Events in Sport in 1986

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  • Jan 1 72nd Rose Bowl: #13 UCLA beats #4 Iowa, 45-28; Iowa's All-American running back, Ronnie Harmon, fumbles the ball 4 times in his last game.
  • Jan 1 52nd Sugar Bowl: #8 Tennessee beats #2 Miami, 35-7
  • Jan 1 15th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #7 Nebraska, 27-23
  • Jan 1 52nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #1 Penn State, 25-10

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Jan 2 NY Islander, Mike Bossy, scores his 500th goal

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

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Jan 4 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • Jan 6 Last day in Test cricket for Bob Holland
  • Jan 9 NY Islanders repeat their greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Jan 12 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins 31-14
  • Jan 12 NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears beat Los Angeles Rams 24-0
  • Jan 17 Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jan 21 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana
  • Jan 24 NY Islander Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point
  • Jan 26 Hein Vergeer becomes European skating champion
  • Jan 26 Val Skinner wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears beat NE Patriots, 46-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE
  • Feb 2 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Elizabeth Arden Golf Classic
  • Feb 2 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 28-24
  • Feb 4 38th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 4-3 (OT) at Hartford
  • Feb 6 NJ Devil Peter McNab becomes 42nd NHLer to score 350 goals
  • Feb 8 5' 7" Spud Webb of Atlanta Hawks wins NBA Slam Dunk Competition
  • Feb 9 36th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 139-132 at Dallas
  • Feb 9 Marvin Johnson wins record 3rd time, light heavyweight boxing title

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 9 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Feb 9 West German team swims world record 4x200 m freestyle (7:05.17)
  • Feb 11 Australia beat India 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup, David Boon scores the most runs in the series (418)
  • Feb 12 1st-class cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, Leeward Is v Guyana
  • Feb 15 44,180 largest NBA crowd to date-Philadelphia at Detroit
  • Feb 16 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion for the second time
  • Feb 18 San Antonio's Alvin Robertson scores NBA 2nd quadruple double-20 pts, 11 rebounds, 10 assists & 10 steals against Phoenix

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Feb 20 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a woman in Albany, New York

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

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Feb 21 Tennis star Jimmy Connors fined $20,000 & suspended for 10 weeks

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Feb 23 Despite losing, Red Sox Wade Boggs gets largest arbitration ($1.35M)
  • Feb 23 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins LPGA Standard Register/Samaritan Golf Classic
  • Feb 28 Peter Uberroth suspended 7 baseball players for 1 year, after they admitted in Curtis Strong's trial in September, they used drugs
  • Mar 2 Mary Beth Zimmerman wins Uniden LPGA Golf Invitational

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Mar 7 Wayne Gretzky breaks own NHL season record with 136th assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

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Mar 8 Martina Navratilova is 1st tennis player to earn $10 million

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Mar 8 27th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Alabama, 83-72
  • Mar 8 7th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: St. John's beats Syracuse, 70-69
  • Mar 9 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 9 33rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats Georgia Tech, 68-67
  • Mar 11 Islander Mike Bossy, 1st NHLer to score 50 goals in 9 straight seasons
  • Mar 11 NFL adopts instant replay rule

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 16 Christa Johnson wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • Mar 18 Exciting draw in final gives NSW the Sheffield Shield over Queensland
  • Mar 21 Pittsburgh Associates buy Pittsburgh Pirates for $218 million
  • Mar 22 HBO launches boxing's heavyweight-title-unification-tournament
  • Mar 22 Trevor Berbick beats Pinklon Thomas in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 23 Heavyweight Trevor Berbick KOs Pinklon Thomas
  • Mar 23 Penny Pulz wins LPGA Circle K Tucson Golf Open

  • Mar 25 Kurt Browning (Canada) becomes 1st skater to land a quadruple jump
  • Mar 30 5th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas beats USC 97-81
  • Mar 31 48th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Louisville beats Duke 72-69
  • Apr 2 NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance)
  • Apr 4 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record with 213th point of season
  • Apr 5 140th Grand National: Richard Dunwoody aboard West Tip wins

