On This Day

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

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

  • 1981 Kim Hughes scores 213 v India at Adelaide

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 awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

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 Men's 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Long Distance Swimmer Matthew Webb
Long Distance Swimmer
Matthew Webb

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1898 Cliff Heathcote, American baseball player (d. 1939)
  • 1912 Ken Weekes, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests, top score 137; first Test cricketer born in US), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • 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, West Indian cricketer (bro of Jeff Scored 96 in only Test innings), born in Santa Cruz, Trinidad (d. 1999)
  • 1916 Jack Brickhouse, American sports broadcaster, born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1998)
  • 1922 Neil Franklin, English footballer, born in Shelton, Staffordshire (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Maria Piątkowskacka, Polish athlete (WR 4 x 100m relay 1964), born in Goleni, Moldova (d. 2020)
  • 1934 Burdette Haldorson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Austin, Minnesota
  • 1935 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer, born in St Helens, United Kingdom (d. 2008)
  • 1938 Gyula Torok, Hungarian boxer (Oly Gold 1960), born in Kispest, Hungary (d. 2014)
  • 1947 Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian soccer striker (14 caps; Lazio, NY Cosmos), born in Carrara, Italy (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, German world biathlon champion, born in Trusetal, Germany
  • 1958 Neil Allen, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • 1961 William Van Dijck, Belgian athlete, born in Leuven, Belgium
  • 1963 Martyn Grimley, English field hockey player, born in Halifax, United Kingdom
  • 1963 Arnold Vanderlyde, Dutch boxer, born in Sittard, Netherlands
  • 1964 Rob Dibble, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • 1965 Ross MacDonald, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in British Columbia, Canada
  • 1966 Mike Forgeron, Canadian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Main-a-dieu, Canada
  • 1967 Chris Warren, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1967 Shannon Butler, American 10k runner, born in South Lake Tahoe, California
  • 1968 Mark Burmester, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test all-rounder in 3 Tests 1992), born in Durban, South Africa
  • 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), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • 1968 Scott Mercier, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Harbor City, California
  • 1969 Louise McPaul, Australian javelin thrower (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Port Kembla, New South Wales
  • 1971 Cory Bailey, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Marion, Illinois
  • 1971 Joe Panos, American football offensive lineman (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • 1972 Jay Walker, American football quarterback (Minnesota Vikings), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1972 Salima Davidson, American volleyball setter (Olympics 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1972 Shannon Garrett, American CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
  • 1973 Erik Gervais, Canadian kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Valleyfield, Quebec
  • 1974 Tim Biakabutuka, American football running back (Carolina Panthers), born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 1975 Rónald Gómez, Costa Rican footballer, born in Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
  • 1976 Shae-Lynn Bourne, Canadian pairs skater (Bourne & Kraatz, 1994 World Champs-4th), born in Chatham-Kent, Canada
  • 1976 Cindy Pieters, Belgian cyclist, born in Veurne, Belgium
  • 1977 Lenka Cenkova, Czech tennis player (1995 Futures-Vaihingen-GER), born in Trinec, Czechia
  • 1980 Rocky Boiman, American football player, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1981 Travis Hanson, American baseball player, born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1983 Shaun Maloney, Scottish soccer midfielder (47 caps; Celtic), born in Miri, Malaysia
  • 1983 Scott Speed, American race car driver, born in Manteca, California
  • 1984 Scott Kazmir, American baseball player, born in Houston, Texas

Person of interestLuis Suárez

1987 Luis Suárez, Uruguayan football player (Barcelona, Uruguay national team), born in Salto, Uruguay

Football Player Luis Suárez
Football Player
Luis Suárez

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
  • 1941 Tommy Bond, Irish baseball pitcher and right fielder (Triple Crown 1877; Boston Red Caps; first man born in Ireland to play MLB), dies at 84
  • 1953 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (Indianapolis ABCs) and manager (Washington Potomacs, Baltimore Black Sox), 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 (Olympic silver 1984), dies of undiagnosed Marfan syndrome at 31
  • 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)
  • 2020 Duje Bonačić, Croatian rower (Olympic gold coxless four 1952), dies at 90
  • 2020 Juan José Pizzuti, Argentine soccer striker and manager (12 caps; Racing Club de Avellaneda), dies at 92
  • 2020 Rob Rensenbrink, Dutch soccer left winger or forward (46 caps; Anderlecht), dies of progressive muscular atrophy at 72
  • 2021 George Armstrong, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame centre (Stanley Cup 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1966–67 Toronto Maple Leafs; 7 x NHL All Star), dies from heart complications at 90
  • 2021 Jóhannes Eðvaldsson, Icelandic soccer defender (34 caps; Celtic, Tulsa Roughnecks, Hannover 96, Motherwell), dies from COVID-19 at 70