On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 21

Events in Sport

  • 1907 Stanley Cup Hockey, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Kenora Thistles (ON) beat Montreal Wanderers, 8-6 for 12-8 aggregate challenge series victory
  • 1920 14th Davis Cup: Australasia beats Great Britain in Sydney (4-1)
  • 1930 Boston Bruins become first team in NHL history to score 100 goals in a season, in a 5-1 win over Chicago at Boston Garden; Cooney Weiland scores Bruins' 100th goal in their 26th game of the year
  • 1948 Three of the greats of cricket make their debut in a drawn 1st Test match at Bridgetown, Barbados; Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Everton Weekes for the West Indies, and Jim Laker of England

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1954 4th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 98-93 (OT); MVP: Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics, PG

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • 1954 First time in All-Star history, an overtime period is needed to decide a winner; Boston Celtics' guard Bob Cousy's 10-point OT scoring burst gave the East a 98-93 win; Cousy wins All-Star MVP honours
  • 1958 Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn't happen)

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1958 8th NBA All-Star Game, Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Mo: East beats West, 130-118; MVP: Bob Pettit, Milwaukee Hawks, C

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • 1958 St Louis Hawks forward Bob Pettit becomes first member of the losing team to win the NBA All-Star MVP award; scores 28 points and grabs 26 rebounds, even though East beats West, 130-118
  • 1967 6th AFL All Star Game, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 30-23: MVPs: Babe Parilli, Boston Patriots, QB; Verlon Biggs, NY Jets, DE
  • 1968 7th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 25-24; MVPs: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB; Don Maynard, NY Jets, F; Speedy Duncan, LA Chargers, DB/KR

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1968 18th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 38-20; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; Dave Robinson, Green Bay Packers, DT

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1969 22nd NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Western Division ties Eastern Division, 3-3; MVP: Frank Mahovlich, Detroit, LW

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1973 23rd NFL Pro Bowl, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas: AFC beats NFC, 33-28; MVP: O. J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills, RB

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1975 28th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 7-1; MVP: Syl Apps Jr., Pittsburgh, C
  • 1978 Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán becomes undisputed world lightweight champion with a 12th-round TKO of Esteban De Jesus at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas; defends his WBA title for 12th time, also takes De Jesus’ WBC title

  • 1979 Super Bowl XIII, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31; 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 Czech tennis star Ivan Lendl defeats Boris Becker of Germany 6-2, 7-6, 6-3 to claim the season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix title for a third time at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 1989 A woman is assaulted and 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

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1990 41st NHL All-Star Game, Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA: Wales beats Campbell, 12-7; MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • 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
  • 1991 Sacramento's Dick Motta coaches in his 1,648th regular season game, a 97-94 Kings' victory over Houston; at the time an NBA record for the most regular-season coaching appearances

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
  • 1994 Dallas Mavericks suffer 19th straight loss at Reunion Arena, 91-87 to the Seattle SuperSonics; extends an unwanted NBA record for the most consecutive home defeats
  • 2001 Pittsburgh Penguins beat Chicago Blackhawks, 4-0 in first-ever NHL game featuring 2 European trained coaches; Czech Ivan Hlinka behind the bench for Pittsburgh, and Fin Alpo Suhonen, Chicago
  • 2004 Minnesota Wild set an NHL record for 2 fastest goals, when Jim Dowd and Richard Park score just 3 seconds apart in the final 15 seconds of a 4-2 win over visiting Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2007 AFC Championship, RCA Dome, Indianapolis: Indianapolis Colts beat New England Patriots, 38-34
  • 2007 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New Orleans Saints, 39-14

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 LA Lakers forward Kobe Bryant becomes the youngest NBA player to reach 25,000 career points at 31 years, 151 days; beats Wilt Chamberlain by 35 days

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 2017 Adam Hadwin fires only the 7th sub-60 round (59) in PGA Tour history in the 3rd round of the CareerBuilder Challenge at LaQuinta CC
  • 2018 NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Minnesota Vikings, 38-7
  • 2018 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-20

Hall of fameHall of Fame

2019 Li Na of China becomes first Asian player to be elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame; joins Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Mary Pierce of France as Class of 2019 inductees

Tennis Player Li Na
Tennis Player
Li Na
Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • 2019 Golden State guard Klay Thompson sets an NBA record by making his first 10 attempts from 3-point range as the Warriors beat the LA Lakers, 130-111; Thompson scores 44 points

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestGeorges Vezina

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)
  • 1922 Sam Mele, American MLB outfielder/manager (Minnesota Twins record 102 wins 1965), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1925 George Conner, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle / linebacker (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53, 55; Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • 1927 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1985)
  • 1932 Boris Shakhlin, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1956-60-64)

Person of interestJack Nicklaus

1940 Jack Nicklaus, American golfer (18 major titles, 73 PGA Tour titles), born in Columbus, Ohio

Person of interestPaul Allen

1953 Paul Allen, American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2018)

Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen
Co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen
  • 1955 Peter Fleming, NJ, tennis player (US Open Doubles 1979, 81, 83)
  • 1957 Jacob Green, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawk)
  • 1959 Alex McLeish, Scottish footballer and manager
  • 1963 Detlef Schrempf, German NBA forward (Mavericks, Pacers, Supersonics)
  • 1963 Jessie Hester, NFL player (St Louis Rams)

Person of interestHakeem Olajuwon

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)
  • 1966 Chris Hammond, American 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 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)
  • 1971 Alan McManus, Scottish snooker player
  • 1972 Alan Benes, Evansville IN, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1972 Howard Nathan, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • 1972 Shelley Looney, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1973 Bubba Miller, corner (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1973 Grady Jackson, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • 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
  • 1985 Adrian Lewis, English darts player (PDC World Champion 2011-12), born in Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 1987 Joe Ledley, Welsh footballer
  • 1993 Sei Young Kim, South Korean golfer (LPGA 72-hole scoring record 257), born in Seoul, South Korea
  • 1994 Laura Robson, British tennis player (Olympics mixed doubles silver 2012), born Melbourne, Australia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1955 Archie Hahn, American sprinter, dies at 74
  • 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 Champion Jack [William Thomas] Dupree, American boxer and pianist, dies at 81
  • 1993 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 6-time MLB All Star), dies at 89
  • 1995 Philippe Casado, Moroccan/French cyclist, dies at 30
  • 1998 Larry Gilbert, American golfer (Senior Players Championship 1997), dies of lung cancer at 55
  • 2007 Maria Cioncan, Romanian athlete (b. 1977)
  • 2009 Pat Crawford, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1956), dies at 75
  • 2016 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), dies at 55
  • 2018 Chartchai Chionoi, Thai boxer (WBC/WBA flyweight champion), dies of Parkinson's disease at 75
  • 2018 David Pithey, Rhodesian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests for South Africa), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • 2020 Morgan Wootten, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (46 seasons DeMatha Catholic HS, Hyattsville, Maryland; National C'ships 1962, 65, 68, 78, 84), dies at 88