On This Day in Sport for January 5

Events in Sport

  • 1925 French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw, Charlie Comiskey, & Hugh Jennings
  • 1927 Judge Landis begins 3-day public hearing on charges that 4 games played between Chicago & Detroit in 1917 had been thrown to White Sox
  • 1931 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League
  • 1934 National & American baseball leagues select a uniform ball

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 Fingleton & Bradman make record stand of 346 for 6th wkt

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1951 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Ponte Vedra Beach Women's Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Dodgers' Jackie Robinson announces his retirement rather than be traded to the NY Giants

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1960 Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from NY Senator Kenneth Keating
  • 1964 San Diego Chargers win AFL-championship
  • 1971 Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Darryl Sittler, on advice from his doctor, leaves the Toronto Maple Leafs because of mental depression

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • 1984 Adrian Dantley (Utah), ties NBA record of 28 free throws

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Bryan Trottier failed on 9th Islander penalty shot

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1989 Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990
  • 1990 J Donald Crump appointed 8th Commissioner of CFL
  • 1991 Kevin Bradshaw of US Intl scores NCAA Div 1 record 72 pts
  • 1993 Brian Lara completes 277 v Australia at cricket SCG

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1993 Reggie Jackson elected to Hall of Fame

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1994 Aleksandr Popov swims world record 100m free style (47.82)
  • 1994 Yat Weiju swims world record 100m butterfly stroke (58.71)
  • 1994 Zhong Weiju swims world record 25m pool record (58.71)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula announces his retirement

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 2009 38th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Texas beats #10 Ohio State, 24-21

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Mike Shanahan is formally introduced as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • 2010 76th Orange Bowl: #10 Iowa beats #9 Georgia Tech, 24-14
  • 2016 First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket - 15 year-old Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade is 1009 not out

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1864 Bob Caruthers, American baseball player (d. 1911)
  • 1920 Mohammad Aslam Khokhar, cricket (Pak bat scored 16 & 18 in only test)
  • 1926 Claude (Buddy) Young, NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts)
  • 1928 Imtiaz Ahmed, cricketer (Pakistan wicket-keeper in 41 Tests 1952-62)
  • 1931 Walter Davis, US, running high jumper (Olympic-gold-1952)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1932 Chuck Noll, NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cleveland, Ohio

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • 1934 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver (d. 1971)
  • 1938 Edwin Elliason, Washington, US archer (Olympic-92)
  • 1938 Jim Otto, NFL center (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1938 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer star
  • 1939 Bridget Parker, England, equestrian 3 day event (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1941 Bob Cunis, cricketer (New Zealand pace bowler of the late 60's)
  • 1941 Mansur Ali Khan, cricketer (Nawab of Pataudi, Indian batsman & capt)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1941 Chuck McKinley, American tennis player, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • 1943 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique (d. 2014)
  • 1944 Tommie Smith, US, 200m dash (Olympic-gold-1968) [or Jun 5]
  • 1945 Sam Wyche, NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1947 Mercury Morris, American football player
  • 1948 Parthasarathy Sharma, cricketer (Indian batsman of the mid-70's)
  • 1951 Steve Arnold, English footballer
  • 1957 Kevin Hastings, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1960 Steve Jones, British aviator (Red Bull Air Race World Series)
  • 1960 Glenn Strömberg, Swedish footballer
  • 1961 Curt Bader, Bloomfield Iowa, sprint kayak (Olympics-96)
  • 1962 Brendon Kuruppu, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman, 201* debut v NZ 1987)
  • 1962 Danny Jackson, US baseball pitcher (Royals/Phillies/Cardinals)
  • 1962 Donald John Cowie, yachting Star class (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1963 Jeff Fassero, Springfield IL, pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1964 John Erickson, Woodland Hills California, golfer (1991 Windsor Charity)
  • 1964 Tracy Ham, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1965 Rick Tuten, NFL punter (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1965 Vinnie Jones, English-born Welsh footballer and actor
  • 1966 Renaldo Turnbull, NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1967 Chris Nabholz, US baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1967 J B Brown, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1967 Ray Crockett, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1968 Felton Spencer, NBA center (Utah Jazz)
  • 1968 Jean Zedlitz, LPGA golfer (1994 Children's Med-14th), born in Stockton, California
  • 1968 Joe Juneau, Pont-rouge, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • 1968 Leila Meskhi, Tbilisi Georgia SSR, tennis star (1995 Hobart)
  • 1968 Andrew Golota, Polish boxer
  • 1969 David Dixon, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969 Derrick Ned, NFL fullback (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1969 Kurt Barber, NFL defensive end (NY Jets)
  • 1970 James Patton, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1971 Eric Smith, NFL/WLAF wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Scotland Claymores)
  • 1971 Hillary Butler, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • 1971 Jason Bates, Downey CA, infielder (Colorado Rockies)
  • 1972 Joseph Patton, NFL guard (Washington Redskins)
  • 1974 Calvin Collins, center/guard (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1974 Michelle Scerri, Australian golfer (1995 Tasmanian), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1975 Warrick Dunn, running back (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1976 Diego Tristán, Spanish footballer
  • 1978 Franck Montagny, French Formula One driver
  • 1979 Ronnie O'Brien, Irish footballer
  • 1981 Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • 1983 Sean Dockery, American basketball player
  • 1989 Krisztián Németh, Hungarian footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1985 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (22) weds Lisa Andrews

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

HeartWedding of Interest

1985 NFL football player Reggie White (23) weds Sara Copeland

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 2006 Adult film actress Linsey Dawn McKenzie (27) weds former Wimbledon F.C. and Northern Ireland footballer Mark Williams (35) at the central London register office

Deaths in Sport

  • 1952 Nawab of Pataudi, cricket (play polo 3 Tests for Eng 3 for Ind), dies
  • 1954 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (b. 1891)
  • 1960 Donald Knight, cricketer (54 runs in 2 Tests for England 1921), dies
  • 1963 Rogers Hornsby, baseball player, dies of a heart ailment at 66
  • 1966 George Duckworth, cricketer (24 Tests for England, ct 45 stp 15), dies
  • 1975 Don Wilson, pitcher (Astro), dies at 29 of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • 1988 "Pistol Pete" Mavarich, NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack at 40

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1988 Pete Maravich, American basketball player, dies of heart failure at 40

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • 1994 Brian Johnston, cricketer (BBC radio commentator for 40 yrs), dies
  • 2004 Tug McGraw, American baseball player, father of Tim McGraw (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
  • 2010 Rory Markas, Angels baseball announcer (b.1955)
  • 2014 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), dies from heart failure at 71
  • 2014 Jerry Coleman, American baseball player, dies from complications from brain bleeding and surgery at 89