On This Day in Sport for January 6

Events in Sport

  • 1681 1st recorded boxing match (Duke of Albemarle's butler vs his butcher)
  • 1883 Ontario Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1896 1st US women's 6-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden

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1930 Bradman scores 452* for NSW against Qld, 377 mins, 49 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1937 Bradman scores 270 Aust v England at the MCG, incl 110 singles
  • 1951 Indianapolis beats Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes

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1976 Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • 1980 Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat
  • 1980 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers 27-13
  • 1980 NFC Championship Game: Los Angeles Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-0
  • 1984 Last day of Test cricket for Chappell, Marsh & Lillee
  • 1985 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers 45-28
  • 1985 NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears 23-0
  • 1986 Last day in Test cricket for Bob Holland
  • 1992 NY Yankees sign free agent Danny Tartabul

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1992 Sachin Tendulkar completes 148* v Australia at the SCG

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 1993 Last day of Test cricket for Greg Matthews
  • 1994 Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding's bodyguard
  • 1994 Yat Weiju swims world record 50m butterfly stroke (26.44)
  • 1994 Zhong Weiju swims world record 25m pool (26.44)

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1995 Atlanta Hawks' Lenny Wilkens becomes NBA's winningest coach (939)

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • 1998 Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 2013 The NHL reaches an agreement to end a 113 day lockout
  • 2014 Zach Johnson wins the 2014 PGA Tournament of Champions
  • 2014 16th BCS National Championship: #1 Florida State beats #2 Auburn, 34-31
  • 2015 Randy Johnson, Pedro Martínez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1864 Ban Johnson, baseball founder (American League), born in Norwalk, Connecticut
  • 1891 Ted McDonald, cricketer (great Australian quick of 20's)
  • 1920 Early Wynn, Hartford Ala, baseball Hall of famer (pitcher)
  • 1921 Cary Middlecoff, golfer (1956 Vardon Trophy, 1955 Byron Nelson Award)
  • 1926 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Ralph Branca, American baseball player (pitched the “Shot Heard Round the World”), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Graeme Hole, cricketer (Australian batsman of the fifties)
  • 1936 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player

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1936 Darlene Hard, American tennis player, born in Los Angeles, California

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • 1939 Murray Rose, Nairn Scotland, Australian Olympic swimmer (4x oly gold), (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Terry Venables, British soccer player/manager
  • 1944 Robert Landers, Tarrant County TX, PGA golfer (Fort Worth-1976, 78, 80)
  • 1944 Terry Venables, British soccer player/manager [or 1943]
  • 1945 Barry John, Welsh rugby player
  • 1946 Harold Jackson, Hattiesburg, MS, NFL wide receiver (LA, New Engl)
  • 1947 Ian Millar, Halifax NS, dressage rider (World Cup 1988, 89, Oly-96)
  • 1948 Dayle Hadlee, cricketer (brother of Richard, NZ medium-pacer of 70's)
  • 1949 Michael Boit, Nandi Kenya, 800m runner (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1951 Don Gullett, American baseball player
  • 1954 Norbert Hahn, German DR, 2 man luge (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)

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1957 Nancy Lopez, American golfer (3 Majors, 48 LPGA tour wins), born in Torrance, California

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

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1959 Kapil Dev, Indian cricketer (India's finest all-rounder 1978-94, Cup-1982), born in Chandigarh, Punjab

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • 1959 Nancy Rubin Sharff, New Kensington, LPGA golfer (1991 Jamie Farr-9th)
  • 1960 Paul William Azinger, American PGA golfer (1987 Phoenix Open), born in Holyoke MA
  • 1960 Paul Azinger, American PGA golfer, born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • 1961 Howie Long, former NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow)
  • 1962 Philip Brown, 4x400m runner (Olympic-silver-1984), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1962 Sean Landeta, NFL place kicker (NY Giants)
  • 1963 Norm Charlton, Fort Polk LA, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
  • 1964 Charles Haley, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1964 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete (d. 2005)
  • 1964 Henry Maske, German boxer
  • 1964 Jacqueline Moore, American wrestler
  • 1965 Christine Wachtel, E German running star (world indoor record 800m)
  • 1965 Jose Dejesus, US baseball pitcher (Kansas City Royals)
  • 1965 Lindsay H Burns, Big Timber Mont, rower (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1965 Tim McDonald, NFL player (SF 49ers)
  • 1966 Bob Kratch, NFL guard (NE Patriots)
  • 1966 Donnell Woolford, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears)
  • 1966 Shahid Saeed, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in Test v India 1989)
  • 1967 David Belcher, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1967 Larry Donald, US boxer (Olympic-92), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1968 Jerry Crafts, NFL/WLAF tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1968 Vlastimil Plavucha, Banska Bystrica CZ, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • 1969 Alvin Morman, Rockingham NC, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1969 Jason Childs, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1969 Nick A'Hern, Australian 20k walker (Olympics-22-92, 96)
  • 1970 Daniel Naulty, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Gabrielle Reece, Trinidad, volleyball star/model (Extremists)
  • 1970 Geert Brusselers, soccer player (NAC)
  • 1970 John Gerak, NFL tight end/guide (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams)
  • 1970 Keenan McCardell, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Jaguars)
  • 1970 Kerrin Petty, Townshend Vt, cross country skier (Olympics-1994)
  • 1970 René Binken, soccer player (Volendam)
  • 1971 Jed DeVries, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Mike Wells, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1971 Myron Baker, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1972 Denis Montana, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1972 Willie Clark, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Sairaj Bahatule, cricketer (promising Bombay leg-spin all-rounder)
  • 1974 Juan Roque, tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1974 Marcus Crandell, CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1974 Paul Grant, NBA center (Minn Timberwolves)
  • 1974 Daniel Cordone, Argentine footballer
  • 1975 James Farrior, linebacker (NY Jets)
  • 1975 Laura Berg, Whittier CA, softball outfielder (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1976 Jeremy Linn, US, 100m breaststroke (Olympics-silver/gold-96)
  • 1976 Richard Zednik, Bystrica CZE, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Wash)
  • 1977 Stacey Gartrell, Australian swimmer (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1978 Steve Hartsell, pairs skater (& Danielle Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1978 Casey Fossum, Major League Baseball player
  • 1980 Steed Malbranque, French footballer
  • 1981 Asante Samuel, National Football League Defensive Back
  • 1982 Gilbert Arenas, American basketball player
  • 1982 Brian Bass, American baseball player
  • 1984 Sean O'Brien, Australian professional windsurfer
  • 1984 A.J. Hawk, American football player
  • 1985 RP Singh, Indian cricketer
  • 1986 Paul McShane, Irish footballer
  • 1991 Nikola Saric, Danish footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1907 Walter Read, cricketer (Engl batsman, 117 at no 10 v Aust 1884), dies
  • 1915 Reginald Wood, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1886), dies
  • 1928 Alvin C Kraenzlein, track star (Olympic-4 gold-1900), dies at 51
  • 1934 Herbert Chapman, Legendary Manager of Arsenal and Huddersfield Town (b. 1878)
  • 1936 Charles A Stoneham, pres (NY Giants), dies
  • 1939 Albert Ward, cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1893-95), dies
  • 1941 Charley O'Leary, American baseball player (b. 1882)
  • 1967 Johnny Keane, baseball player/mgr (Cards, NY Yanks), dies at 55
  • 1978 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer (b. 1899)
  • 2004 Charles Dumas, American athlete (b. 1937)
  • 2007 Mario Danelo, American football player (b. 1985)
  • 2011 Uche Okafor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1967)
  • 2013 Neil Adcock, South African cricketer, dies from bowel cancer at 81