1987 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricketer Kapil Dev
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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 (Canada)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 14 NY Met Darryl Strawberry charges Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper during spring training exhibition game, causes bench clearing brawl

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 152

  • Jan 1 Gilbert Brule, Canadian professional hockey player
  • Jan 1 Devin Setoguchi, Canadian professional hockey player
  • Jan 9 Lucas Pezzini Leiva, Brazilian and Liverpool Footballer
  • Jan 9 Sam Bird, English racing driver
  • Jan 11 Scotty Cranmer, US professional BMX rider, born in Jackson Township, New Jersey
  • Jan 12 Salvatore Sirigu, Italian footballer
  • Jan 15 Greg Inglis, Australian rugby league player
  • Jan 15 David Knight, English footballer
  • Jan 19 Edgar Manucharyan, Armenian footballer
  • Jan 21 Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer
  • Jan 24 Luis Suárez, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Uruguay national team), born in Salto, Uruguay
  • Jan 25 Maria Kirilenko, Russian tennis player
  • Jan 29 Spencer Clark, American race car driver (d. 2006)
  • Jan 29 Matthew Wilson, English world rally driver
  • Feb 1 Giuseppe Rossi, Italian footballer
  • Feb 1 Ronda Rousey American athlete (UFC Champion), born in Riverside, California
  • Feb 2 Gerard Piqué, Spanish football player
  • Feb 4 Lucie Šafářová, Czech tennis player
  • Feb 8 Carolina Kostner, Italian European champion figure skater
  • Feb 9 Magdalena Neuner, German biathlete
  • Feb 9 Joe O'Cearuill, Irish footballer
  • Feb 14 David Wheater, English footballer
  • Feb 16 Theresa Goh, Singaporean Paralympic swimmer
  • Feb 28 Kerrea Gilbert, English footballer
  • Mar 5 Anna Chakvetadze, Russian tennis player
  • Mar 11 Marc-Andre Gragnani, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 13 Marco Andretti, American racecar driver (grandson of Mario Andretti)
  • Mar 18 Mauro Zárate, Argentinian Footballer
  • Mar 18 Gabriel Mercado, Argentinian Footballer
  • Mar 18 Cesare Rickler, Italian footballer
  • Mar 19 Michal Švec, Czech footballer
  • Mar 20 Daniel Maa Boumsong, Cameroonian football player
  • Mar 20 Patrick Boyle, Scottish footballer
  • Mar 20 Pedro Ken, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 20 Sergei Kostitsyn, Belarusian hockey player
  • Mar 20 Jô, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 25 Nobunari Oda, Japanese figure skater
  • Mar 27 Chad Denny, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 1 Li Ting, Chinese diver
  • Apr 3 Sal Zizzo, American soccer player
  • Apr 3 Jay Bruce, American baseball player
  • Apr 4 Cameron Maybin, American baseball player
  • Apr 6 Levi Porter, English footballer
  • Apr 8 Royston Drenthe, Dutch footballer
  • Apr 9 Jarrod Mullen, Australian rugby league footballer
  • Apr 16 Aaron Lennon, English footballer
  • Apr 18 Danny Guthrie, English footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 19 Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player (6 singles titles), born in Nyagan, Russia

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • Apr 19 Joe Hart, English Under-21 Footballer
  • Apr 21 Nadif Chowdhury, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Apr 22 David Luiz Moreira Marinho, Brazilian football player (Chelsea, Brazil national team), born in Diadema, Brazil
  • Apr 24 Kristopher Letang, Canadian hockey player
  • Apr 24 Jan Vertonghen, Belgian footballer
  • Apr 25 Johann Smith, American soccer player
  • Apr 27 Elliott Shriane, Australian speed skater
  • Apr 30 Rohit Sharma, Indian Cricketer
  • May 1 Shahar Pe'er, Israeli tennis player
  • May 1 Leonardo Bonucci, Italian footballer (Juventus and Italy), born in Viterbo, Italy
  • May 4 Francesc Fàbregas Soler, Spanish footballer (Chelsea, Spanish national team), born in Arenys de Mar, Spain
  • May 4 Jorge Lorenzo, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • May 7 Michael Maidens, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • May 8 Felix Jones, American football player
  • May 10 Anej Lovrečič, Slovenian football (soccer) player
  • May 11 Louis Murphy, American college football player
  • May 11 Monica Roşu, Romanian gymnast
  • May 11 Justin King, American football player
  • May 14 Franck Songo'o, Cameroonian footballer
  • May 14 Francois Steyn, South African rugby union footballer
  • May 15 Ersan İlyasova, Turkish basketball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 15 Andy Murray, Scottish tennis player (Olympic champion, 2012, 2016; Wimbledon winner, 2013, 2016) born in Glasgow, Scotland

