On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 6

Events in Sport

  • 1681 1st recorded boxing match (Duke of Albemarle's butler vs his butcher)
  • 1883 Ontario Rugby Football Union forms
  • 1896 1st US women's 6-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden

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1925 Paavo Nurmi, sets indoor record, 4:13.6 mile & 14:44.6 5,000m

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi

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1930 Bradman scores 452* for NSW against Qld, 377 mins, 49 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1937 Bradman scores 270 Aust v England at the MCG, incl 110 singles
  • 1951 Indianapolis Olympians beat Rochester Royals, 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes; also the longest game in NBA history
  • 1970 Australian boxer Johnny Famechon retains his WBC featherweight title with a 14th-round knockout of Fighting Harada in Tokyo; re-match of questionable 15-round decision in 1969 in his first title defence

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1976 Ted Turner purchases Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • 1980 Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat
  • 1980 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers, 27-13
  • 1980 NFC Championship, Tampa Stadium: Los Angeles Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 9-0
  • 1984 Last day of Test cricket for Chappell, Marsh & Lillee
  • 1985 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 45-28
  • 1985 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears, 23-0
  • 1986 Last day in Test cricket for Bob Holland

  • 1991 Portland Trail Blazers beat the Seattle SuperSonics, 114-111 before a sellout crowd at the Portland Memorial Coliseum; marks the Blazers' 600th consecutive sellout at home
  • 1992 NY Yankees sign free agent Danny Tartabul

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1992 Sachin Tendulkar completes 148* v Australia at the SCG

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Cricketer
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 1994 Ice skater Nancy Kerrigan is attacked by Tonya Harding's bodyguard

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1995 Atlanta Hawks' coach Lenny Wilkens passes the legendary Red Auerbach to become the NBA's all-time winningest coach, with 939 career victories; Hawks beat Washington, 112-90 at the Omni

NBA Point Guard and Coach Lenny Wilkens
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Lenny Wilkens

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1996 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Goran Ivanišević & Iva Majoli win Croatia's first title; at 1 rubber apiece Switzerland's Marc Rosset & Martina Hingis forced to retire at 3-6, 7-6, 4-5 in the deciding doubles rubber

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Iva Majoli
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Iva Majoli
Tennis Player Martina Hingis
Tennis Player
Martina Hingis
  • 1998 Don Sutton selected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1999 An agreement is reached by the NBA and the players union to end a 204-day lockout which shortened the season by 50 games

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2001 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Roger Federer beats American Jan-Michael Gambill 6-4, 6-3 to clinch Switzerland's unassailable 2-0 lead, (ends 2-1)

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer
  • 2006 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Lisa Raymond & Taylor Dent beat Dutch pair Michaëlla Krajicek & Peter Wessels 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 for a 2-1 win and 4th American title
  • 2013 The NHL reaches an agreement to end a 113 day lockout
  • 2014 College Football, 16th BCS National Championship, Rose Bowl, Pasadena: #1 Florida State beats #2 Auburn, 34-31
  • 2015 Randy Johnson, Pedro Martínez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 2018 Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota scores a touchdown off own pass in 22-21 victory over Kansas City Chiefs, second NFL quarterback to do so
  • 2018 Jon Gruden returns to the NFL as Oakland Raiders head coach after nearly a decade of broadcasting (ESPN Monday Night Football 2009-17)
  • 2018 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Swiss pair Roger Federer & Belinda Bencic clinch 2-1 win over Germany; beat Angelique Kerber & Alexander Zverev 4-3, 4-2; Switzerland's 3rd event success

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1864 Ban Johnson, American baseball executive (American League), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1931)
  • 1891 Ted McDonald, Australian cricketer (great Australian quick of 20's), born in Launceston, Australia (d. 1937)
  • 1911 Ivan Barrow, Jamaican cricket wicketkeeper (11 Tests; first West Indian Test century-maker in England), born in Morant Bay, Jamaica (d. 1979)
  • 1920 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9-time All Star), born in Hartford, Alabama (d. 1999)
  • 1921 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (US Open 1949, 56; US Masters 1955), born in Halls, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • 1926 Pat Flaherty, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1956), born in Glendale, California (d. 2002)
  • 1926 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer, born in Berrocal, Spain (d. 2003)
  • 1926 Ralph Branca, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1947–49; pitched “Shot Heard Round the World”), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2016)
  • 1926 Dick Rathmann, American auto racer (first Indy pole-sitter to complete no laps), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Graeme Hole, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman of the fifties), born in Concord West, Australia (d. 1990)
  • 1936 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Nuevo Laredo (d. 2017)

Person of interestDarlene Hard

1936 Darlene Hard, American tennis player (US C'ships 1960-61, French C'ships 1960; 18 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Los Angeles, California

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • 1937 Lou Holtz, American football coach (NJ Jets), born in Follansbee, West Virginia
  • 1939 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic swimmer (4x oly gold), born in Birmingham, United Kingdom (d. 2012)
  • 1943 Terry Venables, British soccer player & manager, born in Dagenham, England
  • 1945 Barry John, Welsh rugby player, born in Cefneithin, United Kingdom
  • 1946 Harold Jackson, NFL wide receiver (LA, New Engl), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1947 Ian Millar, Canadian dressage rider (World Cup 1988, 89, Olympics 1996), born in Halifax, NS, Canada
  • 1948 Dayle Hadlee, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (brother of Sir Richard; NZ 26 Tests, 71 wickets), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • 1949 Mike Boit, Kenyan 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Eldoret, Kenya
  • 1951 Don Gullett, American baseball player, born in Lynn, Kentucky
  • 1954 Norbert Hahn, 2 man luge (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Elbingerode, Germany
  • 1955 Chantal Langlacé, French runner (women's marathon & 100k world records), born in Amiens, France

