On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 22

Events in Sport

  • 1857 National Association of Baseball Players founded in New York
  • 1905 Dutchman Coen de Koning wins the 1,500m, 5,000m & 10,000m at World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Groningen, Netherlands to become 2nd Dutchman to win a world title
  • 1948 Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his 1st Test Cricket innings v WI Barbados
  • 1953 1953 NFL Draft: Harry Babcock from University of Georgia first pick by San Francisco 49ers

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1960 10th NBA All-Star Game, Convention Hall, Philadelphia, Pa: East beats West, 125-115; MVP: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors, C

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1960 Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

1967 17th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: East beats West, 20-10; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; Floyd Peters, Philadelphia Eagles, DT

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • 1968 NBA announces expansion franchise licences awarded to Milwaukee (Bucks) and Phoenix (Suns)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1969 Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1973 George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 rounds to win WBC & WBA heavyweight boxing titles in Kingston, Jamaica; Frazier knocked down 3 times in both 1st & 2nd rounds

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1980 West Indies beat England 2-0 to win cricket's 1st World Series Cup
  • 1981 O A "Bum" Phillips becomes head coach of New Orleans Saints
  • 1983 Houston is 1st NBA team to be held scoreless in an overtime Portland Trail Blazers out score them 17-0 & win 113-96
  • 1983 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Dallas Cowboys, 31-17
  • 1984 Annette Kennedy of SUNY sets women's basketball record with 70 pts
  • 1984 Super Bowl XVIII, Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL: LA Raiders beat Washington Redskins, 38-9; MVP: Marcus Allen, Los Angeles, RB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Arnold Palmer wins third of 5 Champions Your major titles by 2 strokes from Don January

  • 1987 Blizzard in NJ, as 334 attend Devils-Flame NHL game, NJ wins 7-5
  • 1988 1st-class cricket debut of Brian Lara, Trinidad & Tobago v Leeward Is
  • 1988 1st-class cricket debut of Hansie Cronje, OFS v Transvaal

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1988 Mike Tyson TKOs Larry Holmes in 4 in Atlantic City to retain his undisputed heavyweight boxing title; 38-year old former champion floored 3 times in 4th before fight stopped

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1989 Super Bowl XXIII, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FL: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16; MVP: Jerry Rice, SF, WR

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1989 After winning his third Super Bowl as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, Bill Walsh retires

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • 1990 Will Clark, NL's MVP signs a $15M 4-year contract with SF Giants
  • 1994 45th NHL All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 9-8; MVP: Mike Richter, NY Rangers, G
  • 1998 NHL's Minnesota franchise selects the nickname Wild

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1998 World League of American Football renamed as NFL Europe

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2006 Kobe Bryant scores 81 points in a 122-104 Lakers victory over the Toronto Raptors; second-highest game total in NBA history, behind only Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game (1962)

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 2006 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Denver Broncos, 34-17
  • 2006 NFC Championship, Qwest Stadium, Seattle: Seattle Seahawks beat Carolina Panthers, 34-14
  • 2012 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Baltimore Ravens, 23-20
  • 2012 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: New York Giants beat San Francisco 49ers, 20-17 (OT)
  • 2017 NFC Championship, Georgia Dome, Atlanta: Atlanta Falcons beat Green Bay Packers, 44-21
  • 2017 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-17

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 New Orleans Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins has 44 points, 24 rebounds & 10 assists in 132-128 double-OT win over Chicago Bulls; 1st player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1972) with 40+ points, 20+ rebounds & 10+ assists


Birthdays in Sport

  • 1889 Henri Pélissier, French cyclist (Tour de France 1923), born in Paris, France (d. 1935)
  • 1902 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (d. 1970)
  • 1907 Dixie Dean, English soccer striker (16 caps; Everton), born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England (d. 1980)
  • 1915 Tom Burtt, cricketer (slow left-armer took 33 wickets for NZ)
  • 1918 Elmer Lach, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan
  • 1921 Andy Ganteaume, cricketer (WI batsman, 112 in his sole Test innings 1948), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2016)
  • 1927 Joe Perry, NFL Hall-of-Famer
  • 1927 Lou Creekmur, American football player (Detroit Lions) and hall of famer, born in Hopelawn, New Jersey (d. 2009)
  • 1931 Galina Zybina, USSR, discus thrower (15 world records between 1952-58)
  • 1938 Altair, Brazilian footballer
  • 1940 George Seifert, American football coach
  • 1942 Mimis Domazos, Greek footballer
  • 1949 Mike Caldwell, American baseball player
  • 1951 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (d. 1989)
  • 1953 Karen Moe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1972), born in Del Monte, Philippines

