Events in Sport in January 1989

  • 2nd Notre Dame beats West Virginia for college football championship
  • 2nd 75th Rose Bowl: #11 Michigan beats #5 Southern California, 22-14
  • 2nd 55th Sugar Bowl: #4 Florida State beats #7 Auburn, 13-7
  • 2nd 18th Fiesta Bowl: #1 Notre Dame beats #3 West Virginia, 34-21
  • 2nd 55th Orange Bowl: #2 Miami (FL) beats #6 Nebraska, 23-3
  • 5th Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990
  • 7th NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers longest win streak (11)
  • 7th Cleve Cavs block 21 NY Knick shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • 8th AFC Championship Game: Cincinnati Bengals beat Buffalo Bills 21-10
  • 8th NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears 28-3

Hall of fameHall of Fame

9th Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 11th Denver Nuggets' rookie Jerome Lane misses 7 free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by 2 feet
  • 13th Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate

Sport awardGolf Tournament

15th Betsy King wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • 17th Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach
  • 17th Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami
  • 18th West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup Australian Tri-Series)
  • 20th Wayne Holdsworth takes a wicket 1st ball in 1st-class cricket
  • 21st A woman is assaulted & raped in room of an Oklahoma football player

Event of interestEvent of Interest

21st Wayne Gretzky passes Marcel Dionne to become NHL's 2nd all time scorer

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

22nd Super Bowl XXIII: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals 20-16 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Jerry Rice, San Francisco, WR

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice

Event of interestEvent of Interest

22nd After winning his third Super Bowl as head coach of the San Fransisco 49ers, Bill Walsh retires

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • 23rd NBA New Jersey Nets begin a 32+ game road losing streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

25th Michael Jordan scores his 10,000th NBA point in his 5th season

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

25th NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner meets with Pope John Paul II

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 26th Allan Border takes 7-46 against the West Indies at the SCG
  • 27th Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 27th Okla linebacker Mark VanKeirsblilck assaults an Ok grad student
  • 29th Dottie Mochrie wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic
  • 29th NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 34-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

29th Game-winning RBI, official statistic dropped after 9 years of use NY Mets Keith Hernandez is the all-time leader with 129

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez

Sport awardTennis Open

29th 77th Men's Australian Open: Ivan Lendl beats Miloslav Mecii (6-2, 6-2, 6-2)

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

Sport awardTennis Open

29th 77th Women's Australian Open: Steffi Graf beats Helena Sukova (6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 30th Last day of 1st class cricket for Dav Whatmore