Sure we all remember acid-washed jeans, leg warmers and slap bracelets, but do you remember the 1980’s in the sports world? You may be asking yourself, “why does this matter?” It matters because Third Base Downtown is flashing back to the 80’s on Friday night to celebrate their fourth anniversary! The party starts at 8 pm at 1717 West 6th Street and lasts ’til midnight. There will be a costume contest, drink specials, 80’s trivia and a GIANT Twister board! The band “Calling Jack Burton” will be playing from 10 pm – midnight. Come join us for a fun celebration of our four years in business!
Back to sports though…NBA news in the 1980’s was dominated by players with interesting names that started with the letter “M.” Oklahoma Sooner Mookie Blaylock set an NCAA record for steals in a basketball season with 150 in 1988. In 1987, the 5’3″ Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues became the shortest player in the NBA. Bogues played for the Washington Bullets. Interestingly enough, his team had also drafted the tallest player in NBA two years earlier in 1985, when they selected Manute Bol.
In the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers won three Super Bowls during the 1980s; the Washington Redskins won two during the decade. Redskins Art Monk caught an NFL record 106 receptions in 1984. Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins passed for 5,084 yards and 48 touchdowns in 1984, also both NFL single-season records. Fans of the NFL also said goodbye to “The Sweetness” as Walter Payton retired in 1987 with 16,726 yards rushing, an NFL all-time record.
The 1980s also saw the biggest dual-sport threat in Bo Jackson. Jackson hit 81 home runs for the Kansas City Royals and rushed for 2,084 yards and scored 13 touchdowns for the Los Angeles Raiders. He also was the face of one of the most memorable Nike campaigns ever with “Bo Knows.”
In other baseball news, 1988 saw Orel Hershiser win the National League Championship Series MVP, the World Series MVP, and the National League Cy Young award. His team, the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series that year and in 1981.
The New York Islanders and the Edmonton Oilers dominated the world of hockey, winning every Stanley Cup during the decade but two. The Oilers prowess in the league should come as no surprise to anyone, considering the 1980’s were the years the team was in possession of “The Great One,” Wayne Gretzky. During the 1981-1982 season, Gretzky scored 50 goals in 39 games, far surpassing the previous 50 games record. In the following seasons, Gretsky broke his own assists record three more times and his point record one more time with 215. By the time he finished playing in Edmonton in 1988 and was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, he held or shared 49 NHL records, which in itself was a record.