On This Day

January 1988 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 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 15 NFL analyst Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes several questionable comments about African Americans during a lunchtime interview on CBS' NFL Today; fired the next day
  • Jan 15 19-year-old Indian cricket leg-spinner Narenda Hirwani records best bowling figures on debut in Test history; captures 16-136 in 255 run 4th Test win v West Indies in Madras; Hirwani takes 8 wickets in each innings
  • Jan 16 NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix

Sport awardAFC Championship

Jan 17 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns, 38-33; features infamous "The Fumble", Browns' Earnest Byner at Denver 3-yard line with 1:12 remaining

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • Jan 17 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: 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 in Atlantic City to retain his undisputed heavyweight boxing title; 38-year old former champion floored 3 times in 4th before fight stopped

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 23 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany wins 1st of 3 consecutive Australian singles crowns; beats American Chris Evert 6-1, 7-6

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jan 24 Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 24 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander wins 3rd Australian title; beats home town favourite 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
  • Jan 25 Longest winless streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (15 games)
  • Jan 28 Denver Nuggets point guard Michael Adams takes record streak to 79 consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal in 117-102 loss against Indiana at Market Square Arena; streak ends next game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 28 New York Rangers' Marcel Dionne scores a 2nd period power play goal in 5-2 win in Philadelphia to become the first player in NHL history to get 20 goals in each of his first 17 seasons

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne
  • Jan 29 Detroit's Kirk Gibson signs a 3-year contract with Dodgers
  • Jan 29 Detroit Pistons draw a then record NBA regular season crowd of 61,983 fans to the Pontiac Silverdome for a 125-108 win over the Boston Celtics
  • Jan 31 Super Bowl XXII, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CA: Washington Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10; MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 3 Jonny Evans, Northern Irish soccer defender (84 caps; Manchester United, WBA, Leicester City), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Jan 3 Ikechi Anya, Scottish soccer midfielder (29 caps; Watford, Derby County), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jan 12 Chris Casement, Irish footballer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Nicklas Bendtner, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jan 18 Angelique Kerber, German tennis player (3-time Grand Slam winner), born in Bremen, Germany
  • Jan 22 Greg Oden, American basketball player, born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jan 25 Tatiana Golovin, Russian-born French tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 27 Kerlon Moura Souza, Brazilian footballer, born in Ipatinger, Brazil
  • Jan 29 Stephanie Gilmore, Australian surfer (World Champion 2007-10, 12, 14, 18), born in Murwillumbah, New South Wales

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
  • Jan 20 Philippe de Rothschild, French race-car driver and manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), dies at 86