Events in Sport in 1987

Events 1 - 200 of 269

  • Jan 1 73rd Rose Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #4 Michigan, 22-15
  • Jan 1 53rd Sugar Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 30-15
  • Jan 1 53rd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #9 Arkansas, 42-8
  • Jan 2 16th Fiesta Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #1 Miami, 14-10

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Jan 7 Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at 28 the youngest

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • Jan 8 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • Jan 11 Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL NY Giant Stadium (beat Wash 17-0)

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Jan 11 "The Drive" game: trailing Cleveland Browns 20-13 with 5:32 remaining in the AFC Championship Game, Denver quarterback John Elway drives his team 98 yards for a touchdown to tie, Broncos then win in overtime advancing to Super Bowl XXI

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Jan 11 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 23-20 (OT)
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Washington Redskins 17-0
  • Jan 14 Catfish Hunter & Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 20 UK Police crackdown on soccer hooligans in biggest operation against violence around football stadiums
  • Jan 22 Blizzard in NJ, as 334 attend Devils-Flame NHL game, NJ wins 7-5
  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XXI: NY Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 25 75th Men's Australian Open: Stefan Edberg beats Pat Cash (6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3)

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 25 75th Women's Australian Open: Hana Mandlikova beats Martina Navratilova (7-5, 7-6)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jan 28 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant

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Jan 29 Lisa files for separation from husband NY Met Darryl Strawberry

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • Feb 1 38,873 NBA crowd watch Chicago at Detroit
  • Feb 1 Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 10-6
  • Feb 2 KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires
  • Feb 3 SD Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup
  • Feb 4 Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup
  • Feb 4 Sacramento Kings score only 4 points 1st quarter against Lakers; fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954
  • Feb 7 Dennis Conner & Stars & Stripes bring the America's Cup back to US
  • Feb 8 37th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 154-149 (OT) at Seattle

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 8 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Feb 11 England beat Australia 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 14 53,745 largest NBA crowd to date-Philadelphia at Detroit
  • Feb 15 Nikolai Guljajev becomes world champion skater
  • Feb 19 Less than a month after re-signing, A's pitcher Vida Blue retires
  • Feb 21 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Tsumura Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • Feb 23 Dick Howser retires from managing KC Royals, due to brain tumor

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Feb 24 LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point

  • Feb 25 LaMarr Hoyt is banned from baseball for 1987, due to drug abuse

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Feb 26 NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Feb 26 Wash blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Feb 27 Mike Conley triple jumps world indoor record (17.76m)
  • Feb 27 NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 1 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • Mar 3 Ray Dandridge, 3rd baseman in Negro Leagues, eleected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 7 Gavaskar becomes 1st cricket batsman to score 10,000 Test runs

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 7 Mike Tyson beats Bonecrusher Smith in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • Mar 8 Jane Geddes wins LPGA GNA/Glendale Federal Golf Classic
  • Mar 8 34th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 68-67
  • Mar 8 28th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats LSU, 69-62
  • Mar 8 8th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 69-59
  • Mar 11 Wayne Gretzky scores 1,500th NHL point

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Mar 12 David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • Mar 12 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Brian Orser (CAN)
  • Mar 14 NY Met Darryl Strawberry charges Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper during spring training exhibition game, causes bench clearing brawl
  • Mar 15 Last day in Test cricket for Larry Gomes & Joel Garner
  • Mar 15 NZ beat WI by 5 wickets in Jeremy Coney's last Test Cricket
  • Mar 15 US Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay
  • Mar 21 PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 22 Betsy King wins LPGA Circle K Tucson Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Mar 24 WA win the Sheffield Shield by drawing cricket final vs Victoria
  • Mar 29 6th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee routs Louisiana 67-44

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 29 Pat Bradley wins LPGA Standard Register Turquoise Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Mar 31 49th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Syracuse 74-73
  • Apr 3 Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualify record of 212.809 mph at Talladega
  • Apr 3 Cubs trade Dennis Eckersley to A's for 3 minor leaguers
  • Apr 4 141st Grand National: Steve Knight aboard Maori Venture wins
  • Apr 5 16th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Betsy King

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Apr 5 Wayne Gretzky wins 7th straight NHL scoring title

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Apr 6 Al Campanis appears on Niteline saying blacks may not be equiped to be in baseball management, sparking a racial controversy
  • Apr 9 For 3rd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in a Stanley Cup game and passes Jean Beliveau as all time playoff scoring champ
  • Apr 11 Yankees score 12 runs in 7th inning vs KC Royals
  • Apr 11 Zoja Ivanova wins 2nd female World Cup marathon (2:30:39)
  • Apr 12 51st Masters Golf Tournament: Larry Mize wins, shooting a 285
  • Apr 12 Ahmed Salah wins 2nd World Cup marathon (2:10:55)
  • Apr 12 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
  • Apr 13 1st 3 SD Padres hit HRs off SF starter Roger Mason
  • Apr 16 Michael Jordan becomes the second NBA player in history to score 3000 points in a season

