On This Day in Sport for January 9

Events in Sport

  • 1811 1st Women's Golf Tournament held
  • 1903 Baseball's National & American Leagues make peace
  • 1903 Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase the American League's Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and move it to NYC creating the NY Yankees
  • 1930 Boston Bruins wins then NHL record 14th straight game

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1942 Joe Louis KOs Buddy Baer in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1951 Washington Capitals NBA club folds
  • 1952 Karel Sys wins European heavyweight boxing title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 Marines give notice that they will recall Ted Williams to active duty

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1953 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 116 pts in basketball game
  • 1954 Bert Olmstead of the Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1962 NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks
  • 1967 NFL New Orleans' franchise takes name "Saints"
  • 1972 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • 1972 LA Lakers 33 game winning streak snapped by a loss to the Bucks 120-104

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Bryan Trottier failed in 4th Islander penalty shot

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1977 Super Bowl XI: Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings, 32-14 in Pasadena Super Bowl MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland, WR

Sport awardTennis Open

1977 65th Men's Australian Open: Roscoe Tanner beats Guillermo Vilas (6-3, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • 1977 65th Women's Australian Open: Kerry Melville Reid beats Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat (7-5, 6-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1984 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez is arrested for cocaine possession
  • 1985 Flames set NHL record 264th regular season game without being shut-out
  • 1986 NY Islanders repeat their greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1989 Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 1990 Boston Celtics worst ever (6 pts in 2nd vs NJ Nets) & lose 87-78
  • 1990 Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1991 Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1991 Dean Smith of NC is 6th to win 700 career coaching basketball games
  • 1993 Franziska van Almsick swims world record 100 m free style (53.33)
  • 1998 Boston Red Sox Mo Vaughn pleads not guilty to drunken driving
  • 1998 Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky best NHL player ever

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 Dan Marino wins his last career NFL game (20-17 vs Seattle)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino

Sport awardFootball Awards

2012 Lionel Messi wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the second consecutive year

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2012 14th BCS National Championship: #2 Alabama beats #1 LSU, 21-0
  • 2014 Yaya Toure wins African Footballer of the Year

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1849 John Hartley, English tennis player, double winner of Wimbledon (d. 1935)
  • 1871 Charles Kortright, British(?) cricket player
  • 1902 Rudolph Bing, opera manager (NY Metropolitan Opera)
  • 1914 Derek Allhusen, England, equestrian (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • 1934 Bart Starr, NFL quarterback/coach (Green Bay)
  • 1935 Dick Enberg, sportscaster (Where's Huddles), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan
  • 1956 David Smith, cricketer (England lefty batsman in 2 Tests v WI 1986)
  • 1959 Otis Nixon, US baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers)
  • 1959 Mark Martin, American race car driver
  • 1960 David Peoples, Augusta ME, Nike golfer (1991 Buick Southern Open)
  • 1960 Lisa Walters, Canadian LPGA golfer (Itoki Hawaiian-1992, 93), born in Prince Rupert British Columbia
  • 1964 Stan Javier, S P de Macoris Dom Rep, outfielder (Oak A's, SF Giants)
  • 1965 Atsuo Kudo, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1965 Carin Garbarra, soccer forward (Olympics-96), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1965 Cindy Brooks, East Hampton CT, rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1965 Darren Bennett, NFL punter (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1965 Georg Franz, Straubing GER, hockey forward (Team Germany, Landshut)
  • 1965 Muggsy Bogues, American NBA guard and the shortest player ever to play in the NBA (Washington Bullets, Charlotte Hornets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1965 Vincent Brown, NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • 1966 Jimmie Jones, defensive end/defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1967 Dave Mcllwain, Seaforth, NHL center (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1967 Jamie Huscroft, Creston, NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames)
  • 1967 Claudio Caniggia, Argentinian footballer
  • 1968 Jimmy Adams, cricketer (prolific West Indian lefty bat since 1992)
  • 1968 Katie Anderson, Canada 100m hurdler (Oly-7th-92, 96), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1968 Mardi Lunn, Australian LPGA golfer (1991 Thailand Open), born in Liverpool, New South Wales
  • 1969 Domingo Jean, Dominican/US baseball pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1969 Johanna Ikonen, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • 1970 Graciela Schutt, WPVA volleyballer (Deerfield-25th-1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1971 Bill Schroeder, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1971 Elizabeth Punsalan, American ice skater (Oly-15-94), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1971 Scott Thornton, London, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1972 Eddie Mason, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • 1972 Jay Powell, Meridian MS, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1972 Jay Powell, baseball player
  • 1973 Aaron Holbert, US baseball infielder (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1973 Ronald Hamming, soccer player (FC Groningen, Fortuna Sittard)
  • 1974 Craig Wishart, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman vs South Africa 1995)
  • 1974 Jamain Stephens, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1975 Justin Huish, Fountain Valley CA, archer (Olympics-gold-1996)
  • 1975 Mariano Friedick, Tarzana California, pursuit cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1975 Kiko Calero, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • 1976 Amy Safe, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1976 Radek Bonk, Koprivnice Cze, NHL center (Ottawa Senators, Team Czech)
  • 1978 Gennaro Gattuso, Italian footballer
  • 1978 Mathieu Garon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Chad Johnson, American football player
  • 1980 Sergio GarcĂ­a, Spanish golfer
  • 1981 Euzebiusz Smolarek, Polish footballer
  • 1987 Lucas Pezzini Leiva, Brazilian and Liverpool Footballer
  • 1987 Sam Bird, English racing driver
  • 1989 Michaella Krajicek, Dutch tennis player

Weddings in Sport

  • 1987 Sir Rudolph Bing (of NY Met Opera) marries Lady Carroll Douglass

Deaths in Sport

  • 1904 Alfred Richard, cricketer (6 & 0 in only Test for S Af 1895-96), dies
  • 1931 Wayne Munn, wrestler (b. 1896)
  • 1946 Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (b. 1874)
  • 1968 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Jap marathoner (Oly-bronze-1964), commits suicide
  • 1971 Elmer Flick, baseball player (b. 1876)
  • 1978 Eddie Gilbert, cricket (Aboriginal Qld quick got Don for a duck), dies
  • 1985 Don Brennan, cricket wicketkeeper (England in 2 Tests 1951), dies
  • 1989 Bill Terry, baseball player (b. 1898)
  • 1990 Spud Chandler, baseball player (b. 1907)
  • 1993 Alois Brunner, German/Syrian commandant of KZ-Lower Drancy, dies
  • 2003 Will McDonough, American sports journalist (b. 1935)
  • 2006 Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
  • 2007 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • 2010 Vimcy, Sports writer (b. 1925)
  • 2012 Brian Curvis, British boxer and 1960 welterweight champion, dies from leukemia at 74