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

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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
  • 1973 Greg Chappell's best Test bowling, 5-61 v Pakistan at SCG
  • 1977 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Kerry Melville Reid wins her first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 7-5, 6-2

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1978 American Jimmy Connors beats Björn Borg of Sweden 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to win his first and only season-ending ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis title at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1980 Islander Glenn Resch's 20th shut-out opponent-Canucks 3-0
  • 1980 NCAA decides to sponsor women's championships in 5 sports
  • 1984 NCAA announces that basketball tournament will have 64 teams
  • 1984 AFC Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Los Angeles Raiders beat Seattle Seahawks, 30-14
  • 1984 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat San Francisco 49ers, 24-21

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1986 Willie McCovey is 16th elected to Hall of Fame in his 1st year

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • 1987 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • 1988 9th largest NBA crowd 38,873-Chicago at Detroit
  • 1989 AFC Championship, Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati: Cincinnati Bengals beat Buffalo Bills, 21-10
  • 1989 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: San Francisco 49ers beat Chicago Bears, 28-3

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1991 Gaylord Perry, Ferguson Jenkins & Rod Carew elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • 1991 Rod Carew is 22nd player elected to Hall of Fame on 1st try
  • 1991 Tamas Darnyi swims world record 400m medley (4:12.36)

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1993 Michael Jordan's game-high 35 points leads Chicago to 120-95 win over Milwaukee; gives him exactly 20,000 points in 620th game of his NBA career; 2nd-fastest to reach milestone after Wilt Chamberlain (499)

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1993 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Michael Stich beats Emilio Sánchez of Spain 7-5, 6-3 for a 2-0 win, and Germany's first title

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1995 Philadelphia Phillies 12-time All Star third baseman Mike Schmidt is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1996 For 1st time in 25 years no one is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1998 NY Giant GM George Young resigns to accept NFL position
  • 2000 "Music City Miracle", in AFC Wild Card Playoff, Tennessee Titans defeat Buffalo Bills 22-16 in last 16 seconds with Kevin Dyson, running length of the field for a game-winning touchdown
  • 2000 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Amanda Coetzer & Wayne Ferreira wrap up South Africa's first title (3-0) with an abbreviated 8-1 mixed doubles win over Tamarine Tanasugarn & Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand
  • 2005 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dominik Hrbatý beats Guillermo Coria of Argentina 6-4, 6-1 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and 2nd Slovakian title
  • 2007 9th BCS National Championship: #2 Florida beats #1 Ohio State, 41-14

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2008 Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach and NASCAR Team Owner
Joe Gibbs
  • 2009 College Football, 11th BCS National Championship, Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens: #2 Florida beats #1 Oklahoma, 24-14
  • 2011 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands & John Isner beat Belgian pair Justine Henin & Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-3 to clinch a 2-1 victory; 6th title for the United States
  • 2012 "The 3:16 Game" AFC Wild Card Playof, underdogs Denver Broncos defeat Pittsburgh Steelers 29–23 with Tim Tebow connecting with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on first scrimmage play of overtime

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2013 Steve Nash records his 10,000th career assist against Houston

Basketball Player Steve Nash
Basketball Player
Steve Nash
  • 2018 College Football National Championship, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta: #4 Alabama beats #3 Georgia, 26-23

