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

Olympic Games1st Winter Olympics

1924 1st Winter Olympic Games open in Chamonix, France

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Einar Landvik, Nordic skier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
Einar Landvik, Nordic skier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1939 Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1945 NY Yankees sold by Ruppert estate to construction magnate Del Webb and partners Dan Topping and Larry MacPhail for $2.8 million

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 Test debut of Australian Richie Benaud, v West Indies at the SCG

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1960 Wilt Chamberlain scores 58 points, the most ever by an NBA rookie, as Philadelphia Warriors beat Detroit Pistons, 127-117 at Bethlehem, PA

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Toronto left wing Frank Mahovlich scores twice, giving him 39 for the season, and making him highest single season goal scorer in Maple Leafs' history, as Toronto beats Montreal Canadiens, 5-3

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

1972 25th NHL All-Star Game, East beats West, 3-2; MVP: Bobby Orr, Boston, D, at Metropolitan Sports Centre, Bloomington, Minnesota

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Ray Kroc, CEO of McDonald's buys San Diego Padres baseball team for $12 million

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 10th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 1st

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • 1977 30th NHL All-Star Game, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC: Wales beats Campbell, 4-3; MVP: Rick Martin, Buffalo Sabres, LW
  • 1978 Padres trade pitcher Dave Tomlin & $125,000 to Rangers for Gaylord Perry (He wins 1978 Cy Young Award)
  • 1980 Dutch government demands boycott of Olympics

  • 1981 Super Bowl XV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10; MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1986 Edmonton's Paul Coffey sets NHL record for defensemen with a point in his 28th consecutive game, as the Oilers beat the visiting LA Kings, 5-2

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1987 Super Bowl XXI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: NY Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20; MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1987 75th Australian Open Men's Tennis: Stefan Edberg of Sweden wins 2nd career Grand Slam title and 2nd Australian title; beats home town favourite Pat Cash 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Pat Cash
  • 1988 Longest winless streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (15 games)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Michael Jordan scores his 10,000th NBA point in his 5th season

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

1989 NY Yankees owner George Steinbrenner meets with Pope John Paul II

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1989 Mario Lemieux scores a goal and 3 assists in Penguins' 5-4 win over Winnipeg in Pittsburgh; sets NHL record by picking up a point in 14 consecutive games; record stands for 10 years

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 St. Louis right wing Brett Hull scores twice in Blues' 9-4 win at Detroit, to give him 50 goals in 49 games; becomes 3rd player in NHL history with 50 goals in less than 50 games

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 1991 Mark Waugh scores ton in 1st Test Cricket innings, v England Adelaide
  • 1992 Dan Jansen skates world record 500m in 36.41"

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1992 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles beats American Mary Joe Fernández 6-2, 6-3 for her 5th career Grand Slam title

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
  • 1994 Australia beat South Africa 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1995 Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton Oilers, 5-1 in the first NHL game in their new home, the United Center; defenseman Chris Chelios leads scoring with a goal and 2 assists
  • 1996 Ottawa Senators set an NHL record with 16th consecutive home game without a win (0-15-1) in a 4-2 loss to Detroit at the Palladium; old record (15) shared by 1928 Black Hawks & 1939 Canadiens
  • 1997 In a high profile NHL trade, San Jose obtain future Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Ed Belfour from Chicago in exchange for goaltender Chris Terreri, Ulf Dahlen, Michal Sykora and a conditional pick in 1998 Entry Draft

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Spice Girl Victoria Beckham (Posh) and soccer player David Beckham get engaged

Singer and Fashion Designer Victoria Beckham
Singer and Fashion Designer
Victoria Beckham
Football Star David Beckham
Football Star
David Beckham
  • 1998 Super Bowl XXXII, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers, 31-24; MVP: Terrell Davis, Denver RB
  • 1999 After an inquiry into a corruption scandal, 6 International Olympic Committee members are expelled

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

2003 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins 5th Grand Slam singles title and 4th straight; beats older sister Venus Williams 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 for her first Australian title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2009 57th NHL All-Star Game, Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec: East beats West, 12-11, SO; MVP: Alexei Kovalev, Montreal Canadiens, RW

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

2014 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Li Na of China becomes first Asian Australian champion; beats Dominika Cibulková of Slovakia 7-6, 6-0

Tennis Player Li Na
Tennis Player
Li Na
  • 2015 60th NHL All-Star Game, Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH: Team Toews beats Team Foligno, 17-12; MVP: Ryan Johansen

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

2015 NFL Pro Bowl, University of Phoenix, Glendale, AZ: Team Irvin beats Team Carter, 32-28; MVPs: J. J. Watt, Houston Texans, DE; Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions, QB

American Football Player J. J. Watt
American Football Player
J. J. Watt
  • 2020 65th NHL All Star Games, Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MI: Pacific All Stars win four-team, 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: David Pastrnak LW Boston Bruins

