On This Day in Sport for January 31

Events in Sport

  • 1901 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Winnipeg Victorias edge Montreal Shamrocks, 2-1 to sweep challenge series, 2-0

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1920 Quebec Bulldogs center Joe Malone sets NHL record with 7 goals in a 10-6 win against Toronto St. Patricks at the Quebec Arena

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • 1923 Montreal Canadiens beat Hamilton Tigers, 5-4 at the Mount Royal Arena, Montreal; first penalty-free game played in NHL history
  • 1924 Herma Szabo of Austria wins the ladies figure skating gold medal at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; only women's event at the Games
  • 1924 Austrians Helene Engelmann & Alfred Berger win the pairs skating gold medal at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; beat Finnish pair Ludowika Jakobsson & Walter Jakobsson by just 0.39 points
  • 1925 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Sydney: Daphne Akhurst wins 1st of 5 home titles; beats fellow Australian Esna Boyd 1-6, 8-6, 6-4
  • 1925 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Sydney: James Anderson of Australia wins 2nd straight Australasian crown; beats countryman Gerald Patterson 11-9, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
  • 1931 NHL's Quebec Bulldogs' Joe Malone scores a record 7 goals
  • 1938 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: American Dorothy Cheney wins her only Grand Slam singles title; beats Dorothy Stevenson of Australia 6-3, 6-2
  • 1938 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: American Don Budge wins the 1st-leg of his Grand Slam; beats John Bromwich of Australia 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1941 Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1948 An unprecedented 3-way tie for the silver medal in the 500m speed skating at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Americans Robert Fitzgerald & Ken Bartholomew, and Thomas Byberg of Norway are equal on 43.2s; Finn Helgesen of Norway wins gold, 43.1s
  • 1948 Sweden sweeps the medals in the 18km cross country event at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Martin Lundström takes gold ahead of countrymen Nils Östensson and Gunnar Eriksson
  • 1948 Swiss pair Felix Endrich & Friedrich Waller beat countrymen Fritz Feierabend & Paul Eberhard to win the 2-man bobsleigh gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; silver medallist Feierabend is team coach
  • 1949 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: American Doris Hart beats Nancye Wynne Bolton 6-3, 6-4 for the first of her 6 Grand Slam singles titles
  • 1949 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Frank Sedgman wins 1st of 2 straight Australian titles; beats fellow Australian John Bromwich 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

  • 1951 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Thelma Coyne Long 6-1, 7-5 for her 6th and last Australian singles crown
  • 1951 Australian Championships: American Dick Savitt wins his only Australian title; beats Ken McGregor of Australia 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
  • 1952 Harry Heilmann & Paul Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1955 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Beryl Penrose wins her only Australian singles title; beats Thelma Coyne Long 6-4, 6-3

Sport awardTennis Open

1955 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ken Rosewall wins his 2nd Australian title; beats Lew Hoad 9-7, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • 1956 Austrian skier Toni Sailer wins the slalom at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics for his 2nd gold medal of the Games; sweeps all 3 alpine skiing events

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1961 West Indian cricket batsman Rohan Kanhai scores back-to-back centuries in the drawn 4th Test against Australia in Adelaide; follows 1st innings 117 with 115 in 2nd knock
  • 1965 Pud Galvin elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Sport awardTennis Open

1966 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Smith wins her 7th consecutive Australian singles title; beats American Nancy Richey in a walkover, Richey injured

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Sport awardTennis Open

1966 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson makes it 4 straight Australian titles; beats American Arthur Ashe 6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1971 Special Veterans Committee adds 6 former players and 1 executive to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard and George Weiss
  • 1971 Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1975 UCLA defeats Kentucky 92-85 to win the NCAA basketball championship
  • 1977 Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, & Al Lopez elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1982 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 16-13; MVPs: Co-MVPs: Kellen Winslow, San Diego Chargers, TE; Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, DE

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1982 32nd NBA All-Star Game, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ: East beats West, 120-118; Larry Bird, Boston Celtics, F

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • 1984 36th NHL All-Star Game, Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 7-6; MVP: Don Maloney, NY Rangers, LW

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1988 Super Bowl XXII, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CA: Washington Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10; MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1990 1st ever all-sports daily "National" begins publishing
  • 1991 Denver Nuggets Michael Adams becomes shortest NBAer to get a triple-double
  • 1993 Super Bowl XXVII, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 52-17; MVP: Troy Aikman, Dallas, QB
  • 1993 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Jim Courier retains title; repeats previous year's win over Stefan Edberg 6-2, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
  • 1997 San Antonio forward Dominique Wilkins scores 27 points in the Spurs' 97-95 loss to Minnesota; gives him 26,009 career points; only the 6th NBA player to reach the 26k milestone

