On This Day

January 1894 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 25 In his only successful title defence, James J Corbett KOs English champion Charley Mitchell in 3 rounds at the Duvall Athletic Club, Jacksonville, Florida for the world heavyweight boxing title
  • Jan 27 1st college basketball game, University of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 12 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), born in Lievin, France (d. 1975)
  • Jan 16 Guy Chamberlin, early NFL end/coach (Canton, Frankford, Cards)
  • Jan 27 Fritz Pollard, early African American NFL star (1920-26)