Events in Sport in 1988

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  • Jan 1 Czech born tennis star Hana Mandikova becomes an Australian Citizen
  • Jan 1 Miami beats Oklahoma for college football championship
  • Jan 1 74th Rose Bowl: #8 Michigan State beats #16 Southern California, 20-17
  • Jan 1 54th Sugar Bowl: #4 Syracuse ties #6 Auburn, 16-16
  • Jan 1 17th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Florida State beats #5 Nebraska, 31-28
  • Jan 1 54th Orange Bowl: #2 Miami (FL) beats #1 Oklahoma, 20-14
  • Jan 8 9th largest NBA crowd 38,873-Chicago at Detroit
  • Jan 11 USSR announces it will participate in Seoul Summer Olympics
  • Jan 12 Willie Stargell (Pitts Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 16 NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix
  • Jan 17 "The Fumble", trailing 38-31 with 1:12 left in the AFC Championship Game, the Browns' Earnest Byner fumbled at the Denver 3-yard line, sending the Broncos to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance
  • Jan 17 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 38-33
  • Jan 17 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings 17-10
  • Jan 22 1st-class cricket debut of Brian Lara, Trinidad & Tobago v Leeward Is
  • Jan 22 1st-class cricket debut of Hansie Cronje, OFS v Transvaal

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 22 Mike Tyson TKOs Larry Holmes in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Jan 24 Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 24 76th Men's Australian Open: Mats Wilander beats Pat Cash (6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 24 76th Women's Australian Open: Steffi Graf beats Chris Evert (6-1, 7-6)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jan 25 Longest winless streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (15 games)
  • Jan 29 Detroit's Kirk Gibson signs a 3-year contract with Dodgers
  • Jan 29 Largest NBA crowd-Boston Celtics at Detroit (61,938)
  • Jan 31 Super Bowl XXII: Wash Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10 in San Diego Super Bowl MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB
  • Feb 2 David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* v England at Sydney
  • Feb 7 38th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 138-133 at Chicago
  • Feb 7 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-6

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 7 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Feb 9 39th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-5 (OT) at St Louis
  • Feb 9 NH begins a NCAA record 32-game losing streak at home (ends Feb 1991)
  • Feb 13 15th Winter Olympic games opens at Calgary, Canada
  • Feb 13 Heike Dreschler long jumps world record indoor (7.37m)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 49th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 14 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Feb 20 Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating
  • Feb 20 Cornelia Oschkenat hurdles indoor world record 50m (6.58 sec)
  • Feb 20 Stefka Kostadinova high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)
  • Feb 23 Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games
  • Feb 24 Matti Nykanen becomes winter olympics 1st triple gold medalist
  • Feb 27 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Orient Leasing Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • Feb 27 Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1
  • Feb 27 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
  • Feb 28 15th Winter Olympic games close at Calgary, Canada
  • Feb 28 Pat Verbeek becomes 1st NJ Devil to score 4 goals in an NHL game
  • Feb 29 Mark Greatbatch scores 107* v England on Test Cricket debut

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe with his record 1,050th NHL assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 6 Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Mar 6 Julie Krone becomes winningest female jockey (1205 victories)
  • Mar 6 Orville Moodey shoots 63 at Seniors golf tournament
  • Mar 7 Jim Abbott, 1-handed pitcher, wins 58th James E Sullivan Award

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 10 NY Islanders celebrate Mike Bossy night

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 13 35th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats North Carolina, 65-61

  • Mar 13 29th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 62-57
  • Mar 13 9th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Villanova, 85-68
  • Mar 15 NFL's St Louis Cardinals officially move to Phoenix
  • Mar 17 Highest scoring NCAA basketball game; Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 Laura Davies wins Circle K LPGA Tucson Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • Mar 20 Mike Tyson KOs Tony Tubbs in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 22 WA beat Queensland by 5 wkts to win the Sheffield Shield Final
  • Mar 24 Quarterback Dan Fouts retires
  • Mar 25 Robin Givens demands full access to husband Mike Tyson's money
  • Mar 27 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Budapest won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • Mar 27 Ok-Hee Ku wins Standard Register Turquoise Classic Golf Tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 NY Islanders celebrate Denis Potvin night

