On This Day

Events in Sport in 1987

  • Jan 1 73rd Rose Bowl: #7 Arizona State beats #4 Michigan, 22-15
  • Jan 1 53rd Sugar Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 30-15
  • Jan 1 53rd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #9 Arkansas, 42-8
  • Jan 2 16th Fiesta Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #1 Miami, 14-10
  • Jan 2 Indiana Pacers beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 116-106 to give coach Jack Ramsay his 800th NBA victory; at the time Ramsey is one of only 2 coaches (with Red Auerbach) to reach milestone

Sports History

Jan 7 Indian bowler Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at 28 the youngest

  • Jan 8 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • Jan 11 Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL NY Giant Stadium (beat Wash 17-0)

AFC Championship

Jan 11 AFC Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 23-20 (OT)

  • Jan 11 NFC Championship, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford: New York Giants beat Washington Redskins, 17-0
  • Jan 14 Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Sports History

Jan 15 Champion Boston Celtics NBA forward Larry Bird is named Man of the Year by 'The Sporting News' and Athlete of the Year by 'Associated Press'; first time one athlete gains both distinctions

  • Jan 20 UK Police crackdown on soccer hooligans in biggest operation against violence around football stadiums
  • Jan 22 Blizzard in NJ, as 334 attend Devils-Flame NHL game, NJ wins 7-5

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 24 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Hana Mandlíková of Czechoslovakia wins her 4th and final Grand Slam singles crown; beats Martina Navratilova 7-5, 7-6

  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XXI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: NY Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20; MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 25 75th Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg of Sweden wins 2nd career Grand Slam title and 2nd Australian title; beats home town favourite Pat Cash 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3

  • Jan 28 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant

NFL Pro Bowl

Feb 1 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 10-6; MVP: Reggie White, Philadelphia Eagles, DE

  • Feb 2 KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires
  • Feb 3 Expos trade Jeff Reardon to Twins for Neal Heaton
  • Feb 3 SD Yacht Club celebrates return of America's Cup
  • Feb 4 Stars & Stripes beats Australia's Kookaburra 3, sweeps America's Cup
  • Feb 4 Sacramento Kings score only 4 points 1st quarter against Lakers; fewest in a period since introduction of 24 second shot-clock in 1954
  • Feb 7 Dennis Conner & Stars & Stripes bring the America's Cup back to US

Sports History

Feb 7 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano

  • Feb 8 37th NBA All-Star Game, Kingdome, Seattle, WA: West beats East, 154-149 (OT); MVP: Tom Chambers, Seattle SuperSonics, C
  • Feb 11 England beat Australia 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Feb 13 Tigers' Jack Morris awarded $1.85 million salary by arbitrator
  • Feb 14 Detroit Pistons-Philadelphia 76ers game draws crowd of 53,745 at Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac; third largest crowd in NBA history; Pistons win, 125-107
  • Feb 15 Nikolai Guljajev becomes world champion skater

Daytona 500

Feb 15 29th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott leads for 104 of 200 laps including the last 3; had won pole with record speed of 210.364 mph

  • Feb 15 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Chi-Chi Rodríguez wins his second and final Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke from Dale Douglass
  • Feb 19 Less than a month after re-signing, A's pitcher Vida Blue retires
  • Feb 23 Baseball World Series winning manager (1985) Dick Howser retires from Kansas City Royals role due to brain tumor

Sports History

Feb 24 LA Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores his 36,000th NBA point in a 97-93 win over the Suns in Phoenix

Sports History

Feb 26 NBA's Michael Jordan's 58 points in one game is a Chicago Bulls record

  • Feb 26 Wash blocks 20 Indiana shots tying NBA regulation game record
  • Feb 27 American Mike Conley sets world indoor triple jump record (17.76m) in New York
  • Feb 27 NCAA cancels SMU's entire 1987 football schedule for gross violations of NCAA rules regarding athletic corruption
  • Mar 3 Ray Dandridge, 3rd baseman in Negro Leagues, eleected to Hall of Fame
  • Mar 7 Gavaskar becomes 1st cricket batsman to score 10,000 Test runs

Boxing Title Fight

Mar 7 Mike Tyson beats James 'Bonecrusher' Smith by unanimous decision in 12 rounds in Las Vegas for WBC / WBA heavyweight boxing titles

