On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 1

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 270

  • 1838 1st official horse race in South Australia-Adelaide
  • 1902 1st Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Michigan beats Stanford, 49-0; MVP: Neil Snow, Michigan, FB
  • 1907 Joe Gans lands a devastating right to the head of Canadian challenger Kid Herman to retain his world lightweight boxing title with an 8th round knockout in Tonopah, Nevada
  • 1908 Sir Jack Hobbs, the leading run scorer and century maker in first-class cricket history, makes his international debut in England's 2nd Test win over Australia at the MCG (83 & 28)
  • 1909 American Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon (2:52:45.4) at Yonkers, NY
  • 1910 England cricket underhand bowler George Simpson-Hayward takes 6-43 on debut with underarm lobs in 1st Test against South Africa in Johannesburg; SA wins by 19 runs
  • 1913 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Hastings, NZ: Irishman James Cecil Parke beats Alfred Beamish of England 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5
  • 1916 2nd Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Washington State beats Brown, 14-0; MVP: Carl Dietz, Washington State
  • 1917 3rd Rose Bowl, Tournamnet Park, Pasadena, California: Oregon beats Pennsylvania, 14-0; MVP: John Beckett, Oregon
  • 1918 4th Rose Bow, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Mare Island, USMC beats Camp Lewis, US Army, 19-7; MVP: Hollis Huntington, USMC

Sport awardRose Bowl

1919 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
  • 1920 6th Rose Bowl: Harvard beats Oregon 7-6
  • 1921 7th Rose Bowl: California beats Ohio State 28-0
  • 1923 9th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Penn State, 14-3
  • 1924 10th Rose Bowl: Washington ties Navy, 14-14
  • 1925 11th Rose Bowl: Notre Dame beats Stanford, 27-10

  • 1925 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
  • 1926 12th Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Washington, 20-19
  • 1927 Brooklyn announces release of future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Zack Wheat after 18 consecutive seasons with Robins; Wheat hits .324 in final season with Philadelphia A's
  • 1927 13th Rose Bowl: Stanford ties Alabama, 7-7
  • 1929 15th Rose Bowl: Georgia Tech beats California, 8-7 (Roy Riegels runs 60 yds the wrong way with fumble recovery)
  • 1930 16th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Pittsburgh, 47-11
  • 1931 17th Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Washington State, 24-0
  • 1932 18th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Tulane, 21-12
  • 1934 20th Rose Bowl: Columbia beats Stanford, 7-0
  • 1935 21st Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Stanford, 29-13
  • 1935 1st Sugar Bowl: Tulane beats Temple, 20-14
  • 1935 1st Orange Bowl: Bucknell beats Miami (FL), 26-0
  • 1936 22nd Rose Bowl: Stanford beats SMU, 7-0
  • 1936 2nd Sugar Bowl: TCU beats LSU, 3-2
  • 1936 2nd Orange Bowl: Catholic University beats Mississippi, 20-19
  • 1937 23rd Rose Bowl: #3 Pittsburgh beats #5 Washington, 21-0
  • 1937 3rd Sugar Bowl: Santa Clara beats LSU, 21-14
  • 1937 3rd Orange Bowl: #14 Duquesne beats Mississippi State, 13-12
  • 1938 24th Rose Bowl: #2 California beats #4 Alabama, 13-0
  • 1938 4th Sugar Bowl: Santa Clara beats LSU, 6-0

