On This Day in Sport for January 8

Events in Sport

  • 1853 1st US bronze equestrian statue (of Andrew Jackson) unveiled, Washington
  • 1931 Philadelphia Quakers set then NHL record of 15 straight loses

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1938 Bradman scores 107 for South Australia v Qld (1st innings)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1947 Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game
  • 1955 Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt
  • 1955 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak
  • 1955 Louise Sugg wins LPGA LA Golf Open

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1962 Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th

  • 1972 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall
  • 1980 Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0
  • 1980 NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports
  • 1984 NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams
  • 1984 AFC Championship Game: Los Angeles Raiders beat Seattle Seahawks 30-14
  • 1984 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat San Francisco 49ers 24-21
  • 1987 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • 1988 9th largest NBA crowd 38,873-Chicago at Detroit
  • 1989 AFC Championship Game: Cincinnati Bengals beat Buffalo Bills 21-10
  • 1989 NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears 28-3
  • 1991 Tamas Darnyi swims world record 400m medley (4:12.36)

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1993 Chicago Bull Michael Jordan scores his 20,000th career point

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

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1995 Mike Schmidt is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1996 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1998 NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position
  • 2000 "Music City Miracle", in AFC Wild Card Playoff, Tennessee Titans defeat Buffalo Bills 22-16 in last 16 seconds with Kevin Dyson, running length of the field for a game-winning touchdown
  • 2007 9th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Ohio State, 41-14

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2008 Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs
  • 2009 11th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Oklahoma, 24-14
  • 2012 "The 3:16 Game" AFC Wild Card Playof, underdogs Denver Broncos defeat Pittsburgh Steelers 29–23 with Tim Tebow connecting with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on first scrimmage play of overtime

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2013 Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist against Houston

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1909 Bruce Mitchell, cricketer (South African bat, their top run-scorer (3471))
  • 1913 Horace Smith, cricketer (NZ, only Test wkt off his 1st ball (Paynter))
  • 1915 Walker Cooper, American baseball player (d. 1991)
  • 1923 Johnny Wardle, cricketer (Yorkshire & England left-arm bowler of 50's)
  • 1930 Doreen Wilber, US, archer (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1934 Jacques Anquetil, France, Tour de France cyclist (5-time winner)
  • 1934 Gene Freese, American baseball player, (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Elaine Cheris, Dotham Al, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
  • 1949 Lawrence Rowe, cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974)
  • 1952 Norm Jarvis, Prince Albert Sask, golfer (1984 Chilliwack)
  • 1953 Bruce Sutter, pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves)
  • 1955 Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer
  • 1958 Rey Misterio, Sr., Mexican wrestler
  • 1959 Michael Harwood, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1961 Shoaib Mohammad, cricketer (son of Hanif Patient & prolific batsman)
  • 1961 Calvin Smith, American athlete
  • 1963 Hiromi Kobayashi, Fukushima Japan, LPGA golfer (1993 JAL Big Apple)
  • 1964 Virgil Hill, Missouri, middleweight boxer (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • 1965 Champaka Ramanayake, cricketer (Sri Lankan opening bowler)
  • 1965 Eric Wohlberg, Sudbury Ontario, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1966 Darryl Hall, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1967 Hollis Conway, high jumper (Olympics-silv/bronze-88, 92), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967 Kent Jones, Portales NM, golfer (NM State Amateur-1990-91)
  • 1967 Roger Rowland, Nike golfer (1990 Macon Open-2nd), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1967 Willie Anderson, US, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Olympic-bronze-1988)
  • 1968 Alexander Alexeev, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1968 Brian Johnson, catcher (San Diego Padres), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968 Mark Duane Croghan, 3k steeplechase (Olympics-5th-96), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1968 Paul Carey, US baseball infielder (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1968 Keith Mullings, American boxer
  • 1969 Brian Boehringer, pitcher (NY Yankees), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1970 Jon Klemm, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1971 Billy Joe Hobert, NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1971 Branislav Janos, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • 1971 Darren Langdon, Deere Lake, NHL left wing (NY Rangers)
  • 1971 Roosevelt Potts, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 Stephane Barin, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • 1971 Pascal Zuberbühler, Swiss footballer
  • 1972 Brandie Burton, LPGA golfer (1993 du Maurier Ltd), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1972 Devlin Murphy, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1974 Arjan Blaauw, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1974 Brian Roberson, wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1975 Vitali Yachmenev, Chelyabinsk Russia, NHL right wing (LA Kings)
  • 1976 Brad Snyder, Ontario, shot putter (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Carl Pavano, American baseball player
  • 1979 Adrian Mutu, Romanian footballer
  • 1979 Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian footballer
  • 1979 Seol Ki-Hyeon, South Korean footballer
  • 1981 Jeff Francis, Canadian baseball player
  • 1981 Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player
  • 1982 Emanuele Calaiò, Italian footballer
  • 1982 John Utaka, Nigerian footballer
  • 1983 Chris Mordetzky, American wrestler
  • 1984 Jeff Francoeur, American baseball player
  • 1986 David Silva, Spanish footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1789 Jack Broughton, English boxer (bc. 1703)
  • 1900 Billy Bates, cricketer (656 runs & 50 wkts in 15 Tests for Eng), dies
  • 1950 George Rowe, cricketer (15 wckts in 4 Tests for S Af 1895-1902), dies
  • 1958 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (b. 1883)
  • 1969 Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • 1987 P G Joshi, cricketer (12 Tests for India 1951-60, ct 18 stp 9), dies
  • 1994 Harvey Haddix, pitcher (12 perfect inning game), dies at 68
  • 1995 Carlos Monzon, [El Macho], Argentine medium weight boxing champ (1970-77), dies at 52
  • 2000 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrianist (b. 1918)
  • 2008 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Tony Halme, Finnish boxer and politician (b. 1963)
  • 2011 Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)
  • 2015 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), dies at 76
  • 2016 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), dies at 89