Herscher Tigers

Herscher High School Class of '82 30th Reunion
August 18,  2012

Sports in 1981


On June 12 Major League Baseball players went on strike over the issue of free-agency compensation. The strike lasted 49 days.

The Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series 4 games to 2 over the New York Yankees. The Series MVP is a three-way tie between Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero, and Steve Yeager.


NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship:
   Indiana wins 63-50 over North Carolina

NBA Finals:
   Boston Celtics won 4 games to 2 over the Houston Rockets


04/11: Larry Holmes defeats Trevor Berbick by a unanimous decision to retain the WBC heavyweight title.

09/16: Sugar Ray Leonard defeats Thomas "Hitman" Hearns by knockout in round 14 to unify boxing's world Welterweight title.

10/3: Mike Weaver defeats James (Quick) Tillis by a unanimous decision to retain the WBA/World Boxing Association heavyweight title.


The Oakland Raiders defeat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 to win Super Bowl XV.


Men's professional
    Masters Tournament: Tom Watson
    U.S. Open: David Graham
    British Open: Bill Rogers
    PGA Championship: Larry Nelson
    PGA Tour money leader: Tom Kite $375,699

Women's professional
    LPGA Championship: Donna Caponi
    U.S. Women's Open: Pat Bradley
    Classique Peter Jackson Classic: Jan Stephenson
    LPGA Tour money leader: Beth Daniel $206,998


The New York Islanders defeat the Minnesota North Stars to win the 1981 Stanley Cup

Triple Crown Races:

    Kentucky Derby: Pleasant Colony
    Preakness Stakes: Pleasant Colony
    Belmont Stakes: Summing

Motor racing

    NASCAR Championship: Darrell Waltrip
    Daytona 500: Richard Petty
    CART Racing: Rick Mears won the season championship
    Indianapolis 500: Bobby Unser
    Formula One Champion: Nelson Piquet of Brazil
    NHRA Top Fuel championship: Gary Beck


Men's Grand Slam:
    Australian Open: Johan Kriek
    French Open: Björn Borg
    Wimbledon: John McEnroe
    US Open: John McEnroe

Women's Grand Slam:
    Australian Open: Martina Navratilova
    French Open: Hana Mandlíková
    Wimbledon: Chris Evert
    US Open: Tracy Austin

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