On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 23

Events in Sport

  • 1879 US National Archery Association forms in Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • 1934 New York Rangers' left wing Murray Murdoch plays his 400th straight NHL game in a 5-2 win over Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden, NYC; streak reaches 508 consecutive games
  • 1943 Detroit Red Wings scores NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • 1944 Det Red Wings score 15 goals against NY Rangers & NHL record 37 points, also most consecutive goals & most lopsided game 15-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 Bradman scores 201 in 272 mins v India, 21 fours 1 six

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1950 AP picks "Miracle Braves" of 1914 as greatest sports upset
  • 1950 NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense & defense)
  • 1953 Future Australian cricket captain and coach Bobby Simpson makes his 1st-class debut for NSW at 16 years and 357 days
  • 1953 NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1953 NFL's National & American conference become Eastern & Western conference
  • 1954 Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties
  • 1958 Pakistani cricketer Hanif Mohammad scores record 337 runs in 970 minutes v West Indies at Bridgetown, longest innings in test history

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1959 9th NBA All-Star Game, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Mi: West beats East, 124-108; MVPs: Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis Lakers, F; Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C; first co-winners of MVP award

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1965 Boston Celtic center Bill Russell misses all 14 shots in 104-100 loss to Philadelphia 76ers, led by newly acquired Wilt Chamberlain

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967 Stan Musial is named GM of Cards

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1968 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1968 18th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 144-124; MVP: Hal Greer, Philadelphia 76ers, PG
  • 1972 Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champion
  • 1972 22nd NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: AFC beats NFC, 26-13; MVPs: Jan Stenerud, Kansas City Chiefs, PK; Willie Lanier, Kansas City Chiefs, LB

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1973 23rd NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: East beats West, 104-84; MVP: Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics, C

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • 1975 Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1976 Ian Redpath hits his only 2 sixes in Cricket Tests, v WI Adelaide
  • 1976 Wash Caps end 25 game winless streak (0-22-3) beat NY Rangers 7-5
  • 1978 NFL Pro Bowl, Tampa Stadium: NFC beats AFC, 14-13; MVP: Walter Peyton, Chicago Bears, RB

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1979 Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1981 Red Sox trade Fred Lynn to Angels for Frank Tanana and Joe Rudi

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Tennis great Björn Borg announces retirement at 26 (5 x Wimbledon, 6 x French Open)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1983 In NBA, Portland scores all 17 pts in overtime to beat Houston 113-96
  • 1983 "Mud Bowl", Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 14-0 in the AFC Championship Game on a wet, muddy field, which negated the Jets significant speed and skill advantage
  • 1983 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat New York Jets, 14-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Ivan Lendl scores a 6–4, 6-4, 6–2 win over American John McEnroe to claim back-to-back ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • 1984 Buffalo Sabres become the first team in NHL history to win 10 straight road games with a 5-3 victory at Boston
  • 1984 Greatest unpaced 1-hr bicycle distance, F Moser (Italy), 51.15 km

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1988 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany wins 1st of 3 consecutive Australian singles crowns; beats American Chris Evert 6-1, 7-6

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1989 NBA New Jersey Nets begin a 32+ game road losing streak

  • 1990 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores twin test tons vs. Pakistan at Adelaide Oval

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1993 Graham Gooch scores his 100th 100, on tour at Cuttack

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Cricketer
Graham Gooch
  • 1994 AFC Championship, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY: Buffalo Bills beat Kansas City Chiefs, 30-13
  • 1994 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 38-21
  • 1998 Denver Nuggets tie the NBA single-season record of 23 consecutive losses set by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995-96; streak ends with a 99-81 win the next day against the LA Clippers

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1998 Michael Jordan scores in double figures for 800th consecutive game in a 100-98 OT win over New Jersey; adds 40 more double-figure scoring games to his NBA record before retiring for the second time (1998)

