On This Day in Sport for January 24

Events in Sport

  • 1900 Newcastle Badminton Club, world's oldest, forms in England
  • 1920 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Sydney: Englishman Algernon Kingscote beats Eric Pockley of Australia 6-4, 6-0, 6-3
  • 1930 J E Mills scores 117 on Test Cricket debut, NZ v England, Wellington

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1939 Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler & George Sisler elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • 1947 NFL adds 5th official (back judge) & allows sudden death in playoffs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1948 Australia all out 674 v India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

AgreementContract of Interest

1950 Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1952 1st NFL team in Texas, Dallas Texans formerly NY Yanks

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1956 6th NBA All Star Game, Rochester War Memorial Coliseum, NY: West beats East, 108-94; MVP: Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • 1962 Jackie Robinson is 1st African American elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. Bob Feller is also elected.
  • 1964 CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million
  • 1971 21st NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: NFC beats AFC, 27-6; MVPs: Fred Carr, Green Bay Packers, LB; Mel Renfro, Dallas Cowboys, CB
  • 1973 Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1976 Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1976 Former world heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman KOs Ron Lyle in 5th round at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas; Foreman knocked down twice in 4th; 'The Ring' Fight of the Year

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1978 31st NHL All-Star Game, Buffalo Municipal Auditorium, Buffalo, NY: Wales beats Campbell, 3-2 (OT); MVP: Billy Smith, NY Islanders, G

  • 1981 Islanders scored 5 power play goals against Nordiques

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1982 Super Bowl XVI, Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit, MI: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1986 NY Islander Mike Bossy scores his 1,000th point

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy

Sport awardTennis Open

1987 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Hana Mandlíková of Czechoslovakia wins her 4th and final Grand Slam singles crown; beats Martina Navratilova 7-5, 7-6

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1988 Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

1988 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Mats Wilander wins 3rd Australian title; beats home town favourite Pat Cash 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • 1990 LAs' Pat Riley becomes the 13th and fastest coach to reach the 500-victory plateau as the Lakers down the Indiana Pacers, 120-111; Riley (500-184) surpasses Don Nelson (500-317) to reach milestone
  • 1999 David Duval eagles the 18th hole for a final round 59 to win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic at PGA West; becomes only the 3rd player to fire a sub-60 round on the PGA Tour

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1999 49th NHL All-Star Game, Ice Palace, Tampa, FL: North America beats World, 8-6; MVP: Wayne Gretzky, NY Rangers, C

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 2007 55th NHL All-Star Game, American Airlines Centre, Dallas, TX: West beats East, 12-9; MVP: Daniel Briere, Buffalo Sabres, C
  • 2010 AFC Championship, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis Colts beat New York Jets, 30-17
  • 2010 NFC Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: New Orleans Saints beat Minnesota Vikings, 31-28 (OT)
  • 2016 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 20-18
  • 2016 NFC Championship, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC: Carolina Panthers beat Arizona Cardinals, 49-15
  • 2018 Former US Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar found guilty of molesting over 150 girls, sentenced up to 175 years in prison
  • 2019 Search for missing Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala is called off after rescuers fail to find aircraft that disappeared from radar over English Channel 3 days earlier; search resumes funded by soccer community donations; wreckage discovered Feb 3

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1898 Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (d. 1939)
  • 1912 Ken Weekes, cricketer (WI batsman v England 1939, 137 at The Oval)
  • 1916 Walter Haas Jr., American businessman & sports team owner (Levi Strauss & Co, Oakland A's), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • 1916 Vic Stollmeyer, cricketer (bro of Jeff Scored 96 in only Test innings)
  • 1916 Jack Brickhouse, American sports broadcaster (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Neil Franklin, soccer star
  • 1934 Burdette Haldorson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Austin, Minnesota
  • 1935 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (d. 2008)
  • 1938 Gyula Torok, Hungarian Boxer (Oly Gold 1960), (d. 2014)
  • 1947 Giorgio Chinaglia, Carrara Italy, soccer star (Lazio of Italy, NY Cosmos), (d. 2012)
  • 1947 Masashi 'Jumbo' Ozaki, Japanese golfer (record 94 Japan Tour titles), born in Kaifu District, Tokushima
  • 1954 Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1986)
  • 1955 James Montgomery, American swimmer (1976 Olympics 3 golds), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1958 Frank Ullrich, East Germany, world biathlon champion
  • 1958 Neil Allen, American baseball player
  • 1961 William Van Dijck, Belgian athlete
  • 1963 Martyn Grimley, English field hockey player
  • 1963 Arnold Vanderlyde, Dutch boxer
  • 1964 Rob Dibble, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1965 Ross MacDonald, star sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966 Mike Forgeron, Main-A-Dieu Nova Scotia, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967 Chris Warren, NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1967 Shannon Butler, South Lake Tahoe California, 10k runner
  • 1968 Mark Burmester, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test all-rounder in 3 Tests 1992)
  • 1968 Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast (Olympic gold all-round 1984), born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • 1968 Ross Powell, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros)
  • 1968 Scott Mercier, Harbor City California, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Louise McPaul, Australian javelin thrower (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1971 Cory Bailey, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1971 Joe Panos, NFL guard/center (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1972 Jay Walker, quarterback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1972 Salima Davidson, volleyball setter (Olympics 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Shannon Garrett, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1973 Chris Ferraro, Port Jefferson, NHL right wing (Olympics 1994, NY Rangers)
  • 1973 Erik Gervais, Valleyfield Quebec, kayaker (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Peter Ferraro, Port Jefferson, NHL right wing (Olympics 1994, NY Rangers)
  • 1974 Tim Biakabutuka, running back (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1975 Rónald Gómez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1976 Shae-Lynn Bourne, Canadian pairs skater (Bourne & Kraatz, 1994 World Champs-4th)
  • 1976 Cindy Pieters, Belgian cyclist
  • 1977 Lenka Cenkova, Trinec Czech, tennis star (1995 Futures-Vaihingen-GER)
  • 1980 Rocky Boiman, American football player
  • 1981 Travis Hanson, American baseball player
  • 1983 Shaun Maloney, Scottish footballer
  • 1983 Scott Speed, American race car driver
  • 1984 Scott Kazmir, American baseball player
  • 1987 Luis Suárez, Spanish football player (Barcelona, Uruguay national team), born in Salto, Uruguay

Deaths in Sport

  • 1918 George Arthur Crump, Founder of the Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon NJ (b. 1871)
  • 1929 Wilfred Baddeley, English tennis player (Wimbledon 1891-2, 95), dies at 57
  • 1953 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman/manager (Negro Leagues), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 1957 Daniel Taylor, cricketer (bro of Herbie, 2 Tests for S Af 1914), dies

Person of interestAlfred Carlton Gilbert

1961 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), dies at 76

  • 1969 Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Washington Senators), dies at 72
  • 1973 Alan Lisette, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer vs West Indies 1956), dies at 53
  • 1986 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (b. 1954)
  • 1989 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (8 PGA Tour titles; Masters 1969 runner-up), dies of lung cancer at 51
  • 1996 Sandor Iharos, athlete, dies at 65
  • 2004 Leônidas da Silva, Brazilian footballer (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Chalkie White, English rugby union coach (b. 1929)
  • 2009 Reg Gutteridge, British Boxing Journalist (b. 1924)