On This Day in Sport for January 27

Events in Sport

  • 1894 1st college basketball game, University of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11
  • 1927 20th Women's Australian Championships: Esna Boyd beats Sylvia Lance Harper (5-7, 6-1, 6-2)
  • 1927 20th Men's Australian Championships: Gerald Patterson beats John Hawkes (3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16, 6-3)
  • 1934 27th Women's Australian Championships: Joan Hartigan Bathurst beats Margaret Molesworth (6-1, 6-4)
  • 1934 27th Men's Australian Championships: Fred Perry beats Jack Crawford (6-3, 7-5, 6-1)
  • 1936 29th Women's Australian Championships: Joan Hartigan Bathurst beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-4, 6-4)
  • 1936 29th Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats Jack Crawford (6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 9-7)
  • 1944 Casey Stengel, manager of the Boston Braves since 1938, resigns Lou Perini, Guido Rugo, & Joseph Maney buy control of Boston Braves
  • 1955 1955 NFL Draft: George Shaw from University of Oregon first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • 1956 NFL's NY Giants switches games from Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1957 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1958 46th Women's Australian Championships: Angela Mortimer Barrett beats Lorraine Coghlan Robinson (6-3, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

1958 46th Men's Australian Championships: Ashley Cooper beats Malcolm Anderson (7-5, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • 1961 49th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-1, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

1961 49th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Rod Laver (1-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1963 Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, & John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1966 Wisconsin State Circuit Court Judge Elmer W Roller rules either the Braves stay in Milwaukee or NL must promise Wisc an expansion team for 1966
  • 1967 New Orleans Saints sign their 1st player (Paige Cothren-kicker)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 1st Men's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Rod Laver beats Andres Gimeno (6-3, 6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 1st Women's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King (6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1970 1970 NFL Draft: Terry Bradshaw from Louisiana Tech first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers

Sport awardTennis Open

1970 58th Men's Australian Open: Arthur Ashe beats Dick Crealy (6-4, 9-7, 6-2)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1970 58th Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Kerry Melville Reid (6-1, 6-3)
  • 1973 UCLA's basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)
  • 1979 Islanders ends 23 undefeated games at home streak (15-0-8)
  • 1980 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 37-27
  • 1982 Philadelphia trades Larry Bowa & Ryne Sandberg to Cubs for Ivan DeJesus
  • 1982 West Indies beat Australia 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1984 LA Kings end Wayne Gretzky's NHL-record 51-game scoring streak
  • 1985 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic
  • 1985 Mark Mckoy cycles world record 50m hurdles indoor (5.25)
  • 1985 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 22-14
  • 1989 Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 1989 Okla linebacker Mark VanKeirsblilck assaults an Ok grad student
  • 1991 Super Bowl XXV: NY Giants beat Buffalo Bills, 20-19 in Tampa Super Bowl MVP: Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, RB ("Wide Right"

Sport awardTennis Open

1991 79th Men's Australian Open: Boris Becker beats Ivan Lendl (1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sport awardTennis Open

1991 79th Women's Australian Open: Monica Seles beats Jana Novotna (5-7, 6-3, 6-1)

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Mike Tyson goes on trial for rape (he is found guilty)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1995 Eric Cantona of Manchester United fined and banned from playing football after attacking a fan
  • 1998 WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics & Detroit Shock
  • 2002 90th Men's Australian Open: Thomas Johansson beats Marat Safin (3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

2002 90th Women's Australian Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Martina Hingis (4-6, 7-6, 6-2)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 2002 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-17
  • 2002 NFC Championship Game: St. Louis Rams beat Philadelphia Eagles 29-24

