On This Day in Sport for January 12

Events in Sport

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1918 Montreal Canadien Joe Malone scores 5 goals beating Ottawa 9-4

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • 1920 Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to
  • 1921 Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes 1st commissioner of baseball
  • 1946 NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1951 Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • 1952 NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 30-13
  • 1958 NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring
  • 1958 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-7

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1958 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • 1960 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points
  • 1964 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 31-17

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Louisville, Kentucky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1969 Super Bowl III: NY Jets beat Balt Colts, 16-7 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB
  • 1971 21st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-107 at San Diego
  • 1975 Super Bowl IX: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB

  • 1980 Mike Bratz (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 1983 NCAA creates football Kickoff Classic to begin in August
  • 1986 Chicago Blackhawk centre Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period
  • 1986 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins 31-14
  • 1986 NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears beat Los Angeles Rams 24-0
  • 1988 Willie Stargell (Pitts Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1991 Largest crowd to watch Atlantic Coast Womens Basketball game (11,520)
  • 1991 Melvin Stewart swims world record 200 m butterfly (1:55.69)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 AFC Championship Game: Buffalo Bills beat Denver Broncos 10-7

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1992 NFC Championship Game: Washington Redskins beat Detroit Lions 41-10

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 NHL great Mario Lemieux announces that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • 1994 Steve Carlton (Phillies) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MurderMurder of Interest

1995 Murder trial against O.J. Simpson, begins in LA

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1997 Annika Sorenstam wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions
  • 1997 Ice skater Oksana Baiul injured slightly whiled driving intoxicated

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Tiger Woods wins Mercedes Championships

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 1997 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars 20-6
  • 1997 NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers beat Carolina Panthers 30-13

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 During an emotional ceremony, Mark Messier's #11 jersey is retired by the New York Rangers

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2009 Cristiano Ronaldo is awarded 2008 FIFA World Player of the Year for the first time at a ceremony in Zurich

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2013 "Mile High Miracle", In AFC Divisional Playoff Game Denver Broncos trail Baltimore Ravens 35-28 with 1:09 remaining, quarterback Joe Flacco heaves 70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones to tie the game. Ravens win in overtime.
  • 2014 Stephen Bunting and Lisa Ashton win the 2014 BDO World Darts Championship
  • 2015 Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid C.F. wins the FIFA Ballon d'Or for the best player of the year

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1860 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (d. 1942)
  • 1873 Spiridon Louis, Greek marathon runner and soldier (First modern Olympics marathon winner), born in Marousi, Greece (d. 1940)
  • 1879 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (d. 1968)
  • 1894 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), born in Lievin, France (d. 1975)
  • 1921 John Henry Davis Jr, weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52), born in Smithtown, New York
  • 1925 Ralph Legall, cricket wicket-keeper (WI v India 1954)

Person of interestTim Horton

1930 Tim Horton, Canadian ice hockey player and co-founder of Tim Hortons, born in Cochrane, Ontario (d. 1974)

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 1934 Burdette Haldorson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • 1934 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer
  • 1940 Dick Motz, cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets)

Person of interestJoe Frazier

1944 Joe Frazier, American heavyweight boxing champion (1968-73, Olympic gold 1964), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 2011)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1944 Vlastimil Hort, Czech/German chess player
  • 1947 Tom Dempsey, NFL record-holder (longest field goal, 63 yards)
  • 1948 Kenny Allen, English footballer
  • 1949 Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager
  • 1951 Bill Madlock, 4X NL batting champ (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1951 Drew Pearson, former NFL all-pro receiver
  • 1955 Patty Hayes, LPGA golfer
  • 1958 Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach
  • 1960 Dominique Wilkins, NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1960 Rob Derksen, Australian baseball head coach (Olympics 1996)
  • 1961 Andrea Carnevale, soccer player (Napoli)
  • 1962 Richie Richardson, West Indies cricketer (elegant West Indian batsman 1983-95), born in Five Islands Village, Antigua and Barbuda
  • 1964 Laura Gildemeister, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1965 Henry Thomas, defensive tackle (Detroit Lions, New England Patriots)
  • 1966 Craig Parry, Sunshine VIC, Australian golfer
  • 1966 Linda Ferrando, Italian tennis star
  • 1967 Marco Boogers, Dutch soccer player (RKC, Sparta, West Ham United)
  • 1967 Mike Simms, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Whittier, California
  • 1967 Ulf Dahlen, Ostersund SWE, NHL forward (Team Sweden, San Jose)
  • 1967 Vendela [Kirsebom], model (Sports Illustrated 1993), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1968 Vince Buck, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1968 Mauro Silva, Brazilian footballer
  • 1969 Cam Russell, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1969 Robert Prosinečki, Croatian footballer
  • 1970 Jenny Griffith, WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1995), born in Burbank, California
  • 1970 Nigel Wilson, Canadian-American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • 1970 Takahiro Ikenoue, WLAF defensive linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • 1971 Andy Fox, infielder (NY Yankees), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1971 Oscar Sturgis, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1971 Scott Burrell, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets)
  • 1971 Shane Dronett, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos)
  • 1972 Dominique Ross, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys)

Person of interestMel C

1974 Melanie Chisholm, English singer "Sporty Spice" (Spice Girls), born in Whiston, England

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Mel C
  • 1975 Jocelyn Thibault, NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1977 Sara Walsh, South Bend In, fencer-foil (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977 Dominic Etli, American soccer player
  • 1977 Yoandy Garlobo, Cuban baseball player
  • 1977 Cade McNown, American football player
  • 1978 Bonaventure Kalou, Ivorian footballer
  • 1978 Luis Ayala, Mexican baseball pitcher
  • 1979 Jenny Schmidgall, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1979 Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer
  • 1980 Bobby Crosby, American baseball player
  • 1981 Dan Klecko, American football player
  • 1982 Sherzod Abdurahmonov, Uzbekistanian boxer
  • 1982 Paul-Henri Mathieu, French tennis player
  • 1982 Dimitrios Tsiamis, Greek triple jumper
  • 1982 Hans Van Alphen, Belgian decathlete
  • 1982 Chris Ray, American baseball player
  • 1982 Dontrelle Willis, American baseball player
  • 1984 Scott Olsen, American baseball player
  • 1985 Artem Milevskiy, Ukrainian footballer
  • 1986 Miguel Ángel Nieto, Spanish footballer
  • 1987 Salvatore Sirigu, Italian footballer
  • 1988 Chris Casement, Irish footballer
  • 1990 Sergey Karjakin, Ukrainian chess player

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

1901 Tennis champ Charlotte Cooper (30) weds solicitor Alfred Sterry

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper

HeartWedding of Interest

2006 Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk (37) weds Lhotse Merriam at Tavarua Island Resort in Fiji

Skateboarder Tony Hawk
Tony Hawk

Deaths in Sport

  • 1942 George Francis, cricketer (WI Test fast-bowler, 23 wkts in 10), dies
  • 1964 C R Browne, cricket leg-spinner (WI in 4 Tests, 6 wkts), dies
  • 1980 Hans Ebeling, cricketer (Vict stalwart, bowled for Aust 1934), dies
  • 1999 Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1961)
  • 2000 Bobby Phills, American basketball player (b. 1969)
  • 2001 Affirmed, American racehorse (b. 1975)
  • 2011 Clemar Bucci, Argentine racing driver, dies at 90
  • 2014 Gyula Torok, Hungarian Olympic Champion Boxer, dies at 75
  • 2018 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), dies at 89