1988 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 312

  • Jan 1 Czech born tennis star Hana Mandikova becomes an Australian Citizen
  • Jan 1 Miami beats Oklahoma for college football championship
  • Jan 1 74th Rose Bowl: #8 Michigan State beats #16 Southern California, 20-17
  • Jan 1 54th Sugar Bowl: #4 Syracuse ties #6 Auburn, 16-16
  • Jan 1 17th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Florida State beats #5 Nebraska, 31-28
  • Jan 1 54th Orange Bowl: #2 Miami (FL) beats #1 Oklahoma, 20-14
  • Jan 8 9th largest NBA crowd 38,873-Chicago at Detroit
  • Jan 11 USSR announces it will participate in Seoul Summer Olympics
  • Jan 12 Willie Stargell (Pitts Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 16 NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix
  • Jan 17 "The Fumble", trailing 38-31 with 1:12 left in the AFC Championship Game, the Browns' Earnest Byner fumbled at the Denver 3-yard line, sending the Broncos to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance
  • Jan 17 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 38-33
  • Jan 17 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings 17-10
  • Jan 22 1st-class cricket debut of Brian Lara, Trinidad & Tobago v Leeward Is
  • Jan 22 1st-class cricket debut of Hansie Cronje, OFS v Transvaal

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 22 Mike Tyson TKOs Larry Holmes in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • Jan 24 Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 24 76th Men's Australian Open: Mats Wilander beats Pat Cash (6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6)

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 24 76th Women's Australian Open: Steffi Graf beats Chris Evert (6-1, 7-6)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jan 25 Longest winless streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (15 games)
  • Jan 29 Detroit's Kirk Gibson signs a 3-year contract with Dodgers
  • Jan 29 Largest NBA crowd-Boston Celtics at Detroit (61,938)
  • Jan 31 Super Bowl XXII: Wash Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10 in San Diego Super Bowl MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB
  • Feb 2 David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* v England at Sydney
  • Feb 7 38th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 138-133 at Chicago
  • Feb 7 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-6

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 7 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Feb 9 39th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 6-5 (OT) at St Louis
  • Feb 9 NH begins a NCAA record 32-game losing streak at home (ends Feb 1991)
  • Feb 13 15th Winter Olympic games opens at Calgary, Canada
  • Feb 13 Heike Dreschler long jumps world record indoor (7.37m)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 49th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 14 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Feb 20 Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating
  • Feb 20 Cornelia Oschkenat hurdles indoor world record 50m (6.58 sec)
  • Feb 20 Stefka Kostadinova high jumps indoor world record (2.06 m)
  • Feb 23 Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games
  • Feb 24 Matti Nykanen becomes winter olympics 1st triple gold medalist
  • Feb 27 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Orient Leasing Hawaiian Ladies Golf Open
  • Feb 27 Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1
  • Feb 27 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
  • Feb 28 15th Winter Olympic games close at Calgary, Canada
  • Feb 28 Pat Verbeek becomes 1st NJ Devil to score 4 goals in an NHL game
  • Feb 29 Mark Greatbatch scores 107* v England on Test Cricket debut

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Wayne Gretzky passes Gordie Howe with his record 1,050th NHL assist

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 6 Betsy King wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open/Helene Curtis Pro-Am

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Mar 6 Julie Krone becomes winningest female jockey (1205 victories)
  • Mar 6 Orville Moodey shoots 63 at Seniors golf tournament
  • Mar 7 Jim Abbott, 1-handed pitcher, wins 58th James E Sullivan Award

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 10 NY Islanders celebrate Mike Bossy night

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Mar 13 35th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Duke beats North Carolina, 65-61

  • Mar 13 29th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Georgia, 62-57
  • Mar 13 9th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Syracuse beats Villanova, 85-68
  • Mar 15 NFL's St Louis Cardinals officially move to Phoenix
  • Mar 17 Highest scoring NCAA basketball game; Loyola-Marymont 119, Wyoming 115

