January 1964 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 50th Rose Bowl: #3 Illinois beats Washington, 17-7
  • Jan 1 30th Sugar Bowl: #8 Alabama beats #7 Mississippi, 12-7
  • Jan 1 30th Orange Bowl: #6 Nebraska beats #5 Auburn, 13-7
  • Jan 5 AFL Championship, Balboa Stadium, San Diego: San Diego Chargers beat Boston Patriots, 51-10; Chargers RB Keith Lincoln rushes for 206 yards, 2 TDs

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 12 14th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 31-17; MVPs: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, QB; Gino Marchetti, Baltimore Colts, DE

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • Jan 13 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith beats doubles partner Lesley Turner 6-3, 6-2 for her 5th Australian singles crown

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 13 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson retains title; beats fellow Australian Fred Stolle 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 14 14th NBA All-Star Game, Boston Garden: East beats West, 111-107; MVP: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals, PG

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • Jan 15 MLB executives vote to hold a free agent amateur draft, officially known as Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in NYC

AgreementContract of Interest

Jan 15 San Francisco Giants make champion outfielder Willie Mays the highest-paid player in baseball when they sign him to a new $105,000 per season contract

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jan 19 3rd AFL All Star Game, Balboa Stadium, SD: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 27-24; MVPs: Keith Lincoln, LA Chargers, RB; Archie Matsos, Oakland Raiders, LB
  • Jan 24 CBS purchases 1964 & 1965 NFL TV rights for $28.2 million
  • Jan 29 IX Winter Olympic Games open in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Jan 29 Most lopsided high-school basketball score 211-29 (Louisiana)
  • Jan 29 NBC purchases AFL 5 year (1965-69) TV rights for $36 million

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 2 Pernell Whitaker, American boxer (Olympic gold 1984, 4-weight world champion), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Jan 2 Rumesh Ratnayake, cricketer (Sri Lankan pacer in 23 Tests 1983-92)
  • Jan 3 Cheryl Miller, basketball player (Olympic gold 1984), born in Riverside, California
  • Jan 4 Stephanie Maxwell-Pierson, Somerville NJ, US rower (Olympic-92)
  • Jan 5 Tracy Ham, CFL quarterback (Montreal Alouettes), born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Jan 6 Charles Haley, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Gladys, Virginia
  • Jan 6 Rafael Vidal, Venezuelan athlete, born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 2005)
  • Jan 6 Henry Maske, German boxer, born in Treuenbrietzen, Germany
  • Jan 6 Jacqueline Moore, American wrestler, born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 7 Francisco Maciel, Mexican tennis star, born in Querétaro, Mexico
  • Jan 8 Virgil Hill, American middleweight boxer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Clinton, Missouri
  • Jan 9 Stan Javier, Dominican outfielder (Oak A's, SF Giants), born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 10 Karen Josephson, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1992), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • Jan 10 Sarah Josephson, American synchronized swimmer (Olympic gold 1992), born in Bristol, Connecticut
  • Jan 12 Laura Gildemeister, Argentina, tennis star, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • Jan 14 Sergei Nemchinov, American NHL center (NY Islanders, Olympic silver 1998), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 14 Ernest Miller, American wrestler, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 15 Cees van der de Linden, Dutch soccer player, born in Heelsum, Netherlands
  • Jan 15 Paula Schnurr, Canadian 1.5k runner (Olympics-8-92, 96), born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario
  • Jan 16 Gail Graham, Canadian golfer (2 LPGA Tour titles), born in Vanderhoof, British Columbia
  • Jan 16 Mark Collins, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Giants, KC Chiefs, GB Packers)
  • Jan 16 Trevor Barsby, cricketer (Queensland opening batsman since 1984-85)
  • Jan 17 Jeff Tabaka, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • Jan 18 Brady Anderson, American MLB outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Jan 18 Jenny Holliday, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jan 20 Ozzie Guillen, Venezuelan baseball shortstop (Chicago White Sox), born in Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela
  • Jan 20 Roger Smith, Bahamas tennis doubles player, born in Freeport, Bahamas
  • Jan 20 Ron Harper, American NBA guard (Chicago Bulls), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Jan 22 Stojko Vrankovic, Croatian NBA center (LA Clippers), born in Drniš, Croatia
  • Jan 22 Wayne Kirby, American baseball outfielder (Cleveland Indians, LA Dodgers), born in Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Jan 23 Frank Winters, American NFL center (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Hoboken, New Jersey
  • Jan 24 Rob Dibble, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Jan 25 Bob Sweeney, American NHL center (NY Islanders, Calgary Flames), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • Jan 25 Billy Andrade, American golfer (4 PGA Tour wins), born in Bristol, RI
  • Jan 27 Inga Thompson, Reno Nevada, US cyclist (Olympic-8th-88, 84, 92)
  • Jan 27 Jack Haley, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
  • Jan 27 Woody Austin, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2007 runner-up; 4 PGA Tour titles), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jan 28 Dwight Stone, NFL receiver/running back (Car Panthers, GB Packers)
  • Jan 29 Andre Reed, NFL wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jan 29 John Gallagher, rugby league player
  • Jan 29 John Habyan, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Jan 31 Sharon Cain, American team handball player (Olympics 1996), born in San Antonio, Texas

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 25 MLB outfielder Pete Rose (22) weds first wife Karolyn Englehardt

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Alf Hall, cricketer (South African lefty quick took 40 wkts in 7 Tests), dies
  • Jan 12 C R Browne, cricket leg-spinner (WI in 4 Tests, 6 wkts), dies
  • Jan 15 George Duncan, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1920), dies at 80
  • Jan 19 Joe Weatherly, American auto racer (NASCAR Sprint Cup champion 1962-63), dies of head injuries in race crash at 41
  • Jan 19 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), dies at 77