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World Sports History Timeline 1981-1990



Year Soccer Athletics Baseball Cricket Tennis Football (NFL) Hockey Basketball Golf Championships
1981 England - FA Cup: Tottenham Hotspur won 3-2 over Manchester City World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers win 4 games to 2 over the New York Yankees. The Series MVP is a tie between Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager, Los Angeles Underarm bowling was banned by the International Cricket Council as not within the spirit of the game. Grand Slam in tennis men's results:

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

Grand Slam in tennis women's results:

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.
Super Bowl XV: Oakland Raiders won 27-10 over the Philadelphia Eagles Men's World Cup Qualifier Tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Gold Medal: Soviet Union
Silver Medal: Malaysia
Bronze Medal: New Zealand

Men's Champions Trophy in Karachi, Pakistan

Gold Medal: The Netherlands
Silver Medal: Australia
Bronze Medal: West Germany

Women's World Cup in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gold Medal: West Germany
Silver Medal: The Netherlands
Bronze Medal: Soviet Union
NBA Finals:
Boston Celtics won 4 games to 2 over the Houston Rockets
Major championship results (Men's):

The Masters - Tom Watson
US Open - David Graham
British Open - Bill Rogers
PGA Championship - Larry Nelson

Women's Golf :

US Women's Open - Pat Bradley
LPGA Championship - Donna Caponi
World Snooker Championship: Steve Davis beats Doug Mountjoy 18-12
1982   Mary Decker sets six world records in Track and field   Sri Lanka's first Test match.          
1983 FIFA decided to give to Mexico the right to host the Football World Cup 1986 after Colombia announced the reject to celebrate the event. In East Rutherford, New Jersey, Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan set a new World Indoor Record for the mile, clocking 3:49.78.

First IAAF World Championships in Athletics held in Helsinki
World Series: - Baltimore Orioles win their most recent World Series 4 games to 1 over the Philadelphia Phillies Cricket World Cup - India beat West Indies by 43 runs. Grand Slam in tennis men's results:

Australian Open - Mats Wilander
French Open - Yannick Noah
Wimbledon championships - John McEnroe
US Open - Jimmy Connors

Grand Slam in tennis women's results:

Australian Open - Martina Navratilova
French Open - Chris Evert
Wimbledon championships - Martina Navratilova
US Open - Martina Navratilova

Davis Cup: Australia won 3-2 over Sweden in world tennis.
The Miami Hurricanes win thier first national championship over the Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-30 in the Orange Bowl. Men's European Nations Cup in Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Gold Medal: The Netherlands
Silver Medal: Soviet Union
Bronze Medal: West Germany

Men's Champions Trophy in Karachi, Pakistan

Gold Medal: Australia
Silver Medal: Pakistan
Bronze Medal: West Germany

Pan American Games (Men's Competition) in Caracas, Venezuela

Gold Medal: Canada
Silver Medal: Argentina
Bronze Medal: Chile

Women's World Cup Qualifier Tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Gold Medal: Ireland
Silver Medal: Spain
Bronze Medal: Malaysia

Women's World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Gold Medal: The Netherlands
Silver Medal: Canada
Bronze Medal: Australia
NBA Finals:
Philadelphia 76ers won 4 games to 0 over the Los Angeles Lakers
Major championship results (Men's):

The Masters - Seve Ballesteros
US Open - Larry Nelson
British Open - Tom Watson
PGA Championship - Hal Sutton

Women's Golf :

US Women's Open - Jan Stephenson
LPGA Championship - Patty Sheehan
World Cycling Championship: Greg Lemond of the United States

First European High Speed Telegraphy Championships held in Moscow, Russia.

World Snooker Championship: Steve Davis beats Cliff Thorburn 18-6
1984 FIFA gives the right to host the Football World Cup 1990 to Italy World Series: - Detroit Tigers win 4 games to 1 over the San Diego Padres Inaugural edition of the Asia Cup is held in Sharjah, UAE. India defeat Pakistan in the final. Grand Slam in tennis men's results:

Australian Open - Mats Wilander
French Open - Ivan Lendl
Wimbledon - John McEnroe
US Open - John McEnroe

Grand Slam in tennis women's results:

Australian Open - Chris Evert
French Open - Martina Navratilova
Wimbledon - July 7 - Martina Navratilova
US Open - Martina Navratilova

Davis Cup: Sweden wins 4-1 over the United States in world tennis.
Super Bowl XVIII: Los Angeles Raiders won 38-9 over the Washington Redskins Olympic Games (Men's Competition) in Los Angeles, United States

Gold Medal: Pakistan
Silver Medal: West Germany
Bronze Medal: Great Britain

Men's Champions Trophy in Karachi, Pakistan

Gold Medal: Australia
Silver Medal: Pakistan
Bronze Medal: Great Britain

Women's European Nations Cup in Lille, France

Gold Medal: The Netherlands
Silver Medal: Soviet Union
Bronze Medal: West Germany
NBA Finals:
Boston Celtics won 4 games to 3 over the Los Angeles Lakers
Major championship results (Men's):

The Masters - Ben Crenshaw
US Open - Fuzzy Zoeller
British Open - Seve Ballesteros
PGA Championship - Lee Trevino

Women's Golf :

US Women's Open - Hollis Stacy
LPGA Championship - Patty Sheehan
Second Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championship held in Oslo, Norway.