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Apr 2 Simply Majestic sets horse racing's 1-1/8 mile record at 1:45
  • Apr 2 Test Cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, WI v Pakistan, Georgetown
  • Apr 3 17th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott
  • Apr 3 7th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Louisiana Tec beat Auburn 56-54

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 Mario Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky's 7 year streak

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Apr 3 NJ Devils beat Blackhawks, 4-3 in OT to join playoffs for 1st time
  • Apr 4 50th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beat Oklahoma 83-79
  • Apr 4 Eddie Hill becomes the world's first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds
  • Apr 6 NJ Devils' 1st playoff game; lose to NY Islanders 4-3 (OT) in 1st round
  • Apr 9 Devils 3-0 over Islanders-Devils lead 2-1 in 1st round
  • Apr 9 142nd Grand National: Brendan Powell aboard Rhyme 'n' Reason wins
  • Apr 10 52nd Masters Golf Tournament: Sandy Lyle wins, shooting a 281
  • Apr 10 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA San Diego Inamori Golf Classic
  • Apr 10 Islanders beat Devils 5-4 (OT) 1st round tied at 2-2
  • Apr 12 Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round
  • Apr 12 Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Balt Orioles
  • Apr 14 Devils 6-5 over Islanders-Devils take 1st round 4-2
  • Apr 17 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
  • Apr 17 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
  • Apr 18 92nd Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya 1st man in 2:08:43 and Rosa Mota of Portugal 1st woman in 2:24:30
  • Apr 20 Balt Orioles set worst record to start a season 0-14 (will go 0-21)
  • Apr 20 NJ Devils 1st playoff hat trick-Eric Broten
  • Apr 21 1st four-day games in County Cricket Championship commence
  • Apr 22 Women are allowed to compete in Little 500 bicycle race (Indiana)
  • Apr 22 NJ Devil Patrik Sundstrom sets NHL playoff record of 8 pts in a playoff game (hat trick & 5 assists) in 10-4 rout over the Capitals
  • Apr 24 Rosie Jones wins LPGA USX Golf Classic
  • Apr 24 1988 NFL Draft: Aundray Bruce from University of Auburn first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • Apr 26 NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season
  • Apr 26 NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al Lopez did it 1st)
  • Apr 28 Baltimore Orioles lose AL record 21 games in a row
  • Apr 28 NJ Devils set all time playoff mark for penalty minutes
  • Apr 29 Orioles beat White Sox 9-0 for 1st 1988 win after 21 loses
  • Apr 30 Baltimore Orioles win record 14th straight from beginning of season
  • Apr 30 NJ Devils beat Caps 3-2 taking 7th game of Patrick Division final
  • May 1 Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • May 2 Balt Orioles sign a 15 year lease to remain in Balt & get a new park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 Reds manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days for pushing an ump

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • May 6 Doughnutgate incident: NJ Devils' coach Jim Schoenfeld tells referee Don Koharski to 'eat another doughnut you fat pig!,' he is suspended
  • May 7 114th Kentucky Derby: Gary Stevens on Winning Colors wins in 2:02.2
  • May 8 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Crestar Golf Classic
  • May 8 Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bently on Varick St in NYC
  • May 8 Amateur referees work NJ Devil-Boston Bruin playoff games, as NHL referees walk-off, due to a restraining order brought by Devils
  • May 11 KV Mechelen of Belgium win 28th European Cup Winner's Cup against Ajax of Netherlands 1-0 in Strasbourg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Mario Andretti records fastest Indianapolis 500 lap (221.565 mph)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • May 11 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • May 14 1st non-pitcher (Jose Oquendo) in 20 years to get a decision in a baseball game, he & St Louis Cards lose to Braves 7-5 in 19 inn
  • May 14 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat New Jersey Devils, 4 games to 3
  • May 15 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Golf Classic
  • May 18 In just Oakland's 39th of the season, pitcher Dave Stewart breaks record with his 12th balk en route to 16
  • May 19 Red Sox retire Bobby Doerr's #1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 20 Mike Schmidt hits his 535th HR, moving into 8th place

