On This Day in Sport for January 17

  • January

Events in Sport

  • 1916 Rodman Wanamaker organises a lunch to discuss forming a golfers association (later the PGA) at the Taplow Club, Martinique Hotel, New York City

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Australian cricket batting champion Don Bradman takes only his 2nd Test wicket; bowls England's Walter Hammond for 85 during 338-run 3rd Test defeat in Adelaide

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1934 Carl Hubbell, NL MVP winner, gets $18,000 contract by the NY Giants
  • 1934 NY Giants reward MVP pitcher Carl Hubbell with $18,000 contract
  • 1937 LPGA Titleholders Championship, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins inaugural event by 3 strokes ahead of Dorothy Kirby
  • 1952 1952 NFL Draft: Bill Wade from University of Vanderbilt first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • 1953 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Maureen Connolly wins 1st leg of her Grand Slam; beats Julia Sampson 6-3, 6-2

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

1953 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ken Rosewall wins his first Grand Slam title; beats Mervyn Rose 6-0, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • 1954 4th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 20-9; MVP: Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia Eagles, LB

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1960 10th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 38-21; MVPs: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, QB; Eugene Lipscomb, Baltimore Colts, DL

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1961 11th NBA All-Star Game, Onondaga County Coliseum, Syracuse, NY: West beats East, 153-131; MVP: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals, PG; at 22, youngest player to receive All-Star MVP honours, 23 points & 14 assists

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1970 357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft
  • 1970 9th AFL All Star Game, Astrodome, Houston: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 26-3; MVP: John Hadl, LA Chargers, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1971 Super Bowl V, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Baltimore Colts beat Dallas Cowboys, 16-13; MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB

  • 1977 NFL Pro Bowl, Seattle Kingdome: AFC beats NFC, 24-14; MVP: Mel Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers, CB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl scores a 6–7, 2–6, 7–6, 6–2, 6–4 win over American Vitas Gerulaitis to claim his first of 5 ATP Masters Grand Prix titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1986 Tim Witherspoon beats Tony Tubbs in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport awardAFC Championship

1988 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns, 38-33; features infamous "The Fumble", Browns' Earnest Byner at Denver 3-yard line with 1:12 remaining

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1988 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings, 17-10
  • 1989 Al Arbour wins his 600th NHL game as coach
  • 1989 Phoenix Suns cancel game at Miami Heat, due to racial unrest in Miami
  • 1991 Andy Van Hellemond sets NHL record for most games worked by a referee when he appears in his 1,173rd regular season encounter as the St. Louis Blues host the Montreal Canadiens
  • 1993 AFC Championship, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami: Buffalo Bills beat Miami Dolphins, 29-10
  • 1993 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 30-20

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Patrick Ewing becomes first New York player to reach the 15,000-point mark in his NBA career; scores a game-high 34 points in the Knicks' 106-94 win over visiting Minnesota

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing
  • 1995 Australia beat Australia A 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1995 LA Rams announce that they are moving to St Louis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Detroit center Steve Yzerman scores his 500th career NHL goal as the Red Wings beat Colorado, 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena and joins Gordie Howe as the only players to score 500 goals for Detroit

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
  • 1999 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat New York Jets, 23-10; features infamous "The Miss", Vikings' PK Gary Anderson misses field goal late 4th quarter
  • 1999 NFC Championship, Metrodome, Minneapolis: Atlanta Falcons beat Minnesota Vikings, 30-27 (OT)

Sports record brokenNBA Record

2012 LeBron James becomes youngest player in NBA history to record 20,000 career points during the Miami Heat's 92-75 victory over Golden State; James, 28 years, 17 days, passes Kobe Bryant, 29 years, 122 days

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James
  • 2015 American boxer Deontay Wilder wins the WBC heavyweight championship by unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas; Wilder first American to hold a heavyweight title since Shannon Briggs in 2007

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1733 Thomas Linley the elder, English composer and tenor, born in Badminton, Gloucestershire (d. 1795)

Person of interestArnold Rothstein

1882 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), born in NYC, New York (d, 1928)

