On This Day

January 1925 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 11th Rose Bowl: Notre Dame beats Stanford, 27-10
  • Jan 1 Australian cricketer Bill Ponsford becomes the first batsman to score a century in each of his first 2 Tests when he hits 128 against England in the 2nd Test in Melbourne; Australia wins by 81 runs
  • Jan 5 French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw, Charlie Comiskey, & Hugh Jennings
  • Jan 5 England cricket openers Herbert Sutcliffe (176) and Jack Hobbs (154) display heroics in their 1st innings but the tourists sink to an 81 run defeat in the 2nd Test against Australia in Melbourne; Sutcliffe also adds 127 in the England 2nd innings

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Jan 6 Paavo Nurmi, sets indoor record, 4:13.6 mile & 14:44.6 5,000m

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Jan 8 England cricket opening batsman Herbert Sutcliffe follows his 1st innings 176 with 127 in the 2nd innings but his team cannot avoid an 81 run defeat to Australia in the 2nd Test in Melbourne
  • Jan 31 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Sydney: Daphne Akhurst wins 1st of 5 home titles; beats fellow Australian Esna Boyd 1-6, 8-6, 6-4
  • Jan 31 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Sydney: James Anderson of Australia wins 2nd straight Australasian crown; beats countryman Gerald Patterson 11-9, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 4 Veikko Hakulinen, Finnish cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 60), born in Kurkijoki, Finland (d. 2003)
  • Jan 4 Johnny Lujack, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1947; National C'ship 1943, 46-47; Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1950-51; Chicago Bears), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 12 Ralph Legall, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests), born in St Michael, Barbados (d. 2003)
  • Jan 15 Keith Bentley, English international racing cyclist, born in Leicester, England (d. 1997)
  • Jan 17 A H Kardar, cricketer (Pak 1st Test capt, prev played for India)
  • Jan 18 Roepie Kruize, Dutch field hockey player (Olympic-Bronze-48/Silver-52), born in Heemstede, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Jan 21 George Conner, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle / linebacker (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53, 55; Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Jan 25 Eric Dempster, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow bowl of mid-50's, bowling avg 109.5), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2011)

Person of interestPaul Newman

Jan 26 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)

Actor and Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor and Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Jan 30 Chalmers "Bump" Elliott, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (U of Michigan) and college athletics administrator (Iowa), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • Jan 31 Micheline Lannoy, Belgian figure skating pairs (Olympic gold 1948), born in Brussels, Belgium