January 1972 in Sport

Events in Sport

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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

3rd 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

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

3rd 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
  • 7th LA Lakers chalk up 33rd consecutive win (NBA record)
  • 7th LA Lakers 33 straight win streak snapped, losing to Bucks 120-104
  • 8th NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall
  • 9th Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Burdine's Golf Invitational
  • 13th Former umpire, now housewife Bernice Gera wins her suit against baseball, initiated on March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

15th Heavyweight Joe Frazier KOs Terry Daniels

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

Hall-of-fameHall of Fame

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

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

Birthdays in Sport

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

Deaths in Sport

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