January 1962 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 48th Rose Bowl: #6 Minnesota beats #16 UCLA, 21-3
  • Jan 1 28th Sugar Bowl: #1 Alabama beats #9 Arkansas, 10-3`
  • Jan 1 28th Orange Bowl: #4 LSU beats #7 Colorado, 25-7
  • Jan 7 1st AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 47-27; MVP Cotton Davidson, Dallas Texans, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Golfer Jack Nicklaus, 21, 1st pro appearance, he came in 50th

  • Jan 9 NFL prohibits grabbing of face masks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 Philadelphia center Wilt Chamberlain scores 73 points in Warriors' 135-117 win over Chicago Packers; at the time, most points scored in NBA regulation game, and remains tied for 3rd-highest total

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 14 12th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 31-30; MVPs: Jim Brown, Cleveland Browns, RB; Henry Jordan, Green Bay Packers, DT

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Jan 15 50th Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Margaret Smith beats Jan Lehane O'Neill in the final for 3rd straight year 6-0, 6-2

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 15 50th Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Rod Laver takes the 1st leg of his 1st Grand Slam; beats fellow Queenslander Roy Emerson 8-6, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 16 12th NBA All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 150-130; MVP: Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • Jan 16 Wilt Chamberlain scores 42 points, the most ever in an All-Star Game; also grabs 24 rebounds to win MVP honours in the East team's 150-130 loss to the West; Bob Pettit claims an All-Star record 27 rebounds

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 24 Jackie Robinson is 1st African American elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. Bob Feller is also elected.

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 3 Darren Daulton, American baseball player (catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies), born in Arkansas City, Kansas (d. 2017)
  • Jan 3 Gavin Hastings, WLAF kicker (Scottish Claymores)
  • Jan 3 Mark Gardner, American baseball player (Florida Marlins)
  • Jan 4 Joe Kleine, NBA center (Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls)
  • Jan 5 Brendon Kuruppu, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman, 201* debut v NZ 1987), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Jan 5 Danny Jackson, American baseball pitcher (Royals/Phillies/Cardinals), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jan 5 Donald John Cowie, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 6 Philip Brown, English 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1984), born in Birmingham, England
  • Jan 6 Sean Landeta, NFL place kicker (NY Giants), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 7 Jeff Montgomery, American baseball player (KC Royals), born in Wellston, Ohio
  • Jan 10 Jim Lindeman, American baseball outfielder (NY Mets), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Jan 11 Donn Pall, Evergreen Park IL, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, Fl Marlins)
  • Jan 12 Richie Richardson, West Indies cricketer (elegant West Indian batsman 1983-95), born in Five Islands Village, Antigua and Barbuda
  • Jan 13 Brett Maxie, NFL safety (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • Jan 13 Kevin Mitchell, American baseball outfielder (NY Met, SF Giants, Cincinnati Reds)
  • Jan 16 Kevin Ross, NFL safety (Atlanta Falcons, KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 18 David O'Connor, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 19 Chris Sabo, American baseball 3rd baseman (3-time MLB All Star), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 19 Hans Daams, Dutch cyclist, born in Valkenswaard, Netherlands
  • Jan 24 Sultan Zarawani, cricketer (United Arab Emirates capt 1996 World Cup)
  • Jan 25 Chris Chelios, Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman (3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 26 Roshan Guneratne, cricketer (wicketless in only Test SL v Aust 1983)
  • Jan 26 Tim May, cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-95)
  • Jan 26 Oscar Ruggeri, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 27 James F Doehring, shot putter (Olympic silver 1992), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Jan 28 Michael Cage, NBA forward/center (Cleveland Cavaliers, NJ Nets)