On This Day

December 1987 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 "334" club forms as 334 brave Devil fans journey through 20" of snow to attend New Jersey Devils 7-5 NHL victory over Calgary at Meadowlands

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Dec 4 Defending champion Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia wins 3rd straight season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title by defeating Mats Wilander of Sweden 6–2, 6–2, 6–3 in the final at Madison Square Garden, NYC

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
  • Dec 5 53rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Brown, Notre Dame (WR)
  • Dec 5 David Boon's 5th Test Cricket century, 143 v NZ at Brisbane

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Dec 8 Flyers' Ron Hextall becomes 1st goalie to actually score a goal

NHL Goalie Ron Hextall
NHL Goalie
Ron Hextall

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Dec 9 Larry Bird ends streak of 59 consecutive free throws

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • Dec 12 Mookie Blaylock sets NBA record of 13 steals in a game
  • Dec 12 Okla's sets NCAA record of 33 steals vs Centenary
  • Dec 14 Allan Border scores 205 v NZ to become Australia's top rungetter
  • Dec 20 76th Davis Cup: Sweden beats India in Gothenburg (5-0)
  • Dec 23 Buffalo goaltender Tom Barrasso leads the Sabres to a 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings to record his 100th NHL victory; makes him the youngest player to reach milestone at just 22 years, 9 months
  • Dec 27 Steve Largent sets all-time NFL record for career catches when he catches his 752nd pass
  • Dec 29 Ballon d'Or: Milan's Dutch midfielder Ruud Gullit wins best football player in Europe award ahead of Paulo Futre (Porto/Atlético Madrid) and Real Madrid striker Emilio Butragueño

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 3 Alicia Sacramone, American Gymnast
  • Dec 10 Gonzalo Higuaín, French-born Argentine footballer
  • Dec 18 Miki Andō, Japanese figure skater
  • Dec 18 Fernando Jara, Panamanian-American jockey
  • Dec 19 Karim Benzema, French football player (Real Madrid, French national team), born in Lyon, France
  • Dec 31 Javaris Crittenton, American basketball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Dec 31 Émilie Le Pennec, French gymnast, born in La Garenne-Colombes, France

Weddings in Sport


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

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 1 Punch Imlach, Canadian ice hockey coach and general manager (b. 1918)
  • Dec 22 Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), dies at 80