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • May 21 113th Preakness: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 1:56.2

Sport awardGolf Major

May 22 34th LPGA Championship won by Sherri Turner

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner
  • May 24 Power outage in Boston Garden in NHL's Stanley Cup finals
  • May 25 32nd European Cup: PSV Eindhoven beats Benfica (0-0, 6-5 on penalties) at Stuttgart
  • May 26 Stanley Cup: Edmonton Oilers sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
  • May 29 Graeme Hick scores his 1,000th run of 1st-class cricket season
  • May 29 Sherri Turner wins LPGA Corning Golf Classic
  • Jun 3 Margo Adams sues Red Sox 3rd baseman Wade Boggs for palimony

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 4 Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases for record 249 as a NY Yankee

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • Jun 5 Laura Davies wins LPGA Jamie Farr Toledo Golf Classic
  • Jun 5 87th Men's French Open: Mats Wilander beats Henri Leconte (7-5, 6-2, 6-1)
  • Jun 5 87th Women's French Open: Steffi Graf beats Natalia Zvereva (6-0, 6-0)
  • Jun 9 "Bloodsport (1987)" premieres in Germany
  • Jun 10 Greatest number of participants (31,678) on a bicycle tour (London)
  • Jun 11 120th Belmont: Eddie Delahoussaye aboard Risen Star wins in 2:26.6
  • Jun 11 25th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 11-7
  • Jun 11 Galina Chistyakova of USSR sets long jump woman's record (24"8½")
  • Jun 11 Yanks' Rick Rhoden becomes 1st pitcher to DH (0 for 1 with an RBI)
  • Jun 12 6th Seniors Players Golf Championship: Billy Casper
  • Jun 12 Mei-Chi Cheng wins LPGA Rochester Golf International
  • Jun 13 45th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Mark Davis (Padres)/Mike Krukow
  • Jun 13 Boston Red Sox are 10 games back in AL, & go on to win AL East
  • Jun 16 Boston Red Sox Barrett steals home
  • Jun 16 In Santa Barbara, CA, a team of 32 divers begin cycling underwater on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins
  • Jun 17 Givens' Family reports Mike Tyson beats his wife Robin Givens
  • Jun 19 88th US Golf Open: Curtis Strange shoots a 278 at Country Club Mass
  • Jun 19 Shirley Furlong wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
  • Jun 19 32 divers finish cycling underwater on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins
  • Jun 20 NYC WABC-AM becomes flagship radio station of NJ Devils
  • Jun 20 WABC officially becomes the NJ Devils new home radio
  • Jun 21 42nd NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Detroit Pistons, 4 games to 3
  • Jun 23 Charlotte Hornets & Miami Heat begin their NBA expansion draft
  • Jun 24 Cleve pitcher Doug Jones sets record of 14 consecutive saves
  • Jun 24 Red Sox begin AL record 23rd consecutive home win streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 25 Cal Ripken Jr plays in his 1,000th consecutive game

