This Day in Sports History: 1/5

  • 1927 – Baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis begins a three day hearing on charges that four games in the 1917 World Series between the White Sox and Tigers had been thrown by Detroit.

  • 1934 – The American & National Leagues agree to a uniform-sized baseball – the first time in 33 years that both leagues use the same sized ball.

  • 1957 – Jackie Robinson announces his retirement, rejecting a trade to the New York Giants.

  • 1971 – The Washington Generals defeat the Harlem Globetrotters 100-99, ending their 2,499 game winning streak.

  • 1983 – Wayne Gretzky scores his 100th point of the season in only the 42nd game.

  • 1986 – A game between the Phoenix Suns and the Seattle SuperSonics had to be postponed after a heavy thunderstorm in Seattle caused the roof of the arena to leak onto the court. The game was resumed the next day.

  • 1988 – Basketball legend “Pistol” Pete Maravich dies from a heart attack while playing a pickup game in California. He was just 40 years old.

  • 1993 – “Mr. October” Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 1993 – The Bears fire head coach Mike Ditka.

  • 1999 – Nolan Ryan, George Brett & Robin Yount are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 2004 – Pete Rose goes on national television and admits to betting on baseball, but claims he never bet on the Reds.

  • 2007 – Bill Cowher resigns as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • 2010 – Randy Johnson announces his retirement.

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