On This Day in Sport for January 29

Events in Sport

  • 1900 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee & Minneapolis

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1936 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1940 33rd Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne beats Thelma Coyne (5-7, 6-4, 6-0)
  • 1940 33rd Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats Jack Crawford (6-3, 6-1, 6-2)
  • 1946 34th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Joyce Fitch (6-4, 6-4)
  • 1946 34th Men's Australian Championships: John Bromwich beats Dinny Pails (5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2)
  • 1947 35th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Nell Hall Hopman (6-3, 6-2)
  • 1947 35th Men's Australian Championships: Dinny Pails beats John Bromwich (4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 8-6)
  • 1948 Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, & Phillies $500 each for signing high school players

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1963 Jim Thorpe, Red Grange & George Halas elected to football Hall of Fame

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer George Halas
American Football Player, Coach, Owner, and Pioneer
George Halas
NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange
  • 1964 9th Winter Olympic games open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1964 Most lopsided high-school basketball score 211-29 (Louisiana)
  • 1964 NBC purchases AFL 5 year (1965-69) TV rights for $36 million
  • 1967 Branch Rickey & Lloyd Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1967 Kees Verkerk becomes European skating champ

Sport awardTennis Open

1968 56th Women's Australian Championships: Billie Jean King beats Margaret Court (6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1968 56th Men's Australian Championships: William Bowrey beats Juan Gisbert, Sr (7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4)
  • 1974 27th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 6-4 at Chicago
  • 1974 1974 NFL Draft: Ed Jones from Tennessee State first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • 1978 Joanne Carner wins Colgate Triple Crown Match-Play Golf Championship
  • 1979 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 13-7
  • 1980 Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT
  • 1981 AL approves sale of White Sox to Jerry Reinsdorf & Eddie Einhorn for $20 million, & 80% of Mariners to George Argyros for $104 million
  • 1982 Old Dominion ends Louisiana Tech's women's basketball rec 54-game win streak
  • 1982 Wayne Garland, baseball 1st millionaire free agent, waived by Indians
  • 1984 34th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 154-145 (OT) at Denver
  • 1984 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 45-3
  • 1984 Silvia Bertolaccini wins LPGA Mazda Golf Classic of Deer Creek

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Jari Kurri of Edmonton Oilers scores 100th pt of season in game 39

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Lisa files for separation from husband NY Met Darryl Strawberry

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry
  • 1988 Detroit's Kirk Gibson signs a 3-year contract with Dodgers
  • 1988 Largest NBA crowd-Boston Celtics at Detroit (61,938)
  • 1989 Dottie Mochrie wins Oldsmobile LPGA Golf Classic
  • 1989 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 34-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Game-winning RBI, official statistic dropped after 9 years of use NY Mets Keith Hernandez is the all-time leader with 129

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez

Sport awardTennis Open

1989 77th Men's Australian Open: Ivan Lendl beats Miloslav Mecii (6-2, 6-2, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sport awardTennis Open

1989 77th Women's Australian Open: Steffi Graf beats Helena Sukova (6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1995 Super Bowl XXIX: SF 49ers beat San Diego Chargers, 49-26 in Miami, MVP: Steve Young, San Francisco, QB

Sport awardTennis Open

1995 83rd Men's Australian Open: Andre Agassi beats Pete Sampras (4-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-4)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras

Sport awardTennis Open

1995 83rd Women's Australian Open: Mary Pierce beats Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 1996 Last day of Test cricket for David Boon

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach

Sport awardTennis Open

2006 94th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Marcos Baghdatis (5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2006 94th Women's Australian Open: Amelie Mauresmo beats Justine Henin (6-1, 2-0, ret.)
  • 2006 Irfan Pathan becomes first bowler to take a Test cricket hat-trick in the opening over of a match

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden
  • 2012 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 59-41

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 100th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Rafael Nadal (5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Player Rafael Nadal
Tennis Player
Rafael Nadal

Sport awardTennis Open

2012 100th Women's Australian Open: Victoria Azarenka beats Maria Sharapova (6-3, 6-0)

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 2012 59th NHL All-Star Game: Team Chara beats Team Alfredsson 12-9 at Ottawa, Ontario

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the 1st non-Spanish player to captain Real Madrid, making his 500th appearance for the club

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1891 R Norris Williams, American tennis champ (US Open-1914) and survivor of the RMS Titanic sinking (d. 1968)
  • 1892 Clifford Gray, US, bobsled (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1896 Teddy Hoad, cricketer (pioneering West Indian Test batsman)
  • 1906 Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1906 Joe Primeau, NHL center
  • 1918 William Rigney, baseball manager (SF Giants)
  • 1926 Bob Berry, cricketer (England slow lefty 1950)
  • 1929 William McMillan, US, rapid pistol (Olympic-gold-1960) [or Jul 3]
  • 1932 Raman Subba Row, CEO (Test/County Cricket Board)
  • 1932 George Allen, English footballer
  • 1938 Bill Christian, US, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1940 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver
  • 1945 Donna Marie Caponi Young, LPGA golfer (US Open 1969, 70), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1945 Donna Caponi, LPGA Golfer and four-time Major winner, born in Detroit, Michigan

