On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 29

Events in Sport

  • 1900 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis

Olympic Games1st Winter Olympics

1924 Swiss team of Denis Vaucher (C), Alfred Aufdenblatten, Antoine Julen & Alfons Julen win the military patrol gold medal at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; first version of the biathlon

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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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Hall of fameHall of Fame

1936 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 1940 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Nancye Wynne Bolton wins her 2nd Australian singles titles; beats Thelma Coyne 5-7, 6-4, 6-0

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1940 Australian Championships men's Tennis: Australian Adrian Quist beats countryman Jack Crawford 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 for his 2nd Australian title

Tennis Player Adrian Quist
Tennis Player
Adrian Quist
  • 1946 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Joyce Fitch 6-4, 6-4 for her 3rd Australian singles crown
  • 1946 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: John Bromwich wins his 2nd Australian title; beats fellow Australian Dinny Pails 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
  • 1947 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Nancye Wynne Bolton wins 3rd consecutive Australian singles crown; beats Nell Hall Hopman 6-3, 6-2
  • 1947 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Dinny Pails beats fellow Australian John Bromwich 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 8-6 for his only Grand Slam title
  • 1948 Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players
  • 1955 John Williams Cox buys Yankee Stadium, sells grounds to Knights of Columbus, later leaves structure to Rice University (1962)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1963 Jim Thorpe, Red Grange & George Halas elected to football Hall of Fame

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange
  • 1964 IX Winter Olympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1964 Most lopsided high-school basketball score 211-29 (Louisiana)
  • 1964 NBC purchases AFL 5 year (1965-69) TV rights for $36 million
  • 1966 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1967 Branch Rickey & Lloyd Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • 1967 Kees Verkerk becomes European skating champ

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1968 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: American Billie Jean King beats home favourite Margaret Court 6-1, 6-2 for her 13th Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • 1968 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Bill Bowrey wins his first and only Grand Slam title; beats Juan Gisbert Sr. of Spain 7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4
  • 1974 27th NHL All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 6-4; MVP: Garry Unger, St. Louis, C
  • 1974 1974 NFL Draft: Ed Jones from Tennessee State first pick by Dallas Cowboys
  • 1978 JoAnne Carner wins Colgate Triple Crown Match-Play Golf Championship
  • 1979 NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: NFC beats AFC, 13-7; MVP: Ahmad Rashād, Minnesota Vikings, WR
  • 1980 Cleveland Cavaliers beat LA Lakers 154-153 in quadruple OT
  • 1981 AL approves sale of White Sox to Jerry Reinsdorf & Eddie Einhorn for $20 million, & 80% of Mariners to George Argyros for $104 million
  • 1982 Old Dominion ends Louisiana Tech's women's basketball record 54-game winning streak
  • 1982 Wayne Garland, baseball 1st millionaire free agent, waived by Indians

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1984 34th NBA All-Star Game, Denver: East beats West, 154-145 (OT); MVP: Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons, G; first All-Star Saturday; Legends Classic, West wins, 64-63; first Slam-Dunk winner, Larry Nance

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • 1984 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 45-3; MVP: Joe Theismann, Washington Redskins, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Jari Kurri of Edmonton Oilers scores 100th pt of season in game 39

NHL Star Jari Kurri
NHL Star
Jari Kurri
  • 1988 Detroit Pistons draw a then record NBA regular season crowd of 61,983 fans to the Pontiac Silverdome for a 125-108 win over the Boston Celtics
  • 1989 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: NFC beats AFC, 34-3; MVP: Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia Eagles, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Game-winning RBI, official statistic dropped after 9 years of use NY Mets Keith Hernandez is the all-time leader with 129

MLB First Baseman Keith Hernandez
MLB First Baseman
Keith Hernandez

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1989 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Ivan Lendl wins his first Australian title; beats fellow Czech Miloslav Mecii 6-2, 6-2, 6-2

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
  • 1994 Frankie Randall beats Mexican boxing legend Julio César Chávez by split decision to win WBC super lightweight title at MGM Grand, Las Vegas; Chavez's 1st knockdown of career in 11th and 1st loss in 91 pro fights

  • 1995 Super Bowl XXIX, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FL: San Francisco 49ers beat San Diego Chargers, 49-26; MVP: Steve Young, SF, QB

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1995 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Andre Agassi wins his 1st of 4 Australian titles; beats fellow American Pete Sampras 4-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-4

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
Tennis Player Pete Sampras
Tennis Player
Pete Sampras

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

2000 Australian Open Women's Tennis: American Lindsay Davenport claims her 3rd and final career Grand Slam title; beats Martina Hingis 6-1, 7-5

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis

Sports record brokenNBA Record

2000 Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz becomes the 3rd player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points; finishes with 35 in a 96-94 loss to Minnesota; behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 The San Diego Chargers hire Marty Schottenheimer as their 13th head coach

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

2005 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Serena Williams wins her 2nd Australian title; beats Lindsay Davenport 2-6, 6-3, 6-0