  • 1938 4th Orange Bowl: Auburn beats Michigan State, 6-0
  • 1939 25th Rose Bowl: #7 Southern California beats #3 Duke, 7-3
  • 1940 26th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Tennessee, 14-0
  • 1940 6th Sugar Bowl: #1 Texas A&M beats #5 Tulane, 14-13
  • 1940 6th Orange Bowl: #16 Georgia Tech beats #6 Missouri, 21-7
  • 1941 27th Rose Bowl: #2 Stanford beats #7 Nebraska, 21-13
  • 1941 7th Sugar Bowl: #4 Boston College beats #6 Tennessee, 19-13
  • 1941 7th Orange Bowl: #9 Mississippi State beats #13 Georgetown, 14-7
  • 1942 28th Rose Bowl: #12 Oregon State beats #2 Duke, 20-16 (played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat)
  • 1942 8th Sugar Bowl: #6 Fordham beats #7 Missouri, 2-0
  • 1942 8th Orange Bowl: #14 Georgia beats TCU, 40-26
  • 1943 Negro Baseball League star Josh Gibson suffers a nervous breakdown; admitted to hospital for rest and treatment; released in time for pre-season training
  • 1943 Chicago Black Hawks field first trio of brothers to play together in an NHL game; Max, Doug and Reggie Bentley appear for the Hawks in a 6-5 win over the New York Rangers at Chicago Stadium
  • 1943 29th Rose Bowl: #2 Georgia beats #13 UCLA, 9-0
  • 1943 9th Sugar Bowl: #7 Tennessee beats #4 Tulsa, 14-7
  • 1943 9th Orange Bowl: #10 Alabama beats #8 Boston College, 37-21
  • 1944 30th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats #12 Washington, 29-0
  • 1944 10th Sugar Bowl: Georgia Tech beats Tulsa, 20-18
  • 1944 10th Orange Bowl: LSU beats Texas A&M, 19-14
  • 1945 31st Rose Bowl: #7 Southern California beats #12 Tennessee, 25-0
  • 1945 11th Sugar Bowl: #11 Duke beats Alabama, 29-26
  • 1945 11th Orange Bowl: Tulsa beats #13 Georgia Tech, 26-12
  • 1946 32nd Rose Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #11 Southern California, 34-14
  • 1946 12th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma State beats #7 Saint Mary's (CA), 33-13
  • 1946 12th Orange Bowl: Miami (FL) beats #16 Holy Cross, 13-6
  • 1947 33rd Rose Bowl: #5 Illinois beats #4 UCLA, 45-14
  • 1947 13th Sugar Bowl: #3 Georgia beats #9 North Carolina, 20-10
  • 1947 13th Orange Bowl: #10 Rice beats #7 Tennessee, 8-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 132 on first day of 3rd Test v India; follows up with 127no in 2nd innings; Australia wins by 233

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1948 34th Rose Bowl: #2 Michigan beats #8 Southern California, 49-0
  • 1948 14th Sugar Bowl: #5 Texas beats #6 Alabama, 27-7
  • 1948 14th Orange Bowl: #10 Georgia Tech beats #12 Kansas, 20-14
  • 1949 35th Rose Bowl: #7 Northwestern beats #4 California, 20-14
  • 1949 15th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #3 North Carolina, 14-6
  • 1949 15th Orange Bowl: Texas beats #8 Georgia, 41-28
  • 1949 Arguably cricket's greatest ever batsman, ex-Australian captain Don Bradman is knighted; first time a cricketer is bestowed with the honour solely for his contribution to the game
  • 1951 37th Rose Bowl: #9 Michigan beats #5 California, 14-6
  • 1951 17th Sugar Bowl: #7 Kentucky beats #1 Oklahoma, 13-7
  • 1951 17th Orange Bowl: #10 Clemson beats #15 Miami (FL), 15-14
  • 1952 38th Rose Bowl: #4 Illinois beats #7 Stanford, 40-7
  • 1952 18th Sugar Bowl: #3 Maryland beats #1 Tennessee, 28-13
  • 1952 18th Orange Bowl: #6 Georgia Tech beats #9 Baylor, 17-14
  • 1953 39th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #11 Wisconsin, 7-0
  • 1953 19th Sugar Bowl: #2 Georgia Tech beats #7 Mississippi, 24-7
  • 1953 19th Orange Bowl: #9 Alabama beats #14 Syracuse, 61-6
  • 1954 Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts
  • 1954 40th Rose Bowl: #3 Michigan State beats #5 UCLA, 28-20
  • 1954 20th Sugar Bowl: #8 Georgia Tech beats #10 West Virginia, 42-19
  • 1954 20th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #1 Maryland, 7-0
  • 1955 41st Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #17 Southern California, 20-7
  • 1955 21st Sugar Bowl: #5 Navy beats #6 Mississippi, 21-0
  • 1955 21st Orange Bowl: #14 Duke beats Nebraska, 34-7
  • 1957 43rd Rose Bowl: #3 Iowa beats #10 Oregon State, 35-19
  • 1957 23rd Sugar Bowl: #11 Baylor beats #2 Tennessee, 13-7
  • 1957 23rd Orange Bowl: #20 Colorado beats #19 Clemson, 27-21
  • 1958 44th Rose Bowl: #2 Ohio State beats Oregon, 10-7
  • 1958 24th Sugar Bowl: #7 Mississippi beats #11 Texas, 39-7
  • 1958 24th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #16 Duke, 48-21
  • 1959 45th Rose Bowl: #2 Iowa beats #16 California, 38-12
  • 1959 25th Sugar Bowl: #1 LSU beats #12 Clemson, 7-0
  • 1959 25th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #9 Syracuse, 21-6
  • 1960 46th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #6 Wisconsin, 44-8
  • 1960 26th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats #3 LSU, 21-0
  • 1960 26th Orange Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #18 Missouri, 14-0

