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Events in Sport in 1985 (Part 2)

  • Oct 21 Qasim Omar (206) & Javed Miandad (203*) make 397 stand v SL
  • Oct 22 Bret Saberhagen gives KC Royals their 1st win leading to their World Series title

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Oct 25 Angels announce that they will not offer Rod Carew a new contract

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • Oct 26 On a poor call in 6th game, umpire Don Deckinger starts a string of events costing Cardinals the World Series

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Oct 26 Doug Harvey's #2 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey
  • Oct 27 15th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:28:34
  • Oct 27 16th NYC Marathon won by Orlando Pizzolato in 2:11:34
  • Oct 27 Anthony Carter begins NFL streak of 100+ consecutive game receptions

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Oct 27 Billy Martin is fired by Yankees for 4th time

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • Oct 27 KC Royals beat St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 82nd World Series
  • Oct 31 Last day in Test cricket for Pakistan's Zaheer Abbas
  • Nov 2 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Aqueduct Racetrack; winners: Cozzene, Life's Magic, Pebbles, Precisionist, Proud Truth, Tasso, Twilight Ridge
  • Nov 2 LA Kings score 5 goals in a span of 5:37, the fastest in NHL team history; rout Hartford Whalers, 8-1 at Hartford Civic Center
  • Nov 2 Tulsa's Gordon Brown (214) and Steve Gage (206) set NCAA football record for combined rushing yards in one game for 2 teammates who gained more than 200 yards each in 42-26 win at Wichita State

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Nov 3 French McLaren driver Alain Prost wins his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship, finishing 4th in the Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide; wins title by 20 points from Italian Michele Alboreto

Formula 1 Racing Driver Alain Prost
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Alain Prost
  • Nov 3 Bill Elliott wins Atlanta Journal 500 at Atlanta Raceway to become first driver to win 11 super-speedway races in 1 season; also first driver to win $2m in prize money in a single season

World RecordGarry Kasparov Becomes World Chess Champion

Nov 9 Garry Kasparov becomes the youngest ever world chess champion (22), with a 13-11 win over fellow Russian Anatoly Karpov

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Garry Kasparov vs. Anatoly Karpov in Moscow on November 9, 1985
Garry Kasparov vs. Anatoly Karpov in Moscow on November 9, 1985
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Nov 9 Richard Hadlee takes 9-52 New Zealand v Australia at the Gabba

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee

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Nov 13 Dwight Gooden, youngest 20 game winner, wins Cy Young award

Baseball Pitcher Dwight Gooden
Baseball Pitcher
Dwight Gooden
  • Nov 14 Brewers release 39-year-old pitcher Rollie Fingers
  • Nov 17 NY Jets best offensive production beating Tampa Bay 62-28
  • Nov 17 35th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Darrell Waltrip wins
  • Nov 18 Dwight Gooden (NL) & Bret Saberhagen (AL) win Cy Young

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Nov 20 NY Yankee Don Mattingly easily wins AL MVP

MLB 1st Baseman Don Mattingly
MLB 1st Baseman
Don Mattingly
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Olympic Stadium, Montreal: BC Lions defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 37-24; final CFL game played with 25-yard long endzone
  • Nov 25 Chicago White Sox shortstop Ozzie Guillén is named AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 27 Cards Vince Coleman wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 30 50th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-23 in Birmingham

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Dec 2 NFL quarterback legends Dan Marino and John Elway (Denver Broncos) face each other for the first time, a 30-26 win for Marino's Miami Dolphins (390 yards and 3 TDs)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

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Dec 2 Chicago Bears' head coach Mike Ditka and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan almost come to blows at halftime in a 38-24 loss to the Miami Dolphins at the Orange Bowl, Miami; Chicago's only loss of the NFL season

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

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Dec 4 Slobodan Živojinović of Yugoslavia upsets No. 2 seed John McEnroe 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 in the Australian Open quarter finals; leaves McEnroe without a major singles title for the first time since 1978

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Dec 7 51st Heisman Trophy Award: Bo Jackson, Auburn (RB)

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Dec 7 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert-Lloyd 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 for her 3rd and final Australian singles crown

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Dec 8 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg wins 1st career Grand Slam singles title; beats defending champion & fellow Swede Mats Wilander 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander

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Dec 9 SF 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice begins NFL streak of 274 consecutive games with a reception in a 27-20 loss to LA Rams at Candlestick Park

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • Dec 11 NHL Record 62 points scored, Edmonton (36) beats Chicago (26) 12-9 & ties record of 21 goals
  • Dec 13 Australian cricketer David Boon's 1st Test century, 123 v India at Adelaide
  • Dec 13 Test debut of cricketers Merv Hughes, Geoff Marsh and Bruce Reid (v India)

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Dec 20 Denis Potvin passes Bobby Orr as NHL defenseman scorer (916 points)

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Dec 20 Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC
  • Dec 22 74th Davis Cup: Sweden beats Germany in Munich (3-2)
  • Dec 24 Ballon d'Or: Juventus' French midfielder Michel Platini is named Europe's best football player for the 3rd consecutive time; beats Verona striker Preben Elkjær and Barcelona midfielder Bernd Schuster
  • Dec 26 Test Cricket debut of Steve Waugh, v India at the MCG