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 NFL Pro Bowl: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars 35-24
  • 1957 Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000
  • 1975 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • 1976 64th Men's Australian Open: Mark Edmondson beats John Newcombe (6-7, 6-3, 7-6, 6-1)
  • 1976 64th Women's Australian Open: Evonne Goolagong Cawley beats Renata Tomanova (6-2, 6-2)
  • 1976 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Oakland Raiders 16-10
  • 1976 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams 37-7
  • 1977 Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play
  • 1981 69th Men's Australian Open: Brian Teacher beats Kim Warwick (7-5, 7-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

1981 69th Women's Australian Open: Hana Mandlikova beats Wendy Turnbull (6-0, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • 1984 Edmonton beats Minnesota 12-8 highest-scoring modern NHL game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • 1991 Fu Mingxia, 12, of China wins World Swimming Championships gold medal
  • 1999 1st BCS National Championship: #1 Tennessee beats #2 Florida State, 23-16, at 28th Fiesta Bowl

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 2nd BCS National Championship: #1 Florida State beats #2 Virginia Tech, 46-29, at 66th Sugar Bowl
  • 2004 6th BCS National Championship: #2 LSU beats #1 Oklahoma, 21-14, at 70th Sugar Bowl
  • 2005 7th BCS National Championship: #1 Southern California beats #2 Oklahoma, 55-19, at 71st Orange Bowl (USC would later vacate Championship)
  • 2006 8th BCS National Championship: #2 Texas beats #1 Southern California, 41-38, at 92nd Rose Bowl
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1869 Tommy Corcoran, American baseball player (d. 1960)
  • 1888 Arthur Berry, England, soccer player (Olympic gold 1908, 12)
  • 1914 Herman Franks, American baseball player
  • 1925 Veikko Hakulinen, Finland, 30K/50K cross country skier (Oly-gold-1956)

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

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula

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1935 Floyd Patterson, American 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, rower (Olympics-96), born in Killingly, Connecticut
  • 1964 Stephanie Maxwell-Pierson, Somerville NJ, US rower (Olympic-92)
  • 1965 Guy Forget, Morocco, tennis star
  • 1965 John Jackson, NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1965 Kevin Wickander, US baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1965 Mitch Booth, Australian tornado sailor (Olympics-96)
  • 1967 David Wayne Toms, Monroe LA, PGA golfer (1992 Northern Telecom-3rd)
  • 1967 Michael "Mike" Peterson, rower (Olympics-1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Rick Cunningham, NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1967 Johnny Nelson, English boxer
  • 1968 Jackie Harris, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1969 Corie Blount, NBA forward (LA Lakers)
  • 1969 Kees van Wonderen, Dutch soccer player (NEC/NAC)
  • 1970 Colin Scrivener, CFL defensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1970 Sean Lumpkin, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Carlos Perez, Dominican/US baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • 1971 Deb Sonnenberg, softball pitcher (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1971 Errol Brown, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1971 Garrison Hearst, NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals, SF 49ers)
  • 1971 Orlanda Truitt, wide receiver (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1971 Richard Chee Quee, cricketer (NSW opening batsman Fiji/Chin ancestry)
  • 1973 Lamont Warren, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1973 Ray Mickens, cornerback (NY Jets)
  • 1973 Todd Sauerbrun, NFL punter/kicker (Chicago Bears)
  • 1973 Frank Høj, Danish cyclist
  • 1974 Carl Powell, defensive end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1976 Benoît Joachim, Luxembourg cyclist
  • 1976 Ted Lilly, American baseball player
  • 1978 Dominik Hrbatý, Slovakian tennis player
  • 1979 Tristan Gommendy, French racing driver
  • 1980 Yaroslav Popovych, Ukrainian cyclist
  • 1980 Miguel Monteiro, Portuguese footballer
  • 1982 Paulo Ferrari, Argentinian footballer
  • 1982 Richard Logan, English footballer
  • 1985 Fernando Rees, Brazilian race car driver
  • 1985 Al Jefferson, American basketball player
  • 1986 James Milner, English footballer
  • 1986 Steve Slaton, American football player
  • 1989 Graham Rahal, American race car driver
  • 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, cricket wicket-keeper (England on 1884-85 Aust tour), dies
  • 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
  • 1996 Roy McKelvie, soldier/sports writer, dies at 83
  • 2000 Tom Fears, American football player (b. 1922)
  • 2005 Bud Poile, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1924)
  • 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
  • 2017 Milt Schmidt, Canadian NHL Hall of Fame center and coach (Boston Bruins), dies at 98