On This Day

November 1988 in Sports History

Events in Sport


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Nov 2 Mexican radio station erronously reports Mike Tyson dies in car crash

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

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Nov 2 A's shortstop Walt Weiss wins AL rookie of year; 3rd straight for Oakland; Jose Canseco 1986, Mark McGwire 1987

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • Nov 4 First NBA game at Charlotte Coliseum - Hornets lose to Cavs, 133-93
  • Nov 5 1st NBA game at Bradley Center, Milw Bucks lose to Atlnata Hawks 94-107
  • Nov 5 1st NBA game at Miami Arena, Miami Heat loss to LA Clippers, 111-91
  • Nov 5 1st NBA game at Palace of Auburn Hills, Pistons beat Hornets 94-85
  • Nov 5 Japan beats MLB all stars 2-1 in Tokyo (Game 1 of 7)
  • Nov 5 Breeders' Cup Horse Racing, Churchill Downs; winners: Alysheba, Gt Communicator, Gulch, Is It True, Miesque, Open Mind, Personal Ensign
  • Nov 6 Japan & MLB all stars played to a 6-6 draw (Game 2 of 7)
  • Nov 6 Steve Jones wins 19th NYC men's marathon (2:08:20); Grete Waitz wins record 9th women's title
  • Nov 7 MLB all stars beats Japan 16-8 (Game 3 of 7)
  • Nov 8 Arco Arena in Sacramento CA opens, Sac Kings lose to Seattle, 97-75
  • Nov 9 MLB All-Star team beat Japan 8-2 in Nishinomya, (Game 4 of 7)
  • Nov 10 MLB All-Star team beats Japan 3-1 in Tokyo (Game 5 of 7)

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Nov 10 Orel Hershiser (23-8) is a unanimous choice as NL Cy Young Award

Baseball Pitcher Orel Hershiser
Baseball Pitcher
Orel Hershiser
  • Nov 12 Japan beats MLB All-Star team 5-4 in Tokyo (Game 6 of 7)

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Nov 13 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna finishes 2nd in the season ending Australian Grand Prix in Adelaide to win his first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship; wins title by 3 points from Alain Prost

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • Nov 15 Dodgers outfielder Kirk Gibson wins NL MVP Award

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Nov 16 Jose Canseco is 1st unanimous AL MVP since Reggie Jackson

MLB Player José Canseco
MLB Player
José Canseco
MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • Nov 16 Robin Givens sues Mike Tyson for $125 million for libel
  • Nov 20 Boston College beats Army 38-24 in the 'Emerald isle Classic' at Dublin's Lansdowne Road Stadium, the first NCAA American Football game to be played in Europe
  • Nov 20 38th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bill Elliott wins
  • Nov 20 Argentine tennis star Gabriela Sabatini beats Pam Shriver 7–5, 6–2, 6–2 to win her first WTA Tour Championship at Madison Square Garden, NYC

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Nov 23 Wayne Gretzky scores his 600th NHL goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Nov 23 Yankees sign free agent 2nd-baseman Steve Sax to 3-year contract
  • Nov 25 US & Soviet chess grand masters Donaldson & Akhmilovskaya wed
  • Nov 25 53rd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 15-10 in Birmingham
  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, Landsdowne Park, Ottawa: Winnipeg Blue Bombers edge BC Lions, 22-21; first Grey Cup game won by a team with only a .500 season
  • Nov 30 NYC furrier sues Mike Tyson for $92,000 for non payment of purchase

Birthdays in Sport

  • Nov 1 Masahiro Tanaka, Japanese baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2014, 19; 6×NPB All-Star; NY Yankees), born in Itami, Hyōgo
  • Nov 2 Julia Görges, German tennis player (7 WTA, 6 ITF titles), born in Bad Oldesloe, Schleswig-Holstein
  • Nov 4 Dez Bryant, American football wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Galveston County, Texas

Person of interestVirat Kohli

Nov 5 Virat Kohli, Indian cricketer, star batsman and captain of India (2013-), born in Delhi, India

Cricketer Virat Kohli
Cricketer
Virat Kohli
  • Nov 6 Erik Lund, Swedish footballer, born in Ljungskile, Sweden
  • Nov 12 Russell Westbrook, American basketball guard (NBA MVP 2017; NBA All-Star Game MVP 2015, 16; OKC Thunder, Houston Rockets), born in Long Beach, California
  • Nov 18 Jeffrey Jordan, American college basketball player; son of Michael Jordan
  • Nov 19 Patrick Kane, American ice hockey player
  • Nov 26 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Icelandic weightlifter (World's Strongest Man 2018; deadlifting WR 501kg 2020) and actor ("The Mountain" Game of Thrones), born in Reykjavík, Iceland
  • Nov 29 Russell Wilson, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 2013, Seattle Seahawks; Pro Bowl 2012–15, 2017–19), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Nov 30 Phillip Hughes, Australian cricketer who died in cricket accident, born in Macksville, Australia (d. 2014)

Deaths in Sport

  • Nov 9 David Bauer, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame player and builder (priest, school coach; National Team manager), dies at 64
  • Nov 21 Carl Hubbell, American baseball player (b. 1903)
  • Nov 27 Jan Hein Donner, Dutch chess grand master, dies at 61