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr
  • Jun 25 Expos Pitcher Floyd Youmans suspended for 60 days due to drugs
  • Jun 25 UEFA European Championship: Netherlands defeat Soviet Union 2-0 in Munich
  • Jun 26 Kathy Postlewait wins LPGA McDonald's Golf Championship
  • Jun 27 Mike Tyson KOs Michael Spink in 91 seconds, in Atlantic City ($67m)
  • Jun 27 Reds bat out of order against Padres in 1st inning
  • Jun 28 Mike Tyson sues to break contract with manager Bill Cayton
  • Jun 30 Chicago agrees to build a new stadium so White Sox won't move to Fla
  • Jul 2 95th Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf beats Navratilova (5-7 6-2 6-1)
  • Jul 3 16th du Maurier Golf Classic: Sally Little
  • Jul 3 A's Gene Nelson is 1st AL pitcher to steal a base since 1973

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 102nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg beats Boris Becker (46 76 64 62)

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • Jul 4 KC releases pitcher Dan Quisenberry, whose 238 saves are the 4th most
  • Jul 6 Wrestler Jake Roberts convicted of battery

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 9 Nolan Ryan is 7th to win 100 game on 2 teams, as Astro beat Mets 6-3

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Jul 10 Terry-Jo Myers wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • Jul 11 Mike Tyson hires Donald Trump as an advisor
  • Jul 12 59th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Riverfront Stadium, Cin
  • Jul 12 Margo Adams alleges Red Sox Wade Bogg's had an affair with her
  • Jul 13 Red Sox replace manager John McNamara with Joe Morgan
  • Jul 14 Mike Schmidt passes Mickey Mantle with his 537th HR into 7th place
  • Jul 16 Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets women's heptathlete record of 7,215 pts
  • Jul 16 Wayne Gretzky (NHL) & Janet Jones (Police Acad 5) wed in Edmonton

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 17 117th British Golf Open: Seve Ballesteros shoots 273 at Royal Lytham

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Jul 17 Colleen Walker wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic
  • Jul 24 43rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Liselotte Neumann
  • Jul 24 US & Jamaica play scoreless tie, in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Jul 24 75th Tour de France won by Pedro Delgado of Spain
  • Jul 26 Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies & NY Mets end that game at 2:13 AM
  • Jul 27 Baseball star Tommy John commits rec 3 errors on 1 play as Yanks rout Brewers 16-3
  • Jul 29 Baltimore trades Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson & Curt Schilling
  • Jul 29 Rick Sutcliffe swipes home, 1st pitcher since Pascual Perez in 1984 to steal home
  • Jul 30 Cincinnati Reds pitcher John Franco sets a record of 13 saves in 1 month
  • Jul 31 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Greater Washington Golf Open
  • Jul 31 Miami Dolphins beat SF 49ers 27-21 in London
  • Jul 31 Willie Stargell became 200th man inducted in Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Aug 6 Rich Gossage 300th career save (beats Phillies)
  • Aug 7 Martha Nause wins Planters Pat Bradley International Golf Tournament
  • Aug 8 9th U.S. Senior Golf Open: Gary Player
  • Aug 8 Minnesota Twins pull 2nd triple-play of year & beat Cleve 6-2
  • Aug 8 Cubs & Phillies attempt to play 1st night game ever at Wrigley Field but are rained out in 4th inning with Chicago leading, 3-1
  • Aug 9 Cubs beat Mets 6-4 in their 1st official night game at Wrigley Field
  • Aug 9 Edmonton Oilers trade Wayne Gretzky to LA Kings for $15-$20 millions
  • Aug 10 Matt Biondi swims world record 100m free style (48.42 sec)
  • Aug 12 Boston Red Sox beat Tigers 9-4 for AL record 23rd consecutive win at home
  • Aug 13 Boston Red Sox win AL record 24 straight home games
  • Aug 13 US beats Jamaica 5-1 in 2nd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Aug 14 70th PGA Championship: Jeff Sluman shoots a 272 at Oak Tree GC Edmond
  • Aug 19 NY Rangers sign ex-Canadien great Guy LaFluer
  • Aug 21 Juli Inkster wins LPGA Atlantic City Golf Classic
  • Aug 23 Mike Tyson & Mitch Green brawl at 4 A.M. in Harlem
  • Aug 28 88th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Eric Meeks