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1981 Baseball


June 12th Baseball Players Association votes unanimously to strike Baseball players begin a 50 day strike, their 3rd strike The series is sometimes called "The World Series that Never Was." This refers to the fact that the team with the best overall record (as previously mentioned), the Cincinnati Reds did not make the playoffs


New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking their third meeting in the Series in five years. The Dodgers won the Series in six games

World Series 1981


1981 Football


Super Bowl XVI
Date Played: January 24, 1982
Teams: San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Winner: 49ERS
Final Score: 26-21
Location: Pontiac, Michigan
Game MVP: San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana
Half Time Show: Up With People
Commercials: 30 second commercial was $324000
Super Bowl XVI

 

Former Dolphin, Mercury Morris, is sentenced to 20 years for drug trafficing, conspiracy, and possession of cocaine

LeRoy Irvin sets NFL record for most punt return yards in a game (207).

1981 Basketball


NBA Finals – Boston Celtics won 4 games to 2 over the Houston Rockets

NBA 1981 Overview

 

1981 Hockey


Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers

Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup - New York Islanders win 4 games to 1 over the Minnesota North Stars

World Hockey Championship: Soviet Union defeated Sweden


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Athletes of the Year 1981

 

Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – John McEnroe, Tennis

Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Tracy Austin, Tennis

1981 ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year: Sugar Ray Leonard, Boxer


Professional Sports 1981


Highest score in World Cup soccor match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)

 

1981 Boxing


Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even took his gold teeth
Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide
Larry Holmes beats Trevor Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
Larry Holmes TKOs Leon Spinks in 3 for WBC heavyweight boxing title
Muhammad Ali's 61st and last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick
Larry Holmes TKOs Renaldo Snipes in 11 for heavyweight boxing title


1981 Golf

Masters Tournament - Tom Watson
U.S. Open - David Graham
British Open - Bill Rogers
PGA Championship - Larry Nelson
PGA Tour money leader - Tom Kite - $375,699

Ryder Cup - United States win 18 1/2 to 9 1/2 over Europe in team golf.

LPGA Championship - Donna Caponi
U.S. Women's Open - Pat Bradley
Classique Peter Jackson Classic - Jan Stephenson
LPGA Tour money leader - Beth Daniel - $206,998

 

1980 Tennis Grand Slam

Australian Open - Johan Kriek
French Open - Björn Borg
Wimbledon championships - John McEnroe
US Open - John McEnroe

 

Australian Open - Martina Navratilova
French Open - Hana Mandlikova
Wimbledon championships - Chris Evert
US Open - Tracy Austin

Davis Cup – United States wins 3-1 over Argentina in world tennis.

 

John McEnroe exhibits a disgraceful act of misbehavior at Wimbledon

1981 Horseracing


Kentucky Derby – Pleasant Colony
Preakness Stakes – Pleasant Colony
Belmont Stakes – Summing

 

College Sports 1981


Football 1981


Heisman Trophy

1. Marcus Allen - TB, Southern California
2. Herschel Walker - TB, Georgia
3. Jim McMahon - QB, Brigham Young
4. Dan Marino - QB, Pittsburgh
5. Art Schlichter - QB, Ohio State


Rose Bowl: Washington 28, Iowa 0
Cotton Bowl Classic: Texas 14, Alabama 12
Fiesta Bowl: Penn State 26, Southern California 10
Orange Bowl: Clemson 22, Nebraska 15
Sugar Bowl: Pittsburgh 24, Georgia 20


Bear Bryant wins his 315th game to out distance Alonzo Stagg and become college football's winningest coach

Basketball 1981


NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship – Indiana wins 63-50 over North Carolina

  

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