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1819 Tom Hyer, American bare-knuckle boxer (unsanctioned world heavyweight champion 1841-51), born in Caernarvon Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)

Person of interestTim Keefe

1857 Tim Keefe, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1888; MLB record 0.86 ERA, single season 1880; NY Giants), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1933)

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • 1863 Pierre de Coubertin, French educator and historian (founder International Olympic Committee), born in Paris, France (d. 1937)
  • 1871 Albert Griffiths ("Young Griffo"), Australian boxer (World Featherweight champion 1890-92), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1927)
  • 1875 Frank Druce, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; Surrey), born in London, England (d. 1954)
  • 1878 Bobby Walthour Sr., American cyclist (motor-pacing World Championships gold 1904-05; Madison Square Garden 6-Day Race 1901, 03), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1949)
  • 1893 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 1971)
  • 1901 Century Milstead, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Yale; NFL C'ship 1927, NY Giants), born in Allegheny, Pennsylvania (d. 1963)
  • 1902 Buster Nupen, South African cricket all-rounder (17 Tests, 50 wickets; one eye only), born near Alesund, Norway (d. 1977)
  • 1904 Ethan Allen, American baseball center fielder (inventor Cadaco-Ellis board game All Star Baseball; Yale University), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1993)
  • 1908 Kinue Hitomi, Japanese athlete (World record women's 100m, 200m, long jump, triple jump; Olympic silver 800m 1928), born in Okayama, Japan (d. 1931)
  • 1909 Dattaram Hindlekar, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests), born in Bombay, India (d. 1949)

