On This Day

Events in Sport in 1989

Events 1 - 200 of 299

Hopman Cup

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

  • 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 for the national title
  • 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 then longest winning streak (11 games)
  • Jan 7 Cleveland Cavaliers block 21 NY Knicks 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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

Jan 19 President Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon

  • Jan 20 Wayne Holdsworth takes a wicket 1st ball in 1st-class cricket

Sports History

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

  • 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

Super Bowl

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

Super Bowl

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

  • Jan 23 NBA New Jersey Nets begin a 32+ game road losing streak

Sports History

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

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

Sports History

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 Oklahoma linebacker Mark VanKeirsblilck assaults an Oklahoma grad student

Sports History

Jan 27 Detroit Red Wings 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

Sports History

Jan 28 David Boon completes 7th Test century, 149 v WI at SCG

Australian Open Women's Tennis

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

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

Sports History

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

Australian Men's 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

  • Jan 30 Last day of 1st class cricket for Dav Whatmore
  • Feb 3 Baseball's National League announces Yanks' broadcaster Bill White will its 1st African American President
  • Feb 4 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores 216 v WI at the Adelaide Oval
  • Feb 5 Kareem Abdul-Jabar becomes 1st NBA player to score 38,000 points
  • Feb 7 40th NHL All-Star Game, Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton: Campbell Conference beats Wales Conference, 9-5; MVP: Wayne Gretzky, LA Kings, C

Sports History

Feb 7 Tennis superstar Björn Borg apparently attempts suicide in Milan

  • Feb 8 American jockey Chris Antley begins record 64-day consecutive winning streak; ends 1 May and includes 147 winners from 486 mounts
  • Feb 9 Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) ends NBA free throw streak of 57 games

Hall of Fame

Feb 10 Celtic KC Jones & Cavalier Lenny Wilkens elected to NBA Hall of Fame

  • Feb 10 Minor League Football System opens organizational meeting, St Louis
  • Feb 10 Test Cricket debut of Aaqib Javed, Pak v NZ age 16 years 189 days
  • Feb 10 To gain deregulation WWF admits pro wrestling is an exhibition & not a sport, in a NJ court

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 12 39th NBA All-Star Game, Astrodome, Houston, TX: West beats East, 143-134; MVP: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz, F

  • Feb 12 50th PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Larry Mowry wins only career major title; beats Miller Barber & Al Geiberger by 1 stroke
  • Feb 12 Wayne Gretzky sets 2 records, his 45th hat trick & 10th 40+ goal season
  • Feb 12 Thursday's Child sets sailing record, NY-Cape Horn-SF, 80 d 20 h
  • Feb 13 Oklahoma football player Charles Thompson is charged with selling cocaine; he is later sentenced to 2 years in prison

Contract of Interest

Feb 16 Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser signs $7.9M-3 year contract

Contract of Interest

Feb 16 Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens signs $7.5M-3 year contract

Sports History

Feb 17 Former baseball player and manager Leo Durocher injured in a car crash

Daytona 500

Feb 19 31st Daytona 500: Darrell Waltrip wins when Hendrick Racing team decides to use fuel strategy, being the only car not to pit in the closing laps

Meeting of Interest

Feb 21 Pete Rose meets with Commissioner Ueberroth to discuss his gambling

  • Feb 24 Harold E Ballard sells CFL Hamilton Tiger-Cats to David Braley

Sports History

Feb 24 Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán wins 4th world title in different weight divisions when he beats Iran Barkley in a 12 round split decision in Atlantic City; 37 year old Durán wins WBC middleweight title

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 25 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Sports History

Feb 26 NFL Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career

Sports History

Feb 26 NY Yankees announce that Tom Seaver is their new TV sportscaster

  • Feb 26 California court throws out most of Margo Adams's $12 million breach-of-contract suit against Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs
  • Feb 28 10-time All Star second baseman and manager Red Schoendienst and umpire Al Barlick are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Mar 1 Charlie Francis, coach of disqualified sprinter Ben Johnson tells federal inquiry into Canada's greatest sports scandal Johnson knowingly used steroids since 1981; Johnson first across line Olympic 100m 1988

Sports History

Mar 2 NY Mets stars Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry famously nearly come to blows in front of reporters and TV crews at spring training

  • Mar 4 Javier Sotomayor high jumps indoor world record (2.43m)
  • Mar 6 Yanks beat Mets 6-4 in exhibition game (1st meeting since 1985)

Sports History

Mar 7 Dino Ciccarelli is traded by the Minnesota North Stars to the Washington Capitals

