On This Day

January 1965 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 51st Rose Bowl: #4 Michigan beats #8 Oregon State, 34-7
  • Jan 1 31st Sugar Bowl: #7 LSU beats Syracuse, 13-10
  • Jan 1 31st Orange Bowl: #5 Texas beats #1 Alabama, 21-17
  • Jan 1 49 year old former England international soccer forward Stanley Matthews becomes only player to be awarded a knighthood while still playing (Stoke City)

AgreementContract of Interest

Jan 2 New York Jets sign future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath to a $427,000 contract over three years (pro football record at the time)

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 10 15th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 34-14; MVPs: Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota Vikings, QB; Terry Barr, Detroit Lions, DB

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 13 15th NBA All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, Mo: East beats West, 124-123; MVP: Jerry Lucas, Cincinnati Royals, F

NBA Forward Jerry Lucas
NBA Forward
Jerry Lucas

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Jan 15 One of the biggest trades in NBA history; San Francisco Warriors send Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Lee Shaffer, Paul Neumann and cash

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Jan 16 4th AFL All Star Game, Jeppeson Stadium, Houston: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-14; MVPs: Keith Lincoln, LA Chargers, RB; Willie Brown, Denver Broncos, DB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 Boston Celtic center Bill Russell misses all 14 shots in 104-100 loss to Philadelphia 76ers, led by newly acquired Wilt Chamberlain

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Jan 31 19th century pitcher James 'Pud' Galvin elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Andrew Valmon, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1988, 92; World C'ship gold 1993), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 2 Greg Swindell, American baseball pitcher (World Series 2001; MLB All Star 1989; Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jan 4 Guy Forget, French tennis player (ATP Tour Finals 1990; France Davis Cup 1991, 96; Fed Cup/Davis Cup captain; Director French Open), born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • Jan 4 John Jackson, American NFL offensive tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Okinawa, Japan
  • Jan 4 Kevin Wickander, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • Jan 4 Mitch Booth, Australian tornado sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 5 Rick Tuten, American NFL punter (Seattle Seahawks), born in Perry, Florida
  • Jan 5 Vinnie Jones, English-born Welsh footballer and actor, born in Watford, United Kingdom
  • Jan 5 Patrik Sjöberg, Swedish high jumper (WR 2.42m 1987; World C'ship gold 1987; Olympic silver 1984, 92; bronze 1988), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Jan 6 José DeJesús, American baseball pitcher (Kansas City Royals), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jan 6 Lindsay Burns, American rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Big Timber, Montana
  • Jan 6 Tim McDonald, NFL player (SF 49ers), born in Fresno, California
  • Jan 7 Mark Rushmere, South African cricketer (South African opening bat in comeback Test 1992), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Jan 8 Champaka Ramanayake, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan opening bowler), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Jan 8 Eric Wohlberg, Canadian cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • Jan 9 Carin Garbarra, American soccer forward (Olympics 1996), born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Jan 9 Darren Bennett, Australian AFL player and NFL punter (San Diego Chargers), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Jan 9 Muggsy Bogues, American NBA guard and the shortest player ever to play in the NBA (Washington Bullets, Charlotte Hornets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 9 Vincent Brown, American NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jan 10 James Washington, American NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys, Wash Redskins), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Jan 11 Barbara Belding, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-17th-1994), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 11 Roland Scholten, Dutch darts player (UK Open 2004), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Jan 12 Henry Thomas, American defensive tackle (Detroit Lions, New England Patriots), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 14 Dave Lowry, American NHL left wing (Florida Panthers), born in Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • Jan 15 Michael Clemons, American CFL running back (Toronto Argonauts), born in Dunedin, Florida
  • Jan 15 Maurizio Fondriest, Italian cyclist, born in Cles, Italy
  • Jan 15 Bernard Hopkins, American boxer, born in Pennsylvania
  • Jan 17 Nikos Nioplias, Greek footballer, born in Galatini, Greece
  • Jan 17 Sylvain Turgeon, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
  • Jan 18 Richard Dunwoody, British jockey, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Jan 19 Ricky Reynolds, American NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 20 Brad Brink, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Roseville, California
  • Jan 20 Anton Weissenbacher, Romanian footballer, born in Baia Mare, Romania
  • Jan 20 Colin Calderwood, Scottish footballer, born in Stranraer, United Kingdom
  • Jan 21 Brian Bradley, NHL center (Tampa Bay Lightning), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Jan 21 Eric Moore, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jan 24 Ross MacDonald, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in British Columbia, Canada
  • Jan 25 Brian Holman, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jan 25 Esa Tikkanen, Finnish NHL left wing (Panthers, Canucks, Olympic bronze 1998), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jan 26 Lou Frazier, American baseball outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 26 Tim McDonald, American football safety (San Francisco 49ers), born in Fresno, California
  • Jan 26 Natalia Yurchenko, Soviet gymnast, born in Norilsk, Russia
  • Jan 27 Igor Matoushkin, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 27 Mike Newell, English soccer striker (Blackburn Rovers) and manager (Luton Town), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jan 29 Dominik Hašek, Czech Hockey Hall of Fame goalie (Olympic gold 1998, 2-time NHL MVP), born in Pardubice, Czech Republic
  • Jan 29 Tim Johnson, NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 31 Adam Johnson, American beach volleyball player (Olympics 1996), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 31 Bobby Dollas, Canadian ice hockey player (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 31 Kim Clarke, American team handball back court (Olympics 1988, 92, 96), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jan 31 René Trost, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC), born in Kerkrade, Netherlands

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 8 Albert Asher, New Zealand dual-code rugby union and rugby league winger (RU 11 caps; RL Australasia 2 Tests, NZ 1), dies at 85
  • Jan 28 Tich Freeman, English cricket leg-spin bowler (12 Tests, 66 wickets; Kent), dies at 76
  • Jan 30 Vic Jackson, cricketer (NSW/Leicerstershire off-spinner), dies in car