On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 27

Events in Sport

  • 1894 1st college basketball game, University of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11

Olympic Games1st Winter Olympics

1924 Clas Thunberg of Finland claims 3 gold medals in one day when he wins the 1,500m, 10,000m and all-round speed skating events at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; won 5,000m the day before
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Einar Landvik, Nordic skiier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
Einar Landvik, Nordic skiier from Norway, competes in the first-ever Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, 1924
  • 1927 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Melbourne: Esna Boyd wins title after 5 consecutive runner-up finishes; beats Sylvia Lance Harper 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
  • 1927 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Gerald Patterson wins his only home title; beats countryman John Hawkes 3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16, 6-3
  • 1934 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Sydney: Joan Hartigan Bathurst retains title; beats Margaret Molesworth 6-1, 6-4
  • 1934 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Englishman Fred Perry wins his only Australian title; beats Jack Crawford of Australia 6-3, 7-5, 6-1
  • 1936 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Adelaide: Joan Hartigan Bathurst wins her 3rd Australian singles title; beats Nancye Wynne Bolton 6-4, 6-4
  • 1936 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Adrian Quist wins his first Grand Slam event; beats fellow Australian Jack Crawford 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 9-7
  • 1944 Casey Stengel, manager of the Boston Braves since 1938, resigns Lou Perini, Guido Rugo, & Joseph Maney buy control of Boston Braves

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1954 Archie Moore beats Joey Maxim in 15-round unanimous decision to retain his world light heavyweight boxing title at the Orange Bowl, Miami; last of famous trilogy of fights, all won by Moore

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • 1955 1955 NFL Draft: George Shaw from University of Oregon first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • 1956 NFL's NY Giants switches games from Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium
  • 1956 Veikko Hakulinen of Finland wins Olympic 30k cross country gold medal at Cortina d'Ampezzo; second career Olympic title after taking out the 15k event in Oslo (1952)
  • 1958 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Angela Mortimer Barrett of England beats Lorraine Coghlan of Australia 6-3, 6-4

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1958 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Ashley Cooper wins 2nd straight Australian title; beats fellow Australian Malcolm Anderson 7-5, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • 1961 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Court retains title; repeat of previous year's final beating Jan Lehane O'Neill 6-1, 6-4

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1961 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson beats fellow Australian Rod Laver 1-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 for his first Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1963 Sam Rice, Eppa Rixey, Elmer Flick, & John Clarkson elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1966 Wisconsin State Circuit Court Judge Elmer W Roller rules either the Braves stay in Milwaukee or NL must promise Wisconsin an expansion team for 1966
  • 1967 New Orleans Saints sign their 1st player (Paige Cothren-kicker)

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

1969 Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1969 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Rod Laver takes 1st leg of his successful second Grand Slam; beats Andrés Gimeno of Spain 6-3, 6-4, 7-5

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • 1970 1970 NFL Draft: Terry Bradshaw from Louisiana Tech first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1970 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Arthur Ashe beats big serving local Dick Crealy 6-4, 9-7, 6-2

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1973 UCLA's basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)
  • 1979 Islanders ends 23 undefeated games at home streak (15-0-8)
  • 1980 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 37-27; MVP: Chuck Muncie, New Orleans Saints, RB
  • 1982 Philadelphia trades Larry Bowa & Ryne Sandberg to Cubs for Ivan DeJesus
  • 1982 West Indies beat Australia 3-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1982 Los Angeles Kings set an NHL record with their 6th consecutive tied game, a 4-4 deadlock against the visiting Philadelphia Flyers
  • 1985 Mark Mckoy cycles world record 50m hurdles indoor (5.25)
  • 1985 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 22-14; MVP: Mark Gastineau, NY Jets, DE
  • 1989 Kevin Johnson (Phoenix) begins NBA free throw streak of 57 games
  • 1989 Okla linebacker Mark VanKeirsblilck assaults an Ok grad student

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Detroit center Steve Yzerman becomes the 4th NHL player to record 100 points in 50 games or less with a goal and 2 assists as Red Wings beat Toronto, 8-1

NHL Legend Steve Yzerman
NHL Legend
Steve Yzerman

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1990 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf beats American Mary Joe Fernández 6-3, 6-4 for her 3rd consecutive Australian singles crown

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

  • 1991 Super Bowl XXV, Tampa Stadium, Tampa, FL: New York Giants beat Buffalo Bills, 20-19; MVP: Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, RB

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1991 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany wins his 1st Australian title; beats Ivan Lendl 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Mike Tyson goes on trial for rape (he is found guilty)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1995 Eric Cantona of Manchester United fined and banned from playing football after attacking a fan

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1996 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Monica Seles beats Anke Huber of Germany 6-4, 6-1 for her first and only Grand Slam victory after her stabbing

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Anke Huber
Tennis Player
Anke Huber
  • 1998 WNBA begins filling rosters of Washington Mystics & Detroit Shock

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

2001 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Jennifer Capriati wins her first Grand Slam title; beats Martina Hingis 6-4, 6-3

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 2002 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Thomas Johansson of Sweden wins his only Grand Slam title; beats Russian star Marat Safin 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6
  • 2002 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-17
  • 2002 NFC Championship, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis: St. Louis Rams beat Philadelphia Eagles, 29-24

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

2007 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2; first time the tournament used Hawk-Eye system for official line-calls

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

2008 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 to become first Serbian player to win a Grand Slam title

