On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 19

Events in Sport

  • 1903 New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced
  • 1929 Clas Thunberg skates world record 500m in 42.8 sec
  • 1932 Charlie Conacher becomes 1st Toronto Maple Leaf to score 5 goals in a game, 1st coming at 7 seconds of game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934 Kenesaw Mountain Landis denies Joe Jackson's appeal for reinstatement

1st MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1st MLB Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1937 Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
Baseball Player Tris Speaker
Baseball Player
Tris Speaker
  • 1940 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Helen Hicks wins by 1 stroke ahead of Helen Dettweiler
  • 1952 NFL takes control of NY Yanks
  • 1952 PGA approves allowing black participants

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1953 Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • 1963 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill for 4th consecutive year 6-2, 6-2

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1963 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson wins 1st of 5 straight Australian titles; beats countryman Ken Fletcher 6-3, 6-3, 6-1

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • 1964 3rd AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 27-24; MVPs: Keith Lincoln, LA Chargers, RB; Archie Matsos, Oakland Raiders, LB
  • 1969 8th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-25; MVPs: Len Dawson, KC Chiefs, QB; George Webster, Houston Oilers, LB
  • 1969 19th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 10-7; MVPs: Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams, QB; Merlin Olsen, Los Angeles Rams, DT

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1971 24th NHL All-Star Game, Boston Garden: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 2-1; MVP: Bobby Hull, Chicago, LW

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull

  • 1971 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1972 Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
Baseball Pitcher Sandy Koufax
Baseball Pitcher
Sandy Koufax
  • 1974 Notre Dame beats UCLA, 71-70 in South Bend, Indiana to end Bruins' NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1977 Ernie Banks elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1978 Eddie Mathews elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1984 Francesco Moser bicycles world record time: 50,808 km
  • 1990 Police break up protests in Johannesburg against the cricket players defying a boycott on playing in apartheid South Africa
  • 1991 42nd NHL All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Campbell beats Wales, 11-5; Vincent Damphousse, Toronto Maple Leafs, C
  • 1996 NHL Board of Governors approves sale of Winnipeg Jets, officially clearing the way for the team to move to Phoenix, Arizona in time for 1996-97 season

Sport awardNBA Finals

2000 Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA championships as a player, returns to the NBA, joining the Washington Wizards as part owner and President of Basketball Operations

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 2002 "Tuck Rule Game" AFC Divisional Playoff Game; with under 2 minutes to play New England Patriots trail Oakland Raiders, 13-10 in a driving snowstorm, when a Tom Brady fumble ruled an incomplete pass. Patriots win 16-13 in overtime
  • 2003 AFC Championship, Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland: Oakland Raiders beat Tennessee Titans, 41-24
  • 2003 NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10
  • 2013 The 2012-2013 NHL season begins after a 119-day lockout

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories

Cyclist and Drug Cheat Lance Armstrong
Cyclist and Drug Cheat
Lance Armstrong
  • 2014 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 26-16
  • 2014 NFC Championship, CenturyLink Field, Seattle: Seattle Seahawks beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-17
  • 2020 NFC Championship, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara: San Francisco 49ers beat Green Bay Packers, 37-20
  • 2020 AFC Championship, Arrowhead Stadium, KC: Kansas City Chiefs beat Tennessee Titans, 35-24

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestMatthew Webb

1848 Matthew Webb, English long distance swimmer who was first to swim unassisted across the English Channel, born in Dawley, England (d. 1883)

Long Distance Swimmer Matthew Webb
Long Distance Swimmer
Matthew Webb
  • 1878 Herbert Chapman, English football player and manager (d. 1934)
  • 1913 "Minnesota Fats", American billiards player (d. 1996)
  • 1914 Bob Gerard, British racing driver (d. 1990)
  • 1922 Arthur Morris, Australian cricketer (great lefty opening batsman), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1930 John Waite, cricket wicket-keeper (great South African)
  • 1932 Joe Schmidt, College/Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (10 x Pro Bowl; 8 x First-team All-Pro; NFL C'ship 1953, 57; Detroit Lions) and coach (Detroit Lions 1967-72), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Person of interestMary Mills

