On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 3

Events in Sport

  • 1912 10th International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Christchurch, NZ: Norman Brookes & Alfred Dunlop representing Australasia beat Americans Maurice McLoughlin & Beals Wright 6-4, 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 to clinch final 3-0, ends 5-0

AgreementAgreement of Interest

1920 Boston Red Sox baseball club owner Harry Frazee announces agreement to sell slugger Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees for $125,000 in cash and a $350,000 loan; start of the 84 year "Curse of the Bambino"

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1929 Future Australian cricket icon Don Bradman follows up a 1st innings of 79 to score 112 in 3rd Test v England in Melbourne; his 1st of 29 Test centuries

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1931 Montreal Maroons centre Nels Stewart scores fastest 2 goals in NHL history with a pair 4 seconds apart in a 5-3 win over Boston Bruins at Montreal Arena
  • 1943 Max and Doug Bentley assist on brother Reg's only NHL goal in Chicago Blackhawks' 3-3 tie with the Rangers in NYC; only time in NHL history trio of family members score and assist on a scoring play
  • 1948 Australian cricket batting maestro Don Bradman completes dual Test centuries (132 & 127* [26th Test 100]) in 3rd Test v India in Melbourne
  • 1949 West Indian cricket batsman Everton Weekes scores 101 in 3rd Test against India in Calcutta; his world record fifth consecutive Test century
  • 1958 Australian cricket fast bowler Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick (Eddie Fuller, Hugh Tayfield, Neil Adcock) as South Africa dismissed for 99 in follow-on 2nd Test at Cape Town

Sport awardAFC Championship

1971 1st AFC Championship, Memorial Stadium, Baltimore: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders, 27-17

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1971 1st NFC Championship, Kezar Stadium, SF: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 17-10

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1972 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Ken Rosewall retains title for his 4th overall Australian crown; beats fellow Australian Mal Anderson 7-6, 6-3, 7-5

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 A 12-man syndicate led by Michael Burke and George Steinbrenner III buys MLB's New York Yankees from CBS for US$10 million

New York Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner
New York Yankees Owner
George Steinbrenner
  • 1976 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Renata Tomanova of Czechoslovakia 6-2, 6-2 for her 3rd straight home singles title
  • 1978 Indian cricket spin bowler B. S. Chandrasekhar becomes first in Test history to register identical figures in both innings (6 for 52) in Indian innings win over Australia in 3rd Test in Melbourne

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1979 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Guillermo Vilas of Argentina wins 3rd Grand Slam title; beats Australian John Marks 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • 1981 NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr

  • 1981 Australian cricket captain Greg Chappell scores a masterly 204 v India in the 1st Test in Sydney; home side wins by an innings and 4 runs

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1981 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Czech teenager Hana Mandlíková wins her 1st of 4 career Grand Slam singles titles; beats home favourite Wendy Turnbull 6-0, 7-5

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 American golfer Johnny Miller wins the sport's first $1 million tournament when he beats Seve Ballesteros of Spain in a playoff in the inaugural Million Dollar World Challenge at Sun City, South Africa

Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 1982 Australian Open Men's Tennis: South African Johan Kriek wins first career Grand Slam title; beats American Steve Denton 6-2, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4
  • 1983 Dallas running back Tony Dorsett sets NFL record with 99-yard rush in the Cowboys' 31-27 defeat at Minnesota Vikings
  • 1985 Future Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin scores 110 on debut in drawn 3rd Test against England in Kolkata

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest and youngest player in NHL history to score 700 goals (886 games at age 29 years, 342 days) in LA Kings’ 6-3 win over the NY Islanders at the Nassau Veteran Memorial Coliseum