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 20 Laura Davies wins Circle K LPGA Tucson Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Laura Davies
LPGA Golfer
Laura Davies
  • Mar 20 Mike Tyson KOs Tony Tubbs in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 22 WA beat Queensland by 5 wkts to win the Sheffield Shield Final
  • Mar 24 Quarterback Dan Fouts retires
  • Mar 25 Robin Givens demands full access to husband Mike Tyson's money
  • Mar 27 Ladies' Figure Skating Championship in Budapest won by Katarina Witt (GDR)
  • Mar 27 Ok-Hee Ku wins Standard Register Turquoise Classic Golf Tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 NY Islanders celebrate Denis Potvin night

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Apr 2 Simply Majestic sets horse racing's 1-1/8 mile record at 1:45
  • Apr 2 Test Cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, WI v Pakistan, Georgetown
  • Apr 3 17th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Amy Alcott
  • Apr 3 7th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Louisiana Tec beat Auburn 56-54

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 3 Mario Lemieux wins NHL scoring title, stopping Gretzky's 7 year streak

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Apr 3 NJ Devils beat Blackhawks, 4-3 in OT to join playoffs for 1st time
  • Apr 4 50th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beat Oklahoma 83-79
  • Apr 4 Eddie Hill becomes the world's first driver to cover the quarter mile in under 5 seconds
  • Apr 6 NJ Devils' 1st playoff game; lose to NY Islanders 4-3 (OT) in 1st round
  • Apr 9 Devils 3-0 over Islanders-Devils lead 2-1 in 1st round
  • Apr 9 142nd Grand National: Brendan Powell aboard Rhyme 'n' Reason wins
  • Apr 10 52nd Masters Golf Tournament: Sandy Lyle wins, shooting a 281
  • Apr 10 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA San Diego Inamori Golf Classic
  • Apr 10 Islanders beat Devils 5-4 (OT) 1st round tied at 2-2
  • Apr 12 Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round
  • Apr 12 Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Balt Orioles
  • Apr 14 Devils 6-5 over Islanders-Devils take 1st round 4-2
  • Apr 17 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
  • Apr 17 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA AI Star Centinela Hospital Golf Classic
  • Apr 18 92nd Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya 1st man in 2:08:43 and Rosa Mota of Portugal 1st woman in 2:24:30
  • Apr 20 Balt Orioles set worst record to start a season 0-14 (will go 0-21)
  • Apr 20 NJ Devils 1st playoff hat trick-Eric Broten
  • Apr 21 1st four-day games in County Cricket Championship commence
  • Apr 22 Women are allowed to compete in Little 500 bicycle race (Indiana)
  • Apr 22 NJ Devil Patrik Sundstrom sets NHL playoff record of 8 pts in a playoff game (hat trick & 5 assists) in 10-4 rout over the Capitals
  • Apr 24 Rosie Jones wins LPGA USX Golf Classic
  • Apr 24 1988 NFL Draft: Aundray Bruce from University of Auburn first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • Apr 26 NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season
  • Apr 26 NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al Lopez did it 1st)
  • Apr 28 Baltimore Orioles lose AL record 21 games in a row
  • Apr 28 NJ Devils set all time playoff mark for penalty minutes
  • Apr 29 Orioles beat White Sox 9-0 for 1st 1988 win after 21 loses
  • Apr 30 Baltimore Orioles win record 14th straight from beginning of season
  • Apr 30 NJ Devils beat Caps 3-2 taking 7th game of Patrick Division final
  • May 1 Patti Rizzo wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • May 2 Baltimore Orioles sign a 15 year lease to remain in Baltimore and get a new park

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 Reds manager Pete Rose is suspended for 30 days for pushing an ump