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Apr 6 15th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Apr 6 Soccer ball juggled non-stop for 14:14 hrs

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 13 50th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 279

  • Apr 13 Boston Celtics end season with a 40-1 home win record
  • Apr 13 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
  • Apr 15 Viv Richards century off 56 balls v England in Antigua Test Cricket

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 19 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 20 Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Apr 21 90th Boston Marathon: Rob de Castella of Australia 1st man in 2:07:51 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:55
  • Apr 21 Bob Hering sets Formula One power boat record (165.338 mph, Ariz)
  • Apr 27 Pat Bradley wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic

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Apr 29 Boston Red Sox Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Seattle Mariners

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • Apr 29 1986 NFL Draft: Bo Jackson from University of Auburn first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • May 3 112th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Ferdinand wins in 2:02.8
  • May 3 Cubs 3rd baseman Ron Cey hits his 300th & 301st HR
  • May 3 NY Yankee Don Mattingly is 6th to hit 3 sacrifice flies in a game
  • May 7 Phillies outfielder Garry Maddox, retires
  • May 7 30th European Cup: Steaua Bucuresti beats Barcelona (0-0, 2-0 on penalties) at Seville
  • May 9 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat New York Rangers, 4 games to 1
  • May 11 Muffin Spencer-Devlin wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic

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May 14 Reggie Jackson hit his 537th HR passing Mickey Mantle into 6th place

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • May 14 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat St. Louis Blues, 4 games to 3
  • May 17 111th Preakness: Alex Solis aboard Snow Chief wins in 1:54.8
  • May 18 Becky Pearson wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
  • May 18 David Goch finishes swimming 55,682 miles in a 25-yd pool
  • May 24 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Calgary Flames, 4 games to 1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 25 KC Royal George Brett gets his 2,000th hit

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • May 25 Laurie Rinker wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 28 White Sox Joe Cowley sets record striking out 1st 7 Rangers he faces
  • May 30 Bobby Rahal is 1st to average over 170 mph in Indianapolis 500

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May 30 Barry Bonds makes his MLB debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • Jun 1 32nd LPGA Championship won by Pat Bradley
  • Jun 6 Jurgen Schull sets world discus record (74.07 m)
  • Jun 7 118th Belmont: Chris McCarron aboard Danzig Connect wins in 2:29.8
  • Jun 7 Pirates draft 3rd baseman Jeff King #1
  • Jun 8 40th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Hous Rockets, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 8 Juli Inkster wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship
  • Jun 8 Longest 9 inning AL game (4h16m), Balt Orioles beat Yankees 18-9

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 8 85th Men's French Open: Ivan Lendl beats Mikael Pernfors (6-3, 6-2, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player Mikael Pernfors
Tennis Player
Mikael Pernfors

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 8 85th Women's French Open: Chris Evert beats Martina Navratilova (2-6, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jun 9 Angel Don Sutton (298 wins) beats White Sox Tom Seaver (306 wins) 3-0
  • Jun 10 A Bartlett Giamatti becomes president of baseball's NL

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 15 86th US Golf Open: Ray Floyd shoots a 279 at Shinnecock Hills GC NY

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Jun 15 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • Jun 18 Don Sutton becomes 19th pitcher to win 300 games

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Jun 20 Jim Fregosi replaces Tony La Russa as White Sox manager

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • Jun 21 Bo Jackson, Heisman Trophy winner, signs with KC Royals
  • Jun 21 Heike Drechsler of East Germany long jumps 7.45 m (women's record)
  • Jun 22 Judy Dickinson wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
  • Jun 23 Pedro Morales swims world record 100m butterfly (52.84)
  • Jun 25 Phillies give Steve Carlton, 41, his unconditional release
  • Jun 27 Robby Thompson (SF Giants) sets record, caught stealing 4 times in 1 game
  • Jun 29 FIFA World Cup: Argentina beats West Germany 3-2 in football's 13th World Cup in Mexico City
  • Jun 29 Boston Red Sox trade for Tom Seaver
  • Jun 29 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic

