On This Day

Events in Sport in 1981

  • Jan 1 67th Rose Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #16 Washington, 23-6
  • Jan 1 47th Sugar Bowl: #1 Georgia beats #7 Notre Dame, 17-10
  • Jan 1 47th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 18-17
  • Jan 3 NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr
  • Jan 3 Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell scores a masterly 204 v India in the 1st Test in Sydney; home side wins by an innings and 4 runs

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 3 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Czech teenager Hana Mandlíková wins her 1st of 4 career Grand Slam singles titles; beats home favourite Wendy Turnbull 6-0, 7-5

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova

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Jan 3 American golfer Johnny Miller wins the sport's first $1 million tournament when he beats Seve Ballesteros of Spain in a playoff in the inaugural Million Dollar World Challenge at Sun City, South Africa

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Jan 4 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Brian Teacher wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats home favourite Kim Warwick 7-5, 7-6, 6-3
  • Jan 11 AFC Championship, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego: Oakland Raiders beat San Diego Chargers, 34-27
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Dallas Cowboys, 20-7

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 13 Islander's Mike Bossy's 15th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Jan 15 Pitcher Bob Gibson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility; after a stellar 17 year career, polls 337 votes from Baseball Writers Association of America

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Jan 16 Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even take his gold teeth

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks

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Jan 18 Swedish tennis star Björn Borg claims his second straight ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–4, 6–2, 6–2 win over Ivan Lendl at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

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Jan 19 Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jan 22 O A "Bum" Phillips becomes head coach of New Orleans Saints

  • Jan 23 Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games
  • Jan 23 Red Sox trade Fred Lynn to Angels for Frank Tanana and Joe Rudi
  • Jan 24 Islanders scored 5 power play goals against Nordiques
  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10; MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB
  • Jan 29 AL approves sale of White Sox to Jerry Reinsdorf & Eddie Einhorn for $20 million, & 80% of Mariners to George Argyros for $104 million
  • Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 21-7; MVP: Eddie Murray, Detroit Lions, PK
  • Feb 1 Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell sensationally instructs younger brother Trevor to bowl underarm to Brian McKechnie with NZ needing 6 from last ball to tie 3rd World Series ODI in Melbourne; Australia wins by 6

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Feb 1 31st NBA All-Star Game, Coliseum at Richfield, OH: East beats West, 123-120; MVP: Nate Archibald, Boston Celtics, PG

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • Feb 3 Australia beats NZ 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 10 33rd NHL All-Star Game, The Forum, Inglewood: Campbell Conference beats Wales Conference, 4-1; MVP: Mike Liut, St. Louis Blues, G
  • Feb 10 Dennis Lillee becomes Australian Cricket's top wicket-taker with 249
  • Feb 12 Arbitrator Goetz declares Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk a free agent
  • Feb 15 23rd Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins record 7th title at Daytona, beating Bobby Allison to the line by 3.5 seconds

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Feb 18 20-year-old Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky becomes first player in NHL history to score 5 career hat-tricks before age 21; scores 5 goals and 2 assists in 9-2 Oilers' home win against St. Louis

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Feb 20 Quebec's Czech rookie brothers Peter and Anton Stastny each score first career NHL hat-tricks in Nordiques' 9-3 win at Vancouver; Peter adds 3 assists and Anton 2
  • Feb 25 NHL most penalized game; Bruins vs Northstars, 84 penalties (392 mins)
  • Feb 25 NY Islanders give up their most goals (11) vs Calgary Flames
  • Feb 25 Exec Board of Baseball Players' Association votes unanimously to strike on May 29 if the issue of free-agent compensation remains unresolved
  • Feb 26 84 penalties (406 mins) assessed for a brawl between NHL Minn & Bost
  • Feb 28 Calvin Murphy (Hou), sets NBA record with 78 consecutive free throws

