On This Day

Events in Sport in December 1988

  • 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)

Sports History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Contract of Interest

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

  • 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

Sports History

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.

Sports History

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