On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 6

Events in Sport

  • 1681 First recorded boxing match is engineered by Christopher Monck, 2nd Duke of Albemarle; his butler vs his butcher
  • 1883 Ontario Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1896 1st US women's 6-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden
  • 1925 Paavo Nurmi, sets indoor record, 4:13.6 mile & 14:44.6 5,000m
  • 1930 Australian cricket icon Don Bradman scores 452 not out for New South Wales v Queensland in Sydney; then world record individual score in a first-class match; runs scored in 415 minutes
  • 1937 Bradman scores 270 Aust v England at the MCG, incl 110 singles
  • 1942 Bob Feller, enlists in Navy & reports for duty to Norfolk Virginia
  • 1951 Indianapolis Olympians beat Rochester Royals, 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes; also the longest game in NBA history
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Deaths in Sport

  • 1907 Walter Read, cricketer (Engl batsman, 117 at no 10 v Aust 1884), dies
  • 1908 George Dixon, Canadian boxer (World Bantamweight title 1892; World Featherweight champion 1891-97, 98-1901; first black athlete to win a World C'ship in any sport), dies of liver failure at 37
  • 1915 Reginald Wood, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1886), dies
  • 1928 Alvin Kraenzlein, American track and field athlete (4 Olympic gold 1900), dies at 51
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