On this date in Mid-Columbia sports history

On Jan. 1 in ...

* 2002 -- Seven members of the Atomic Ducks Dive Club took to the 37-degree water of the Columbia River in the club's annual Polar Bear Dive. It was the club's 41st annual event.

* 1991 -- Scott Allen, Randy Hubbs, John Weese and Clark Warner were among the 20 members of the Tri-City Water Ski Club out on the 36-degree Columbia River for the club's annual New Year's Day outing.

* 1966 -- Governor Dan Evans said he hoped to be ready this week to unveil his plan for obtaining a professional football franchise for Seattle.

* 1966 -- Kennewick's Ray Mansfield, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, told Herald sports editor Charlie Van Sickel that he picked the Cleveland Browns to beat the Green Bay Packers in today's NFL title game because "the Packers are all beat up." Green Bay would come back, though, and win the game 23-12.

* 1964 -- Tahoe Miss, winner of the 1963 Seattle Seafair Regatta for unlimited hydroplanes, would be retired from competitive racing, a spokesman for gambler Bill Harrah said.