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • May 19 David Edgar, Canadian football (soccer) player
  • May 19 Mariano Torres, Argentine footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 22 Novak Đoković [Novak Djokovic], Serbian tennis player (12 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • May 24 Guillaume Latendresse, French-Canadian hockey player
  • May 25 Timothy Derijck, Belgian footballer
  • Jun 1 Zoltán Harsányi, Slovakian footballer
  • Jun 6 Rubin Okotie, Austrian footballer
  • Jun 10 Martin Harnik, Austrian footballer
  • Jun 10 Amobi Okoye, Nigeria-born American football player
  • Jun 14 Andrew Cogliano, Professional Hockey Player
  • Jun 16 Per Ciljan Skjelbred, Norwegian footballer
  • Jun 19 Rashard Mendenhall, American football player
  • Jun 21 Dale Thomas, AFL footballer
  • Jun 21 Sebastian Prödl, Austrian footballer
  • Jun 24 Arturo Lupoli, Italian footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 24 Lionel Messi, Argentine footballer (FC Barcelona), born in Rosario, Santa Fe

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • Jun 26 Carlos Iaconelli, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jun 26 Samir Nasri, French footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 3 Sebastian Vettel, German racing driver (four-time Formula 1 world champion 2010-13), born in Heppenheim, Hesse, West Germany

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • Jul 14 Adam Johnson, English footballer (Sunderland), born in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear
  • Jul 17 Darius Boyd, Australian rugby player
  • Jul 17 Jan Charouz, Czech racing driver
  • Jul 17 Moussa Dembélé, Belgian footballer
  • Jul 31 Michael Bradley, American soccer player
  • Aug 1 Sébastien Pocognoli, Seraing, Belgian footballer
  • Aug 7 Sidney Crosby, Canadian hockey player
  • Aug 11 Nkem Ojougboh, American basketball player
  • Aug 14 Tim Tebow, American football player
  • Aug 19 Richard Stearman, English footballer
  • Aug 20 Cătălina Ponor, Romanian gymnast

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 3 Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
  • Jan 9 Sir Rudolph Bing (of NY Met Opera) marries Lady Carroll Douglass

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 8 NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice (24) weds girlfriend Jackie Mitchell

NFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice
NFL Wide Receiver
Jerry Rice

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 13 MLB baseball player Cal Ripken Jr (27) weds Kelly Geer at Towson United Methodist Church in Maryland

MLB Legend Cal Ripken Jr
MLB Legend
Cal Ripken Jr

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 19 Retired baseball catcher Johnny Bench (40) weds Laura Cwikowski

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 4 Jack Martin, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-111 & 0-18 in Test), dies
  • Jan 20 Tom Dollery, cricketer (4 Tests for Eng 1947-50), dies
  • Feb 2 Castilho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1927)
  • Feb 13 M L "Curly" Page, cricketer (NZ Test capt 1933), dies
  • Mar 23 Dean Paul Martin, musician/tennis pro, killed in plane crash at 29
  • Apr 3 Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
  • Apr 12 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler
  • May 3 Dicky Fuller, cricketer (one Test for WI 1935, one run, 0-12), dies
  • Jun 14 Les Favell, cricketer (757 runs for Australia), dies
  • Jun 15 J A K Cochrane, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1931), dies
  • Jun 17 Dick Howser, mgr (NY Yankees & KC Royal), dies of brain cancer at 51
  • Jun 24 Hophnie Hobah Hines Johnson, cricketer (3 Tests for WI), dies
  • Jun 26 Glen Hall, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1965), commits suicide
  • Jul 11 Thomas F Waddell, founder (Gay Olympics), dies of AIDS at 50
  • Jul 11 Avi Ran, Israeli footballer (b. 1963)
  • Jul 15 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer and composer (Our Don Bradman), dies at 88
  • Jul 22 A G Kripal Singh, cricketer (14 Tests for India), dies
  • Jul 27 Travis Jackson, American baseball player (NY Giants), dies at 83
  • Jul 29 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • Aug 23 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)
  • Aug 24 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • Aug 26 John Goddard, cricketer (West Indian captain 1948-53), dies
  • Sep 5 Bill Bowes, cricketer (Bodyline bowler, 68 wkts for England), dies
  • Oct 19 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (b. 1909)
  • Oct 27 Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (Test average 47 72, 1st-class avg 71), dies at 76
  • Nov 16 Jim Brewer, Major League Baseball relief pitcher (b. 1937)
  • Nov 18 Jacques Anquetil, French cyclist (5x Tour de France), dies at 53
  • Dec 1 Punch Imlach, Canadian ice hockey coach and general manager (b. 1918)