January 1951 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 17th Orange Bowl: #10 Clemson beats #15 Miami (FL), 15-14
  • Jan 1 17th Sugar Bowl: #7 Kentucky beats #1 Oklahoma, 13-7
  • Jan 1 37th Rose Bowl: #9 Michigan beats #5 California, 14-6
  • Jan 6 Indianapolis Olympians beat Rochester Royals, 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes; also the longest game in NBA history
  • Jan 9 Washington Capitals NBA club folds

NHL Record

Jan 10 Maurice Richard scores his 16th career hat trick in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-0 win over NY Rangers to bring his career total to 274 goals; passes Howie Morenz as NHL's #2 all-time leading goal scorer

Boxing Title Fight

Jan 12 Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 14 1st NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: American Conference beats National Conference, 28-27; MVP: Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns, QB

  • Jan 18 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
  • Jan 18 NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
  • Jan 18 NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 26 Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 31 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Thelma Coyne Long 6-1, 7-5 for her 6th and last Australian singles crown
  • Jan 31 Australian Championships: American Dick Savitt wins his only Australian title; beats Ken McGregor of Australia 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Hans-Joachim Stuck, German auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1986-87, 96; 24 Hours of Nürburgring 1970, 98, 2004; World Sportscar C'ship 1985), born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • Jan 4 Barbara Ann Cochran, Claremont NH, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jan 5 Steve Arnold, English footballer, born in Willesden, London
  • Jan 6 Don Gullett, American baseball player, born in Lynn, Kentucky
  • Jan 11 Willie Maddren, English soccer defender (Middlesborough 293 games) and manager (Middlesborough 1984-86), born in Billingham, England (d. 2000)
  • Jan 12 Bill Madlock, American MLB baseball third baseman, 3X All-Star, 4X NL Batting Title (Chicago Cubs; Pittsburgh Pirates and 4 other teams), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 12 Drew Pearson, American Pro Football HOF wide receiver (Super Bowl 1977; Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1974, 76, 77; Dallas Cowboys), born in South River, New Jersey
  • Jan 14 Gil Pak Jong, North Korean judoka (Olympic-1976)
  • Jan 17 Rolando Thoeni, Italian slalom (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Trafoi
  • Jan 18 Bob Latchford, English footballer, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Jan 22 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (Olympic gold men's singles 1972; World C'ships gold 1971, 72, 73), born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 1989)
  • Jan 23 Margaret Johnson Bailes, American 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 23 Michael R. Matz, American horse trainer & equestrian (Olympic silver 1996), born in Collegeville, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 25 Hans-Jürgen Dörner, German soccer defender (96 caps; Dynamo Dresden 400 games) and manager (Werder Bremen), born in Görlitz, Germany (d. 2022)
  • Jan 25 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), born in Coos Bay, Oregon (d. 1975)
  • Jan 26 Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czech athlete (World C'ship gold 400/800m 1983; Olympic silver 400m 1980), born in Golčův Jeníkov, Czech Republic
  • Jan 29 Andy Roberts, West Indian cricket fast bowler (47 Tests, 202 wickets, BB 7/54; Hampshire CCC, Leeward Islands, Leicestershire CCC), born in Urlings Village, Antigua
  • Jan 30 Trevor Laughlin, Australian cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1978-79), born in Nyah West, Australia
  • Jan 31 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican footballer and soccer coach (Honduras; Copa Centroamericana 2011), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2014)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 8 Samuel D. Riddle, American thoroughbred owner (Man 'o War, War Admiral), dies at 89
  • Jan 29 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer, dies at 70