January 1989 in Sport

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 1st Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Helena Suková & Miloslav Mečíř win inaugural event for Czechoslovakia; beat Australian pair Hana Mandlíková & Pat Cash 6-2, 6-4 for 2-0 victory

Tennis Player and Gold Medalist Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Gold Medalist
Miloslav Mecir
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • Jan 2 Notre Dame beats West Virginia for college football championship
  • Jan 2 75th Rose Bowl: #11 Michigan beats #5 Southern California, 22-14
  • Jan 2 55th Sugar Bowl: #4 Florida State beats #7 Auburn, 13-7
  • Jan 2 18th Fiesta Bowl: #1 Notre Dame beats #3 West Virginia, 34-21
  • Jan 2 55th Orange Bowl: #2 Miami (FL) beats #6 Nebraska, 23-3
  • Jan 5 Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990
  • Jan 7 NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers longest win streak (11)
  • Jan 7 Cleve Cavs block 21 NY Knick shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Jan 8 AFC Championship, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati: Cincinnati Bengals beat Buffalo Bills, 21-10
  • Jan 8 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears, 28-3

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 9 Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 LA Kings center Wayne Gretzky becomes NHL’s all-time leading scorer in combined regular season & playoff points; 4 assists in 5-4 home win over Edmonton brings his total to 2,011, 1 more than Gordie Howe

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Jan 11 Denver Nuggets' rookie Jerome Lane misses 7 free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by 2 feet
  • Jan 13 Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate
  • Jan 17 Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach

  • Jan 17 Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami
  • Jan 18 West Indies beat Australia in a rain-affected 3rd final in Sydney to win cricket's World Series Cup Tri-Series, 2-1; match reduced to 18 overs
  • Jan 20 Wayne Holdsworth takes a wicket 1st ball in 1st-class cricket

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 20 Pittsburgh center Mario Lemieux becomes just the 2nd player in NHL history to score 50 goals in less than 50 games; #50 in 44th game as the Penguins lose 7-3 to the Jets in Winnipeg

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • Jan 21 A woman is assaulted and raped in room of an Oklahoma football player
  • Jan 21 Wayne Gretzky passes Marcel Dionne to become NHL's 2nd all time scorer

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Jan 22 Super Bowl XXIII, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FL: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16; MVP: Jerry Rice, SF, WR

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

Sport awardSuper Bowl

Jan 22 After winning his third Super Bowl as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Bill Walsh retires

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • Jan 23 NBA New Jersey Nets begin a 32+ game road losing streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Michael Jordan scores his 10,000th NBA point in his 5th season

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jan 25 NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner meets with Pope John Paul II

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • Jan 25 Mario Lemieux scores a goal and 3 assists in Penguins' 5-4 win over Winnipeg in Pittsburgh; sets NHL record by picking up a point in 14 consecutive games; record stands for 10 years
  • Jan 26 Allan Border takes 7-46 against the West Indies at the SCG
  • Jan 27 Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • Jan 27 Okla linebacker Mark VanKeirsblilck assaults an Ok grad student

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 Detroit center Steve Yzerman becomes the 4th NHL player to record 100 points in 50 games or less with a goal and 2 assists as Red Wings beat Toronto, 8-1

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany beats Czech Helena Suková 6-4, 6-4 for her 6th career Grand Slam title and her 2nd Australian singles crown

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 34-3; MVP: Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia Eagles, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 29 Game-winning RBI, official statistic dropped after 9 years of use NY Mets Keith Hernandez is the all-time leader with 129

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 29 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Ivan Lendl wins his first Australian title; beats fellow Czech Miloslav Mecii 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • Jan 30 Last day of 1st class cricket for Dav Whatmore

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Marvin Austin, American football player
  • Jan 3 Kōhei Uchimura, Japanese gymnast (Olympic Champion 2012, 2016), born in Kitakyushu, Japan
  • Jan 4 Graham Rahal, American race car driver, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Jan 5 Krisztián Németh, Hungarian footballer, born in Győr, Hungary
  • Jan 7 Emiliano Insúa, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jan 9 Michaella Krajicek, Dutch tennis player, born in Delft, Netherlands
  • Jan 13 Bryan Arguez, American soccer player
  • Jan 20 Nick Foles, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl LII MVP), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 23 Yani Tseng, Taiwanese golfer (5 major titles; British Open 2010-11), born in Guishan, Republic of China
  • Jan 26 Emily Hughes, American figure skater

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 7 MLB player Greg Maddux (22) weds Kathy Ronnow

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 9 Bill Terry, baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jan 15 Wilf Slack, English cricketer, dies while playing cricket in Gambia at 34
  • Jan 21 Carl Furillo, American Baseball player (b. 1922)
  • Jan 24 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1969 runner-up), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • Jan 29 Halina Konopacka, Polish athlete (b. 1900)