World Snooker Championship: Steve Davis beats Jimmy White 18-16
1985 England - FA Cup: Manchester United won 1-0 (aet) over Everton World Series: The Kansas City Royals defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 3, becoming the first team to win the World Series after losing the first two games at home. Kim Hughes leads a "rebel" team of players on tour of South Africa, banned from official cricket since 1970 because of apartheid.
Grand Slam in tennis men's results:

Australian Open - Stefan Edberg
French Open - Mats Wilander
Wimbledon championships - Boris Becker
US Open - Ivan Lendl

Grand Slam in tennis women's results:

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

Davis Cup: Sweden wins 3-2 over Germany F.R. in world team tennis.

Oklahoma
Men's World Cup Qualifier Tournament in Barcelona, Spain

Gold Medal: Spain
Silver Medal: New Zealand
Bronze Medal: Poland

Men's Champions Trophy in Perth, Australia

Gold Medal: Australia
Silver Medal: Great Britain
Bronze Medal: West Germany

Women's World Cup Qualifier Tournament in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Gold Medal: Soviet Union
Silver Medal: Argentina
Bronze Medal: South Korea
NBA Finals:
Los Angeles Lakers win 4 games to 2 over the Boston Celtics
Major championship results (Men's):

The Masters - Bernhard Langer
US Open - Andy North
British Open - Sandy Lyle
PGA Championship - Hubert Green

Women's Golf :

US Women's Open - Kathy Baker
LPGA Championship - Nancy Lopez
World Snooker Championship: Dennis Taylor beats Steve Davis 18-17 in one of the greatest snooker matches of all time

First Pan Pacific Championships held in Tokyo (August 15 August 18)
1986 1986 World Cup: In final, played for second time in Mexico City, Azteca Stadium, Argentina defeating 3-2 West Germany and won second title. This tournament see dominion highest star Diego Maradona; his second goal with England at quarter final he's considered one of the finest ever seen in football history.
World Series: The New York Mets win 4 games to 3 over the Boston Red Sox. India v Australia Test Cricket at Madras finishes in a tie (Sept 22) Grand Slam in tennis men's results:

Australian Open - no tournament held
French Open - Ivan Lendl
Wimbledon championships - Boris Becker
September - US Open - Boris Becker

Grand Slam in tennis women's results:

Australian Open - no tournament held
French Open - Chris Evert
Wimbledon championships - Martina Navratilova
September - US Open - Martina Navratilova

Davis Cup: Australia won 3-2 over Sweden in world tennis.
Super Bowl XX: Chicago Bears won 46-10 over the New England Patriots Men's World Cup in London, England

Gold Medal: Australia
Silver Medal: England
Bronze Medal: West Germany

Men's Champions Trophy in Karachi, Pakistan

Gold Medal: West Germany
Silver Medal: Australia
Bronze Medal: Pakistan

Women's World Cup in Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Gold Medal: The Netherlands
Silver Medal: West Germany
Bronze Medal: Canada
NBA Finals:
June - Boston Celtics win 4 games to 2 over the Houston Rockets
Major championship results (Men's):

The Masters - Jack Nicklaus
US Open - Ray Floyd
British Open - Greg Norman
PGA Championship - Bob Tway

Women's Golf :

US Women's Open - Jane Geddes
LPGA Championship - Pat Bradley
Third Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championship held in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.

World Snooker Championship: Joe Johnson beats Steve Davis 18-12
1987   World Series: Minnesota Twins won 4 games to 3 over the St. Louis Cardinals. Cricket World Cup - Final: Australia beat England by 7 runs Grand Slam in tennis men's results:

Australian Open - Stefan Edberg
French Open - Ivan Lendl
Wimbledon championships - Pat Cash
US Open - Ivan Lendl

Grand Slam in tennis women's results:

Australian Open - Hana Mandlikova
French Open - Steffi Graf
Wimbledon championships - Martina Navratilova
US Open - Martina Navratilova

Davis Cup: Sweden won 5-0 over India in world tennis.
Super Bowl XXI: New York Giants won 39-20 over the Denver Broncos Men's Champions Trophy in Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Gold Medal: West Germany
Silver Medal: The Netherlands
Bronze Medal: Australia

Women's Champions Trophy in Amstelveen, The Netherlands

Gold Medal: The Netherlands
Silver Medal: Australia
Bronze Medal: South Korea


Women's Olympic Qualifier in Edinburgh, Scotland

Gold Medal: United States
Silver Medal: Canada
Bronze Medal: Great Britain
NBA Finals:
Los Angeles Lakers won 4 games to 2 over the Boston Celtics
Major championship results (Men's):

