On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 12

Events in Sport

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1918 Montreal Canadien's center Joe Malone scores 5 goals in a 9-4 win over Ottawa to become the first 20 goal scorer in NHL history; goes on to score 44 regular season goals

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
  • 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 2nd NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: National Conference beats American Conference, 30-13; MVP: Dan Towler, LA Rams, FB
  • 1958 NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring
  • 1958 8th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 26-7; MVPs: Hugh McElhenny, SF 49ers, HB; Gene Brito, Washington Redskins, DE

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

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1964 14th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 31-17; MVPs: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, QB; Gino Marchetti, Baltimore Colts, DE

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach records his 1,000th NBA career victory (regular season and playoffs), 114-102 over the Los Angeles Lakers in Boston

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

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1969 Super Bowl III, Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: New York Jets beat Baltimore Colts, 16-7; MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1971 21st NBA All-Star Game, San Diego Sports Arena: West beats East, 108-107; MVP: Lenny Wilkens, Seattle SuperSonics, PG; oldest MVP in All-Star history (33); scores 21 points

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens
  • 1975 Super Bowl IX, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6; MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB
  • 1980 Phoenix point guard Mike Bratz begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games during a 107-96 loss at the Golden State Warriors

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Björn Borg of Sweden wins his first of 2 season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles outclassing American Vitas Gerulaitis 6–2, 6–2 at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1983 Brooks Robinson and Juan Marichal elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1983 NCAA creates football Kickoff Classic to begin in August
  • 1983 Quebec Nordiques play 230th NHL game without being shut out
  • 1986 Chicago Blackhawk centre Denis Savard scores at 4 seconds of 3rd period
  • 1986 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins, 31-14
  • 1986 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat Los Angeles Rams, 24-0

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1988 Willie Stargell (Pitts Pirate), elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Stargell
Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Willie Stargell
  • 1991 Largest crowd to watch Atlantic Coast Women's Basketball game (11,520)
  • 1991 Melvin Stewart swims world record 200 m butterfly (1:55.69)

Sport awardAFC Championship

1992 AFC Championship, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY: Buffalo Bills beat Denver Broncos, 10-7

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1992 NFC Championship, RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Detroit Lions, 41-10
  • 1992 Highest scoring NCAA basketball game; Troy State Trojans defeat DeVry Hoyas 258-149 in Troy, Alabama

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1994 Steve Carlton (Phillies) elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Pitcher Steve Carlton
Baseball Pitcher
Steve Carlton

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 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, Foxborough Stadium: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-6
  • 1997 NFC Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: 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 ahead of 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 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid & Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins for a 2nd consecutive time; his 3rd award overall; VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Nadine Keßler is women's award winner
  • 2015 College Football National Championship, AT&T Stadium, Arlington: #4 Ohio State beats #2 Oregon, 42-20

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 1st ATP Cup Men's Tennis, Sydney: Novak Đoković & Viktor Troicki beat Spanish pair Pablo Carreño Busta & Feliciano López 6-3, 6-4 to clinch inaugural title for Serbia, 2-1; Đoković beats Raphael Nadal 6-2, 7-6

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2020 Argentine striker Sergio Agüero becomes top-scoring overseas player in English Premier League football history with a hat-trick in Manchester City's 6-1 rout of Aston Villa; total 177 takes him past Thierry Henry

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1860 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (d. 1942)
  • 1873 Spyridon Louis, Greek distance runner, soldier (winner first modern Olympics marathon 1896), 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, American weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52), born in Smithtown, New York
  • 1924 Olivier Gendebien, Belgian auto racer (24 hours of Le Mans 1958, 60-62), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1998)
  • 1925 Ralph Legall, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests), born in St Michael, Barbados (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Vic Toweel, South African boxer (undisputed world bantamweight champion), born in Benoni, South Africa (d. 2008)

Person of interestTim Horton

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

NHL Star and Businessman Tim Horton
NHL Star and Businessman
Tim Horton
  • 1934 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer, born in Pudsey, England (d. 2016)
  • 1940 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2007)

