On This Day

January 1934 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 20th Rose Bowl: Columbia beats Stanford, 7-0
  • Jan 5 National & American baseball leagues select a uniform ball

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Jan 15 New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, nearing end of illustrious career, signs a 1-year contract worth $35,000; represents a pay cut of $17,000 for "The Babe"

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

AgreementContract of Interest

Jan 17 Carl Hubbell, NL MVP winner, gets $18,000 contract by the NY Giants

Baseball Pitcher Carl Hubbell
Baseball Pitcher
Carl Hubbell

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Jan 19 Kenesaw Mountain Landis denies Joe Jackson's appeal for reinstatement

1st MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1st MLB Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  • Jan 23 New York Rangers' left wing Murray Murdoch plays his 400th straight NHL game in a 5-2 win over Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden, NYC; streak reaches 508 consecutive games

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Jan 26 Australian cricket batting icon Don Bradman scores 128 in just 96 minutes for NSW v Victoria in Sydney; smashes 17 x fours, 4 x sixes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 27 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Sydney: Joan Hartigan Bathurst retains title; beats Margaret Molesworth 6-1, 6-4
  • Jan 27 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Englishman Fred Perry wins his only Australian title; beats Jack Crawford of Australia 6-3, 7-5, 6-1
  • Jan 30 Former Australian cricket spin bowler Bert Ironmonger ends Sheffield Shield career age 51 years 298 days as Victoria draws with NSW at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 5 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver, born in Bolivia (d. 1971)
  • Jan 5 Eddy Pieters Graafland OON, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (47 caps; Ajax; European Cup 1970, Feyenoord), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • Jan 7 Charles Jenkins Snr., American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4x400m relay 1956), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 8 Jacques Anquetil, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1957, 61-64; first 5-time winner), born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France (d. 1987)
  • Jan 8 Gene Freese, American baseball player, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 2013)
  • Jan 9 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • Jan 12 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer, born in Pudsey, England (d. 2016)
  • Jan 24 Burdette Haldorson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Austin, Minnesota
  • Jan 26 Joe Erskine, Welsh heavyweight boxer (British heavyweight champion 1956-58), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1990)
  • Jan 28 Bill White, American 1st baseman (Cards), announcer (Yanks) and NL President (1989-1994)
  • Jan 31 Brian Bolus, English cricket batsman (7 Tests @ 41.33; Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire), born in Leeds, England (d. 2020)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 6 Herbert Chapman, Legendary Manager of Arsenal and Huddersfield Town (b. 1878)