Birthdays in Sport

  • 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)
  • 1924 Lou Groza, American football placekicker & offensive tackle (9 × Pro Bowl; 4 × First-team All-Pro; Cleveland Browns), born in Martins Ferry, Ohio (d. 2000)
  • 1925 Eric Dempster, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow bowl of mid-50's, bowling avg 109.5), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2011)
  • 1927 Fernie Flaman, Canadian NHL player (Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Dysart, Canada (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Antonis Georgiadis, Greek soccer manager (Greece, South Africa; AEK Athens, Olympiacos), born in Drama, Greece (d. 2020)
  • 1937 Don Maynard, American football wide receiver (NY Jets: 633 receptions, 11,834 yards, 88 TDs), born in Crosbyton, Texas
  • 1941 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1942 Carl Eller, American football player, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1945 Walt Wesley, American NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers), born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • 1947 Tostão [Eduardo Gonçalves de Andrade], Brazilian footballer, born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • 1947 Ángel Nieto, Spanish motorcycle racer, born in Zamora, Spain (d. 2017)
  • 1951 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), born in Coos Bay, Oregon (d. 1975)
  • 1954 Condredge Holloway, American CFL quarterback (Ottawa, Toronto), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1954 Ricardo Bochini, Argentinian footballer, born in Zárate, Argentina
  • 1957 Jeff Gossett, American football punter (Oakland Raiders), born in Charleston, Illinois
  • 1962 Chris Chelios, American ice hockey player (3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Bruno Martini, French soccer goalkeeper (31 caps; Auxerre, Nancy, Montpellier), born in Challuy, France (d. 2020)
  • 1964 Bob Sweeney, American NHL center (NY Islanders, Calgary Flames), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • 1964 Billy Andrade, American golfer (4 PGA Tour wins), born in Bristol, RI
  • 1965 Brian Holman, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1965 Esa Tikkanen, Finnish NHL left wing (Panthers, Canucks, Olympic bronze 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1966 John Velyvis, American rower & surgeon (Olympics 1996), born in North Adams, Massachusetts
  • 1966 Mark Schlereth, American NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1966 Paul Ranheim, American NHL left wing (Hartford Whalers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • 1966 Pavel Torgajev, Russian ice hockey player (Calgary Flames), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
  • 1967 Mario Brunetta, Canadian hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998, Quebec Nordiques), born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1967 Marty Calder, Canadian 62 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic 12-92,96), born in St. Catharines, Canada
  • 1967 Randy McKay, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1998, 2000; NJ Devils; 932 NHL games), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1969 Nolan Harrison, American football defensive lineman (Oakland Raiders, Pitt Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969 Penny Moore, American WNBA player (Charlotte Sting)
  • 1970 Chris Mills, American NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, NY Knicks), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Milt Stegall, American football player (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1971 Herman Smith, American football defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs, London Monarchs), born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
  • 1971 Kerry Taylor, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Bemidji, Minnesota
  • 1971 Kevin Williams, American football wide receiver (Az Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1971 Vincent Brisby, American NFL wide receiver (New England Patriots), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1971 Luca Badoer, Italian racing driver, born in Montebelluna, Italy
  • 1973 Anthony Harris, American football linebacker (Miami Dolphins), born in Fort Pierce, Florida
  • 1973 Marco Battaglia, American football tight end (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Howard Beach, New York
  • 1973 Rodney Young, American NFL safety (NY Giants), born in Grambling, Louisiana
  • 1973 Terrell Wade, American baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Rembert, South Carolina
  • 1973 Scott Milanovich, American football coach & quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Butler, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Adam Meadows, American football player (Indianapolis Colts), born in Powder Springs, Georgia
  • 1974 Daniel Sproule, Australian field hockey halfback (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1975 John Piersma, American 200m/400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1975 Tim Montgomery, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 2000; BALCO scandal), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • 1976 Mario Haberfeld, Brazilian racing car driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1978 Charlene Princess of Monaco [Charlene Wittstock], Zimbabwean South African born wife of Prince Albert II, and Olympic swimmer, born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia
  • 1978 Denis Menchov, Russian cyclist, born in Oryol, Russia
  • 1978 Jason Roberts, English-born footballer, born in London, United Kingdom
  • 1978 Derrick Turnbow, American baseball player, born in Union City, Tennessee
  • 1979 Pi Hongyan, Chinese-born French badminton player, born in Chonqing, China
  • 1979 Gabe Jennings, American distance runner, born in California
  • 1980 Xavi [Xavier Hernández Creus], Spanish footballer, born in Terrassa, Spain
  • 1980 Efstathios Tavlaridis, Greek footballer, born in Serres, Greece
  • 1981 Francis Jeffers, English footballer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1984 Robinho [Robson de Souza], Brazilian soccer forward (100 caps; Santos), born in São Vicente, Brazil
  • 1985 Acie Law IV, American basketball player, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1986 Chris O'Grady, English footballer, born in Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 1987 Maria Kirilenko, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1988 Tatiana Golovin, Russian-born French tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

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

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

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
  • 1973 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), dies in a car accident at 23
  • 1978 Tango Duke, dies in Australia at 42; oldest known thoroughbred horse
  • 1986 Horace Smith, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; lone wicket off first ball), dies at 73
  • 1991 Hoot Evers, American MLB player, dies at 69
  • 2001 Margaret Scriven, English tennis player (French C'ships 1933-34), dies at 88
  • 2002 Winston Place, English cricketer (England opener in West Indies 1948), dies at 87
  • 2004 Francina "Fanny" Blankers-Koen, Dutch track & field athlete (4 x Olympic gold 1948), dies at 85
  • 2004 Miklós Fehér, Hungarian footballer (b. 1979)
  • 2005 Nettie Witziers-Timmer, Dutch athlete (b. 1923)
  • 2015 Bill Monbouquette, American MLB pitcher (3-time All Star, no-hitter 1962), dies of myeloid leukemia at 78
  • 2020 Gene Corrigan, American lacrosse player, coach and college athletics administrator (President of the NCAA 1995-97), dies at 91
  • 2021 Maryan Synakowski, French soccer defender (16 caps; UA Sedan Torcy 241 games), dies at 84