  • Mar 1 Houston Rockets guard Calvin Murphy misses a free throw in a 102-86 loss in San Antonio, ending his NBA record consecutive free throw streak at 78
  • Mar 3 Isle's Mike Bossy 9th & final hat trick of season-4 goals
  • Mar 3 NY Islanders & Edmonton Oilers play to an 8-8 tie
  • Mar 5 Ice Dance Championship at Hartford won by Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (GRB)
  • Mar 6 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Hartford won by Denise Biellmann
  • Mar 7 28th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats Maryland, 61-60
  • Mar 7 22nd SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Ole Miss beats Georgia, 66-62
  • Mar 11 Johnny Mize and Rube Foster are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Mar 14 NCAA St Joseph's upsets top seed DePaul 49-48
  • Mar 17 FC Lisse, Dutch soccer team forms
  • Mar 18 Buffalo Sabres sets NHL record of 9 goals in 1 period (vs Toronto)
  • Mar 19 Buffalo Sabres beat Toronto Maple Leafs 14-4
  • Mar 21 France beats England 16-12 at Twickenham, London for it's 7th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship and 3rd Grand Slam title

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

Mar 23 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Sawgrass CC: Raymond Floyd beats Barry Jaeckel and Curtis Strange on the first hole of a sudden death playoff in a rain affected Monday finish

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Mar 24 Bombay beat Delhi by innings & 46 to win Ranji Cricket Trophy

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Mar 28 Martina Navratilova beats 16 year old American tennis prodigy Andrea Jaeger 6-3, 7-6 in the final of the WTA Tour Championships at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Mar 29 Tiina Lehtola ski jumps female record 110m
  • Mar 29 AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Louisiana Tech beat Tennessee 79-59 in Eugene

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Mar 30 43rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats North Carolina, 63-50; Hoosiers' future Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas is named Tournament Most Outstanding Player

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • Apr 1 Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky has an assist (his 103rd) in the Oilers 4-4 tie with Colorado Rockies to break Bobby Orr's 10-year mark for most assists in a single NHL season
  • Apr 4 135th Grand National: Bob Champion aboard 10/1 hope Aldaniti wins by 4 lengths from 8/1 favourite Spartan Missile
  • Apr 5 Philadelphia Flyers amass a record 2,621 penalty minutes
  • Apr 8 Islanders scored 9 goals against Toronto in playoffs
  • Apr 9 LA Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela's 1st start, beats Astros 2-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 11 Larry Holmes beats Trevor Berbick in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 12 45th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tom Watson wins his second green jacket and 5th major title by 2 strokes over Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller

  • Apr 17 Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers
  • Apr 17 Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • Apr 18 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox tie Rochester Red Wings 2-2 in 32 innings (game resumed 23rd June)
  • Apr 19 Oakland A's runs record to 11-0
  • Apr 20 85th Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan wins men's race in 2:09:26; Allison Roe of New Zealand takes women's title in 2:26:46
  • Apr 22 Dodgers rookie Fernando Valenzuela tosses his 3rd shutout in 4 starts
  • Apr 24 Bill Shoemaker wins his 8,000th race, 2000 more than any other jockey
  • Apr 24 San Antonio blocks 20 Golden State shots to set NBA reg game record
  • Apr 25 Seattle Mariners MLB manager Maury Wills is suspended for 2 games after ordering Kingdome grounds crew to enlarge batter's boxes by one foot
  • Apr 27 1st female soccer official is hired by NASL
  • Apr 29 Phillie Steve Carlton is 1st lefty to strike out 3,000 batters
  • Apr 29 NFL Draft: South Carolina running back George Rogers first pick by New Orleans Saints

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May 1 Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • May 2 107th Kentucky Derby: Jorge Velásquez on Pleasant Colony wins in 2:02
  • May 10 Montreal Expo Charlie Lee no-hits SF Giants, 4-0
  • May 12 NY Islanders tie own record with two shorthanded playoff goals in a pd vs Minn
  • May 13 Dinamo Tbilisi wins 21st European Cup Winner's Cup against Carl Zeiss Jena of East Germany 2-1 in Düsseldorf
  • May 14 35th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat Houston Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • May 15 "Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" airs
  • May 16 106th Preakness: Jorge Velásquez aboard Pleasant Colony wins in 1:54.6
  • May 16 Houston shortstop Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples as Astros beat Chicago Cubs, 6-1
  • May 17 Islanders score 5 power play goals against Flyers in a playoff
  • May 21 Stanley Cup Final, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: NY Islanders win back-to-back titles; beat Minnesota North Stars, 5-1 for 4 games to 1 series win
  • May 23 Puerto Rican boxer Wilfred Benítez (22) becomes the youngest 3-division world champion in history by knocking out WBC World Super Welterweight champion Maurice Hope in 12 rounds in Las Vegas
  • May 24 Bobby Unser wins, loses, & wins a controversial Indy 500
  • May 25 Bobby Unser becomes 1st Indy 500 winner to be disqualified