  • Mar 8 Roger Kingdom runs indoor world record 60m hurdles (7.37 secs)
  • Mar 9 Roger Kingdom runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.36 sec)
  • Mar 12 36th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #9 North Carolina beats #7 Duke, 77-74
  • Mar 12 30th SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Florida, 72-60
  • Mar 12 10th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Georgetown beats Syracuse, 88-79
  • Mar 15 NY Rangers retire goalie Eddie Giacomin's #1 uniform
  • Mar 18 Dino Ciccarelli sets Washington Capital record of 7 pts in a game
  • Mar 19 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by M Klimova & S Ponomarenko (USSR)
  • Mar 19 Ice Pairs World Championship at Paris won by Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov (USSR)

Sports History

Mar 19 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Kurt Browning (CAN)

PGA Players Championship

Mar 19 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Tom Kite wins the title in gusty conditions, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Chip Beck

  • Mar 19 Wales beats England, 12-9 at Cardiff Arms Park to allow France to claim it's 9th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship
  • Mar 20 Baseball announces Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation

Sports History

Mar 22 Pete Rozelle announces retirement as NFL commissioner after 29 years

  • Mar 22 Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres suffers a near-fatal injury when another player accidentally slits his throat.
  • Mar 27 Delhi beat Bengal by innings & 210 to win Cricket's Ranji Trophy
  • Mar 28 New Zealand wins America's Cup over Stars & Stripes, in a NY court
  • Mar 29 1st Soviet hockey players are permitted to play for the NHL

Sports History

Apr 1 A. Bartlett Giamatti replaces Peter Ueberroth as 7th commissioner of Major League Baseball; dies suddenly of a heart attack 5 months later

  • Apr 2 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Juli Inkster leads wire-to-wire to win her second DS event, 5 strokes ahead of runners-up JoAnne Carner and Tammie Green
  • Apr 2 8th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Auburn, 76-60; Lady Vols forward Bridgette Gordon MOP
  • Apr 2 Calgary Flames right wing Joe Mullen sets new NHL record for most points in a season by a American-born player, with a goal and 2 assists in a 4-2 win over Edmonton Oilers gives him 110 points
  • Apr 3 51st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Michigan beats Seton Hall, 80-79 (OT); Wolverines first title; small forward Glen Rice named tournament MOP

Sports History

Apr 4 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's last NBA game in Seattle

Sports History

Apr 4 NY Yankee Tommy John ties record of playing 26 seasons, his 287th win puts him 19th overall as Yanks beat Twins on opening day 4-2

  • Apr 5 Los Angeles Dodger Orel Hershiser's consecutive scoreless streak of 59 innings ends
  • Apr 7 NY Supreme Court takes America's Cup away from SD Yacht Club for using a catamaran against NZ. Appeals court eventually overrules
  • Apr 8 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott debut but lasts only 4 2/3 inn
  • Apr 8 143rd Grand National: Irish 12-year-old Little Polveir, ridden by jockey Jimmy Frost wins by 7 lengths from West Tip

US Masters Golf

Apr 9 53rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Englishman Nick Faldo wins the first of his 3 Masters titles after a final round 65 (−7) and a birdie on the 2nd hole of a sudden-death playoff with Scott Hoch

Baseball Record

Apr 9 Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base in NY's 4-3 loss to Clev

Sports History

Apr 11 1st playoff goal scored by a goalie, Ron Hextall of Philadelphia

  • Apr 15 96 crushed to death and 766 injured at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield, England, during FA semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest
  • Apr 15 Sue Marchiano wins 3rd World Cup female marathon (2:30:48)

Sports History

Apr 16 1st The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Don Bies wins his lone career Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke from Gary Player

  • Apr 16 Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • Apr 16 Zeleka Metaferia wins 3rd World Cup marathon (2:10:28)
  • Apr 17 93rd Boston Marathon: Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia takes men's race in 2:09:06; Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway wins her 2nd women's title in 2:24:33
  • Apr 19 Kevin Elster (NY Mets), sets error-less shortstop mark at 73

Sports History

Apr 21 George W. Bush and Edward W. Rose become joint CEOs of the Texas Rangers

  • Apr 23 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scores 10 points in his last game as a Laker in a 121-117 win over Seattle SuperSonics at the LA Forum

Sports History

Apr 23 Nolan Ryan blows a no hitter in 9th inning

  • Apr 23 NFL Draft: UCLA quarterback Troy Aikman first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • Apr 25 Penguin Mario Lemuix ties NHL playoff record of 4 goals in 1st period
  • Apr 26 Mike Tyson gets a speeding ticket for drag racing his Lamborghini in Albany, New York
  • Apr 30 US beats Costa Rica 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • May 1 American jockey Chris Antley's record 64-day consecutive winning streak ends when he fails with 5 mounts at Aqueduct, NY; streak includes 147 winners from 486 mounts
  • May 4 Junior Felix of Toronto Blue Jays becomes 53rd MLB player to hit HR on 1st at bat
  • May 5 Mike Tyson gets 2nd speeding ticket for drag racing in Albany, New York
  • May 6 115th Kentucky Derby: Pat Valenzuela on Sunday Silence wins in 2:05

