On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 16

Events in Sport

  • 1883 Quebec Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1905 Baseball outfielder Frank Huelsman completes eighth transaction in 8 months
  • 1905 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators rout Dawson City (Yukon), 23-2 for 2-0 series sweep; most lopsided challenge playoff game in history; Frank McGee 14 goals

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1931 Australian cricket batting prodigy Don Bradman scores 223 v West Indies in 3rd Test in Brisbane; most runs scored by a player in a Test match in Australia in one day

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1933 Cricket's Bodyline Tour: Australian batsman Bert Oldfield's skull fractured by delivery bowled by Englishman Harold Larwood during the third test in Adelaide
  • 1938 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg retains title by a massive 14 strokes ahead of Jane Cothran

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 US Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1955 5th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 26-19; MVP: Billy Wilson, SF 49ers, WR

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 Detroit right wing Gordie Howe scores a goal and assist in his 888th career game, a 3-1 win at home over Chicago; becomes NHL's all time leading scorer, with 947 points passing Montreal's Maurice Richard

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1962 12th NBA All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, Mo: West beats East, 150-130; MVP: Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C; All-Star record 27 rebounds

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1963 13th NBA All-Star Game, LA Memorial Sports Arena: East beats West, 115-108; MVP: Bill Russell, Boston Celtics, C

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1965 4th AFL All Star Game, Jeppeson Stadium, Houston: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-14; MVPs: Keith Lincoln, LA Chargers, RB; Willie Brown, Denver Broncos, DB

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1966 16th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: East beats West, 36-7; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Dale Meinert, St. Louis Cardinals, LB

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • 1966 Chicago is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Bulls; become the 3rd NBA franchise in the city, after the Chicago Stags (1946–50) and Chicago Packers/Zephyrs (now Washington Wizards)

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1966 Chicago Black Hawks' right wing Bobby Hull scores 4 goals (his 17th career hat trick) in a 6-5 loss to NY Rangers; becomes the first player in team history to score 300 goals

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • 1968 21st NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Gardens: Toronto Maple Leafs beat All-Stars 4-3; MVP: Bruce Gamble, Toronto, G

  • 1970 Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause [1]
  • 1970 NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4)
  • 1970 Inaugural Buffalo Sabres owners Seymour H. Knox III and Northrup Knox hire former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and head coach Punch Imlach in the same capacities for their new NHL franchise

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1971 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)

Speed Skater Ard Schenk
Speed Skater
Ard Schenk
  • 1972 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
  • 1972 Super Bowl VI, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Dallas Cowboys beat Miami Dolphins, 24-3; MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB
  • 1977 Cap's H Monahan scored on 2nd penalty shot against Islanders

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even take his gold teeth

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Edmonton's rookie goaltender Grant Fuhr has his 23-game unbeaten streak end with a 7-1 Oilers' defeat in Toronto

NHL Goalie Grant Fuhr
NHL Goalie
Grant Fuhr
  • 1988 NFL St Louis Cardinals announce move to Phoenix
  • 2019 Golden State Warriors break 2 franchise records in 142-111 win over Denver Nuggets; in 1st quarter, record 10 three-point field goals on way to franchise best 51 points in the period

Sports record brokenNBA Record

2019 Golden State guard Stephen Curry first player in NBA history to hit 8+ three-point FGs in 3 consecutive games; goes 9-of- 17 three's in Warriors' 147-140 win over New Orleans; teams combine for NBA record 43 3-pointers

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • 2019 Houston guard James Harden becomes first player to score 55+ points in back-to-back NBA games since Wilt Chamberlain (1962); scores 58 in 145-142 OT loss to Brooklyn; 18 straight games with 30+ points
  • 2020 Former Sacramento State softball player Alyssa Nakken becomes first woman to hold a coaching position on a MLB staff when named an assistant by the San Francisco Giants
  • 2020 Newly appointed manager Carlos Beltran and New York Mets mutually agree to part ways because of his role in Houston Astros sign stealing scandal; third manager forced out of a job as a result of the allegations

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1894 Guy Chamberlin, early NFL end/coach (Canton, Frankford, Cards)
  • 1902 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, born in Tianjin, China (d. 1945)
  • 1911 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, HOF baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1911 Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Martin Stokken, Norwegian nordic relay (Olympic silver 1952)

Person of interestA. J. Foyt

1935 A. J. Foyt, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1961, 64, 67, 77; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1967; Daytona 500 1972; 24 Hours of Daytona 1983, 85; 12 Hours of Sebring 1985), born in Houston, Texas

