On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 20

Events in Sport

  • 1883 Billy Barnes takes a hat-trick, England v Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • 1910 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators outclass Edmonton HC, 13-7 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series
  • 1919 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Double Bay, Sydney: Gerald Patterson beats Algernon Kingscote 6-4, 6-4, 8-6 to retain title for Australasia over the Great Britain, 3-1; ends 4-1
  • 1939 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins 3rd straight title by 2 strokes ahead of Dorothy Kirby
  • 1950 1950 NFL Draft: Leon Hart from University of Notre Dame first pick by Detroit Lions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 The NBA's first superstar George Mikan scores a career high 61 points leading the Minneapolis Lakers to a 91-81 double-overtime victory over the Rochester Royals

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1967 Philadelphia 76ers center Wilt Chamberlain makes all 15 of his field goal attempts in a 119-108 win over LA Lakers; NBA record for consecutive shots made; beats mark twice before 1966-67 season ends

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1968 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • 1968 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1970 20th NBA All-Star Game, Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pa: East beats West, 142-135; MVP: Willis Reed, NY Knicks, C; Tom and Dick Van Arsdale, first brothers to play in same NBA All-Star Game

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1970 23rd NHL All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena: East beats West, 4-1; MVP: Bobby Hull, Chicago, LW

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull

Sports record brokenWorld Record

1971 Ard Schenk skates world record 1000m (1:18.8)

Speed Skater Ard Schenk
Speed Skater
Ard Schenk
  • 1974 24th NFL Pro Bowl, Arrowhead Stadium, KC, Missouri: AFC beats NFC, 15-13; MVP: Garo Yepremian, Miami Dolphins, PK
  • 1974 Essex Comm College beats Englewood Cliffs 210-67 in basketball
  • 1975 25th NFL Pro Bowl, Miami Orange Bowl: NFC beats AFC, 17-10; MVP: James Harris, LA Rams, QB
  • 1976 29th NHL All-Star Game, Spectrum, Philadelphia: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 7-5; MVP: Peter Mahovlich, Montreal, C

OlympicsOlympic Games

1980 President Jimmy Carter announces US boycott of Olympics in Moscow

39th US President Jimmy Carter
39th US President
Jimmy Carter
  • 1980 Super Bowl XIV, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat LA Rams, 31-19; MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Future Hockey Hall of Fame center Darryl Sittler is traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Rich Costello, a 2nd round draft pick and future considerations

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1985 Super Bowl XIX, Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA: San Francisco 49ers beat Miami Dolphins, 38-16; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
  • 1987 UK Police crackdown on soccer hooligans in biggest operation against violence around football stadiums
  • 1989 Wayne Holdsworth takes a wicket 1st ball in 1st-class cricket

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Pittsburgh center Mario Lemieux becomes just the 2nd player in NHL history to score 50 goals in less than 50 games; #50 in 44th game as the Penguins lose 7-3 to the Jets in Winnipeg

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • 1991 AFC Championship, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY: Buffalo Bills beat Los Angeles Raiders, 51-3
  • 1991 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: New York Giants beat San Francisco 49ers, 15-13
  • 1992 Australia beat India 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup; Australian opener David Boon scores the most runs in the series (432)
  • 1992 Score begins selling international soccer cards
  • 1995 1994-95 NHL Season begin after a lengthy strike

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1996 46th NHL All-Star Game, FleetCenter, Boston, MA: East beats West, 5-4; MVP: Ray Bourque, Boston Bruins, D

NHL Legend Ray Bourque
NHL Legend
Ray Bourque
  • 1996 Australia defeat Sri Lanka 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 2007 Utah coach Jerry Sloan passes Larry Brown for 4th on the NBA's all-time win list (1,010) after the Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls, 95-85 at the United Center
  • 2008 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat San Diego Chargers, 21-12
  • 2008 NFC Championship, Lambeau Field, Green Bay: New York Giants beat Green Bay Packers, 23-20 (OT)
  • 2013 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: Baltimore Ravens beat New England Patriots, 28-13
  • 2013 NFC Championship, Georgia Dome, Atlanta: San Francisco 49ers beat Atlanta Falcons, 28-24
  • 2019 NFC Championship, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans: Los Angeles Rams beat New Orleans Saints, 26-23 OT
  • 2019 AFC Championship, Arrowhead Stadium, KC: New England Patriots beat Kansas City Chiefs, 37-31 OT