Sport awardTennis Open

1998 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Switzerland's Martina Hingis retains her title; beats Conchita Martinez of Spain 6-3, 6-3 for 5th Grand Slam title

Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 1999 Super Bowl XXXIII, Pro Player Stadium, Miami, FL: Denver Broncos beat Atlanta Falcons, 34-19; MVP: John Elway, Denver, QB
  • 1999 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Yevgeny Kafelnikov becomes first Russian, male or female, to win an Australian title; beats Thomas Enqvist of Sweden 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-6

MurderMurder of Interest

2000 A fight between Ray Lewis and his companions and another group of people results in the stabbing deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar, resulting in the indictment of Lewis 11 days on murder and aggravated-assault charges

NFL Legend Ray Lewis
NFL Legend
Ray Lewis
  • 2004 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Belgian final, Justine Henin-Hardenne beats Kim Clijsters 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to win her only Australian title

Sport awardTennis Open

2009 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins 10th Grand Slam singles title; outclasses Dinara Safina of Russia 6-0, 6-3

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2010 NFL Pro Bowl, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens: AFC beats NFC, 41-34; MVP: Matt Schaub, Houston Texans, QB

Sport awardTennis Open

2010 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Roger Federer outclasses Scotsman Andy Murray 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 for his 4th Australian title

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Lydia Ko at 17, becomes the youngest golfer in men's or women's golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko
  • 2015 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Serena Williams wins 19th career Grand Slam singles title; beats arch rival Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-3, 7-6
  • 2015 Atlanta Hawks set a new NBA monthly win record as they move to 17-0 for January, with a 91-85 win against the Philadelphia 76ers

Sport awardTennis Open

2016 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković retains Championship for his record-equaling 6th Australian title; beats Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray
  • 2016 61st NHL All Star Games, Bridgestone Centre, Nashville, TN: Pacific Division All Stars win four-team 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: John Scott, San Jose, LW
  • 2016 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: Team Irvin beats Team Rice, 49-27; MVPs: Russell Wilson, Seattle, QB; Michael Bennett, Seattle, DE
  • 2018 Houston guard James Harden becomes first player in NBA history to log a 60-point triple-double with 60 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 steals and a block in Rockets' 114-107 win over Orlando Magic
  • 2019 Blockbuster NBA trade; NY Knicks send Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee & Trey Burke to Dallas Mavericks for Dennis Smith Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews & 2 future 1st-round picks

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1865 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist and journalist, founder of the Tour-de-France, born in Paris, France (d. 1940)
  • 1866 Henry Forster, cricketer (Oxford blue 1887-89, later Aust Gov-General)
  • 1889 F R Foster, cricketer (330 runs & 45 wickets for England)
  • 1906 R W Bonham, founder (International Braille Chess Association)
  • 1908 René Simone Mathieu, French doubles tennis star (Wimbledon 1934)

Person of interestDon Hutson

1913 Don Hutson, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1997)

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson
  • 1913 Wayne Millner, NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)

Person of interestJersey Joe

1914 Jersey Joe Walcott, American heavyweight boxing champion (1951-52), born in Merchantville, New Jersey (d. 1994)

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • 1916 Frank Parker, American tennis player (4-time Grand Slam winner), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1997)

Person of interestJackie Robinson

1919 Jackie Robinson, 1st African American major league baseball player (Dodgers), born in Cairo, Georgia (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1920 Bert Williams, English footballer (Wolverhampton, 30 caps), born in Bradley, Staffordshire (d. 2014)
  • 1926 Tom Alston, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • 1930 Joakim Bonnier, Swedish racecar driver (d. 1972)
  • 1931 Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
  • 1931 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)

Person of interestErnie Banks

1931 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2015)

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1934 Brian Bolus, cricketer (England opening batsman early 60's)
  • 1941 Sharon Miller, LPGA golfer
  • 1941 Len Chappell, American NBA forward (All Star 1964), born in Portage, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1944 John Inverarity, cricketer (Australian batsman 1968-72)
  • 1946 Subroto Guha, Indian cricketer (right arm swing bowler for India 1967-69), born in India

Person of interestNolan Ryan

1947 Nolan Ryan, American baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB no-hit leader [7], strikeout leader [5,714]), born in Refugio, Texas

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1949 Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer & sports journalist, born in Heteren, Netherlands
  • 1951 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican soccer coach (coach Honduras 2011 Copa Centroamericana), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2014)
  • 1954 Faoud Bacchus, West Indies cricketer (West Indian bat late 70's), born in Georgetown, Guyana

