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Year 1988 in Sports History (Part 4)

Events in Sport

Events 301 - 368 of 368

  • Oct 16 Orel Hirsheiser, 1st to pitch shutout in playoff & World Series
  • Oct 17 Dallas Green replaces Lou Pinella as manager of NY Yankees
  • Oct 20 LA Dodgers beat Oakland A's in baseball's 85th World Series 4 games to 1
  • Oct 20 Reggie Rogers, Det Lion's # 1 pick, kills 3 by driving intoxicated
  • Oct 21 Boston Celtics beat Yugoslavia 113-85 in Madrid
  • Oct 23 Boston Celtics play Spain in Madrid

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Oct 24 NY Islander's & NHL high scorer, Mike Bossy retires

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

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Oct 26 Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 months' advisory service

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

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Oct 30 Beth Daniel wins Nichirei Ladies Cup US-Japan Team Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • Oct 30 NY Jets finally beat Pittsburgh Steelers for 1st time

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Oct 30 Brazilian McLaren driver Ayrton Senna wins Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, his record 8th GP win of the season; clinches first Formula 1 World Drivers Championship

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna
Formula 1 Driver
Ayrton Senna
  • Oct 31 1st Monday Night NFL game in Indianapolis, Colts beat Denver 55-23

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Nov 2 Mexican radio station erroneously reports Mike Tyson had died 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)

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Nov 7 Sugar Ray Leonard KO's Donnie LaLonde

  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dec 1 NBC bids a record $401 million to capture television broadcasting rights for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games
  • Dec 3 54th Heisman Trophy Award: Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State (RB)

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Dec 4 Orioles trade veteran 1B Eddie Murray to the Dodgers

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Dec 4 Edmonton center Jimmy Carson becomes just the third player to score 6 NHL hat tricks before the age of 21 in the Oilers 10-6 win over the New York Rangers

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Dec 5 Boris Becker beats defending champion Ivan Lendl 5–7, 7–6, 3–6, 6–2, 7–6 in a classic final to win his first of 3 ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • Dec 6 Milwaukee Bucks win their 1,000th NBA game (2nd fastest)
  • Dec 6 Agnes Neil Williams purchases Baltimore Orioles for $70 million Eli Jacobs becomes CEO of Baltimore Orioles
  • Dec 7 NHL NY Islanders fire head coach Terry Simpson, and replace him with former coach Al Arbour

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Dec 7 MLB Texas Rangers sign free-agent pitcher Nolan Ryan to a one-year contract

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Dec 8 Knick's set NBA record of 11 3-pointers & sink Bucks, 113-109
  • Dec 9 NY Yankees sign 12-year television contract with MSG for $500M
  • Dec 10 Washington Capitals 1st NHL scoreless tie, vs Montreal Canadiens
  • Dec 12 Sandra Miller of Queens sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment
  • Dec 14 CBS' $1.1 B bid wins exclusive 1990-94 major-league baseball rights
  • Dec 14 NBA's Miami Heat wins 1st game ever, 89-88 (Clippers), after 17 loses
  • Dec 15 Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks
  • Dec 17 77th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Gothenburg (4-1)
  • Dec 17 Bryan Murray becomes 17th NHL coach to win 300 games (Wash Caps)
  • Dec 17 NY Islanders break 12 game losing streak, beat Devils 5-2
  • Dec 18 Seattle Seahawks win their 1st ever division title with 9-7 record
  • Dec 18 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats England by 8 wickets
  • Dec 19 Oklahoma's College football team gets 3 year probation
  • Dec 27 Ballon d'Or: Milan 1-2-3; Dutch striker Marco van Basten wins his 1st of 3 best football player in Europe awards ahead of Ruud Gullit and Frank Rijkaard
  • Dec 29 Soviet Red Army Team edges NY Islanders, 3-2 at Nassau Coliseum
  • Dec 29 Toronto’s Ed Olczyk and Gary Leeman score goals just 4 seconds apart in the 3rd period, tying the NHL record for fastest 2 goals by one team; Leafs beat the Quebec Nordiques, 6-5.

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Dec 31 Pittsburgh NHL center Mario Lemieux accounts for all his team's goals in Penguins 8-6 win over the NJ Devils; famously scores 5 goals, each in a different way: even strength, power play, shorthanded, penalty shot and empty net; also 3 assists

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux

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