On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 13

Events in Sport

  • 1908 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers rout Ottawa Victorias, 13-1 for 2-0 sweep of challenge series
  • 1919 Dutch Soccer team OSV forms

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1953 3rd NBA All-Star Game, Allen County Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana: West beats East, 79-75; MVP: George Mikan, Minneapolis Lakers, C

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • 1957 7th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 19-10; MVPs: Bert Rechichar, Baltimore Colts, K; Ernie Stautner, Pittsburgh Steelers, DT

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 73 points in Warriors' 135-117 win over Chicago Packers; at the time, most points scored in NBA regulation game, and remains tied for 3rd-highest total

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1963 2nd AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 21-14; MVPs: Curtis McClinton, Dallas Texans, RB; Earl Faison, LA Chargers, DE

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1963 13th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 30-20; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Eugene Lipscomb, Pittsburgh Steelers, DT

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1964 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith beats doubles partner Lesley Turner 6-3, 6-2 for her 5th Australian singles crown

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1964 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson retains title; beats fellow Australian Fred Stolle 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1965 15th NBA All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, Mo: East beats West, 124-123; MVP: Jerry Lucas, Cincinnati Royals, F

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas
  • 1968 Minnesota North Stars NHL player Bill Masterson, suffers head injuries during a game and dies two days later, becoming the 1st player to die as result of a game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 In a high profile NHL trade, the Montreal Canadiens obtain future Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Frank Mahovlich from Detroit, in exchange for Bill Collins, Guy Charron and Mickey Redmond

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • 1972 Bernice Gera wins anti-discrimination case against the National Baseball Congressl, initiated March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire
  • 1974 Super Bowl VIII, Rice Stadium, Houston, TX: Miami Dolphins beat Minnesota Vikings, 24-7; MVP: Larry Csonka, Miami, RB
  • 1976 Future undisputed world middleweight boxing champion Marvin Hagler suffers his first career loss in a controversial 10-round majority decision to Bobby Watts at the Philadelphia Spectrum

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1981 Islander's Mike Bossy's 15th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1982 Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 AMA urges ban on boxing, cites Muhammad Ali's deteriorating condition

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1985 23rd Tennis Fed Cup: Czech beats USA in Nagoya Japan (2-1)
  • 1985 99 year old Otto Bucher from Switzerland becomes oldest man to record a hole-in-one at Spanish GC La Manga's 130-yard 12th hole
  • 1985 Blackhawk Doug Wilson failed on 12th penalty shot against Islanders

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 John McEnroe repeats previous year's result with a 7–5, 6–0, 6–4 win over Ivan Lendl to claim back-to-back season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Playing in his 436th career game, Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky scores his 400th career NHL goal and adds 2 assists in a 5-4 Oilers' win over the Sabres in Buffalo

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 LA Dodger/SD Padre Steve Garvey retires

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey
  • 1989 Jerry Parks, Oklahoma defensive back, charged with shooting a teammate
  • 1991 Football fans of the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates clash in Orkney, South Africa leading to a riot and 42 deaths in the Oppenheimer Stadium disaster

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Tonya Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt & Derrick Brian Smith arrested & charged with conspiracy in attack of skater Nancy Kerrigan

Figure Skater Tonya Harding
Figure Skater
Tonya Harding
Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan
Figure Skater
Nancy Kerrigan
  • 1995 26 HNL teams unanimously ratify agreement to end NHL strike
  • 1995 America3 becomes 1st all-female crew to win an America's Cup race

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 Basketball superstar Michael Jordan announces his second retirement just prior to start of lockout-shortened 1998-99 NBA season; returns in 2001 with Washington

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 2001 Atlanta Hawks retire Dominique Wilkins' No. 21 in pre-game ceremonies at Philips Arena; joins Bob Pettit and Lou Hudson as the only Hawks to have their numbers retired

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 In a controversial move, Marty Schottenheimer is fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins after just one season

  • 2004 Toronto's Tom Fitzgerald and Gary Roberts become first teammates in NHL history to play their 1,000th NHL game on the same night as the Maple Leafs beat the visiting Calgary Flames, 4-1
  • 2008 Orlando Magic knock down a then NBA-record 23 3-pointers in 37 attempts (62.2%); Jameer Nelson goes 5-for-5 from beyond the arc as Magic beat the Sacramento Kings, 139-107

Sport awardFootball Awards

2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid & Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo ends Lionel Messi's domination of award; FFC Frankfurt goalkeeper Nadine Angerer takes women's award

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2017 Cricket all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan scores Bangladesh's top Test score ever (217) during the 1st Test v New Zealand in Wellington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Lionel Messi scores for FC Barcelona in 3-0 win over Eibar, his 400th goal in La Liga; becomes first player to reach mark in just one of Europe's top 5 leagues; Cristiano Ronaldo had 409 in Spain, England & Italy

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2019 Houston guard James Harden scores 38 points in Rockets' 116-108 loss to Orlando; 16th straight game with 30+ points matching Kobe Bryant's NBA record streak; also goes 1 for 17 from 3-point arc, tying record for most misses
  • 2020 College Football, National Championship, Superdome, New Orleans: #1 LSU beats #3 Clemson, 42-15
  • 2020 Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow are fired by team owner Jim Crane for their roles in the sign-stealing scandal after MLB suspends both for one year

