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Recap of the year 1984 in sports.

Auto Racing

  • Stock car racing:
    • NASCAR Championship - Terry Labonte
    • Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500
    • Richard Petty won the 200th (and final) race of his career on July 4.
  • CART Racing - Mario Andretti won the season championship
    • Indianapolis 500 - Rick Mears
  • Formula One Championship - Niki Lauda of Austria
  • 24 hours of Le Mans:
    • the team of Klaus Ludwig / Henri Pescarolo won, driving a Porsche 956
  • Rally racing - Stig Blomqvist in an Audi won the World Rally Championship
    • the team of Walter Röhrl / Christian Geistdorfer won the Monte Carlo Rally driving an Audi Quattro
  • Drag racing - Joe Amato won the NHRA Top Fuel championship.



  • Central Missouri State University won the NCAA Division II men's and women's basketball titles, becoming the first school ever in any division to accomplish the feat. The University of Connecticut would do the same in Division I in 2004.


  • March 31 - Wilfredo Gomez defeats Juan Laporte by a decision in 12 rounds to conquer the WBC's world Featherweight crown.
  • June 15 - In the most anticipated bout of the year, Thomas Hearns, WBC world Jr. Middleweight champion, knocks out WBA world champion Roberto Duran in two rounds. The WBA elects not to sanction the bout, declaring their version of the title vacant instead.


  • Courtney Walsh makes his test and one day international debut.
  • Inaugural edition of the Asia Cup is held in Sharjah, UAE. India defeat Pakistan in the final.


  • Giro d'Italia won by Francesco Moser of Italy
  • Tour de France - Laurent Fignon of France
  • World Cycling Championship: Claude Criquielion of Belgium

Field Hockey

  • 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
  • March 10 - In an international women's field hockey match at Wembley Stadium,England. Ireland beat England 1-0.
  • August 11 - In the Olympics Women's Field Hockey Tournament in Los Angeles, The Netherlands win the gold medal.

Figure Skating

  • World Figure Skating Championships:
    • Men's champion: Scott Hamilton (United States)
    • Women's champion: Katarina Witt (East Germany)
    • Pairs champions: Barbara Underhill & Paul Martini (Canada)
    • Ice Dance champions: Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean (Great Britain)

Football (American)

Football (Australian Rules)

  • Victorian Football League
    • Essendon wins the 88th VFL Premiership (Essendon 14.21 (105) d Hawthorn 12.9 (81))
    • Brownlow Medal awarded to Peter Moore (Melbourne)

Football (Canadian)

  • Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers won 47-17 over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Vanier Cup: Guelph Gryphons won 22-13 over the Mount Allison Mounties

Football (Soccer)

  • The North American Soccer League folds due to financial promblems.
  • European Championship: Final: France 2-0 Spain; Hosts: France
  • Asian Cup: Final: Saudi Arabia 2 - 0 P.R. China; Hosts: Singapore
  • Champions' Cup: - May 30 - Liverpool 1-1 A.S. Roma; Liverpool won 4-2 on penalties after extra time.
  • UEFA Cup: Two legs; 1st leg Anderlecht 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur; 2nd leg Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Anderlecht; 2-2 on aggregate, Spurs won 4-2 on penalties
  • Cup Winners' Cup: Juventus 2-1 Porto
  • Super Cup: Juventus 2-0 Liverpool
  • Copa Libertadores de América: Two legs; 1st leg Grêmio 0-1 Independiente; 2nd leg Independiente 0-0 Grêmio; Independiente won 1-0 on aggregate
  • League champions
  • England - FA Cup: - May 12 - Everton win 2-0 against Watford
  • FIFA gives the right to host the Football World Cup 1990 to Italy

Gaelic Athletic Association

  • Camogie
    • All-Ireland Camogie Champion: Dublin
    • National Camogie League: Cork
  • Gaelic football
    • All-Ireland Senior Football Championship: Kerry 1-11 d. Dublin 1-6
    • National Football League: Kerry 1-11 d. Galway 0-11
  • Ladies' Gaelic football
    • All-Ireland Senior Football Champion: Kerry
    • National Football League: Kerry
  • Hurling
    • All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship: Cork 3-16 d. Offaly 1-12
    • National Hurling League:


