On This Day in Sport for January 21

Events in Sport

  • 1907 Kenora Thistles sweep Mont Wanderers in 2 for Stanley Cup
  • 1920 14th Davis Cup: Australasia beats Great Britain in Sydney (4-1)
  • 1951 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
  • 1954 4th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 98-93 (OT) at New York City
  • 1958 Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn't happen)
  • 1958 8th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-118 at St. Louis

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1962 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1967 AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 30-23
  • 1968 AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 25-24
  • 1968 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-20
  • 1969 22nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at Montreal
  • 1973 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 33-28
  • 1975 28th NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 7-1 at Montreal
  • 1979 Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB
  • 1980 Les Henson, Virginia Tech, makes 89' 3" basketball field goal
  • 1982 NY Islanders begin then NHL record 15 game winning streak
  • 1985 Dennis Potvin ties Bobby Orr's career record of 270 NHL goals
  • 1986 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana
  • 1989 A woman is assaulted & raped in room of an Oklahoma football player

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Wayne Gretzky passes Marcel Dionne to become NHL's 2nd all time scorer

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne
  • 1990 41st NHL All-Star Game: Wales beat Campbell 12-7 at Pittsburgh
  • 1990 Bob Goodenow succeeds Alan Eagleson as NHL players association executive director

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 John McEnroe becomes 1st ever player to be expelled from the Australian Open

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1990 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Bill Cowher becomes the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, becoming only the second head coach of the team since 1970 (Chuck Noll)

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 1996 Karrie Webb wins LPGA HealthSouth Inaugural Golf Tournament
  • 2007 AFC Championship Game: Indianapolis Colts beat New England Patriots 38-34
  • 2007 NFC Championship Game: Chicago Bears beat New Orleans Saints 39-14

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1887 Georges Vezina, Canadian ice hockey goalie (Vezina Trophy), born in Chicoutimi, Quebec (d. 1926)

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • 1889 Bert Collins, cricketer (Aussie batsman in the post WW I years)
  • 1891 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese runner
  • 1901 Ricardo Zamora, Spanish footballer (d. 1978)
  • 1927 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1985)
  • 1932 Boris Shakhlin, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1956-60-64)

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1940 Jack Nicklaus, golfer (Player of Yr 1967,72,73,75,76), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • 1955 Peter Fleming, NJ, tennis player (US Open Doubles 1979, 81, 83)
  • 1957 Jacob Green, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawk)
  • 1957 Shaukat Dukanwala, cricketer (Baroda off-spinner, UAE World Cup 1996)
  • 1959 Alex McLeish, Scottish footballer and manager
  • 1963 Cindy Schreyer, Forest Park GA, LPGA golfer (1993 Sun-Times Challenge)
  • 1963 Detlef Schrempf, German NBA forward (Mavericks, Pacers, Supersonics)
  • 1963 Jessie Hester, NFL player (St Louis Rams)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1963 Hakeem Olajuwon, Nigerian-American NBA center (Houston Rockets, Olympic gold 1996), born in Lagos, Nigeria

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon
  • 1965 Brian Bradley, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • 1965 Eric Moore, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1965 Tania Abitbol, LPGA golfer (1994 US Women's Open-4th), born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1966 Chris Hammond, US baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • 1967 Ulf Stenlund, Swedish tennis star
  • 1968 Tom Urbani, pitcher (St Louis Cards, Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • 1969 Ashley Sheppard, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1969 Matt Willig, NFL tackle/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Jets)
  • 1969 Rusty Greer, Ft Rucker AL, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • 1969 Ted Long, CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1970 Brennan Little, St Thomas Ont, golfer (1994 Western States mini-tour)
  • 1970 Ian Salisbury, cricketer (Sussex & England leg-spinner 1992-96)
  • 1971 Doug Edwards, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1971 Doug Weight, Warren MI, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers, Team USA 98)
  • 1972 Alan Benes, Evansville IN, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1972 Howard Nathan, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1972 Shelley Looney, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)
  • 1973 Bubba Miller, corner (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Grady Jackson, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1973 Jamal Cox, WLAF linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • 1974 Jerald Sowell, fullback (NY Jets)
  • 1974 Jerry Wunsch, tackle (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1974 Orpheus Roye, defensive end (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1974 Alex Sperafico, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1975 Willem Korsten, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse)
  • 1975 Ito, Spanish footballer
  • 1975 Nicky Butt, English footballer
  • 1975 Casey FitzRandolph, American speed skater
  • 1975 Yuji Ide, Japanese racing driver
  • 1977 Al Baxter, Australian rugby union footballer
  • 1977 Phil Neville, English footballer
  • 1978 Faris al-Sultan, German-Iraqi triathlete
  • 1978 Andrei Zyuzin, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1979 Byung-Hyun Kim, Korean baseball player
  • 1979 Brian O'Driscoll, Irish rugby union footballer
  • 1980 Aubrie Rippner, tennis star (1995 USTA National Girls 18), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1980 Dave Kitson, English footballer
  • 1981 Ivan Ergić, Serbian footballer
  • 1981 Jamie Dalrymple, English cricketer
  • 1981 Dany Heatley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1982 Dean Whitehead, English footballer
  • 1983 Moritz Volz, German footballer
  • 1983 Peter Philipakos, Greek-American soccer player
  • 1985 Alex Pérez, Spanish footballer
  • 1985 Matt Unicomb, Australian basketball player
  • 1987 Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer
  • 1994 Laura Robson, Tennis Player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1955 Archie Hahn, American athlete (b. 1880)
  • 1956 Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (b. 1883)
  • 1974 Ken Viljoen, cricketer (played 27 Tests for South Africa 1930-47), dies
  • 1989 Carl Furillo, American Baseball player (b. 1922)
  • 1992 William T "Champion Jack" Dupree, US boxer/pianist, dies at 81
  • 1995 Philippe Casado, Moroccan/French cyclist, dies at 30
  • 2007 Maria Cioncan, Romanian athlete (b. 1977)
  • 2016 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), dies at 55