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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, January 21, 2010

On this date: 1990 John McEnroe becomes first player thrown out of Australian Open

Associated Press

Jan. 21

1921 Kenesaw Mountain Landis takes office as baseball's commissioner.

1947 Carl Hubbell, Frank Frisch, Mickey Cochrane, and Lefty Grove are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1953 Dizzy Dean and Al Simmons are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The baseball writers pass over Joe DiMaggio in his first year of eligibility.

1954 For the first time in NBA All-Star history, an overtime period is needed. Boston's Bob Cousy scores 10 points in the overtime to give the East a 98-93 victory and Cousy the MVP honors.

1958 Bob Pettit of St. Louis becomes the first member of the losing team to win the NBA All-Star MVP award, scoring 28 points and grabbing 26 rebounds, even though the East beats the West 130-118.

1969 Roy Campanella and Stan Musial are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

1979 Terry Bradshaw throws four touchdown passes to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to their third Super Bowl win, a 35-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Bradshaw, the game's MVP, completes 17 of 30 passes for 318 yards.

1990 John McEnroe becomes the first player thrown out of the Australian Open. McEnroe's tantrum comes while leading Mike Pernfors 6-1, 4-6, 7-5, 2-4.

1996 Karrie Webb becomes the second quickest winner in LPGA Tour history winning the HealthSouth Inaugural at Walt Disney World. Webb, in her second LPGA start, beat Jane Geddes and Martha Nause on the fourth hole of a playoff. Webb finished second in her first LPGA start a week earlier in the Chrysler-Plymouth Tournament of Champions.

1997 Michael Jordan scores 51 points to lead Chicago to an 88-87 victory over the New York Knicks.

2005 Roger Clemens puts off retirement for the second straight season, agreeing to an $18 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros, the highest salary for a pitcher in baseball history.

2005 Four-time Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjoerndalen wins his 49th career World Cup biathlon event, breaking the record for career victories. Bjoerndalen edges fellow Norwegian Frode Andresen in the 10-kilometer sprint event to pass former cross-country great Bjorn Daehlie at 48 career wins.

2006 LeBron James scores 51 points to lead Cleveland to a 108-90 win over Utah. James, 21, becomes the youngest player in NBA history with 5,000 in his career.

2007 Lovie Smith becomes the first black head coach to make it to the Super Bowl when his Chicago Bears win the NFC championship. Tony Dungy joins him when his Indianapolis Colts take the AFC title.

2007 Phoenix wins its 13th straight, 131-102 over Minnesota, becoming the eighth team in NBA history to have two winning streaks of at least 13 games in a season.

2009 New Jersey Institute of Technology ends its 51-game losing streak, getting 26 points from Jheryl Wilson in a 61-51 victory over Bryant. NJIT had not won since it defeated Longwood on Feb. 19, 2007.