On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 8

Events in Sport

  • 1913 Frank Chance becomes NY Yankees manager
  • 1925 England cricket opening batsman Herbert Sutcliffe follows his 1st innings 176 with 127 in the 2nd innings but his team cannot avoid an 81 run defeat to Australia in the 2nd Test in Melbourne
  • 1945 University of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team sets an NCAA record by holding Arkansas State to 6 points in a 75-6 win
  • 1947 Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game
  • 1955 Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt
  • 1955 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak
  • 1962 21 year old future Hall of Fame golfer Jack Nicklaus makes his first professional appearance; tied 50th in Los Angeles Open
  • 1972 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall
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Weddings in Sport

  • 1982 Ice skater Dorothy Hamill (25) marries singer and actor Dean Paul Martin (30) (divorced 1983)

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Deaths in Sport

  • 1789 Jack Broughton, English bare knuckle boxer (Champion of England 1736-50; published first boxing code), dies at 85
  • 1900 Billy Bates, English cricket all-rounder (15 Tests, 5 x 50, 50 wickets, BB 7/28, hat-trick 1883; Yorkshire CCC), dies from pneumonia at 44
  • 1919 Jim O'Rourke, American Baseball HOF left fielder (NL HR leader 1880 Boston Red Caps; NY Giants) and manager (Buffalo Bisons 1881-84, Washington Sens 1893), dies at 68
  • 1943 Albert Goldthorpe, English rugby league five eighth (RL pioneer; Hunslet 713 games), dies at 71
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