On This Day

On This Day in Sport for January 9

Events in Sport

  • 1811 1st Women's Golf Tournament held
  • 1903 Baseball's National & American Leagues make peace
  • 1903 Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase the American League's Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and move it to NYC (later the NY Yankees)
  • 1930 Boston Bruins wins then NHL record 14th straight game

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1942 In his 20th title defence, Joe Louis KOs Buddy Baer in the 1st round of their rematch to retain his world heavyweight boxing title at New York’s Madison Square Garden

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1947 Providence Steamrollers guard Dino Martin becomes the first NBA player to ever score 40 points in a game, in a 91-68 win over Cleveland Rebels at Rhode Island Auditorium
  • 1951 Washington Capitals NBA club folds
  • 1952 Karel Sys wins European heavyweight boxing title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1952 Marines give notice that they will recall Ted Williams to active duty

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1953 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 116 pts in basketball game
  • 1954 Bert Olmstead of the Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1958 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1962 NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks
  • 1967 NFL New Orleans' franchise takes name "Saints"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1972 Led by future Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks beat LA Lakers, 120-104, ending LA's consecutive win streak at 33, the longest winning streak in major league sports history

  • 1975 Australia beat England by 171 runs in 4th Test to regain Ashes

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 Bryan Trottier failed in 4th Islander penalty shot

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1977 Super Bowl XI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings, 32-14; MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland, WR

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

1977 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Roscoe Tanner wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979 Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • 1984 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez is arrested for cocaine possession
  • 1985 Flames set NHL record 264th regular season game without being shut-out
  • 1986 NY Islanders repeat their greatest shutout margin (9-0) vs Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 1988 US male Figure Skating championship won by Brian Boitano

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1989 Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Johnny Bench
MLB Catcher
Johnny Bench
MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski
  • 1990 Boston Celtics worst ever (6 pts in 2nd vs NJ Nets) & lose 87-78

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1990 Jim Palmer & Joe Morgan elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan
Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1991 Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame for betting on baseball

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1991 Dean Smith of NC is 6th to win 700 career coaching basketball games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Chicago's Michael Jordan scores a game-high 40 points to lead the Bulls to a 107-99 win over Philadelphia at the Spectrum; reaches the 15,000 point mark of his career

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1993 Franziska van Almsick swims world record 100m free style (53.33)
  • 1998 Anatoly Karpov defeats Viswanathan Anand to retain chess title
  • 1998 Boston Red Sox Mo Vaughn pleads not guilty to drunken driving

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 Hockey News selects Wayne Gretzky as the best NHL player ever

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1999 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Mark Philippoussis clinches Australia's unassailable 2-0 lead, (ends 2-1), with a 6-3, 7-6 win over Sweden's Jonas Björkman; Australia's first title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000 Miami Dolphin QB Dan Marino wins his last career NFL game (20-17 vs Seattle)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • 2009 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Dominik Hrbatý beats Russia's Marat Safin 6-7, 7-5, 7-6 for an unassailable 2-0 lead, and Slovakia's 3rd title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2010 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: María José Martínez Sánchez & Tommy Robredo of Spain beat British pair Laura Robson & Andy Murray 7-6, 7-5 to clinch a 2-1 win; Spain's 3rd title

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Sport awardFootball Awards

2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi wins award for a record 3rd consecutive year; Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa wins women's award

Football Star Lionel Messi
Football Star
Lionel Messi
  • 2012 College Football, 14th BCS National Championship, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans: #2 Alabama beats #1 LSU, 21-0
  • 2014 Yaya Toure wins African Footballer of the Year
  • 2016 Hopman Cup Tennis, Perth: Australian Nick Kyrgios beats Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine 6-3, 6-4 for an unassailable 2-0 lead and the home nation's second title
  • 2017 College Football National Championship, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa: #2 Clemson beats #1 Alabama, 35-31

