Events in Sport in 1990

  • Jan 1 19th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Florida State beats #6 Nebraska, 41-17
  • Jan 1 56th Orange Bowl: #4 Notre Dame beats #1 Colorado, 21-6
  • Jan 1 56th Sugar Bowl: #2 Miami beats #7 Alabama, 33-25
  • Jan 1 76th Rose Bowl: #12 Southern California beats #3 Michigan, 17-10

Hopman Cup

Jan 1 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Arantxa Sánchez Vicario beats American Pam Shriver 6-3, 6-3 to clinch 2-1 win for Spain's first title

  • Jan 1 Sports News Network begins operation on cable TV
  • Jan 5 J Donald Crump appointed 8th Commissioner of CFL
  • Jan 9 Boston Celtics worst ever (6 pts in 2nd vs NJ Nets) & lose 87-78
  • Jan 10 NCAA approves random drug testing for college football players
  • Jan 11 Bobby Knight becomes college basketball's Big 10 winningest coach (229)

Sports History

Jan 11 NHL New York Islander Pat LaFontaine sets team record of scoring goals in 11 straight games

AFC Championship

Jan 14 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 37-21

  • Jan 14 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Los Angeles Rams, 30-3

Boxing Title Fight

Jan 15 42 year old former world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman stops Gerry Cooney in 2 rounds in Atlantic City in a non-title bout; Cooney's last fight

  • Jan 15 Golden State coach Don Nelson becomes 2nd man in NBA history to appear in 1,000 games both as a player and coach (joining Lenny Wilkens) as the Warriors lose to the Indiana Pacers, 144-105
  • Jan 15 In a bizarre twist in the NHL, Washington Capitals fire coach Brian Murray, who had been head coach since 1981; replace him with his brother Terry, who had been coaching in the minors
  • Jan 15 In a shrewd move, Detroit Tigers sign 1st baseman Cecil Fielder who spent previous season in Japan; hits 51 homers this MLB season and becomes a premier power hitter for most of the 1990s
  • Jan 19 Police break up protests in Johannesburg against the cricket players defying a boycott on playing in apartheid South Africa

NHL All-Star Game

Jan 21 41st NHL All-Star Game, Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA: Wales beats Campbell, 12-7; MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C

  • Jan 21 Bob Goodenow succeeds Alan Eagleson as NHL players association executive director

Sports History

Jan 21 John McEnroe becomes 1st ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open

Sports History

Jan 22 Wasim Akram scores Test century (123) at Adelaide

  • Jan 22 Will Clark, NL's MVP signs a $15M 4-year contract with SF Giants
  • Jan 23 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores twin test tons vs. Pakistan at Adelaide Oval
  • Jan 24 LAs' Pat Riley becomes the 13th and fastest coach to reach the 500-victory plateau as the Lakers down the Indiana Pacers, 120-111; Riley (500-184) surpasses Don Nelson (500-317) to reach milestone
  • Jan 26 Boston Red Sox hires Elaine Weddington as asst GM (highest-ranking African American female in a major-league front office)

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 27 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf beats American Mary Joe Fernández 6-3, 6-4 for her 3rd consecutive Australian singles crown

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 28 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American-based Czech star Ivan Lendl of wins 8th and last career Grand Slam title; beats Stefan Edberg 4-6, 7-6, 5-2; Edberg retires injured

Super Bowl

Jan 28 Super Bowl XXIV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: San Francisco 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

NHL Record

Jan 30 LA center Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record by scoring his 100th point of the season for the 11th straight season; milestone comes with an assist in a 5-2 Kings' win over visiting New Jersey Devils

  • Jan 31 1st ever all-sports daily "National" begins publishing

Sports History

Feb 3 Darryl Strawberry voluntarily enters Smither Center for Alcohol rehabilitation

Sports History

Feb 3 Jockey Bill Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race

  • Feb 4 Anders Holmertz swims world record 400 m freestyle (3:40.81)
  • Feb 4 Lyudmila Narozhi-Lenko runs world record 60m hurdles indoor (7.69)
  • Feb 4 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 27-21; MVP: Jerry Gray, LA Rams, DB

Sports History

Feb 4 Richard Hadlee takes his 400th Test Cricket wicket (Sanjay Manjrekar)

  • Feb 4 St Petersburg Pelicans beat West Palm Beach Tropics 12-4 to win 1st Senior Professional Baseball Association Championship