Person of interestMike Bossy

1957 Mike Bossy, NHL forward (NY Islanders), born in Montreal, Quebec

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1958 Nikos Anastopoulos, Greek football player & manager, born in Dafni, Greece
  • 1958 Charles White, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1979, USC; Pro Bowl 1987, Cleveland Browns, LA Rams), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1963 Jeff Treadway, American baseball infielder (LA Dodgers), born in Columbus, Georgia
  • 1963 Andrei Tchmil, Ukrainian-Belgian cyclist, born in Khabarovsk, Russia
  • 1964 Stojko Vrankovic, Croatian NBA center (LA Clippers), born in Drniš, Croatia
  • 1964 Wayne Kirby, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians, LA Dodgers), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1966 Carlton Haselrig, American wrestler & NFL guard (NY Jets), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1966 Nishantha Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricketer (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan ODI allrounder), born in Gampaha, Sri Lanka
  • 1967 Nicholas Gillingham, British swimmer (world record 200m freestyle), born in Walsall, England
  • 1967 Ecaterina Szabo, Romanian gymnast, born in Zagon, Romania
  • 1968 Brian Jones, American sports radio and television host and former NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1968 Mauricio Serna, Colombian retired footballer (Colombia national team 1993-2001), born in Medellín, Colombia
  • 1968 Frank Lebœuf, French actor, sports commentator and former footballer (1998 FIFA World Cup), born in Marseille, France
  • 1969 Keith Gordon, American baseball outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1969 Shelley Sandie, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1988, 96), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1969 Vinnie Clark, American NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1970 Abraham Olano, Spanish cyclist, born in Anoeta, Spain
  • 1971 Bucky Brooks, American NFL wide receiver & sportswriter (Sports Illustrated; NFL Network and NFL.com), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1971 Stan Collymore, English football player, born in Stone, United Kingdom
  • 1972 Steve Scifres, American football offensive lineman (Dallas Cowboys), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1972 Toddrick McIntosh, American NFL defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2014)
  • 1972 Gonzalo Rodríguez, Uruguayan racing driver, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1999)
  • 1973 Deon Minor, American 400m runner, born in Paris, Texas
  • 1973 George Noga, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1973 Reggie Barlow, American football wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1973 Said Larossi, Dutch soccer player (Emmen/Vitesse), born in Veenendaal, Netherlands
  • 1973 Rogerio Ceni, Brazilian footballer, born in Paraná, Brazil
  • 1974 Stephanie Rottier, Dutch tennis player (1995 semi Prague), born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
  • 1975 Lee Maxwell Francis Vertongen, New Zealand cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • 1975 Felipe Giaffone, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1976 James Dearth, American football player, born in Fort Ord National Monument, California
  • 1977 Hidetoshi Nakata, Japanese footballer, born in Kofu, Japan
  • 1977 Jono Gibbes, New Zealand rugby union flanker (8 caps; Chiefs) and coach (Ulster, La Rochelle), born in Henderson, New Zealand
  • 1978 Chone Figgins, American baseball player, born in Leary, Georgia
  • 1980 Jake Grove, American football player, born in Johnson City, Tennessee
  • 1980 Jonathan Woodgate, English footballer, born in Nunthorpe, United Kingdom
  • 1981 Ibrahima Sonko, French footballer, born in Bignona, Senegal
  • 1982 Fabricio Coloccini, Argentine footballer, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1982 Jason Peters, American football player, born in Queen City, Texas
  • 1983 Shaun Cody, American football player, born in Whittier, California
  • 1984 Maceo Rigters, Dutch footballer, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1984 Ben Eager, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada
  • 1984 Leon Powe, American basketball player, born in Oakland, California
  • 1985 Mohamed Sissoko, Malian footballer, born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
  • 1987 Shane Long, Irish soccer striker (fastest EPL goal 7.69s 2019), born in Gortnahoe, Republic of Ireland
  • 1988 Greg Oden, American basketball player, born in Buffalo, New York

Deaths in Sport

  • 1935 Horace Rawlins, English golfer (US Open 1895), dies at 60
  • 1949 Henry Slocum, American tennis player (US Nationals 1888-89), dies at 86
  • 1959 Mike Hawthorn, English auto racer (F1 world champion 1958), dies in road accident at 29
  • 1959 Elizabeth Moore, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1896, 1901, 03, 05), dies from congestive heart failure at 82
  • 1968 Duke Kahanamoku, American swimmer, surfer (Olympics 3 gold, 2 silver 1912, 20, 24), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • 1978 Herbert Sutcliffe, cricketer (54 Tests for England 4555 runs), dies
  • 1979 Ali Hassan Salameh, [Abu Hassan], killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes
  • 1997 Ian Munro, British medical journalist, humanitarian and cricketer, dies at 73
  • 1998 C. P. "Chilla" Christ, Australian cricketer (Qld spinner late 30's), dies at 86
  • 2001 Tommie Agee, American baseball player (b. 1942)
  • 2002 John Shea, American 500m/1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 91
  • 2005 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Billy Werber, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), dies at 100
  • 2012 Joe Paterno, American college hall of football coach (Penn State) and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of 1986, dies from lung cancer at 85
  • 2018 James "Jimmy" Armfield, British former-footballer, manager and pundit (BBC Radio Five Live), dies at 82