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1886 Art Ross, Canadian ice hockey player and executive (d. 1964)
  • 1892 Paul Smart, American yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1919 Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game)
  • 1933 Tom B Gola, NBA Hall-of-Famer, (d. 2014)
  • 1938 Tord Grip, Swedish football manager
  • 1939 Jacek Gmoch, Polish footballer and coach
  • 1941 Meinhard Nehmer, German DR, 2 man bobsledder (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1944 Christina von Saltza, American swimmer (Olympic gold 400m, 4x100m freestyle, 4x100m medley 1960), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1947 Peter Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1947 Carles Rexach, former Spanish-Catalan footballer and coach
  • 1948 Kenia Jayantilal, cricketer (5 at Kingston 71 his only inns for India)
  • 1950 Bob Forsch, American baseball player
  • 1953 Bob Baffert, American Racing Hall of Fame trainer (Triple Crown 2015, 18), born in Nogales, Arizona
  • 1957 Christina Seufert, Sacraento California, diver (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • 1957 Mark O'Meara, American golfer (US Masters, British Open 1988), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • 1958 Ricardo Acuna, Chile, tennis star
  • 1960 Takis Lemonis, Greek footballer and coach
  • 1961 Kelly Hrudey, Canadian NHL goalie, 1983-98 (NY Islanders; LA Kings), and broadcaster, born Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1961 Kent Hull, NFL center (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1962 Brett Maxie, NFL safety (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1962 Kevin Mitchell, American baseball outfielder (NL MVP 1989; MLB All Star 1989, 90; SF Giants), born in San Diego, California
  • 1966 Marcus Turner, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • 1968 Kelly Boucher, Canadian basketball forward (1996 & 2000 Olympics), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1968 Mike Whitlow, English footballer
  • 1969 Andre Cason, US runner (world record 50 indoor), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1969 John Flannery, guard/corner (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1969 Katarzyna Nowak, tennis star (1994 Futures France), born in Łódź, Poland
  • 1969 Kevin Foster, American baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1969 Orlando Miller, Changionola Panama, infielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1969 Robert Wilson, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1969 Stephen Hendry, Scottish professional snooker player (record 7 World Championships), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1970 Frank Kooiman, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1970 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), born in Cesena, Italy (d. 2004)
  • 1971 Elmer Dessens, Hermosillo Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1972 Byron "Bam" Morris, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Richard Woodley, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Vitaly Scherbo, Belarusian gymnast (6 Olympic gold medals Barcelona 1992), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1973 Nikolai Khabibulin, Sverdlovsk Russia, NHL goalie (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1974 Matt Lepsis, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1974 Sergei Brylin, Russian NHL center (NJ Devils), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1975 Angela Holbeck, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976 Gary Brent, cricketer (Zimbabwe ODI pace bowler 1996)
  • 1977 James Posey, American basketball player
  • 1980 Nils-Eric Johansson, Swedish footballer
  • 1980 Akira Kaji, Japanese footballer
  • 1980 Michael Rupp, American ice hockey player
  • 1981 Reggie Brown, American football player
  • 1981 Darrell Rasner, American baseball player
  • 1982 Guillermo Coria, Argentine tennis player
  • 1983 Ronny Turiaf, French basketball player
  • 1986 Joannie Rochette, Canadian figure skater
  • 1987 Jack Johnson [John Johnson III], American NHL Hockey Player (Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1989 Bryan Arguez, American soccer player
  • 1997 Connor McDavid, Canadian NHL centre (1st pick 2015 Draft by Edmonton Oilers), born in Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • 1997 Egan Bernal, Colombian cyclist (Tour de France 2019), born in Bogotá, Colombia
  • 1999 Nasa Hataoka, Japanese golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2018 runner-up), born in Ibaraki, Japan

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1992 MLB baseball right fielder Sammy Sosa (23) weds Sonia Rodriguez

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa

Deaths in Sport

  • 1832 Thomas Lord, English cricketer, founder of Lord's cricket ground (b. 1755)
  • 1937 Walter Brearley, cricketer (17 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng 1905-12), dies
  • 1939 Jacob Ruppert, CEO (NY Yankees, 1915-39), dies
  • 1969 Fred Price, cricket wicket-keep (England, v Aust Headingley 1938), dies
  • 1978 Joe McCarthy, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1932, 36–39, 41, 43; New York Yankees), dies at 96
  • 1985 Adam Walsh, American College Football Hall of Fame center and coach (Notre Dame; Bowdoin), dies at 83
  • 1992 Josef Neckermann, German equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1964, 68), dies at 79
  • 2006 Frank Fixaris, American sportscaster (b. 1934)
  • 2006 Marc Potvin, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • 2007 Danny Oakes, racecar driver (b. 1911)
  • 2008 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • 2013 Rusi Surti, Indian cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), dies from complications from a stroke at 76
  • 2014 Bobby Collins, Scottish soccer midfielder (31 caps; Celtic, Everton, Leeds), dies at 82
  • 2015 Jack Hayward, British financier (Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club), dies at 91
  • 2018 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), dies at 87
  • 2018 Jack Nel, South African cricketer (South African opening bat in 6 Tests 1949-57), dies at 89
  • 2019 Mel Stottlemyre, American baseball pitcher and coach (5-time MLB All Star), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2021 Bernd Kannenber, German race walker (Olympic gold FRG 50k 1972), dies at 78
  • 2021 Joël Robert, Belgian motocross racer (Motocross World C'ships 250cc 1964, 68–72), dies from COVID-19 at 77
  • 2021 Hannes Viljoen, South African rugby union winger (3 caps; Natal), dies at 77