This Day in Sports History: 1/9

  • 1918 – The NHL announces a new rule that allows goalies to leave their feet while making a save. Previously, it was a penalty for a goalie to sit or lay on the ice to stop the puck.

  • 1942 – Joe Louis knocks out Buddy Baer four seconds into the first round in a heavyweight title bout.

  • 1952 – The US Marine Corps notifies Red Sox slugger Ted Williams that he’s being recalled into active duty.

  • 1958 – The University of Cincinnati’s Oscar Robertson scores 56 points in a game against Seton Hall, which only scored 54 as a team.

  • 1962 – The NFL makes grabbing opponents’ facemasks a penalty.

  • 1972 – The 2,000,000th NBA point was scored.

  • 1977 – The Oakland Raiders defeat the Vikings 32-14 in Super Bowl XI, the first title in franchise history. Receiver Fred  Biletnikoff is named MVP. A then record 103,438 spectators were in attendance.

  • 1979 – Bobby Orr’s #4 is retired by the Boston Bruins.

  • 1989 – Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 1991 – Major League Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to the Hall of Fame following his gambling scandal.

  • 1996 – The Toronto Raptors set an NBA record by not making a single free throw in a 92-91 loss to the Charlotte Hornets. The Raptors were 0-3 from the line.

  • 2006 – Kobe Bryant scores 45 points in a game against Indiana, making him the first player since Wilt Chamberlain in 1964 to score at least that many in four straight games.

  • 2007 – Cal Ripken Jr. & Tony Gwynn are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • 2010 – Peyton Manning becomes the first player in NFL history to win the MVP four times.

  • 2010 – Ben Gordon, then with the Pistons, scores the 10 millionth point in NBA history.

  • 2013 – For the second time in four decades, no player is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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