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1982: Sports; social issues and crime; folkways; fashion; holidays.

This year the NCAA sponsored for the first time a major college basketball championship for women. The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), which had been holding championship games since 1972, held its annual game this year, but it was clearly at the end of its existence and disgruntled at the NCAA takeover after years of lack of interest in women's competition. Major league baseball set an attendance record of 44,500,000. Tom Watson was the outstanding golfer of the year, winning both the British and U.S. Open championships. The top pro golf money winners were Craig Stadler, $446,462, and JoAnne Carner, $320,399. Fashions showed a tendency toward greater elegance. Women's winter styles included ponchos and knickers. Sports fans mourned the passing of Leroy "Satchel" Paige, one of the great pitchers of all time, June 8, at 75; and Walter W. "Red" Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter, Jan. 15, at 76.

Jan. 1

In college football bowl games, the results were Texas 14, Alabama 12 in the Cotton Bowl; Clemson 22, Nebraska 15 in the Orange Bowl; Washington 28, Iowa 0 in the Rose Bowl; and Pittsburgh 24, Georgia 20 in the Sugar Bowl. This season the AP and UPI polls picked Clemson the national collegiate champions of 1981.

Jan. 24

Super Bowl XVI was won by the San Francisco 49ers (NFC), defeating the Cincinnati Bengals (AFC) 26-21. On Jan. 10 the 49ers had beaten the Dallas Cowboys 28-27 for the NFC title, and Cincinnati had beaten the San Diego Chargers 27-7 for the AFC championship.

Jan. 28-31

U.S. figure skating championships were won in Indianapolis, Ind., by Scott Hamilton, men's singles; Rosalynn Sumners, women's singles; Kitty and Peter Carruthers, pairs; and Judy Blumberg and Michael Seibert, dance.

Mar. 11-13

At the world figure skating championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, Scott Hamilton won the men's singles title and Elaine Zayak won the women's singles title.

Mar. 28

The NCAA women's basketball championship was won by Louisiana Tech, which defeated Cheyney State 76-62.

Mar. 29

The NCAA men's basketball championship was won by North Carolina, which defeated Georgetown 63-62.

Apr. 11

The Masters golf tournament was won by Craig Stadler, who defeated Dan Pohl in a sudden-death playoff.

Apr. 19

The 86th Boston Marathon was won by Alberto Salazar of Eugene, Oreg., with a new record time of 2 hrs., 8 min., 51 sec. The first woman to finish was Charlotte Teske of West Germany, with a time of 2 hrs., 29 min., 33 sec.

May 1

The 108th Kentucky Derby was won by Gato del Sol, with a time of 2:02 2/5. The jockey was Eddie Delahoussaye.

May 8-16

The NHL Stanley Cup was won by the New York Islanders, who swept the Vancouver Canucks in four straight games.

May 15

The 107th Preakness Stakes was won by Aloma's Ruler, with a time of 1:55 2/5. The jockey was Jack Kaenel.

May 27-June 8

The NBA basketball championship was won by the Los Angeles Lakers, who defeated the Philadelphia 76ers four games to two.

May 30

The 66th Indianapolis 500 auto race was won by Gordon Johncock, completing the 500-mile course in 3 hrs., 5 min., 9.33 sec., with an average speed of 162.026 mph.

June 5

The 114th Belmont Stakes was won by Conquistador Cielo, with a time of 2:28 1/5. The jockey was Laffit Pincay, Jr.

June 13

The LPGA golf tournament was won by Jan Stephenson of Australia.

June 20

The U.S. Open golf tournament was won by Tom Watson, who beat Jack Nicklaus by two strokes.

July 3-4

At the Wimbledon tennis championships in England, Jimmy Connors won the men's singles title and Martina Navratilova won the women's singles. Navratilova teamed with Pam Shriver to win the women's doubles, and Anne Smith teamed with Kevin Curran of South Africa to win the mixed doubles.

July 13

The baseball All-Star Game was won for the 11th consecutive time by the National League, beating the American League 4-1.

July 25

The U.S. Women's Open golf tournament was won by Janet Alex.

Aug. 1

The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, who played for the Milwaukee (and later Atlanta) Braves (NL) for 20 years; A. B. "Happy" Chandler, former commissioner of baseball; Travis C. "Stonewall" Jackson, former shortstop for the New York Giants (NL); and Frank Robinson, former outfielder and batting great.

Aug. 8

The PGA golf tournament was won by Raymond Floyd, who posted a record opening round score of 63.

Sept. 11

The Miss America title was won by Debra Sue Maffett, 25, from Anaheim, Calif., at the annual pageant in Atlantic City, Calif.

Sept. 11-12

The U.S. Open tennis singles championships were won by Jimmy Connors in the men's division and by Chris Evert Lloyd in the women's division.

Sept. 19

The North American Soccer League championship was won by the New York Cosmos, who defeated the Seattle Sounders 1-0.

Sept. 21

The first regular season pro football strike began when the NFL players' association and the team owners failed to agree on a basic contract. It continued until Nov. 16 and became the costliest strike in sports to date. Half the season's games were canceled and the season was cut to nine games for each team.

Oct. 12-20

The World Series was won by the St. Louis Cardinals (NL), defeating the Milwaukee Brewers four games to three. On Oct. 10 the Cardinals had won the National League pennant over the Atlanta Braves in three straight games. The same day the Brewers won the American League pennant over the California Angels, three games to two. The Brewers became the first team to win a playoff after losing the first two games.

Oct. 24

The 13th New York City Marathon was won by Alberto Salazar of Eugene, Oreg., with a time of 2 hrs., 19 min., 13 sec. The first woman to finish was Grete Waitz of Norway, with a time of 2 hrs., 27 min., 14 sec.

Nov. 1

The contract of Bowie Kuhn, commissioner of baseball, would not be renewed, the owners of the 26 major league teams announced. Kuhn, a controversial figure, was in the final year of his second seven-year term.

Nov. 26-28

The Davis Cup international tennis championship was won in Grenoble, France, by the U.S., defeating France four matches to one.

Dec. 10

The WBA heavyweight boxing championship was won by Michael Dokes, who knocked out Mike Weaver in the first round of a bout at Las Vegas, Nev.

Dec. 12

The largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurred when thieves in New York City made off with $9,800,000 from an armored truck company.
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Author:Carruth, Gorton
Publication:Encyclopedia of American Facts & Dates, 9th ed.
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Date:Jan 1, 1993
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