  • Mar 8 34th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 68-67
  • Mar 8 28th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats LSU, 69-62
  • Mar 8 8th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 69-59

Sports History

Mar 12 David Robinson scores 50 points in a NCAA basketball game

  • Mar 12 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati won by Brian Orser (Canada)
  • Mar 13 Ice Dance Championship at Cincinnati won by Bestemianova & Bukin (URS)
  • Mar 14 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Cincinnati won by Katarina Witt

Sports History

Mar 14 NY Met Darryl Strawberry charges Red Sox pitcher Al Nipper during spring training exhibition game, causes bench clearing brawl

  • Mar 15 Last day in Test cricket for Larry Gomes & Joel Garner
  • Mar 15 NZ beat WI by 5 wickets in Jeremy Coney's last Test Cricket
  • Mar 15 US Davis Cup team loses to Paraguay

Sports History

Mar 17 Sunil Gavaskar ends his Test career with an innings of 96 v Pak

World Record

Mar 19 Bonnie Blair skates ladies' world record 500 m (39.43 sec)

World Record

Mar 19 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies world record 3 km (4:16.85)

  • Mar 20 Yvonne van Gennip skates ladies' world record 5 km (7:20.36)
  • Mar 21 PSV sells soccer player Ruud Gullit to AC Milan (Ÿ17 million)
  • Mar 21 France beats Ireland, 19-13 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin the clinch the outright Five Nations Rugby Championship for the 8th time and 4th Grand Slam title
  • Mar 24 WA win the Sheffield Shield by drawing cricket final vs Victoria
  • Mar 29 6th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee routs Louisiana 67-44; Lady Vols guard Tonya Edwards MOP
  • Mar 29 PGA Tournament Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Sandy Lyle of Scotland defeats Jeff Sluman on the 3rd hole of a sudden-death playoff to become the first international player to win the title
  • Mar 31 49th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Syracuse, 74-73; Hoosiers' guard Keith Smart hits game-winner in final seconds, intercepts full court pass at the last second
  • Apr 3 Bill Elliott sets NASCAR qualify record of 212.809 mph at Talladega
  • Apr 3 MLB Chicago Cubs trade Dennis Eckersley to Oakland A's for 3 minor league players
  • Apr 4 141st Grand National: Jockey Steve Knight wins his second GN aboard 28/1 shot Maori Venture by 5 lengths from The Tsarevich

Golf Major

Apr 5 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Betsy King wins the first of her 6 major titles in a sudden-death playoff with Patty Sheehan, with a par on the 2nd extra hole

Sports History

Apr 5 Wayne Gretzky wins 7th straight NHL scoring title

Sports History

Apr 6 Middleweight World Boxing Championship bout: Sugar Ray Leonard upsets Marvelous Marvin Hagler at Caesars Palace in Paradise, Nevada

  • Apr 6 Los Angeles Dodger's GM Al Campanis appears on TV program ABC News: Nightline saying Blacks may not be equipped to be in baseball management, sparking a racial controversy
  • Apr 9 For 3rd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in a Stanley Cup game and passes Jean Béliveau as all time playoff scoring champ
  • Apr 11 Yankees score 12 runs in 7th inning vs KC Royals
  • Apr 11 Zoja Ivanova wins 2nd female World Cup marathon (2:30:39)

US Masters Golf

Apr 12 51st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Larry Mize chips-in from 140 feet for an improbable birdie 3 on the 2nd playoff hole to beat Greg Norman for his only major title

  • Apr 12 Ahmed Salah wins 2nd World Cup marathon (2:10:55)
  • Apr 13 1st 3 San Diego Padres hit HRs off SF starter Roger Mason
  • Apr 16 Michael Jordan becomes the second NBA player in history to score 3,000 points in a season

Sports History

Apr 17 Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA (and ABA) player to score 30,000 points

Baseball Record

Apr 18 Mike Schmidt hits 500th home run (vs Robinson-Pirates)

  • Apr 18 Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save unconscious skydiver near Coolidge, Arizona
  • Apr 19 Brendon Kuruppu scores 201* on Test Cricket debut (Sri Lanka v NZ)
  • Apr 19 Brewers score 5 runs in 9th to win 6-4 & record 12th straight AL win
  • Apr 19 LA Clippers end season with a terrible 12-70 record
  • Apr 20 91st Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan wins 2nd title in 2:11:50; Rosa Mota of Portugal claims women's event in 2:25:21; her first of 3 race victories
  • Apr 21 Brewers lose, ending AL season-opening winning streak at 13 games
  • Apr 21 Milwaukee Brewers lose after 13th straight victory to start season

