1979 in sports
1979 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Years:||1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982|
- Super Bowl XIII – the Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC) won 35−31 over the Dallas Cowboys (NFC)
- Sugar Bowl (1978 season):
- August 4 – Opening game of the American Football Bundesliga played between Frankfurter Löwen and Düsseldorf Panther, first-ever league game of American football in Germany.
- November 10 – German Bowl I – Frankfurter Löwen defeated the Ansbach Grizzlies 14–8.
- Victorian Football League
- April 28: Collingwood beats a 70-year-old record for the greatest winning margin in VFL football when they beat St. Kilda by 178 points 31.21 (207) to 3.11 (29)
- July 28: Fitzroy beats Collingwood's three-month-old record when they beat Melbourne 36.22 (238) to 6.12 (48) with Bob Beecroft kicking ten goals
- Carlton win the 83rd VFL Premiership (Carlton 11.16 (82) d Collingwood 11.11 (77))
- Brownlow Medal awarded to Peter Moore (Collingwood)
- January 23 – Willie Mays receives 409 of 432 votes in the BBWAA election to earn enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.
- July 12 – Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers
- August 2 – death of Thurman Munson, New York Yankees catcher, in an air crash
- World Series – Pittsburgh Pirates won 4 games to 3 over the Baltimore Orioles. The Series MVP was Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh. The Pirates become the only team in sports history to come back from a three games to one deficit in a championship series twice, having also achieved the comeback in the 1925 World Series.
- NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship –
- Michigan St. wins 75–64 over Indiana St.
- NBA Finals –
- National Basketball League (Australia) –
- September 28 in Las Vegas, Larry Holmes retains his World Heavyweight title with an 11th-round TKO of Earnie Shavers.
- November 30 in Las Vegas, dual world championship undercard: Vito Antuofermo retains his world Middleweight title with a 15-round draw (tie) against Marvin Hagler, and Sugar Ray Leonard wins his first world title, beating WBC world Welterweight champion Wilfred Benítez by knockout in round 15.
- Masters Tournament – Fuzzy Zoeller defeats Ed Sneed and Tom Watson in the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, the first time the Masters used a sudden-death format.
- U.S. Open – Hale Irwin
- British Open – Seve Ballesteros becomes the first golfer from Continental Europe to win a major since Arnaud Massy of France won this event in 1907.
- PGA Championship – David Graham
- PGA Tour money leader – Tom Watson – $462,636
- Ryder Cup – United States won 17–11 over Europe in the first Ryder Cup to feature a side representing all of Europe.
- The Hambletonian is awarded to Meadowlands Racetrack, starting in 1981.
- United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
- United States Trotting Triple Crown races –
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Hyperno
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Steady Growth
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Three Troikas
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Troy
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders
- Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders
- Stanley Cup – Montreal Canadiens win 4 games to 1 over the New York Rangers
- World Hockey Championship
- Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Czechoslovakia
- Junior Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Sweden
- Réal Cloutier of the Quebec Nordiques became the second NHL player to score a hat trick in his debut NHL game.
- Avco World Trophy – Winnipeg Jets won 4 games to 2 over the Edmonton Oilers
- Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
- Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
- Australian Open – Barbara Jordan
- French Open – Chris Evert
- Wimbledon championships – July 7 – Martina Navratilova
- US Open – Tracy Austin, youngest US Open Champion at the age of 16 years, 8 months and 28 days defeating 4-time defending champion Chris Evert 6–4, 6–3 in the final after defeating 2nd seeded Martina Navratilova in the semifinal making Evert lose for the first time in 32 matches.
- Davis Cup – United States wins 5–0 over Italy in world tennis.
- Google book review: Turnen and sport: transatlantic transfers author: Annette R. Hofmann, accessed: 12 January 2010
- Bowls Archived 2015-09-29 at the Wayback Machine German Football League website, accessed: 16 January 2011