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 2000 AFC Championship, Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville: Tennessee Titans beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 33-14
  • 2000 NFC Championship, Trans World Dome, St. Louis: St. Louis Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 11-6
  • 2000 Dallas' Don Nelson becomes the 6th coach in NBA history to win 900 career games when the Mavericks defeat the Detroit Pistons, 99-91 at The Palace of Auburn Hills
  • 2005 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 41-27
  • 2005 NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Atlanta Falcons, 27-10
  • 2011 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat New York Jets, 24-19
  • 2011 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Green Bay Packers beat Chicago Bears, 21-14
  • 2015 Golden State guard Klay Thompson scores the most NBA points in a quarter (37) and most 3-pointers in a quarter (9) in Warrior's 126-101 win over Sacramento Kings
  • 2017 Bernie Ecclestone removed as Formula One boss as Liberty Media completes $8 billion takeover

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 LeBron James becomes the 7th and youngest (33 years 24 days) to reach the 30,000 NBA point milestone during 114-102 loss to San Antonio Spurs

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1884 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1915; American AAA National Dirt Track C'ship 1908-11 ), born in Biccari, Italy (d. 1956)
  • 1891 Jüri Lossmann, Estonian athlete (Olympic silver marathon 1920), born in Kabala, Estonia (d. 1984)
  • 1896 Alf Hall, South African cricket fast bowler (7 Tests, 40 wickets), born in Bolton, Lancashire, England (d. 1964)
  • 1899 Glen Kidston, British aviator & racing driver, born in London, United Kingdom (d. 1931)
  • 1913 Adrian Quist, Australian tennis player, analyst (Australian C'ship 1936, 40, 48), born in Medindie, South Australia (d. 1991)
  • 1915 Herma Bauma, Austrian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1948), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2003)
  • 1919 Bob Paisley, English football player & manager, born in Hetton-le-Hole, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • 1919 Nina Dumbadze, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1983)
  • 1923 Horace Ashenfelter, American 3000m steeplechase (Olympic gold 1952), born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
  • 1928 Eugenio Monti, Italian bobsledder (2 x Olympic gold 2-man, 4-man 1968; World C'ships 9 x gold), born in Toblach, Italy (d. 2003)
  • 1928 Kees Broekman, Dutch speed skater (Olympic silver 1952), born in De Lier, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1928 Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • 1929 Ian Thomson, English cricketer (England seam bowler v South Africa 1964-65), born in Walsall, United Kingdom
  • 1930 Mervyn Rose, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1954, French C'ships 1958)), born in Coffs Harbour, NSW (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Jerry Kramer, American football player (Green Bay Packers) and author (Instant Replay), born in Jordan, Montana
  • 1942 Laurie Mayne, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler in 6 Tests 1965-70), born in Westonia, West Australia
  • 1944 Sergey Belov, Soviet basketball player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Shegarsky District, Russia (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Asif Masood, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani quick with long & erratic run-up), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1946 Don Whittington, American racing driver, born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1951 Margaret Johnson Bailes, American 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951 Michael R. Matz, American horse trainer & equestrian (Olympic silver 1996), born in Collegeville, Pennsylvania
  • 1952 Omar Henry, South African cricketer (1st colored player for South Africa 1992), born in Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 1953 Pat Haden, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams), born in Westbury, New York
  • 1954 Trevor Hohns, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1989), born in Queensland, Australia
  • 1955 Ruth Haring, American chess player & president of the US Chess Federation, born on Cape Cod, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • 1960 Greg Ritchie, Australian cricketer (Qld & Aust batsman Fat Cat Mahatma Cote), born in Stanthorpe, Queensland
  • 1960 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver & skysurfing pioneer, born in Oullins, France (d. 1998)
  • 1961 Trey Junkin, American football tight end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Conway, Arkansas
  • 1963 Rocco Romano, Canadian CFL guard (Calgary Stampeders), born in Hamilton, Canada
  • 1964 Frank Winters, American NFL center (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • 1966 Haywoode Workman, American NBA guard (Indiana Pacers), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1966 Mike Brim, American NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals), born in Danville, Virginia (d. 2005)
