January 1972 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 58th Rose Bowl: #16 Stanford beats #4 Michigan, 13-12
  • Jan 1 38th Sugar Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Auburn, 40-22
  • Jan 1 38th Orange Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Alabama, 38-6
  • Jan 2 AFC Championship Game: Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts 21-0
  • Jan 2 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 14-3

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 60th Men's Australian Open: Ken Rosewall beats Malcolm Anderson (7-6, 6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 60th Women's Australian Open: Virginia Wade beats Evonne Goolagong (6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • Jan 7 LA Lakers chalk up 33rd consecutive win (NBA record)
  • Jan 7 LA Lakers 33 straight win streak snapped, losing to Bucks 120-104
  • Jan 8 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall
  • Jan 9 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • Jan 13 Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 15 Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Jan 16 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
  • Jan 16 Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys-24, Miami-3 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19 Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Jan 22 22nd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 112-110 at LA
  • Jan 23 Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champion
  • Jan 23 NFL Pro Bowl: AFC beats NFC 26-13
  • Jan 25 25th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 3-2 at Minnesota

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Barron Miles, NFL def back (Pittsburgh Steelers)/WLAF corner (Frankfurt)
  • Jan 1 Ivan Droppa, hockey defenseman (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • Jan 1 Lilian Thuram, French footballer
  • Jan 2 Jeff Jackson, US baseball outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Jan 2 Lake Dawson, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 2 Mattias Norstrom, Mora SWE, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, LA Kings)
  • Jan 3 Charles Johnson, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 3 Deborah Carter, WNBA forward (Utah Starzz)
  • Jan 5 Joseph Patton, NFL guard (Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 6 Denis Montana, CFL receiver (Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jan 6 Willie Clark, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 7 Aaron John Mcintosh, sailboard sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 7 Chuck Levy, kick returner/running back (SF 49ers)
  • Jan 7 Donald Brashear, Bedford, NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Jan 8 Brandie Burton, LPGA golfer (1993 du Maurier Ltd), born in San Bernardino, California
  • Jan 8 Devlin Murphy, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jan 9 Eddie Mason, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • Jan 9 Jay Powell, Meridian MS, pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • Jan 9 Jay Powell, baseball player
  • Jan 10 Thomas Lewis, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Jan 11 Dexter Seigler, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 11 Huub Loeffen, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Jan 11 Rey Ordonez, infielder (NY Mets), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Jan 12 Dominique Ross, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 13 Byron "Bam" Morris, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 13 Richard Woodley, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 13 Vitaly Scherbo, Belarusian gymnast
  • Jan 14 Kyle Brady, NFL tight end (NY Jets)
  • Jan 14 Michael Davis, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jan 14 Raimondas Rumšas, Lithuanian cyclist
  • Jan 16 Desiree Leipham, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1995), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jan 16 Joe Horn, Tupelo, Mississippi, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 16 Lee McIntyre, Peak Hill Aust, golfer (T3 1995 NSW Trainee Champ)
  • Jan 16 Salah Hissou, Moroccan long-distance runner
  • Jan 17 Rohn Meyer, CFL offensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 17 Wendall Gaines, NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jan 18 Dwayne Carswell, NFL tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jan 18 Mike Lieberthal, catcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 18 Ryan Kuehl, defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 18 Steven Conley, linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 18 Vinod Kambli, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1993-)
  • Jan 19 Tyrone Wheatley, NFL running back (NY Giants)
  • Jan 20 Alcides Catanho, NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • Jan 21 Alan Benes, Evansville IN, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Jan 21 Howard Nathan, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Jan 21 Shelley Looney, ice hockey forward (USA, Oly-98)
  • Jan 22 Steve Scifres, guard/tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 22 Toddrick McIntosh, NFL defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jan 22 Gonzalo Rodríguez, Uruguayan racing driver (d. 1999)
  • Jan 23 Anthony Peterson, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, SF 49ers)
  • Jan 23 Gary Harrell, NFL/WLAF receiver (NY Giants, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 23 Kez McCorvey, NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 23 Tanya Harding, Australian softball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Jan 23 Marcel Wouda, Dutch swimmer
  • Jan 24 Jay Walker, quarterback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jan 24 Joe Garten, WLAF center (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 24 Raphael Graetz, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 24 Salima Davidson, volleyball setter (Olympics-96), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 24 Shannon Garrett, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 26 Harrison Houston, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 27 Chad Askew, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • Jan 27 Mark Lawrence, Burlington, NHL right wing (Dallas Stars)
  • Jan 27 Bryant Young, American football defensive tackle (San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Jan 27 Janine Ilitch, Australian netballer
  • Jan 28 Carey Bender, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jan 28 Elena Baranova, WNBA center (Utah Starzz)
  • Jan 28 Frank Garcia, NFL center (GB Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 28 Nicky Southall, English footballer
  • Jan 29 Hessley Hempstead, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 29 Scott Davis, Great Falls Mont, figure skater (Olympics-1994)
  • Jan 29 Simon Cook, cricketer (Victorian pace bowler joined NSW 1995-96)
  • Jan 30 Burt Thornton, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • Jan 30 Chris Simon, Wawa, NHL left wing (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Jan 30 Jill McGill, LPGA golfer (1995 British Open-2nd), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jan 31 Ben Cavil, guard (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Jan 31 Fritz Fequiere, WLAF guard (Barcelona Dragons, London Monarchs)
  • Jan 31 Marvin Coleman, CFL defensive back (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 31 Pulu Poumele, guard (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 31 Reinier Robbemond, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 7 Clarence Passailaigue, cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), dies