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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

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

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • 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)

Sport awardNBA 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

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • 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 cricketer Hanif Mohammad scores record 337 runs in 970 minutes 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

Sport awardAustralian 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

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Jan 30 Baseball announces players & coaches rather than fans pick all stars

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Dave Silk, American ice hockey right wing (Olympic gold 1980), born in Scituate, Massachusetts
  • 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)
  • Jan 31 Rafael Santana, Dominican baseball shortstop (NY Mets, NY Yankees), born in La Romana, Dominican Republic

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)