Sports History

Feb 6 Brett Hull becomes 1st son of NHL 50 goal scorer (Bobby) to score 50

  • Feb 6 Groundbreaking begins on Baltimore Orioles' new $102 million stadium

NBA All-Star Game

Feb 11 40th NBA All-Star Game, Miami Arena, Miami, FL: East beats West, 130-113; MVP: Magic Johnson, LA Lakers, F

Boxing Title Fight

Feb 11 In a huge upset, James "Buster" Douglas KOs Mike Tyson in 10th round in Tokyo, Japan to win the world heavyweight boxing title

  • Feb 11 US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge

Sports History

Feb 13 Larry Bird (Celtics) ends NBA free throw streak of 71 games

  • Feb 15 Baseball owners lock out players

Daytona 500

Feb 18 32nd Daytona 500: Derrike Cope wins after Dale Earnhardt shreds right rear tyre on last lap

  • Feb 22 1st day India v NZ cricket at Auckland NZ 5-78 at lunch, 9-387 stumps
  • Feb 25 Australia beat Pakistan 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • Mar 1 England cricket has its first win against West Indies in 16 years and 24 matches; 9 wicket victory in the 1st Test in Kingston, Jamaica; Allan Lamb's first overseas century 132
  • Mar 10 Ice Dance Championship at Halifax won by Klimova & Ponomarenko (Soviet Union)
  • Mar 10 Ice Pairs World Championship at Halifax won by Ekaterina Gordeeva & Sergei Grinkov (USSR)

Sports History

Mar 10 Men's Figure Skating Championship in Halifax won by Kurt Browning (CAN)

  • Mar 11 11th Big East Men's Basketball Tournament: Connecticut beats Syracuse, 78-75
  • Mar 11 31st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Alabama beats Ole Miss, 70-51
  • Mar 11 37th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: #14 Georgia Tech beats Virginia, 70-61
  • Mar 17 Scotland beats England, 13-7 at Murrayfield, Edinburgh for it's 14th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship, 3rd Grand Slam title and 10th Triple Crown
  • Mar 18 32-day lockout by baseball owners ends
  • Mar 18 PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Jodie Mudd wins by 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Mark Calcavecchia; winner's cheque $270,000
  • Mar 19 1st world ice hockey tournament for women held (Ottawa)

Sports History

Mar 20 LA Lakers retires Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's #33

  • Mar 22 The ML umpires announce that they will boycott exhibition games
  • Mar 24 Tom Hunter swims world record 50m freestyle (21.81 sec)
  • Mar 27 NSW beat Queensland by 345 runs to win Sheffield Shield Final
  • Mar 28 Bengal beat Delhi in rained-out cricket Ranji Trophy final on quotient

NBA Record

Mar 28 Michael Jordan scores 69 points, 4th time he scores 60 pts in a game

Sports History

Mar 28 US President George H. W. Bush posthumously awards Jesse Owens the Congressional Gold Medal

Golf Tournament

Mar 30 Jack Nicklaus makes his debut on the Senior PGA Tour with a 71 (-1) in the first round of The Tradition at Desert Mountain; wins the event by 4 strokes from Gary Player

Sports History

Mar 31 20-year old Quebec Nordiques' center Joe Sakic scores a goal in a 3-2 loss to Hartford to become the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points in a season

  • Apr 1 9th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Auburn, 88-81; Cardinal point guard Jennifer Azzi MOP

Golf Major

Apr 1 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Betsy King wIns the 2nd of her 3 Dinah Shore events, 2 strokes ahead of Shirley Furlong and Kathy Postlewait

  • Apr 1 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Jack Nicklaus wins his first start on the Senior PGA Tour by 4 strokes from Gary Player
  • Apr 2 52nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Nevada-LV beats Duke, 103-73; record largest margin of victory in a championship game; Runnin' Rebels' first title

NBA Record

Apr 5 John Stockton reaches 1000-assist mark for NBA record 3 yrs in a row

  • Apr 5 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 2-1 in 1st game of preliminary
  • Apr 7 144th Grand National: Marcus Armytage aboard 16/1 bet Mr Frisk wins in race record 8m 47.8s; 2 equine fatalities during the race
  • Apr 7 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 5-2, Rangers lead 2-0 in preliminary

US Masters Golf

Apr 8 54th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Nick Faldo of England goes back-to-back with a par on the 2nd sudden-death playoff hole with Raymond Floyd