Person of interestHank Greenberg

1911 Hank Greenberg, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (MLB All Star 1937–40; 45, Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1916 Murray Armstrong, Canadian ice hockey centre and NCAA coach (Detroit Red Wings; coach University of Denver 1956-77, 5 NCAA C'ships), born in Manor, Saskatchewan (d. 2010)
  • 1918 Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer (WR 100m freestyle, 1:04.06 1933-56; Olympic gold 4×100m freestyle 1936), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1997)
  • 1919 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)
  • 1919 Horace "Bones" McKinney, American basketball forward, coach and broadcaster (Washington Capitols, Wake Forest), born in Lowland, North Carolina (d. 1997)
  • 1921 Alain Mimoun, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956; 3 x silver 1948, 52), born in Telagh, Algeria (d. 2013)
  • 1927 Doak Walker, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1948; Pro Bowl 1950-51, 53–55; First-team All-Pro 1950–51, 53–54; Detroit Lions), born Dallas, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1927 Carl Scheib, American baseball pitcher (at the time [1943] youngest player in MLB history at 16; Philadelphia A’s), born in Gratz, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1928 Khan Mohammad, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (13 Tests, 54 wickets; Pakistan's first ball and wicket in Test cricket), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan (d. 2009)
  • 1932 Jackie Parker, American College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame utility (Mississippi State University; Grey Cup 1954-56; Edmonton Eskimos), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • 1933 Ford Konno, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1,500m, 4x200m freestyle 1952; WR 200m freestyle 2:03.9, 400m freestyle 4:26.7), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1936 Don Nehlen, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bowling Green 1968-76, West Virginia 1980-2000), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • 1939 Phil Read, MBE, English motorcycle road racer (first winner world championships in 125cc [1968], 250cc [1964-65, 68, 71] and 500 cc [1973-74] classes), born in Luton, England
  • 1940 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • 1943 Jerilyn Britz, American golfer (US Women's Open 1979), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1944 Charlie Davis, West Indies cricket batsman (15 Tests, 4 x 100s, 54.20 average), born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
  • 1944 Dick Gordon, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1970-71, Chicago Bears), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1945 Jacky Ickx, Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1969, 75-77, 81-82; 8 x F1 wins; Dakar Rally 1983; Bathurst 1000 1977), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1946 Rivellino, Brazilian soccer midfielder and broadcaster (92 caps; 1970 FIFA World Cup; Corinthians; TV Cultura), born in São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  • 1947 Leonard Thompson, American golfer (3 x PGA Tour, 3 x PGA Champions Tour wins), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina
  • 1951 Hans-Joachim Stuck, German auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1986-87, 96; 24 Hours of Nürburgring 1970, 98, 2004; World Sportscar C'ship 1985), born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • 1955 LaMarr Hoyt, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1983; AL wins leader 1982-83; Chicago WS), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1956 Mike Mitchell, American basketball small forward (NBA All Star 1981; Italian League top scorer 1998), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2011)
  • 1958 Dave Silk, American ice hockey right wing (Olympic gold 1980), born in Scituate, Massachusetts
  • 1959 Andy Andrews, American tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1982 runner-up), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1959 Panagiotis Giannakis, Greek basketball guard and coach (EuroLeague champion 1996, Panathinaikos; FIBA European Selection 1980, 87, 90; Greek League Best Coach 2004, 06), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1962 Pierce Holt, American NFL defensive lineman (Pro Bowl, All-Pro selection 1992; San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons), born in Marlin, Texas
  • 1963 Lina Kačiušytė, Lithuanian swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1980; WR 1979 2:28.36), born in Vilnius, Lithuania
  • 1965 Andrew Valmon, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1988, 92; World C'ship gold 1993), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1967 Andy Heck, American NFL tackle and coach (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears; coach University of Virginia), born in Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1967 Derrick Thomas, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame linebacker / end (Pro Bowl 1989–97; First-team All-Pro 1990–92; KC Chiefs), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1968 Davor Šuker, Croatian soccer striker (68 caps; Sevilla; President Croatian FF), born in Osijek, Croatia
  • 1969 Paul Lawrie OBE, Scottish golfer (British Open 1999; Ryder Cup 2012), born in Aberdeen, Scotland
  • 1970 Brian Morton, Wollongong Australia, canoeist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Bobby Holik, Czech ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 1995, 2000; New Jersey Devils; NHL All-Star 1998-99), born in Jihlava, Czech Republic
  • 1971 Bridget Pettis, American basketball guard (WNBA champion 2007, 09 assistant coach, Phoenix Mercury), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • 1971 Scott Riggs, American auto racer (NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year 2002), born in Bahama, North Carolina
  • 1972 Barron Miles, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame defensive back and coach (Montreal Alouettes, BC Lions), born in Roselle, New Jersey
  • 1972 Lilian Thuram, French soccer defender (record 142 caps; Monaco; Parma; Juventus; Barcelona), born in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
  • 1972 Garrett K. Gomez, American jockey (US Champion Jockey by earnings 2006-09; Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey 2007-08), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 2016)
  • 1975 Becky Kellar-Duke, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Olympics gold 2002, 06, 10; World C'ship gold 1999, 2000, 01, 04), born in Hagersville, Ontario
  • 1975 Fernando Tatís Sr., Dominican baseball third baseman (MLB record 8 RBI in one inning, 1999; St. Louis Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1976 Caleb Wyatt, American motocross rider (Winter X Games Moto X Best Trick gold 2005; first to perform successful backflip), born in Medford, Oregon
  • 1977 Hasan Salihamidžić, Bosnian soccer utility (42 caps; Bayern Munich, 234 games, sporting director), born in Jablanica, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • 1978 Philip Mulryne, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (27 caps; Norwich City) and Dominican friar and priest, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1981 Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian auto racer (German Formula Renault C'ship 1999), born in Debrecen, Hungary
  • 1982 David Nalbandian, Argentine tennis player (ATP Finals 2005; Wimbledon 2002 runner-up), born in Unquillo, Argentina
  • 1982 Egidio Arévalo, Uruguayan soccer midfielder (90 caps; Bella Vista), born in Paysandú, Uruguay
  • 1983 Park Sung-hyun, South Korean archer (Olympics gold individual/team 2004, team 2008; women's WR in a FITA Round 1,405 points), born in Gunsan, South Korea
  • 1984 Paolo Guerrero, Peruvian soccer striker (102 caps; Hamburger SV, Internacional), born in Lima, Peru
  • 1984 Alok Kapali, Bangladeshi cricket all-rounder (17 Tests; 69 ODIs), born in Sylhet, Bangladesh
  • 1985 Steven Davis, Northern Irish soccer midfielder (117 caps [2019]; Rangers, Southampton), born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • 1985 Jeff Carter, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 2012, 14; NHL All-Star 2009, 17; Philadelphia Flyers, LA Kings), born in London, Ontario
  • 1985 Tiago Splitter, Brazilian basketball forward and coach (NBA C'ship 2014, San Antonio Spurs; All-EuroLeague Team selection 2008-10), born in Blumenau, Brazil
  • 1986 Pablo Cuevas, Uruguayan tennis player (French Open doubles 2008 [with Luis Horna]), born in Concordia, Argentina
  • 1987 Meryl Davis, American ice dancer (Olympic gold with Charlie White 2014; World C'ships gold 2011, 13), born in Royal Oak, Michigan
  • 1989 Jason Pierre-Paul, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 2011-12; Super Bowl 2011, New York Giants), born in Deerfield Beach, Florida
  • 1991 Peter Burling, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold 49er class 2016; helmsman America's Cup 2017; ISAF World Sailor of the Year 2015, 17), born in Tauranga, New Zealand
  • 1992 Jack Wilshere, English soccer midfielder (34 caps; Arsenal, West Ham Utd), born in Stevenage, England
  • 1994 He Kexin, Chinese gymnast (Olympic gold uneven bars, team 2008; World C'ship gold uneven bars 2009), born in Beijing, China