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1992 Australian cricket batsman David Boon scores an unbeaten 129 in drawn 3rd Test against India in Sydney; his 11th Test century
  • 1992 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Jakob Hlasek beats Karel Nováček of Czechoslovakia 6-4, 6-4 for a 2-0 lead (ends 2-1) and Switzerland's first title
  • 1992 English club Wigan pays Widnes a world record rugby league transfer fee of £440,000 for Great Britain international winger Martin Offiah
  • 1993 "The Comeback", QB Frank Reich leads Buffalo Bills back from a 32-point deficit, to defeat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime in a wild card playoff game, the greatest comeback ever in NFL history
  • 1994 Steve Young of the San Francisco 49ers becomes first quarterback to win 3 straight NFL passing titles despite a 37-34 OT loss to the Philadelphia Eagles; first to lodge 3 consecutive passer ratings of 100+
  • 1997 Zimbabwe cricket fast bowler Eddo Brandes takes ODI hat-trick as home team scores another upset against England, winning by 131 runs and sweeping series, 3-0 in Harare
  • 1997 Texas-El Paso head basketball coach Don Haskins becomes 10th coach in NCAA Division I history to record 700 career wins when the Miners edge SMU, 66-64
  • 1998 Los Angeles Clippers Bill Fitch coaches his 2,000th NBA game, a 97-88 win against the Dallas Mavericks at the LA Memorial Sports Arena
  • 2001 College Football, 3rd BCS National Championship, Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens: #1 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 13-2, at 67th Orange Bowl
  • 2002 College Football, 4th BCS National Championship, Rose Bowl, Pasadena: #1 Miami beats #2 Nebraska, 37-14, at 88th Rose Bowl
  • 2003 College Football, 5th BCS National Championship, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: #2 Ohio State beats #1 Miami, 31-24, at 32nd Fiesta Bowl
  • 2004 Panthers kicker John Kasay ties NFL-playoff record with 5 field goals to lead Carolina to a 29-10 win over Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of playoffs in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 2005 71st Sugar Bowl: #3 Auburn beats #9 Virginia Tech, 16-13; first perfect season in school history
  • 2006 72nd Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #22 Florida State, 26-23 in 3OT
  • 2007 High profile Miami Dolphins NFL head coach Nick Saban resigns after agreeing to return to college football and take head coaching job at Alabama
  • 2007 73rd Sugar Bowl: #4 LSU beats #11 Notre Dame, 41-14
  • 2008 74th Orange Bowl: #8 Kansas beats #5 Virginia Tech, 24-21
  • 2010 Phil Taylor successfully defends his PDC World Darts title with a 7–3 victory over Simon Whitlock of Australia in the final in London; Taylor's 13th PDC and 15th overall world championship
  • 2011 77th Orange Bowl: #5 Stanford beats #12 Virginia Tech, 40-12
  • 2011 Adrian Lewis of England wins his first PDC World Darts Championship with a 7-5 win over Scotsman Gary Anderson at the Alexandra Palace, London
  • 2012 78th Sugar Bowl: #13 Michigan beats #11 Virginia Tech, 23-20
  • 2013 42nd Fiesta Bowl: #5 Oregon beats #7 Kansas State, 35-17
  • 2014 80th Orange Bowl: #12 Clemson beats #7 Ohio State, 40-35
  • 2016 Jimmy Butler breaks Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls record for points in an NBA half, scoring 40 of his 42 points in the second half to lead the Bulls in a 115-113 victory over the Toronto Raptors
  • 2016 Scotsman Gary Anderson retains his PDC World Darts Championship beating Adrian Lewis of England, 7-5 at the Alexandra Palace, London

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1861 William Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1881-6, 89), born in Leamington Spa, England (d. 1904)
  • 1861 Ernest Renshaw, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1888), born in Leamington, England (d. 1889)
  • 1886 Arthur Mailey, Australian cricket spin bowler (21 Tests, 99 wickets; 10/66 v Gloucestershire 1921), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1967)
  • 1899 Johan Hin, Dutch yachtsman (Olympic gold 12' dinghy 1920), born in Harlem, Netherlands (d. 1957)
  • 1906 Doc Hayes, American basketball coach (Southern Methodist University 1947-67), born in Krum, Texas (d. 1973)
  • 1906 Gus Suhr, American baseball first baseman (1435 MLB games Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies; only player to be sued by a fan injured after struck by a foul ball), born in San Francisco, California (d. 2004)
  • 1910 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball utility (World Series 1941; Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Coalinga, California (d. 2000)
  • 1912 Cliff Melton, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1942; NL saves leader 1937; NY Giants), born in Brevard, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • 1915 Sid Hudson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1941, 42; Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox), born in Coalfield, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1916 Fred Haas, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles; Ryder Cup 1953), born in Portland, Arkansas (d. 2004)
  • 1923 Hank Stram, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (KC Chiefs Super Bowl 1970), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2005)
  • 1923 Bud Adams Jr., American NFL team owner (Tennessee Titans), born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • 1928 Frank Ross Anderson, Canadian International Chess Master (1954)
  • 1932 Jaswick Taylor, West Indian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; 5/109 in Test debut 1958), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 1999)
  • 1932 Coo Coo Marlin, American auto racer (NASCAR nine top 5, 51 top 10 finishes in 165 Winston Cup starts), born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2005)
  • 1935 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), born in Newton Abbot, England (d. 2009)

