On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 7

Events in Sport

  • 1899 Walter Camp publishes his 1st All-American football team in Collier's
  • 1910 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Galt (ON), 3-1 for a 2-0 sweep of challenge series
  • 1927 Harlem Globetrotters play their 1st game in Hinckley, Illinois
  • 1932 1st game played at Orchard Lake Curling Club, Mich
  • 1936 Tennis champs Helen Moody & Howard Kinsley volley 2,001 times (1h18m)
  • 1947 Australia v England at MCG drawn in 6 days, 1st cricket draw in Australia since 1882

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955 20 year-old future world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson scores a 5th-round TKO of Willie Troy in a non-title super middleweight bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1961 1st NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl)-Detroit beats Cleveland 17-16
  • 1962 1st AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 47-27; MVP Cotton Davidson, Dallas Texans, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 The rift between Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell and head coach Paul Brown reaches a boiling point, and Brown is fired

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • 1972 Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 134-90 for their 33rd straight win, the longest winning streak in major professional sports
  • 1973 British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • 1979 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers, 34-5
  • 1979 NFC Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams, 28-0
  • 1980 Minn ends Philadelphia Flyers' NHL record 35 game unbeaten streak ends

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1982 Islander's Bryan Trottier's 10th career hat trick

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • 1983 Australia regain the Ashes with a 2-1 series win v England
  • 1985 Lou Brock & Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Kapil Dev takes his 300th Test wicket, at 28 the youngest

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • 1989 NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers longest win streak (11)
  • 1989 Cleve Cavs block 21 NY Knick shots tying NBA regulation game record

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Last day of Test cricket for Imran Khan

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • 1992 Tom Seaver & Rollie Fingers elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • 1994 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Petr Korda defeats Bernd Karbacher of Germany 6-3, 6-3 for an unassailable 2-0 lead (ends 2-1) and the Czech Republic's first title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Boris Becker beats Andrei Medvedev of the Ukraine 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 for a 2-0 win, and Germany's second title

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
  • 1995 Larry Brown posts his 500th career NBA coaching victory, following the Indiana Pacers' 88-83 road win at the Houston Rockets

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal blocks 3 shots in a 114-102 win over Milwaukee to bring his career total to 1,002

Basketball Player Shaquille O'Neal
Basketball Player
Shaquille O'Neal
  • 1999 NBA Board of Governors unanimously ratifies a new 6-year collective bargaining agreement between the league and the National Basketball Players Association

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2007 Phil Jackson wins his 900th game as a head coach, becoming the fastest coach to reach 900 career wins

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson
  • 2008 College Football, 10th BCS National Championship Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 LSU beats #1 Ohio State, 38-24
  • 2010 College Football, 12th BCS National Championship, Rose Bowl, Pasadena: #1 Alabama beats #2 Texas, 37-21
  • 2012 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Tomáš Berdych beats Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6, 6-4 for an unassailable 2-0 lead; 2nd title for Czech Republic

Sport awardFootball Awards

2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins award for a record 4th consecutive year; US forward Abby Wambach wins women's award

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
Soccer Player Abby Wambach
Soccer Player
Abby Wambach
  • 2013 College Football, 15th BCS National Championship, Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens: #2 Alabama beats #1 Notre Dame, 42-14
  • 2017 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: French pair Kristina Mladenovic & Richard Gasquet beat Americans Coco Vandeweghe & Jack Sock 4-1, 4-3 to clinch 2-1 win; 2nd French title
  • 2019 Rain ruins last 2 days of 4th cricket Test in Sydney as India wins series 2-1; become first Asian side to win a Test series in Australia, 71 years after the first Indian touring team in 1947-48

