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Posted on: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

On this date: 1955 Joe DiMaggio is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame


Associated Press

Jan. 26

1913 Jim Thorpe gives up his track medals from the 1912 Olympic games as a result of his having been a professional. He had been paid $25 for playing in a semipro baseball game.

1951 Jimmie Foxx and Mel Ott are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1955 Joe DiMaggio is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1960 Pete Rozelle is chosen the new commissioner of the National Football League.

1985 Edmonton's Wayne Gretzky scores his 50th goal in the 49th game of the season, a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

1986 The Chicago Bears win their first NFL championship since 1963 by setting a Super Bowl-record for points scored in defeating the New England Patriots 46-10.

1991 Houston guard Vernon Maxwell joins Wilt Chamberlain, David Thompson and George Gervin as the only players in NBA history to score 30 points or more in a quarter. Maxwell scores 30 of his career-high 51 points in the fourth quarter to help Houston beat Cleveland 103-97.

1992 The Washington Redskins win their third Super Bowl in 10 years, beating the Buffalo Bills 37-24, putting the game away with 24 straight points after a scoreless first quarter.

1996 Three years after she won her last Grand Slam title on the same Center Court, Monica Seles wins her fourth Australian Open crown. Seles beats Germany's Anke Huber 6-4, 6-1 to claim her ninth major championship.

1997 The Green Bay Packers, behind big plays, beat the New England Patriots 35-21 in the Super Bowl. Brett Favre finds Andre Rison for a 54-yard touchdown on the Packers' second offensive play, then throws an 81-yard TD pass to Antonio Freeman in the second quarter. Desmond Howard, the first special teams MVP, scores on a 99-yard kickoff return to put away the Patriots.

2002 Jennifer Capriati produces the greatest comeback in a Grand Slam final to overcome Martina Hingis and defend her Australian Open title. Capriati saves four match points before clinching a 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 victory over Hingis.

2005 South Africa's Ryk Neethling breaks his own short-course world record in the 100-meter medley, finishing in 52.01 seconds at a World Cup meet in Moscow. Neethling shaves 0.1 seconds off his previous record of 52.11 set on Jan. 22.

2006 Detroit's Brendan Shanahan scores his 100th career game-winning goal for a 2-1 victory over Vancouver. He's fourth all-time behind Gordie Howe, Phil Esposito and Brett Hull.

2007 Mark Recchi scores two goals, including the 500th of his career, in Pittsburgh's 4-3 shootout win over Dallas.

2007 Martin Brodeur makes 28 saves, extending his NHL record for consecutive 30-win seasons to 11, as the New Jersey Devils beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0.

2007 Jamal Crawford scores a career-high 52 points to lead New York to a 116-96 victory over Miami.

2008 Maria Sharapova wins the Australian Open, beating Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 6-3 for her third Grand Slam singles title. Sharapova wins the title without dropping a set, including wins over three of the top four ranked players.

2008 Mirai Nagasu becomes the second-youngest woman to win the title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. The 4-foot-11 14-year-old falls on her opening jump, a double axel, but lands six triple jumps, three in combination, in her program.

2009 Alex Ovechkin seals the Eastern Conference's 12-11 victory in the NHL All-Star game with a goal in the third round of the shootout. Alex Kovalev, of host Montreal, earns MVP honors with a pair of breakaway goals and then another in the shootout.