On This Day

January 1958 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 44th Rose Bowl: #2 Ohio State beats Oregon, 10-7
  • Jan 1 24th Sugar Bowl: #7 Mississippi beats #11 Texas, 39-7
  • Jan 1 24th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #16 Duke, 48-21
  • Jan 3 Australian cricket fast bowler Lindsay Kline takes a hat-trick (Eddie Fuller, Hugh Tayfield, Neil Adcock) as South Africa dismissed for 99 in follow-on 2nd Test at Cape Town

Sports History

Jan 9 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

  • Jan 12 NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring
  • Jan 12 8th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 26-7; MVPs: Hugh McElhenny, SF 49ers, HB; Gene Brito, Washington Redskins, DE

NBA Record

Jan 12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points

  • Jan 15 New York Yankees announce that 140 MLB games to be televised on WPIX TV this season in a deal worth over $1 million dollars
  • Jan 18 Willie O’Ree is the 1st African-American to appear in the NHL, making his debut for the Boston Bruins in a 3-0 victory in Montreal
  • Jan 21 Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn't happen)

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 21 8th NBA All-Star Game, Kiel Auditorium, St. Louis, Mo: East beats West, 130-118; MVP: Bob Pettit, Milwaukee Hawks, C

  • Jan 21 St Louis Hawks forward Bob Pettit becomes first member of the losing team to win the NBA All-Star MVP award; scores 28 points and grabs 26 rebounds, even though East beats West, 130-118
  • Jan 23 Pakistani cricket batsman Hanif Mohammad scores record 337 runs in 970 minutes in drawn 1st Test v West Indies at Bridgetown, longest innings in Test history
  • Jan 27 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Angela Mortimer Barrett of England beats Lorraine Coghlan of Australia 6-3, 6-4

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 27 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Ashley Cooper wins 2nd straight Australian title; beats fellow Australian Malcolm Anderson 7-5, 6-3, 6-4

Sports History

Jan 28 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck

  • Jan 30 MLB Commissioner Ford Frick announces that players and coaches, rather than fans, will vote on selections for the All-Star Game; vote returns to the fans in 1970

Television Premiere

Jan 31 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host


Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Dave Silk, American ice hockey right wing (Olympic gold 1980), born in Scituate, Massachusetts
  • Jan 5 Ezra Moseley, Barbadian cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; 9 ODIs, West Indies; Barbados; Glamorgan), born in Waldrons Village, Christ Church, Barbados (d. 2021)
  • Jan 8 Rey Misterio Sr., Mexican wrestler, born in Tijuana, Mexico
  • Jan 10 Anatoly Pisarenko, Soviet weightlifter, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • Jan 12 Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 13 Ricardo Acuna, Chile, tennis star
  • Jan 18 Larry Smith, American NBA player, born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi
  • Jan 22 Nikos Anastopoulos, Greek football player & manager, born in Dafni, Greece
  • Jan 22 Charles White, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1979, USC; Pro Bowl 1987, Cleveland Browns, LA Rams), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 24 Frank Ullrich, German world biathlon champion, born in Trusetal, Germany
  • Jan 24 Neil Allen, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Kansas
  • Jan 26 Salvador Sánchez, Mexican boxer, born in Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico (d. 1982)
  • Jan 29 Ole Mortensen, cricketer (pace bowler for Derbyshire & Denmark)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 8 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (Olympic gold 1904, 06), dies at 74
  • Jan 23 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (b. 1880)