On This Day

January 1955 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 41st Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #17 Southern California, 20-7
  • Jan 1 21st Sugar Bowl: #5 Navy beats #6 Mississippi, 21-0
  • Jan 1 21st Orange Bowl: #14 Duke beats Nebraska, 34-7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 7 20 year-old future world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson scores a 5th-round TKO of Willie Troy in a non-title super middleweight bout at New York’s Madison Square Garden

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Jan 8 Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt
  • Jan 8 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak
  • Jan 16 5th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 26-19; MVP: Billy Wilson, SF 49ers, WR

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 18 5th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden NYC: East beats West, 100-91; MVP: Bill Sharman, Boston Celtics, G

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • Jan 27 1955 NFL Draft: George Shaw from University of Oregon first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 31 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Beryl Penrose wins her only Australian singles title; beats Thelma Coyne Long 6-4, 6-3

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 31 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ken Rosewall wins his 2nd Australian title; beats Lew Hoad 9-7, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 6 Chantal Langlacé, French runner (women's marathon & 100k world records), born in Amiens, France
  • Jan 8 Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer, born in Patras, Greece
  • Jan 18 Mable Fergerson, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Peter Fleming, NJ, tennis player (US Open Doubles 1979, 81, 83)
  • Jan 23 Ruth Haring, American chess player & president of the US Chess Federation, born on Cape Cod, Massachusetts (d. 2018)
  • Jan 24 James Montgomery, American swimmer (1976 Olympics 3 golds), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jan 27 Brian Engblom, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 27 Koji Ushikubo, Japanese racing driver
  • Jan 29 John Tate, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • Jan 30 Curtis Strange, American golfer (US Open 1988-89), born in Norfolk, Virginia

Person of interestVirginia Ruzici

Jan 31 Virginia Ruzici, Romanian tennis star (1978 French Open champion), born in Campia Turzii, Romania

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Virginia Ruzici
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Virginia Ruzici

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 7 Gerald Hartigan, cricketer (South African batsman in 5 Tests 1911-14), dies
  • Jan 21 Archie Hahn, American sprinter, dies at 74