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • 1901 Olin Dutra, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1932, US Open 1934), born in Monterey, California (d. 1983)
  • 1903 Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), born in Gasport, New York (d. 1974)
  • 1905 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (d. 1966)
  • 1905 Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • 1908 Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
  • 1913 Yuvraj of Patiala, cricketer (scored 24 & 60 in only Test India v Eng)
  • 1925 A H Kardar, cricketer (Pak 1st Test capt, prev played for India)
  • 1926 Clyde Walcott, cricketer (one of the three W's, later ICC chairman)
  • 1928 Ken Archer, cricketer (Australian batsman, 5 Tests early 50s)
  • 1929 Jacques "Jake the Snake" Plante, Canadian NHL goaltender (#1) who was the first to wear a goaltender mask, born in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec (d. 1986)
  • 1930 Eddie LeBaron, American football player, born in San Rafael, California
  • 1931 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • 1939 Antao D'Souza, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in six Tests 1959-62)
  • 1939 Toini Gustafson, Swedish 5K/10K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1940 Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenyan athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1968, 3k steeplechase 1972), born in Kipsamo, Kenya

Person of interestMuhammad Ali

1942 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1949 Heini Hemmi, Swiss giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1951 Rolando Thoeni, Italian slalom (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1952 Darrell Porter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1954 Janet Dykman, Monterey Park California, archer (Olympics 1996)
  • 1957 Donna Stone, NJ, fencer-epee (Olympics 1996)
  • 1957 Michel Vaarten, Belgian cyclist
  • 1960 Chili Davis, American-Jamaican baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1961 Maia Chiburdanidze, Kutaisi USSR, women's world chess champ
  • 1964 Jeff Tabaka, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • 1965 Nikos Nioplias, Greek footballer
  • 1965 Sylvain Turgeon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1966 Anna Ivan, La Joltennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1966 Don Myrah, cyclist (Olympics 20th-96), born in Oakland, California
  • 1966 Trish Johnson, British golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles; 19 LET wins), born in Bristol, England
  • 1967 Gregory Caccia, Bayshore NY, team handball right back (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete
  • 1970 Candace Murray, softball shortstop (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970 Darnell Walker, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers)
  • 1970 Jeremy Roenick, NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1970 James Wattana, Thai snooker player
  • 1971 Derek Plante, Cloquet, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres)
  • 1971 Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 Tyler Houston, American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • 1971 Richard Burns, English rally driver, born in Reading, England (d. 2005)
  • 1971 Ann Wolfe, female boxer
  • 1972 Rohn Meyer, CFL offensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1972 Wendall Gaines, NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1973 Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican footballer
  • 1973 Liz Ellis, Australian netball captain
  • 1974 Derrick Mason, wide receiver (Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1974 Guillermo Mercedes, Dominican-American baseball infielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1974 Marcus Spriggs, offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1974 Sharon Marie Ferris, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Yang Chen, Chinese footballer
  • 1977 Ali el Kattabi, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1981 Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer
  • 1982 Dwyane Wade, American basketball player (Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1983 Alvaro Arbeloa, Spanish Footballer
  • 1983 Rick Kelly, Australian racing driver
  • 1983 Johannes Herber, German basketball player

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1990 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (46) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson

Deaths in Sport

  • 1933 John Hodges, Australian cricketer (6 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), dies
  • 1952 Walter O "Spike" Briggs, owner (Det Tigers), dies at 74
  • 1959 Abdul Aziz, cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi
  • 1976 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/18]
  • 1981 Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer (b. 1899)
  • 1992 Frank Pullen, English businessman and racehorse owner (b. 1915)
  • 1993 Ger ter Horst, Dutch soccer trainer (Sparta), dies
  • 1994 Klaas Peereboom, Dutch sports reporter (Het Parool), dies at 77
  • 1994 Helen Stephens, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m & 4x100m relay 1936), dies at 75
  • 2004 Harry Brecheen, American baseball player (b. 1914)

Person of interestBobby Fischer

2008 Bobby Fischer, American chess player (world champion (1972-75), dies of renal failure at 64

Chess Champion Bobby Fischer
Chess Champion
Bobby Fischer
  • 2008 Ernie Holmes, American football player (b. 1948)
  • 2010 Gaines Adams, American football player (b. 1983)
  • 2012 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of heart attack at 74