Person of interestJoe Frazier

1944 Joe Frazier, American boxer (Olympic gold heavyweight 1964; undisputed world heavyweight champion 1970-73), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 2011)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1944 Vlastimil Hort, Czechoslovak-born German chess player, born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • 1947 Tom Dempsey, American NFL kicker (Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1969; New Orleans Saints; longest winning field goal, 63 yards), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Kenny Allen, English footballer, born in Fenton, Michigan
  • 1949 Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager, born in Lörrach, Germany
  • 1951 Bill Madlock, American MLB player (Chicago Cubs), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951 Drew Pearson, American NFL wide receiver, born in South River, New Jersey
  • 1958 Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1960 Dominique Wilkins, American NBA forward (Atlanta Hawks), born in Paris, France
  • 1960 Rob Derksen, Australian baseball head coach (Olympics 1996), born in Hales Corner, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • 1961 Andrea Carnevale, Italian soccer player (Napoli), born in Monte San Biagio, Italy
  • 1962 Richie Richardson, West Indies cricketer (elegant West Indian batsman 1983-95), born in Five Islands Village, Antigua and Barbuda
  • 1962 Gunde Svan, Swedish cross country skier (4 Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Järna, Sweden
  • 1964 Laura Gildemeister, Argentina, tennis star, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1965 Henry Thomas, American defensive tackle (Detroit Lions, New England Patriots), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Craig Parry, Australian golfer (US Open 1993 3rd; PGA Tour titles), born in Sunshine, Victoria
  • 1966 Linda Ferrando, Italian tennis star, born in Genoa, Italy
  • 1967 Marco Boogers, Dutch soccer player (RKC, Sparta, West Ham United), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 1967 Ulf Dahlén, Swedish NHL forward (Team Sweden, San Jose), born in Östersund, Sweden
  • 1967 Vendela Kirsebom, Norwegian-Swedish model (Sports Illustrated 1993), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1968 Vince Buck, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • 1968 Mauro Silva, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1969 Cam Russell, Canadian NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • 1969 Robert Prosinečki, Croatian footballer, born in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
  • 1970 Jenny Griffith, American WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1995), born in Burbank, California
  • 1971 Andy Fox, American baseball infielder (NY Yankees), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1971 Oscar Sturgis, American NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Hamlet, North Carolina
  • 1971 Scott Burrell, American NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1971 Shane Dronett, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1972 Dominique Ross, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Jacksonville, Florida

Person of interestMel C

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

Singer-Songwriter Mel C
Mel C
  • 1974 Tor Arne Hetland, Norwegian cross-country skier, born in Stavanger, Norway
  • 1975 Jocelyn Thibault, Canadian NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1977 Yoandy Garlobo, Cuban baseball player, born in Jovellanos, Cuba
  • 1977 Cade McNown, American football player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1978 Bonaventure Kalou, Ivorian footballer, born in Oumé, Côte d’Ivoire
  • 1978 Luis Ayala, Mexican baseball pitcher, born in Los Mochis, Mexico
  • 1979 Jenny Schmidgall, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1979 Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer, born in Szczecin, Poland
  • 1980 Bobby Crosby, American baseball player, born in Lakewood, California
  • 1981 Dan Klecko, American football player, born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1982 Sherzod Abdurahmonov, Uzbekistanian boxer
  • 1982 Paul-Henri Mathieu, French tennis player, born in Strasbourg, France
  • 1982 Dimitrios Tsiamis, Greek triple jumper, born in Karditsa, Greece
  • 1982 Hans Van Alphen, Belgian decathlete, born in Turnhout, Belgium
  • 1982 Chris Ray, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1982 Dontrelle Willis, American baseball player, born in Oakland, California
  • 1984 Scott Olsen, American baseball player, born in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • 1985 Artem Milevskiy, Ukrainian footballer, born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1986 Miguel Ángel Nieto, Spanish footballer, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1987 Salvatore Sirigu, Italian footballer, born in Nuoro, Italy
  • 1988 Chris Casement, Irish footballer, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1990 Sergey Karjakin, Ukrainian chess player, born in Simferopol
  • 1995 Motjeka Madisha, South African soccer defender (13 caps; Mamelodi Sundowns), born in Tembisa, South Africa (d. 2020)

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper

LoveWedding 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

  • 1910 Harry Staley, American baseball pitcher (MLB record 9 RBI 1893; record lasts 70+ years), dies at 43
  • 1942 George Francis, cricketer (WI Test fast-bowler, 23 wkts in 10), dies
  • 1944 Juliette Atkinson, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1895, 97-98), dies at 70
  • 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
  • 2019 Bob Kuechenberg, American NFL guard (6-time Pro Bowl, Miami Dolphins), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 2021 Frank Arok AM, Yugoslavian-Australian soccer coach (Australia 1983-89), dies at 88
  • 2021 Álvaro Mejía, Colombian athlete (Boston Marathon 1971 2:18:45), dies at 80
  • 2021 John Ward, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests; 17 dismissals), dies at 83
  • 2021 Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud, Saudi thoroughbred racing owner and breeder (Juddmonte Farms; Dancing Brave, Enable, Frankel, Arrogate), dies at 84