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1935 Udo Lattek, German football striker (VfL Osnabrück) and coach (Bayern Munich, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona), born in Boże, Poland (d. 2015)
  • 1937 Luiz Bueno, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • 1941 Christine Janes, British tennis player, born in Loughton, United Kingdom
  • 1945 Wim Suurbier, Dutch soccer right back (60 caps; Ajax 392 games) and manager (LA Heat, TB Rowdies), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • 1948 Cliff Thorburn, Canadian champion snooker player, born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1956 Wayne Daniel, West Indies cricketer (WI fast bowler 1976-84), born in Saint Philip, Barbados
  • 1956 Martin Jol, Dutch football manager, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1962 Kevin Ross, American NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons, KC Chiefs), born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 1964 Gail Graham, Canadian golfer (2 LPGA Tour titles), born in Vanderhoof, British Columbia
  • 1964 Mark Collins, American NFL cornerback and safety (Super Bowl 1986, 90; First-team All-Pro 1989; New York Giants), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1964 Trevor Barsby, Australian cricketer (Queensland opening batsman since 1984-85), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1966 Anthony Washington, American discus thrower (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Glasgow, Montana
  • 1966 Jack McDowell, American pitcher (NY Yankees, White Sox, Indians), born in Van Nuys, California
  • 1967 Jeff Branson, American infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in St. Louis, Missouri,
  • 1969 Chelan Kozak, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996), born in Revelstoke, British Columbia
  • 1969 Roy Jones Jr., American boxer (4 x weight divisions world champion), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1970 Don MacLean, American NBA forward (NJ Nets, Denver Nuggets), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1970 Ron Villone, American pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • 1971 Junior Bryant, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • 1971 Michel Kreek, Dutch soccer player (Ajax), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1971 Scott Williams, American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Orange County, California
  • 1971 Sergei Bruguera, Spanish tennis star, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1971 Ulrich van Gobbel, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1972 Desiree Leipham, American WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1995), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1972 Joe Horn, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs), born in Tupelo, Mississippi
  • 1972 Salah Hissou, Moroccan long-distance runner, born in Morocco
  • 1973 Mario Bates, American NFL-running back (New Orleans Saints), born in Victoria, Texas
  • 1973 Willie Whitehead, American CFL defensive end (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • 1976 Viktor Maslov, Russian racing driver, born in Surgut, RSFSR, Soviet Union
  • 1977 Jeff Foster, American basketball player, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Alfredo Amézaga, Mexican baseball player, born in Ciudad Obregón, Mexico
  • 1979 Brenden Morrow, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Carlyle, Canada
  • 1979 Jason Ward, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Chapleau, Canada
  • 1979 Jimmy Walker, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2016), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1980 Seydou Keita, Malian footballer, born in Bamako, Mali
  • 1980 Albert Pujols, Dominican MLB 1st baseman (NL MVP 2005, 2008-9)), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1981 Bobby Zamora, English footballer, born in Barking, United Kingdom
  • 1982 Tuncay Şanlı, Turkish footballer, born in Sakarya Province
  • 1983 Emanuel Pogatetz, Austrian footballer, born in Graz, Austria
  • 1988 Nicklas Bendtner, Danish footballer, born in Copenhagen, Denmark

Weddings in Sport

  • 2016 Actress and singer Jamie-Lynn Sigler (35) weds baseball player Cutter Dykstra (53) in Palm Springs, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1907 Alfred Shaw, cricketer (seven Tests for England 1877-82), dies at 64
  • 1971 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), dies at 81
  • 1993 Jón Páll Sigmarsson, Icelandic strength athlete (b. 1960)
  • 1993 Freddie Cochrane, American boxer (World Welterweight champion 1941-1946), dies at 77
  • 1996 Harry Potts, footballer/manager, dies at 75
  • 1997 Jim Kensil, NFL president (NY Jets), dies of heart failure at 66
  • 1998 Lionel Birkett, West Indian cricketer (WI vice-capt on Australian tour 1930-31), dies at 92
  • 2002 Bobo Olson, American boxer (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Benny Parsons, American racecar driver and commentator (b. 1941)
  • 2009 Joe Erskine, American boxer and long distance runner (b. 1930)
  • 2013 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier (Olympic gold 1964), dies at 81
  • 2018 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), dies of complications of dementia at 71
  • 2020 Efraín Sánchez, Colombian soccer goalkeeper (9 caps; San Lorenzo) and manager (Columbia), dies at 93
  • 2021 Jon Arnett, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (USC; 5 × Pro Bowl; LA Rams, Chicago Bears), dies from heart failure at 85