Sports History

Apr 21 Richard Hadlee makes highest Test Cricket score of 151* (v Sri Lanka)

  • Apr 23 NJ Devils farm team Maine Mariners (AHL) move to Utica (Devils) NY
  • Apr 28 NBA announces expansion to Charlotte NC & Miami Fla in 1988 & Minneapolis Minn & Orlando Fla in 1989
  • Apr 28 NFL Draft: University of Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sports History

Apr 29 Chicago Cub Andre Dawson hits for cycle

  • Apr 30 Lou Lamoriello is named NJ Devils President

Sports History

Apr 30 NY Islander Mike Bossy plays his final game

  • May 2 113th Kentucky Derby: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 2:03.4
  • May 5 Detroit Tigers are 11 games back in AL, but go on to win AL East

Sports History

May 6 Mario Andretti sets one-lap speed record at Indy at 218.204 MPH

Baseball Record

May 9 Oriole Eddie Murray is 1st to switch hit HRs in 2 consecutive games

  • May 13 Ajax of the Netherlands win 27th European Cup Winner's Cup against Lokomotive Leipzig 1-0 of East Germany in Athens
  • May 13 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • May 14 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Philadelphia Flyers beat Montreal Canadians, 4 games to 2
  • May 15 Record archery score for a pair over 24 hrs, is set
  • May 16 112th Preakness: Chris McCarron aboard Alysheba wins in 1:55.8

LPGA Championship

May 24 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: American Jane Geddes wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up American Betsy King

  • May 24 Indianapolis 500: 47 year-old, now part-time driver Al Unser Sr. wins his record-tying 4th Indy title in a huge upset
  • May 27 New York Yankees knuckleballer Phil Niekro is 3rd pitcher to make 700th start, joining Cy Young and Don Sutton
  • May 27 31st European Cup: Porto beats Bayern Munich 2-1 at Vienna
  • May 29 Robin Ventura set a college baseball record with hits in 57 games
  • May 30 Mike Tyson beats Pinklon Thomas by TKO in round 6 in Las Vegas to retain WBC / WBA heavyweight boxing titles
  • May 30 Tony Tucker TKOs Buster Douglas in 10 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 31 Saul Ballesteros drives 3 golf balls off Mt McKinley, Alaska
  • May 31 Stanley Cup Final, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, AL: Edmonton Oilers beat Philadelphia Flyers, 3-1 to win title 4 games to 3: Oilers' 3rd SC
  • Jun 1 Cleveland Indians pitcher Phil Niekro beats Detroit Tigers, 9-6 for his 314th MLB victory; combines with Joe Niekro (216) for most combined wins by brothers in baseball history (530)
  • Jun 3 Cubs & Astro tie Oriole & Ranger record of 3 grand slams in a game
  • Jun 4 American hurdler Edwin Moses' 122 race winning streak which extends to nearly 10 years ends when he is beaten by countryman Danny Harris in Madrid, Spain

Sports History

Jun 5 Dwight Gooden returns from drug rehabilitation & allows wins game

  • Jun 6 119th Belmont: Craig Perret aboard Bet Twice wins in 2:28.2
  • Jun 6 NY Yankees play their 13,000th game

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 6 French Open Women's Tennis: 17 year old German Steffi Graf beats World #1 Martina Navratilova 6-4, 4-6, 8-6; Graf's first Grand Slam victory

  • Jun 13 Daniel Buettner, Bret Anderson, Martin Engel & Anne Knabe complete cycling journey of 15,266 mi from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Argentina
  • Jun 14 41st NBA Championship: LA Lakers beat Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2

Sports History

Jun 14 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Sawgrass CC: South African Gary Player wins by 1 stroke from Bruce Crampton and Chi-Chi Rodriguez

  • Jun 15 Michael Spinks TKOs Gerry Cooney in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Woman Jockey Rides Into Record Books

Jun 19 Gay Kelleway rides 12-1 shot Sprowston Boy to win the two-mile six-furlong Queen Alexandra Stakes; becomes first female jockey to ride a winner at England’s Royal Ascot Racecourse