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 111

  • Jan 2 Jonny Evans, Northern Irish footballer
  • Jan 12 Chris Casement, Irish footballer
  • Jan 16 Nicklas Bendtner, Danish footballer
  • Jan 22 Greg Oden, American basketball player
  • Jan 25 Tatiana Golovin, French tennis player
  • Jan 27 Kerlon Moura Souza, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 29 Stephanie Gilmore, Australian professional surfer
  • Feb 4 Eoin McDowell, Irish rugby player
  • Feb 4 Alexandros Pagalis, Greek footballer
  • Feb 4 Carly Patterson, American gymnast
  • Feb 4 Jeff Horn, Australian professional boxer (WBO welterweight title 2017), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Feb 7 Matthew Stafford, American college football player
  • Feb 8 Keegan Meth, Zimbabwean cricketer
  • Feb 14 Ángel Di María, Argentine footballer
  • Feb 16 Denílson Pereira Neves, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 22 Kevin Borlée, Belgian athlete
  • Feb 22 Przemysław Kazimierczak, Polish footballer
  • Feb 29 Scott Golbourne, English footballer
  • Mar 2 Matthew Mitcham, Australian diver
  • Mar 5 Trevor Carson, Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 5 Bjarni Viðarsson, Icelandic footballer
  • Mar 8 Armanti Edwards, American college football player
  • Mar 10 Ivan Rakitić, Croatian football player (FC Barcelona, Croatian national team), born in Möhlin, Switzerland

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 14 Stephen Curry, American basketball player and NBA star (Golden State Warriors), born in Akron, Ohio

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • Mar 15 Ever Guzman, Mexican footballer
  • Mar 21 Lee Cattermole, English footballer
  • Mar 24 Ryan Higgins, Zimbabwean cricketer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 30 Richard Sherman, NFL cornerback, born in Compton, California

NFL Cornerback Richard Sherman
NFL Cornerback
Richard Sherman
  • Mar 31 Hogan Ephraim, English Footballer
  • Apr 1 Courtney McCool, American gymnast
  • Apr 1 Brook Lopez, American basketball player
  • Apr 1 Robin Lopez, American basketball player
  • Apr 3 Tim Krul, Dutch footballer
  • Apr 3 Peter Hartley, English footballer
  • Apr 4 Frank Fielding, English footballer
  • Apr 6 Fabrice Muamba, Anglo-Congolese footballer
  • Apr 13 Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira, Brazilian footballer
  • Apr 16 Joe McKnight, NFL and CFL player killed in road rage incident, born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • Apr 21 Pedro Mosquera, Spanish footballer
  • Apr 23 Victor Anichebe, Nigerian footballer
  • Apr 25 James Sheppard, Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 1 Graeme Owens, English footballer
  • May 9 John Ryan Fitzpatrick, Canadian race truck driver
  • May 12 Marcelo [Vieira da Silva Júnior], Brazilian football player (Real Madrid, Brazil national team), born in Rio de Janeiro
  • May 21 Jonathan Howson, English footballer
  • May 23 Morgan Pressel, American golfer
  • May 26 Joel Selwood, Australian footballer
  • May 28 David Perron, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 1 Javier Hernández Balcázar, Mexican football player (West Ham United, Mexican national team), born in Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Jun 2 Sergio Agüero, Argentinian football player (Manchester City, Argentine national team), born in Buenos Aires
  • Jun 2 Patrik Berglund, Swedish hockey player
  • Jun 4 Leigh Adams, Australian Footballer
  • Jun 7 Milan Lucic, Canadian Hockey player (Boston Bruins)
  • Jun 13 In-Kyung Kim, South Korean professional golfer (British Open 2017), born in South Korea
  • Jun 17 Andrew Ogilvy, Australian basketball player
  • Jun 22 Kieran Lee, English football player
  • Jun 23 Chellsie Memmel, American gymnast
  • Jun 27 Kate Ziegler, American swimmer
  • Jun 29 Éver Banega, Argentine footballer
  • Jul 12 Inbee Park, South Korean golfer
  • Jul 14 James Vaughan, English footballer, born in Birmingham
  • Jul 14 Conor McGregor, Irish professional boxer (UFC Lightweight and Featherweight Champion), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Jul 18 César Villaluz, Mexican footballer
  • Jul 21 Chris Mitchell, Scottish footballer
  • Jul 25 Anthony Stokes, Irish footballer
  • Jul 27 Adam Biddle, Australian footballer
  • Jul 28 Casper Johansen, Danish footballer
  • Aug 5 Federica Pellegrini, Italian swimmer
  • Aug 8 Danilo Gallinari, Italian basketball player
  • Aug 11 Patrick Mills, Australian basketball player
  • Aug 12 Tyson Fury, British heavyweight professional boxer, born in Manchester
  • Aug 21 Robert Lewandowski, Polish football player (Bayern Munich, Polish national team), born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Aug 23 Daniel Schwaab, German footballer
  • Aug 25 Angela Park, Brazilian/American golfer
  • Aug 28 Ray Jones, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • Aug 30 Ernests Gulbis, Latvian tennis player
  • Sep 1 Gabriel Ferrari, American soccer player
  • Sep 1 Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • Sep 2 Ishant Sharma, Indian Cricketer
  • Sep 7 Kevin Love, American basketball player
  • Sep 8 Arrelious Benn, American football player
  • Sep 10 Jordan Staal, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 13 Keith Treacy, Irish footballer
  • Sep 24 Karl Alzner, Canadian hockey player
  • Sep 24 Lisa Wang, American gymnast
  • Sep 26 Kiira Korpi, Finnish figure skater
  • Sep 28 Aleks Vrteski, Australian footballer
  • Sep 29 Kevin Durant, American basketball player (Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 4 Derrick Rose, American basketball player (NY Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 15 Mesut Özil, Turkish-German football player (Arsenal, German national team), born in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany
  • Oct 16 Zoltán Stieber, Hungarian footballer
  • Oct 20 Ma Long, Chinese table tennis player (Olympic and World Champion), born in Anshan, China
  • Oct 23 Nicolaj Agger, Danish football player
  • Oct 31 Sébastien Buemi, Swiss racing driver, born in Aigle, Switzerland
  • Nov 1 Ross Montague, English footballer
  • Nov 4 Dez Bryant, American football wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Galveston County, Texas
  • Nov 5 Virat Kohli, Indian cricket batsman (Captain of India 2013-), born in Delhi, India
  • Nov 6 Erik Lund, Swedish footballer, born in Ljungskile, Sweden
  • Nov 12 Russell Westbrook III, American basketball player (Oklahoma City Thunder), born in Long Beach, California
  • Nov 18 Jeffrey Jordan, American college basketball player; son of Michael Jordan

