January 1949 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 35th Rose Bowl: #7 Northwestern beats #4 California, 20-14
  • Jan 1 15th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #3 North Carolina, 14-6
  • Jan 1 15th Orange Bowl: Texas beats #8 Georgia, 41-28
  • Jan 28 NY Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith
  • Jan 31 37th Women's Australian Championships: Doris Hart beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-3, 6-4)
  • Jan 31 37th Men's Australian Championships: Frank Sedgman beats John Bromwich (6-3, 6-2, 6-2)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 4 Mick Mills, British(?) soccer player
  • Jan 6 Michael Boit, Nandi Kenya, 800m runner (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • Jan 8 Lawrence Rowe, cricketer (prolific WI batsman, 302 v Eng 1974)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 10 George Foreman, American World Heavyweight boxing champ (1973-74, 95), born in Marshall, Texas

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • Jan 12 Ottmar Hitzfeld, German football manager
  • Jan 15 Howard Allen Twitty, PGA golfer (1979 BC Open), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jan 15 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (d. 1987)
  • Jan 22 Mike Caldwell, American baseball player
  • Jan 28 Gregg Popovich, NBA Basketball Coach
  • Jan 31 Johan Derksen, Dutch footballer and sports journalist

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 28 NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Malcolm Campbell, English cyclist (world speed-record), dies at 63