January 1969 in Sport

Events in Sport

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

Hall of fameHall of Fame

22nd 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

27th 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

27th 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

27th 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
  • 28th Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America
  • 28th 1969 NFL Draft: O.J. Simpson from USC first pick by Buffalo Bills

Birthdays in Sport

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

Deaths in Sport

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