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 25 Carl Yastrzemski is 4th to play 3,000 baseball games (Cobb, Musial & Aaron)

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • May 27 Lenny Randle tries to blow a slow roller foul but umpire says no
  • May 27 25th European Cup: Liverpool beats Real Madrid 1-0 at Paris

  • May 30 LA Dodgers are quickest to get 1,000,000 attendence (22 games)

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Jun 5 Astro's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Jun 6 113th Belmont: George Martens aboard Summing wins in 2:29
  • Jun 6 French Open Women's Tennis: Czech teenager Hana Mandlíková beats Sylvia Hanika of Germany 6-2, 6-4 for her only French singles crown
  • Jun 7 French Open Men's Tennis: Björn Borg of Sweden wins 11th and final career Grand Slam title; Open era record 6th French title; beats Ivan Lendl 6-1, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
  • Jun 8 Seattle Mariners draft Mike Moore #1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 10 Pete Rose ties Stan Musial's NL record of 3,630 hits

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jun 11 Mariners beat Orioles 8-2 at Kingdome, then players go on strike
  • Jun 12 Baseball players begin a 50 day strike, their 3rd strike
  • Jun 12 Larry Holmes TKOs Leon Spinks in 3 for WBC heavyweight boxing title

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jun 14 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Donna Caponi Young sinks 15 foot birdie putt on 18th to beat Jerilyn Britz and Pat Meyers by 1 stroke

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Jun 18 Test cricket debut of Terry Alderman, v England at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 21 US Open Men's Golf, Merion GC: David Graham wins his second major title and becomes the first Australian to win the US Open, 3 strokes ahead of runners-up George Burns and Bill Rogers

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Jun 22 John McEnroe's famous 'You cannot be serious' rant in 1st round win over Tom Gullikson at Wimbledon

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Jun 23 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox finally beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings (game began 18th April)

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats Hana Mandlíková 6-2, 6-2 for her third and final Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe ends Björn Borg's streak of 5 straight Wimbledon titles with a famous 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 victory

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 5 Canadian Open Women's Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Summerlea GC: Jan Stephenson of Australia wins by 1 shot from Pat Bradley & Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

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Jul 7 England cricket captain Ian Botham resigned after no wins in 12 matches under his reign and a pair in the 2nd Test v Australia at Lord's

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham

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Jul 12 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Arnold Palmer comfortably wins 18-hole playoff against Billy Casper and Bob Stone

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 19 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: American Bill Rogers wins his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Bernhard Langer of Germany

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • Jul 19 68th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • Jul 25 Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, force the cancellation of a rugby test between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa’s Springboks by invading the pitch during the game
  • Jul 26 US Open Women's Golf, La Grange CC: Pat Bradley shoots final round 66 (−6) to finish 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Beth Daniel; second of Bradley's 6 major titles
  • Jul 29 Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul in New Zealand
  • Jul 31 Mid-season strike by MLB players ends after 42 days causing cancellation of 713 games; players and owners come to an agreement on free agent compensation
  • Aug 2 England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham takes 5 for 11 to end Australia's chase of 151 target, all out 121 for 29 run defeat in 4th Test at Edgbaston
  • Aug 9 52nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 9 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Atlanta Athletic Club: Larry Nelson wins by 4 strokes from Fuzzy Zoeller

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Aug 9 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos)

  • Aug 10 Pete Rose, 3,631 career hit, breaks Stan Musial's NL hit record
  • Aug 13 American swimmer Mary T. Meagher breaks her own world women's 200 m butterfly record (2:05.96) in Brown Deer, Wisconsin

