On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 28

Events in Sport

  • 1904 1st college sports letters given to Seniors who played on University of Chicago's football team are awarded blankets with letter "C" on them
  • 1914 1st Millrose Games (athletics) held (NYC)
  • 1922 J E Clair turns Green Bay franchise back to NFL
  • 1929 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Adelaide: Daphne Akhurst retains title; beats Louise Bickerton 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
  • 1929 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Englishman Colin Gregory wins his only Grad Slam title, beating Richard Schlesinger of Australia 6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
  • 1939 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Emily Hood Westacott beats Nell Hall Hopman 6-1, 6-2 for her only Grand Slam singles title
  • 1939 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Australian John Bromwich wins his 1st Australian title; beats doubles partner Adrian Quist 6-4, 6-1, 6-3
  • 1940 Chicago's Les Cunningham scores 5 points in one period to set an NHL record that stands until 1978; records 2 goals & 3 assists in a 10:04 span during the 3d period of an 8-1 win over Montreal
  • 1943 Chic Blackhawks beats NY Rangers 10-1, Max Bentley scores 4 goals
  • 1949 NY Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith
  • 1952 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Thelma Coyne Long beats Helen Angwin 6-2, 6-3 for 1st of her 2 Australian singles titles
  • 1952 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Ken McGregor wins his first and only Grand Slam event; upsets fellow Australian Frank Sedgman 7-5, 12-10, 2-6, 6-2
  • 1954 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 1956 Austrian skier Toni Sailer wins the giant slalom at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics on his way to a sweep of the 3 alpine skiing events at the Games
  • 1956 Italy goes 1-2 in the 2-man bobsleigh at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; along with silver in 4-man event, the only medals for the home nation at the Games

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1957 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Shirley Fry Irvin wins all-American final; beats Althea Gibson 6-3, 6-4 for her only Australian singles title

Tennis Player Althea Gibson
Tennis Player
Althea Gibson

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1957 Australian Championship Men's Tennis: Ashley Cooper wins 1st of 2 straight Australian titles; beats fellow Australian Neale Fraser 6-3, 9-11, 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • 1959 Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US
  • 1960 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises
  • 1968 29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Chandler Harper
  • 1968 Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1968 Thai boxer Chartchai Chionoi retains his world flyweight title with a 13th-round TKO of home favourite Efren Torres in Mexico City; first of 3 meetings between the pair

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • 1971 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from Stanford University first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1973 Henry Boucha, Detroit Red Wings, scores 6 sec into a game vs Mont
  • 1975 1975 NFL Draft: Steve Bartkowski from University of California first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 1976 NBA Atlanta Hawks begin a 28 game road losing streak
  • 1978 Ranger's Don Murdoch failed on 4th penalty shot against Islanders
  • 1980 New York coach Red Holzman wins his 600th NBA game, only the second (after Red Auerbach) coach at the time to reach the plateau, as the Knicks beat Golden State, 107-103

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1984 Edmonton center Wayne Gretzky's NHL record point scoring streak ends at 51 games when Oilers beaten 4-2 by LA Kings; Gretzky totals 61-92-153 during the period

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1985 Houston's Bill Fitch becomes the 6th coach in NBA history to post 600 wins as the Rockets beat the New Jersey Nets, 97-93
  • 1987 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant
  • 1988 Denver Nuggets point guard Michael Adams takes record streak to 79 consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal in 117-102 loss against Indiana at Market Square Arena; streak ends next game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 New York Rangers' Marcel Dionne scores a 2nd period power play goal in 5-2 win in Philadelphia to become the first player in NHL history to get 20 goals in each of his first 17 seasons

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne
  • 1989 David Boon completes 7th Test century, 149 v WI at SCG

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1989 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany beats Czech Helena Suková 6-4, 6-4 for her 6th career Grand Slam title and her 2nd Australian singles crown

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1990 Super Bowl XXIV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: San Francisco 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1990 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American-based Czech star Ivan Lendl of wins 8th and last career Grand Slam title; beats Stefan Edberg 4-6, 7-6, 5-2; Edberg retires injured

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1991 David Boon completes ninth Test century, 121 v England at Adelaide
  • 1992 David Boon completes twelfth Test century, 135 v India at Adelaide

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 St. Louis right wing Brett Hull becomes 2nd player (after Wayne Gretzky) in NHL history to record back-to-back seasons of 50 goals in 50 games; #50 comes in 3-3 Blues' tie in Los Angeles