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Jun 29 Sparky Anderson is 1st to win 600 games as manager in both leagues

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 100th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker beats Ivan Lendl (64 63 75)

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • Jul 6 Amy Alcott wins LPGA Mazda Hall of Fame Golf Championship
  • Jul 9 Padres trade pitcher Tim Stoddard to Yankees for pitcher Ed Whitson

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 14 41st US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Jane Geddes

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 18 115th British Golf Open: Greg Norman shoots a 280 at Turnberry Scotld

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • Jul 19 Indian pitcher Phil Niekro wins his 307th game tying him with

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 19 Tim Witherspoon KOs Frank Bruno in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

  • Jul 20 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • Jul 27 14th du Maurier Golf Classic: Pat Bradley
  • Jul 27 24th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats Czechoslovakia in Prague Czech (3-0)
  • Jul 27 73rd Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA
  • Jul 29 NY jury rules NFL violated antitrust laws, awards USFL $1 in damages
  • Aug 1 Bert Blyleven becomes 10th pitcher to strike out 3,000
  • Aug 2 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (US) sets record for heptathlon (7161 pts)
  • Aug 3 Amy Alcott wins LPGA National Golf Pro-Am
  • Aug 6 Orioles (Dwyer & Sheets) & Rangers (Harrah) hit record 3 grand slams
  • Aug 7 Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel & Anne Knabe begin cycling journey of 15,266 miles from Prudhoe Bay Alaska to Argentina
  • Aug 8 Record 3 grandslams in a game-(Harrah-Tex, Sheets & Dwyer-Orioles)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 10 Betsy King wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Aug 10 Pitcher Bob Forsch grand slams to lead Cards to a 5-4 win over Pirates
  • Aug 11 68th PGA Championship: Bob Tway shoots a 276 at Inverness Club Toledo
  • Aug 12 Red Sox pitcher Tim Lollar gets a pinch-hit single
  • Aug 14 Phillies & Pirates play a 6 game series in 4 days
  • Aug 17 Cindy Mackey wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
  • Aug 17 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship
  • Aug 17 Red Sox trade shortstop Rey Quinones & pitcher Mike Trujillo to Mariners for shortstop Spike Owen & outfielder Dave Henderson
  • Aug 18 Jim Kelly signs with NFL Buffalo Bills ($75 million for 5 years)

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Aug 21 Ian Botham takes world-record 356th Test Cricket wkt (v NZ, The Oval)

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • Aug 21 Red Sox Spike Owens scores 6 runs in a 24-5 rout of Cleve Indians
  • Aug 21 With 2 outs in 6th inning, Red Sox score 11 runs
  • Aug 24 Juli Inkster wins Atlantic City LPGA Golf Classic

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 25 A's Mark McGwire hits his 1st major league home run

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Aug 26 Rosa Mota wins Stuttgart female marathon (2:28:38)
  • Aug 30 Gelindo Bordin wins Stuttgart marathon (2:10:54)
  • Sep 1 Betsy King wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 1 Texas Rangers O McDowell & Porter are 7th to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Sep 3 Astros & Cubs use a record 53 players in an 18 inning game
  • Sep 6 Michael Spinks TKOs Steffen Tangstad in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 7 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Cellular One-Ping Golf Championship
  • Sep 7 Cleveland Browns becomes 1st team in NFL history to have a play reviewed by instant replay, Chicago 41, Browns 31

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Sep 7 Dan Marino throws his 100th career touchdown pass, the fastest QB in NFL history to do so

