On This Day

January 1954 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts
  • Jan 1 40th Rose Bowl: #3 Michigan State beats #5 UCLA, 28-20
  • Jan 1 20th Sugar Bowl: #8 Georgia Tech beats #10 West Virginia, 42-19
  • Jan 1 20th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #1 Maryland, 7-0
  • Jan 9 Bert Olmstead of the Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game
  • Jan 17 4th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 20-9; MVP: Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia Eagles, LB

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 21 4th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 98-93 (OT); MVP: Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics, PG

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Jan 21 First time in All-Star history, an overtime period is needed to decide a winner; Boston Celtics' guard Bob Cousy's 10-point OT scoring burst gave the East a 98-93 win; Cousy wins All-Star MVP honours
  • Jan 23 Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 27 Archie Moore beats Joey Maxim in 15-round unanimous decision to retain his world light heavyweight boxing title at the Orange Bowl, Miami; last of famous trilogy of fights, all won by Moore

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Jan 28 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 2 Ludmila Borozna, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jan 3 Dean Hart, Canadian wrestler (d. 1990)
  • Jan 6 Norbert Hahn, 2 man luge (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Elbingerode, Germany
  • Jan 7 Alan Butcher, English cricketer (one Test England v India, scored 14 & 20), born in Croydon, United Kingdom
  • Jan 14 Jim Duggan, American wrestler, born in Glens Falls, New York
  • Jan 15 Nikos Sarganis, Greek footballer, born in Rafina, Greece
  • Jan 17 Janet Dykman, Monterey Park California, archer (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 19 Steve DeBerg, American NFL quarterback (Broncos, Chiefs, Bucs, 49ers), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 23 Trevor Hohns, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1989), born in Queensland, Australia
  • Jan 24 Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1986)
  • Jan 25 Condredge Holloway, American CFL quarterback (Ottawa, Toronto), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Jan 25 Ricardo Bochini, Argentinian footballer, born in Z├írate, Argentina
  • Jan 26 Kim Hughes, cricketer (brilliant Australian batsman 1977-84)
  • Jan 27 Kimberly J "Kim" Hughes, Australian cricketer
  • Jan 29 Doug Risebrough, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • Jan 31 Faoud Bacchus, West Indies cricketer (West Indian bat late 70's), born in Georgetown, Guyana

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 14 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio weds actress Marilyn Monroe (27) in her 2nd marriage at San Francisco City Hall

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
Actress Marilyn Monroe
Actress
Marilyn Monroe

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 5 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (b. 1891)
  • Jan 20 Fred Root, cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests v Aus 1926), dies
  • Jan 20 Warren Bardsley, Australian cricketer (41 Tests for Australia, 2469 runs), dies at 71