On This Day

January 1987 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 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
  • Jan 2 Indiana Pacers beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-106 to give coach Jack Ramsay his 800th NBA victory; at the time Ramsey is one of only 2 coaches (with Red Auerbach) to reach milestone

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
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)

Sport awardAFC Championship

Jan 11 AFC Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 23-20 (OT)

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford: New York Giants beat Washington Redskins, 17-0
  • Jan 14 Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Champion Boston Celtics NBA forward Larry Bird is named Man of the Year by 'The Sporting News' and Athlete of the Year by 'Associated Press'; first time one athlete gains both distinctions

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 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

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 24 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Hana Mandlíková of Czechoslovakia wins her 4th and final Grand Slam singles crown; 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 25 Super Bowl XXI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: NY Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20; MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 25 75th Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg of Sweden wins 2nd career Grand Slam title and 2nd Australian title; beats home town favourite Pat Cash 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • Jan 28 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Meryl Davis, American ice dancer (Olympic gold with Charlie White 2014; World C'ships gold 2011, 13), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Jan 7 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), born in San Giovanni Bianco, Italy (d. 2018)
  • Jan 9 Lucas Pezzini Leiva, Brazilian football player, born in Dourados, Brazil
  • Jan 9 Sam Bird, English racing driver, born in Roehampton, London
  • Jan 11 Scotty Cranmer, US professional BMX rider, born in Jackson Township, New Jersey
  • Jan 11 Danuta Kozák, Hungarian sprint canoeist (5-time Olympic gold K-1, K-2, K-4 500m 2012, 16), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jan 12 Salvatore Sirigu, Italian footballer, born in Nuoro, Italy
  • Jan 13 Jack Johnson [John Johnson III], American NHL Hockey Player (Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 15 Greg Inglis, Australian rugby league player, born in Kempsey, Australia
  • Jan 15 David Knight, English footballer, born in Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
  • Jan 19 Brian Harman, American golfer (US Open 2017 runner-up), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Jan 19 Edgar Manucharyan, Armenian footballer, born in Yerevan, Armenia
  • Jan 20 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (250cc World Championship 2008), born in Cattolica, Italy (d. 2011)
  • Jan 21 Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer
  • Jan 22 Shane Long, Irish soccer striker (fastest EPL goal 7.69s 2019), born in Gortnahoe, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 24 Luis Suárez, Uruguayan football player (Barcelona, Uruguay national team), born in Salto, Uruguay
  • Jan 25 Maria Kirilenko, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 29 Spencer Clark, American race car driver, born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2006)
  • Jan 29 Matthew Wilson, English world rally driver, born in Cockermouth, United Kingdom

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jan 29 Lisa files for separation from husband NY Met Darryl Strawberry

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 2 Jean de Gribaldy, French road cyclist & team director (Frimatic - Viva, Miko, Sem - France Loire), dies at 64
  • Jan 4 Jack Martin, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-111 & 0-18 in Test), dies
  • Jan 8 Nana Joshi [Padmanabh Govind Joshi], Indian cricket wicket-keeper (Indian National Team during 1950's), dies at 60
  • Jan 10 Håkan Malmrot, Swedish swimmer (Olympic gold 200m & 400m breaststroke 1920), dies at 86
  • Jan 20 Tom Dollery, cricketer (4 Tests for Eng 1947-50), dies