This Day in Sports History: 1/4

  • 1920 – The National Negro Baseball League forms.

  • 1957 – The Dodgers purchase a 44 passenger twin engine plane for $775,000. They are the first team to own their own plane.

  • 1976 – With a 37-7 victory over the Rams in the NFC Championship, the Dallas Cowboys become the first Wild Card team to make the Super Bowl.

  • 1977 – Mary Shane is hired by the White Sox as the first woman play-by-play broadcaster on television.

  • 1983 – The USFL holds their first player draft. Dan Marino is selected #1 overall by the Los Angeles Express. He opts to sign with the Miami Dolphins instead. Other notable first round picks include Eric Dickerson and Jimbo Covert.

  • 1984 – Wayne Gretzky tallies eight points (four goals & four assists) in a 12-8 Edmonton victory over Minnesota. It was Gretzky’s second career eight point game.


  • 1986 – Navy’s David Robinson blocks an NCAA record 14 shots in a game.

  • 1996 – Legendary coach Don Shula announces his retirement from the Miami Dolphins.

  • 1999 – #1 Tennessee defeats #2 Florida State 23-16 in the first BCS National Championship game.

  • 2000 – A day after accepting the head coaching position of the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns.

  • 2001 – Michael Jordan becomes the fourth player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points.

  • 2003 – The Atlanta Falcons defeat the Green Bay Packers 27-7 in the NFC wild card game – it was the first playoff loss for the Packers at Lambeau Field in franchise history.

  • 2005 – Ryne Sandberg and Wade Boggs are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.


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