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
  • 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
  • 1938 Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

AgreementContract of Interest

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

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1955 5th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden NYC: East beats West, 100-91; MVP: Bill Sharman, Boston Celtics, G

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1958 Willie O’Ree is the 1st African-American to appear in the NHL, making his debut for the Boston Bruins in a 3-0 victory in Montreal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1967 20th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: Montreal Canadiens beat All-Stars, 3-0; MVP: Henri Richard, Montreal, C

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1970 20th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 16-13; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; George Andrie, Dallas Cowboys, DE

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1972 22nd NBA All Star Game, The Forum, Inglewood, Ca: West beats East, 112-110: MVP: Jerry West, LA Lakers, G, hits a last-second, 20-foot game-winning jumper

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • 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, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17; MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR
  • 1977 Pakistan cricket all-rounder Imran Khan takes 6 for 63 in the Australian 2nd innings for a match total of 12 to lead his side to an easy 8 wicket 3rd Test win in Sydney

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Swedish tennis star Björn Borg claims his second straight ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–4, 6–2, 6–2 win over Ivan Lendl at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1983 Dick Motta becomes the 5th NBA coach to record 600 wins as his Dallas Mavericks defeat the Golden State Warriors, 112-102 in Oakland
  • 1989 West Indies beat Australia in a rain-affected 3rd final in Sydney to win cricket's World Series Cup Tri-Series, 2-1; match reduced to 18 overs
  • 1991 WLAF's NY Knights become NY-NJ Knights

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1992 43rd NHL All-Star Game, Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA: Campbell beats Wales, 10-6; MVP: Brett Hull, St. Louis, RW

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 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, San Jose Arena, San Jose, CA: East beats West, 11-7; Mark Recchi, Montreal, RW
  • 1998 48th NHL All-Star Game, General Motors Place, Vancouver, BC: North America beats World, 8-7; MVP: Teemu Selanne, Anaheim, RW
  • 1998 Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Larry Bird returns to Boston as head coach of the Indiana Pacers for the first time, as former Celtics center Robert Parish is honoured by having his No. 00 raised to the Fleet Center rafters

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 2001 New York's Mike Richter picks up his 267th career NHL win to become the winningest goaltender in team history; passes Ed Giacomin; Rangers beat the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, 2-1 in overtime
  • 2004 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts, 24-14
  • 2004 NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Carolina Panthers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 14-3
  • 2009 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore Ravens, 23-14
  • 2009 NFC Championship, University of Phoenix Stadium: 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, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts, 45-7
  • 2015 NFC Championship, CenturyLink Field, Seattle: Seattle Seahawks beat Green Bay Packers, 28-22 (OT)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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 racing driver, born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1951 Bob Latchford, English footballer, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • 1955 Mable Fergerson, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1958 Larry Smith, American NBA player, born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi

Person of interestMark Messier

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

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • 1961 Peter Beardsley, English footballer, born in Hexham, United Kingdom
  • 1962 David O'Connor, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963 Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter, born in Tver Oblast, Russia
  • 1964 Brady Anderson, American MLB outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • 1964 Jenny Holliday, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1965 Richard Dunwoody, British jockey, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Alexander Khalifman, Russian chess player, born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1967 Kim Perrot, American WNBA guard (Houston Comets), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 1967 Peter Cox Jr., American fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Bronxville, New York
  • 1967 Iván Zamorano, Chilean footballer, born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1969 Larry Webster, American football defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens), born in Elkton, Maryland
  • 1969 Marvin Pope, American CFL defensive end (Calgary Stampeders), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1970 Leo Araguz, American football punter (Oakland Raiders, Rhein Fire), born in Pharr, Texas
  • 1970 Peter van Petegem, Belgian cyclist, born in Brakel, Belgium
  • 1971 Andre Coleman, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1971 Greg Engel, American NFL center (San Diego Chargers), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • 1971 Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1971 Pep Guardiola, Spanish football midfielder & manager (Spain 47 caps, manager Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City), born in Santpedor, Spain
  • 1972 Dwayne Carswell, American football tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972 Mike Lieberthal, American MLB catcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Glendale, California
  • 1972 Ryan Kuehl, American football long snapper (Washington Redskins), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Steven Conley, American football linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Vinod Kambli, Indian cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1993-), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1973 Edward Jasper, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1973 Junior Burrough, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1973 Regilio Vreede, Dutch football player (Blue White, RKC), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1974 Shane Burton, American football defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Logan, West Virginia
  • 1975 Derek Smith, American football linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in American Fork, Utah
  • 1976 Laurence Courtois, Belgian tennis player (1995 finalist Jakarta), born in Kortrijk, Belgium
  • 1976 Vincent Polvliet, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht)
  • 1977 Alina Jidkova, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1977 Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi), born in Staines, United Kingdom
  • 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, born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1979 Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer, born in Cascais, Portugal
  • 1979 Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player, born in Rochester, New York
  • 1979 Kenyatta Jones, American football player, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1980 Robert Green, English footballer, born in Chertsey, United Kingdom
  • 1980 Julius Peppers, American football player (Carolina Panthers), born in Wilson, North Carolina
  • 1981 Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer, born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1981 Olivier Rochus, Belgian tennis player, born in Namur, Belgium
  • 1985 Riccardo Montolivo, Italian soccer player, born in Milan, Italy
  • 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

  • 1950 Horace Rice, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1907), dies at 77
  • 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
  • 2002 Alex Hannum, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (1st ABA, NBA winning coach), dies at 78
  • 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