On This Day in Sport for January 20

Events in Sport

  • 1892 1st basketball game played (Mass)
  • 1910 Ottawa Senators sweep Edmonton in 2 for Stanley Cup (2nd of 1910)
  • 1950 1950 NFL Draft: Leon Hart from University of Notre Dame first pick by Detroit Lions

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1952 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1957 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1958 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • 1968 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak
  • 1970 20th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 142-135 at Philadelphia
  • 1970 23rd NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 4-1 at St Louis
  • 1974 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 15-13
  • 1974 Essex Comm College beats Englewood Cliffs 210-67 in basketball
  • 1975 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 17-10
  • 1976 29th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-5 at Philadelphia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1980 Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena, MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Darryl Sittler is traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia Flyers

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Super Bowl XIX: SF 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16 in Stanford Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1987 UK Police crackdown on soccer hooligans in biggest operation against violence around football stadiums
  • 1989 Wayne Holdsworth takes a wicket 1st ball in 1st-class cricket
  • 1991 Buffalo Bills beat LA Raiders 51-3 for AFC title

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1991 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • 1991 AFC Championship Game: Buffalo Bills beat Los Angeles Raiders 51-3
  • 1991 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants with a field goal by Matt Barr's with no time left beat San Francisco 49ers 15-13
  • 1992 Australia beat India 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup, David Boon scores the most runs in the series (432)
  • 1992 Score begins selling international soccer cards
  • 1995 1994-95 NHL Season begin after a lengthy strike
  • 1996 46th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 5-4 at Fleet Center Boston
  • 1996 Australia defeat Sri Lanka 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 2008 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat San Diego Chargers 21-12
  • 2008 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants beat Green Bay Packers 23-20 (OT)
  • 2013 AFC Championship Game: Baltimore Ravens beat New England Patriots 28-13
  • 2013 NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Atlanta Falcons 28-24

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1893 Georg Åberg, Swedish athlete (d. 1946)
  • 1908 Ian Peebles, cricketer (Scottish leg-spinner, England 1927-31)
  • 1912 Walter Briggs, Jr., American sports executive (d. 1970)
  • 1920 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1925 George Connol, NFL Hall-of-Famer
  • 1932 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1939 Murle Breer, LPGA golfer
  • 1940 Carol Heiss Jenkins, American figure skater (Oly-gold/silver-56, 60), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944 Isao Okano, Japan, middleweight judo (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1945 Christopher Martin-Jenkins, cricket commentator and correspondent
  • 1947 Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist and directeur sportif
  • 1950 Chuck Lefley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1956 John Phillips Naber, Evanston Ill, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76)
  • 1957 Leonard C Clements, Cherry Point NC, PGA golfer (1994 Bob Hope-2nd)
  • 1959 Lea Antonoplis, West Covina Cat, tennis star
  • 1963 Scott Fisher, Australian basketball forward (Oly-96), born in San Jose, California
  • 1964 Ozzie Guillen, Oculare del Tuy Venezuela, shortstop (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1964 Roger Smith, Freeport Bahamas, tennis doubles player
  • 1964 Ron Harper, NBA guard (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1965 Brad Brink, US baseball pitcher (SF Giants, Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1965 Anton Weissenbacher, Romanian footballer
  • 1965 Colin Calderwood, Scottish footballer
  • 1966 Bert Weidner, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1966 Chris Morris, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
  • 1966 Rich Gannon, NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1967 Mark Stepnoski, NFL center (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1968 Junior Murray, cricketer (WI keeper, no relation to Derryck or David)
  • 1968 Nick Anderson, NBA guard/forward (Orlando Magic)
  • 1969 Andre Romal Cason, Virginia Beach VA, 100m runner
  • 1970 Dennis Hulshof, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1970 Marvin Benard, Bluefields Nicaragua, outfielder (SF Giants)
  • 1970 Rob Gaudreau, Lincoln, NHL center (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1970 Ron Carpenter, NFL/WLAF safety (NY Jets, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1970 Terry Kirby, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Thomas "Tom" Murray, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1971 Alan Young, NFL defensive end (NY Jets)
  • 1971 Andrei Skabelka, NHL forward (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1971 Johnny Mitchell, NFL tight end (NY Jets)
  • 1971 Brian Giles, American baseball player
  • 1972 Alcides Catanho, NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • 1973 Eddie Kennison, wide receiver (St Louis Rams)
  • 1973 Jalen Rose, NBA guard (Denver Nuggets)
  • 1974 Calvin Harrison, Orlando Florida, 200m/400m runner
  • 1974 Rae Carruth, wide receiver (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1975 David Eckstein, American baseball player
  • 1975 Norberto Fontana, Argentine racing driver
  • 1977 Paul "Goggo" Adams, cricketer (lefty very unorthodox bowler for South Africa)
  • 1978 Sonja Kesselschläger, German heptathlete
  • 1978 Allan Søgaard, Danish footballer
  • 1981 Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
  • 1981 Owen Hargreaves, English international footballer
  • 1983 Geovany Soto, Puerto Rican baseball player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1920 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler (b. 1876)
  • 1954 Fred Root, cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests v Aus 1926), dies
  • 1954 Warren Bardsley, cricketer (41 Tests for Australia, 2469 runs), dies
  • 1982 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brus 1974), dies at 31[or 1/19]
  • 1983 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer (b. 1933)
  • 1984 Johnny Weissmuller, US swimmer (Olympics-5 gold-1924, 28), dies at 79
  • 1987 Tom Dollery, cricketer (4 Tests for Eng 1947-50), dies
  • 1991 Bill Riordon, US tennis promotor (Jimmy Connors), dies
  • 1994 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United), dies at 84
  • 2004 Guinn Smith, American athlete (b. 1920)
  • 2013 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway champion, dies at 86