January 1969 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 Jack Kent Cooke, owner of NHL's LA Kings, fines each player $100 for "NOT" arguing with the referee
  • Jan 1 55th Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #2 Southern California, 27-16
  • Jan 1 35th Sugar Bowl: #9 Arkansas beats #4 Georgia, 16-2
  • Jan 1 35th Orange Bowl: #3 Penn State beats #6 Kansas, 15-14
  • Jan 2 "Soviet Sport" calls Emile Zatopek a public enemy
  • Jan 12 Super Bowl III: NY Jets beat Balt Colts, 16-7 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB
  • Jan 14 Matt Busby retires from Manchester United
  • Jan 14 19th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 123-112 at Baltimore
  • Jan 19 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-25
  • Jan 19 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 19 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 10-7
  • Jan 21 22nd NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 3-3 at Montreal

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 22 Roy Campanella & Stan Musial elected to baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 Chuck Noll is named head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the youngest coach in NFL history at the time)

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 1st Men's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Rod Laver beats Andres Gimeno (6-3, 6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 27 1st Women's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King (6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 28 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America
  • Jan 28 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Reemt Pyka, Bremerhaven GER, hockey forward (Team Germany)
  • Jan 2 Rick Tabaracci, NHL goalie (Calgary Flames), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 2 Robert Svehla, Martin Cze, NHL defenseman (Florida Panthers, Slovakia)
  • Jan 2 Stephen Davies, Aust field hockey forward/vice capt (Oly-sil-92, 96)
  • Jan 2 Glen Johnson, Jamaican boxer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 2 Tommy Morrison, American boxer, (d. 2013)

Heavyweight Boxer Tommy Morrison
Heavyweight Boxer
Tommy Morrison
  • Jan 3 Matt LaBounty, defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 3 Steve Poapst, Cornwall, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 3 Michael Schumacher, Hurth, Germany, Formula One racing driver (seven time world champion)

Formula 1 Racing Driver Michael Schumacher
Formula 1 Racing Driver
Michael Schumacher
  • Jan 4 Corie Blount, NBA forward (LA Lakers)
  • Jan 4 Kees van Wonderen, Dutch soccer player (NEC/NAC)
  • Jan 5 David Dixon, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jan 5 Derrick Ned, NFL fullback (NO Saints)
  • Jan 5 Kurt Barber, NFL defensive end (NY Jets)
  • Jan 6 Alvin Morman, Rockingham NC, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 6 Jason Childs, NFL tackle (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 6 Nick A'Hern, Australian 20k walker (Olympics-22-92, 96)
  • Jan 7 Chris Hatcher, US baseball outfielder (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 7 Erric Pegram, NFL running back (Pit Steelers, NY Giants, San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 7 Todd Kinchen, NFL wide receiver (St Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 8 Brian Boehringer, pitcher (NY Yankees), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 9 Domingo Jean, Dominican/US baseball pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 9 Johanna Ikonen, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • Jan 10 Juanita Clayton, Manitou Manitoba, softball catcher (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 11 Darren Anderson, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 11 Dave Cruikshank, Northbrook Ill, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • Jan 11 Frank Robinson, WLAF defensive back (Scottish Claymores)
  • Jan 11 Reemt Pyka, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • Jan 12 Cam Russell, Halifax, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Jan 12 Robert Prosinečki, Croatian footballer
  • Jan 13 Andre Cason, US runner (world record 50 indoor)
  • Jan 13 Dan Footman, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 13 John Flannery, guard/corner (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 13 Katarzyna Nowak, Lodz Poland, tennis star (1994 Futures France)
  • Jan 13 Kevin Foster, US baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • Jan 13 Orlando Miller, Changionola Panama, infielder (Houston Astros)
  • Jan 13 Robert Wilson, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 14 David Webb, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 14 Martin Bicknell, cricketer (England pace bowler 1993)
  • Jan 14 Rico Smith, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jan 15 Adam Burt, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 15 Delino DeShields, Seaford DE, infielder (Montreal Expos, LA Dodgers)
  • Jan 15 Leonard Wheeler, NFL safety/cornerback (Cin Bengals, Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jan 15 Marsha Miller, WPVA volleyballer (National-17th-1995), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jan 15 Rob van Dijk, Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Jan 15 Rod de Highden, Australian 5k/10k/marathoner (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 15 Siupeli Malamala, NFL guard/tackle (NY Jets)
  • Jan 16 Chelan Kozak, Revelstoke BC, equestrian (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 16 Roy Jones, Light-MW boxer (Olympic-silver-1988), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Jan 18 Larry Webster, defensive tackle (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Jan 18 Marvin Pope, CFL defensive end (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 19 Andrew Murray Stone, Open 470 sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 19 Junior Seau, NFL inside linebacker (San Diego Chargers), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 19 Luc Longley, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
  • Jan 19 Orlando Palmeiro, Hoboken NJ, outfielder (California Angels)
  • Jan 19 Predrag Mijatović, Yugoslavian footballer
  • Jan 19 Steve Staunton, Irish footballer
  • Jan 20 Andre Romal Cason, Virginia Beach VA, 100m runner
  • Jan 21 Ashley Sheppard, NFL linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jan 21 Matt Willig, NFL tackle/guard (Atlanta Falcons, NY Jets)
  • Jan 21 Rusty Greer, Ft Rucker AL, outfielder (Texas Rangers)
  • Jan 21 Ted Long, CFL slot back (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jan 22 Keith Gordon, US baseball outfielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jan 22 Ousmane Bary, WLAF cornerback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Jan 22 Shelley Sandie, Australian basketball guard (Olympics-88, 96)
  • Jan 22 Vinnie Clark, NFL cornerback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jan 23 Brendan Shanahan, Mimico Ont, NHL left wing (Whalers, Red Wings)
  • Jan 23 Eric Carter, CFL cornerback (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jan 23 Andrei Kanchelskis, Ukrainian-Russian footballer
  • Jan 24 Louise McPaul, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics-silver-92, 96)
  • Jan 25 Nolan Harrison, NFL defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders, Pitt Steelers)
  • Jan 25 Penny Moore, WNBA guard/forward (Charlotte Sting)
  • Jan 27 Kristen Danihy, Lawton Oklahoma, team handball circle/wing (Olympics-1996)
  • Jan 27 Phil Plantier, Manchester NH, outfielder (SD Padres, Red Sox, A's)
  • Jan 27 Shane Thomson, NZ cricket off-spin all rounder (since 1990)
  • Jan 28 Giorgio Lamberti, Italian free style swimmer (world record 200m)
  • Jan 28 John Veenhof, Dutch soccer player (FC Groningen)
  • Jan 29 Flora Perfetti, Faenza Italy, tennis star (1995 Futures-Reims-FRA)
  • Jan 29 Karen Fonteyne, synchronized swimmer (Olympics-silver-96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jan 29 Robert Young, NFL player (St Louis Rams)
  • Jan 31 Mathew Pallister, Australian canoeist (Olympics-96), born in Sydney, New South Wales

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (b. 1888)
  • Jan 8 Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • Jan 13 Fred Price, cricket wicket-keep (England, v Aust Headingley 1938), dies
  • Jan 24 Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Wash Senators), dies at 72