On This Day

January 1942 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 28th Rose Bowl: #12 Oregon State beats #2 Duke, 20-16 (played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat)
  • Jan 1 8th Sugar Bowl: #6 Fordham beats #7 Missouri, 2-0
  • Jan 1 8th Orange Bowl: #14 Georgia beats TCU, 40-26
  • Jan 4 4th NFL All Star Game, Polo Grounds, NYC: Chicago Bears beat NFL All-Stars, 35-24

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 9 In his 20th title defence, Joe Louis KOs Buddy Baer in the 1st round of their rematch to retain his world heavyweight boxing title at New York’s Madison Square Garden

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jan 15 Chicago Cubs drop plans to install lights at Wrigley Field because of military's need for materials; takes 35 years before lights finally installed at the venerable ballpark

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sends his famed "Green Light Letter" to MLB Commissioner Judge Landis, encouraging baseball to continue playing during World War II

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 7 Vasiliy Ivanovich Alekseyev, USSR, weightlifter (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • Jan 14 Ian Brayshaw, Australian cricketer & footballer, born in South Perth, Australia
  • Jan 14 Dave Campbell, American baseball player, born in Manistee, Michigan

Person of interestMuhammad Ali

Jan 17 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jan 22 Mimis Domazos, Greek footballer
  • Jan 23 Laurie Mayne, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler in 6 Tests 1965-70), born in Westonia, West Australia
  • Jan 25 Carl Eller, American football player, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Jan 30 David J. Brown, English cricketer (Warwicks pace bowler, played 26X for England), born in Walsall, United Kingdom

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 12 George Francis, cricketer (WI Test fast-bowler, 23 wkts in 10), dies
  • Jan 15 Melvin Winfield Sheppard, runner (Olympic gold 1908, 12), dies at 58
  • Jan 31 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (b. 1860)