On This Day

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)
  • 1902 Australian cricket spin bowler Hugh Trumble dismisses England batsmen Arthur Jones, John Gunn and Sydney Barnes in successive balls to complete 2nd Test rout by 229 runs in Melbourne; Trumble's first of 2 Test hat-tricks
  • 1904 Stanley Cup, Aberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa HC beats Winnipeg Rowing Club, 2-0 for 2-1 challenge series victory
  • 1920 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes
  • 1942 4th NFL All Star Game, Polo Grounds, NYC: Chicago Bears beat NFL All-Stars, 35-24
  • 1942 7 x NL batting champion Rogers Hornsby is 14th player selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1957 Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000
  • 1966 Doug Walters scores second Test century in his second Test

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1975 New Orleans Jazz set a then NBA record (with 24-second shot clock) by scoring only 20 points in the first half of a 111-89 loss in Seattle; unwanted record stands for nearly 25 years
  • 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 announcer
  • 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
  • 1986 David Boon's second Test century, 131 v India at Adelaide

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • 1986 Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson scores twice as he rushes for an NFL postseason record 248 yards in 20-0 victory over Dallas Cowboys in NFC divisional playoff in Anaheim, California
  • 1991 12 year old Chinese diver Fu Mingxia wins 10m platform gold medal at World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia; youngest world champion in the history of any aquatic event
  • 1991 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Goran Prpić beats American David Wheaton 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, (ends 2-1) and Yugoslavia's first title

Sports record brokenNBA Record

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

  • 1997 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Justin Gimelstob & Chanda Rubin clinch first title for the US; beat South African pair Wayne Ferreira & Amanda Coetzer 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 for a 2-1 victory
  • 1999 College Football, 1st BCS National Championship, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: #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 at the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns and moves to the New England Patriots

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.

Sports record brokenNBA Record

2001 Washington Wizards forward Michael Jordan becomes 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 Adam Gilchrist of Australia becomes the most prolific century scoring wicket keeper in cricket history when he smashes 113 from just 120 balls in the 3rd Test against Pakistan in Sydney
  • 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 Darts 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
  • 2014 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: France wins first title; Alizé Cornet & Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Poland's Agnieszka Radwańska & Grzegorz Panfil 6-0, 6-2 to clinch 2-1 victory
  • 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)
  • 1891 Bryn Lewis, Welsh rugby union winger (2 caps; Newport, Cambridge University), born in Pontardawe, Wales (d. 1917)
  • 1909 Cilly Aussem, German tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon 1931), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1963)
  • 1914 Herman Franks, American baseball player
  • 1925 Veikko Hakulinen, Finnish cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 60), born in Kurkijoki, Finland (d. 2003)
  • 1925 Johnny Lujack, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1947; National C'ship 1943, 46-47; Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1950-51; Chicago Bears), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania

Person of interestDon Shula

1930 Don Shula, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Super Bowl 1972, 73; Miami Dolphins; Baltimore Colts; NFL Coach of the Year 1964, 67, 68, 72), born in Grand River Ohio (d. 2020)

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula
  • 1931 Guido Messina, Italian road and track cyclist (World C'ship gold individual 4000m pursuit 1948, 53, 54, 55, 56; Olympic gold team 1952), born in Monreale, Italy (d. 2020)

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)

Boxing Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1937 Raman Surendranath, Indian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 26 wickets), born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Tom Wilkinson, CFL QB (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1944 Alan Sutherland, New Zealand rugby union number 8 (10 caps; Marlborough), born in Blenheim, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1949 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • 1951 Barbara Ann Cochran, Claremont NH, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1953 Norberto Alonso, Argentine soccer midfielder (19 caps; River Plate), born in Vicente López, Argentina
  • 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, French tennis player (ATP Tour Finals 1990; France Davis Cup 1991, 96; Fed Cup/Davis Cup captain; Director French Open), born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • 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 Senior Open 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
  • 1994 Derrick Henry, American NFL running back (Heisman Trophy 2015, U of Alabama; Pro Bowl 2019, Tennessee Titans), born in Yulee, Florida

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding 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, English cricket wicket-keeper (5 Tests, 11 dismissals; Yorkshire CCC), dies at 35
  • 1903 W H M "Dicky" Richards, cricketer (score 4 & 0 in Test for S Af), dies
  • 1969 Julian Myrick, American tennis promoter (West Side Tennis Club & Forest Hills Stadium), dies at 88
  • 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 College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and coach (NFL champion 1951; First-team All-Pro, NFL receiving yards leader 1950; LA Rams), dies at 77
  • 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 Hockey Hall of Fame center (Stanley Cup 1939, 41; Boston Bruins) and coach/GM (Stanley Cup 1970, 72; Boston Bruins), dies from a stroke at 98
  • 2020 Herbert Binkert, German soccer striker (12 caps Saarland; FC Saarbrücken), dies at 96
  • 2020 Walter Ormeño, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (Peru 1949-57; Boca Juniors, Rosario Central), dies at 93
  • 2021 John Muckler, Canadian ice hockey coach (Stanley Cup Edmonton Oilers 1990; Buffalo Sabres, NY Rangers) and executive (GM Ottawa Senators), dies at 86