On This Day in Sport for January 4

Events in Sport

  • 1883 Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms
  • 1887 Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (San Francisco to San Francisco)
  • 1904 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 beat Winnipeg Rowing Club, 2 games to 1
  • 1920 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes

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1932 Bradman scores 167 for Australia v South Africa at the MCG

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1942 4th NFL All Star Game, Polo Grounds, NYC: Chicago Bears beat NFL All-Stars, 35-24
  • 1957 Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000

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1970 AFL Championship, Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland: Kansas City Chiefs beat Oakland Raiders, 17-7; Chiefs defence forces 4 interceptions

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1970 NFL Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Cleveland Browns, 27-7
  • 1975 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • 1976 Australian Open Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Mark Edmondson upsets John Newcombe 6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 for his first and only Grand Slam title
  • 1976 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders, 16-10
  • 1976 NFC Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams, 37-7
  • 1977 Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play
  • 1981 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Brian Teacher wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats home favourite Kim Warwick 7-5, 7-6, 6-3
  • 1984 Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game

  • 1984 Adrian Dantley ties Wilt Chamberlain's NBA record for most free throws made in a game by converting 28 of 29 free throws in Utah's 116-111 win over Houston at Las Vegas

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1986 NCAA basketball's David Robinson blocks a record 14 shots

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • 1991 12 year old Chinese diver Fu Mingxia wins 10m platform gold medal World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia

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1992 Boston's Robert Parish becomes 5th player in NBA history to register 2,000 career blocks during Celtics' 100-96 loss at Minnesota - others Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mark Eaton, Wayne Rollins and George Johnson

  • 1999 College Football, 1st BCS National Championship, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: #1 Tennessee beats #2 Florida State, 23-16, at 28th Fiesta Bowl

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2000 A day after accepting the head coaching position of the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick
  • 2000 College Football, 2nd BCS National Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #1 Florida State beats #2 Virginia Tech, 46-29, at 66th Sugar Bowl
  • 2000 American businessman and investor Mark Cuban purchases a majority stake in the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise for $285m from H. Ross Perot, Jr.

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2001 Michael Jordan, then of the Washington Wizards, becomes the 4th player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points; hits a free throw in 2nd quarter of an 89-83 win against his old team, the Chicago Bulls

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

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2003 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Serena Williams & James Blake beat Australian pair Alicia Molik & Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 6-2 for a 3-0 win, and 2nd American title

Tennis Player Serena Williams
Tennis Player
Serena Williams
  • 2004 College Football, 6th BCS National Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 LSU beats #1 Oklahoma, 21-14, at 70th Sugar Bowl
  • 2005 College Football, 7th BCS National Championship, Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens: #1 Southern California beats #2 Oklahoma, 55-19, at 71st Orange Bowl (USC later vacates Championship)
  • 2006 College Football, 8th BCS National Championship: #2 Texas beats #1 Southern California, 41-38, at 92nd Rose Bowl
  • 2008 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Americans Serena Williams & Mardy Fish beat Serbian pair Novak Đoković & Jelena Janković 7-6, 6-2 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and the 5th US title
  • 2009 Phil Taylor, with a 7–1 victory in the final over Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld wins his 12th PDC World Darts title, his 14th in all; his 110.94 average remains a record for the PDC World Championship final
  • 2010 39th Fiesta Bowl: #6 Boise State beats #3 TCU, 17-10
  • 2011 77th Sugar Bowl: #6 Ohio State beats #8 Arkansas, 31-26
  • 2012 78th Orange Bowl: #23 West Virginia beats #14 Clemson, 70-33
  • 2015 Gary Anderson of Scotland beats 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, 7-6 to win his first PDC World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace, London
  • 2018 Liverpool and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah is named African Football Player of the Year
  • 2019 Indian cricket batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara scores 193 and Rishabh Pant 159no as the tourists declare at 622/7 on Day 2 of 4th Test against Australia in Sydney; Pant, first Indian wicketkeeper to hit a century in Australia

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1869 Tommy Corcoran, American baseball shortstop (MLB shortstop game assist record 14), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1960)
  • 1888 Arthur Berry, England, soccer player (Olympic gold 1908, 12)
  • 1909 Cilly Aussem, German tennis player (Wimbledon 1931), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1914 Herman Franks, American baseball player
  • 1925 Veikko Hakulinen, Finland, 30K/50K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1956)

Person of interestDon Shula

1930 Don Shula, American NFL coach (Miami Dolphins), born in Grand River Ohio

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula

Person of interestFloyd Patterson

1935 Floyd Patterson, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1956-59, 1960-62, Olympic gold 1952), born in Waco, North Carolina (d. 2006)

