On This Day

January 1919 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Sport awardRose Bowl

Jan 1 5th Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Great Lakes, US Navy beats Mare Island, USMC, 17-0; MVP: George Halas, US Navy

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • Jan 13 Dutch Soccer team OSV forms
  • Jan 14 John McGraw, Charles A Stoneham and Judge MCQuade buy NY Giants
  • Jan 20 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Double Bay, Sydney: Gerald Patterson beats Algernon Kingscote 6-4, 6-4, 8-6 to retain title for Australasia over the Great Britain, 3-1; ends 4-1

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • Jan 1 Horace "Bones" McKinney, American basketball forward, coach and broadcaster (Washington Capitols, Wake Forest), born in Lowland, North Carolina (d. 1997)
  • Jan 13 Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game)
  • Jan 15 Åke Seyffarth, Swedish speed skater (Olympic gold 10,000m 1948; WR 3,000 & 5,000m), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1998)
  • Jan 23 Bob Paisley, English football player & manager, born in Hetton-le-Hole, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Jan 23 Nina Dumbadze, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1983)
  • Jan 26 K C Ibrahim, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests India v WI 1948-49)
  • Jan 29 Doyle Royal, American collegiate soccer coach (NCAA C'ship 1968; University of Maryland 1946-73) and tennis coach (U of Maryland 1954-80), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)

Person of interestJackie Robinson

Jan 31 Jackie Robinson, 1st African American major league baseball player (Dodgers), born in Cairo, Georgia (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson