On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 11

Events in Sport

  • 1915 Jacob Ruppert and Colonel Tillinghast Huston purchase the New York Yankees for $460,000, Ruppert pays his portion in cash

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Bradman scores a second innings 113 v Qld after a ton in the 1st

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1946 Bert Bell becomes second NFL commissioner, moves Chicago headquarters to Philadelphia

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1953 J. Edgar Hoover declines 6 figure offer to become president of International Boxing Club

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • 1959 Hanif Mohammad completes 499 runs for Karachi, then 1st class cricket world record
  • 1959 9th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 28-21; MVPs: Frank Gifford, NY Giants, HB; Doug Atkins, Chicago Bears, DE
  • 1960 LaMar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts
  • 1966 16th NBA All-Star Game, Cincinnati Gardens, Cincinnati, OH: East beats West, 137-94; MVP: Adrian Smith, Cincinnati Royals, PG
  • 1967 San Diego is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Rockets; franchise moves to Houston for the 1971-72 season
  • 1970 Super Bowl IV, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7; MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • 1973 American League adopts designated hitter rule
  • 1977 Cubs trade outfielder Rick Monday to Dodgers for Bill Buckner
  • 1977 France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in massacre of Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympics
  • 1981 AFC Championship, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego: Oakland Raiders beat San Diego Chargers, 34-27
  • 1981 NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Dallas Cowboys, 20-7
  • 1983 Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 3rd time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 LA Kings' center Marcel Dionne picks up his 24th NHL career hat-trick and adds 3 assists for 6 points in a 9-7 win at Washington; Kings' first road win after 8 straight losses

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne
  • 1983 Edmonton’s Pat Hughes sets NHL record for the fastest 2 shorthanded goals by one player at just 25 seconds apart in a 7-5 win at St. Louis; first player to break a Wayne Gretzky record
  • 1984 Denver Nuggets 163, San Antonio Spurs 155-highest-scoring NBA game
  • 1987 Largest crowd (76,633) at NFL NY Giant Stadium (beat Wash 17-0)

Sport awardAFC Championship

1987 AFC Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 23-20 (OT)

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1987 NFC Championship, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford: New York Giants beat Washington Redskins, 17-0
  • 1988 USSR announces it will participate in Seoul Summer Olympics
  • 1989 Denver Nuggets' rookie Jerome Lane misses 7 free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by 2 feet
  • 1990 Bobby Knight becomes basketball's Big 10 winningest coach (229)

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1990 Pat LaFontaine sets NY Islander record of scoring goals in 11 straight

NHL Star Pat LaFontaine
NHL Star
Pat LaFontaine
  • 1991 Ben Johnson's 1st race after being stripped of his 1988 Olympic Gold medal for steroid use, he finishes 2nd
  • 1995 Birmingham Barracudas (based in Alabama) granted CFL franchise, experiment only lasts one season
  • 1995 NHLPA & owners agree to end NHL strike
  • 1998 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21
  • 1998 NFC Championship, 3Com Park, SF: Green Bay Packers beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-10

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 Marty Schottenheimer resigns as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs

  • 2001 New York Knicks hold an opponent under 100 points for NBA-record 29th straight game in a 76-75 loss to the Houston Rockets; streak snaps 46-year-old NBA record of 28 straight set by the Fort Wayne Pistons in 1954-55
  • 2003 Washington right wing Jaromír Jágr scores his 10th career hat-trick and adds 4 assists for 7 points and his 1,200th NHL point in a 12-2 win against Florida; Jágr has 20+ goals in each of his 13 NHL seasons
  • 2004 "4th and 26", trailing Green Bay Packers by 3 in NFC Divisional Playoff Game, Philadelphia Eagles face 4th and 26 on their final drive, Donovan McNabb hits Freddie Mitchell for 29 yards. Eagles tie the game and go on to win in overtime
  • 2004 Washington Capitols' German goaltender Olaf Kölzig records his 32nd NHL career shutout in a 1-0 win against the visiting Edmonton Oilers

Sport awardFootball Awards

2016 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins his record 5th award with 41.33% of the votes; American midfielder Carli Lloyd is Women's World Player of the Year

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2016 College Football National Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: #2 Alabama beats #1 Clemson, 45-40

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1857 Fred[erick J] Archer, English jockey (won 5 Derbys)
  • 1872 Wilfred Baddeley, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1891-2, 95), born in Bromley, England (d. 1929)
  • 1876 Thomas Hicks, English athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1904), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1952)
  • 1876 Elmer Flick, American baseball player (d. 1971)
  • 1890 Max Carey, American baseball player, born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1976)
  • 1896 Paddy Driscoll, NFL quarterback and coach (Chic Cardinals, Bears)
  • 1912 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1961)
  • 1923 Carroll Shelby, American race car driver, automobile designer and businessman, (d. 2012)
  • 1927 John Hayes, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (15 Tests, 30 wickets), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • 1939 Anne Heggtveit, Canadian alpine skier (Olympic gold 1960), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1941 Gérson, Brazilian footballer
  • 1943 Henry Cecil, Aberdeen, Scotland, English horse racing trainer
  • 1946 Ludmila Poradnik, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1948 Madeline Manning-Mimms, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1968), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1951 Willie Maddren, English former footballer (d. 2000)
  • 1952 Ben Crenshaw, American golfer (US Masters 1984, 95), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1957 Darryl Dawkins, American basketball center (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets; NBA breaking a backboard rule), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2015)
  • 1957 Bryan Robson, English soccer midfielder, manager (90 caps; Manchester United, WBA, Middlesborough), born in Chester-le-Street, England
  • 1959 Brett Bodine, auto racer
  • 1961 Paul Skansi, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawk)
  • 1962 Donn Pall, Evergreen Park IL, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, Fl Marlins)
  • 1963 Kate Gompert, Ames lA, tennis star
  • 1963 Petra Schneider, East German swimmer (Olympic gold 400m, 400m medley Moscow), born in Chemnitz, Germany
  • 1963 Tracy Caulkins, Winona Minn, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1984)
  • 1965 Barbara Belding, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • 1965 Roland Scholten, Dutch darts player (UK Open 2004), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1967 Richmond Webb, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1967 Ronnie Stern, St-Agathe, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames)
  • 1968 Ben Rivera, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1969 Darren Anderson, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • 1969 Dave Cruikshank, Northbrook Ill, speed skater (Olympics 1994)
  • 1970 Franco Davin, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1971 Alexander Delgado, Palmerejo Venezuela, catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1971 Noah Cantor, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1971 Stephen Smith, high jumper, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1972 Dexter Seigler, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1972 Huub Loeffen, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1972 Rey Ordonez, infielder (NY Mets), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1973 Dave Dickenson, Canadian football coach and quarterback (Calgary Stampeders), born in Great Falls, Montana

Person of interestRahul Dravid

1973 Rahul Dravid, Indian cricket batsman and captain (164 Tests, 13,288 runs @ 52.31, 36 x 100s; 344 ODIs), born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

Cricketer Rahul Dravid
Cricketer
Rahul Dravid
  • 1974 Goran Lozanovski, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Rod Jones, American NFL guard (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1974 Warren Morris, American baseball infielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Alexandria, Louisiana
  • 1974 Jens Nowotny, German footballer, born in Malsch, Germany
  • 1975 Brad Badger, American football player (Washington Redskins), born in Corvallis, Oregon
  • 1975 Rory Fitzpatrick, American NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1976 Efthimios Rentzias, Greek basketball player, born in Trikala, Greece
  • 1977 Shomari Buchanan, American football player, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 1978 Michael Duff, Northern Irish footballer, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1978 Emile Heskey, English footballer, born in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Mike Williams, American football player, born in South Carolina, United States
  • 1983 Matthew Palleschi, Canadian soccer player, born in Richmond Hill, Canada
  • 1983 Adrian Sutil, German racing driver, born in Starnberg, Germany
  • 1985 Kazuki Nakajima, Japanese racing driver, born in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • 1987 Scotty Cranmer, US professional BMX rider, born in Jackson Township, New Jersey
  • 1987 Danuta Kozák, Hungarian sprint canoeist (5-time Olympic gold K-1, K-2, K-4 500m 2012, 16), born in Budapest, Hungary

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1976 NBA player Pete Maravich (27) weds college sweetheart Jackie Elliser in Metairie, Louisiana

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich

Deaths in Sport

  • 1902 Johnny Briggs, English cricket all-rounder (33 Tests; 118 wickets @ 17.75), dies of complications from an epileptic seizure at 39
  • 1941 Emanuel Lasker, German chess player (b. 1868)
  • 1966 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 76
  • 1976 Mervyn Grell, cricketer (Test WI v England 1930, 21 & 13, 0-17), dies
  • 2000 Betty Archdale OBE, Anglo-Australian educationalist and English cricket batsman and captain (5 Tests), dies at 92
  • 2000 Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 79
  • 2000 Phil Carrick, English cricketer (Yorkshire County Cricket Club), dies at 47
  • 2005 Fabrizio Meoni, Italian motorcyclist (b. 1957)
  • 2009 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • 2010 Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer (b. 1905)
  • 2017 François Van der Elst, Belgian soccer winger (44 caps; Anderlecht, West Ham Utd), dies from cardiac arrest at 62
  • 2019 J. D. Gibbs, American auto racer, team owner (Joe Gibbs Racing), dies of degenerative neurological disease at 49