The Masters - Larry Mize
US Open - Scott Simpson
British Open - Nick Faldo
PGA Championship - Larry Nelson

Women's Golf :

US Women's Open - Laura Davies
LPGA Championship - Jane Geddes
British Women's Open - Alison Nicholas
World Snooker Championship: Steve Davis beats Joe Johnson 18-14
1988   World Series: Los Angeles Dodgers won 4 games to 1 over the Oakland Athletics. The Series MVP was Orel Hershiser, Los Angeles 1st four-day games in County Cricket Championship commence Grand Slam in tennis men's results:

Australian Open - Mats Wilander
French Open - Mats Wilander
Wimbledon championships - Stefan Edberg
US Open - Mats Wilander
Steffi Graf becomes only the third woman in history to win the Grand Slam in tennis:

Australian Open - Steffi Graf
French Open - Steffi Graf
Wimbledon championships - Steffi Graf
US Open - Steffi Graf

Davis Cup: Germany won 4-1 over Sweden in world team tennis.
Super Bowl XXII: Washington Redskins won their second Super Bowl title 42-10 over the Denver Broncos. Men's Champions Trophy in Lahore, Pakistan

Gold Medal: West Germany
Silver Medal: Pakistan
Bronze Medal: Australia

Olympic Games (Men's Competition) in Seoul, South Korea

Gold Medal: Great Britain
Silver Medal: West Germany
Bronze Medal: The Netherlands
NBA Finals:
Los Angeles Lakers won 4 games to 3 over the Detroit Pistons
Major championship results (Men's):

The Masters - Sandy Lyle
US Open - Curtis Strange
British Open - Seve Ballesteros
PGA Championship - Jeff Sluman

Women's Golf :

US Women's Open - Liselotte Neumann
LPGA Championship - Sherri Turner
Fourth Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championship held in Beatenberg, Switzerland.

World Snooker Championship: Steve Davis beats Terry Griffiths 18-11
1989   World Series: Oakland Athletics won 4 games to 0 over the San Francisco Giants. The Series MVP was Dave Stewart, Oakland Grand Slam in tennis men's results:

Australian Open - Ivan Lendl
French Open - Michael Chang
Wimbledon championships - Boris Becker
US Open - Boris Becker

Grand Slam in tennis women's results:

Australian Open - Steffi Graf
French Open - Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
Wimbledon championships - Steffi Graf
US Open - Steffi Graf

Davis Cup: Germany F.R. won 3-2 over Sweden in world tennis.
Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers won 20-16 over the Cincinnati Bengals Men's World Cup Qualifier Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Gold Medal: The Netherlands
Silver Medal: Canada
Bronze Medal: India

Men's Champions Trophy in Berlin, West Germany

Gold Medal: Australia
Silver Medal: West Germany
Bronze Medal: The Netherlands

Women's World Cup Qualifier Tournament in New Delhi, India

Gold Medal: South Korea
Silver Medal: China
Bronze Medal: Spain

Women's Champions Trophy in Frankfurt, West Germany

Gold Medal: South Korea
Silver Medal: Australia
Bronze Medal: West Germany
NBA Finals:
Detroit Pistons win 4 games to 0 over the Los Angeles Lakers to win the franchise's first championship.
Major championship results (Men's):

The Masters - Nick Faldo
US Open - Curtis Strange
British Open - Mark Calcavecchia
PGA Championship - Payne Stewart

Women's Golf :

US Women's Open - Betsy King
LPGA Championship - Nancy Lopez
Second European High Speed Telegraphy Championship held in Hannover, Germany.

World Snooker Championship: Steve Davis beats John Parrott 18-3
1990 West Germany won the Football World Cup in Rome, Italy, defeating defending champion Argentina 1-0 in the final. Grand Slam in tennis men's results:

Australian Open - Ivan Lendl
French Open - Andres Gomez
Wimbledon championships - Stefan Edberg
US Open - Pete Sampras

Grand Slam in tennis women's results:

Australian Open - Steffi Graf
French Open - Monica Seles
Wimbledon championships - Martina Navratilova
US Open - Gabriela Sabatini

Davis Cup: United States won 3-2 over Australia in world tennis
January 28 - Super Bowl XXIV - San Francisco 49ers won 55-10 over the Denver Broncos Men's World Cup in Lahore, Pakistan

Gold Medal: The Netherlands
Silver Medal: Pakistan
Bronze Medal: Australia

Men's Champions Trophy in Melbourne, Australia

Gold Medal: Australia
Silver Medal: West Germany
Bronze Medal: The Netherlands

Women's World Cup in Sydney, Australia

Gold Medal: The Netherlands
Silver Medal: Australia
Bronze Medal: South Korea
  Major championship results (Men's):

The Masters - Nick Faldo
US Open - Hale Irwin
British Open - Nick Faldo
PGA Championship - Wayne Grady

Women's Golf :

US Women's Open: Betsy King
LPGA Championship - Beth Daniel
World Snooker Championship: Stephen Hendry beats Jimmy White 18-12
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