Person of interestBobby Hull

1939 Bobby Hull, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Art Ross Trophy 1960, 62, 66; Hart Memorial Trophy 1965, 66), born in Pointe Anne, Ontario

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • 1939 Nikos Alefantos, Greek soccer midfielder and manager (Olympiacos), born in Edessa, Greece
  • 1940 Bernard Blaut, Polish soccer midfielder (36 caps; KP Legia Warsaw, FC Metz) and manager (UAE), born in Krapkowice, Poland (d. 2007)
  • 1941 Malcolm Dick, New Zealand rugby union winger (15 caps) and administrator (New Zealand Rugby Union council 1986-92), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1946 Michalis Kritikopoulos, Greek soccer striker (28 caps; Olympiacos), born in Kaisariani, Greece (d. 2002)
  • 1947 Fran Cotton, English rugby union prop forward (31 caps England, 7 British Lions; Coventry R.F.C., Sale), born in Wigan, England
  • 1948 Manfred Kokot, East German athlete (world record 50m indoor sprint 5.61s 1973), born in Templin, Germany
  • 1949 Gary Lavelle, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1977, 83; SF Giants), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • 1950 Rick MacLeish, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 1974, 75; Philadelphia Flyers; NHL All Star 1977, 78), born in Lindsay, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1953 Angelo Parisi, French judoka (Olympic gold heavyweight 1980), born in Arpino, Italy
  • 1953 Peter Taylor, English soccer winger (4 caps; Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur) and manager (Leicester City, Hull, Crystal Palace), born in Rochford, England
  • 1956 Willy T. Ribbs, American auto racer (first African-American to drive in Indianapolis 500), born in San Jose, California
  • 1962 Darren Daulton, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1992, 93, 95; World Series 1997; Silver Slugger Award 1992; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2017)
  • 1962 Gavin Hastings OBE, Scottish rugby union fullback and captain (61 caps Scotland, 6 caps British Lions; Watsonians, London Scottish, Cambridge University), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1963 Aamer Malik, Pakistani cricket batsman (14 Tests, 2x100s 1989; 24 ODIs), born in Mandi Bahauddin, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1963 Jim Everett, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1990; NFL passing TD leader 1988, 89; LA Rams, New Orleans Saints), born in Emporia, Kansas
  • 1964 Cheryl Miller, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward, coach and broadcaster (Olympic gold 1984; USC; TNT), born in Riverside, California
  • 1966 Chetan Sharma, Indian cricket fast bowler (23 Tests, 61 wickets; 65 ODI), born in Ludhiana, Punjab, India
  • 1966 Luis Sojo, Venezuelan MLB infielder (World Series 1996, 1998–2000; Seattle Mariners, NY Yankees), born in Petare, Edo Miranda, Venezuela
  • 1967 Magnus Gustafsson, Swedish tennis player (Davis Cup 1998), born in Lund, Sweden
  • 1968 Kent Carlsson, Swedish tennis player (9 ATP tour singles titles; world #6 1988)

Person of interestMichael Schumacher

1969 Michael Schumacher, German auto racer (World F1 champion 1994-95, 2000-05), born in Hürth, Germany

Formula 1 Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • 1969 Jarmo Lehtinen, Finnish rally co-driver (15 WRC wins with Mikko Hirvonen), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1969 Gerda Weissensteiner OMRI, Italian luger and bobsleigh pilot (Olympic gold women's singles 1994), born in Bolzano, Italy
  • 1974 Stefan Ustorf, Kaufbeuren Ger, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals)
  • 1974 Alessandro Petacchi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 2010; Giro d'Italia 2004; Vuelta a España 2005), born in La Spezia, Italy
  • 1976 Angelos Basinas, Greek soccer defensive midfielder (100 caps; European C'ship 2004), born in Chalkida, Greece
  • 1977 Lee Bowyer, English soccer midfielder and manager (1 cap; Leeds United; manager Charlton Athletic 2018-19), born in London, England
  • 1977 A.J. Burnett, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2015; World Series 2009; AL strikeout leader 2008; no-hitter 2001), born in North Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1980 Angela Ruggiero, American ice hockey hall of fame defenseman (Olympics gold 1998; Chairperson IOC Athletes' Commission 2016-18), born in Panorama City, California
  • 1980 David Tyree, American NFL wide receiver and executive (Pro Bowl 2005; Super Bowl 2007; NY Giants), born in Livingston, New Jersey
  • 1980 Bryan Clay, American decathlete (Olympic gold 2008; World C'ship gold 2005), born in Austin, Texas

