1982 in sports

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1982 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Years in sports: 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
Years: 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985

Alpine skiing[]

  • Alpine Skiing World Cup:
    • Men's overall season champion: Phil Mahre, United States
    • Women's overall season champion: Erika Hess, Switzerland

American football[]

Association football[]


Australian rules football[]


  • March 27 – KBO League, a professional baseball league in South Korea, a first officially game held.[citation needed]
  • May 30 – Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles plays the first of what will become a record-breaking 2,632 consecutive games
  • July 13 – Montreal hosts the first MLB All-Star Game outside the United States. Reds SS Dave Concepción hits a 2-run home run in the 2nd inning to spark the National League to its 11th consecutive win over the American League 4-1. The NL has now won 19 of the last 20 contests. Concepción was named the MVP.
  • August 18 – Pete Rose sets record with his 13,941st plate appearance.
  • World SeriesSt. Louis Cardinals won 4 games to 3 over the Milwaukee Brewers to claim their first World Championship since 1967. The Series MVP was Cardinals catcher Darrell Porter.
  • The Salem Angels won the Northwest League championship.



  • May 4 to May 15 – 1982 World Amateur Boxing Championships held in Munich
  • June 11 – Larry Holmes defeats Gerry Cooney for the WBC Heavyweight title. Cooney, a white challenger, was dubbed "The White Hope" in what built up to be a very racially toned fight: see Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney.
  • November 12 – Aaron Pryor defeats Alexis Argüello in what would later be called the fight of the decade. Pryor retained the WBA's world Jr. Welterweight title with a 14th round knockout
  • November 13 – Ray Mancini defeats Duk Koo Kim by knockout in 14 rounds in a tragic fight. Kim died five days later and the fight's outcome brought many new resolutions to boxing.
  • December 3 – The Carnival of Champions

Canadian football[]

  • Grey CupEdmonton Eskimos won 32-16 over the Toronto Argonauts, the Eskimos' record fifth consecutive Grey Cup victory.
  • Vanier CupUBC Thunderbirds won 39-14 over the Western Ontario Mustangs


  • Graham Gooch leads a "rebel" team of players on tour of South Africa, banned from official cricket since 1970 because of apartheid.


Dogsled racing[]

Field hockey[]

  • Men's World Cup held in Bombay won by Pakistan
  • Men's Champions Trophy held at Amstelveen in the Netherlands and won by the host nation

Figure skating[]

Gaelic Athletic Association[]


Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional

Harness racing[]

Horse racing[]


Flat races

Ice hockey[]

  • Art Ross 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 CupNew York Islanders win 4-0 over the Vancouver Canucks
  • World Hockey Championship
    • Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Czechoslovakia
    • Junior Men's champion: Canada defeated Czechoslovakia


Rugby league[]

Rugby union[]


  • World Snooker ChampionshipAlex Higgins beats Ray Reardon 18-15
  • World rankingsRay Reardon becomes world number one for 1982/83



  • Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
    1. Australian OpenJohan Kriek
    2. French OpenMats Wilander
    3. Wimbledon championshipsJimmy Connors
    4. US OpenJimmy Connors
  • Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
    1. Australian OpenChris Evert
    2. French OpenMartina Navratilova
    3. Wimbledon championshipsMartina Navratilova
    4. US OpenChris Evert
  • Davis Cup – United States won 4-1 over France in world tennis.
  • Billie Jean King makes her final singles appearance at the US Open, losing in the first round.
  • Total prize money at US Open exceeds 1 million US dollars.


Water polo[]

  • Men's World Championship held in Guayaquil, Ecuador, won by USSR

Multi-sport events[]


  • Associated Press Male Athlete of the YearWayne Gretzky, NHL ice hockey
  • Associated Press Female Athlete of the YearMary Decker, Track and field
  • ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year: Wayne Gretzky


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