Events in Sport in 1997 (Part 2)

  • Oct 2 The Bruins beat the LA Kings, 6-5 in Boston to extend their NHL opening game unbeaten streak to 11-straight years (9-0-2)
  • Oct 3 Carolina Hurricanes lose the NHL franchise's 1st home game, 4-3 vs Pittsburgh Penguins at the Greensboro Coliseum
  • Oct 3 NHL games played outside North America for the first time; Vancouver Canucks beat Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 3-2 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Oct 5 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Den Bosch, Netherlands: Sandrine Testud wins both her singles to lead France to 4-1 win over the Netherlands; France's first title
  • Oct 9 North Carolina's record winning college basketball coach Dean Smith retires
  • Oct 9 NY Rangers are 1st NHL team to open with 4 straight ties

Sports History

Oct 11 Dennis Rodman returns from second longest NBA suspension (11 games)

  • Oct 14 MLB National League Championship: Florida Marlins beat Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2
  • Oct 15 MLB American League Championship: Cleveland Indians beat Baltimore Orioles, 4 games to 2

Sports History

Oct 15 NY jury awards boxer Mitch Green $45,000 in civil lawsuit against Mike Tyson, for street brawl in 1988

  • Oct 19 700th World Series home run (Sandy Alomar, Cleveland Indians)
  • Oct 20 Richard Gnida, Limo driver in Detroit Red Wings crash, pleads guilty
  • Oct 21 Cleveland outfielder Marquis Grissom records a hit in his 15th straight World Series game; second longest 9 inning WS game (4:12) as Florida Marlins beat Indians, 14-11
  • Oct 22 Cleveland outfielder Marquis Grissom's World Series hitting streak ends after 15 games as Indians rout Florida 10-3 in coldest ever WS game (38°F)

Sports History

Oct 22 NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky's wife Janet is knocked unconscious and gets 2 stitches after plexiglass falls on her watching a game

  • Oct 23 Les Alexander, owner of Houston Rockets buys NHL's Edmonton Oilers
  • Oct 24 Marv Albert sentenced in assault case
  • Oct 25 9th College Football Holy War: Notre Dame beats Boston College 52-20 in South Bend
  • Oct 26 Baseball World Series: Florida beats Cleveland Indians, 3-2 in Game 7 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami for Marlins first-ever title; MVP: Florida pitcher Liván Hernández

Sports History

Oct 26 Jacques Villeneuve finishes 3rd in European Grand Prix at Jerez, Spain; first Canadian to win F1 World Drivers Championship; wins by 39 points from Michael Schumacher

  • Oct 28 NBA announces hiring of Dee Kantner & Violet Palmer as 1st women to officiate a major-league all-male sports league

Sports History

Oct 30 Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona announces his retirement from football on his 37th birthday

Sports History

Nov 1 Expanded Negro Leagues Museum and the new American Jazz Museum open in Kansas City's historic 18th and Vine district

  • Nov 1 Louisiana State University running back Kevin Faulk rushes for 212 yards and a school record 5 touchdowns in a 63-28 win at Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington
  • Nov 1 North Carolina State University wide receiver Torry Holt catches 5 touchdown passes in a 48-35 loss to Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee
  • Nov 2 Eric Metcalf of the San Diego Chargers returns punts for touchdowns of 85 & 67 yards in 38-31 loss at Cincinnati; joins Hall of Famer Jack Christiansen as only players in NFL history to return punts for TDs twice in a game
  • Nov 2 New York City Marathon: John Kagwe of Kenya wins men's race in 2:08:12; Franziska Rochat-Moser of Switzerland women's champion in 2:28:43

Sports History

Nov 3 American racing legend Bill Shoemaker retires from thoroughbred training with a 90 winners from 713 start record; rode record 8,833 winners as a jockey, before becoming a trainer in 1990

  • Nov 3 Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra becomes 6th player to be unanimous choice for American League Rookie of the Year; leads AL in hits (209), triples (11), multi-hit games (68); also sets AL rookie-record with 30-game hitting streak
  • Nov 6 SF Giants manager Dusty Baker named NL Manager of the Year
  • Nov 8 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Hollywood Park; winners: Countess Diana, Elmhurst, Ajina, Spinning World, Favorite Trick, Chief Bearhart, Skip Away
  • Nov 8 Tampa Bay Devil Rays name their 1st manager Larry Rothschild

Sports History

Nov 11 Canadian based players win Cy Young Awards for best MLB pitcher; Toronto Blue Jays' Roger Clemens wins his 4th AL Award; Pedro Martinez of Montreal Expos takes NL Award