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1849 John Hartley, English tennis player (Wimbledon 1879-80), born in Tong, Shropshire (d. 1935)
  • 1871 Charles Kortright, British(?) cricket player
  • 1902 Rudolph Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Derek Allhusen, English equestrian (Olympic gold 1968), born in Chelsea, London (d. 2000)
  • 1934 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1935 Richard "Dick" Enberg, American sportscaster (NBC, CBS, ESPN), born in Mt Clemens, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • 1936 Mike Davies, Welsh tennis player, entrepreneur and administrator (ED ATP; GM ITF; Grand Slam Cup creator), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Jean-Pierre Lux, French rugby union centre (42 caps; US Tyrosse, US Dax) and administrator (President European Rugby Cup 1999-2014), born in Saint-Vincent-de-Tyr, France (d. 2020)
  • 1956 David Smith, English cricketer (England lefty batsman in 2 Tests v WI 1986), born in Balham, London
  • 1959 Otis Nixon, American baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers), born in Evergreen, North Carolina
  • 1959 Mark Martin, American stock car racing driver, born in Batesville, Arkansas
  • 1960 Lisa Walters, Canadian golfer (Hawaiian Open 1992-93), born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia
  • 1964 Stan Javier, Dominican outfielder (Oak A's, SF Giants), born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1965 Carin Garbarra, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • 1965 Darren Bennett, Australian AFL player and NFL punter (San Diego Chargers), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1965 Muggsy Bogues, American NBA guard and the shortest player ever to play in the NBA (Washington Bullets, Charlotte Hornets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1965 Vincent Brown, American NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966 Jimmie Jones, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • 1967 Dave Mcllwain, Canadian NHL center (Pitts Penguins), born in Seaforth, Canada
  • 1967 Jamie Huscroft, Canadian NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames), born in Creston, British Columbia
  • 1967 Claudio Caniggia, Argentinian footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1968 Jimmy Adams, Jamaican cricketer (prolific West Indian lefty bat since 1992), born in Port Maria, Jamaica
  • 1968 Katie Anderson, Canadian 100m hurdler (Olympic 7th-92, 96), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1968 Mardi Lunn, Australian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1999 3rd), born in Cowra, New South Wales
  • 1969 Domingo Jean, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1969 Johanna Ikonen, Finnish ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Olympics 1998), born in Eno, Finland
  • 1970 Graciela Schutt, American WPVA volleyballer (Deerfield-25th-1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1971 Elizabeth Punsalan, American ice skater (Olympic 15-94), born in Syracuse, New York
  • 1971 Scott Thornton, Canadian hockey left wing (941 NHL games; Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks), born in London, Ontario
  • 1972 Eddie Mason, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Siler City, North Carolina
  • 1972 Jay Powell, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1972 Mat Hoffman, American BMX rider & businessman (Hoffman BMX Bikes), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1973 Aaron Holbert, American baseball infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Torrance, California
  • 1973 Ronald Hamming, Dutch football player (FC Groningen, Fortuna Sittard), born in Zeegse, Netherlands
  • 1974 Craig Wishart, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman vs South Africa 1995), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1974 Jamain Stephens, American NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Lumberton, North Carolina
  • 1975 Justin Huish, American archer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Fountain Valley, California
  • 1975 Mariano Friedick, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Tarzana, California
  • 1976 Amy Safe, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2005)
  • 1976 Radek Bonk, Czech NHL center (Ottawa Senators, Team Czech), born in Krnov, Czech Republic
  • 1978 Gennaro Gattuso, Italian footballer, born in Corigliano Calabro, Italy
  • 1978 Mathieu Garon, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Chandler, Canada
  • 1978 Chad Johnson, American football player, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1980 Sergio García, Spanish golfer (US Masters 2017), born in Borriol, Castellón
  • 1981 Euzebiusz Smolarek, Polish footballer, born in Łódź, Poland
  • 1987 Lucas Pezzini Leiva, Brazilian football player, born in Dourados, Brazil
  • 1987 Sam Bird, English racing driver, born in Roehampton, London
  • 1989 Michaella Krajicek, Dutch tennis player, born in Delft, Netherlands

Weddings in Sport

  • 1987 Sir Rudolph Bing (of NY Met Opera) marries Lady Carroll Douglass

LoveWedding of Interest

2018 Swimmer and 12-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte weds model Kayla Rae Reid in Florida

Swimmer Ryan Lochte
Ryan Lochte

Deaths in Sport

  • 1904 Alfred Richard, cricketer (6 & 0 in only Test for S Af 1895-96), dies
  • 1931 Wayne Munn, wrestler (b. 1896)
  • 1933 Daphne Akhurst Cozens, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship singles 1925, 26, 28, 29, 30), dies of ectopic pregnancy at 29
  • 1946 Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (b. 1874)
  • 1949 Tom Longboat, Canadian athlete (Boston Marathon 1907 record time 2:24:24), dies at 61
  • 1968 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Japanese marathoner (Olympic bronze 1964), commits suicide
  • 1971 Elmer Flick, baseball player (b. 1876)
  • 1978 Eddie Gilbert, cricket (Aboriginal Qld quick got Don for a duck), dies
  • 1983 Stan Spence, American baseball center fielder (MLB All-Star 1942, 44, 46, 47; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns), dies from emphysema at 67
  • 1985 Don Brennan, cricket wicket-keeper (England in 2 Tests 1951), dies
  • 1989 Bill Terry, American baseball player, dies at 90
  • 1990 Spud Chandler, American baseball player (AL MVP 1943), dies at 82
  • 1993 Alois Brunner, German/Syrian commandant of KZ-Lower Drancy, dies
  • 1999 Jim Peters, English long-distance runner who was 1st to complete a marathon in under 2 hours 20 minutes, dies at 80
  • 2003 Will McDonough, American sports journalist (b. 1935)
  • 2004 Yinka Dare, Nigerian NBA center (NJ Nets), dies at 31
  • 2006 Andy Caldecott, Australian motorcycle racer (b. 1964)
  • 2007 Elmer Symons, South African motorcycle racer (b. 1977)
  • 2010 Vimcy, Sports writer (b. 1925)
  • 2012 Brian Curvis, British boxer and 1960 welterweight champion, dies from leukemia at 74
  • 2018 Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), dies at 77
  • 2020 Pete Dye, American golf course designer (TPC at Sawgrass, Crooked Stick, Oakwood CC), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 94
  • 2021 Vivalyn Latty-Scott, West Indian women's cricket all-rounder (10 Tests, 25 wickets; Jamaica), dies at 82