  • Jun 20 1st Rugby World Cup Final, Eden Park, Auckland: New Zealand fly-half Grant Fox lands 4 penalties, a conversion and drop goal as the All Blacks beat France, 29-9

US Golf Open

Jun 21 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic Club: Scott Simpson passes and holds off 1982 champion Tom Watson on the Lake Course to win his only major title by 1 stroke

Sports History

Jun 22 Tom Seaver retires after 3rd try with NY Mets

  • Jun 24 CFL's Montreal Alouettes fold
  • Jun 24 Salt Lake City Trappers begin pro baseball record 29 consecutive win streak
  • Jun 26 Losing 9-0 to Red Sox, Yanks score 11 in 3rd & win 12-11 in 10 inn
  • Jun 28 Boston outfielder Don Baylor sets MLB career hit-by-pitch mark at 244 when plunked by Rick Rhoden in Red Sox, 6-2 win over NY Yankees

Sports History

Jun 29 Yanks blow 11-4 lead but trailing 14-11 Dave Winfield's 8th inning grand slammer beats Toronto 15-14; Mattingly also grand slams

  • Jun 30 Patrik Sjöberg of Sweden sets a new men's high jump world record 2.42m (7 ft 11 1⁄4 in) in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jul 1 New York City radio station WFAN-AM commences first 24 hour all sports radio format
  • Jul 2 KC Royals outfielder Jim Eisenreich hits 1st HR since 1982, in MLB comeback process, retired 1984 (Tourette syndrome)
  • Jul 3 Controversial NY Mets MLB star Darryl Strawberry threatens teammates for criticising his play; he is now an ordained minister

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova earns 8th Wimbledon singles title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Steffi Graf

  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Pat Cash of Australia scores his only Grand Slam singles success 7-6, 6-2, 7-5 over Ivan Lendl

Baseball Record

Jul 5 A's 1st baseman Mark McGwire becomes first rookie to hit 30 HRs before the MLB All-Star Game as Oakland beats Red Sox, 6-2

Sports History

Jul 6 Pakistan cricket all-rounder Imran Khan reaches 300th Test wicket milestone, during 3rd Test vs England at Leeds

  • Jul 11 Orioles' Cal Ripkin becomes 1st to manage 2 sons, as Billy joins Cal
  • Jul 12 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Islesmere GC: Jody Rosenthal wins by 2 from Ayako Okamoto of Japan
  • Jul 12 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Brooklawn CC: South African Gary Player wins by a record 6 strokes ahead of Doug Sanders
  • Jul 12 Phillies Kent Tekulve pitches his 900th game in relief
  • Jul 14 58th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-0 in 13 at Oakland-Alameda Stad

Sports History

Jul 14 All star MVP: Tim Raines (Montreal Expos)

Sports History

Jul 14 Rookie of the Year Award is renamed to honor Jackie Robinson

Baseball Record

Jul 16 Don Mattingly hits his 4th grand slam of season & ties AL record of homers in 6 straight games (on way to tie major league record of 8)

British Golf Open

Jul 19 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Briton Nick Faldo wins his first major title, by 1 shot from Paul Azinger and Rodger Davis

  • Jul 23 Petra Felke (E Ger) throws javelin 78.89 m (women's record)
  • Jul 23 Red Sox waive Bill Buckner, the goat of last year's World Series
  • Jul 26 Catfish Hunter Billy Williams and Ray Dandridge inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jul 26 74th Tour de France won by Stephen Roche of Ireland

US Women's Golf Open

Jul 28 US Open Women's Golf, Plainfield CC: England's Laura Davies won the first of her 4 major titles in an 18-hole Tuesday playoff over runners-up Ayako Okamoto and JoAnne Carner

