Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley promotes 11-year-old batboy Stanley Burrell to honorary vice president of the Oakland A's. Sixteen years later, Burrell records the top-selling rap album of all time, Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em, under the name M.C. Hammer.
Tennis great Jimmy Connors stiffly lip-synchs his part of a duet with Paul Anka on the ABC-TV series Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell. In '82 Connors also does backup vocals on Lionel Richie's song Tell Me.
In his song Hurricane, Bob Dylan proclaims the innocence of former middleweight boxer Ruben Carter, convicted of a triple murder in New Jersey in the '60s. Carter gets a new trial, but he is again found guilty. His conviction was overturned in '85.
Reggae star Bob Marley injures his toe playing soccer in Paris. Jamaican lore holds that this injury led to the cancer that killed him.
NBA center Bill Walton spends his off-season with the Dead on their Egyptian concert tour. (Above, Walton jams with Dead members last year.)
Richard Petty (below), Cale Yarborough and Bobby Allison do vocals for album NASCAR Goes Country.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, motivated by Willie Stargell and their team theme song, Sister Sledge's We Are Family, win the World Series.
The Chicago White Sox are forced to forfeit the second game of a doubleheader after record-smashing fans get carried away during the Disco Demolition Night promotion.
Kurtis Blow releases the song Basketball, one of rap's earliest references to hoops.
The Chicago Bears' novelty rap, Super Bowl Shuffle, gets a Grammy nomination for best R&B vocal performance by a duo or group.