On This Day in Sport

Events in Sport

  • 1931 Chicago White Sox & NY Giants play 1st exhibition night game
  • 1948 NASCAR is incorporated.
  • 1952 Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition
  • 1952 American defending champion Dick Button becomes first figure-skater to land a triple jump in competition; performs a triple loop in the Olympic free skate in Oslo; wins gold medal ahead of Austria’s Helmut Seibt
  • 1953 Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
  • 1957 Dodgers (Fort Worth) & Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
  • 1960 Biathlon debuts at the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics; Klas Lestander from Sweden becomes the first Olympic champion ahead of Finland's Antti Tyrväinen and Soviet Aleksandr Privalov
  • 1968 Baseball announces a minimum annual salary of $10,000
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1881 Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • 1883 Mick Commaille, South African cricketer and soccer rep, born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1956)
  • 1887 Savielly [Xavier] G Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • 1903 Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner (Boston Red Sox)
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Deaths in Sport

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Weddings in Sport

  • 1975 Cincinnati Reds catcher Johnny Bench (27) weds Vickie Chesser in Cincinnati, Ohio