Almanac: 1983


Top five athletes
1. Martina Navratilova: Won 16 of 17 tourneys, three majors, 86-1 match record.
2. Wayne Gretzky, Edmonton Oilers: 196 points, 71 goals, 125 assists, 4th straight NHL MVP.
3. Moses Malone, Philadelphia 76ers: 24.5 points, 15.3 rebounds, NBA MVP, Finals MVP.
4. Cal Ripken, Baltimore Orioles: 27 HRs, 102 RBI, .318, 121 runs, .517 slugging.
5. Mike Rozier, Nebraska: 2,148 yards, 29 TDs, 7.8 per carry, Heisman winner.

Top five teams
1. Philadelphia 76ers (65-17). Moses Malone and Dr. J lose just one game in playoffs.
2. Miami football (11-1). Shocked No. 1-ranked Nebraska in Orange Bowl to win national title.
3. New York Islanders (96 points). Fourth straight Stanley Cup wrapped up with 4-0 win over Edmonton.
4. North Carolina State basketball (26-10). A miracle title run.
5. Baltimore Orioles (98-64). Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray at their peaks.

Sports moves

  • Calgary Flames into Pengrowth Saddledome

  • NHL institutes regular season overtime

  • USFL debuts, playing games in the spring

    Pop culture trivia
    Oscar winner: Terms of Endearment

    Most popular TV show: Dallas

    Top of the Pops: Every Breath You Take, Police

    Fiction bestseller: Return of the Jedi Storybook, Joan D. Vinge

    Nonfiction bestseller: In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies by Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman Jr.

    Pop culture potpourri: New stuff on the block includes CDs, Microsoft Windows, cell phones, Tokyo Disneyland; final episode of M*A*S*H draws 125 million viewers; Chicken McNuggets debut; Reagan called Soviet Union the "Evil Empire"; Sally Ride becomes first U.S. woman in space.