Sports History

May 8 Paul McCartney releases remake of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool football fans

  • May 9 NY Mets Kevin Elster, errors after 88 errorless games at shortstop
  • May 9 NY Mets Rick Cerone, errors after 159 errorless games as catcher
  • May 10 FC Barcelona of Spain win 29th European Cup Winner's Cup against Sampdoria of Italy 1-0 in Bern
  • May 10 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Calgary Flames beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 1
  • May 11 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Montreal Canadians beat Philadelphia Flyers, 4 games to 2

Sports History

May 13 Minnesota Twin Kirby Puckett becomes 35th to hit 4 doubles in a game

  • May 13 Trinidad & Tobago ties US 1-1, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • May 14 1st Tour de Trump bicycle race run (Atlanta)
  • May 14 1st time since 1948 a player hit 6 consecutive doubles (Kirby Puckett)
  • May 15 Blue Jays fire manager Jimy Williams & replace him with Cito Gaston
  • May 15 US Basketball League cancels its summer schedule
  • May 20 114th Preakness: Pat Valenzuela aboard Sunday Silence wins in 1:53.8

LPGA Championship

May 21 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Jack Nicklaus GC: Nancy Lopez wins her 3rd LPGA C'ship by 3 strokes from Ayako Okamoto of Japan

Sports History

May 24 NHL's NY Rangers fire GM & coach Phil Esposito

  • May 24 NY Yankee hurler Lee Gutterman sets record of pitching 30-2/3 innings before giving up his 1st run of season
  • May 24 33rd European Cup: Milan beats Steaua Bucuresti 4-0 at Barcelona
  • May 25 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Calgary Flames beat Montreal Canadiens, 4-2 to win series 4 games to 2; Flames' first SC title
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Emerson Fittipaldi of Brazil first foreign winner since 1966; completes final lap under caution after crashing with Al Unser Jr

Sports History

May 29 Philadelphia Phillies 12-time All Star 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt retires from MLB at 39

  • Jun 2 Cincinnati Red Eric Davis hits for cycle
  • Jun 3 Houston Astros beat LA Dodgers, 5-4, in 22 innings (7:14:09)
  • Jun 3 Nolan Ryan pitches his 2nd one-hitter this season & 11th overall

Sports History

Jun 3 Sportscasting legend Vin Scully broadcasts 23 innings in two different cities on one day

  • Jun 4 Red Sox lead Blue Jays 10-0 in 7th, but lose 12-11 in 12 for Blue Jays 12th consecutive victory at Fenway
  • Jun 5 Toronto Blue Jays Skydome stadium opens, Milwaukee Brewers win 5-3
  • Jun 6 Mets turn their 1st triple play in 7 years but lose to Cubs 8-4
  • Jun 7 23 year old olympic barefoot South African runner Zola Budd retires
  • Jun 7 Wayne Gretzky wins his 9th NHL Hart (MVP) Trophy in 10 years
  • Jun 7 1st Baseball game to start outdoors & end indoors, as Toronto Blue Jays stadium closes roof during game at 8:48, & beat Brewers 4-2
  • Jun 8 Pirates score 10 in 1st (their best inning since 1942), prompts Pirate broadcaster Jim Rooker to say he would walk from Pitts to Philadelphia if Pirates lost, Phillies beat them 15-11, Rooker walks at end of season

Belmont Stakes

Jun 10 121st Belmont: Pat Day aboard Easy Goer wins in 2:26

  • Jun 10 French Open Women's Tennis: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain wins her first Grand Slam singles title; beats Steffi Graf 7-6, 3-6, 7-5

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 11 French Open Men's Tennis: American Michael Chang wins lone career Grand Slam title; beats Stefan Edberg of Sweden 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2; at 17 years, 110 days, becomes youngest male to win a Grand Slam singles title

  • Jun 11 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, TPC of Sawgrass: Orville Moody wins by 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Charles Coody
  • Jun 13 43rd NBA Championship: Detroit Pistons sweeps LA Lakers in 4 games
  • Jun 14 MLB Texas Rangers' Nolan Ryan becomes 2nd pitcher to defeat all 26 teams
  • Jun 15 Baltimore Orioles pull their 9th triple play (vs Yankees)
  • Jun 16 Only 17 holes-in-one recorded since US open began, today 4 more are made all on 6th hole (Weaver, Wiebe, Pate & Price)
  • Jun 17 US beats Guatemala 2-1 in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup

