On This Day in Sport for January 31

Events in Sport

  • 1901 Winnipeg Victorias sweep Montreal Shamrocks in 2 for Stanley Cup

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1920 Joe Malone, Quebec Bulldogs, sets NHL record with 7 goals in a game

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • 1925 18th Women's Australasian Championships: Daphne Akhurst beats Esna Boyd (1-6, 8-6, 6-4)
  • 1925 18th Men's Australasian Championships: James Anderson beats Gerald Patterson (11-9, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3)
  • 1931 NHL's Quebec Bulldogs' Joe Malone scores a record 7 goals
  • 1938 31st Women's Australian Championships: Dorothy Bundy Cheney beats Dorothy Stevenson (6-3, 6-2)
  • 1938 31st Men's Australian Championships: Don Budge beats John Bromwich (6-4, 6-2, 6-1)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1949 37th Women's Australian Championships: Doris Hart beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-3, 6-4)
  • 1949 37th Men's Australian Championships: Frank Sedgman beats John Bromwich (6-3, 6-2, 6-2)
  • 1951 39th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-1, 7-5)
  • 1951 39th Men's Australian Championships: Dick Savitt beats Ken McGregor (6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1)
  • 1952 Harry Heilmann & Paul Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1955 43rd Women's Australian Championships: Beryl Penrose beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-4, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

1955 43rd Men's Australian Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Lew Hoad (9-7, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1965 Pud Galvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Sport awardTennis Open

1966 54th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Nancy Richey

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Sport awardTennis Open

1966 54th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Arthur Ashe (6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1971 Special Veterans Committee adds 6 former players and 1 executive to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard and George Weiss
  • 1971 Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1975 UCLA defeats Kentucky 92-85 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • 1977 Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, & Al Lopez elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1982 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Whirlpool Golf Championship of Deer Creek
  • 1982 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 16-13
  • 1982 32nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 120-118 at East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • 1984 36th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-6 at NJ
  • 1988 Super Bowl XXII: Wash Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10 in San Diego Super Bowl MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB
  • 1990 1st ever all-sports daily "National" begins publishing
  • 1991 Denver Nuggets Michael Adams becomes shortest NBAer to get a triple-double
  • 1993 Super Bowl XXVII: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 52-17 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: Troy Aikman, Dallas, QB
  • 1993 81st Men's Australian Open: Jim Courier beats Stefan Edberg (6-2, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5)

Sport awardTennis Open

1993 81st Women's Australian Open: Monica Seles beats Steffi Graf (4-6, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 Super Bowl XXXIII: Denver Broncos beats Atlanta Falcons 34-19 at Pro Player Stadium, Miami, John Elway MVP

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1999 87th Men's Australian Open: Yevgeny Kafelnikov beats Thomas Enqvist (4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

1999 87th Women's Australian Open: Martina Hingis beats Amelie Mauresmo (6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

MurderMurder of Interest

2000 A fight between Ray Lewis and his companions and another group of people results in the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar, resulting in the indictment of Lewis 11 days on murder and aggravated-assault charges

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • 2010 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 41-34

Sport awardTennis Open

2010 98th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Andy Murray (6-3, 6-4, 7-6)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Sport awardTennis Open

2010 98th Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Justine Henin (6-4, 3-6, 6-2)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Lydia Ko at 17, becomes the youngest golfer in men's or women's golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko

Sport awardTennis Open

2016 104th Men's Australian Open: Novak Đoković beats Andy Murray 6-1 7-5 7-6 (7-3)

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1866 Henry Forster, cricketer (Oxford blue 1887-89, later Aust Gov-General)
  • 1889 F R Foster, cricketer (330 runs & 45 wickets for England)
  • 1908 René Simone Mathieu, French doubles tennis star (Wimbledon 1934)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1913 Don Hutson, American football player and the first NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1997)

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • 1913 Wayne Millner, NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1914 Jersey Joe Walcott, American heavyweight boxing champion (1951-52), born in Merchantville, New Jersey (d. 1994)