1940 Mary Mills, American golfer (US Open 1963, PGA 1964, 73), born in Laurel, Mississippi

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • 1941 Pat Patterson, Canadian pro wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame; creator Royal Rumble), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Dan Reeves, NFL Coach (NY Giants, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1949 Dennis Taylor, British professional snooker player & snooker commentator (1985 World Championship), born in Coalisland, United Kingdom
  • 1953 Richard Legendre, Canadian tennis player & politician, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1954 Steve DeBerg, American NFL quarterback (Broncos, Chiefs, Bucs, 49ers), born in Oakland, California
  • 1957 Ottis Anderson, NFL running back (NY Giants), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1960 Alfrederick Joyner, American triple jumper (Olympic gold 1984), born in East St. Louis, Illinois
  • 1962 Chris Sabo, American baseball 3rd baseman (3-time MLB All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1962 Hans Daams, Dutch cyclist, born in Valkenswaard, Netherlands
  • 1963 Michael Adams, American NBA guard (Charlotte Hornets), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1965 Ricky Reynolds, American NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1966 Anthony Young, American baseball pitcher (NY Met, Chicago Cubs), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1966 Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Västervik, Sweden
  • 1966 Sylvain Cote, Canadian NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1968 Marty Conlon, American NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1969 Andrew Murray Stone, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969 Junior Seau, American NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers), born in Oceanside, California (d. 2012)
  • 1969 Luc Longley, Australian NBA center (Chicago Bulls), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1969 Orlando Palmeiro, American baseball outfielder (California Angels), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1969 Predrag Mijatović, Yugoslavian footballer, born in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • 1969 Steve Staunton, Irish footballer, born in Drogheda, Republic of Ireland
  • 1970 Rick Krivda, American baseball pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 T. J. Mathews, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Columbia, Illinois
  • 1970 Kathleen Smet, Belgian triathlete, born in Beveren, Belgium
  • 1971 Jeff Juden, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants), born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Maurice Hofman, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • 1972 Tyrone Wheatley, American NFL running back (NY Giants), born in Inkster, Michigan
  • 1973 Chris Stynes, American baseball infielder (KC Royals), born in Queens, New York
  • 1973 Wang Junxia, Chinese long distance runner, born in Jiaohe, Jilin
  • 1973 Yevgeny Sadovyi, Russian swimmer (Olympic gold 200fre/400fre/4x200m 1992), born in Volzhsky, Russia
  • 1974 Amaury Telemaco, Dominican baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Higüey, Dominican Republic
  • 1974 Gregory Playfair, Dutch football player (PSV), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1974 Tarik Oulida, Dutch football player (Ajax/Seville), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1974 Walter Jones, American football offensive tackle (Seattle Seahawks), born in Aliceville, Alabama
  • 1974 Jaime Moreno, Bolivian footballer, born in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
  • 1975 Natalie Harvey, Australian 3k/5k runner (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976 Sky Christopherson, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1976 Tarso Marques, Brazilian racing driver, born in Paraná, Brazil
  • 1977 Annie Miller, American tennis player (1995 Darmstadt Germany), born in Midland, Michigan
  • 1977 Lauren, Cameroonian footballer, born in Kribi, Cameroon
  • 1979 Josu Sarriegi, Spanish football player, born in Lazkao, Spain
  • 1979 Svetlana Khorkina, Russian gymnast, born in Belgorod, Russia
  • 1980 Jenson Button, English auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2009; Super GT 2018), born in Frome, England
  • 1981 Asier Del Horno, Spanish footballer, born in Barakaldo, Spain
  • 1981 Lucho González, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1982 Mike Komisarek, American ice hockey player, born in West Islip, New York
  • 1983 Justyna Kowalczyk, Polish cross-country skier (Olympic gold 30k classical 2010, 10k classical 2014), born in Limanowa, Poland
  • 1984 Karun Chandhok, Indian racing driver, born in Chennai, India
  • 1984 Thomas Vanek, Austrian ice hockey player, born in Baden bei Wien, Austria
  • 1985 Benny Feilhaber, American soccer player, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1985 Esteban Guerrieri, Argentine racing driver, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1987 Brian Harman, American golfer (US Open 2017 runner-up), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1987 Edgar Manucharyan, Armenian footballer, born in Yerevan, Armenia
  • 1991 Tommy Fleetwood, British golfer (US Open runner-up 2018; Ryder Cup 2018), born in Southport, England
  • 1992 Shawn Johnson, American artistic gymnast, born in Des Moines, Iowa

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1957 Golfer Gary Player (21) weds Bobby Verwey's sister Vivienne Verwey

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • 2013 Figure skater five-time world champion Michelle Kwan (32) weds Clay Pell at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island

Deaths in Sport

  • 1921 William Gunn, English cricket batsman (11 Tests) and soccer winger (2 caps), dies at 62
  • 1939 Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • 1964 Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), dies of head injuries in race crash at 41
  • 1964 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), dies at 77
  • 1968 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • 1984 Max Bentley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1946; Chicago Blackhawks), dies at 63
  • 1993 Chris Street, basketball player, dies at 20
  • 1999 Ivan Francescato, Italian rugby union footballer (b. 1967)
  • 2004 David Hookes, Australian cricketer and coach, dies at 48
  • 2006 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, captain (NZ 12 Tests @ 31.22, 16 wickets), dies at 84
  • 2008 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • 2009 José Torres, Puerto Rican boxer (world light-heavyweight champion), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 2010 Panajot Pano, Albanian football star known as the "The little Puskás", dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 2010 Bill McLaren, Scottish rugby commentator known as "the voice of rugby", dies at 86
  • 2013 Anatoly Bannik, Ukrainian chess master, dies at 91

Person of interestStan Musial

2013 Stan Musial, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (24 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1942, 44, 46; NL MVP 1943, 46, 48; 7 × NL batting champion; St Louis Cardinals), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 2013 Earl Weaver, American hall of fame MLB manager, dies from a heart attack at 82
  • 2014 Bert Williams MBE, English soccer goalkeeper (24 caps; Wolverhampton Wanderers 381 games), dies at 93
  • 2020 Kazım Ayvaz, Turkish wrestler (Olympic gold lightweight 1964; World C'ship gold welterweight 1958; lightweight 1962), dies at 81