1990 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 281

  • Jan 1 Sports News Network begins operation on cable TV
  • Jan 1 76th Rose Bowl: #12 Southern California beats #3 Michigan, 17-10
  • Jan 1 56th Sugar Bowl: #2 Miami beats #7 Alabama, 33-25
  • Jan 1 19th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Florida State beats #6 Nebraska, 41-17
  • Jan 1 56th Orange Bowl: #4 Notre Dame beats #1 Colorado, 21-6
  • Jan 5 J Donald Crump appointed 8th Commissioner of CFL
  • Jan 9 Boston Celtics worst ever (6 pts in 2nd vs NJ Nets) & lose 87-78
  • Jan 9 Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 10 NCAA approves random drug testing for college football players
  • Jan 11 Bobby Knight becomes basketball's Big 10 winningest coach (229)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 11 Pat LaFontaine sets NY Islander record of scoring goals in 11 straight

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • Jan 14 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 37-21
  • Jan 14 NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Los Angeles Rams 30-3

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 15 42 year old George Foreman KOs Gerry Cooney in 2 rounds in Atlantic City

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Jan 15 Blue Jay Cecil Fielder signs with Detroit as a free agent
  • Jan 15 NY Knicks Trent Tucker scores with 1/10 sec, beats Bulls, 109-106
  • Jan 19 Police break up protests in Johannesburg against the cricket players defying a boycott on playing in apartheid South Africa
  • Jan 21 41st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 12-7 at Pittsburgh
  • Jan 21 Bob Goodenow succeeds Alan Eagleson as NHL players association exec director

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 21 John McEnroe becomes 1st ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jan 21 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Jan 22 Will Clark, NL's MVP signs a $15M 4-year contract with SF Giants
  • Jan 26 Boston Red Sox hires Elaine Weddington as asst GM (highest-ranking African American female in a major-league front office)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 28 Super Bowl XXIV: SF 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 78th Men's Australian Open: Ivan Lendl beats Stefan Edberg (4-6, 7-6, 5-2)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 78th Women's Australian Open: Steffi Graf beats Mary Joe Fernandez (6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Jan 31 1st ever all-sports daily "National" begins publishing

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 3 Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Smither Center for Alcohol rehabilitation

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • Feb 3 Jockey Billy Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race
  • Feb 4 Anders Holmertz swims world record 400 m freestyle (3:40.81)
  • Feb 4 Lyudmila Narozhi-Lenko runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.69)
  • Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-21

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 4 Pat Bradley wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 4 Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar)

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Feb 4 St Petersburg Pelicans beat West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win 1st Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Brett Hull becomes 1st son of NHL 50 goal scorer (Bobby) to score 50

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • Feb 6 Groundbreaking begins on Baltimore Orioles' new $102 million stadium
  • Feb 11 40th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-113 at Miami

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 11 James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10 to win heavyweight boxing crown

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 Larry Bird (Celtics) ends NBA free throw streak of 71 games

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • Feb 15 Baseball owners lock out players
  • Feb 18 Jane Crafter wins LPGA Phar-Mor at Inverrary Golf Tournament
  • Feb 22 1st day India v NZ cricket at Auckland NZ 5-78 at lunch, 9-387 stumps

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 24 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Orix Hawaiia Ladies Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • Feb 25 Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Mar 2 Mark Tewsksbury swims world record 50m backstroke (25.06 sec)
  • Mar 4 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
  • Mar 11 Maggie Will wins Desert Inn LPGA Golf International
  • Mar 11 37th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #14 Georgia Tech beats Virginia, 70-61
  • Mar 11 31st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Ole Miss, 70-51
  • Mar 11 11th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Syracuse, 78-75
  • Mar 18 32-day lockout by baseball owners ends
  • Mar 18 Colleen Walker wins Circle K Tucson LPGA Golf Open
  • Mar 19 1st world ice hockey tournament for women held (Ottawa)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 LA Lakers retires Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's #33

  • Mar 22 The ML umpires announce that they will boycott exhibition games
  • Mar 24 Tom Hunter swims world record 50m freestyle (21.81 sec)
  • Mar 25 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Standard Register Turquoise Golf Classic
  • Mar 27 NSW beat Queensland by 345 runs to win Sheffield Shield Final
  • Mar 28 Bengal beat Delhi in rained-out cricket Ranji Trophy final on quotient

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 28 Michael Jordan scores 69 points, 4th time he scores 60 pts in a game

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 30 Jack Nicklaus made his debut in the "Seniors" golf tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 19th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Betsy King

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Apr 1 2nd Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus wins his first start on the Senior PGA tour
  • Apr 1 9th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Auburn 88-81
  • Apr 1 CBS fires sportscaster Brent Mussburger
  • Apr 2 52nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Nevada-LV beats Duke 103-73

