1898 Australian cricketer Joe Darling hits the 1st six in Tests (out of the ground)
1919 John McGraw, Charles A Stoneham and Judge MCQuade buy NY Giants
1927 Toronto Maple Leafs 1st hat trick (Hap Day) vs NY Rangers
1935 Australian Championships Women’s Tennis, Melbourne: In an all-British final Dorothy Round Little defeats Nancy Lyle 1-6, 6-1, 6-3
1935 Australian Championships Men’s Tennis: Home favourite Jack Crawford wins his 4th Australian title; beats Fred Perry of England 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
1940 Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
1940 2nd NFL All Star Game, Gilmore Stadium, LA, CA: Green Bay Packers beat NFL All-Stars, 16-7
1943 Montreal Canadiens’ left wing Alex Smart becomes the first NHL rookie to score a hat trick in his first NHL game, a 5-1 win at home over the Chicago Black Hawks
1946 1946 NFL Draft: Frank Dancewicz from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks
1961 Chicago Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join AFL
1969 Matt Busby retires from Manchester United
1969 19th NBA All-Star Game, Baltimore Civic Centre: East beats West, 123-112; MVP: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals, PG
1973 Super Bowl VII, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7; MVP: Jake Scott, Miami, S
1975 Anita Wold (Norway) sets women’s ski jump distance record-98 m
1984 Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini scores a 3rd-round TKO of Bobby Chacon to retain his WBA lightweight title in Reno, Nevada; Chacon so severely battered he thanks referee Richard Steele for stopping the fight
1987 Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
1990 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: San Francisco 49ers beat Los Angeles Rams, 30-3
1994 Inna Lassovskaya triple-jumps ladies world record (14.61m)
1996 AFC Championship, Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Indianapolis Colts, 20-16
1996 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium: Dallas Cowboys beat Green Bay Packers, 38-27
2001 AFC Championship, Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland: Baltimore Ravens beat Oakland Raiders, 16-3
2001 NFC Championship, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford: New York Giants beat Minnesota Vikings, 41-0
2020 Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is fired amid Major League Baseball’s investigation into sign-stealing by the Houston Astros; Cora was previously the Astros’ bench coach before moving to Boston

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