iowa girls HS basketball teams play 4 scoreless quarters game was won 4-2 in 4th overtime period
  • Feb 22 Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's
  • Feb 25 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Orange Blossom Golf Classic
  • Mar 3 26th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Duke, 71-63
  • Mar 3 20th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Tennessee beats Kentucky, 75-69
  • Mar 4 Sally Little wins LPGA Bent Tree Golf Classic
  • Mar 7 Baseball exhibition season opens with semipro & amateur umpires
  • Mar 7 Warren Giles & Hack Wilson selected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Mar 9 Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters
  • Mar 11 Randy Hold receives 67 min in penalties in a 60 min NHL hockey game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 13 Isle's Mike Bossy's 5th career hat trick

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 15 Isle's Bryan Trottier's 5th career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Mar 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna won by N Linichuk & G Karponosov USSR
  • Mar 22 NHL votes to accept 4 WHA teams (Oilers, Jets, Nordiques & Whalers)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 23 Larry Holmes TKOs Osvaldo Ocasio in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Mar 24 1st appearance as Australian cricket captain for Kim Hughes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 24 10 rebounds & 10 assists, as the Spartans cruise to a 101-67 by Penn Mich State's Earvin "Magic" Johnson registers triple-double 29 pts

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Mar 26 41st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Mich State beats Indiana St 75-64
  • Mar 26 Padres & Giants announce plans to play exhibition series in Tokyo but Giant players reject it
  • Mar 29 Delhi beats Karnataka by 399 runs to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 29 Last day of Test cricket for Mushtaq Mohammad
  • Mar 31 133rd Grand National: Maurice Barnes aboard Rubstic wins
  • Apr 7 Houston Astro Ken Forsch no-hits Atlanta Braves, 6-0
  • Apr 7 Islander's Mike Bossy scores 4 goals against Flyers
  • Apr 8 8th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • Apr 10 J R Richard throws major league record 6 wild pitches in Astrodome
  • Apr 15 43rd Masters Golf Tournament: Fuzzy Zoeller wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 16 83rd Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:09:27 and Joan Benoit of United States 1st woman in 2:35:15
  • Apr 22 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf Tournament
  • Apr 29 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Otey Crisman Golf Classic
  • May 2 -May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • May 3 1979 NFL Draft: Tom Cousineau from Ohio State first pick by Buffalo Bills

  • May 4 Jackie Mercer wins her 4th golf title 31 years after her 1st
  • May 5 105th Kentucky Derby: Ron Franklin on Spectacular Bid wins in 2:02.4
  • May 6 Fred Markham set a bicycle speed record of 818 kph over 200 m
  • May 7 Gary Roenicke hits into Orioles 13th triple play (Oakland)
  • May 10 John McMullen becomes CEO of Houston Astros

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 12 Chris Evert's 125-match winning streak on clay comes to an end

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • May 13 Sandra Post wins LPGA Lady Michelob Golf Tournament
  • May 16 FC Barcelona of Spain wins 19th European Cup Winner's Cup against Fortuna Düsseldorf of West Germany 4-3 in Basel
  • May 16 NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
  • May 17 Phillies beat Cubs, 23-22, on 50 hits with 11 HRs
  • May 19 104th Preakness: Ron Franklin aboard Spectacular Bid wins in 1:54.2
  • May 21 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • May 23 1st edition of "Wisden Cricket Monthly"
  • May 24 Billy Martin issues a public apology to Reno sportswriter Ray Hagar
  • May 27 Penny Pulz wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Rick Mears wins in 3:08:47.950 (255.723 km/h)
  • May 30 23rd European Cup: Nottingham Forest beats Malmo FF 1-0 at Munich
  • Jun 1 33rd NBA Championship: Sea Supersonics beat Wash Bullets, 4 games to 1
  • Jun 9 111th Belmont: Ruben Hernandez aboard Coastal wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 9 Phillies wear burgundy uniforms for 1st and last time

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 10 25th LPGA Championship won by Donna Caponi Young

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Jun 10 Balt Orioles pull their 8th triple play (5-4-3 vs Cleve)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 11 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats Victor Pecci 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 6-4

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player Victor Pecci
Tennis Player
Victor Pecci

