On This Day

January 1986 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 72nd Rose Bowl: #13 UCLA beats #4 Iowa, 45-28; Iowa's All-American running back, Ronnie Harmon, fumbles the ball 4 times in his last game.
  • Jan 1 52nd Sugar Bowl: #8 Tennessee beats #2 Miami, 35-7
  • Jan 1 15th Fiesta Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #7 Nebraska, 27-23
  • Jan 1 52nd Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #1 Penn State, 25-10

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 2 Islanders right wing Mike Bossy scores his 499th and 500th career goals in the final 2:22 to lift the New York to a 7-5 victory over the Boston Bruins; 11th player in NHL history to score 500 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • Jan 4 Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson scores twice as he rushes for an NFL postseason record 248 yards in 20-0 victory over Dallas Cowboys in NFC divisional playoff in Anaheim, California
  • Jan 6 Last day in Test cricket for Bob Holland

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 8 Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • Jan 9 NY Islanders repeat their greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 10 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers scores his 34,000th career point during 124-102 win over Indiana Pacers; only NBA player to reach the milestone at that time; remains all-time leader (38,387)

  • Jan 12 Chicago Blackhawk centre Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period
  • Jan 12 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins, 31-14
  • Jan 12 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat Los Angeles Rams, 24-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 Montreal's rookie goaltender Patrick Roy records his first of 66 career NHL shutouts, in the Canadiens' 4-0 win against the Winnipeg Jets at the Forum

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • Jan 17 Tim Witherspoon beats defending champion Tony Tubbs by majority decision in 15 rounds at The Omni, Atlanta for WBA heavyweight boxing title
  • Jan 21 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 21 Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl defeats Boris Becker of Germany 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 to claim the season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title for a third time at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 25 Edmonton's Paul Coffey sets NHL record for defensemen with a point in his 28th consecutive game, as the Oilers beat the visiting LA Kings, 5-2

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • Jan 26 Hein Vergeer becomes European skating champion
  • Jan 26 Super Bowl XX, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Chicago Bears beat New England Patriots, 46-10; MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Pablo Cuevas, Uruguayan tennis player (French Open doubles 2008 [with Luis Horna]), born in Concordia, Argentina
  • Jan 3 Jacob Timpano, Australian soccer player
  • Jan 3 Liam Treadwell, English National Hunt jockey (Grand National 2009; 300+ race wins), born in Arundel, England (d. 2020)
  • Jan 4 James Milner, English footballer, born in Wortley, Leeds
  • Jan 4 Steve Slaton, American football player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 6 Paul McShane, Irish footballer, born in Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
  • Jan 7 Grant Leadbitter, English footballer, born in Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
  • Jan 8 David Silva, Spanish footballer, born in Arguineguín, Spain
  • Jan 12 Miguel Ángel Nieto, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • Jan 13 Joannie Rochette, Canadian figure skater
  • Jan 14 Cristina Aicardi, Peruvian badminton player
  • Jan 15 Fred Davis, American football player, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jan 23 Steven Taylor, English footballer, born in Greenwich, London
  • Jan 25 Chris O'Grady, English footballer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Gerald Green, American basketball player, born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 28 Jessica Ennis, English athlete (Olympic gold heptathlon 2012; World C'ship gold 2009, 11, 15), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
  • Jan 29 Mark Howard, English football player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 29 Simon Vukčević, Montenegrin football player, born in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • Jan 29 Chris Bourque, American ice hockey player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 31 Yves Makabu-Makalambay, Congolese football goalkeeper, born in Brussels, Belgium

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 3 British golfer Nick Faldo (28) weds manager's secretary Gill Bennett

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Bruce Norris, American Hockey Hall of Fame executive (owner Detroit Red Wings 1952-82), dies at 61
  • Jan 1 Marty Friedman, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard & coach (tied World C'ship series, New York Whirlwinds 1921), dies at 96

Person of interestBill Veeck

Jan 2 Bill Veeck, American MLB owner and promoter (Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns), dies of lung cancer at 71

MLB Team Owner and Promoter Bill Veeck
MLB Team Owner and Promoter
Bill Veeck
  • Jan 5 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), dies at 83
  • Jan 15 James H "Jim" Crowley, US football player (Notre Dame), dies at 83
  • Jan 20 Franz Kemser, German 4 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 75
  • Jan 24 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), dies of undiagnosed Marfan syndrome at 31
  • Jan 25 Horace Smith, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; lone wicket off first ball), dies at 73