Person of interestNancy Lopez

1957 Nancy Lopez, American golfer (3 major titles, 48 LPGA Tour wins), born in Torrance, California

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Person of interestKapil Dev

1959 Kapil Dev, Indian cricketer (India's finest all-rounder 1978-94, Cup-1982), born in Chandigarh, Punjab

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • 1960 Paul Azinger, American golfer, broadcaster (PGA C'ship 1993, 12 PGA Tour titles), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • 1961 Howie Long, American NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow), born in Somerville, Massachusetts
  • 1962 Philip Brown, English 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1962 Sean Landeta, NFL place kicker (NY Giants), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1963 Norm Charlton, American baseball pitcher (Seattle Mariners), born in Fort Polk, California
  • 1964 Charles Haley, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Gladys, Virginia
  • 1964 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • 1964 Henry Maske, German boxer, born in Treuenbrietzen, Germany
  • 1964 Jacqueline Moore, American wrestler, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1965 Christine Wachtel, German running star (world indoor record 800m), born in Altentreptow, Germany
  • 1965 José DeJesús, American baseball pitcher (Kansas City Royals), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1965 Lindsay Burns, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Big Timber, Montana
  • 1965 Tim McDonald, NFL player (SF 49ers), born in Fresno, California
  • 1966 Bob Kratch, NFL guard (NE Patriots), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966 Donnell Woolford, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1966 Shahid Saeed, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani batsman in Test v India 1989), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1966 Chris Antley, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 1999; Preakness 1999), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1967 David Belcher, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Penola, Australia
  • 1967 Larry Donald, American boxer (Olympic-92), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1968 Jerry Crafts, NFL/WLAF tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Amsterdam Admirals), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1968 Vlastimil Plavucha, Slovak hockey forward (Team Slovakia), born in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
  • 1969 Alvin Morman, American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Rockingam, North Carolina
  • 1969 Nick A'Hern, Australian 20k walker (Olympics 22-92, 96), born in Swansea, United Kingdom
  • 1970 Daniel Naulty, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Gabrielle Reece, American volleyball player & actress (Extremists), born in La Jolla, California
  • 1970 Geert Brusselers, Dutch football player & coach (NAC), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1970 John Gerak, NFL tight end/guide (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1970 Keenan McCardell, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Jaguars), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1970 Kerrin Petty, Swedish-American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Townshend, Vermont
  • 1971 Myron Baker, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Haughton, Louisiana
  • 1972 Willie Clark, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1973 Sairaj Bahatule, Indian cricketer (promising Bombay leg-spin all-rounder), born in Mumbai, India
  • 1974 Juan Roque, American football tackle (Detroit Lions), born in San Diego, California
  • 1974 Marcus Crandell, CFL quarterback (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1974 Paul Grant, NBA center (Minn Timberwolves), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Daniel Cordone, Argentine footballer, born in General Rodríguez Partido, Argentina
  • 1975 James Farrior, American football linebacker (NY Jets), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1975 Laura Berg, American softball outfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Whittier, California
  • 1975 Jeremy Linn, American 100m breaststroke (Olympics-silver/gold-96), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Richard Zednik, NHL forward (Team Slovakia, Wash), born in Banská Bystrica, Czechoslovakia
  • 1977 Stacey Gartrell, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1978 Steve Hartsell, American pairs skater (& Danielle Hartsell), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1978 Casey Fossum, American baseball player, born in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
  • 1980 Steed Malbranque, French footballer, born in Mouscron, Belgium
  • 1981 Asante Samuel, National Football League Defensive Back, born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1982 Gilbert Arenas, American basketball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1982 Brian Bass, American baseball player, born in Pinehurst, North Carolina
  • 1984 Sean O'Brien, Australian professional windsurfer, born in Carlow, Republic of Ireland
  • 1984 A. J. Hawk, American football player, born in Kettering, Ohio
  • 1985 R. P. Singh, Indian cricketer, born in Raebareli District, India
  • 1986 Paul McShane, Irish footballer, born in Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
  • 1991 Nikola Saric, Danish footballer, born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1994 Jameis Winston, American NFL quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2013, Florida State; Pro Bowl 2015, Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Bessemer, Alabama

Deaths in Sport

  • 1907 Walter Read, cricketer (Engl batsman, 117 at no 10 v Aust 1884), dies
  • 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
  • 1929 Tex Rickard, American boxing promoter and entrepreneur (founder NHL New York Rangers; builder third incarnation of Madison Square Garden, NYC), dies of complications from an appendectomy at 59
  • 1934 Herbert Chapman, Legendary Manager of Arsenal and Huddersfield Town (b. 1878)
  • 1936 Charles A Stoneham, pres (NY Giants), dies
  • 1939 Albert Ward, cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1893-95), dies
  • 1941 Charley O'Leary, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), dies at 65
  • 1967 Johnny Keane, American baseball manager (St. Louis Cardinals, NY Yankees), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 1978 Burt Munro, New Zealand motorcycle racer, dies at 78 (b. 1899)
  • 2002 Fred Taylor, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster (Ohio State University 1959-76; MLB Washington Senators 1950-52), dies at 77
  • 2004 Charles Dumas, American athlete (b. 1937)
  • 2005 Tarquinio Provini, Italian motorcycle road racer (2-time world champion 1957-58), dies at 71
  • 2007 Mario Danelo, American football player (b. 1985)
  • 2007 Yvon Durelle, Canadian boxer, dies at 77
  • 2011 Uche Okafor, Nigerian footballer (b. 1967)
  • 2013 Neil Adcock, South African cricket fast bowler (26 Tests, 104 wickets @ 21.10), dies from bowel cancer at 81