Men's Golf

  • Major championship results:
    1. May 1 - The Masters - Ben Crenshaw
    2. June 1 - US Open - Fuzzy Zoeller
    3. July - British Open - Seve Ballesteros
    4. August 1 - PGA Championship - Lee Trevino
  • PGA Tourleading money winner for the year: Tom Watson - $476,260
  • Champions Tour leading money winner: Don January - $328,597

Women's Golf

  • US Women's Open - Hollis Stacy
  • LPGA Championship - Patty Sheehan
  • Betsy King: leading money winner on the LPGA tour, earning $266,771

Thoroughbred Horse Racing

  • Australia - Melbourne Cup - Black Knight
  • Canada - Queen's Plate - Key to the Moon
  • France - Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - Sagace
  • Ireland - Irish Derby Stakes - El Gran Senor
  • English Triple Crown Races:
    1. Two Thousand Guineas Stakes - El Gran Senor
    2. Epsom Derby - Secreto
    3. St. Leger Stakes - Commanche Run
  • United States Triple Crown Races:
    1. Kentucky Derby - Swale
    2. Preakness Stakes - Gate Dancer
    3. Belmont Stakes - Swale
  • Breeders' Cup:
    1. Breeders' Cup Classic - Wild Again
    2. Breeders' Cup Distaff - Princess Rooney
    3. Breeders' Cup Juvenile - Chief's Crown
    4. Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - Outstandingly
    5. Breeders' Cup Mile - Royal Heroine
    6. Breeders' Cup Sprint - Eillo
    7. Breeders' Cup Turf - Lashkari

Harness Racing

  • North America Cup - the inaugural event won by Legal Notice
  • United States Pacing Triple Crown races:
    1. Cane Pace - On The Road Again
    2. Little Brown Jug - Colt Fortysix
    3. Messenger Stakes - Troublemaker
  • United States Trotting Triple Crown races:
    1. Hambletonian - Historic Freight
    2. Yonkers Trot
    3. Kentucky Futurity - Fancy Crown
  • Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship:
    • Pacers: Gammalite
    • Trotters: Sir Castleton

Ice Hockey

  • Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers
  • World Hockey Championship:
    • Men's champion: (vacant) - the USSR won the Olympic Gold Medal
    • Junior Men's champion: USSR defeated Finland


  • Second Amateur Radio Direction Finding World Championship held in Oslo, Norway.


  • Alpine Skiing
    • The men's overall season champion: Pirmin Zurbriggen, Switzerland
    • The women's overall season champion: Erika Hess, Switzerland
  • At the Winter Olympics, Bill Johnson becomes the 1st American to win the gold medal in downhill skiing.



  • Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
    1. Australian Open - Mats Wilander
    2. French Open - Ivan Lendl
    3. Wimbledon - John McEnroe
    4. US Open - John McEnroe
  • Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
    1. Australian Open - Chris Evert
    2. French Open - Martina Navratilova
    3. Wimbledon - July 7 - Martina Navratilova
    4. US Open - Martina Navratilova
  • Davis Cup: Sweden wins 4-1 over the United States in world tennis.

General sporting events

  • 1984 Summer Olympics takes place in Los Angeles, United States
    • United States wins the most medals (174), and the most gold medals (83).
  • 1984 Winter Olympics takes place in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
    • USSR wins the most medals (25), and the GDR wins the most gold medals (9).
  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion:
    • Dean Osmar wins with lead dogs: Red & Bullet