Sport awardTennis Open

2008 96th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković

Sport awardTennis Open

2008 96th Women's Australian Open: Maria Sharapova beats Ana Ivanovic (7-5, 6-3)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 2008 56th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 8-7 at Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2013 7 people are killed and 3 are injured after a retaining wall collapses during a football match at the Ugur Sports Facility, Turkey
  • 2013 Spain defeats Denmark to win the 2013 World Men's Handball Championship
  • 2013 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 62-35
  • 2013 101st Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray (6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1894 Fritz Pollard, early African American NFL star (1920-26)
  • 1901 Art Rooney, NFL team owner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1907 Henry Cotton, English golf champion (won 3x British Open)
  • 1911 George Pope, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-49 & 0-36 in his only Test)
  • 1927 Joe Perry, AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback (SF 49ers, Balt Colts)
  • 1939 Mike Hill, PGA golfer (1977 Ohio Kings Island Open), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1952 Brian Gottfried, tennis star (Wimbledon Doubles 1976), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1952 "White Shoes" Johnson, American football player
  • 1954 Kimberly J "Kim" Hughes, Australian cricketer
  • 1955 Brian Engblom, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1955 Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver
  • 1956 Fred Quillan, WLAF offensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1959 Chris Collinsworth, NFL wide receiver/TV sportscaster
  • 1962 James F Doehring, shot putter (Olympics-silver-1992), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1964 Inga Thompson, Reno Nevada, US cyclist (Olympic-8th-88, 84, 92)
  • 1964 Jack Haley, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1964 Woody Austin, PGA golfer (1995 Buick Open), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1965 Igor Matoushkin, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1965 Mike Newell, English football manager
  • 1966 Michael De Angelis, hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1967 Alfred Oglesby, NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • 1967 Dave Manson, Prince Albert, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1967 Laura Golarsa, Italy, tennis star
  • 1967 Sue Palmer, Collingwood Ontario, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1968 Anthony Pleasant, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968 Eric Wedge, US baseball catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1968 Matt Stover, NFL kicker (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1968 Reggie Johnson, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1968 Rusty Meacham, pitcher (KC Royals, Seattle Mariners), born in Stuart, Flordia
  • 1968 Patrick Blondeau, French footballer
  • 1969 Kristen Danihy, Lawton Oklahoma, team handball circle/wing (Olympics-1996)
  • 1969 Phil Plantier, outfielder (SD Padres, Red Sox, A's), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1969 Shane Thomson, NZ cricket off-spin all rounder (since 1990)
  • 1970 Dario Brose, US soccer halfback (Olympic-92), born in Queens, New York
  • 1970 Dean Headley, cricket (grandson of George, England ODI quick 1996)
  • 1971 Mark Noordlander, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1971 Patrice Brisebois, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972 Chad Askew, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • 1972 Mark Lawrence, Canadian NHL right wing (Dallas Stars, NY Islanders), born in Burlington, Ontario
  • 1972 Bryant Young, American football defensive tackle (San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1972 Janine Ilitch, Australian netballer
  • 1973 Eddie Davis, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1975 Chaminda Vaas, brilliant Sri Lankan cricket pace bowler (1994- )
  • 1976 Haimish Karrasch, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Mike Ferrier, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam, Salernitana)
  • 1976 Rhett Warrener, Shaunavon, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1976 Ahn Jung-Hwan, Korean football player
  • 1978 Pete Laforest, Canadian baseball player
  • 1979 Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgian beach volleyball player
  • 1979 Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1980 Marat Safin, Russian tennis player
  • 1980 Chanda Gunn, ice hockey player
  • 1981 Alicia Molik, Australian tennis player
  • 1983 Carlo Colaiacovo, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1983 Gavin Floyd, American baseball player
  • 1983 Mike Zagurski, American baseball player
  • 1988 Kerlon Moura Souza, Brazilian footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1970 Probir Sen, cricket (20 catch & 11 stumpings, 14 Tests for Ind), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1993 André the Giant, WWF wrestler, dies of congestive heart failure at 49

Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant
  • 1996 Tommy Mitchell, cricket (Derbyshire leg-spin, 5 Tests for Eng), dies
  • 2007 Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese athlete (b. 1933)