On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 5

Events in Sport

  • 1859 1st steamboat the North Star sails up the northern Red River, America
  • 1895 Victor Trumper makes first-class debut for NSW 17 yrs 64 days
  • 1925 French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw, Charlie Comiskey, & Hugh Jennings
  • 1925 England cricket openers Herbert Sutcliffe (176) and Jack Hobbs (154) display heroics in their 1st innings but the tourists sink to an 81 run defeat in the 2nd Test against Australia in Melbourne; Sutcliffe also adds 127 in the England 2nd innings
  • 1927 Judge Landis begins 3-day public hearing on charges that 4 games played between Chicago & Detroit in 1917 had been thrown to White Sox
  • 1931 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League
  • 1934 National & American baseball leagues select a uniform ball

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1937 Australian cricket batsmen Jack Fingleton (136) and Don Bradman (out 270 the following day) make then record stand of 346 for 6th wicket in 3rd Test vs England in Melbourne

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957 Dodgers' Jackie Robinson announces his retirement rather than be traded to the NY Giants

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1960 Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from NY Senator Kenneth Keating
  • 1964 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium, San Diego: San Diego Chargers beat Boston Patriots, 51-10; Chargers RB Keith Lincoln rushes for 206 yards, 2 TDs
  • 1971 Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game winning streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1971 Body of former world heavyweight boxing champion Charles "Sonny" Liston (40) is found by his wife Geraldine at their Las Vegas home; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days; foul play suspected

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Star center Darryl Sittler leaves the Toronto Maple Leafs on medical advice because of mental depression; trade request was taking too long

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • 1984 Greg Chappell scores 182* for Australia in his last Test innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Bryan Trottier failed on 9th Islander penalty shot

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1989 Baseball signs $400M with ESPN, showing 175 games in 1990
  • 1990 J Donald Crump appointed 8th Commissioner of CFL
  • 1991 Kevin Bradshaw of US Intl scores NCAA Div 1 record 72 pts
  • 1992 Indian cricket all-rounder Ravi Shastri scores 206 in 3rd Test in Sydney before being Shane Warne's first Test wicket, the first of 708 for Australia
  • 1993 Brian Lara scores his maiden Test century with 277 for the West Indies v Australia in drawn 3rd Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1993 Reggie Jackson elected to Hall of Fame

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1994 Aleksandr Popov swims world record 100m free style (47.82)
  • 1995 Bill Fitch becomes the 5th coach in NBA history to register 850 career victories with the LA Clippers' 95-93 home win over Philadelphia 76'ers at the LA Memorial Sports Arena

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula announces his retirement

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2002 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Spain wins 2nd title; Arantxa Sánchez Vicario & Tommy Robredo beat American pair Monica Seles & Jan-Michael Gambill 6-4, 6-2 for a 2-1 victory

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Arantxa Sánchez Vicario
Tennis Player
Arantxa Sánchez Vicario

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 2007 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dmitry Tursunov beats Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-4, 7-5 to give Russia an unassailable 2-0 lead, and first title
  • 2009 38th Fiesta Bowl: #3 Texas beats #10 Ohio State, 24-21

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Mike Shanahan is formally introduced as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • 2010 76th Orange Bowl: #10 Iowa beats #9 Georgia Tech, 24-14

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2013 25th Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Spain wins 4th title; Anabel Medina Garrigues & Fernando Verdasco beat high profile Serbian pair Ana Ivanović & Novak Đoković 6-4, 7-5 to clinch 2-1 victory

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2016 First batsman to ever score 1000 runs in a single innings in cricket - 15 year-old Mumbai schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade is 1009 not out

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Swiss pair Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic clinch 2-1 win over Germany; beat Angelique Kerber & Alexander Zverev 4-0, 1-4, 4-3; Switzerland's 4th event success

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

Sports record brokenNBA Record

2019 Golden State and Sacramento combine for 41 3-pointers in Warriors' 127-123 win; set new NBA record for 3s in a game; Stephen Curry hits 10 triples while Buddy Hield leads Kings with 8, Justin Jackson adds 5

Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry
Basketball Superstar
Stephen Curry
  • 2021 86th Heisman Trophy Award: DeVonta Smith, Alabama (WR)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1864 Bob Caruthers, American baseball player, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1911)
  • 1888 George "Rube" Foster, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1915, 16; no-hitter 1916; Boston Red Sox), born in Lehigh, Oklahoma (d. 1976)
  • 1907 Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 3,000m steeplechase 1936), born in Ylöjärvi, Finland (d. 1969)
  • 1910 Jack Lovelock, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1936), born in Crushington, New Zealand (d. 1949)
  • 1910 Ed Widseth, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (University of Minnesota; Pro Bowl 1938; NY Giants), born in Gonvick, Minnesota (d. 1998)
  • 1920 Mohammad Aslam Khokhar, Pakistani cricketer (Pak bat scored 16 & 18 in only test), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 2011)
  • 1926 Claude (Buddy) Young, American NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1983)
  • 1928 Imtiaz Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistan wicket-keeper in 41 Tests 1952-62), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 2016)
  • 1931 Walt Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold high jump 1952) and basketball center (NBA C'ship 1956, 58; Philadelphia Warriors, St. Louis Hawks), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2020)

Person of interestChuck Noll

1932 Chuck Noll, American NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2014)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • 1934 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver, born in Bolivia (d. 1971)
  • 1934 Eddy Pieters Graafland OON, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (47 caps; Ajax; European Cup 1970, Feyenoord), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • 1936 Terry Lineen, New Zealand rugby union centre (12 caps; Auckland), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 1938 Edwin Elliason, American archer (Olympic-92), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1938 Jim Otto, NFL center (Oakland Raiders), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 1938 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer star, born in Koog aan de Zaan, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • 1939 Bridget Parker, British equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1941 Bob Cunis, New Zealand cricketer (New Zealand pace bowler of the late 60's), born in Whangarei, New Zealand (d. 2008)
  • 1941 Mansur Ali Khan, Indian cricketer (Nawab of Pataudi, Indian batsman & capt), born in Bhopal, India (d. 2011)

Person of interestChuck McKinley

1941 Chuck McKinley, American tennis player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1986)

Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player & Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • 1943 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique (d. 2014)
  • 1945 Sam Wyche, American NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals 1984-91; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1992-95; introduced no-huddle offence), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1947 Mercury Morris, American football player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1948 Parthasarathy Sharma, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman of the mid-70's), born in Alwar, India (d. 2010)
  • 1951 Steve Arnold, English footballer, born in Willesden, London
  • 1957 Kevin Hastings, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Surry Hills, Australia
  • 1958 Ezra Moseley, Barbadian cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; 9 ODIs, West Indies; Barbados; Glamorgan), born in Waldrons Village, Christ Church, Barbados (d. 2021)
  • 1960 Glenn Strömberg, Swedish footballer, born in Lundby, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1961 Curt Bader, American sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Bloomfield, Iowa
  • 1962 Brendon Kuruppu, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman, 201* debut v NZ 1987), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1962 Danny Jackson, American baseball pitcher (Royals/Phillies/Cardinals), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1962 Donald John Cowie, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1963 Jeff Fassero, American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • 1964 Tracy Ham, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1965 Rick Tuten, American NFL punter (Seattle Seahawks), born in Perry, Florida
  • 1965 Vinnie Jones, English-born Welsh footballer and actor, born in Watford, United Kingdom
  • 1965 Patrik Sjöberg, Swedish high jumper (WR 2.42m 1987; World C'ship gold 1987; Olympic silver 1984, 92; bronze 1988), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1966 Renaldo Turnbull, American NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers), born in Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
  • 1967 Chris Nabholz, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1967 J. B. Brown, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1967 Ray Crockett, American NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1968 Joe Juneau, Canadian NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Pont-Rouge, Canada
  • 1968 Leila Meskhi, Georgian tennis player (1995 Hobart), born in Tbilisi, Georgia SSR
  • 1968 Felton Spencer, American NBA center (Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1968 Andrew Golota, Polish boxer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • 1969 David Dixon, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings), born in Papakura, New Zealand
  • 1969 Kurt Barber, American NFL defensive end (NY Jets), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • 1969 Shaun Micheel, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2003), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1970 James Patton, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills), born in Brazoria County, Texas
  • 1971 Jason Bates, American baseball infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Downey, California
  • 1976 Diego Tristán, Spanish footballer, born in La Algaba, Spain
  • 1978 Franck Montagny, French Formula One driver, born in Feurs, France
  • 1979 Ronnie O'Brien, Irish footballer, born in Bray, County Wicklow
  • 1981 Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 1983 Sean Dockery, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1989 Krisztián Németh, Hungarian footballer, born in Győr, Hungary