US Golf Open

Jun 18 US Open Men's Golf, Oak Hill CC: Curtis Strange wins by 3 from Scott Simpson for first back-to-back Open titles since Ben Hogan 1950-51

Sports History

Jun 19 Mets Dwight Gooden wins his 100th game (100-37)

  • Jun 21 Carlton Fisk becomes AL catcher HR hitter, 307th at Yankee stadium
  • Jun 21 Yankees trade Rickey Henderson to A's for Plunk, Cadaret & Polonia
  • Jun 24 Cards Vince Coleman steals record 39th & 40th consecutive bases
  • Jul 2 US Open Senior Men's Golf, Laurel Valley GC: Orville Moody wins by 2 from Frank Beard, 20 years after his US Open triumph in 1969

Golf Major

Jul 2 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Beaconsfield GC: Tammie Green wins her only LPGA major title with a 1 shot victory over fellow Americans Pat Bradley & Betsy King

  • Jul 2 American jockey Steve Cauthen wins Irish Derby on Old Vic to become the first rider in history to sweep the world's 4 major Derbies (Kentucky, Epsom, French, Irish)
  • Jul 3 Peter Koech of Kenya sets 3,000m steeplechase world record of 8:05.39 in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jul 3 Open Mind wins American thoroughbred racing's Triple Tiara for fillies when Nite of Fun is disqualified in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont

Baseball Record

Jul 5 Barry Bonds homers in Pittsburgh's 6-4 loss vs SF Giants, joining father Bobby Bonds as MLB father-son HR record holders (408)

  • Jul 6 Ex-Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt becomes the first retired MLB player to be named to start the All Star game; he elects not to play

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 9 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany beats Sweden's Stefan Edberg 6-0, 7-6, 6-4 for his 3rd and last Wimbledon title

  • Jul 9 Wimbledon Women's Tennis Open: Steffi Graf successfully defends her title beating Martina Navratilova 6-2, 6-7, 6-1

Sports History

Jul 11 60th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim All star MVP: Bo Jackson (KC Royals)

  • Jul 11 President Ronald Reagan sportscasts All Star Game

Sports History

Jul 12 NY Yankee pitching great Ron Guidry retires (170-91 .651, 3.29 ERA)

  • Jul 16 US Open Women's Golf, Indianwood G & CC: Betsy King wins the first of her 2 consecutive titles, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Nancy Lopez
  • Jul 19 NFL owners vote unanimously to form World League of American Football - operated 1991-2007

Sports History

Jul 19 Cleveland Indians Joe Carter has his 4th 3 HR game

British Golf Open

Jul 23 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: American Mark Calcavecchia wins his only major title in first ever 4-hole aggregate playoff with Australians Greg Norman and Wayne Grady

  • Jul 23 76th Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA
  • Jul 28 Braves Dale Murphy, hits 2 3-run HRs in an inning, 14th man to hit 2 HRs in an inning. Also ties record of 6 RBIs in an inning
  • Jul 28 Cards' Vince Coleman is caught stealing ends record streak at 50
  • Jul 29 Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8'0") in San Juan

Sports History

Jul 29 MLB Philadelphia Phillies retire Steve Carlton's # 32

  • Jul 29 Vince Coleman, record streak stopped at 50 straight stolen bases
  • Jul 29 White Sox trade Harold Baines to Rangers for Scott Fletcher & Sam Sosa
  • Jul 31 MLB Minnesota Twins trade AL Cy Young Award winner Frank Viola to New York Mets
  • Aug 1 Australia beats England by 9 wickets in the 4th cricket Test at Old Trafford, taking an unassailable 3-0 series lead to regain the Ashes
  • Aug 3 Jorge Velásquez wins aboard Maddie Bumpo in the 3rd at Arlington International Racecourse to become only the 5th jockey in the world to ride 6,000 career winners
  • Aug 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder Rickey Henderson sets AL mark of 50 stolen bases in 9 of his first 11 seasons in MLB
  • Aug 3 Cincinnati Reds set MLB record for most hits in 1st inning of a game with 16 for 14 runs in an 18-1 rout of Houston Astros
  • Aug 5 First ever dead heat in harness racing's Hambletonian; Park Avenue Joe and Probe tie the 3rd and final heat; Park Avenue Joe wins series on count back
  • Aug 6 Boston Red Sox retire Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder, 1st baseman Carl Yastrezemski's #8
  • Aug 10 A's bat out of order against White Sox in 3rd inning