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1916 Frank A Parker, tennis champ (US Open-1944)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1919 Jackie Robinson, 1st African American major league baseball player (Dodgers), born in Cairo, Georgia (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1920 Bert Williams, English footballer (Wolverhampton, 30 caps), born in Bradley, Staffordshire (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Tom Alston, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1930 Joakim Bonnier, Swedish racecar driver (d. 1972)
  • 1931 Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
  • 1931 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1931 Ernie Banks, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (short stop/1st baseman), born in Dallas, Texas

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1934 Brian Bolus, cricketer (England opening batsman early 60's)
  • 1941 Sharon Miller, LPGA golfer
  • 1944 John Inverarity, cricketer (Australian batsman 1968-72)
  • 1946 Subroto Guha, cricketer (right arm swing bowler for India 1967-69)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1947 Nolan Ryan American MLB pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks), born in Refugio, Texas

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1949 Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer and sports journalist
  • 1954 Sheik Faoud Ahamul Bacchus, cricketer (West Indian bat late 70's)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1955 Virginia Ruzici, Romanian tennis star (1978 French Open champion), born in Campia Turzii, Romania

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici
  • 1957 Shirley F Babashoff, California, swimmer (Olympics-6 silver/2 gold-72, 76)
  • 1958 Rafael Santana, shortstop (NY Mets, NY Yankees)
  • 1959 Kelly Moore, American stock car driver
  • 1960 Elaine Roque, American beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Santa Monica California
  • 1964 Oto Hascak, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 1964 Remi Bouchard, Lasalle Que, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 India Open)
  • 1964 Sharon Cain, team handball center back (Olympics-1996), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1965 Adam Johnson, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1965 Bobby Dollas, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1965 Kim Clarke, team handball back court (Olympics-88, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1965 René Trost, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC)
  • 1966 Charles Dimry, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1966 Jamie Taras, CFL guard (BC Lions)
  • 1968 Doug Pederson, NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1968 Michael Sinclair, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1968 Steve Phoenix, US baseball pitcher (Oakland Athletics)
  • 1968 Patrick Stevens, Belgian athlete
  • 1969 Mathew Pallister, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970 Greg Skrepenak, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1970 Travis Hannah, NFL/WLAF receiver (Houston Oilers, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1970 Minnie Driver, British actress and singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting, The Riches), born in London, England
  • 1971 Corey Holliday, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1971 Dimitris Markos, Greek footballer
  • 1972 Ben Cavil, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1972 Fritz Fequiere, WLAF guard (Barcelona Dragons, London Monarchs)
  • 1972 Marvin Coleman, CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1972 Pulu Poumele, guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972 Reinier Robbemond, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90)
  • 1973 Latario Rachal, WLAF/NFL receiver (Amsterdam Admirals, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974 Bob Mulder, soccer player (Appingedam, FC Groningen)
  • 1974 Lorenzo Styles, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974 Othella Harrington, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • 1974 Pavi Sald, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 1974 Tory Toogood, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Ariel Pestano, Cuban baseball player
  • 1975 Kenard Lang, defensive end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1976 Traianos Dellas, Greek footballer
  • 1976 Buddy Rice, American race car driver, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1978 Fabián Caballero, Argentine footballer
  • 1981 Julio Arca, Argentinian football player
  • 1982 Yuniesky Betancourt, Major League Baseball shortstop
  • 1982 Andreas Görlitz, German football player
  • 1982 Brad Thompson, Major League Baseball player
  • 1983 Tom Vangeneugden, Belgian swimmer
  • 1984 Jeremy Wariner, American 400m runner
  • 1984 Vernon Davis, NFL player
  • 1985 Adam Federici, Australian footballer
  • 1985 Mario Williams, NFL player
  • 1986 Yves Makabu-Makalambay, Belgian football goalkeeper

Deaths in Sport

  • 1939 George Thornton, cricketer (1 Test for South Africa 1902, 1* & 1-20), dies
  • 1942 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (b. 1860)
  • 1967 Eddie Tolan, American athlete (b. 1908)
  • 1980 J P Duminy, cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wkt at 39 in 3 Test S Af), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1992 Mel Hein, NFL center (NY Giants), dies of stomach cancer at 82

NFL Offensive Lineman Mel Hein
NFL Offensive Lineman
Mel Hein
  • 1992 Wim van Heumen, field hockey coach (Netherlands), dies at 63
  • 1999 Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (b. 1913)