This 1986 CBS review of sports throughout the year hosted by Tim Ryan….provides sports fans with wonderful highlights which cover the major developments throughout the universe of sports in a year in which the Chicago Bears spanked the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XX by a score of 46 – 10….and New York Giants LB Lawrence Taylor is named the NFL Most Valuable Player. The year 1986 kicked off on January 1 with the Oklahoma Sooners beating Joe Paterno’s Penn State Nittany Lions in the Orange Bowl by a score of 26 – 10 to win the national championship…as Miama Hurricanes’ QB Vinny Testaverde is awarded the Heisman Trophy for the year.
The 1986 World Cup saw the finals played for second time in Mexico City…where Argentina defeated West Germany 3-2 and won their second World Cup title. In Major League Baseball….the American League defeats the National League 3-2 in the All-Star Game played in the Houston Astrodome…. where Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox is named the game’s MVP….as All-Star Game AL Mgr Dick Howser is diagnosed with brain cancer after mixing up signals during the game. 1986 was a year in which Yankees Dave Righetti saves 46 games….thus breaking a record shared by Dan Quisenberry and Bruce Sutter….when on October 27th…the New York Mets win the World Series in 7 games over the Boston Red Sox….in a series that is best remembered for Game 6….when the Red Sox were one out away from the Series victory but blew a 2-run lead with the bases empty and 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th inning….when the game’s final play was a ground ball that rolled through the legs of Red Sox 1B Bill Buckner.
In the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship….Coach Denny Crum’s Louisville Cardinals win the national title by a score of 72 – 69 over Duke Blue Devils….as Duke’s G Johnny Dawkins is named the Naismith College Player of the Year. In the NBA in June….the Boston Celtics led by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish win 4 games to 2 over the Houston Rockets and twin-towers Ralph Sampson and Akeem Olajawon….as Celtics F Larry Bird is awarded the league’s MVP Award. On March 10, 1986 in Las Vegas, Nevada….Marvin Hagler retains the World Middleweight Championship with a KO in the 11th-round of John Mugabi….while on November 22nd….Mike Tyson knocks out Trevor Berbick in round 2 to become the youngest world heavyweight-boxing champion at 20 years and 4 months old.
In the summer of 1986….USA cyclist Greg LeMond becomes the 1st American to ever win the Tour de France….while in the World World Figure Skating Championships….the men’s and women’s championships were won by USA Brian Boitano and Debi Thomas….as the Soviet’s legendary ice dancing pair of Natalia Bestemianova / Andrei Bukin once again won the gold. In golf, Jack Nicklaus becomes the oldest Masters winner (age 46)….as he won his last major golf championship…. giving him a record 18 major titles…a record that still stands today in 2017….with no one other than an aging Tiger Woods even within striking distance….as 1986 gave us Raymond Floyd as the U.S. Open champions….Greg Norman as the British Open champion….and Bob Tway as the PGA champion. In the world of horse racing….the Kentucky Derby was won by Ferdinand…. the Preakness Stakes by Snow Chief….and the Belmont Stakes by Danzig Connection.
In the NHL, the Art Ross Trophy as the leagues’ leading scorer during the regular season and the Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL’s Most Valuable Player were both won by the Edmonton Oilers’ Wayne Gretzky….while the Stanley Cup was won by the Montreal Canadiens over the Calgary Flames. The world of tennis in 1986 saw the French Open and US Open won by Ivan Lendl….with Wimbledon being won by Boris Becker…. whereas on the women’s side….Martina Naratilova won the US Open and Wimbledon….with Chris Evert winning the French Open….as the Australian Open was not played during 1986.
Pure and simple….1986 was an outstanding year in sports….as this video provides documented evidence of this fact….which makes it well worth the watch for any and all sports fans.