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

2006 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Marcos Baghdatis 5-7, 7-5, 6-0, 6-2 for his 2nd Australian title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2006 Irfan Pathan becomes first bowler to take a Test cricket hat-trick in the opening over of a match

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 Ken Dryden's #29 jersey is retired by the Montreal Canadiens

NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician Ken Dryden
NHL Goalie and Canadian Politician
Ken Dryden

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

2011 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Kim Clijsters wins her 4th and final Grand Slam title; beats Li Na of China 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player Li Na
Tennis Player
Li Na
Tennis Player Kim Clijsters
Tennis Player
Kim Clijsters
  • 2012 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 59-41; MVP: Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins, WR

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

2012 100th Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković beats Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5; longest Grand Slam singles final in duration in the Open Era, 5 hours 53 minutes

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal
  • 2012 59th NHL All-Star Game, Scotiabank Place, Ottawa: Team Chara beats Team Alfredsson, 12-9; Marián Gáborík, NY Rangers, LW

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2012 American snowboarder Shaun White achieves the first ever SuperPipe perfect score (100) in Winter X Games history

Snowboarder Shaun White
Shaun White

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the 1st non-Spanish player to captain Real Madrid, making his 500th appearance for the club

Football Star Cristiano Ronaldo
Football Star
Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 2017 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer beats Spaniard Rafael Nadal 6–4, 3–6, 6–1, 3–6, 6–3 to win his record 18th Grand Slam
  • 2017 62nd NHL All Star Games, Staples Centre, Los Angeles, CA: Metropolitan All Stars win four team 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers, RW
  • 2017 NFL Pro Bowl, Orlando, FL: AFC beats NFC, 20-13; MVPs: Travis Kelce, KC Chiefs, TE; Lorenzo Alexander, Buffalo Bills, LB
  • 2018 Cleveland Indians announce they will remove Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms in 2019

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 David Beckham launches a Major League Soccer team in Miami

Football Star David Beckham
Football Star
David Beckham
  • 2019 In the aftermath to a wild ending to UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov ($500k & 9 months) and Conor McGregor ($50k & 6 months) are issued fines and suspensions; bans retroactive to October 6, 2018

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1878 Barney Oldfield, American auto racer (International Motorsports Hall of Fame; first to drive at 60mph on circular track), born near Wauseon, Ohio (d. 1946)
  • 1891 R. Norris Williams, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1914, 16) who survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1968)
  • 1892 Clifford Gray, American bobsled (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1896 Teddy Hoad, West Indies cricket batsman, captain (4 Tests), born in Richmond, Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 1986)
  • 1906 Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1920)
  • 1906 Joe Primeau, Canadian NHL center (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Lindsay, Ontario (d. 1989)
  • 1918 William Rigney, baseball manager (SF Giants)
  • 1919 Doyle Royal, American collegiate soccer coach (NCAA C'ship 1968; University of Maryland 1946-73) and tennis coach (U of Maryland 1954-80), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)
  • 1923 Jack Burke Jr, American golfer (US Masters, PGA C'ship 1956), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1926 Bob Berry, cricketer (England slow lefty 1950)
  • 1929 William McMillan, American sports shooter (Olympic gold 25m rapid fire pistol 1960; World C'ship gold 1952), born in Frostburg, Maryland (d. 2000)
  • 1932 Raman Subba Row, CEO (Test/County Cricket Board)
  • 1932 Tommy Taylor, English soccer striker (19 caps; Manchester United 166 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Smithies, West Riding of Yorkshire (d. 1958)
  • 1932 George Allen, English footballer
  • 1938 Bill Christian, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1940 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver

Person of interestDonna Caponi

1945 Donna Caponi, American golfer (4-time LPGA major winner), born in Detroit, Michigan

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 1947 Michael Mavor, Head Master (Rugby School)
  • 1950 Jody Scheckter, South African auto racer (World F1 Champion 1979), born in East London, South Africa
  • 1951 Andy Roberts, cricketer (brilliant WI quickie with 202 wickets 74-84)
  • 1954 Doug Risebrough, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • 1955 John Tate, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1958 Ole Mortensen, cricketer (pace bowler for Derbyshire & Denmark)