Contract of Interest

Apr 9 Don Mattingly signs a $19.7 million 5-year contract with Yankees

  • Apr 9 NY Islanders beat NY Rangers 4-3 in double overtime-Rangers lead 2-1
  • Apr 10 Curtly Ambrose takes 8-45 in cricket vs England at Bridgetown
  • Apr 11 MLB California Angels Mark Langston & Mike Witt, no-hit Seattle, 1-0
  • Apr 11 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-1, Rangers lead 3-1 in preliminary playoffs
  • Apr 13 4th largest NBA crowd (45,458) see Orlando play at Minneapolis
  • Apr 13 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-5, Rangers win preliminary, 4-1

Sports History

Apr 15 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: South African Gary Player wins his third event title by 2 strokes from Chi-Chi Rodríguez

  • Apr 16 94th Boston Marathon: Gelindo Bordin is first Italian event winner in race record 2:08:19; Portugal's Rosa Mota wins her 3rd woman's title in 2:25:24
  • Apr 18 Birmingham Fire issued an original franchise in WLAF
  • Apr 19 Pistons & 76'ers get into a fight accruing $162,500 fines (NBA record)
  • Apr 20 8 2/3 inning perfect game pitched by Brian Holman of Oakland A's is spoiled by a home run hit by Ken Philips

Sports History

Apr 20 Pete Rose pleads guilty to hiding $300,000 in income

  • Apr 21 National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards
  • Apr 22 NFL Draft: University of Illinois quarterback Jeff George first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • Apr 26 NY court of appeals ends 2½ year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case

Sports History

Apr 27 Dodger Orel Hershiser undergoes career-threatening shoulder surgery

  • Apr 27 Villanova's women set a 6,000 m relay world record of 17:18:10
  • Apr 28 Boston Celtics score most points in a playoff, beat NY Knicks 157-128

Sports History

Apr 29 Dan Quisenberry (all-time AL save king, 238) announces his retirement

  • Apr 30 As Met pitcher David Cone argues a call at 1st base, 2 Braves score
  • May 4 Oriole Gregg Olson sets relief pitcher rec of 41 cons scoreless inns
  • May 5 116th Kentucky Derby: Craig Perret aboard Unbridled wins in 2:02
  • May 9 NHL Prince of Wales Conference Final: Boston Bruins beat Washington Capitals, 4 games to 0
  • May 9 Sampdoria of Italy win 30th European Cup Winner's Cup against Anderlecht of Belgium 2-0 in Gothenburg

Sports History

May 11 NY Yankees trade Dave Winfield to Angels for Mike Witt

  • May 12 NHL Clarence Campbell Conference Final: Edmonton Oilers beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4 games to 2

Sports History

May 14 46th time opposing pitchers hit HR, Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers)/Gross (Expos)

  • May 15 Edmonton Oiler Klima beats Boston Bruins in 6th period

Sports History

May 18 Cubs Ryne Sandberg ends 2nd baseman record 123 errorless game streak

Sports History

May 18 Edmonton right wing Jari Kurri sets record for scoring in a Stanley Cup Finals game with 3 goals and 2 assists in 7-2 win at Boston Garden

Sports History

May 19 115th Preakness: Pat Day aboard Summer Squall wins in 1:53.6

Baseball Record

May 22 Andre Dawson receives a record 5 intentional walks in a game

Sports History

May 22 Deion Sanders becomes involved in a dispute with Chicago White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk, one of the most infamous incidents of Sanders' baseball career

  • May 23 34th European Cup: Milan beats Benfica 1-0 at Vienna
  • May 23 NY Yankees hit 6 home runs to beat Minnesota Twins 12-0
  • May 24 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Edmonton Oilers beat Boston Bruins, 4-1 for a 4-1 series win; Oilers' 5th Cup win in 7 years

Sports History

May 26 Philadelphia Phillies retire future Baseball Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt's uniform #20

  • May 27 Indianapolis 500: Dutchman Arie Luyendyk takes lead with 32 laps to go to earn first-ever victory in championship-level competition; average speed 185.981 mph is a record that stands until 2013
  • May 29 NY Mets fire manager Davey Johnson & hire Bud Harrelson

Baseball Record

May 29 Rickey Henderson steals record 893rd base, breaking Ty Cobb's record

  • Jun 4 LA Dodger Ramon Martinez strikes out 18 Atlanta Braves
  • Jun 6 Stump Merrill replaces Bucky Dent as NY Yankee manager
  • Jun 9 122nd Belmont: Michael Kinane aboard Go & Go wins in 2:27.2

