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What Happened In Sports in 1977?


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Who won the Superbowl? World Series? First NFL draft pick? NBA champions? Triple Crown? What do you remember from that year?

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What Happened In Sports in 1977?

  1. 1. What Happened in Sports in 1977
  2. 2. World Series Champions: New York Yankees. They defeated the LA Dodgers. Reggie Jackson became known as Mister October.
  3. 3. Pele played his last game at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. He played the first half for the New York Cosmos and the second half for his original Brazilian club, Santos.
  4. 4. On May 11, Ted Turner manages an Atlanta Braves game.
  5. 5. In the Sugar Bowl, the Pitt Panthers defeated the Georgia Bulldogs, 27 to 3. Tony Dorsett was Pitt’s running back and won the Heisman Trophy.
  6. 6. Marquette wins the NCAA tournament defeating North Carolina 67-59.
  7. 7. Bernard Thevenet of France won the Tour de France. He was caught later that year taking drugs at the Paris- Nice Race. Lance Armstrong is six years old.
  8. 8. The Super Bowl XI Champions were the Oakland Raiders over the Minnesota Vikings. The MVP was Fred Biletnikoff, Wide Receiver for Oakland. Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1977: $125,000.
  9. 9. Lead dogs Andy and Old Buddy led human Rick Swenson to win the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Cool Gus approves.
  10. 10. Tom Watson wins the Masters and the British Open. He is the PGA Tour money leader earning $310,653 Hubert Green wins the US Open. Lanny Wadkins wins the PGA Championship.
  11. 11. Seattle Slew wins all three Triple Crown races: The Kentucky Derby The Preakness Belmont The horse was named after the owners’ hometown and the sloughs once used to transport logs, changed to Slew. They were a former lumberjack and flight attendant who bought the horse for $17,500.
  12. 12. The Montreal Canadians defeated the Boston Bruins 4 games to 0 to win the Stanley Cup.
  13. 13. Grand Slam Men’s: French Open— Guillermo Vilas Wimbledon—Bjorn Borg US Open—Guillermo Vilas Grand Slam Women’s: French Open—Mima Jausovec Wimbledon—Virginia Wade US Open—Chris Evert
  14. 14. The first "High Five" that is widely acknowledged occurred on October 2, 1977 between two members of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Glen Burke and Dusty Baker.
  15. 15. Although there is this:
  16. 16. Was Nike's "Just Do It" slogan inspired by the last words of Gary Gilmore, “Let’s do it” which he spoke just before being executed by firing squad?
  17. 17. On 1 February 1977, Hillsdale High School defeats Person High School 2-0 in basketball. Carl Yarborough wins the Daytona 500. The Kingdome opens in Seattle and the Mariners lose their first game.
  18. 18. Jerome Dayton of Canada and Miki Gorman of the US win the Boston Marathon.
  19. 19. The Portland Trailblazers, led by Bill Walton, defeat the Philadelphia 76ers, led by Dr. J, to win the NBA Championship four games to two.
  20. 20. On 21 April Billy Martin pulls the Yankee starting line up out of a hat. They beat the Blue Jays 8-6.
  21. 21. On 20 November 1977, Walter Payton rushes for an NFL Record 275 yards.
  22. 22. Ricky Bell from USC is the #1 pick of the NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Dallas Cowboys pick future Hall of Fame Tony Dorsett with pick #2. Lester Hays is picked #126 by the Raids. Joe Klecko #144 by the Jets.
  23. 23. 16 May 1977, Muhammad Ali defeats Alfredo Evangelist in 15 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.
  24. 24. On 29 May 1977, Janet Guthrie is the 1st woman to drive in the Indianapolis 500.
  25. 25. On 15 June, just prior to the start of New York Minute, the New York Mets trade Tom Seaver to the Reds. Fans are disgusted.
  26. 26. On 2 September, transexual Rene Richards, who fought for over a year for the right to play, is defeated by Virginia Wade at the US Open.
  27. 27. On 18 June, just prior to the state of New York Minute, Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin get into an altercation in the dugout at Fenway Park.
  28. 28. New York City. 1970s. Jack Reacher meets the Equalizer by NY Times Bestselling Author, West Point graduate and former Green Beret One of the top five new series of the year.
  29. 29. Print Book Free downloadable Powerpoint slideshows on survival, history writing, and interesting information are available HERE
  30. 30. About the author: Bob Mayer up in the Bronx, New York City; graduated West Point, served in the Infantry including leading a recon platoon in the First Cav Division, and then Special Forces (Green Berets), commanding an A-Team and other assignments. After leaving active duty he studied martial arts in the Orient and was brought back for numerous ADSW (Active Duty Special Work) tours in Special Operations. He’s lived on an island off the east coast, an island off the west coast, in the Rocky Mountains, the hill country of Texas, the hills of New England, the Appalachians and other places. They haven’t caught up to him yet. He is the New York Times bestselling author of over 80 books.