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
  • 1922 J E Clair turns Green Bay franchise back to NFL
  • 1929 22nd Women's Australian Championships: Daphne Akhurst beats Louise Bickerton (6-1, 5-7, 6-2)
  • 1929 22nd Men's Australian Championships: Colin Gregory beats Richard Schlesinger (6-2, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5)
  • 1939 32nd Women's Australian Championships: Emily Hood Westacott beats Nell Hall Hopman (6-1, 6-2)
  • 1939 32nd Men's Australian Championships: John Bromwich beats Adrian Quist (6-4, 6-1, 6-3)
  • 1943 Chic Blackhawks beats NY Rangers 10-1, Max Bentley scores 4 goals
  • 1943 Forward Doug Bentley sets NHL record with 5 points in a game
  • 1949 NY Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith
  • 1952 40th Women's Australian Championships: Thelma Coyne Long beats Helen Angwin (6-2, 6-3)
  • 1952 40th Men's Australian Championships: Ken McGregor beats 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
  • 1957 45th Women's Australian Championships: Shirley Fry Irvin beats Althea Gibson (6-3, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

1957 45th Men's Australian Championships: Ashley Cooper beats 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
  • 1969 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America

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 University of Stanford 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
  • 1981 Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
  • 1984 LA Kings stop Wayne Gretzky 51 game scoring streak
  • 1987 Wrestler Jim Neidhart indicted for assaulting a flight attendant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

Sport awardTennis Open

1990 78th Men's Australian Open: Ivan Lendl beats Stefan Edberg (4-6, 7-6, 5-2)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl

Sport awardTennis Open

1990 78th Women's Australian Open: Steffi Graf beats Mary Joe Fernandez (6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
  • 1995 Memphis Mad Dogs granted CFL's 13th franchise
  • 1996 Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17 in Tempe Super Bowl MVP:

Sport awardTennis Open

1996 84th Men's Australian Open: Boris Becker beats 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 awardTennis Open

1996 84th Women's Australian Open: Monica Seles beats Anke Huber (6-4, 6-1)

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis

Sport awardTennis Open

2001 89th Men's Australian Open: Andre Agassi beats Arnaud Clement (6-4, 6-2, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi

Sport awardTennis Open

2001 89th Women's Australian Open: Jennifer Capriati beats Martina Hingis (6-4, 6-3)

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

Sport awardTennis Open

2007 95th Men's Australian Open: Roger Federer beats Fernando Gonzalez (7-6, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Sport awardTennis Open

2007 95th Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova (6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 2017 105th Women's Australian Open: Serena Williams defeats Venus Williams 6–4, 6–4, becomes player with most wins in major tournaments (39) in open era

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1873 M A Noble, cricketer (great Australian all-rounder at turn of century)
  • 1880 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (England wicket-keeper before & after WWI)
  • 1891 Bill Doak, American baseball player (d. 1954)
  • 1900 Anni Holdmann, German 100m runner (Olympic-1928)
  • 1906 Henry Foley, cricketer (batted in New Zealand's 1st Test 1930)
  • 1909 Lionel KP "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II-George Medal)
  • 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)
  • 1938 Leonid Zhabotynsky, Ukrainian weightlifter
  • 1943 Paul Henderson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1949 Gregg Popovich, NBA Basketball Coach
  • 1953 Debbie Steinbach, LPGA golfer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1957 Nick Price, Zimbabwean PGA golfer (1991 Byron Nelson Classic), 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 (Olympics-4th-1980), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1964 Dwight Stone, NFL receiver/running back (Car Panthers, GB Packers)
  • 1964 Emlyn Aubrey, PGA golfer (1995 Nestles-25th)
  • 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 (Olympics-gold-92, 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)
  • 1972 Carey Bender, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Elena Baranova, WNBA center (Utah Starzz)
  • 1972 Frank Garcia, NFL center (GB Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1972 Nicky Southall, English footballer
  • 1973 Bronwyn Thompson, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1973 Jerome Allen, NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1973 Joe Stephens, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • 1973 Robert Braknis, 100m backstroke/4 x 100 (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1974 Derrick Mayes, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1974 Jermaine Dye, outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Oakland, California
  • 1974 Tony Delk, NBA guard (SF Warriors)
  • 1974 Vitaly Tregubov, hockey defenseman (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1974 Zack Bronson, safety (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1974 Jermaine Dye, American baseball player
  • 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-96)
  • 1975 Junior Spivey, American baseball player
  • 1976 Miltiadis Sapanis, Greek footballer
  • 1976 Mark Madsen, American basketball player
  • 1977 Takuma Sato, Japanese racing car driver (Indianapolis 500 2017), born in Toyko, Japan
  • 1977 Daunte Culpepper, American football player
  • 1977 Lyle Overbay, American baseball player
  • 1978 Gianluigi Buffon, Italian footballer
  • 1978 Papa Bouba Diop, Senegalese footballer
  • 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 heptathlete

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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
  • 1963 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (b. 1884)
  • 1965 Tich Freeman, cricket (3776 FC wickets leg-spin, 304 in 1928), dies
  • 1967 Stanley Coen, cricket (2 Tests for S Af, hs 41 not out, avg 50), dies
  • 1970 Tommy Andrews (Aust) 16 Tests 1921-26, cricketer (592 runs), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange
  • 1996 Dan Duva, boxing promoter, dies at 44
  • 2001 Curt Blefary, American baseball player, dies at 57
  • 2004 Elroy Hirsch, American football player (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Carlo Clerici, Swiss professional road racing cyclist (b. 1929)
  • 2007 Yelena Romanova, Russian athlete (b. 1963)
  • 2013 Eddy Choong, Chinese badminton player, dies at 82