On This Day in Sport for January 15

Events in Sport

  • 1892 Basketball rules published in Triangle Magazine, Mass
  • 1900 SCNEC soccer team forms
  • 1905 Coen de Koning becomes world champion all-round skater

AgreementContract of Interest

1934 Babe Ruth signs a 1934 contract for $35,000 ($17,000 cut)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1936 Horace Stoneham elected president of NY Giants
  • 1939 1st NFL pro bowl, NY Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field
  • 1942 Cubs drop plans to install lights at Wrigley due to WW II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1942 FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1956 Bauer Marlene wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
  • 1956 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 31-30
  • 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers sign a new 3 year lease for Ebbets Field
  • 1957 7th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 109-97 at Boston
  • 1958 NY Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV
  • 1961 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 35-31
  • 1961 Suggs wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational Open
  • 1962 50th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-0, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

1962 50th Men's Australian Championships: Rod Laver beats Roy Emerson (8-6, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • 1964 Baseball agrees to hold a free-agent draft in NYC
  • 1966 AFL Pro Bowl: All-Stars beats Buffalo 30-19
  • 1966 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 36-7
  • 1967 Super Bowl I: Green Bay Packers beat KC Chiefs, 35-10 in LA Super Bowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB
  • 1970 Milwaukee Brewers make their 1st trade (with Oakland A's)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1972 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1974 24th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 134-123 at Seattle
  • 1977 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Colgate Triple Crown Golf Tournament
  • 1978 Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10 in N Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT
  • 1981 Bob Gibson elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1983 Hartford Whalers smallest crowd 4,812 (beat Devils) during blizzard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 Hana Mandlíková ends Martina Navratilova's 54-match winning streak

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Betsy King wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1990 42 year old George Foreman KOs Gerry Cooney in 2 rounds in Atlantic City

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1990 Blue Jay Cecil Fielder signs with Detroit as a free agent
  • 1990 NY Knicks Trent Tucker scores with 1/10 sec, beats Bulls, 109-106
  • 1991 Australia beat NZ 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Lawrence Taylor announces his retirement from the NFL

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • 1995 Dawn Coe-Jones wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Golf Champion
  • 1995 AFC Championship Game: San Diego Chargers beat Pittsburgh Steelers 17-13
  • 1995 NFC Championship Game: San Francisco 49ers beat Dallas Cowboys 38-28

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman kicks cameraman, Eugene Amosin the groin

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Dino Ciccarelli is traded for the fourth time, from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Florida Panthers

