On This Day

January 1, 1949 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Saturday

Events in Sport

  • 15th Orange Bowl: Texas beats #8 Georgia, 41-28
  • 15th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #3 North Carolina, 14-6
  • 35th Rose Bowl: #7 Northwestern beats #4 California, 20-14


Arguably cricket's greatest ever batsman, ex-Australian captain Don Bradman is knighted; first time a cricketer is bestowed with the honour solely for his contribution to the game

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Deaths in Sport

  • William H. Lewis, American College football center and coach (first African-American selected as an All-American; Harvard), dies of heart failure at 80