On This Day

December 1987 in Sports History

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

Sports History

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

  • Dec 5 53rd Heisman Trophy Award: Tim Brown, Notre Dame (WR)

Sports History

Dec 5 David Boon's 5th Test Cricket century, 143 v NZ at Brisbane

Sports History

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

Sports History

Dec 9 Larry Bird ends streak of 59 consecutive free throws

  • 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

Sports History

Dec 14 Allan Border scores 205 v NZ to become Australia's top rungetter

  • Dec 19 NHL Boston Bruins Ken Linseman & St. Louis Blues Doug Gilmore set a record for the fastest two goals in league history, scoring 2 seconds apart
  • 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 (World C'ship gold 2005, 07, 10, 11), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dec 10 Gonzalo Higuaín, French-born Argentine footballer
  • Dec 15 Mikey Garcia, American boxer (lineal junior welterweight title 2018-20; WBO featherweight 2013; WBO junior lightweight 2013-14, WBC & IBF lightweight 2017-19), born in Oxnard, California
  • Dec 15 Josh Norman, American football cornerback (First-team All-Pro, Pro Bowl 2015 Carolina Panthers; San Francisco 49ers), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • 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 20 Tariel Zintiridis, Greek judoka, born in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Dec 25 Demaryius Thomas, American football wide receiver (Super Bowl 2015; 4 × Pro Bowl; Denver Broncos), born in Montrose, Georgia (d, 2021)
  • 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

Johnny Bench

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

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 1 Punch Imlach, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame coach and general manager (Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Dec 8 José Casanova, Peruvian soccer midfielder (10 caps; Alianza Lima), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 23
  • Dec 8 Marcos Calderón, Peruvian soccer coach (Peru 1975-79; Copa América 1975), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 59
  • Dec 8 José González, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (20 caps; Alianza Lima), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 33
  • Dec 22 Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), dies at 80