January 1940 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 26th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Tennessee, 14-0
  • Jan 1 6th Sugar Bowl: #1 Texas A&M beats #5 Tulane, 14-13
  • Jan 1 6th Orange Bowl: #16 Georgia Tech beats #6 Missouri, 21-7
  • Jan 14 Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
  • Jan 14 NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
  • Jan 29 33rd Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne beats Thelma Coyne (5-7, 6-4, 6-0)
  • Jan 29 33rd Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats Jack Crawford (6-3, 6-1, 6-2)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Jack Kiefer, Columbia PA, PGA golfer (1994 Ralphs Senior Classic)
  • Jan 10 Harry Gant, NASCAR driver
  • Jan 12 Dick Motz, cricketer (1st NZer to take 100 Test wickets)
  • Jan 17 H Kipchoge "Kip" Keino, Kenya, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • Jan 18 Pedro Rodriguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1971)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 19 Mary Mills, American LPGA golfer, born in Laurel, Mississippi

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • Jan 20 Carol Heiss Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold/silver-56, 60), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 21 Jack Nicklaus, golfer (Player of Yr 1967,72,73,75,76), born in Columbus, Ohio

  • Jan 22 George Seifert, American football coach
  • Jan 29 Kunimitsu Takahashi, Japanese motorcycle racer and racing driver