  • Nov 11 NHL’s new Columbus franchise (scheduled to begin play in 2000) announce team’s name would be “Blue Jackets” after soldiers in the Union army during the American Civil War
  • Nov 11 WNBA announces franchises in Detroit (Shock) and Washington D.C. (Mystics) would join the League as expansion teams for the 1998 season
  • Nov 16 47th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Jeff Gordon wins

Sports History

Nov 16 American tennis great Pete Sampras wins back-to-back ATP Tour World Championship titles with a 6–3, 6–2, 6–2 over Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov in Hanover, Germany

  • Nov 16 CFL Grey Cup, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: heavily favoured defending champion Toronto Argonauts beat Saskatchewan Roughriders, 47-23

Hall of Fame

Nov 17 Mario Lemieux enters NHL Hall of Fame

  • Nov 18 Arizona Diamondbacks & Tampa Bay Devil Rays expansion draft
  • Nov 18 Mavericks' A C Green ties Randy Smith's NBA record of 906 cons games

Sports History

Nov 20 Flyers Eric Lindros tries to bite San Jose defenseman Marty McSorley

  • Nov 20 Last original Florida Marlin, Jeff Conine, traded to KC Royals
  • Nov 20 Mavericks' A C Green sets NBA record of 907 consecutive games played
  • Nov 20 NY Islanders lose, beginning a 10 game losing streak
  • Nov 22 62nd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 18-17 in Auburn

Sports History

Nov 23 Czech tennis No. 1 Jana Novotná wins WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC; beats Mary Pierce of France 7–6, 6–2, 6–3

  • Nov 26 Wash Capitals final game at USAir Arena, retire Rod Langway's #5
  • Nov 27 Lions' Barry Sanders becomes NFL's 2nd all-time rusher
  • Nov 29 USAir Arena closes, hosting Wash Wizards
  • Nov 30 86th Davis Cup: Sweden sweeps US in Gothenburg (5-0)
  • Dec 1 Golden State Warriors NBA guard Latrell Sprewell assaults head coach P.J. Carlesimo; suspended for 10 games
  • Dec 1 In their 81st season, Montreal Canadiens become first team in history to play 5,000 NHL games; host the Penguins but lose, 1-0; franchise record 2,625-1,603-772 with .620 winning percentage
  • Dec 2 MCI Center opens in Washington, D.C., Wizards vs SuperSonics
  • Dec 3 Golden State Warriors terminates guard Latrell Sprewell's four-year, $32 million NBA contract for attacking coach P.J. Carlesimo
  • Dec 4 NBA suspends former Golden State Warriors guard Latrell Sprewell for 1 year for attacking coach P.J. Carlesimo
  • Dec 5 1st Game at Wash Capitals' MCI Center vs Fla Panthers
  • Dec 6 6th SEC Championship Game: #3 Tennessee beats #11 Auburn, 30-29
  • Dec 12 Red Sox sign Pedro Martinez to record 6 year $69 million contract
  • Dec 13 63rd Heisman Trophy Award: Charles Woodson, Michigan (CB)

Sports History

Dec 14 Phoenix Coyote winger Mike Gartner becomes 5th NHLer to score 700 goals

Sports History

Dec 15 SF 49ers retire Joe Montana's #16

  • Dec 21 Detroit Lions Barry Sanders is 3rd to run for 2,000 yards in a season
  • Dec 21 Detroit Lions linebacker Reggie Brown, knocked unconscious in game

Sports History

Dec 22 Nancy Kerrigan & Tonya Harding pre-record a show to air on FOX on Feb 5

Sports History

Dec 22 Scotty Bowman's Red Wings beat the Boston Bruins, 4-2 giving him 200 wins with Detroit, and making him the first NHL coach to record 200 wins with 3 different teams; also Montreal and Buffalo

Football Awards

Dec 23 Ballon d'Or: Barcelona/Inter's Brazilian striker Ronaldo wins his first of 2 best football player in Europe awards ahead of Real Madrid forward Predrag Mijatović and Juventus midfielder Zinedine Zidane

Sports History

Dec 23 Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson is quickest to reach 500 wins (682 games)

NHL Record

Dec 23 Colorado Avalanche Jari Kurri is 8th NHLer to score 600 career goals

  • Dec 29 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats New Zealand by 5 wickets
  • Dec 31 27th Fiesta Bowl: #10 Kansas State beats #14 Syracuse, 35-18
  • Dec 31 72 year-old Marv Levy retires as coach of the NFL Buffalo Bills after 12 seasons, including 4 consecutive losing Super Bowl appearances
  • Dec 31 Buffalo's Czech NHL goalie Dominik Hasek stops 36 shots for his 27th career shutout in Sabres' 3-0 win over Ottawa Senators; his 6th shutout in month of December; first since George Hainsworth in 1928-29 to achieve the feat