Weddings in Sport

  • 2000 Dominican-American baseball player Albert Pujols (19) weds Deidre "Dee Dee" Corona (22)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1905 Mabel Cahill, Irish tennis player (US National C'ship 1891-92), dies at 41
  • 1923 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history), dies of tuberculosis at 50
  • 1944 Charles Turner, Australian cricket fast bowler (17 Tests; 101 wickets @ 16.53; fastest to 50 Test wickets), dies at 81
  • 1949 William H. Lewis, American College football center and coach (first African-American selected as an All-American; Harvard), dies of heart failure at 80
  • 1964 Alf Hall, South African cricket fast bowler (7 Tests, 40 wickets), dies at 67
  • 1967 Maurice Leyland, English cricket batsman (41 Tests, 2764 runs @ 46.06; Yorkshire 1920-46, 1,000+ runs in 17 consecutive seasons), dies at 66
  • 1968 Andy Oberlander, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (National C'ship 1954), dies at 62
  • 1969 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (Olympic silver pole vault & bronze javelin 1906; bronze pole vault 1908; popularized bowling in Sweden), dies at 87
  • 1975 Ken Loeffler, American College and Basketball Hall of Fame coach (National Invitation Tournament 1952; NCAA Basketball Tournament 1954, La Salle Explorers), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 1980 Frank Wykoff, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1928, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • 1981 Ceferino Garcia, Filipino boxer (World Middleweight champion 1939-40), dies at 74
  • 1981 Mauri Rose, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1941, 47-48), dies at 74
  • 1984 Ken Sitzberger, American diver & broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 38
  • 1986 Bruce Norris, American Hockey Hall of Fame executive (owner Detroit Red Wings 1952-82), dies at 61
  • 1986 Marty Friedman, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard & coach (tied World C'ship series, New York Whirlwinds 1921), dies at 96
  • 1990 Joe Hardstaff Jr., English cricket batsman (23 Tests, 1,636 runs @ 46.74), dies at 78
  • 1992 M. J. Frankovich, American football player & film producer (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 82
  • 1997 Graham Kersey, English cricket wicket-keeper, dies in car crash at 25
  • 1997 John Burgess, English rugby coach & administrator (England coach 1971-75; RFU President 1987-88), dies at 71

Person of interestHelen Wills Moody

1998 Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (19 Grand Slam titles), dies of natural causes at 92

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • 1998 Åke Seyffarth, Swedish speed skater (Olympic gold 10,000m 1948; WR 3,000 & 5,000m), dies at 78
  • 2003 Joe Foss, American fighter ace, football executive (Medal of Honor-1943; first commissioner American Football League) and politician, dies at 87
  • 2004 Harold Henning, South African golfer (2 PGA Tour titles; 3 senior PGA titles; World Cup 1965), dies at 69
  • 2006 Paul Lindblad, American baseball pitcher (World Series champion 1973-74, 78; Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 64
  • 2011 Billy Joe Patton, American golfer (Masters 1954 3rd; Walker Cup captain 1969), dies at 88
  • 2012 Bob Anderson, English fencer & film fight choreographer (Lord of the Rings, Die Another Day), dies at 90
  • 2012 Tommy Mont, American NFL quarterback & coach (Washington Redskins; DePauw University), dies of heart failure at 89
  • 2013 Christopher Martin-Jenkins, British cricket journalist & broadcaster (President MCC; BBC Radio), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2020 David Stern, American basketball executive (NBA commissioner 1984-2014; longest-tenured commissioner in history of major North American sports leagues), dies from a brain haemorrhage at 77
  • 2020 Don Larsen, American MLB pitcher (only perfect game in World Series history, Game 5 1956; World Series MVP 1956; NY Yankees), dies from esophageal cancer at 90
  • 2020 Carlos De León, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC cruiserweight champion (1980–82, 83–85, 86–88, 89–90), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • 2020 Doug Hart, American NFL defensive back (NFL champion 1965, 66, 67; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), dies at 80
  • 2020 Les Josephson, American football running back (NFL Pro Bowl 1967); Los Angeles Rams), dies at 77