  • 1966 Scott Fortune, American volleyball player (Olympic gold 1988, bronze 1992, 96), born in Newport Beach, California
  • 1967 Naim Suleymanoglu, Turkish weight lifter (Olympic gold 1988), born in Ptichar, Bulgaria (d. 2017)
  • 1968 Eric Metcalf, American football running back (Atl Falcons, San Diego Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1968 Lubomir Kolnik, Czech hockey forward (Team Slovakia, Espoo), born in Nitra, Slovakia
  • 1968 Petr Korda, Czech tennis player (Australian Open 1998), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • 1968 Todd Scott, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1969 Brendan Shanahan, Canadian NHL left wing (Whalers, Red Wings), born in Mimico, Canada
  • 1969 Eric Carter, Canadian CFL cornerback (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Jesup, Georgia
  • 1969 Andrei Kanchelskis, Ukrainian soccer winger (17 caps Soviet Union, 6 caps CIS, 36 caps Russia; Manchester United, Rangers) , born in Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine
  • 1970 Alan Embree, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in The Dalles, Oregon
  • 1970 Jim Schwantz, American football player & politician (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers), born in Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • 1970 Mark Wohlers, American baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Richard Šmehlik, Czech NHL defenseman (Buf Sabres, Olympic gold 1998), born in Ostrava, Czech Republic
  • 1970 Sherman Obando, Panamanian baseball outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Bocas del Toro Province, Panama
  • 1971 Adam Parore, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (NZ, 1st Maori Test centurion), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1971 Julie Foudy, American soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • 1971 Kevin Mawae, American football center (Seattle Seahawks), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1971 Mark Grimmette, American doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1972 Anthony Peterson, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, SF 49ers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Gary Harrell, American football player (NY Giants, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1972 Kez McCorvey, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Gautier, Mississippi
  • 1972 Tanya Harding, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1972 Marcel Wouda, Dutch swimmer, born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 1973 Mark Kolesar, Canadian NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Manitoba, Canada
  • 1974 Glen Chapple, English cricketer (Lancashire & England A pace bowler), born in Skipton, United Kingdom
  • 1974 Yosvani Pérez, Cuban baseball player, born in Rodas, Cuba
  • 1975 Kevin Alexander, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 1975 Tito Ortiz, American UFC fighter, born in Huntington Beach, California
  • 1976 Byron Hanspard, American NFL running back (Atlanta Falcons), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1976 Phil Boudreault, Canadian boxer (Olympics 1996), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • 1979 Larry Hughes, American basketball player, born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1979 Juan Rincón, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • 1980 Theresa Kulikowski, American gymnast (World-bronze-95, Olympics 1996), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • 1981 Rob Friend, Canadian football player, born in Rosetown, Canada
  • 1981 Greg Smith, American UFC fighter, born in Vallejo, California
  • 1982 Wily Mo Peña, Dominican baseball player, born in Laguna Salada, Dominican Republic
  • 1984 Arjen Robben, Dutch football player, born in Bedum, Netherlands
  • 1985 Dong Fangzhuo, Chinese football player, born in Dalian, China
  • 1986 Steven Taylor, English footballer, born in Greenwich, London
  • 1989 Yani Tseng, Taiwanese golfer (5 major titles; British Open 2010-11), born in Guishan, Republic of China

Deaths in Sport

  • 1939 Matthias Sindelar, Austria soccer star, commits suicide
  • 1947 Roy Park, Australian cricketer (prolific Victorian bat & official), dies at 54
  • 1958 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (b. 1880)
  • 1967 Holcombe Ward, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1904; President USLTA 1937-47), dies at 88
  • 1983 Fred Bakewell, English cricket batsman (6 Tests, top score 107; Northamptonshire), dies at 74
  • 2002 Paul Aars, American racecar driver (b. 1934)

Person of interestErnie Banks

2015 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, dies of a heart attack at 83

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 2016 Jack Bannister, English cricketer (Warwickshire stalwart) and commentator (BBC), dies at 85
  • 2016 Bobby Wanzer, American professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), dies at 94
  • 2016 Walt "No-Neck" Williams, American professional baseball player (White Sox), dies at 72
  • 2020 Frank Froehling, American tennis player (US C'ships 1963 runner-up; doubles, mixed doubles 1965 runner-up), dies at 77
  • 2020 Alfred Körner, Austrian soccer striker (47 caps; Rapid Wien), dies at 93