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • 1995 Memphis Mad Dogs granted CFL's 13th franchise

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1995 Australian Open Women's tennis: Mary Pierce of France beats Spain's Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-3, 6-2 for her 1st career Grand Slam title and her only Australian singles title

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
  • 1996 Super Bowl XXX, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: Dallas Cowboys beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17; MVP: Larry Brown, Dallas, CB

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1996 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany wins his 6th and last career Grand Slam title; beats American Michael Chang 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player and French Open Champion Michael Chang
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Michael Chang

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2001 Super Bowl XXXV, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL: Baltimore Ravens beat New York Giants, 34-7; MVP: Ray Lewis, Baltimore, LB

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

2001 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi retains title; beats Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 for his 3rd Australian trophy

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 2006 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Amélie Mauresmo of France wins her first Grand Slam title; beats Justine Henin 6-1, 2-0; Henin retires from stomach cramps

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

2007 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Swiss ace Roger Federer successfully defends his title beating Fernando González of Chile 7-6, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

2012 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Victoria Azarenka becomes first Belarusian player to win Grand Slam singles title; beats Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-3, 6-0

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

2017 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams defeats older sister Venus Williams 6–4, 6–4 for her 7th Australian title and record 23rd Grand Slam event singles victory

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Venus Williams
Tennis Player
Venus Williams
  • 2018 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Marin Čilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win his record 20th Grand Slam title
  • 2018 French drivers Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia win their 6th Monte Carlo Rally in an M-Sport Ford WRT
  • 2018 63rd NHL All Star Games, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL: Pacific Division All Stars win four-team, 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks, RW
  • 2018 NFL Pro Bowl, Orlando, FL: AFC beats NFC, 24-23; MVPs: Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans, TE; Von Miller, Denver Broncos, LB

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1873 M A Noble, cricketer (great Australian all-rounder at turn of century)
  • 1874 Alex Smith, Scottish-American golfer (US Open 1906, 10), born in Carnoustie, Scotland (d. 1930)
  • 1880 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (England wicket-keeper before & after WWI)
  • 1891 Bill Doak, American baseball pitcher (NL ERA leader 1914, 21; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1954)
  • 1900 Anni Holdmann, German 100m runner (Olympic-1928)
  • 1906 Henry Foley, cricketer (batted in New Zealand's 1st Test 1930)
  • 1907 Henry Cotton, English golfer (British Open 1934, 1937, 1948), born in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire (d. 1987)
  • 1909 Lionel KP "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II-George Medal)
  • 1927 Don Fraser, American boxing promoter (LA venues; colourful wardrobe & offbeat PR gimmicks), born in Blythe, California (d. 2019)
  • 1929 Richard Clement Charles Thomas, rugby international/journalist
  • 1932 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1934 Bill White, American 1st baseman (Cards), announcer (Yanks) and NL President (1989-1994)
  • 1937 Charlie Krueger, American College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (Texas A&M; Pro Bowl 1960, 64; San Francisco 49ers), born in Caldwell, Texas (d. 2021)
  • 1938 Leonid Zhabotynsky, Ukrainian weightlifter
  • 1943 Paul Henderson, Canadian ice hockey left wing (Summit Series vs Soviet Union 1972; Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Kincardine, Ontario
  • 1949 Gregg Popovich, American basketball coach and general manager (San Antonio Spurs; most wins in NBA history), born in East Chicago, Indiana