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Aug 14 Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Aug 15 Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford
  • Aug 15 Robin Leamy of US swims record 7.98 kph for 50 m
  • Aug 16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • Aug 16 American swimmer Mary T. Meagher breaks her own world women's 100 m butterfly record (57.93) in Brown Deer, Wisconsin; holds 100/200m double WR
  • Aug 18 Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million
  • Aug 29 28th Walker Cup: US wins 15-9
  • Aug 29 Phillies minor leaguer Jeff Stone steals pro baseball record 121st base en route to 122 (Spartanburg (South Atlantic League))
  • Aug 30 Willie Shoemaker becomes the first jockey to win a $1 million thoroughbred horse race when John Henry takes the inaugural Arlington Million by a nose over The Bart
  • Aug 31 Dirk Wellham scores 103 on Test Cricket debut, v England at Lord's
  • Sep 1 Fast bowler Terry Alderman takes his 42nd wicket of the series on the last day of the 5th cricket Test vs England at The Oval; haul remains record by an Australian bowler in England; England wins series 3-1
  • Sep 1 Mike Brearley's last day as England cricket captain in 6th Test draw v Australia at The Oval; maintains his unbeaten record at home as England's 3-1 series win confirmed
  • Sep 3 Longest MLB game in Fenway Park history is suspended after 19 innings at Seattle Mariners 7, Boston Red Sox 7; Mariners win 8-7 in 20 the following morning
  • Sep 4 Longest MLB game at Fenway Park ends in 20 innings; Seattle Mariners beat Boston Red Sox, 8-7
  • Sep 6 Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon named NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • Sep 7 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 57 pass attempts
  • Sep 7 West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series
  • Sep 12 Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits Yanks for 8 innings before Rick Cerone & Dave Winfield lead off 9th with back-to-back doubles
  • Sep 12 US Open Women's Tennis: Tracy Austin wins her second US title; beats Martina Navratilova 1-6, 7-6, 7-6
  • Sep 13 Atlanta Falcons tie record of 31 points in 4th quarter (vs Green Bay)
  • Sep 13 US Open Men's Tennis: John McEnroe wins 3rd straight US title; beats Björn Borg 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3 in Borg's last Grand Slam match

Sport awardRyder Cup

Sep 20 Ryder Cup Golf, Walton Heath GC: US wins 18½-9½; 6th and final Ryder Cup for Jack Nicklaus as a player; wins all 4 of his matches

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 21 Steve Carlton strikes out NL record 3,118th (Andre Dawson)

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Sep 21 Enterprise Radio (all sports) goes off the air
  • Sep 25 Nolan Ryan's 5th career no-hitter as Astros beat Dodgers 5-0
  • Sep 30 International Olympic Committee votes to award Seoul, South Korea as host of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games
  • Oct 2 17 year old gelding Behavin Jerry, the oldest winning racehorse in modern times, sets record for most career starts by a thoroughbred, 307
  • Oct 3 Milwaukee Brewers and Montreal Expos clinch their first-ever postseason appearances; Brewers beat Detroit, 2 - 1, for AL East title; Expos defeat NY Mets, 5 - 4, for NL East second playoff spot