  • January 1José Paolo Guerrero, Peruvian football (soccer) player
  • January 5Javier García, Spanish water polo player
  • January 13Eleni Ioannou, Greek judoka
  • January 12Barry Middleton, English field hockey player
  • January 15Reena Kumari, Indian archer
  • January 15 — Megan Quann, American swimmer
  • January 23Arjen Robben, Dutch football player
  • January 24Benoit Huot, Canadian Paralympic swimmer
  • January 26Luo Xuejuan, Chinese swimmer
  • January 29Natalie du Toit, South African swimmer
  • February 5Carlos Tévez, Argentinian football player
  • February 13Hinkelien Schreuder, Dutch swimmer
  • February 14Solakjit Ponsana, badminton player
  • February 21Andreas Seppi, Italian tennis player
  • February 24Emmanuel Adebayor, Togolese footballer
  • February 25Xing Huina, Chinese athlete
  • February 29Adam Sinclair, Indian field hockey player
  • March 7Mathieu Flamini, French footballer
  • March 10Mark Knowles, Australian field hockey defender
  • March 13Pieter Custers, Dutch archer
  • March 20Fernando Torres, Spanish football player
  • March 29Nick Meijer, Dutch field hockey player
  • March 29 — Jukka Vastaranta, Finnish cyclist
  • March 30Mario Ancic, Croatian tennis player
  • March 30 — Samantha Stosur, Australian tennis player
  • April 2Beorn Nijenhuis, Canada-born Dutch speed skater
  • April 11Song Guk Kim, North Korean boxer
  • April 12Fiona Johnson, Australian field hockey international
  • April 13Kris Britt, Australian cricketer
  • April 16Tucker Fredricks, American speed skater
  • April 20Maydenia Sarduy, Cuban archer


  • May 9Prince Fielder, MLB player
  • May 17Christine Robinson, water polo player
  • May 21Ivo Minář, Czech tennis player
  • May 29Carmelo Anthony, NBA player
  • May 31Milorad Cavic, Serbian swimmer
  • June 3Todd Reid, Australian tennis player
  • June 11Vagner Love, Brazilian footballer
  • June 13Berangere Schuh, French archer
  • June 25Sebahattin Oglago, Turkish skier
  • June 27Kate Richardson, gymnast


  • July 7Ahmed Sadiq, Nigerian boxer
  • July 10Oscar Escandon, Colombian boxer
  • July 11Tanith Belbin, US skater
  • July 11 — Emma Meyer, Australian field hockey player
  • July 14Mounir El Hamdaoui, Dutch-Moroccan football (soccer) player
  • July 19Diana Mocanu, Romanian swimmer
  • July 19 — Adam Morrison, US basketball player
  • July 30Robin van Aggele, Dutch swimmer
  • August 28Darian Townsend, South African swimmer
  • September 5Rachel Riddell, waterpolo goalie
  • September 7Vera Zvonareva, Russian tennis player
  • September 6Thomas Dekker, Dutch cyclist
  • September 19Nestor Bolum, Nigerian boxer
  • September 26Anastasia Dobromyslova, Russian female darts player
  • September 27Angela Haynes, American tennis player
  • September 28Cheryl Maas, Dutch snowboarder


  • October 2Marion Bartoli, French tennis player
  • October 7Salman Butt, Pakistani cricketer
  • October 17Robert van der Horst, Dutch field hockey player
  • October 17 — Jelle Klaasen, Dutch darts player
  • October 19Kaio de Almeida, Brazilian swimmer
  • October 27Irfan Pathan, Indian cricketer
  • October 28Jefferson Farfán, Peruvian football player
  • October 28 — Mansour May, Egyptian archer
  • November 1David Jameson, Canadian field hockey player
  • November 10Seo Yoon-hee, badminton player
  • November 11Bahnasawy Lamia, Egyptian archer
  • November 28Andrew Bogut, Australian NBA player
  • November 30Nigel de Jong, Dutch football player
  • December 12Angelique Widjaja, Indonesian tennis player
  • December 13Hanna-Maria Seppälä, Finnish swimmer
  • December 30LeBron James, American NBA player


  • January 19Max Bentley, ice hockey player, Chicago Blackhawks (1940-1954)
  • February 8Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (b. 1903)
  • March 20Stan Coveleski, Major League Baseball pitcher, (1912-1928)
  • April 27Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player
  • June 15Tom Heeney, New Zealand heavyweight boxer (b. 1898)
  • June 17Swale, race horse and the Kentucky Derby winner, collapses & dies
  • August 25Waite Hoyt, Major League Baseball pitcher, (1918-1938)
  • September 7Joe Cronin, Major League Baseball player/executive, (1926-1945)
  • October 1Walter Alston, manager of baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers
  • October 1 — Hellé Nice, Grand Prix race car driver
  • December 27Leslie Compton, English Footballer and Cricketer