On This Day

February 1988 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 2 David Boon's 6th Test Cricket century, 184* v England at Sydney

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Feb 7 38th NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: East beats West, 138-133; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Feb 7 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 15-6; MVP: Bruce Smith, Buffalo Bills, DE

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Feb 9 39th NHL All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 6-5 (OT); MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Feb 9 NH begins a NCAA record 32-game losing streak at home (ends Feb 1991)
  • Feb 13 XV Winter Olympic Games open in Calgary, Canada
  • Feb 13 Heike Dreschler long jumps world record indoor (7.37m)
  • Feb 14 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison beats his son, Davey, to the finish line; remembered for Richard Petty's rollover crash in the tri-oval on lap 106, rolls over 8 times and hit by Brett Bodine; walks away unhurt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: South African Gary Player wins his second of 3 event titles by 3 strokes from Chi-Chi Rodríguez

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 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 of Bulgaria sets 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 Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykanen wins his 3rd gold medal of the Calgary Winter Olympics as part of the winning large hill team; normal and large hill individual champion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 27 Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • Feb 27 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
  • Feb 28 XV Winter Olympic Games close in Calgary, Canada
  • Feb 28 Pat Verbeek becomes 1st NJ Devil to score 4 goals in an NHL game
  • Feb 29 New Zealand cricket batsman Mark Greatbatch scores an unbeaten 107 on debut to rescue a draw in 2nd Test v England at Eden Park, Auckland

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 4 Eoin McDowell, Irish rugby player, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Feb 4 Alexandros Pagalis, Greek footballer, born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Feb 4 Carly Patterson, American gymnast (2004 Olympic Champion), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 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 13 Keegan Hirst, British footballer (Wakefield Trinity) and England's 1st openly gay professional player, born in Batley, West Yorkshire
  • Feb 14 Ángel Di María, Argentine footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • Feb 16 Denílson Pereira Neves, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 22 Kevin Borlée, Belgian athlete, born in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
  • Feb 22 Przemysław Kazimierczak, Polish footballer, born in Łęczyca, Poland

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 7 Heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson marries actress Robin Givens

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 28 Harvey Kuenn, American baseball utility (AL batting champion 1959; 10 × All-Star 1953–1960²; Detroit Tigers), dies from heart disease and diabetes at 57