On This Day in Sport for January 17

Events in Sport


Sport awardGolf Major

1916 1st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Siwanoy CC Bronxville NY

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 1916 Rodman Wanamaker organises a lunch to discuss forming a golfers association (later the PGA) at the Taplow Club, Martinique Hotel, New York City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Bradman takes second Test wicket, Hammond, bowled

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1934 Carl Hubbell, NL MVP winner, gets $18,000 contract by the NY Giants
  • 1934 NY Giants reward MVP pitcher Carl Hubbell with $18,000 contract
  • 1952 1952 NFL Draft: Bill Wade from University of Vanderbilt first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • 1953 41st Women's Australian Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Julia Sampson (6-3, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

1953 41st Men's Australian Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Mervyn Rose (6-0, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • 1954 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-9
  • 1954 Suggs Louise wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open (Cloister)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1960 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1960 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-21
  • 1961 11th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 153-131 at Syracuse, New York

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1970 357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft
  • 1970 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1971 Super Bowl V: Balt Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB
  • 1977 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 24-14
  • 1979 NY Islanders didn't get a shot off in 1 period against NY Rangers
  • 1986 Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1988 "The Fumble", trailing 38-31 with 1:12 left in the AFC Championship Game, the Browns' Earnest Byner fumbled at the Denver 3-yard line, sending the Broncos to their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance
  • 1988 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 38-33
  • 1988 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings 17-10
  • 1989 Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach
  • 1989 Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami
  • 1993 AFC Championship Game: Buffalo Bills beat Miami Dolphins 29-10
  • 1993 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 30-20
  • 1995 Australia beat Australia A 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1995 LA Rams announce that they are moving to St Louis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
  • 1999 "The Miss", NFC Championship Game; Minnesota Viking Gary Anderson misses field goal fourth quarter allowing Atlanta Falcons to tie and eventually win in overtime, despite becoming 1st kicker to finish the regular season without missing
  • 1999 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat New York Jets 23-10
  • 1999 NFC Championship Game: Atlanta Falcons beat Minnesota Vikings 30-27 (OT)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1733 Thomas Linley the elder, English composer and tenor, born in Badminton, Gloucestershire (d. 1795)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1882 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), born in NYC, New York

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • 1903 Warren Hull, Gasport NY, actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World)
  • 1905 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (d. 1966)
  • 1905 Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1908 Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
  • 1913 Yuvraj of Patiala, cricketer (scored 24 & 60 in only Test India v Eng)
  • 1925 A H Kardar, cricketer (Pak 1st Test capt, prev played for India)
  • 1926 Clyde Walcott, cricketer (one of the three W's, later ICC chairman)
  • 1928 Ken Archer, cricketer (Australian batsman, 5 Tests early 50s)
  • 1929 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Quebec, NHL goaltender (#1)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1929 Jacques Plante, Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Canadian Ice Hockey goalie (first to wear a goaltender mask)

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • 1930 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, born in San Rafael, California
  • 1931 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1935 Jimmy Powell, PGA golfer (1990 Southwestern Bell Classic), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1939 Antao D'Souza, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in six Tests 1959-62)
  • 1939 Toini Gustafson, Sweden, 5K/10K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1968)
  • 1940 H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1942 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American world heavyweight boxing champion (1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1947 Gail Toushin, LPGA golfer
  • 1951 Rolando Thoeni, Italy, slalom (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1952 Darrell Porter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1954 Janet Dykman, Monterey Park California, archer (Olympics-1996)
  • 1957 Donna Stone, NJ, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
  • 1957 Michel Vaarten, Belgian cyclist
  • 1960 Chili Davis, Kingston Jamacia, outfielder (California Angels)
  • 1964 Jeff Tabaka, US baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • 1965 Nikos Nioplias, Greek footballer
  • 1965 Sylvain Turgeon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1966 Anna Ivan, La Jolla Cal, tennis star
  • 1966 Don Myrah, cyclist (Olympics-20th-96), born in Oakland, California
  • 1966 Trish Johnson, Bristol England, LPGA golfer (1993 Las Vegas)
  • 1967 Gregory Caccia, Bayshore NY, team handball right back (Olympics-1996)
  • 1967 William Michael Heinen Jr, Rayne LA, PGA golfer (1994 Shell Houston)
  • 1968 Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete
  • 1970 Candace Murray, softball shortstop (Olympics-96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970 Darnell Walker, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Jeremy Roenick, NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Derek Plante, Cloquet, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1971 Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Tyler Houston, US baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • 1971 Richard Burns, English rally driver (d. 2005)
  • 1971 Ann Wolfe, female boxer
  • 1972 Rohn Meyer, CFL offensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1972 Wendall Gaines, NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 CuauhtĂ©moc Blanco, Mexican footballer
  • 1973 Liz Ellis, Australian netball captain
  • 1974 Derrick Mason, wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1974 Guillermo Mercedes, Dominican/US baseball infielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1974 Marcus Spriggs, offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1974 Sharon Marie Ferris, NZ, sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Yang Chen, Chinese footballer
  • 1977 Ali el Kattabi, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1981 Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1982 Dwyane Wade, American basketball player
  • 1983 Alvaro Arbeloa, Spanish Footballer
  • 1983 Rick Kelly, Australian racing driver
  • 1983 Johannes Herber, German basketball player

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1990 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (26) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1933 John Hodges, cricketer (6 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), dies
  • 1952 Walter O "Spike" Briggs, owner (Det Tigers), dies at 74
  • 1959 Abdul Aziz, cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi
  • 1976 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/18]
  • 1981 Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer (b. 1899)
  • 1992 Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner (b. 1915)
  • 1993 Ger ter Horst, Dutch soccer trainer (Sparta), dies
  • 1994 Klaas Peereboom, Dutch sports reporter (Het Parool), dies at 77
  • 1994 Helen Stephens, American 100m runner and double Olympic champion, dies at 75
  • 2004 Harry Brecheen, American baseball player (b. 1914)
  • 2004 Noble [Henry] Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
  • 2008 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • 2010 Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2012 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of heart attack at 74