Person of interestVirginia Ruzici

1955 Virginia Ruzici, Romanian tennis star (1978 French Open champion), born in Campia Turzii, Romania

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici
  • 1957 Shirley Babashoff, American swimmer (Olympics-6 silver/2 gold-72, 76), born in Whittier, California
  • 1958 Rafael Santana, Dominican baseball shortstop (NY Mets, NY Yankees), born in La Romana, Dominican Republic
  • 1959 Kelly Moore, American stock car driver, born in Scarborough, Maine
  • 1960 Elaine Roque, American beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1964 Remi Bouchard, Canadian composer (1989 India Open), born in Manitoba, Canada
  • 1964 Sharon Cain, American team handball player (Olympics 1996), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1965 Adam Johnson, American beach volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1965 Bobby Dollas, Canadian ice hockey player (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1965 Kim Clarke, American team handball back court (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1965 René Trost, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Kerkrade, Netherlands
  • 1966 Charles Dimry, American football cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Diego, California
  • 1966 Jamie Taras, Canadian football player (BC Lions), born in Acton, Ontario
  • 1968 Doug Pederson, American NFL head coach (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bellingham, Washington
  • 1968 Michael Sinclair, American football defensive end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1968 Steve Phoenix, American baseball pitcher (Oakland Athletics), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1968 Patrick Stevens, Belgian athlete, born in Belgium
  • 1969 Mathew Pallister, Australian canoeist (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1970 Greg Skrepenak, American football offensive lineman (Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Travis Hannah, American football wide receiver (Houston Oilers, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Minnie Driver, British actress & singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting, The Riches), born in London, England
  • 1971 Corey Holliday, American football wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1971 Dimitris Markos, Greek footballer, born in Kilkis, Greece
  • 1972 Marvin Coleman, American basketball player (Calgary Stampeders), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1972 Pulu Poumele, American football guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Oceanside, California (d. 2016)
  • 1972 Reinier Robbemond, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • 1973 Latario Rachal, American football player (Amsterdam Admirals, San Diego Chargers), born in California
  • 1974 Bob Mulder, Dutch football player (Appingedam, FC Groningen), born in Delfzijl, Netherlands
  • 1974 Lorenzo Styles, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in Sharon, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Othella Harrington, American basketball forward (Houston Rockets), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1974 Pavi Sald, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998)
  • 1974 Tory Toogood, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Ariel Pestano, Cuban baseball player, born in Cuba
  • 1975 Kenard Lang, American football defensive end (Washington Redskins), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1976 Traianos Dellas, Greek football player, born in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1976 Buddy Rice, American race car driver, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1978 Fabián Caballero, Argentine footballer, born in Misiones Province, Argentina
  • 1981 Julio Arca, Argentinian football player, born in Quilmes, Argentina
  • 1982 Yuniesky Betancourt, Cuban baseball shortstop, born in Santa Clara, Cuba
  • 1982 Andreas Görlitz, German football player, born in Weilheim in Oberbayern, Germany
  • 1982 Jānis Sprukts, Latvian ice hockey player, born in Riga, Latvia
  • 1982 Brad Thompson, American baseball pitcher, born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1983 Tom Vangeneugden, Belgian swimmer, born in Overpelt, Belgium
  • 1984 Jeremy Wariner, American 400m runner, born in Irving, Texas
  • 1984 Vernon Davis, American football tight end, born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1985 Adam Federici, Australian football player, born in Nowra, Australia
  • 1985 Mario Williams, American football defensive end, born in Richlands, North Carolina
  • 1986 Yves Makabu-Makalambay, Congolese football goalkeeper, born in Brussels, Belgium

Deaths in Sport

  • 1939 George Thornton, cricketer (1 Test for South Africa 1902, 1* & 1-20), dies
  • 1942 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (b. 1860)
  • 1967 Eddie Tolan, American sprinter the "Midnight Express" (1932 Olympics), dies at 58
  • 1974 Glen Morris, American Olympic track and field champion (Olympic gold, 1936) and actor (Tarzan, Hold That Co-ed), dies of congestive heart failure at 61
  • 1980 J P Duminy, cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wkt at 39 in 3 Test S Af), dies

Person of interestMel Hein

1992 Mel Hein, NFL center (NY Giants), dies of stomach cancer at 82

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 1992 Wim van Heumen, field hockey coach (Netherlands), dies at 63
  • 1999 Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • 2004 Eleanor Holm, American swimmer (b. 1913)
  • 2013 Timir Pinegin, Russian sailor (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 85