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Apr 17 Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA player to score 30,000 points

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • Apr 18 An unconscious skydiver is rescued by another diver in mid-air

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 18 Mike Schmidt hits 500th home run (vs Robinson-Pirates)

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • Apr 19 Brendon Kuruppu scores 201* on Test Cricket debut (Sri Lanka v NZ)
  • Apr 19 Brewers score 5 runs in 9th to win 6-4 & record 12th straight AL win
  • Apr 19 Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save unconscious skydiver
  • Apr 19 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Santa Barbara Golf Open
  • Apr 19 LA Clippers end season with a terrible 12-70 record
  • Apr 20 91st Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan 1st man in 2:11:50 and Rosa Mota of Portugal 1st woman in 2:25:21
  • Apr 21 Brewers lose, ending AL season-opening winning streak at 13 games
  • Apr 21 Milwaukee Brewers lose after 13th straight victory to start season

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Apr 21 Richard Hadlee makes highest Test Cricket score of 151* (v Sri Lanka)

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Apr 23 NJ Devils farm team Maine Mariners (AHL) move to Utica (Devils) NY
  • Apr 28 NBA announces expansion to Charlotte NC & Miami Fla in 1988 & Minneapolis Minn & Orlando Fla in 1989
  • Apr 28 1987 NFL Draft: Vinny Testaverde from University of Miami first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Apr 29 Chicago Cub Andre Dawson hits for cycle

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Apr 30 Lou Lamoriello is named NJ Devils President

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Apr 30 NY Islander Mike Bossy plays his final game

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • May 1 46 HRs hit in 13 baseball games
  • May 2 113th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 2:03.4
  • May 3 Cindy Hill wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • May 5 Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East

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May 6 Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 9 Oriole Eddie Murray is 1st to switch hit HRs in 2 consecutive games

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • May 10 Jody Rosentha wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • May 13 Ajax of the Netherlands win 27th European Cup Winner's Cup against Lokomotive Leipzig 1-0 of East Germany in Athens
  • May 13 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • May 14 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • May 15 Record archery score for a pair over 24 hrs, is set
  • May 16 112th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 1:55.8
  • May 17 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
  • May 20 Wrestler Jerry Lawler sues WWF & Harley Race for trademark name "king"
  • May 24 33rd LPGA Championship won by Jane Geddes
  • May 24 Indianapolis 500: Al Unser Sr, 47, wins his 4th Indy 500
  • May 27 Yank Phil Niekro is 3rd pitcher to make 700th start (Young & Sutton)
  • May 27 31st European Cup: Porto beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Vienna
  • May 29 Robin Ventura set a college baseball record with hits in 57 games
  • May 30 Mike Tyson TKOs Pinklon Thomas in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 30 Tony Tucker TKOs Buster Douglas in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 31 Cindy Rarick wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • May 31 Saul Ballesteros drives 3 golf balls off Mt McKinley, Alaska
  • May 31 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 3 Cubs & Astro tie Oriole & Ranger record of 3 grand slams in a game
  • Jun 6 119th Belmont: Craig Perret aboard Bet Twice wins in 2:28.2
  • Jun 6 NY Yankees play their 13,000th game
  • Jun 7 Betsy King wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 7 86th Men's French Open: Ivan Lendl beats Mats Wilander (7-5, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 7 86th Women's French Open: Steffi Graf beats Martina Navratilova (6-4, 4-6, 8-6)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Jun 13 Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel & Anne Knabe complete cycling journey of 15,266 mi from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Argentina
  • Jun 14 41st NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • Jun 14 Colleen Walker wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • Jun 15 Michael Spinks TKOs Gerry Cooney in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 20 1st Rugby World Cup: New Zealand beats France 29-9 in Auckland
  • Jun 21 87th US Golf Open: Scott Simpson shoots a 277 at Olympic Club in SF
  • Jun 21 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • Jun 21 Mike Tyson sexually harasses a parking lot attendant
  • Jun 22 Tom Seaver retires after 3rd try with NY Mets
  • Jun 24 CFL's Montreal Alouettes fold
  • Jun 24 Salt Lake City Trappers begin pro baseball record 29 consecutive win streak
  • Jun 26 Losing 9-0 to Red Sox, Yanks score 11 in 3rd & win 12-11 in 10 inn
  • Jun 28 Deb Richard wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
  • Jun 28 Don Baylor sets career hit-by-pitch mark at 244 (Pitcher Rick Rhoden)
  • Jun 30 Patrik Sjoberg of Sweden set a new world record in high jump
  • Jul 1 NYC radio station WFAN-AM becomes 1st 24 hour all sports radio
  • Jul 3 NY Met Darryl Strawberry threatens teammates Wally Backman & Lee Mazzilli for criticizing his play