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Apr 5 John Stockton reaches 1000-assist mark for NBA record 3 yrs in a row

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • Apr 5 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 2-1 in 1st game of preliminary
  • Apr 7 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 5-2, Rangers lead 2-0 in preliminary
  • Apr 7 144th Grand National: Mr. Marcus Armytage aboard Mr Frisk wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 8 54th Masters Golf Tournament: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 278

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Apr 8 Kris Monaghan wins LPGA Red Robin Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
  • Apr 9 NY Islanders beat NY Rangers 4-3 in double overtime-Rangers lead 2-1
  • Apr 10 Curtly Ambrose takes 8-45 in cricket vs England at Bridgetown
  • Apr 11 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-1, Rangers lead 3-1 in preliminary
  • Apr 13 4th largest NBA crowd (45,458) see Orlando play at Minneapolis
  • Apr 13 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-5, Rangers win preliminary, 4-1
  • Apr 16 94th Boston Marathon: Gelindo Bordin of Italy 1st man in 2:08:19 and Rosa Mota of Portugal 1st woman in 2:25:24
  • Apr 18 Birmingham Fire issued an original franchise in WLAF
  • Apr 19 Pistons & 76'ers get into a fight accruing $162,500 fines (NBA record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 Pete Rose pleads guilty to hiding $300,000 in income

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Apr 21 National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards
  • Apr 22 1990 NFL Draft: Jeff George from University of Illinois first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • Apr 26 NY court of appeals ends 2½ year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 26 Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller's record of pitching 12 1-hitters

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Apr 28 Boston Celtics score most points in a playoff, beat NY Knicks 157-128
  • Apr 30 As Met pitcher David Cone argues a call at 1st base, 2 Braves score
  • May 4 Oriole Gregg Olson sets relief pitcher rec of 41 cons scoreless inns
  • May 5 116th Kentucky Derby: Craig Perret aboard Unbridled wins in 2:02
  • May 6 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • May 9 Sampdoria of Italy win 30th European Cup Winner's Cup against Anderlecht of Belgium 2-0 in Gothenburg
  • May 9 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat Washington Capitals, 4 games to 0
  • May 11 NY Yankees trade Dave Winfield to Angels for Mike Witt
  • May 12 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2
  • May 13 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic
  • May 14 46th time opposing pitchers hit HR, Valenzuela (Dodgers)/Gross (Expos)
  • May 15 Edmonton Oiler Klima beats Boston Bruins in 6th period
  • May 18 Cubs Ryne Sandberg ends 2nd baseman record 123 errorless game streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 18 Jari Kurri sets a record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game, registering three goals and two assists vs the Boston Bruins

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 4 Toni Kroos, German footballer
  • Jan 7 Elene Gedevanishvili, Georgian figure skater
  • Jan 7 Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austrian ski jumper
  • Jan 10 Tao Li, Singaporean Olympic swimmer
  • Jan 15 Fernando Forestieri, Italian footballer
  • Jan 18 Gift Ngoepe, South African-born baseball player, 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, born in Pietersburg, South Africa
  • Jan 26 Peter Sagan, Slovakian professional cyclist (World Road Champion 2016), born in Žilina, Slovakia
  • Feb 7 Steven Stamkos, Canadian ice hockey player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 8 Bethany Hamilton, Pro-surfer (Soul Surfer), born in Lihue Hawaii

Professional Surfer Bethany Hamilton
Professional Surfer
Bethany Hamilton
  • Feb 15 Erwin Sak, Polish footballer
  • Mar 1 Nikolas Tsattalios, Australian soccer player
  • Mar 1 Ben Tozer, English footballer
  • Mar 4 Draymond Green, American NBA forward (Golden State Warriors), born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • Mar 12 Dont'a Hightower, American NFL linebacker (New England Patriots), born in Lewisburg, Tennessee
  • Mar 12 Marvin Jones, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 10 Lulinha, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 17 Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer
  • May 3 Brooks Koepka, American PGA golfer (US Open 2017), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • May 15 Joe Mattock, English football player
  • May 24 Joey Logano, American racecar driver
  • May 27 Ekaterina Zaikina, Russian figure skater
  • Jun 24 Michael Del Zotto, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 9 Fábio and Rafael da Silva, Brazilian footballers
  • Jul 11 Caroline Wozniacki, Danish tennis player
  • Aug 12 Mario Balotelli, Italian footballer
  • Aug 20 Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Dutch swimmer
  • Aug 28 Bojan Krkić, Serbian-Spanish footballer
  • Sep 2 Marcus Ericsson, Swedish Racing Driver
  • Sep 5 Kim Yu-Na, Korean figure skater
  • Sep 8 Matt Barkley, American football player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 20 John Tavares, Canadian ice hockey player (New York Islanders), born in Mississauga, Ontario