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1893 Georg Åberg, Swedish athlete (Olympic silver triple jump; bronze long jump 1912), born in Norrköping, Sweden (d. 1946)
  • 1908 Ian Peebles, English cricketer (Scottish leg-spinner, England 1927-31), born in Aberdeen, United Kingdom (d. 1980)
  • 1912 Walter Briggs Jr, American sports executive (owner Detroit Tigers 1952-56), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1970)
  • 1920 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author & ski jumper, born in Aker, Norway (d. 2006)
  • 1921 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer, born in Erandio, Spain (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), born in Lafayette, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • 1929 Fireball Roberts, American racing driver (Daytona 500 1962), born in Tavares, Florida (d. 1964)
  • 1930 Raymond Van Gestel, Belgian soccer winger (5 caps; Lyra) and athlete (Belgian long jump champion), born in Mol, Belgium (d. 2020)
  • 1932 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Frank Arok AM, Yugoslavian-Australian soccer coach (Australia 1983-89), born in Kanjiža, Serbia (d. 2021)
  • 1939 Murle Breer, American golfer (US Women's Open 1962), born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1940 Carol Heiss Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; silver 1956; World C'ship gold 1956–1960), born in NYC, New York
  • 1940 Lars-Åke Lagrell, Swedish sports administrator (President Swedish Football Association 1991-2012) and politician (Governor Kronoberg County), born in Växjö, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • 1943 Louis Cardiet, French soccer defender (6 caps; Paris SG), born in Quimperlé, France (d. 2020)
  • 1944 Isao Okano, Japanese judoka (Olympic gold 1964), born in Ryugasaki, Japan
  • 1945 Christopher Martin-Jenkins, British cricket journalist and broadcaster (President MCC; BBC Radio), born in Peterborough, England (d. 2013)
  • 1947 Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist & directeur sportif, born in Bouguenais, France
  • 1950 Chuck Lefley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 1956 John Phillips Naber, American swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • 1959 Lea Antonoplis, American tennis player, born in West Covina, California
  • 1963 Scott Fisher, Australian basketball forward (Olympics 1996), born in San Jose, California
  • 1964 Ozzie Guillén, Venezuelan baseball shortstop and manager (3-time MLB All Star; Chicago White Sox), born in Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela
  • 1964 Roger Smith, Bahamas tennis doubles player, born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • 1964 Ron Harper, American NBA guard (Chicago Bulls), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1965 Brad Brink, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Roseville, California
  • 1965 Anton Weissenbacher, Romanian footballer, born in Baia Mare, Romania
  • 1965 Colin Calderwood, Scottish footballer, born in Stranraer, United Kingdom
  • 1966 Bert Weidner, American NFL guard (Miami Dolphins), born in Eden, New York
  • 1966 Chris Morris, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966 Rich Gannon, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1999–2002; First-team All-Pro 2000, 02; NFL MVP 2002; Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 Mark Stepnoski, American football player (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • 1968 Junior Murray, West Indian cricketer (WI keeper, no relation to Derryck or David), born in St. George's Grenada
  • 1968 Nick Anderson, American basketball player (Orlando Magic), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Andre Cason, American sprinter, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • 1970 Marvin Benard, American baseball outfielder (SF Giants), born in Bluefields, Nicaragua
  • 1970 Rob Gaudreau, American ice hockey player (Ottawa Senators), born in Cranston, Rhode Island
  • 1970 Ron Carpenter, American football player (NY Jets, Amsterdam Admirals), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1970 Terry Kirby, American football player (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • 1970 Thomas "Tom" Murray, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1971 Andrei Skabelka, Belarusian ice hockey player & coach (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1971 Johnny Mitchell, American football tight end (NY Jets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1971 Brian Giles, American baseball player, born in El Cajon, California
  • 1972 Alcides Catanho, American NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1973 Eddie Kennison, American football wide receiver (St Louis Rams), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1973 Jalen Rose, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1974 Calvin Harrison, American athlete (Olympic gold medalist), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1974 Rae Carruth, American football wide receiver (Carolina Panthers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1975 David Eckstein, American baseball player, born in Sanford, Florida
  • 1975 Norberto Fontana, Argentine racing driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina
  • 1977 Paul Adams, South African cricketer (lefty very unorthodox bowler for South Africa), born in Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1978 Sonja Kesselschläger, German heptathlete, born in Finsterwalde, Germany
  • 1978 Allan Søgaard, Danish football player, born in Brædstrup, Denmark
  • 1981 Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player, born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1981 Owen Hargreaves, English football player & television pundit, born in Calgary, Canada
  • 1983 Geovany Soto, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 1987 Marco Simoncelli, Italian motorcycle racer (250cc World Championship 2008), born in Cattolica, Italy (d. 2011)
  • 1989 Nick Foles, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl LII MVP), born in Austin, Texas

Weddings in Sport

  • 2020 American former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow (32) weds South African Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (24) in Cape Town, South Africa

Deaths in Sport

  • 1920 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler and strongman of the early 20th century, dies at 43
  • 1954 Fred Root, cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests v Aus 1926), dies
  • 1954 Warren Bardsley, Australian cricketer (41 Tests for Australia, 2469 runs), dies at 71
  • 1957 Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver, dies at 69
  • 1982 Marc Demeyer, Belgian road racing cyclist (Paris-Brussels 1974), dies at 31
  • 1983 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer, dies at 49

Person of interestJohnny Weissmuller

1984 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies of pulmonary edema at 79

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller
  • 1986 Franz Kemser, German 4 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 75
  • 1987 Tom Dollery, cricketer (4 Tests for Eng 1947-50), dies
  • 1988 Philippe de Rothschild, French race-car driver and manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), dies at 86
  • 1991 Bill Riordon, American tennis promotor (Jimmy Connors), dies
  • 1994 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer forward (Manchester City, Liverpool) and manager (Manchester United 1945-69, 70–71; Scotland 1958), dies from cancer at 84
  • 1997 Curt Flood, American baseball player (St Louis Cards), dies of throat cancer at 59
  • 2003 Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (b. 1947)
  • 2004 Guinn Smith, American athlete (1948 Olympic gold medalist), dies of emphysema at 83
  • 2013 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway champion, dies at 86
  • 2018 Graeme Langlands, Australian rugby league fullback, captain and coach (24 Tests; St. George), dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • 2021 Peter Swan, English soccer defender (19 caps; Sheffield Wednesday, Bury), dies at 84
  • 2021 Ted Thompson, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers) and executive (GM Green Bay Packers 2005-17), dies from autonomic disorder at 68