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1937 R Surendranath, cricketer (Indian pace bowler in 11 Tests early 60s)
  • 1938 Louis Krebs Graham, PGA golfer (1975 US Open), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1943 Tom Wilkinson, CFL QB (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1949 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • 1951 Barbara Ann Cochran, Claremont NH, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1953 Norberto Alonso, Argentine footballer
  • 1958 Nina Foust, Asheboro NC, LPGA golfer (1994 Hawaiian Ladies Open-6th)
  • 1962 Joe Kleine, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls)
  • 1963 Linda Muri, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Killingly, Connecticut
  • 1964 Stephanie Maxwell-Pierson, Somerville NJ, US rower (Olympic-92)
  • 1965 Guy Forget, Moroccan tennis star
  • 1965 John Jackson, American NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Okinawa, Japan
  • 1965 Kevin Wickander, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • 1965 Mitch Booth, Australian tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1967 David Toms, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2001, US Seniors 2018), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • 1967 Michael "Mike" Peterson, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Rick Cunningham, NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Johnny Nelson, English boxer, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • 1968 Jackie Harris, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1968 Mike Wilpolt, American football player & coach, born in Broomfield, Colorado
  • 1969 Corie Blount, NBA forward (LA Lakers), born in Monrovia, California
  • 1969 Kees van Wonderen, Dutch soccer player (NEC/NAC)
  • 1970 Colin Scrivener, CFL defensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1970 Sean Lumpkin, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Golden Valley, Minnesota
  • 1971 Carlos Perez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Nigua, Dominican Republic
  • 1971 Deb Sonnenberg, Canadian softball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971 Garrison Hearst, American NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals, SF 49ers), born in Lincolnton, Georgia
  • 1971 Orlanda Truitt, American football wide receiver (Oakland Raiders), born in Bessemer, Alabama
  • 1971 Richard Chee Quee, Australian-Chinese cricketer (NSW opening batsman Fiji/Chin ancestry), born in Camperdown, Australia
  • 1973 Lamont Warren, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1973 Ray Mickens, American football cornerback (NY Jets), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1973 Todd Sauerbrun, NFL punter/kicker (Chicago Bears), born in East Setauket, New York
  • 1973 Frank Høj, Danish cyclist, born in Denmark
  • 1974 Carl Powell, American football defensive end (Indianapolis Colts), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1976 Benoît Joachim, Luxembourg cyclist, born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  • 1976 Ted Lilly, American baseball player, born in Torrance, California
  • 1977 David Millar, Scottish road racing cyclist (banned in 2004 for doping), born in Mtarfa, Malta
  • 1978 Dominik Hrbatý, Slovakian tennis player, born in Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 1979 Tristan Gommendy, French racing driver, born in Le Chesnay, Yvelines
  • 1980 Yaroslav Popovych, Ukrainian cyclist, born in Drohobych, Ukraine
  • 1980 Miguel Monteiro, Portuguese footballer, born in Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1982 Paulo Ferrari, Argentinian footballer, born in Rosario, Argentina
  • 1982 Richard Logan, English footballer, born in Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
  • 1985 Fernando Rees, Brazilian race car driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1985 Al Jefferson, American basketball player, born in Monticello, Mississippi
  • 1986 James Milner, English footballer, born in Wortley, Leeds
  • 1986 Steve Slaton, American football player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania
  • 1989 Graham Rahal, American race car driver, born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1990 Toni Kroos, German football player (Real Madrid, German national team), born in Greifswald, East Germany

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

2013 Former World Middleweight champ Jake LaMotta (90) weds his longtime fiancée Denise Baker (62) in Bisbee, Arizona

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta

Deaths in Sport

  • 1891 Joe Hunter, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (England on 1884-85 Aust tour), dies at 35
  • 1903 W H M "Dicky" Richards, cricketer (score 4 & 0 in Test for S Af), dies
  • 1987 Jack Martin, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-111 & 0-18 in Test), dies
  • 1993 Daniel H Craven, South African rugby coach, dies
  • 2000 Tom Fears, American football player (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Bud Poile, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1924)
  • 2005 Robert Christiani, West Indian cricketer (brother of Cyril WI batsman in 22 Tests), dies at 84
  • 2007 Sandro Salvadore, Italian footballer (b. 1939)
  • 2007 Jan Schröder, Dutch cyclist (b. 1941)
  • 2009 Giselle Salandy, Trinidad & Tobago female boxer (b. 1987)
  • 2010 Rory Markas, American sportscaster (b. 1955)
  • 2011 Coen Moulijn, Dutch footballer (b. 1937)
  • 2013 Derek Kevan, English footballer, dies at 77
  • 2015 Stuart Scott, American sports journalist (ESPN), dies of cancer at 49
  • 2017 Milt Schmidt, Canadian NHL Hall of Fame center and coach (Boston Bruins), dies at 98