The year 1984 consisted of Sports Championship winners Boston Celtics (NBA), Detroit Tigers (MLB), Edmonton Oilers (NHL), Los Angeles Raiders (NFL)
The 1984 NBA
championship final series between the Boston Celtics
and Los Angeles Lakers
was a classic matchup between two of the greatest teams in NBA
history. The Celtics, led by Larry Bird, Robert Parish, and Kevin McHale, were the defending champions and looking to repeat. The Lakers, led by Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy, were looking to end the Celtics' reign and win their first title since 1980
. The series went the full seven games, with the Lakers eventually winning in the deciding game. The Lakers won the series 4-3, with Magic Johnson being named Finals MVP. The Celtics-Lakers rivalry was one of the greatest in sports history, and this series was a fitting end to it.
World Series featured the Detroit Tigers
and the San Diego Padres
. The Tigers entered the series with a 104-58 record, while the Padres had a 92-70 record. The Tigers went on to win the series in five games, with the deciding game being a 4-2 victory in Detroit
. The Tigers were led by their pitching staff, which posted a 2.32 ERA for the series. Jack Morris was named the MVP for his two complete game victories, while Alan Trammell led the offense with a .450 batting average. The Padres were led by Tony Gwynn, who hit .500 for the series, and Steve Garvey, who hit two home runs. The 1984
World Series was a classic matchup between two teams with great pitching staffs, and the Tigers were able to come out on top in the end.
Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven series between the Edmonton Oilers
and the New York Islanders
. The Oilers, led by Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier, were the defending Stanley Cup Champions and looking to become the first team in NHL
history to win back-to-back championships. The Islanders, led by Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier, were looking to win their fourth consecutive Stanley Cup. The Oilers won the series four games to one, with Gretzky leading the way with seven goals and 18 points in the five games. The Oilers became the first team in NHL
history to win back-to-back Stanley Cups and the first dynasty in the modern era of the NHL
The 1984 NFL
Super Bowl was a battle between the Los Angeles Raiders
and the Washington Redskins
. The Raiders dominated the first half, leading the Redskins 10-3 at halftime. The Redskins rallied in the second half, scoring 17 unanswered points to take a 20-10 lead. The Raiders managed to score a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, but it was too little too late as the Redskins held on for a 27-17 victory. The Redskins' victory was led by MVP Doug Williams, who threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns. It was the first Super Bowl victory for the Redskins and the first time an African-American quarterback had won the Super Bowl.