On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 25

Events in Sport

  • 1894 In his only successful title defence, James J Corbett KOs English champion Charley Mitchell in 3 rounds at the Duvall Athletic Club, Jacksonville, Florida for the world heavyweight boxing title
  • 1924 1st Winter Olympic Games open in Chamonix, France
  • 1929 Future Australian cricket captain Don Bradman scores an unbeaten 340 for NSW v Victoria (488 mins, 38 fours); then highest individual score in a Sheffield Shield match
  • 1930 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Melbourne: Daphne Akhurst Cozens wins 3rd straight Australian singles title; beats Sylvia Lance Harper 10-8, 2-6, 7-5
  • 1930 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Edgar Moon wins his first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats fellow Australian Harry Hopman 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
  • 1939 In only the second World Heavyweight C'ship fight between two black boxers, Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • 1945 NY Yankees sold by Ruppert estate to construction magnate Del Webb and partners Dan Topping and Larry MacPhail for $2.8 million
  • 1952 Test debut of great Australian cricket captain (62 Tests) and broadcaster Richie Benaud, v West Indies at the SCG
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1879 Dave Nourse, South African cricket all-rounder (45 Tests, 1 x 100, 41 wickets; Natal, Transvaal, Western Province), born in South Norwood, England (d. 1948)
  • 1901 Martín de Álzaga, Argentine racing driver, born in Mar del Plata, Argentina (d. 1982)
  • 1908 Hopper Levett, English cricketer (England in 1 Test in Calcutta), born in Goudhurst, United Kingdom (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Ernie Harwell, American baseball sportscaster, born in Washington, Georgia (d. 2010)
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Weddings in Sport

  • 1964 MLB outfielder Pete Rose (22) weds first wife Karolyn Englehardt

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Deaths in Sport

  • 1907 René Pottier, French racing cyclist (Tour de France 1906), dies at 27
  • 1908 Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (b. 1850)
  • 1917 Edwin Tyler, cricketer (slow-lefty played once for England 1896), dies
  • 1963 Wilson Kettle, Nfld, dies at 102, leaving 582 living descendants
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