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Posted on: Saturday, January 23, 2010

On this date: 1979 Willie Mays elected to Hall of Fame in first year of eligibility


Associated Press

Jan. 23

1944 The Detroit Red Wings defeat the New York Rangers 15-0 to set an NHL record for consecutive goals.

1959 In the NBA All-Star game in Detroit, St. Louis' Bob Pettit and Elgin Baylor of Minneapolis become the first co-winners of the MVP award as their West team wins 124-108.

1975 Ralph Kiner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his 15th and final year of eligibility.

1979 Willie Mays is named on 409 of 432 ballots and elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

1980 George Gervin of San Antonio scores 55 points in a 144-130 victory over the Indiana Pacers.

1987 Hana Mandlikova upsets Martina Navratilova 7-5, 7-6 to win the Australian Open.

1988 Steffi Graf wins the Australian Open with a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Chris Evert.

1993 Mike Gartner of the New York Rangers sets an NHL record when he reaches the 30-goal mark for the 14th consecutive season. Gartner, with three goals in the Rangers' 8-3 victory over Los Angeles, surpasses Phil Esposito, Bobby Hull and Wayne Gretzky.

2001 Sam Cassell scores 22 points and the Bucks hit a franchise record 14 3-pointers to beat the Knicks 105-91 and snap New York's NBA-record 33-game streak of holding opponents under 100 points.

2005 Jennifer Rodriguez becomes the first American woman in nine years to win the World Sprint Speedskating Championship. Rodriguez sets a personal best in the 500 for the second straight day and had the fastest 1,000 meters in the women's field to claim the world sprint championship.

2008 Baylor, which waited 39 years to get back into the Top 25, has to wait some more, enduring five overtimes to get its first win as a ranked team. Curtis Jerrells scores a career-high 36 points, including 11 in the fifth overtime to lead No. 25 Baylor to a 116-110 win over No. 18 Texas A&M.