In the 1980s, professional team sports enjoyed a golden age. As technology advanced and broadcast coverage became more widespread, fans were treated to an ever-increasing number of games with their favorite teams. It became possible to watch your home team throughout the season without making expensive road trips or even subscribing to cable television. Around this time, several talented athletes burst onto the scene, putting up incredible numbers and winning championships. Here are a few of the sports heroes from this era.
Considered the best tennis player in the world in the late 70s and early 80s by the Women’s Tennis Association, Chris Evert was the year-end world no. 1 singles player in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, and 1981. During her career, Evert has won 157 singles titles, 18 Grand Slams, and 32 doubles titles.