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1875 Gustav Flatow, German gymnast (d. 1945)
  • 1890 Maurice McLoughlin, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1912-13), born in Carson City, Nevada (d. 1957)
  • 1911 Merv Waite, cricketer (S Australian all-rounder)
  • 1913 Johnny Mize, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (10-time MLB All Star), born in Demorest, Georgia (d. 1993)
  • 1914 Bobby McDermott, American Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame guard and coach (2 × NBL Coach of the Year 1944-45, Fort Wayne Pistons), born in NYC, NY (d. 1963)
  • 1916 Gerrit Schulte, Dutch road and track cyclist (World Champion Track Pursuit 1948), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • 1916 Paul Keres, USSR, chess grandmaster (1950)
  • 1918 Colin Snedden, cricketer (Test NZ v England 1947, 0-46, did not bat)
  • 1920 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer
  • 1922 Alvin Dark, American baseball player and manager, born in Comanche, Oklahoma, (d. 2014)
  • 1924 Pablo Birger, Argentine racing driver (d. 1966)
  • 1926 Joe Marston, Australian soccer defender (1954 FA Cup Final), born in Leichhardt, NSW (d. 2015)
  • 1928 Rajindranath, cricketer (4 stumpings in his only Test for India)
  • 1929 Kenneth Henry, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1929 Ken Henry, American speed skater (Olympic gold 500m 1952), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2009)
  • 1929 Mario Bergamaschi, Italian soccer midfielder (5 caps; Calcio Como, A.C. Milan, U.C. Sampdoria), born in Crema, Italy (d. 2020)
  • 1930 Eddie LeBaron, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1955, 57, 58, 62; Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), born in San Rafael, California (d. 2015)
  • 1933 Diane Leather, British athlete (first woman to run sub-5 minute mile), born in Streetly, England (d. 2018)
  • 1934 Charles Jenkins Snr., American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4x400m relay 1956), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938 Lou Graham, American golfer (US Open 1975), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1939 Tom Kierman, British(?) rugby player
  • 1942 Vasiliy Ivanovich Alekseyev, USSR, weightlifter (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • 1943 Jim Lefebvre, American baseball manager (Seattle Mariners), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1944 Arne Scheie, Norwegian sports commentator, born in Skedsmo, Norway
  • 1945 Tony Conigliaro, American baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Revere, Massachusetts (d. 1990)
  • 1950 Ross Grimsley, American baseball player, born in Topeka, Kansas
  • 1953 Agha Zahid, Pakistani cricketer (open batting for Pak v WI 1975, scored 14 & 1), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1954 Alan Butcher, English cricketer (one Test England v India, scored 14 & 20), born in Croydon, United Kingdom
  • 1956 Rosalyn Bryant, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1957 Julian Solis, Puerto Rican boxer, born in Rio Pedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1962 Jeff Montgomery, American baseball player (KC Royals), born in Wellston, Ohio
  • 1963 Craig Shipley, Australian-American baseball infielder (San Diego Padres), born in Parramatta, Australia
  • 1964 Francisco Maciel, Mexican tennis star, born in Querétaro, Mexico
  • 1965 Mark Rushmere, South African cricketer (South African opening bat in comeback Test 1992), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1966 Jennifer Luff, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1966 Randy Burridge, Canadian NHL left wing (NHL All Star 1992; Washington Capitals,; Boston Bruins), born in Fort Erie, Ontario
  • 1966 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, (WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), born in Brits, South Africa (d. 2012)
  • 1967 Guy Hebert, American NHL goalie (Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Team USA 98), born in Troy, New York
  • 1967 Scott Galbraith, American NFL tight end (Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1969 Chris Hatcher, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • 1969 Erric Pegram, American NFL running back (Pit Steelers, NY Giants, San Diego Chargers), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1969 Todd Kinchen, American NFL wide receiver (St Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Paul McCallum, Canadian football punter and placekicker (Claymores, Sask Roughriders), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1970 Todd Day, American NBA guard/forward (Boston Celtics), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1970 Joao Ricardo, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • 1972 Aaron John Mcintosh, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1972 Chuck Levy, American football running back (SF 49ers), born in
  • 1972 Donald Brashear, American NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Bedford, Indiana
  • 1973 Bobby Engram, American football wide receiver (Chicago Bears), born in Camden, South Carolina
  • 1973 Brian Milne, American fullback (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Waterford, Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Ricky Wood, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Troy, New York
  • 1973 Robert Dunn, American team handball left wing (Olympics 1996), born in Glenn Cove, New York
  • 1975 Rob Waddell, New Zealand single scull rower (Olympics 1996) and America's Cup sailor (Team NZ), born in Cambridge, New Zealand
  • 1976 Éric Gagné, Canadian baseball pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 2003), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1976 Alfonso Soriano, Dominican baseball player, born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1978 Kevin Mench, American baseball player, born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1981 Alex Auld, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Cold Lake, Canada
  • 1981 Marquis Daniels, American basketball player, born in Jasper, Florida
  • 1982 Francisco Rodriguez, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 1982 Hannah Stockbauer, German swimmer, born in Nuremberg, Germany
  • 1982 Ianina Zanazzi, Argentine racing driver, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1983 Liesbeth Mouha, Belgian beach volleyball player, born in Tongeren, Belgium
  • 1983 Natalie Gulbis, American golfer (ANA Inspiration 2006 3rd), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1984 Jon Lester, American baseball player, born in Tacoma, Washington