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • Sep 7 106th Men's U.S. Open: Ivan Lendl beats Miloslav Mecir (6-4, 6-2, 6-0)
  • Sep 7 106th Women's U.S. Open: Martina Navratilova beats Helena Sukova (6-3, 6-2)
  • Sep 14 Judy Dickinson wins LPGA SAFECO Golf Classic
  • Sep 14 Saskatchewan & Hamilton play 1st CFL regular-season overtime game
  • Sep 18 David Boon's 3rd Test cricket century, 122 v India at Madras
  • Sep 19 Chicago White Sox Joe Crowley no-hits California Angels, 7-1
  • Sep 21 Miami Dan Marino passes for 6 touchdowns vs NY Jets (51-45)
  • Sep 21 NY Jets beat Miami Dolphins 51-45 in OT; record 884 passing yards
  • Sep 21 New Orleans Saints Mel Gray returns kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown
  • Sep 21 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Konica San Jose Golf Classic
  • Sep 21 SD Padre Jimmy Jones pitchs 1-hitter in his major league debut
  • Sep 22 India v Australia Test Cricket at Madras finishes in a tie
  • Sep 25 Houston Astro Mike Scott no-hits SF Giants, 2-0
  • Sep 28 Record 23,000 start in a marathon (Mexico City)
  • Sep 28 Tight end Brian Foster of RI catches NCAA record 18 passes for 327 yds
  • Sep 28 Cleveland Browns' Gerald McNeil sets the team record for the longest punt return with an 84-yard run (and TD), Browns 24, Detroit 21

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Sep 29 Cubs Greg Maddux defeats Phillies Mike Maddux (1st rookie brothers)

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux
  • Sep 29 Indians Jay Bell is 10th to hit a HR on 1st major league pitch he sees
  • Sep 29 Mary Lou Retton retires as a gymnast
  • Oct 2 Mike Scott is 3rd NL pitcher to strike out 300 in a season (306)
  • Oct 2 NY Met Dwight Gooden is 1st to strike out 200 or more in 1st 3 seasons
  • Oct 3 Baltimore loses assuring Orioles of their 1st last-place finish

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 4 NY Yank Dave Righetti saves doubleheader for then record 46 saves

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 7 Steve Yzerman is named captain of the Detroit Red Wings, a title he would hold for over 1,300 games

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman

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Oct 9 Gilbert Perreault, Buffalo, became 12th NHLer to score 500 goals

  • Oct 12 California Angels within 1 pitch of pennant victory lose to Red Sox
  • Oct 13 25th NY, NL appearance in World Series (Mets vs A's)
  • Oct 13 IOC announces baseball will become a medal sport in 1992
  • Oct 14 IOC decides to stagger Winter & Summer Olympic schedule
  • Oct 15 Longest post season game, Mets beat Astros 7-6 in 16 & win NL pennant
  • Oct 15 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Houston Astros, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat California Angels, 4 games to 3
  • Oct 19 Allan Border scores the 1,000,000th run in Tests (v India, Bombay)
  • Oct 21 1st-class cricket debut of Andy Flower, ZCU Presidents XI v Young WI
  • Oct 24 Dodgers' Bill Russell, 38, announces his retirement
  • Oct 25 Trailing 5-3 with 2 out & no one on in bottom of 10th, NY rallies to win Game 6 of the World Series, 6-5, Bill Buckner misplays a ball
  • Oct 26 37th Formula One WDC: Alain Prost wins by two points
  • Oct 27 NY Mets beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 83rd World Series
  • Oct 29 Kirk Muller scores NJ Devil record 6 point, beat Penguins, 8-6
  • Oct 29 Padres pitcher LaMarr Hoyt is arrested at US-Mexico border for drugs
  • Nov 1 Horse Racing Breeders' Cup Champs: Brave Raj, Capote, Lady's Secret, Last Tycoon, Manila, Skywalker, Smile at Santa Anita
  • Nov 2 16th NYC Women's Marathon won by Grete Waitz in 2:28:06