Events in Sport in 1980 (Part 2)

  • Oct 11 Dallas Mavericks open debut NBA season with a 103-92 victory against interstate rival San Antonio Spurs at Reunion Arena
  • Oct 12 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Houston Astros, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 18 Detroit blocks 21 Atlanta shots setting NBA record (double OT)

Sports History

Oct 21 Baseball World Series: Philadelphia Phillies beat KC Royals, 4-1 at Veterans Stadium to secure series, 4-2; first championship in franchise history; MVP: Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt

  • Oct 21 Phillies win their 1st World Championship in their 98-year history
  • Oct 23 McCosker (168) & Dyson (152) make 319 opening stand cricket, NSW v WA

Boxing Title Fight

Oct 25 Mike Weaver KOs Gerrie Coetzee in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

New York City Marathon

Oct 26 New York City Marathon: Grete Waitz of Norway wins for 3rd straight year in 2:25:41.3; Alberto Salazar claims men's event in 2:09:41

  • Oct 26 St Louis Cardinals sack Baltimore Colt QBs an NFL record tying 12 times
  • Oct 27 Astros owner John McMullen replaces GM Tal Smith with Al Rosen
  • Oct 27 Dave Gryllis sets world bicycle speed record of 94.37 kph
  • Nov 3 After acquiring MLB's Oakland A's for $12.7m, Walter Haas Jr. appoints himself CEO; leads team to 4 AL West Divisional titles and 1989 World Series Championship
  • Nov 3 Walter Hass Jr becomes CEO of Oakland A's
  • Nov 4 Islanders start 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2)

Sports History

Nov 4 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton wins 3rd NL Cy Young Award

  • Nov 4 Sadaharu Oh, 40, pro-baseball's all-time HR run king with 868, retires

Sports History

Nov 11 NY Islanders' future Hockey Hall of Fame right wing Mike Bossy scores 4 goals in a 6-6 tie against visiting Minnesota North Stars

Sports History

Nov 15 30th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Dale Earnhardt wins

  • Nov 16 Tampa Bay Buccaneer QB Doug Williams throws for 486 yards

Sports History

Nov 18 Despite missing 45 games, George Brett wins AL MVP

  • Nov 21 Gene Michael named 25th New York Yankees manager, replacing Dick Howser, who resigns
  • Nov 23 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos 3rd straight title; outclass Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 48-10

Sports History

Nov 25 Imran Khan scores his 1st Test Cricket ton, 123 v WI Lahore

Boxing Title Fight

Nov 25 Sugar Ray Leonard regains WBC welterweight boxing crown when Roberto Durán quits in the 8th round of infamous “no mas” fight at the Superdome, New Orleans

  • Nov 26 Mike Schmidt is unanimous choice as NL MVP
  • Nov 29 45th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 34-18 in Birmingham
  • Dec 1 46th Heisman Trophy Award: George Rogers, South Carolina (RB)
  • Dec 3 Don Sutton, the winningest pitcher in Los Angeles Dodgers history, signs a 4-year contract with Houston; Astros career shortened by a patellar fracture; returns to Dodgers in 1988 after stints with 3 other MLB clubs
  • Dec 4 Islanders end 15 game undefeated streak (13-0-2) (Col Rockies)
  • Dec 7 69th Davis Cup: Czechoslovakia beats Italy in Prague (4-1)

Sports History

Dec 7 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, Turnberry Isle CC: Arnold Palmer wins with a birdie on the 1st playoff hole against Paul Harney

  • Dec 14 Minnesota Vikings pass for 456 yards against Cleveland Browns, winning 28-24
  • Dec 14 New Orleans Saints end 14 game losing streak, beat NY Jets 21-20

Sports History

Dec 15 NY Yankee Dave Winfield becomes highest-paid player, 10 years $15M

Film Release

Dec 19 "Raging Bull", directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro as boxer Jake LaMotta and Cathy Moriarty as his wife, is released in the United States

  • Dec 21 Harold Carmichael ends NFL streak of 127 consecutive game receptions
  • Dec 22 MLB St. Louis Cardinals release outfielder Bobby Bonds
  • Dec 26 10th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Penn State beats #11 Ohio State, 31-19
  • Dec 27 Calvin Murphy (Rockets) begins longest NBA free throw streak of 78

Football Awards

Dec 30 Ballon d'Or: Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is named best European football player; beats German international teammate Bernd Schuster of FC Barcelona and Saint-Étienne midfielder Michel Platini

  • Dec 31 NY Islanders greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Chicago Black Hawks