Person of interestEli Manning

1981 Eli Manning, American NFL quarterback (MVP Super Bowls 2007, 11; Pro Bowl 2008, 11, 12, 15; NY Giants), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning
  • 1981 Chris Blais, American off-road racing rider (Motorcycle San Felipe 250 2005; Dakar Rally 2007 3rd overall), born in Apple Valley, California
  • 1986 Jacob Timpano, Australian soccer player
  • 1988 Jonny Evans, Northern Irish soccer defender (84 caps; Manchester United, WBA, Leicester City), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1988 Ikechi Anya, Scottish soccer midfielder (29 caps; Watford, Derby County), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1989 Kōhei Uchimura, Japanese gymnast (Olympic gold all-round 2012; team, all-round 2016; World C'ships 10 x gold), born in Kitakyushu, Japan
  • 1989 Ben Matulino, New Zealand rugby league forward (23 caps; NZ Warriors, Wests Tigers), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1990 Yoichiro Kakitani, Japanese soccer midfielder (18 caps; Cerezo Osaka), born in Osaka, Japan

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1939 MLB catcher Roy Campanella (18) weds Bernice Ray

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

LoveWedding of Interest

1986 British golfer Nick Faldo (28) weds manager's secretary Gill Bennett

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

LoveWedding of Interest

1987 Tennis player champ Mats Wilander (22) weds model Sonya Mulholland in South Africa

Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion Mats Wilander
Tennis Player and Seven-Time Major Champion
Mats Wilander

Deaths in Sport

  • 1943 Bid McPhee, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (Cincinnati Reds; last 2nd baseman to play without a glove), dies at 83
  • 1954 Gus Dorais, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Notre Dame) and coach (Gonzaga, Detroit Lions), dies of arteriosclerosis and anorexia at 62
  • 1962 Babe Dye, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Stanley Cup 1922; NHL scoring champion 1922–23, 24-25; Toronto St. Patricks/Maple Leafs), dies at 64
  • 1962 Hermann Lux, German soccer defender (3 caps; manager Tennis Borussia Berlin), dies at 68
  • 1969 Buzz Borries, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Navy 1932–34), dies at 57
  • 1980 Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1926), dies at 87
  • 1982 Derek Sealy, West Indian cricket batsman (11 Tests; youngest West Indian Test player 17:122), dies at 69
  • 1988 Joie Chitwood, American racedriver & Daredevil (b. 1912)
  • 1991 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, (7-time MLB All Star; AL batting champion 1936, 43; Chicago White Sox), dies of abdominal aortic aneurysm at 83
  • 1992 Ken Grieves, Australian cricketer (NSW & Lancashire leg-spin all-rounder), dies at 66
  • 1999 Jerry Quarry, American boxer (famous bouts v world champions Floyd Patterson, Jimmy Ellis, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton), dies of chronic traumatic encephalopathy at 53
  • 2002 Al Smith, American baseball outfielder and third baseman (3-time MLB All Star; Cleveland Indians), dies at 73
  • 2003 Sid Gillman, Pro & College Football Hall of Fame end (Ohio State U) and coach (U of Cincinnati, LA Rams, Houston Oilers), dies at 91
  • 2004 Leon Wagner, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1962, 63; LA Angels), dies at 69
  • 2006 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1954)
  • 2006 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league centre (24 Tests; NSW; Cronulla-Sutherland), dies after swallowing combination of prescription drugs and alcohol at 51
  • 2007 Earl Reibel, Canadian ice hockey forward Detroit Red Wings (b. 1930)
  • 2008 Yo-Sam Choi, South Korean boxer (Lineal & WBC light flyweight titles 1999-2002), dies of brain damage after fight at 35
  • 2012 Gene Bartow, American College Basketball Hall of Fame coach (US National Team 1974; Valparaiso, Memphis State, Illinois, UCLA), dies of stomach cancer at 81
  • 2015 Allie Sherman, American NFL coach (Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1953-56 CFL; New York Giants 1961–68), dies at 91
  • 2020 Pete Brewster, American football end & coach (NFL Pro Bowl 1955, 56; Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers), dies at 89