Sports History

Jul 28 Ángel Cordero Jr.becomes 4th jockey to win 6,000 races

  • Jul 31 Baltimore first baseman Eddie Murray hits his 299th and 300th career home runs to lead Orioles to an 8-4 win over Texas Rangers
  • Aug 1 Mike Tyson outpoints Tony Tucker in 12 rounds in a heavyweight boxing unification matchup in Las Vegas; first to own all 3 major belts WBA, WBC and IBF simultaneously
  • Aug 2 Federation Cup Tennis Final: Steffi Graf & Claudia Kohde-Kilsch beat Chris Evert & Pam Shriver in the doubles as Germany beats US 2-1 in Vancouver, Canada
  • Aug 2 Cincinnati outfielder Eric Davis is 7th to hit 30 HRs & steal 30 bases in one season as he homers in Reds 5-4 win v Giants
  • Aug 2 Michael Andretti runs fastest Indy car race in history (171.49mph) in winning the Marlboro 500 at the Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Michigan
  • Aug 3 Detroit Tigers ace Jack Morris ties AL record with 5 wild pitches in a 4-2, 10 innings loss v Kansas City Royals
  • Aug 3 Twins pitcher Joe Niekro is caught with a file on the mound in 11-3 win v Angels, ejected and suspended for 10 games
  • Aug 7 Javed Miandad becomes first to score 6,000 Test runs for Pakistan as he cracks 260 in drawn 5th Test v England at The Oval
  • Aug 8 Brewers' Rob Deer struck-out 5 times in a game

PGA Championship

Aug 9 PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National Palm Beach: Larry Nelson wins 2nd PGA C'ship in a playoff with fellow American Lanny Wadkins

  • Aug 9 LA Rams beat Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in London, England (NFL expo)
  • Aug 10 Kevin Gross is 2nd pitcher in 8 days to be ejected for scuffing ball
  • Aug 14 Oakland's Mark McGwire sets rookie HR record at 39, en route to 49
  • Aug 16 NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs, 23-9
  • Aug 17 Bunt single gives Milwaukee Brewers' Paul Molitor longest MLB hit streak of 1980's at 32 games

Hall of Fame

Aug 17 Muhammad Ali elected to "Ring" magazine's Boxing Hall of Fame

  • Aug 18 Houston Oiler Earl Campbell, retires from NFL
  • Aug 21 "Mack Lobell" set harness racing's trotting mil (1:52)
  • Aug 28 Mike Schmidt passes Ted Williams & Willie McCovey with 522 HRs
  • Aug 28 2nd Athletics World Championships open at Rome, Italy

Baseball Record

Aug 29 Nolan Ryan passes the 200-strikeout barrier for record 11th time

  • Aug 29 Portuguese athlete Rosa Mota wins Women's Marathon at World Chapionships in Rome in 2hr 25:17mins
  • Aug 30 87th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Billy Mayfair

Baseball Record

Aug 30 Kirby Puckett goes 6-for-6 with 2 HRs in Minn 10-6 win over Milwaukee

  • Aug 30 Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria sets high jump woman's record 2.09m (6'10½"), one of the most long-standing records in athletics
  • Aug 30 Yves Pol of France runs complete marathon backwards (3:57:57)
  • Aug 30 Knuckleballer Charlie Hough on the mound, Rangers catcher Geno Petralli ties the major league record by allowing 6 passed balls

Sports History

Aug 30 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in 100m after Ben Johnson is disqualified

  • Aug 31 Curtis Strange sets golf's earning for year record ($697,385)
  • Aug 31 The Great Potato Incident: Minor league Williamsport Bills catcher Dave Bresnahan attempts to lure an opposing baserunner off third base using a potato carved to look like a baseball. Umpire calls runner safe, and the catcher is fined $50 and released by the team [1] [2]

US Men's Tennis Open

Sep 1 15 year old American tennis player Michael Chang becomes youngest man to win a match at the US Open when he beats Australian Paul McNamee in 4 sets in the opening round

  • Sep 2 Houston outfielder Kevin Bass becomes 1st NL player to switch hit HRs in a game twice in one season in Astros 10-1 win v Cubs

Tennis Open

Sep 5 John McEnroe is fined $17,500 for tirades at US Tennis Open

  • Sep 5 2nd World Championships in Athletics: Carl Lewis wins gold in Men's Long Jump
  • Sep 6 Douglas Wakiihuri wins marathon (2:11:48)
  • Sep 6 Saskatchewan's Dave Ridgway kicks a CFL-record 60-yard field goal
  • Sep 9 Largest US Tennis Open single night session (total) 21,016
  • Sep 9 Larry Bird (Celtics), begins NBA free throw streak of 59
  • Sep 9 MLB pitcher Nolan Ryan strikes out his 4,500th batter
  • Sep 12 Vince Coleman steals his 100th base for 3rd straight year
  • Sep 13 US Open Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova retains her title; beats Steffi Graf of Germany 7-6, 6-1