On This Day in Sport for January 18

Events in Sport

  • 1886 Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England
  • 1895 Amsterdam's AFC soccer team forms
  • 1896 First college basketball game with 5 players on each side is conducted by the University of Iowa; invites student athletes from University of Chicago for an experimental game; Chicago beats Iowa 15-12

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1938 Bradman scores 104* for South Australia v NSW at the SCG

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1938 Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1939 Australian wicketkeeper Donald Bradman gets his 6th straight ton, 135* v NSW

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1947 Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1950 Indians pitcher Bob Feller, after 15-14 season, takes $20,000 salary cut to $45,000, pay cut is Feller's own suggestion
  • 1951 NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
  • 1951 NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
  • 1951 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
  • 1955 5th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 100-91 at New York City
  • 1958 Willie O'Ree becomes the first African Canadian to play in the NHL (makes debut for Boston Bruins)

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1963 Al Davis becomes the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 1967 20th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 3-0 at Montreal
  • 1970 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 16-13

  • 1973 Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as 1st player signed as a DH
  • 1973 Islanders break 12 game losing streak, 20 game road winless streak
  • 1976 Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR
  • 1977 Imran Khan takes 12 wickets in match for Pakistan win at the Sydney Cricket Ground

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1983 IOC restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals (Pentathlon & Decathlon victories) 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1989 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup Australian Tri-Series
  • 1991 WLAF's NY Knights become NY-NJ Knights

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1991 Longest tennis match at the Australian Open, Boris Becker beats Italy's Omar Camporese in 5 hours & 11 mins

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player Omar Camporese
Tennis Player
Omar Camporese
  • 1992 43rd NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 10-6 at Philadelphia
  • 1993 West Indies beat Australia 2-0 win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1996 Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997
  • 1997 47th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 11-7 at San Jose Arena
  • 1998 48th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-7 at Vancouver
  • 1998 Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00

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1998 Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • 2004 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts 24-14
  • 2004 NFC Championship Game: Carolina Panthers beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-3
  • 2009 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore Ravens 23-14
  • 2009 NFC Championship Game: Arizona Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles 32-25
  • 2015 AB de Villiers makes the fastest century in ODI cricket history from 31 balls against the West Indies
  • 2015 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts 45-7
  • 2015 NFC Championship Game: Seattle Seahawks beat Green Bay Packers 28-22 (OT)

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2017 Baseball Hall of Fame adds Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 2018 Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira rides the largest-ever wave by a female surfer at 20.72 m (68 ft) at Praia do Norte in Nazaréin, Portugal

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestPeter Mark Roget

1779 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (Roget's Thesaurus) and inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), born in London (d. 1869)

Lexicographer and Inventor Peter Mark Roget
Lexicographer and Inventor
Peter Mark Roget
  • 1912 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), born in Lampertheim, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 1916 Alec Coxon, cricketer (England pace bowler in one Test, 2-90 & 1-82)
  • 1921 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer (European Heavyweight Champion), born in Doncaster (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Roepie Kruize, Dutch field hockey player (Olympic-Bronze-48/Silver-52)
  • 1937 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Akita, Japan (d. 2009)
  • 1938 Curt Flood, American baseball player (d. 1997)
  • 1940 Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1971)
  • 1944 Carl Morton, American baseball player (d. 1983)
  • 1947 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2018)
  • 1950 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer
  • 1951 Bob Latchford, English footballer
  • 1955 Mable Fergerson, 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Larry Smith, NBA player

Person of interestMark Messier

1961 Mark Messier, NHL Center (Edmonton, NY Rangers), born in Edmonton, Alberta

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1961 Peter Beardsley, English footballer
  • 1962 David O'Connor, equestrian 3-day (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1963 Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter
  • 1964 Brady Anderson, American MLB outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1964 Jenny Holliday, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1965 Richard Dunwoody, British(?) jockey)
  • 1966 Alexander Khalifman, Russian chess player
  • 1967 Kim Perrot, WNBA guard (Houston Comets)
  • 1967 Peter Cox Jr, fencer-sabre (Olympics 1996), born in Bronxville, New York
  • 1967 Iván Zamorano, Chilean footballer
  • 1969 Larry Webster, defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens), born in Elkton, Maryland
  • 1969 Marvin Pope, CFL defensive end (Calgary Stampeders), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1970 Leo Araguz, NLF/WLAF punter (Oakland Raiders, Rhein Fire)
  • 1970 Peter van Petegem, Belgian cyclist
  • 1971 Andre Coleman, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Greg Engel, NFL center (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian race car driver
  • 1971 Pep Guardiola, Spanish soccer midfielder/manager (Spain 47 caps, manager Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City), born in Santpedor, Spain
  • 1972 Dwayne Carswell, NFL tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1972 Mike Lieberthal, catcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Glendale, California
  • 1972 Ryan Kuehl, defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 1972 Steven Conley, linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1972 Vinod Kambli, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1993-)
  • 1973 Edward Jasper, defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Junior Burrough, NBA forward (Boston Celtics)
  • 1973 Regilio Vreede, soccer player (Blue White, RKC)
  • 1974 Shane Burton, defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1975 Derek Smith, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1976 Laurence Courtois, Kortrijk Belg, tennis star (1995 finalist Jakarta)
  • 1976 Vincent Polvliet, soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1977 Alina Jidkova, Russian tennis player
  • 1977 Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi)
  • 1978 Thor Hushovd, Norwegian former professional road bicycle racer widely considered the greatest Norwegian cyclist of all time, born in Grimstad, Norway
  • 1978 Brian Falkenborg, American baseball player
  • 1979 Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer
  • 1979 Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player
  • 1979 Kenyatta Jones, American football player, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1980 Robert Green, English footballer
  • 1980 Julius Peppers, American football player (Carolina Panthers), born in Wilson, North Carolina
  • 1981 Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer
  • 1981 Olivier Rochus, Belgian tennis player
  • 1985 Riccardo Montolivo, Italian soccer player
  • 1988 Angelique Kerber, German tennis player (3-time Grand Slam winner), born in Bremen, Germany
  • 1990 Gift Ngoepe, South African-born baseball player, 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, born in Pietersburg, South Africa

Deaths in Sport

  • 1963 Johnnie Moyes, journalist and cricketer (S Aust batsman), dies
  • 1967 Barney Ross, welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), dies at 57
  • 1967 Reese "Goose" Tatum, basketballer (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 45
  • 1976 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/17]
  • 1995 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire (b. 1937)
  • 1997 Neville Crump, racehorse trainer, dies at 86
  • 2008 Georgia Frontiere, American football team owner (b. 1927)
  • 2016 Johnny Bach, American basketball player and coach, dies at 91
  • 2017 Roberta Peters, American operatic soprano (NY Met), dies at 86
  • 2017 Rachel Heyhoe Flint, English cricket player and journalist, dies at 77