NHL Star Dino Ciccarelli
NHL Star
Dino Ciccarelli

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1841 Lord Frederick Stanley, presenter of hockey's Stanley Cup
  • 1875 Tom Burke, American runner (d. 1929)
  • 1885 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • 1890 Tommy Fleming, American soccer player (d. 1965)
  • 1891 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and only MLB player to die from an injury received during a MLB game, born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky (d. 1920)
  • 1920 Steve Gromek, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1925 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist
  • 1932 Dean Smith, US actor/relay runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1938 Chuni Goswami, Indian footballer and cricketer
  • 1943 Mike Marshall, MLB pitcher (1974 Cy Young Award)
  • 1949 Howard Allen Twitty, PGA golfer (1979 BC Open), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1949 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 1987)
  • 1950 Marius Trésor, French footballer
  • 1953 Randy White, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1954 Nikos Sarganis, Greek footballer
  • 1956 Paul Parker, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1981)
  • 1956 Vera Sosulya, USSR, toboggan (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1960 Tim Curtis, cricketer (England righty batsman in 5 Tests 1988-89)
  • 1963 Lijuan Geng, Hebei China, Canadian tennis player (Olympics-96)
  • 1963 Richard Nasheim, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1963 Yaro Dachniwsky, team handball goalie (Olympics-1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1964 Cees van der de Linden, soccer player
  • 1964 Paula Schnurr, Kirkland Lake Ontario, 1.5k (Olympics-8-92, 96)
  • 1965 Michael Clemons, CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts)
  • 1965 Maurizio Fondriest, Italian cyclist
  • 1965 Bernard Hopkins, American boxer
  • 1966 Betsy Mitchell, American 100m backstroke swimmer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1967 Richard Blakey, cricketer (England wicket-keeper in India 1993)
  • 1967 Ted N Tryba, Wilkes-Barre PA, PGA golfer (1995 Anheuser-Busch Golf)
  • 1968 Felton Spencer, NBA center (SF Warriors)
  • 1968 Laurie Fellner, Appleton Wisc, team handball goalie (Olympics-92, 96)
  • 1968 Steve McConaghy, Australian soling sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Adam Burt, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1969 Delino DeShields, Seaford DE, infielder (Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers)
  • 1969 Leonard Wheeler, NFL safety/cornerback (Cin Bengals, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969 Marsha Miller, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1995), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1969 Rob van Dijk, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • 1969 Rod de Highden, Australian 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Siupeli Malamala, NFL guard/tackle (NY Jets)
  • 1970 Dan Landry, volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics-96), born in San Diego, California
  • 1970 Elroy Kromheer, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 1970 Michele Granger, Anaheim California, softball pitcher (Olympics-gold-96)
  • 1971 LeShon Johnson, running back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 Daniel Nijhof, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1973 Randy Srochenski, CFL linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1973 Essam El-Hadary, Egyptian footballer
  • 1974 Mike Minter, safety (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1974 Ray King, American baseball player
  • 1975 Greg Loveridge, cricketer (NZ leg-spinner, did not bowl v Zim 1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1975 Mary Pierce, tennis star (1995 Australian Open), born in Montreal, Quebec

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 1976 Corey Chavous, American football player
  • 1978 Franco Pellizotti, Italian cyclist
  • 1979 Drew Brees, American football player (New Orleans Saints), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1979 Martin Petrov, Bulgarian footballer
  • 1980 Matt Holliday, American baseball player
  • 1981 El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer
  • 1981 Sean Lamont, Scottish rugby union footballer
  • 1982 Armando Galarraga, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1983 Jermaine Pennant, English footballer
  • 1983 Hugo Viana, Portuguese footballer
  • 1984 Megan Jendrick, American swimmer
  • 1985 Kenneth Emil Petersen, Danish footballer
  • 1986 Fred Davis, American football player
  • 1987 Greg Inglis, Australian rugby league player
  • 1987 David Knight, English footballer
  • 1990 Fernando Forestieri, Italian footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1953 Cricketer Richie Benaud (22) weds Marcia Lavender at the Wesley Church in Sydney, Australia

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • 2011 PGA golfer Hunter Mahan (28) weds former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Kandi Harris in Dallas, Texas
  • 2013 "Gomer Pyle" actor Jim Nabors (82) weds retired performer Stan Cadwallader (64) at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle

Deaths in Sport

  • 1936 Henry Forster, cricket (Hants & Oxford U, Gov-Gen of Australia), dies
  • 1942 Melvin Winfield Sheppard, runner (Olympic gold 08, 12), dies at 58
  • 1968 Bill Masterson, 1st NHLer fatally injured during a game (Jan 13), dies
  • 1968 Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • 1982 Red Smith, sportscaster (Pulitzer, Fight Talk), dies at 76
  • 1986 James H "Jim" Crowley, US football player (Notre Dame), dies at 83
  • 1989 Wilf Slack, cricketer (whilst bat in Gambia England player 1986), dies
  • 1993 Henry Iba, basketball coach, dies at 88
  • 2002 Steve Gromek, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • 2007 David Vanole, American soccer player (b. 1963)
  • 2011 Nat Lofthouse, English Footballer (b. 1925)
  • 2013 Chucho Castillo, Mexican bantamweight boxer (WBA, WBC, 1970), dies from a heart attack at 68