Baseball Record

Jun 9 Dodger Eddie Murray ties Mickey Mantle with baseball's switch hit HRs in 10 games

French Open Women's Tennis

Jun 9 French Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles of Yugoslavia wins her first Grand Slam singles title; beats Steffi Graf 7-6, 6-4

  • Jun 10 Detroit Pistons beat Trailblazers for 1st time since 1974 in Portland

French Open Men's Tennis

Jun 10 French Open Men's Tennis: Andres Gomez of Ecuador wins his 1st and only career Grand Slam title; beats American Andre Agassi 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

  • Jun 10 Senior Tournament Players Championship Men's Golf, Dearborn CC: Jack Nicklaus wins his second of 8 Champions Tour majors by 6 strokes from Lee Trevino
  • Jun 11 Nolan Ryan pitches his 6th no-hitter beating Oakland, in 9th he retires Ken Phelps, Rickey Henderson & Willie Randolph (all ex Yanks)
  • Jun 12 Egypt (500-1 longshot) ties favorite the Netherlands 1-1 in World Cup game
  • Jun 12 NY Mets beat Chicago Cubs 19-8 at Wrigley Field, Cubs outfielder Doug Dazcenzo pitched a scoreless 9th inning

Baseball Record

Jun 12 NY Yankee reliever Dave Righetti becomes 9th to record 200 saves

Baseball Record

Jun 12 Orioles Cal Ripken plays in his 1,308th consecutive game to move past Everett Scott into 2nd place on the all-time list

NBA Finals

Jun 14 NBA Finals: Defending champion Detroit Pistons beat Portland Trail Blazers, 92-90 in Game 5 for back-to-back titles; MVP: Isiah Thomas

  • Jun 16 NHL Draft: Cornwall Royals (OHL) right wing Owen Nolan first pick by Quebec Nordiques
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Medinah CC: Hale Irwin wins his 3rd Open title; defeats Mike Donald at the 91st hole, the first in sudden-death, after tying the 18-hole Monday playoff
  • Jun 18 1st sudden death US Open Golf Championship is won by Hale Irwin
  • Jun 19 Gary Carter catches his 1,862nd career game breaks Al López's NL mark
  • Jun 21 At Yankee Stadium rally, Nelson Mandela dons a NY Yankee baseball cap and proclaims "I am a Yankee!"

Music Concert

Jun 22 Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium, New York City

  • Jun 22 Longest game in Toronto, Yanks beat Blue Jays 8-7 in 15 inns
  • Jun 22 MLB Atlanta Braves replace manager Russ Nixon with GM Bobby Cox

Contract of Interest

Jun 27 Jose Canseco signs record $4,700,000 per year Oak A's contract

  • Jun 27 NBA Draft: Syracuse power forward Derrick Coleman first pick by New Jersey Nets
  • Jun 29 A's Dave Stewart no-hits Blue Jays & Dodger's Fernando Valenzuela no-hits St Louis 6-0, 1st time no-hitters in both leagues
  • Jun 29 NY Mets tie their team career high 11 game winning streak

Golf Major

Jul 1 Canadian Open Women's Golf (du Maurier Classic), Westmount GC: Cathy Johnston wins by 2 strokes from Patty Sheehan for her only LPGA Tour win

  • Jul 1 US Senior Open Men's Golf, Ridgewood CC: Lee Trevino wins by 2 strokes from Jack Nicklaus for his first Champions Tour major title

Sports History

Jul 5 Steffi Graf's record run of 13 consecutive tennis Grand Slam singles finals ends, beaten in Wimbledon semi-finals 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 by American Zina Garrison

  • Jul 7 New Jersey Devils sign star Russian defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov & Sergei Starikov to NHL contracts despite criticism they are taking North American jobs

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her record 9th Wimbledon singles title beating American Zina Garrison 6-4, 6-1

  • Jul 8 Brewers beat Angels 20-7, including 13 in 5th inning
  • Jul 8 FIFA World Cup Final, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy: 85th minute penalty by Andreas Brehme gives West Germany, 1-0 win over Argentina
  • Jul 8 Trailing 7-0, Brewers tie Angels & then score 13 in 5th to win 20-7

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg beats Boris Becker 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4 for his 2nd Wimbledon singles crown