Person of interestGreg Louganis

1960 Greg Louganis, American diver (Olympic gold 10m & 3m springboard 1984, 88), born in San Diego, California

  • 1960 Sean Kerly, hockey player
  • 1960 Steve Sax, American MLB 2nd baseman, NL rookie of the year, 1981, 5x all-star (LA Dodgers, 1981-88; NY Yankees, Chicago White Sox), born in West Sacramento, California
  • 1961 Mike Aldrete, American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees)
  • 1964 Andre Reed, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1964 John Gallagher, rugby league player
  • 1964 John Habyan, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • 1965 Dominik Hašek, Czech Hockey Hall of Fame goalie (Olympic gold 1998, 2-time NHL MVP), born in Pardubice, Czech Republic
  • 1965 Tim Johnson, NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 1966 Romário, Brazilian footballer & politician, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1967 Khalid Skah, Moroccan athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1992), born in Midelt, Morocco
  • 1967 Sean Burke, Canadian ice hockey goalie (NHL All-Star 1989, 2001, 02; Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1967 Stacey King, American basketball center (Miami Heat), born in Lawton, Oklahoma
  • 1968 Aeneas Williams, American football cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1968 Harold Green, American football running back (Cin Bengals, Atlanta Falcons), born in Ladson, South Carolina
  • 1968 John Hudson, American football center (NY Jets, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1968 Kevin Roberson, American baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1968 Susi Erdmann, German bobsledder & luger, born in Blankenburg, Germany
  • 1969 Flora Perfetti, Italian tennis player (1995 Futures-Reims-FRA), born in Faenza, Italy
  • 1969 Karen Fonteyne, Canadian synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1969 Robert Young, American football player (St Louis Rams), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1970 Scott Davis, American football guard (Atlanta Falcons), born in Glenwood, Iowa
  • 1970 Jörg Hoffmann, German swimmer, born in Schwedt an der Oder, Germany
  • 1971 Jamal Fountaine, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Atlanta Falcons), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1972 Hessley Hempstead, American NFL guard (Detroit Lions), born in Upland, California
  • 1972 Scott Davis, American figure skater (Olympics 1994), born in Great Falls, Montana
  • 1972 Simon Cook, English cricketer (Victorian pace bowler joined NSW 1995-96), born in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 1973 Darnell Stephens, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1973 Jason Schmidt, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 2003, 04, 06; Pittsburgh Pirates, SF Giants), born in Lewiston, Idaho
  • 1974 David LaFleur, American football tight end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • 1974 Jeff Mitchell, American football corner (Baltimore Ravens), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1974 Kris Burley, Canadian gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Truro, Canada
  • 1978 Martin Schmitt, German ski jumper, born in Villingen-Schwenningen, West Germany
  • 1978 Rob Bironas, American football player, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1979 Sui Feifei, Chinese basketball player, born in Qingdao, China
  • 1980 Ivan Klasnić, Croatian football player, born in Hamburg, Germany
  • 1983 Nedžad Sinanović, Bosnian basketball player, born in Zavidovići, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1985 Marc Gasol, Spanish basketball player, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1986 Mark Howard, English football player, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1986 Simon Vukčević, Montenegrin football player, born in Podgorica, Montenegro
  • 1986 Chris Bourque, American ice hockey player, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1987 Spencer Clark, American race car driver, born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d. 2006)
  • 1987 Matthew Wilson, English world rally driver, born in Cockermouth, United Kingdom
  • 1988 Stephanie Gilmore, Australian surfer (World Champion 2007-10, 12, 14, 18), born in Murwillumbah, New South Wales
  • 1993 Michelle Larcher De Brito, Portuguese tennis player, born in Lisbon, Portugal

Weddings in Sport

  • 2005 "New York Mets" catcher Mike Piazza (36) weds former "Baywatch" actress Alicia Rickter (32) at St. Jude Catholic Church in Miami, Florida

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1987 Lisa files for separation from husband NY Met Darryl Strawberry

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

Deaths in Sport

  • 1947 Fred Barratt, cricket (5 wkts at 47 in 5 Tests for Eng 1929-30), dies
  • 1951 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer, dies at 70
  • 1968 Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, cricketer (Test for India), dies
  • 1977 Buster Nupen, South African cricket all-rounder (17 Tests, 50 wickets; one eye only), dies at 75
  • 1989 Halina Konopacka, Polish discus thrower (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 88
  • 1994 Ulrike Maier, olympic skier, breaks neck during world cup skiing at 26
  • 1995 Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 77
  • 2002 Night Train Lane, American NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions), dies at 74
  • 2007 Barbaro, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 2003)
  • 2009 Bill Frindall, English cricket scorer and statistician (b. 1939)

Person of interestTom Brookshier

2010 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, dies of cancer at 78

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • 2012 François Migault, French auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1976 runner-up; 16 F1 GP), dies from cancer at 67
  • 2015 Kel Nagle, Australian golfer (British Open 1960), dies at 94
  • 2019 Andy Hebenton, Canadian NHL right wing (record 630 consecutive games; NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), dies at 89
  • 2020 Larry Eisenhauer, American football defensive end (AFL All-Star 1962, 63, 64, 66; Boston Patriots), dies at 79
  • 2020 Irina Laricheva, Russian trap shooter (World C'ships x 6 gold individual, team, double trap), dies at 55
  • 2020 Keith Nelson, New Zealand soccer striker (20 caps; Mount Wellington), dies at 72
  • 2021 John Chaney, American Basketball Hall of Fame college coach (Cheyney University, Temple University), dies at 89
  • 2021 Yvon Douis, French soccer striker (20 caps; Lille, Le Havre, Monaco, Cannes), dies from COVID-19 at 85