Person of interestLewis Hamilton

1985 Lewis Hamilton, English auto racer (World Formula 1 Drivers Champion 2008, 14-15, 17-19), born in Stevenage, England

Formula 1 Driver Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton
  • 1986 Grant Leadbitter, English footballer, born in Chester-le-Street, United Kingdom
  • 1987 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), born in San Giovanni Bianco, Italy (d. 2018)
  • 1989 Emiliano Insúa, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1990 Elene Gedevanishvili, Georgian figure skater, born in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 1990 Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austrian ski jumper, born in Tyrol, Austria
  • 1991 Eden Hazard, Belgian football player (Chelsea, Belgian national team), born in La Louvière, Belgium
  • 1991 Caster Semenya, South African runner (Olympic Gold 2016), born near Polokwane, South Africa
  • 1997 Lamar Jackson Jr., American NFL quarterback (Heisman Trophy 2016, Louisville; Pro Bowl 2019, Baltimore Ravens), born in Pompano Beach, Florida

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1989 MLB player Greg Maddux (22) weds Kathy Ronnow

MLB Pitching Legend Greg Maddux
MLB Pitching Legend
Greg Maddux

LoveWedding of Interest

2006 Punky pop singer Pink (26) weds motocross daredevil and The Surreal Life actor Carey Hart (30) at the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Singer Pink
Singer
Pink

Deaths in Sport

  • 1913 Jack Boyle, American baseball player (b. 1866)
  • 1936 Howard Francis, South African cricketer (2 Tests S Af v Eng 1898-99, 39 runs), dies at 67
  • 1942 Henri de Baillet-Latour, Belgian aristocrat and 3rd President of the International Olympic Committee (1925-42), dies at 63
  • 1944 George Mullin, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers; no-hitter 1912), dies at 63
  • 1955 Gerald Hartigan, cricketer (South African batsman in 5 Tests 1911-14), dies
  • 1960 Dorothea Lambert Chambers, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1903-04, 06, 10-11, 13-14), dies at 81
  • 1967 Sid Emery, cricket leg-spinner (NSW & Aus, 5 wkt in 1912 series), dies
  • 1972 Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), dies at 70
  • 1980 Simonne Mathieu, French tennis player (French C'ships 1938-39; 11 Grand Slam doubles titles), dies at 71
  • 1982 Bert Oosterhuis, Dutch motor racer (Paris-Dakar), dies in race crash

Person of interestBronko Nagurski

1990 Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback (Chicago Bears), dies at 81

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • 1990 Horace Stoneham, baseball owner (Giants), dies at 86
  • 1990 Joseph Robbie, lawyer/NFL owner (Miami Dolphins), dies at 73
  • 1991 Joe Hicks, baseball coach, dies of cancer at 64
  • 1995 Harry Golombek, British chess grandmaster, author (3-time British champion), dies at 83
  • 2007 Bobby Hamilton, NASCAR team owner (b. 1957)
  • 2011 Derek Gardner, British Formula 1 car designer (b. 1931)
  • 2020 George Perles, American football coach (Michigan State University 1983-94; Pittsburgh Steelers), dies from Parkinson's disease at 85
  • 2020 André Abadie, French rugby union front rower (7 caps; SC Rieumois, SC Graulhetois, SC Albi), dies at 85
  • 2020 Khamis Al-Dossari, Saudi Arabian soccer midfielder (105 caps; Al-Hilal, Al Ittihad), dies from cancer at 46