NHL Star John Tavares
NHL Star
John Tavares
  • Sep 25 Mao Asada, Japanese figure skater
  • Oct 2 Dean Bouzanis, Australian soccer player
  • Oct 12 Henri Lansbury, English footballer
  • Oct 21 Ricky Rubio, Spanish basketball player
  • Nov 3 Ellyse Perry, Australian soccer player/cricket player
  • Nov 11 Tom Dumoulin, Dutch road cyclist, born in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Nov 20 Sam Burton, English footballer
  • Dec 12 Victor Moses, an English footballer of Nigerian descent
  • Dec 26 Aaron Ramsey, Welsh footballer
  • Dec 27 Luis Trujillo, Peruvian Football Player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 9 NHL goaltender Patrick Roy (25) weds Michele Piuze at Saint-Sacrement Church in Quebec, Canada

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 27 NBA star Patrick Ewing (27) weds Rita Williams

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • Dec 29 Olympic gymnist Mary Lou Retton weds Shannon Kelley

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 17 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (46) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Joe Hardstaff Jr, cricketer (23 Tests for England, 1636 runs), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 7 Bronislau "Bronko" Nagurski, football hall of famer, dies at 81

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Jan 7 Horace Stoneham, baseball owner (Giants), dies at 86
  • Jan 7 Joseph Robbie, lawyer/NFL owner (Miami Dolphins), dies at 73
  • Jan 9 Spud Chandler, baseball player (b. 1907)
  • Jan 26 Bob Gerard, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Feb 2 Joe Erskine, Welsh boxer (b. 1934)
  • Feb 14 Graeme Hole, cricketer (18 Tests for Australia, 789 runs), dies
  • Feb 17 Hap Day, Canadian ice hockey player and manager (b. 1901)
  • Feb 24 Tony Conigliaro, baseball player (Red Sox), dies of pneumonia at 45
  • Feb 26 Leslie Ames, cricketer (47 Tests, 2434 runs 8 centuries), dies
  • Feb 28 Colin Milburn, cricketer (9 Tests for England, 654 runs), dies
  • Feb 28 Tuppy Owen-Smith, South African cricketer (batsman v England 1929), dies
  • Mar 4 Hank Gathers, American basketball player (b. 1967)
  • Mar 11 Dean Horrix, English footballer (b. 1961)
  • Mar 15 Tom Harmon, NFL tail back (Heisman Trophy), dies at 70
  • Mar 15 Tom Harmon, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1919)
  • Mar 20 Jev Jasjin, Russian soccer goalie, dies at 60
  • Mar 20 Lev Yashin, Soviet footballer (b. 1929)
  • Apr 11 Harold Ballard, Canadian ice hockey club owner and executive (b. 1903)
  • Apr 21 Johnny Beagley, winner of two 1942 World Series games, dies
  • May 22 Rocky Graziano, boxer/writer/actor (Mr Rock & Roll), dies at 71 of heart failure
  • Jun 18 Dennis Dyer, cricketer (scored 96 3 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 8 Malcolm Hilton, English cricket slow left-arm (4 Tests), dies
  • Jul 12 João Saldanha, Brazilian journalist and football manager (b. 1917)
  • Jul 31 Albert Leduc, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • Aug 9 Joe Mercer, English footballer (b. 1914)
  • Aug 31 Johnny Lindsay, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1947), dies
  • Aug 31 Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton, NY Knick, dies at 65 of a heart attack
  • Sep 6 Leonard Hutton, cricketer (79 Tests for England, 6971 runs), dies
  • Oct 4 Avis Bunnage, actor (Loneliness of Long Distance Runner), dies at 67
  • Oct 7 John "Cat" Thompson, basketball hall of famer, dies at 84
  • Oct 10 Dick Jorgensen, NFL referee, dies at 56
  • Nov 11 Attilio Demaría, Argentinian footballer (b. 1909)
  • Nov 15 Alydar, American racehorse (b. 1975)
  • Nov 23 Bo Diaz, catcher, crushed to death by a satellite dish at 37
  • Nov 24 Juan Manuel Bordeu, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • Nov 25 Bill Vukovich, Indie 500 driver, dies in crash at 27
  • Dec 9 Mike Mazurski, wrestler/actor (Centerfold Girls), dies at 80

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 13 Alice Marble, California, tennis star, dies at 77

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • Dec 23 Frank King, cricketer (WI fast bowler played 14 Tests 1953-56), dies
  • Dec 31 George Allen, US football coach (LA Rams, Wash Redskins), dies