On This Day

January 1945 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 31st Rose Bowl: #7 Southern California beats #12 Tennessee, 25-0
  • Jan 1 11th Sugar Bowl: #11 Duke beats Alabama, 29-26
  • Jan 1 11th Orange Bowl: Tulsa beats #13 Georgia Tech, 26-12
  • Jan 8 University of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team sets an NCAA record by holding Arkansas State to 6 points in a 75-6 win
  • Jan 10 No one is elected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Jan 25 NY Yankees sold by Ruppert estate to construction magnate Del Webb and partners Dan Topping and Larry MacPhail for $2.8 million

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Jacky Ickx, Belgian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1969, 75-77, 81-82; 8 x F1 wins; Dakar Rally 1983; Bathurst 1000 1977), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Jan 5 Sam Wyche, American NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals 1984-91; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1992-95; introduced no-huddle offence), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • Jan 6 Barry John, Welsh rugby player, born in Cefneithin, United Kingdom
  • Jan 7 Tony Conigliaro, American baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox), born in Revere, Massachusetts (d. 1990)
  • Jan 10 Spider Sabich, American alpine skier (Olympics 1968; shot by actress Claudine Longet), born in Sacramento, California (d. 1976)
  • Jan 16 Wim Suurbier, Dutch soccer right back (60 caps; Ajax 392 games) and manager (LA Heat, TB Rowdies), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • Jan 20 Christopher Martin-Jenkins, British cricket journalist and broadcaster (President MCC; BBC Radio), born in Peterborough, England (d. 2013)
  • Jan 25 Walt Wesley, American NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers), born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • Jan 26 Mick Hill, Australian cricketer (NSW all-rounder 1964-75), born in Greensborough, Australia

Person of interestDonna Caponi

Jan 29 Donna Caponi, American golfer (4-time LPGA major winner), born in Detroit, Michigan

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi