1983 in sports
1983 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s|
|Years:||1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986|
- January 3 – Tony Dorsett sets NFL record for longest run from scrimmage by rushing for 99 yard touchdown.
- January 26 – death of Paul "Bear" Bryant, noted college football coach
- Super Bowl XVII – The Washington Redskins win their first Super Bowl title, and first NFL title since 1942, 27-17 over the Miami Dolphins.
- Sugar Bowl (1982 season):
- Michigan Panthers win United States Football League Championship, 24-22 over Philadelphia Stars
- October 31 – death of George Halas, Chicago Bears founder and coach
- World Club Championship – Grêmio (Brazil) 2-1 Hamburger SV (Germany)
- UEFA Champions League – Hamburg 1-0 Juventus
- Copa Libertadores de América – Two legs; 1st leg Peñarol 1-1 Grêmio; 2nd leg Grêmio 2-1 Peñarol; Grêmio won 3-2 on aggregate
- UEFA Cup – Two legs; 1st leg Anderlecht 1-0 Benfica; 2nd leg Benfica 1-1 Anderlecht; Anderlecht won 2-1 on aggregate
- Cup Winners' Cup – Aberdeen 2-1 Real Madrid (AET)
- Super Cup – Two legs; 1st leg Hamburg 0-0 Aberdeen; 2nd leg Aberdeen 2-0 Hamburg; Aberdeen won 2-0 on aggregate
- England - FA Cup – Manchester United won 2 - 2 (aet); 4 - 0 (replay) over Brighton & Hove Albion
- FIFA decided to give to Mexico the right to host the Football World Cup 1986 after Colombia announced the reject to celebrate the event.
- Scotland – Dundee United won the First Division for the first time in their history. They won the league at their rivals home ground Dens Park of Dundee.
- January 18 – International Olympic Committee (IOC) restores medals to the family of Jim Thorpe
- February 27 – Ireland's Eamonn Coghlan sets a new World Indoor Record for the mile, clocking 3:49.78 at East Rutherford in New Jersey
- August 7 – 14 – The inaugural World Championships in Athletics are held in Helsinki, Finland
- Victorian Football League
- June 18 – Fitzroy achieve an amazing win in a top-of-the-ladder clash with North Melbourne, winning 34.16 (220) to 10.10 (70) and more than doubling the previous biggest loss by an eventual minor premier of 69 points.
- July 23 – Fitzroy with 12.6 (78) and St. Kilda with 7.1 (43) kick a record quarter aggregate of 19.7 (121) during the second quarter.
- August 5 – Richmond’s Kevin Bartlett became the first player to play 400 VFL games against Collingwood. Only Michael Tuck, Brent Harvey and Dustin Fletcher have since equalled his achievement.
- Hawthorn wins the 87th VFL Premiership, beating Essendon 20.20 (140) to 8.9 (57)
- Brownlow Medal awarded to Ross Glendinning (North Melbourne)
- January 12 – Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal are elected to the Hall of Fame. Robinson, winner of 16 straight Gold Glove Awards and hero of the 1970 World Series, becomes the 14th player elected in his first year of eligibility. Marichal, the winningest Latin American pitcher in major league history, won 20 or more games six times and had an ERA of 2.50 or less six times.
- World Series – Baltimore Orioles win their most recent World Series 4 games to 1 over the Philadelphia Phillies
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- North Carolina State wins 54-52 over Houston
- NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship
- University of Southern California(USC) wins 69–67 over Louisiana Tech
- NBA Finals – Philadelphia 76ers won 4 games to 0 over the Los Angeles Lakers
- National Basketball League (Australia) Finals:
- Philippine Basketball League, as predecessor for PBA Developmental League, first officially game held on May 6.
- May 31 – death of Jack Dempsey, former world heavyweight champion
- May 20 – for the first time ever, two world Heavyweight champions defend their titles the same night, at the same place: Larry Holmes retains the WBC title defeating future two time world champion Tim Witherspoon, and Michael Dokes retains his WBA title with a 15-round draw (tie) against former world champion Mike Weaver.
- June 16 – Roberto Durán wins his third world title, knocking out WBA world Jr. Middleweight champion Davey Moore in eight rounds.
- November 10 – Marvin Hagler retains his unified world Middleweight title with a 15-round unanimous decision over Roberto Durán. It was 1983's most anticipated bout.
- Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion –
- Rick Mackey won with lead dogs: Preacher & Jody
- Men's European Nations Cup held at Amstelveen won by the Netherlands
- Men's Champions Trophy held at Karachi won by Australia
- Pan American Games (Men's Competition) held in Caracas won by Canada
- Women's World Cup held in Kuala Lumpur won by the Netherlands
- Gaelic football
- Ladies' Gaelic football
- Masters Tournament – Seve Ballesteros
- U.S. Open – Larry Nelson
- British Open – Tom Watson
- PGA Championship – Hal Sutton
- PGA Tour money leader – Hal Sutton ($426,668)
- Senior PGA Tour money leader – Don January ($237,571)
- Ryder Cup – United States won 14½ - 13½ over Europe in team golf.
- Ralph Hanover wins the United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
- # Cane Pace – Ralph Hanover
- # Little Brown Jug – Ralph Hanover
- # Messenger Stakes – Ralph Hanover
- United States Trotting Triple Crown races –
- # Hambletonian – Duenna
- # Yonkers Trot – Joie De Vie
- # Kentucky Futurity – Power Seat
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- February 8 – champion racehorse Shergar is kidnapped from Ballymany Stud, near the Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland. No trace of the horse has ever been found.
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Kiwi
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Bompago
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by All Along
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Shareef Dancer
- Japan – Japan Cup won by Stanerra
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- 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 Cup – New York Islanders win 4-0 over the Edmonton Oilers
- World Hockey Championship –
- First European High Speed Telegraphy Championships held in Moscow, Russia.
- 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.
- Asian Volleyball Championships held in Japan: both men's and women's tournaments won by Japan
- European Volleyball Championships held in East Germany won by USSR (men) and DDR (women)
- Volleyball at the 1983 Pan American Games held in Caracas won by Brazil (men) and Cuba (women)