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
  • 1924 Clas Thunberg of Finland claims 3 gold medals in one day when he wins the 1,500m, 5,000m and all-round speed skating events at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; won 5,000m the day before
  • 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
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1894 Fritz Pollard, early African American NFL star (1920-26)
  • 1899 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian soccer midfielder (4 caps; MTK Hungária, Hakoah Wien) and coach (Benfica, AC Milan, FC Porto; Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Italy, Brazil, Uruguay, Portugal), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1981)
  • 1901 Art Rooney, NFL Pittsburgh Steelers [Pirates] team founder,owner, and chairman, 1933-88, born in Coulterville, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)
  • 1939 Mike Hill, American golfer (3 PGA; PGA 18 Senior titles), born in Jackson, Michigan
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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 Thomas "Tommy" Mitchell, English cricketer (Derbyshire leg-spin, 5 tests for England), dies at 93
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