1979 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Years:||1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982|
- Alpine Skiing World Cup
- Sugar Bowl (1978 season):
- January 21 – Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC) won 35−31 over the Dallas Cowboys (NFC)
- Location: Miami Orange Bowl
- Attendance: 79,484
- August 4 – Opening game of the American Football Bundesliga played between Frankfurter Löwen and Düsseldorf Panther, first-ever league game of American football in Germany.
- November 10 – German Bowl I – Frankfurter Löwen defeated the Ansbach Grizzlies 14–8.
- World Artistic Gymnastics Championships –
- May 12 – England – FA Cup – Arsenal win 3–2 over Manchester United
- Sport Club Internacional win the Brazilian Championship undefeated
- Victorian Football League
- April 28: Collingwood beats a 70-year-old record for the greatest winning margin in VFL football when they beat St. Kilda by 178 points 31.21 (207) to 3.11 (29)
- July 28: Fitzroy beats Collingwood's three-month-old record when they beat Melbourne 36.22 (238) to 6.12 (48) with Bob Beecroft kicking ten goals
- Carlton win the 83rd VFL Premiership (Carlton 11.16 (82) d Collingwood 11.11 (77))
- Brownlow Medal awarded to Peter Moore (Collingwood)
- January 23 – Willie Mays receives 409 of 432 votes in the BBWAA election to earn enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.
- July 12 – Disco Demolition Night at Comiskey Park between the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers
- August 2 – death of Thurman Munson, New York Yankees catcher, in an air crash
- World Series – Pittsburgh Pirates won 4 games to 3 over the Baltimore Orioles. The Series MVP was Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh. The Pirates become the only team in sports history to come back from a three games to one deficit in a championship series twice, having also achieved the comeback in the 1925 World Series.
- NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship –
- Michigan St. wins 75–64 over Indiana St.
- NBA Finals –
- National Basketball League (Australia) –
- September 28 in Las Vegas, Larry Holmes retains his World Heavyweight title with an 11th-round TKO of Earnie Shavers.
- November 30 in Las Vegas, dual world championship undercard: Vito Antuofermo retains his world Middleweight title with a 15-round draw (tie) against Marvin Hagler, and Sugar Ray Leonard wins his first world title, beating WBC world Welterweight champion Wilfred Benítez by knockout in round 15.
- Grey Cup – Edmonton Eskimos win 17–9 over the Montreal Alouettes
- Vanier Cup – Acadia Axemen win 34–12 over the Western Ontario Mustangs
- Cricket World Cup – West Indies beat England by 92 runs
- World Series Cricket rival competition to official International Cricket Council matches is disbanded.
- Giro d'Italia – won by Giuseppe Saronni of Italy
- Tour de France – Bernard Hinault of France
- UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Jan Raas of Netherlands
- 1979 Pan American Games men's competition held in San Juan, Puerto Rico and won by Argentina
- August – The 2nd Women's World Field Hockey Championships are held at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with the Netherlands as the champions.
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- Masters Tournament – Fuzzy Zoeller defeats Ed Sneed and Tom Watson in the second hole of a sudden-death playoff, the first time the Masters used a sudden-death format.
- U.S. Open – Hale Irwin
- British Open – Seve Ballesteros becomes the first golfer from Continental Europe to win a major since Arnaud Massy of France won this event in 1907.
- PGA Championship – David Graham
- PGA Tour money leader – Tom Watson – $462,636
- Ryder Cup – United States won 17–11 over Europe in the first Ryder Cup to feature a side representing all of Europe.
- LPGA Championship – Donna Caponi
- U.S. Women's Open – Jerilyn Britz
- Classique Peter Jackson Classic – Amy Alcott
- LPGA Tour money leader – Nancy Lopez – $197,489
- The Hambletonian is awarded to Meadowlands Racetrack, starting in 1981.
- United States Pacing Triple Crown races –
- United States Trotting Triple Crown races –
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Hyperno
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Steady Growth
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Three Troikas
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Troy
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders
- Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Bryan Trottier, New York Islanders
- Stanley Cup – Montreal Canadiens win 4 games to 1 over the New York Rangers
- World Hockey Championship
- Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Czechoslovakia
- Junior Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Sweden
- Réal Cloutier of the Quebec Nordiques became the second NHL player to score a hat trick in his debut NHL game.
- Avco World Trophy – Winnipeg Jets won 4 games to 2 over the Edmonton Oilers
- 1979 Amco Cup
- 1979 European Rugby League Championship
- 1979 New Zealand rugby league season
- 1978–79 Northern Rugby Football League season / 1979–80 Northern Rugby Football League season
- 1979 NSWRFL season
- World Snooker Championship – outsider Terry Griffiths beats Dennis Taylor 24-16
- World rankings – Ray Reardon remains world number one for 1979/80
- Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico
- July 23 – West Germany's Klaus Steinbach sets a world record in the 50m freestyle at a swimming meet in Freiburg, shaving off 0.02 of the previous record (23.72) set by Ron Manganiello nearly a year ago: 23.70.
- Grand Slam in tennis men's results:
- Grand Slam in tennis women's results:
- Australian Open – Barbara Jordan
- French Open – Chris Evert
- Wimbledon championships – July 7 – Martina Navratilova
- US Open – Tracy Austin, youngest US Open Champion at the age of 16 years, 8 months and 28 days defeating 4-time defending champion Chris Evert 6–4, 6–3 in the final after defeating 2nd seeded Martina Navratilova in the semifinal making Evert lose for the first time in 32 matches.
- Davis Cup – United States wins 5–0 over Italy in world tennis.
- Asian Men's Volleyball Championship: won by China
- Asian Women's Volleyball Championship: won by China
- Men and Women's European Volleyball Championship held in France: both won by USSR
- Volleyball at the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico: men's and women's tournaments both won by Cuba
- 1979 FINA Men's Water Polo World Cup held in Yugoslavia and won by Hungary
- 1979 FINA Women's Water Polo World Cup held in Merced, California and won by USA
- 8th Pan American Games held in San Juan, Puerto Rico
- 8th Mediterranean Games held in Split, Yugoslavia
- Tenth Summer Universiade held in Mexico City, Mexico
- September 7 – The Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) makes its debut.
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Willie Stargell, Major League Baseball
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Tracy Austin, Tennis
- ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year: Willie Stargell, Major League Baseball
- Google book review: Turnen and sport: transatlantic transfers author: Annette R. Hofmann, accessed: 12 January 2010
- Bowls Archived 2015-09-29 at the Wayback Machine German Football League website, accessed: 16 January 2011