Events in Sport on January 18

  • 1886 Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England
  • 1895 Amsterdam's AFC soccer team forms
  • 1896 First college basketball game with 5 players on each side is conducted by the University of Iowa; invites student athletes from University of Chicago for an experimental game; Chicago beats Iowa 15-12

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1938 Bradman scores 104* for South Australia v NSW at the SCG

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1938 Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1939 Australian wicketkeeper Donald Bradman gets his 6th straight ton, 135* v NSW

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1947 Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • 1950 Indians pitcher Bob Feller, after 15-14 season, takes $20,000 salary cut to $45,000, pay cut is Feller's own suggestion
  • 1951 NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
  • 1951 NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
  • 1951 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
  • 1955 5th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 100-91 at New York City
  • 1958 Willie O'Ree becomes the first African Canadian to play in the NHL (makes debut for Boston Bruins)

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1963 Al Davis becomes the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis
  • 1967 20th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 3-0 at Montreal
  • 1970 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 16-13

  • 1973 Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as 1st player signed as a DH
  • 1973 Islanders break 12 game losing streak, 20 game road winless streak
  • 1976 Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 21-17 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh, WR
  • 1977 Imran Khan takes 12 wickets in match for Pakistan win at the Sydney Cricket Ground
  • 1981 Swedish tennis star Björn Borg claims his second straight ATP Masters Grand Prix title with a 6–4, 6–2, 6–2 win over Ivan Lendl at Madison Square Garden, NYC

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1983 IOC restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals (Pentathlon & Decathlon victories) 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semipro baseball

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1989 West Indies beat Australia 2-1 to win cricket's World Series Cup Australian Tri-Series
  • 1991 WLAF's NY Knights become NY-NJ Knights

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1991 Longest tennis match at the Australian Open, Boris Becker beats Italy's Omar Camporese in 5 hours & 11 mins

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player Omar Camporese
Tennis Player
Omar Camporese
  • 1992 43rd NHL All-Star Game: Campbell beat Wales 10-6 at Philadelphia
  • 1993 West Indies beat Australia 2-0 win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 1996 Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play in 1997
  • 1997 47th NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 11-7 at San Jose Arena
  • 1998 48th NHL All-Star Game: North America beats World 8-7 at Vancouver
  • 1998 Boston Celtics retire Robert Parrish's #00

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1998 Kelly Robbins wins Healthsouth Golf Inaugural

LPGA Golfer Kelly Robbins
LPGA Golfer
Kelly Robbins
  • 2004 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts 24-14
  • 2004 NFC Championship Game: Carolina Panthers beat Philadelphia Eagles 14-3
  • 2009 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Baltimore Ravens 23-14
  • 2009 NFC Championship Game: Arizona Cardinals beat Philadelphia Eagles 32-25
  • 2015 AB de Villiers makes the fastest century in ODI cricket history from 31 balls against the West Indies
  • 2015 AFC Championship Game: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts 45-7
  • 2015 NFC Championship Game: Seattle Seahawks beat Green Bay Packers 28-22 (OT)

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2017 Baseball Hall of Fame adds Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • 2018 Brazilian surfer Maya Gabeira rides the largest-ever wave by a female surfer at 20.72 m (68 ft) at Praia do Norte in Nazaréin, Portugal