On This Day

January 1938 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 24th Rose Bowl: #2 California beats #4 Alabama, 13-0
  • Jan 1 4th Sugar Bowl: Santa Clara beats LSU, 6-0
  • Jan 1 4th Orange Bowl: Auburn beats Michigan State, 6-0

Sports History

Jan 11 Bradman scores a second innings 113 v Qld after a ton in the 1st

  • Jan 16 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg retains title by a massive 14 strokes ahead of Jane Cothran
  • Jan 18 Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 31 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: American Dorothy Cheney wins her only Grand Slam singles title; beats Dorothy Stevenson of Australia 6-3, 6-2
  • Jan 31 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: American Don Budge wins the 1st-leg of his Grand Slam; beats John Bromwich of Australia 6-4, 6-2, 6-1

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 5 Jim Otto, NFL center (Oakland Raiders), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Jan 5 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer star, born in Koog aan de Zaan, Netherlands (d. 1989)
  • Jan 7 Lou Graham, American golfer (US Open 1975), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 9 Fred Goodall, New Zealand cricket umpire (24 Tests, 15 one-day internationals 1965-88), born in Greymouth, New Zealand (d. 2021)

Frank Mahovlich

Jan 10 Frank Mahovlich, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing, politician (6-time Stanley Cup winner, born in Timmins, Ontario

Willie McCovey

Jan 10 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6 x MLB All Star; NL MVP 1969; NL home run leader 1963, 68, 69; SF Giants), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2018)

  • Jan 13 Tord Grip, Swedish football manager
  • Jan 15 Chuni Goswami, Indian soccer striker and captain (30 caps; Mohun Bagan) and cricket all-rounder (captain Bengal), born in Kishoreganj, Bangladesh (d. 2020)
  • Jan 16 Lou Angotti, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Chicago Black Hawks) and coach (St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins), born in Toronto, Canada (d. 2021)
  • Jan 18 Curt Flood, American baseball player (St Louis Cards), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1997)
  • Jan 21 Romano Fogli, Italian soccer midfielder (13 caps; Torino FC, Bologna FC 1909, A.C. Milan, Calcio Catania) and manager (Bologna FC), born in Santa Maria a Monte, Italy (d. 2021)
  • Jan 22 Altair, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 22 Corra Dirksen, South African rugby union winger (10 caps; Northern Transvaal), born in Vereeniging, South Africa (d. 2020)
  • Jan 24 Gyula Torok, Hungarian boxer (Oly Gold 1960), born in Kispest, Hungary (d. 2014)
  • Jan 28 Leonid Zhabotynsky, Ukrainian weightlifter
  • Jan 29 Bill Christian, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 28 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver, dies at 28
  • Jan 28 John Sharp, cricketer (England bat 1909, also soccer intl), dies