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 94th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Steffi Graf (7-5 6-3)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Jul 4 Imran Khan takes 300th Test Cricket wicket, only Pakistani to do so
  • Jul 5 101st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pat Cash beats Ivan Lendl (7-6 6-2 7-5)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 5 As' Mark McGwire is 1st rookie to hit 30 home runs before All Star break

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Jul 5 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic
  • Jul 11 Orioles' Cal Ripkin becomes 1st to manage 2 sons, as Billy joins Cal
  • Jul 12 15th du Maurier Golf Classic: Jody Rosenthal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 12 8th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Jul 12 Phillies Kent Tekulve pitches his 900th game in relief
  • Jul 14 58th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-0 in 13 at Oakland-Alameda Stad

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Jul 14 All star MVP: Tim Raines (Montreal Expos)

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines

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Jul 14 Rookie of the Year Award is renamed to honor Jackie Robinson

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Jul 16 Don Mattingly hits his 4th grand slam of season & ties AL record of homers in 6 straight games (on way to tie major league record of 8)

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 19 116th British Golf Open: Nick Faldo shoots a 279 at Muirfield Gullane

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo
  • Jul 19 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • Jul 23 Petra Felke (E Ger) throws javelin 78.89 m (women's record)
  • Jul 23 Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, the goat of last year's World Series
  • Jul 26 Catfish Hunter Billy Williams & Ray Dandridge inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jul 26 74th Tour de France won by Stephen Roche of Ireland

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 28 42nd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Laura Davies

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • Jul 28 Angel Cordero Jr becomes 4th jockey to win 6,000 races
  • Jul 31 Oriole Eddie Murray hits his 299th & 300th career home runs
  • Aug 1 Mike Tyson beat Tony Tucker in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Aug 2 25th Tennis Fed Cup: Germany beats USA in Vancouver Canada (2-1)

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Aug 2 Christa Johnson wins Columbia Savings LPGA National Golf Pro-Am

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • Aug 2 Cincinnati Red Eric Davis becomes 7th & earliest 30 HR 30 steal man
  • Aug 2 Kevin Seitzer (KC Royals), gets 6 hits in one baseball game
  • Aug 2 Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49 MPH)
  • Aug 3 Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 17-6 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • Aug 8 Brewers' Rob Deer struck-out 5 times in a game

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 9 69th PGA Championship: Larry Nelson shoots 287 at PGA National Palm Beach

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Aug 9 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • Aug 9 Mary Beth wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • Aug 10 Kevin Gross is 2nd pitcher in 8 days to be ejected for scuffing ball
  • Aug 14 Oakland's Mark McGwire sets rookie HR record at 39, en route to 49
  • Aug 16 NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs, 23-9
  • Aug 16 Val Skinner wins LPGA MasterCard International Golf Pro-Am
  • Aug 17 Mohammad Ali elected to "Ring" magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Aug 18 Houston Oiler Earl Campbell, retires from NFL
  • Aug 23 Betsy King wins Atlantic City LPGA Golf Classic
  • Aug 28 Mike Schmidt passes Ted Williams & Willie McCovey with 522 HRs
  • Aug 28 2nd World Championships in Athletics open at Rome, Italy

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 29 Nolan Ryan passes the 200-strikeout barrier for record 11th time

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Aug 29 Portuguese athlete Rosa Mota wins Women's Marathon at World Chapionships in Rome in 2hr 25:17mins
  • Aug 30 87th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Billy Mayfair
  • Aug 30 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Nestle World Golf Championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 30 Kirby Puckett goes 6-for-6 with 2 HRs in Minn 10-6 win over Milwaukee

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • Aug 30 Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets high jump woman's record (6'10½")
  • Aug 30 Yves Pol of France runs complete marathon backwards (3:57:57)
  • Aug 30 Knuckleballer Charlie Hough on the mound, Rangers catcher Geno Petralli ties the major league record by allowing 6 passed balls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 30 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m after Ben Johnson is disqualified

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Aug 31 Curtis Strange sets golf's earning for year record ($697,385)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 1 15 yr old Michael Chang is youngest man to win US Tennis Open match

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 5 John McEnroe is fined $17,500 for tirades at US Tennis Open

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Sep 5 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump
  • Sep 6 Douglas Wakiihuri wins marathon (2:11:48)
  • Sep 6 Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks a CFL-record 60-yard field goal
  • Sep 6 2nd World Championships in Athletics close at Rome, Italy
  • Sep 7 Rosie Jones wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 9 Largest US Tennis Open single night session (total) 21,016