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 3 After a year's inactivity, American boxer Mike Weaver outpoints countryman James 'Quick' Tillis in 15 rounds in Chicago to retain his WBA heavyweight title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Oct 7 In 1st Eastern Division championship Yanks beat Brewers 5-3
  • Oct 8 USAC appeals panel restores disputed Indy 500 victory to Bobby Unser
  • Oct 11 Yanks beat Brewers 7-3 & win only Eastern Championship Series
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • Oct 17 Brazilian Nelson Piquet driving for Brabham finishes 5th in the season ending Caesars Palace Grand Prix in Las Vegas to clinch his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 1 point from Carlos Reutemann
  • Oct 18 NY Giant Joe Danelo ties NFL record of 6 field goals in a game
  • Oct 19 LA Dodgers beat Montreal Expos for NL pennant
  • Oct 19 MLB National League Championship: Los Angeles Dodgers beat Montreal Expos, 3 games to 2
  • Oct 20 1st NBA game at Meadowlands Arena, NJ Nets lose to NY Knicks 103-99
  • Oct 25 11th NYC Women's Marathon won by Allison Roe in 2:25:29
  • Oct 25 12th NYC Marathon won by Alberto Salazar in 2:08:13
  • Oct 26 LA Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 2 in 78th World Series
  • Oct 28 NY Yankee George Frazier loses 3 World Series games
  • Oct 29 Bill Giles becomes CEO of Philadelphia Phillies
  • Nov 1 Darrell Waltrip wins his 4th straight NASCAR Cup race, the American 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway; ties Richard Petty record 1967; 12th win of season; goes on to win Winston Cup crown
  • Nov 3 Milwaukee Brewers future Baseball Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers (6-3 record, 28 saves and 1.04 ERA) wins American League Cy Young Award, with 22 of 28 possible 1st-place votes
  • Nov 6 Larry Holmes TKOs Renaldo Snipes in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Nov 12 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Oakland A's)
  • Nov 14 In the first world championship fight between 2 Puerto Ricans in boxing history, WBC Super Welterweight champion Wilfred Benitez beats Carlos Santos in a 15-round unanimous decision at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas
  • Nov 17 NBA NY Knick Bill Cartwright, ties record of 19 of 19 free throws
  • Nov 18 Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive NL MVP
  • Nov 20 Russian Anatoly Karpov retains world chess championship
  • Nov 22 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: Edmonton Eskimos 4th consecutive Championship; beat Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-23; final Grey Cup game for Rough Riders, fold in 1996
  • Nov 22 31st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins
  • Nov 25 Rollie Fingers is 1st relief pitcher to win AL MVP
  • Nov 28 Bear Bryant wins his 315th game to out distance Almos Alonzo Stagg, becomes college football's winningest coach
  • Nov 28 46th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 28-17 in Birmingham

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Nov 30 NY Yankee Dave Righetti wins AL Rookie of Year Award

MLB Pitcher and Coach Dave Righetti
MLB Pitcher and Coach
Dave Righetti

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Dec 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar passes Oscar Robertson (26,710) to become the NBA’s second all-time leading scorer behind Wilt Chamberlain; scores 14 points in 117-86 Lakers' win over Utah Jazz in Los Angeles


  • Dec 2 Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela becomes 3rd consecutive LA Dodgers player to be named National League Rookie of the Year; Rick Sutcliffe 1979, Steve Howe 1980
  • Dec 2 American 1,500m record holder Steve Scott sets record for fastest round of golf played on a regulation course; posts a 92, completing 18 holes in 29:33.05s at Miller GC in Anaheim, California
  • Dec 5 47th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Allen, Southern Cal (RB)
  • Dec 6 Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18
  • Dec 6 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, Turnberry Isle CC: Miller Barber wins his first of 5 Champions Tour major titles by 2 strokes from Arnold Palmer
  • Dec 11 Muhammad Ali's 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick
  • Dec 11 Wash Capitals biggest margin of victory (9) beating Toronto 11-2
  • Dec 13 70th Davis Cup: USA beats Argentina in Cincinnati (3-1)
  • Dec 20 Winnipeg left wing Doug Smail sets NHL record by scoring just 4 seconds into Jets' 5-4 win over the St Louis Blues; fastest goal from opening face-off to back of net in history; later tied by Bryan Trottier and Alex Mogilny
  • Dec 21 Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 OTs (NCAA record)
  • Dec 23 Geoffrey Boycott becomes leading run-scorer in Test Cricket with 8033
  • Dec 26 One of the great day's Test Cricket at the MCG Australia v West Indies
  • Dec 27 Lillee becomes the leading wicket-taker in test cricket with 310
  • Dec 27 Oiler Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest NHLer to get 100 pts (38th game)
  • Dec 29 Ballon d'Or: German 1-2-3 with Bayern Munich forward Karl-Heinz Rummenigge taking title of Europe's best football player for the 2nd straight year; beats team mate Paul Breitner and Barcelona midfielder Bernd Schuster
  • Dec 30 Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals and an assist in Edmonton's 7-5 win over Philadelphia; gives Gretzky 50 goals in 39 games, the fastest 50 in 50 in NHL history; also sets NHL record with 15-game assist streak