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 7 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 17 NHL ice hockey star player Wayne Gretzky (27) weds actress Janet Jones (27) at St. Joseph's Basilica in Edmonton, Canada

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Aug 30 Tennis star Chris Everett weds skier Andy Mills

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 7 Robin Givens files for divorce after 8-month marriage to Mike Tyson

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 3 Joie Chitwood, American racedriver & Daredevil (b. 1912)
  • Jan 5 "Pistol Pete" Mavarich, NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack at 40

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 5 Pete Maravich, American basketball player, dies of heart failure at 40

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Mar 10 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), dies at 78
  • Mar 17 Reg Sinfield, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1938), dies
  • Mar 29 Ted Kluszewski, American baseball player (b. 1924)
  • Apr 10 Cliff Gladwin, cricketer (8 Tests for England 1947-49), dies
  • Apr 16 Clifford Roach, cricketer (16 Tests early in WI cricket history), dies
  • Apr 24 E S "Bob" Newson, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 1930's), dies
  • May 24 Tom Burtt, cricketer (NZ slow left-armer in 11 Tests 1947-53), dies
  • Jun 7 Joe Partridge, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1963-65), commits suicide
  • Jul 4 Adrian Adonis, [Keith Franke], WWF wrestler, killed in auto accident
  • Jul 8 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (b. 1905)
  • Jul 23 Jahangir Khan, cricketer (4 Tests for India 1932-36), dies
  • Aug 14 Enzo Ferrari, Italian sportscar manufacturer (Ferrari), dies at 90
  • Aug 28 Paul Whitelaw, cricketer (2 Tests NZ v England 1933), dies
  • Oct 13 Mike Venezia, jockey, dies in 5th-race fall at Belmont Race Track, NY
  • Oct 24 Sumner White, American sailor (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 58
  • Nov 9 Father David Bauer, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 64
  • Nov 21 Carl Hubbell, American baseball player (b. 1903)
  • Dec 16 H "Stork" Hendry, cricketer (11 Tests for Australia 1921-29), dies
  • Dec 29 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver (b. 1940)