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 1947 Michael Mavor, Head Master (Rugby School)
  • 1950 Jody Schecter, South African auto maker (World Driver's 1979)
  • 1951 Andy Roberts, cricketer (brilliant WI quickie with 202 wickets 74-84)
  • 1954 Doug Risebrough, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • 1955 John Tate, US, heavyweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1968)
  • 1958 Ole Mortensen, cricketer (pace bowler for Derbyshire & Denmark)
  • 1960 Gregory Efthimos Louganis, diver (Olympic-gold-1984, 88), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960 Sean Kerly, hockey player
  • 1960 Steve Sax, 2nd baseman (LA Dodgers, NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox)
  • 1961 Mike Aldrete, US baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees)
  • 1963 Michelle Bell, Melrose MA, LPGA golfer (1981 Mass School Girls Champ)
  • 1964 Andre Reed, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1964 John Gallagher, rugby league player
  • 1964 John Habyan, US baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1965 Dominik Hasek, Pardubice CZE, NHL goalie (Czech Oly-Gold-98, Buffalo)
  • 1965 Peter Lundgren, Sweden, tennis star
  • 1965 Tim Johnson, NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 1966 Romário, Brazilian footballer
  • 1967 David Pitcher, CFL fullback (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1967 Khalid Skah, Midelt Morocco, 5k/10k runner
  • 1967 Sean Burke, Windsor, NHL goalie (Hartford Whalers)
  • 1967 Stacey King, NBA forward/center (Miami Heat)
  • 1968 Aeneas Williams, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968 Chris Pringle, (New Zealand cricket pace bowler (since 1990)
  • 1968 Harold Green, NFL running back (Cin Bengals, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968 John Hudson, NFL center/guard (NY Jets, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1968 Kevin Roberson, US baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1968 Susi Erdmann, German bobsledder and luger
  • 1969 Flora Perfetti, Faenza Italy, tennis star (1995 Futures-Reims-FRA)
  • 1969 Karen Fonteyne, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-silver-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 Robert Young, NFL player (St Louis Rams)
  • 1970 Eric Gouka, cricketer (Netherlands pace bowler 1996 World Cup)
  • 1970 Scott Davis, guard (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1970 Jörg Hoffmann, German swimmer
  • 1971 Chris Vargas, CFL quarterback (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1971 Jamal Fountaine, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Hessley Hempstead, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Scott Davis, Great Falls Mont, figure skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1972 Simon Cook, cricketer (Victorian pace bowler joined NSW 1995-96)
  • 1973 Darnell Stephens, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1973 Jason Schmidt, Lewiston ID, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • 1974 David LaFleur, tight end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1974 Jeff Mitchell, corner (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1974 Kris Burley, Truro Nova Scotia, gymnist (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Pat Walsh, WLAF Tackle (London Monarchs)
  • 1975 Hendrik Dreekmann, Germany, tennis star
  • 1975 Maarten Kerkhof, soccer player (Vitesse, De Graafschap)
  • 1977 Martin Hohenberger, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1978 Martin Schmitt, German ski jumper
  • 1978 Rob Bironas, American football player
  • 1979 Sui Feifei, Chinese basketball player
  • 1980 Ivan Klasnić, Croatian football player
  • 1983 Nedžad Sinanović, Bosnian basketball player
  • 1985 Marc Gasol, Spanish basketball player
  • 1986 Mark Howard, English football player
  • 1986 Simon Vukčević, Montenegrin football player
  • 1986 Chris Bourque, American pro hockey player
  • 1987 Spencer Clark, American race car driver (d. 2006)
  • 1987 Matthew Wilson, English world rally driver
  • 1988 Stephanie Gilmore, Australian professional surfer
  • 1993 Michelle Larcher De Brito, Portuguese tennis player

Weddings in Sport

  • 2005 "New York Mets" catcher Mike Piazza (36) weds former "Baywatch" actress Alicia Rickter (32) at St. Jude Catholic Church in Miami, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • 1921 Billy Gunn, English cricketer (11 test matches) and footballer, dies at 62
  • 1947 Fred Barratt, cricket (5 wkts at 47 in 5 Tests for Eng 1929-30), dies
  • 1951 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer (b. 1880)
  • 1968 Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, cricketer (Test for India), dies
  • 1977 E P "Buster" Nupen, cricketer (50 wickets for S Af, lost eye), dies
  • 1989 Halina Konopacka, Polish athlete (b. 1900)
  • 1994 Ulrike Maier, olympic skier, breaks neck during world cup skiing at 26
  • 1995 Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympics-gold-1948), dies at 77
  • 2002 Dick "Night Train" Lane, American football player (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)
  • 2009 Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

2010 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, dies of cancer at 78

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier