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

  • 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 8 Louise Sugg wins LPGA LA Golf Open
  • Jan 16 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
  • Jan 16 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-19
  • Jan 18 5th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 100-91 at New York City
  • Jan 23 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 27 1955 NFL Draft: George Shaw from University of Oregon first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 31 43rd Women's Australian Championships: Beryl Penrose beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-4, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 43rd Men's Australian Championships: Ken Rosewall 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 1 Michael James Sullivan, PGA golfer (1980 Southern Open), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jan 8 Spiros Livathinos, Greek footballer
  • Jan 12 Patty Hayes, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 18 Mable Fergerson, 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 21 Peter Fleming, NJ, tennis player (US Open Doubles 1979, 81, 83)
  • Jan 24 James Montgomery, US 100m swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1976)
  • 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, Norfolk VA, PGA golfer (1989 US Open)

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 athlete (b. 1880)