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2008 56th NHL All-Star Game, Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 8-7; MVP: Eric Staal, Carolina, C
  • 2013 7 people are killed and 3 are injured after a retaining wall collapses during a football match at the Ugur Sports Facility, Turkey
  • 2013 Magnus Carlsen wins the 2013 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
  • 2013 Spain defeats Denmark to win the 2013 World Men's Handball Championship
  • 2013 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 62-35; MVP: Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings, TE
  • 2013 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković wins Open era record 4th Australian crown; beats Andy Murray of Scotland 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2
  • 2018 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Caroline Wozniacki beats Simona Halep 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 to win her first Grand Slam title
  • 2019 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia wins his record 7th Australian singles title; beats Spaniard Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

2019 NFL Pro Bowl, Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL: AFC beats NFC, 26-7: MVPs: Patrick Mahomes, KC Chiefs, QB; Jamal Adams, NY Jets, S

NFL Quarterback Patrick Mahomes
NFL Quarterback
Patrick Mahomes

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1894 Fritz Pollard, early African American NFL star (1920-26)
  • 1899 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), born in Budapest, Austria-Hungary (d. 1981)
  • 1901 Art Rooney, NFL team owner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1911 George Pope, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-49 & 0-36 in his only Test)
  • 1927 Joe Perry, AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback (SF 49ers, Balt Colts)
  • 1939 Mike Hill, American golfer (3 PGA; PGA 18 Senior titles), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1952 Brian Gottfried, American tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1976, French Open doubles 1975, 77), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1952 "White Shoes" Johnson, American football player
  • 1954 Kimberly J "Kim" Hughes, Australian cricketer
  • 1955 Brian Engblom, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1955 Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver
  • 1959 Chris Collinsworth, NFL wide receiver/TV sportscaster
  • 1961 Jean-Paul Banos, Lavelanet France, Canada sabre (Olympic 9/10-88, 92, 96)
  • 1962 James F Doehring, shot putter (Olympic silver 1992), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1964 Inga Thompson, Reno Nevada, US cyclist (Olympic-8th-88, 84, 92)
  • 1964 Jack Haley, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1964 Woody Austin, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2007 runner-up; 4 PGA Tour titles), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1965 Igor Matoushkin, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1965 Mike Newell, English soccer striker (Blackburn Rovers) and manager (Luton Town), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1967 Alfred Oglesby, NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • 1967 Dave Manson, Prince Albert, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)
  • 1967 Laura Golarsa, Italian tennis star
  • 1967 Sue Palmer, Collingwood Ontario, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1968 Anthony Pleasant, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1968 Eric Wedge, American baseball catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • 1968 Matt Stover, NFL kicker (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1968 Reggie Johnson, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1968 Rusty Meacham, pitcher (KC Royals, Seattle Mariners), born in Stuart, Flordia
  • 1968 Patrick Blondeau, French footballer
  • 1969 Kristen Danihy, Lawton Oklahoma, team handball circle/wing (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Phil Plantier, outfielder (San Diego Padres, Red Sox, A's), born in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • 1969 Shane Thomson, NZ cricket off-spin all rounder (since 1990)
  • 1970 Dario Brose, US soccer halfback (Olympic-92), born in Queens, New York
  • 1970 Dean Headley, cricket (grandson of George, England ODI quick 1996)
  • 1971 Mark Noordlander, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1971 Patrice Brisebois, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1972 Chad Askew, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • 1972 Mark Lawrence, Canadian NHL right wing (Dallas Stars, NY Islanders), born in Burlington, Ontario
  • 1972 Bryant Young, American football defensive tackle (San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1972 Janine Ilitch, Australian netballer
  • 1973 Eddie Davis, CFL cornerback (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1975 Chaminda Vaas, brilliant Sri Lankan cricket pace bowler (1994- )
  • 1976 Haimish Karrasch, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976 Rhett Warrener, Shaunavon, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers)
  • 1976 Ahn Jung-Hwan, Korean football player
  • 1978 Pete Laforest, Canadian baseball player
  • 1979 Rodrigo Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1979 Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgian beach volleyball player
  • 1979 Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1980 Marat Safin, Russian tennis player (US Open 2000, Australian Open 2005), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1981 Alicia Molik, Australian tennis player
  • 1983 Carlo Colaiacovo, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1983 Gavin Floyd, American baseball player
  • 1983 Mike Zagurski, American baseball player
  • 1988 Kerlon Moura Souza, Brazilian footballer, born in Ipatinger, Brazil

Deaths in Sport

  • 1936 Johnny Golden, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1922, 26, 27 3rd; Ryder Cup 1927, 29 [3-0-0 record]; 9 x PGA Tour titles), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • 1962 Percy LeSueur, Canadian hockey player and inventor (large goalie glove), dies at 80
  • 1970 Probir Sen, cricket (20 catch & 11 stumpings, 14 Tests for Ind), dies
  • 1996 Tommy Mitchell, cricket (Derbyshire leg-spin, 5 Tests for Eng), dies
  • 1996 Thomas "Tommy" Mitchell, English cricketer (5 tests for England), dies at 93
  • 2000 Mae Faggs Starr, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 67
  • 2007 Yang Chuan-kwang, Taiwanese athlete (b. 1933)
  • 2007 Chuan-Kwang Yang, Taiwanese decathlete (Olympic silver 1960), dies at 73
  • 2007 Bing Devine, American MLB executive (St. Louis Cardinals, NY Mets), dies at 90
  • 2019 Peter Magowan, American businessman, MLB owner (SF Giants), dies of liver cancer at 76