Person of interestNick Price

1957 Nick Price, Zimbabwean golfer (PGA C'ship 1992, 94; British Open 1994), born in Durban, South Africa

Golfer Nick Price
Nick Price
  • 1962 Michael Cage, NBA forward/center (Cleveland Cavaliers, NJ Nets)
  • 1963 Colleen Harp, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-9th-1994), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1963 Denise Biellmann, Swiss figure skater (Olympic 4th 1980), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1964 Dwight Stone, NFL receiver/running back (Car Panthers, GB Packers)
  • 1966 Jeff Uhlenhake, NFL center (New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins)
  • 1966 Michal Pivonka, Kladno Cze, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • 1967 Peter Hofstede, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC, FC Utrecht), born in Oosterbeek, Gelderland
  • 1967 Tom Hodson, NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1968 Henry Hering, Pointe-Claire Quebec, rower (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • 1968 Marnie McBean, rower (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1969 Giorgio Lamberti, Italian free style swimmer (world record 200m)
  • 1969 John Veenhof, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • 1970 Barry Minter, NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 James Atkins, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1970 Mike Chalenski, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1970 Mr. Prospector, American thoroughbred racehorse and breeding stallion (most influential sire of his generation), born in Spendthrift Farm, Kentucky (d. 1999)
  • 1972 Elena Baranova, Russian WNBA center (Utah Starzz), born in Frunze, Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union
  • 1972 Frank Garcia, American NFL center (GB Packers, Carolina Panthers), born in Phoenix, Aizona
  • 1972 Nicky Southall, English footballer (Bolton Wanderers), born in Middlesbrough, England
  • 1973 Bronwyn Thompson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Jerome Allen, American NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves) and coach, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Joe Stephens, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • 1973 Robert Braknis, 100m backstroke/4 x 100 (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1974 Derrick Mayes, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1974 Jermaine Dye, American baseball outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Oakland, California
  • 1974 Tony Delk, NBA guard (SF Warriors)
  • 1974 Zack Bronson, safety (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974 Magglio Ordóñez, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1975 Anne Montminy, 10m diver (Olympics-17-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975 Julian Dean, Waihi NZ, team pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • 1975 Junior Spivey, American baseball player, born in Oklahoma, City, Oklahoma
  • 1976 Miltiadis Sapanis, Greek footballer
  • 1976 Mark Madsen, American basketball player
  • 1977 Takuma Sato, Japanese auto racer (Indianapolis 500 2017, 20), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1977 Daunte Culpepper, American football player
  • 1977 Lyle Overbay, American baseball player
  • 1978 Gianluigi Buffon, Italian footballer
  • 1978 Papa Bouba Diop, Senegalese soccer midfielder (63 caps; Lens, Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham Utd), born in Dakar, Senegal (d. 2020)
  • 1978 Jamie Carragher, English footballer
  • 1979 Ali Boulala, Swedish skateboarder
  • 1981 Rick Razzano, American football player
  • 1984 Andre Iguodala, basketball & NBA player (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1985 Arnold Mvuemba, French footballer
  • 1986 Jessica Ennis, English athlete (Olympic gold heptathlon 2012; World C'ship gold 2009, 11, 15), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1949 NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry

LoveWedding of Interest

1961 NFL coach Mike Ditka (21) weds Marge Dougherty

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka
  • 2006 London Broncos rugby football player Craig Gower (27) weds TV personality and model Amanda Flynn (24) in Sydney, Australia

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

2011 "Desperate Housewives" actress Eva Longoria (37) divorces NBA player Tony Parker (30) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 years of a storybook wedding

Actress Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria

Deaths in Sport

  • 1930 Clarence Skelton Wimble, cricket (score pair in Test for S Af), dies
  • 1937 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (b. 1862)
  • 1938 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver, dies at 28
  • 1938 John Sharp, cricketer (England bat 1909, also soccer intl), dies
  • 1952 Thomas Hicks, English athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1904), dies at 76
  • 1963 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (Tour de France 1911), dies at 78
  • 1965 Tich Freeman, English cricket leg-spin bowler (12 Tests, 66 wickets; Kent), dies at 76
  • 1967 Shunter Coen, South African cricketer (2 Tests for S Af, hs 41 not out, avg 50), dies at 64
  • 1970 Tommy Andrews (Aust) 16 Tests 1921-26, cricketer (592 runs), dies

Person of interestRed Grange

1991 Harold "Red" Grange, football's galloping ghost, dies of Parkinson's disease at 87

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange
  • 2001 Curt Blefary, American baseball player, dies at 57
  • 2004 Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, American NFL halfback and end (LA Rams), dies at 80
  • 2007 Carlo Clerici, Swiss road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1954), dies at 77
  • 2007 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (b. 1963)
  • 2013 Eddy Choong, Malaysian badminton player (Thomas Cup 1955), dies at 82
  • 2020 Chris Doleman, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (8 × Pro Bowl; 3 × First-team All-Pro; Minnesota Vikings), dies of brain cancer at 58
  • 2020 Mohammad Munaf, Pakistan cricket fast bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets), dies at 84
  • 2021 Eddie Connachan, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (2 caps; Dunfermline Athletic, Middlesbrough, Falkirk), dies at 85