  • Jul 9 New Zealand cricket legend Richard Hadlee takes 5-53 in 3rd Test v England at Edgbaston to end Test career with 431 wickets
  • Jul 10 61st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-0 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • Jul 10 All star MVP: Julio Franco (Texas Rangers)
  • Jul 10 Final day of Test Cricket for Richard Hadlee as New Zealand go down by 114 runs in 3rd Test v England at Edgbaston
  • Jul 11 NYC police arrest "Dartman" (stabbed over 50 women with darts)
  • Jul 12 Chicago White Sox Melido Perez no-hits Yankees 8-0 in a rain shortened 6 inning game at Yankee Stadium (7th no-hitter of 1990)
  • Jul 15 US Open Women's Golf, Atlanta Athletic Club: Defending champion Betsy King wins consecutive titles, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Patty Sheehan, the leader after each of first 3 rounds
  • Jul 17 Minnesota Twins become 1st team to turn 2 triple plays in a game but lose to Boston Red Sox 1-0
  • Jul 17 NY Yankee Deion Sanders hits an inside park homer
  • Jul 19 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose is sentence to 5 months for tax evasion
  • Jul 19 Dave Righetti pitches in his 499th game as a NY Yankee, passing Whitey Ford in most appearances as a NY Yankee
  • Jul 22 77th Tour de France won by Greg LeMond of USA

Golf Tournament

Jul 22 90th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Phil Mickelson

  • Jul 22 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Englishman Nick Faldo wins the 2nd of his 3 Open Championships by 5 strokes from runners-up Mark McNulty & Payne Stewart
  • Jul 23 Rosie Jones (St Louis), 26, crowned 22nd Miss Black America

Sports History

Jul 25 KC Royal George Brett hits for the cycle

Sports History

Jul 25 Roseanne Barr sings the National Anthem at Cincinnati Reds-San Diego Padres MLB game

  • Jul 26 US beats Soviet Union 17-0 in baseball at Goodwill Games

Sports History

Jul 27 Graham Gooch scores 333 v India at Lord's

  • Jul 27 Tom Moody scores 100 in 26 mins in county cricket, world record
  • Jul 29 26th Curtis Cup: US wins 14-4
  • Jul 29 28th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats USSR in Atlanta Georgia (2-1)
  • Jul 29 Boston Red Sox set major league record with 12 doubles in a game
  • Jul 29 Federation Cup Women's Tennis, Norcross, Georgia: US retains title with 2-1 victory over Soviet Union; Gigi Fernández & Zina Garrison-Jackson clinch final with 6-4, 6-3 win against Larisa Neiland & Natasha Zvereva

LPGA Championship

Jul 29 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Bethesda CC: Beth Daniel wins her only major title by 1 stroke from fellow American Rosie Jones

Sports History

Jul 30 George Steinbrenner is forced by Commissioner of Baseball Fay Vincent to resign as principal partner of NY Yankees

  • Jul 30 Graham Gooch scores 123 v India to follow up 1st innings 333
  • Jul 31 Texas Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan records his 300th career victory, an 11-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers; 20th MLB pitcher to reach the milestone
  • Aug 2 Yankees rookie 1st baseman Kevin Maas hits his 10th MLB homer in 6-5 loss v Detroit, fastest to reach that mark, just 77 at bats
  • Aug 3 NY Yankees rookie 1st baseman Kevin Maas sets a MLB record for hitting 10 home runs in the fewest at bats (72)
  • Aug 6 Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan are inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY
  • Aug 8 Baltimore Orioles pull their 10th triple play (1-6-3 vs Oakland)

Baseball Record

Aug 8 Carlton Fisk ties Johnny Bench hitting 327 HRs as a catcher

  • Aug 8 Pete Rose begins 5-ms prison term at Marion (IL) Federal prison camp

PGA Championship

Aug 12 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Shoal Creek: Wayne Grady of Australia wins his only major title by 3 strokes from American Fred Couples

  • Aug 14 Denver vote for a 1% sales tax to pay for a baseball franchise

Baseball Record

Aug 15 Mark McGwire is 1st to hit 30 HRs in each of his 1st 4 seasons

  • Aug 17 Carlton Fisk hits White Sox record 187th HR
  • Aug 17 Phyllis Polander sues Mike Tyson for sexual harassment
  • Aug 19 Dodger Jose Offerman hits HR in his 1st at bat
  • Aug 20 Gene Michael names NY Yankee VP/GM replacing Harding Peterson
  • Aug 20 George Steinbrenner steps down as NY Yankee owner
  • Aug 20 NY Yankee Kevin Maas is quickest to reach 15 HRs (approx 132 at bat)
  • Aug 25 Li Hui Rong of China sets triple jump woman's record (47'8½")