January 1940 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 26th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Tennessee, 14-0
  • Jan 1 6th Orange Bowl: #16 Georgia Tech beats #6 Missouri, 21-7
  • Jan 1 6th Sugar Bowl: #1 Texas A&M beats #5 Tulane, 14-13
  • Jan 14 2nd NFL All Star Game, Gilmore Stadium, LA, CA: Green Bay Packers beat NFL All-Stars, 16-7

Sports History

Jan 14 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers minor league players

  • Jan 19 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Helen Hicks wins by 1 stroke ahead of Helen Dettweiler
  • Jan 28 Chicago's Les Cunningham scores 5 points in one period to set an NHL record that stands until 1978; records 2 goals & 3 assists in a 10:04 span during the 3d period of an 8-1 win over Montreal

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 29 Australian Championships men's Tennis: Australian Adrian Quist beats countryman Jack Crawford 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 for his 2nd Australian title

  • Jan 29 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Nancye Wynne Bolton wins her 2nd Australian singles titles; beats Thelma Coyne 5-7, 6-4, 6-0

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), born in Cheyenne, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • Jan 1 Ruly Carpenter, American baseball executive (principal owner and president Philadelphia Phillies 1972-81), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2021)
  • Jan 3 Bernard Blaut, Polish soccer midfielder (36 caps; KP Legia Warsaw, FC Metz) and manager (UAE), born in Krapkowice, Poland (d. 2007)
  • Jan 8 Gianni Di Marzio, Italian soccer manager (Napoli, Catania, Genoa, Lecce, Palermo FC), born in Naples, Italy (d. 2022)
  • Jan 10 Harry Gant, American race car driver, born in Taylorsville, North Carolina
  • Jan 12 Dick Motz, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (32 Tests, 100 wickets, BB 6/63; Canterbury CA), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 2007)
  • Jan 17 Fred Hill, English soccer forward (2 caps; Bolton Wanderers 375 games), born in Sheffield, England (d. 2021)
  • Jan 17 Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenyan athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m 1968, 3k steeplechase 1972), born in Kipsamo, Kenya
  • Jan 17 Leighton Rees, Welsh darts player (BDO World Champion 1978), born in Ynysybwl, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2003)
  • Jan 18 Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (Le Mans, 1968), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 1971)

Mary MillsMary Mills (82 years old)

Jan 19 American golfer (US Open 1963, PGA 1964, 73), born in Laurel, Mississippi

  • Jan 20 Carol Heiss Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; silver 1956; World C'ship gold 1956–1960), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 20 Lars-Åke Lagrell, Swedish sports administrator (President Swedish Football Association 1991-2012) and politician (Governor Kronoberg County), born in Växjö, Sweden (d. 2020)

Jack NicklausJack Nicklaus (82 years old)

Jan 21 American golfer (18 major titles, 73 PGA Tour titles), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • Jan 22 George Seifert, American football coach
  • Jan 23 Stjepan Lamza, Croatian soccer midfielder (7 caps Yugoslavia; GNK Dinamo Zagreb), born in Sisak, Croatia (d. 2022)
  • Jan 25 Jürgen Sundermann, German soccer manager (Servette, VfB Stuttgart, Schalke 04, Strasbourg, Hertha BSC) and midfielder (1 cap West Germany; FC Basel, Servette), born in Mülheim, Germany (d. 2022)
  • Jan 26 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge, analyst (HBO), born in NYC, NY (d. 2019)
  • Jan 29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver