On This Day

Events in Sport on January 23

  • 1879 US National Archery Association forms in Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • 1934 New York Rangers' left wing Murray Murdoch plays his 400th straight NHL game in a 5-2 win over Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden, NYC; streak reaches 508 consecutive games
  • 1943 Detroit Red Wings scores NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • 1944 Det Red Wings score 15 goals against NY Rangers & NHL record 37 points, also most consecutive goals & most lopsided game 15-0

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1948 Bradman scores 201 in 272 mins v India, 21 fours 1 six

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1950 AP picks "Miracle Braves" of 1914 as greatest sports upset
  • 1950 NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense & defense)
  • 1953 Future Australian cricket captain and coach Bobby Simpson makes his 1st-class debut for NSW at 16 years and 357 days
  • 1953 NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1953 NFL's National & American conference become Eastern & Western conference
  • 1954 Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties
  • 1958 Pakistani cricketer Hanif Mohammad scores record 337 runs in 970 minutes v West Indies at Bridgetown, longest innings in test history

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1959 9th NBA All-Star Game, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Mi: West beats East, 124-108; MVPs: Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis Lakers, F; Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C; first co-winners of MVP award

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit

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1965 Boston Celtic center Bill Russell misses all 14 shots in 104-100 loss to Philadelphia 76ers, led by newly acquired Wilt Chamberlain

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

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1967 Stan Musial is named GM of Cards

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 1968 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • 1968 18th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 144-124; MVP: Hal Greer, Philadelphia 76ers, PG
  • 1972 Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champion
  • 1972 22nd NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: AFC beats NFC, 26-13; MVPs: Jan Stenerud, Kansas City Chiefs, PK; Willie Lanier, Kansas City Chiefs, LB

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1973 23rd NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: East beats West, 104-84; MVP: Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics, C

NBA Center and Head Coach Dave Cowens
NBA Center and Head Coach
Dave Cowens
  • 1975 Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1976 Ian Redpath hits his only 2 sixes in Cricket Tests, v WI Adelaide
  • 1976 Wash Caps end 25 game winless streak (0-22-3) beat NY Rangers 7-5
  • 1978 NFL Pro Bowl, Tampa Stadium: NFC beats AFC, 14-13; MVP: Walter Peyton, Chicago Bears, RB

Hall of fameHall of Fame

1979 Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

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1981 Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1981 Red Sox trade Fred Lynn to Angels for Frank Tanana and Joe Rudi

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1983 Tennis great Björn Borg announces retirement at 26 (5 x Wimbledon, 6 x French Open)

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • 1983 In NBA, Portland scores all 17 pts in overtime to beat Houston 113-96
  • 1983 "Mud Bowl", Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets 14-0 in the AFC Championship Game on a wet, muddy field, which negated the Jets significant speed and skill advantage
  • 1983 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat New York Jets, 14-0

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1983 Ivan Lendl scores a 6–4, 6-4, 6–2 win over American John McEnroe to claim back-to-back ATP Masters Grand Prix tennis titles at Madison Square Garden, NYC

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • 1984 Buffalo Sabres become the first team in NHL history to win 10 straight road games with a 5-3 victory at Boston
  • 1984 Greatest unpaced 1-hr bicycle distance, F Moser (Italy), 51.15 km

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1984 Hulk Hogan defeats Iron Sheik to win his 1st World Wrestling Federation title at Madison Gardens, New York

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Sport awardAustralian Open Women's Tennis

1988 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany wins 1st of 3 consecutive Australian singles crowns; beats American Chris Evert 6-1, 7-6

Tennis Player Steffi Graf
Tennis Player
Steffi Graf
Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert

  • 1989 NBA New Jersey Nets begin a 32+ game road losing streak
  • 1990 Australian cricketer Dean Jones scores twin test tons vs. Pakistan at Adelaide Oval

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1993 Graham Gooch scores his 100th 100, on tour at Cuttack

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Cricketer
Graham Gooch
  • 1994 AFC Championship, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY: Buffalo Bills beat Kansas City Chiefs, 30-13
  • 1994 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 38-21
  • 1998 Denver Nuggets tie the NBA single-season record of 23 consecutive losses set by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995-96; streak ends with a 99-81 win the next day against the LA Clippers

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1998 Michael Jordan scores in double figures for 800th consecutive game in a 100-98 OT win over New Jersey; adds 40 more double-figure scoring games to his NBA record before retiring for the second time (1998)

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 2000 AFC Championship, Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville: Tennessee Titans beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 33-14
  • 2000 NFC Championship, Trans World Dome, St. Louis: St. Louis Rams beat Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 11-6
  • 2000 Dallas' Don Nelson becomes the 6th coach in NBA history to win 900 career games when the Mavericks defeat the Detroit Pistons, 99-91 at The Palace of Auburn Hills
  • 2005 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 41-27
  • 2005 NFC Championship, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Eagles beat Atlanta Falcons, 27-10
  • 2011 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat New York Jets, 24-19
  • 2011 NFC Championship, Soldier Field, Chicago: Green Bay Packers beat Chicago Bears, 21-14
  • 2015 Golden State guard Klay Thompson scores the most NBA points in a quarter (37) and most 3-pointers in a quarter (9) in Warrior's 126-101 win over Sacramento Kings
  • 2017 Bernie Ecclestone removed as Formula One boss as Liberty Media completes $8 billion takeover

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2018 LeBron James becomes the 7th and youngest (33 years 24 days) to reach the 30,000 NBA point milestone during 114-102 loss to San Antonio Spurs

Basketball Player LeBron James
Basketball Player
LeBron James