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

Jun 12 Tigers fire manager Les Moss, hiring Sparky Anderson

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • Jun 14 Canada all out for 45 runs in Cricket World Cup v England, in 40.3 overs
  • Jun 14 NY Giants Willie McCovey 513th HR is an NL lefty record

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 16 Carl Yastrzemski hits his 1,000th extra base hit

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • Jun 17 79th US Golf Open: Hale Irwin shoots a 284 at Inverness Club in Toledo
  • Jun 17 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
  • Jun 18 Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs in Cricket World Cup upset
  • Jun 19 In NYC 36,211 show up to witness return of Billy Martin as manager of the New York Yankees
  • Jun 22 Larry Holmes TKOs Mike Weaver in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 23 West Indies beat England by 92 runs to win Cricket World Cup

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 24 Rickey Henderson debuts for Oakland & steals his 1st base

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 27 Heavyweight Muhammad Ali confirms that his 3rd retirement is final (it isn't)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jun 30 Davona Dale wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova successfully defends her title beating Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Björn Borg beats American Roscoe Tanner 6-7, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 for his 4th consecutive Wimbledon title
  • Jul 8 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic

Music releaseDown With Disco!

Jul 12 "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park: fans go wild destroying disco records and cause the White Sox to forfeit second game of a doubleheader to the Detroit Tigers
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 13 Calif's Nolan Ryan and Boston's Steve Renko each lose no-hitters in 9th

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Jul 15 34th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Jerilyn Britz
  • Jul 17 50th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-6 at Kingdome, Seattle
  • Jul 17 All star MVP: Dave Parker (Pittsburgh Pirates)

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 21 British Open Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins by 3 from Jack Nicklaus & Ben Crenshaw; Nicklaus runner-up for record 7th time

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Jul 22 Pat Meyers wins LPGA Greater Baltimore Golf Classic
  • Jul 22 66th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 23 George Brett gets his 1,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St. George's CC: Amy Alcott wins by 3 from Nancy Lopez for her first major title

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 5 Philadelphia Phillies 3rd baseman Pete Rose collects NL record 2,427th career single in a 5-2 home loss vs Pirates

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Aug 5 Willie Mays, Warren Giles, & Hack Wilson inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • Aug 5 PGA Championship, Oakland Hills CC: Australian David Graham wins on the third playoff hole against Ben Crenshaw
  • Aug 11 Phillies Tug McGraw gives up record 4th grand slam of year
  • Aug 19 Sally wins LPGA Barth Golf Classic Little
  • Aug 21 Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0
  • Aug 24 NFL fans (60,916) choose old Patriots logo over new
  • Aug 25 California Angels trounce Toronto Blue Jays, 24-2

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 26 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Patty Berg Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 Ian Botham makes 1000 runs/100 wkts in Tests in his 21st match

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • Aug 30 Kathy Horvath (14y5d) is youngest to play in US Tennis Open, she loses

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 30 Wildest US Tennis Open match, McEnroe defeats Ilie Năstase 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Năstase was defaulted by the umpire then reinstated

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Aug 31 16 yr old Tracy Austin defeats 14 yr old Andrea Jaeger at US Open Tennis
  • Aug 31 Phillies replaces manager Danny Ozark with Dallas Green
  • Sep 2 79th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Mark O'Meara
  • Sep 3 Jo Ann Washam wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 5 A's Matt Keough A's beats Brewers 6-1 for 1st win after 14 straight losses, ended 1978 with 4 loses (1 shy of the record 19)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 5 Roscoe Tanner fires 11 aces, breaks the net with his bullet serve & upsets top-seeded Björn Borg in US Open Tennis quarterfinals

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Sep 7 The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.
  • Sep 9 Sally Little wins LPGA Columbia Savings Golf Classic

