On This Day

Events in Sport on January 19

  • 1903 French newspaper L'Auto announces new 5-stage, long distance bicycle race, "Tour de France"
  • 1929 Finnish speed skater Clas Thunberg sets new world 500m record in 42.8 seconds in Davos, Switzerland
  • 1932 Charlie Conacher becomes first Toronto player to score 5 goals in an NHL game as Maple Leafs rout the NY Americans, 11-3 at Maple Leaf Gardens

Sports History

1934 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis denies Joe Jackson's appeal for reinstatement into baseball; Jackson banned after 1919 "Black Sox" World Series

Hall of Fame

1937 Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1940 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Helen Hicks wins by 1 stroke ahead of Helen Dettweiler
  • 1952 NFL purchases struggling football franchise, New York Yanks from owner Ted Collins; moves club to Dallas, Texas
  • 1952 PGA approves allowing black participants

Sports History

1953 American track and field olympian Jesse Owens named Illinois Athletic Commission secretary

Sports History

1956 Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field

  • 1963 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill for 4th consecutive year 6-2, 6-2

Australian Men's Tennis Open

1963 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson wins 1st of 5 straight Australian titles; beats countryman Ken Fletcher 6-3, 6-3, 6-1

  • 1964 3rd AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 27-24; MVPs: Keith Lincoln, LA Chargers, RB; Archie Matsos, Oakland Raiders, LB
  • 1969 8th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-25; MVPs: Len Dawson, KC Chiefs, QB; George Webster, Houston Oilers, LB
  • 1969 19th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 10-7; MVPs: Roman Gabriel, Los Angeles Rams, QB; Merlin Olsen, Los Angeles Rams, DT

NHL All-Star Game

1971 24th NHL All-Star Game, Boston Garden: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 2-1; MVP: Bobby Hull, Chicago, LW

  • 1971 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association

Hall of Fame

1972 Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1974 Notre Dame beats UCLA, 71-70 in South Bend, Indiana to end Bruins' NCAA-record 88-game basketball win streak

Hall of Fame

1977 Ernie Banks elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1978 Eddie Mathews elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Sports History

1981 Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide

  • 1984 Francesco Moser bicycles world record time: 50,808 km

Sports History

1989 President Reagan pardons George Steinbrenner for illegal funds for Nixon

  • 1990 Police break up protests in Johannesburg against the cricket players defying a boycott on playing in apartheid South Africa
  • 1991 42nd NHL All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Campbell beats Wales, 11-5; Vincent Damphousse, Toronto Maple Leafs, C
  • 1996 NHL Board of Governors approves sale of Winnipeg Jets, officially clearing the way for the team to move to Phoenix, Arizona in time for 1996-97 season

NBA Finals

2000 Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to 6 NBA championships as a player, returns to the NBA, joining the Washington Wizards as part owner and President of Basketball Operations

  • 2002 "Tuck Rule Game" AFC Divisional Playoff Game; with under 2 minutes to play New England Patriots trail Oakland Raiders, 13-10 in a driving snowstorm, when a Tom Brady fumble ruled an incomplete pass. Patriots win 16-13 in overtime
  • 2003 AFC Championship, Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland: Oakland Raiders beat Tennessee Titans, 41-24
  • 2003 NFC Championship, Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia: Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10
  • 2013 The 2012-2013 NHL season begins after a 119-day lockout

Sports History

2013 Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories

  • 2014 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 26-16

NFC Championship

2014 NFC Championship, CenturyLink Field, Seattle: Seattle Seahawks beat San Francisco 49ers, 23-17

  • 2020 NFC Championship, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, California: San Francisco 49ers beat Green Bay Packers, 37-20
  • 2020 AFC Championship, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri: Kansas City Chiefs beat Tennessee Titans, 35-24