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1985 Baseball player Darryl Strawberry (22) weds Lisa Andrews

Baseball Player Darryl Strawberry
Baseball Player
Darryl Strawberry

LoveWedding of Interest

1985 NFL football player Reggie White (23) weds Sara Copeland

NFL Legend Reggie White
NFL Legend
Reggie White
  • 2006 Adult film actress Linsey Dawn McKenzie (27) weds former Wimbledon F.C. and Northern Ireland footballer Mark Williams (35) at the central London register office

Deaths in Sport

  • 1952 Nawab of Pataudi, cricket (play polo 3 Tests for Eng 3 for Ind), dies
  • 1954 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (Boston Braves), dies at 62
  • 1960 Donald Knight, cricketer (54 runs in 2 Tests for England 1921), dies
  • 1963 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman ( NL MVP 1925, 29; 7 x NL batting champion; St. Louis Cardinals, Browns, Chicago Cubs) and manager (Cardinals, Browns, Cubs), dies of a heart ailment at 66
  • 1966 George Duckworth, English cricket wicket-keeper (24 Tests, 60 dismissals), dies at 64
  • 1975 Don Wilson, American MLB pitcher (2 x no-hitters), dies at 29 of carbon monoxide poisoning at 29
  • 1986 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), dies at 83
  • 1987 Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier (b. 1875)
  • 1988 "Pistol Pete" Mavarich, NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack at 40
  • 1994 Brian Johnston, British cricket commentator (BBC radio commentator & cake connoisseur), dies at 81
  • 1998 David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny), dies from suicide at 46
  • 1998 Wilhelm Herz, German motorcycle racer (first to 200mph), dies at 85
  • 2004 Tug McGraw, American baseball player and father of Tim McGraw, dies at 59
  • 2004 Charles Dumas, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956; first to clear 7 foot mark), dies from cancer at 66
  • 2008 Clinton Grybas, Australian sports commentator (b. 1975)
  • 2010 Rory Markas, Angels baseball announcer (b.1955)
  • 2012 Don Carter, American pro bowler (6 x Bowler of the Year; first athlete to earn $1m in single endorsement deal [Ebonite International]), dies from pneumonia and emphysema at 85
  • 2014 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), dies from heart failure at 71
  • 2014 Jerry Coleman, American MLB 2nd baseman, dies from complications from brain bleeding and surgery at 89
  • 2018 Antonio Valentín Angelillo, Italian-Argentinian footballer who played for both Argentina and Italy, dies at 80
  • 2019 Dragoslav Šekularac, Serbian footballer, dies at 81
  • 2020 Hans Tilkowski, German soccer goalkeeper (39 caps, West Germany; Westfalia Herne, Borussia Dortmund, Eintracht Frankfurt), dies at 84
  • 2021 Colin Bell MBE, English soccer midfielder (48 caps; Manchester City 394 games), dies at 74
  • 2021 Bob Brett, Australian tennis coach (Boris Becker, Goran Ivanišević, Marin Čilić), dies from cancer at 67
  • 2021 Pat Patrick, American auto racing team owner (Patrick Racing; Indianapolis 500 1973, 82, 89; Emerson Fittipaldi IndyCar title 1989), dies at 91