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 99th Men's U.S. Open: John McEnroe beats Vitas Gerulaitis (7-5, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Sep 9 99th Women's U.S. Open: Tracy Austin beats Chris Evert (6-4, 6-3)
  • Sep 12 Indiana Pacers cut Ann Meyers, 1st woman on an NBA club
  • Sep 12 Carl Yastrzemski gets his 3,000th hit off NY Yankee Jim Beattie
  • Sep 15 Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros)
  • Sep 16 23rd Ryder Cup: US wins, 17-11 at The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, US)
  • Sep 16 Nancy Lopez/JoAnn Washam wins Portland- Ping Team Golf Championship
  • Sep 17 Royals' George Brett is 6th to have 20 doubles/triples/HRs in a season
  • Sep 22 Larry Parrish (Expos) HRs off Rawly Eastwick (Phillies) in DH
  • Sep 23 Sandra Post wins LPGA ERA Real Estate Golf Classic
  • Sep 24 Pete Rose reaches 200 hits in a season for 10th time
  • Sep 24 Russian ice skaters Protopopov & Beloussova ask for asylum in Switzerland
  • Sep 25 California Angels win their 1st NL West pennant
  • Sep 26 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million
  • Sep 28 Larry Holmes TKOs Earnie Shavers in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 29 Astros' J R Richard strikes out NL season righty record of 313
  • Sep 30 Milwaukee Brewers lose 5-0 ending 213 straight games without a shutout
  • Oct 5 MLB National League Championship: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Cincinnati Reds, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 6 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat California Angels, 3 games to 1
  • Oct 7 Cleveland Browns' Dino Hall sets club records with 9 kickoff returns
  • Oct 7 Debbie Massey wins LPGA Wheeling Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 Frank Mahovlich formally retires from the NHL after a failed comeback attempt with the Detroit Red Wings

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Oct 7 30th Formula One WDC: Jody Scheckter wins by four points
  • Oct 10 Nordiques' Real Cloutier sets NHL record of a hat trick in 1st game
  • Oct 14 Amy Alcott wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 14 NHL's greatest scorer Wayne Gretzky scores his 1st NHL goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 15 NY Knicks retire 2nd number, # 10, Walt Frazier

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • Oct 17 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Balt Orioles, 4 games to 3 in 76th World Series
  • Oct 20 John Tate beats Gerrie Coetze in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Oct 21 10th NYC Marathon won by Bill Rodgers in 2:11:42
  • Oct 21 9th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:27:33
  • Oct 21 Greta Weitz wins woman participation in NYC marathon (02:27:33)
  • Oct 21 Ozzie Newsome begins NFL streak of 150 consecutive game receptions
  • Oct 27 Islanders score 2 goals within 6 seconds 3 goals within 44 seconds
  • Oct 29 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Colgate Far East Golf Open
  • Nov 1 Edward Bennett Williams buys Orioles from Hoffberger for $12.3 million
  • Nov 3 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Mizuno Japan Golf Classic
  • Nov 12 Tony Franklin of Philadelphia Eagles kicks 59-yard field goal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 13 Willie Stargell and Keith Hernandez share NL MVP Award NL

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez
  • Nov 17 Daniel Okrent sketches out 1st draft rules for Rotisserie Baseball on a flight to Austin, TX
  • Nov 18 29th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
  • Nov 19 Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract
  • Nov 24 Kings' Charley Simmer fails on 8th penalty shot against Islanders
  • Nov 25 67th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 17-9

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 25 Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcast a game together for the first time, a pairing that would last 22 years and become one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Nov 26 Intl Olympic Committee votes to readmit China after 21 years
  • Nov 27 1st day-night one-day cricket international, Australia v WI at SCG
  • Dec 1 44th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-18 in Birmingham
  • Dec 3 45th Heisman Trophy Award: Charles White, Southern California (RB)
  • Dec 4 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 7, Bingo Smith
  • Dec 9 Murle Breer/Dave Eichelberger wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 11 Geoff Boycott scores cricket century in a limited-over international
  • Dec 16 68th Davis Cup: USA beats Italy in San Francisco (5-0)
  • Dec 16 QB Roger Staubach's last regular season game with the Dallas Cowboys
  • Dec 21 Gary Unger plays in record 914th consecutive NHL game
  • Dec 23 NY Islanders greatest shutout lose (8-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks
  • Dec 25 Opening day of 4th Test Cricket, India 8-112 v Pakistan at Kanpur
  • Dec 25 9th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Pittsburgh beats Arizona, 16-10
  • Dec 27 Red Army beats NY Rangers 5-2 at Madison Square Garden
  • Dec 29 Red Army beats NY Islanders 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum