December 1989 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Dec 2 55th Heisman Trophy Award: Andre Ware, Houston (QB)
  • Dec 2 54th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 30-20 in Auburn
  • Dec 11 Mark Davis signs record $3.25 million per year KC Royals contract
  • Dec 13 Walter Davis (Denver) ends NBA free throw streak of 53 games
  • Dec 16 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket play at Bellerive Oval, Hobart (v SL)
  • Dec 17 78th Davis Cup: Germany beats Sweden in Stuttgart (3-2)
  • Dec 17 Michael Bevan scores cricket century on 1st-class debut (114 SA v WA)
  • Dec 17 Patti Rizzo/Mike Hill win LPGA Mazda Golf Championship

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Dec 19 Larry Bird (Celtics) begins NBA free throw streak of 71 games

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird

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Dec 26 ODI cricket debut for Australia's Mark Taylor and Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya at the MCG

  • Dec 27 Oregon begins taking bids on NBA games

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Dec 29 Wayne Gretzky and Martina Navratilova, named athletes of decade by AP

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Dec 30 Dmitri Volkov swims world record 50m freestyle (27.15 sec)
  • Dec 31 Jockey Kent Desormeaux sets record with 598 wins in a year

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 8 Drew Doughty, Canadian hockey player
  • Dec 14 Pedro Silva, Brazilian footballer
  • Dec 29 Nathan Forbes, British footballer
  • Dec 29 Kei Nishikori, Japanese tennis player (11 singles titles, only Japanese player ranked in top 10), born in Matsue, Japan
  • Dec 30 Ryan Sheckler, American professional skateboarder

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 16 Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (b. 1913)
  • Dec 25 Billy Martin, American MLB player and manager (NY Yankees), killed in a car accident at 61

Person of interestDoug Harvey

Dec 26 Doug Harvey, Canadian ice hockey defence player ('100 Greatest NHL Players), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 65

NHL Legend Doug Harvey
NHL Legend
Doug Harvey