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1909 Bruce Mitchell, South African cricket opening batsman (42 Tests), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • 1913 Horace Smith, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; lone wicket off first ball), born in Toowoomba, Australia (d. 1986)
  • 1915 Walker Cooper, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1942–44, 46–50; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Atherton, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1923 Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (Yorkshire & England left-arm bowler of 50's), born in Ardsley, South Yorkshire (d. 1985)
  • 1930 Doreen Wilber, American archer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Rutland, Iowa (d. 2008)
  • 1934 Jacques Anquetil, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1957, 61-64; first 5-time winner), born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France (d. 1987)
  • 1934 Gene Freese, American baseball player, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 2013)
  • 1946 Elaine Cheris, American Olympic fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Dothan, Alabama
  • 1946 Fritz Künzli, Swiss soccer striker (44 caps; FC Zürich, FC Winterthur, FC Lausanne-Sport), born in Glarus, Switzerland (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Igor Ivanov, Russian-born Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- ), born in Leningrad, USSR
  • 1949 Lawrence Rowe, West Indian cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1953 Bruce Sutter, American baseball pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1955 Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer, born in Patras, Greece
  • 1957 Dwight Clark, American NFL wide receiver/executive ("The Catch" 1981 Super Bowl SF 49ers), born in Kingston, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1958 Rey Misterio Sr., Mexican wrestler, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • 1959 Mike Harwood, Australian golfer (British Open 1991 runner-up), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1961 Shoaib Mohammad, Pakistani cricket batsman (45 Tests @ 44.34; 7 x 100; 63 ODIs; son of Hanif Mohammad), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1961 Calvin Smith, American athlete, born in Bolton, Mississippi
  • 1963 Hiromi Kobayashi, Japanese golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Iwaki, Fukushima
  • 1965 Champaka Ramanayake, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan opening bowler), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • 1965 Eric Wohlberg, Canadian cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • 1967 Hollis Conway, American high jumper (Olympics-silv/bronze-88, 92), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1967 Willie Anderson, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Olympic bronze 1988), born in Greenville, California
  • 1968 Alexander Alexeyev, American NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1968 Brian Johnson, American catcher (San Diego Padres), born in Oakland, California
  • 1968 Mark Duane Croghan, American 3k steeplechase athlete (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1968 Paul Carey, American baseball infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Keith Mullings, American boxer, born in Manchester Parish, Jamaica
  • 1969 Brian Boehringer, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1970 Darryl Williams, American NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks, Cin Bengals), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1970 Jon Klemm, Canadian NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1971 Billy Joe Hobert, American NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders), born in Puyallup, Washington
  • 1971 Darren Langdon, Canadian NHL left wing (NY Rangers), born in Deer Lake, Canada
  • 1971 Jason Giambi, American baseball infielder (Oakland A's), born in West Covina, California
  • 1971 Roosevelt Potts, American NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • 1971 Pascal Zuberbühler, Swiss footballer, born in Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • 1972 Brandie Burton, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1993, 98), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1974 Arjan Blaauw, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen), born in Stadskanaal, Netherlands
  • 1975 Vitali Yachmenev, American NHL right wing (LA Kings), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1976 Brad Snyder, Canadian shot putter (Olympics 1996), born in Windsor, Ontario
  • 1976 Carl Pavano, American baseball player, born in New Britain, Connecticut
  • 1978 Boris Avrukh, Israeli chess grandmaster, born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan
  • 1979 Adrian Mutu, Romanian footballer, born in Călinești, Romania
  • 1979 Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian footballer, born in Split, Croatia
  • 1979 Seol Ki-hyeon, South Korean footballer, born in Jeongseon County, South Korea
  • 1981 Jeff Francis, Canadian baseball player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1981 Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player, born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1982 Emanuele Calaiò, Italian footballer, born in Palermo, Italy
  • 1982 John Utaka, Nigerian footballer, born in Enugu, Nigeria
  • 1983 Chris Mordetzky, American wrestler, born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1984 Jeff Francoeur, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1986 David Silva, Spanish footballer, born in Arguineguín, Spain
  • 1992 Shahdon Winchester, Trinidadian soccer winger (27 caps; Murciélagos), born in Princes Town, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2019)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1789 Jack Broughton, English boxer (published first boxing code), dies at 85
  • 1900 Billy Bates, English cricketer (656 runs & 50 wkts in 15 Tests for Eng), dies at 44
  • 1943 Albert Goldthorpe, English rugby league five eighth (RL pioneer; Hunslet 713 games), dies at 71
  • 1950 George Rowe, cricketer (15 wckts in 4 Tests for S Af 1895-1902), dies
  • 1951 Samuel D. Riddle, American thoroughbred owner (Man 'o War, War Admiral), dies at 89
  • 1958 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (Olympic gold 1904, 06), dies at 74
  • 1961 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 50
  • 1965 Albert Asher, New Zealand dual-code rugby union and rugby league winger (RU 11 caps; RL Australasia 2 Tests, NZ 1), dies at 85
  • 1969 Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • 1987 Nana Joshi [Padmanabh Govind Joshi], Indian cricket wicket-keeper (Indian National Team during 1950's), dies at 60
  • 1994 Harvey Haddix, American baseball pitcher (12 perfect inning game), dies at 68
  • 2000 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrianist (b. 1918)
  • 2008 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • 2010 Tony Halme, Finnish boxer and politician (b. 1963)
  • 2011 Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)
  • 2015 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 x Olympic gold eventing 1968, 72; World C'ship gold team 1970, 82), dies from cancer at 76
  • 2016 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), dies at 89
  • 2021 Shirley Wilson, American football coach (Elon University 1967-76; Duke University 1979-82; 88–61–3), dies at 95