January 1966 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 52nd Rose Bowl: #5 UCLA beats #1 Michigan State, 14-12
  • Jan 1 32nd Sugar Bowl: #6 Missouri beats Florida, 20-18
  • Jan 1 32nd Orange Bowl: #4 Alabama beats #3 Nebraska, 39-28
  • Jan 2 Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns 23-12 in NFL championship game
  • Jan 7 Gene Kiniski beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to become NWA wrestling champion
  • Jan 11 16th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 137-94 at Cincinnati

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 12 Red Auerbach wins his 1,000th game as coach of NBA Boston Celtics

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Jan 15 AFL Pro Bowl: All-Stars beats Buffalo 30-19
  • Jan 15 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 36-7
  • Jan 27 Wisconsin State Circuit Court Judge Elmer W Roller rules either the Braves stay in Milwaukee or NL must promise Wisconsin an expansion team for 1966

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 54th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Nancy Richey

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 54th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Arthur Ashe (6-4, 6-8, 6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Mika Nieminen, Tampere FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland, Olympic bronze 1998)
  • Jan 3 Chetan Sharma, cricketer (Ind Test bowler, World Cup hat-trick 1987)
  • Jan 3 John Kropke, CFL defensive tackle (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jan 3 Luis Sojo, Venezuelan-born MLB infielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Petare, Edo Miranda
  • Jan 3 Wendell Davis, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 5 Renaldo Turnbull, NFL defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 6 Bob Kratch, NFL guard (NE Patriots)
  • Jan 6 Donnell Woolford, NFL cornerback (Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 6 Shahid Saeed, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in Test v India 1989)
  • Jan 7 Jennifer Luff, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 7 Randy Burridge, Fort Erie, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jan 7 Corrie Sanders, Pretoria, South Africa, boxer, (WBO heavyweight champion, 2003), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 8 Darryl Hall, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 9 Jimmie Jones, defensive end/defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 11 Christian Pouget, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • Jan 12 Craig Parry, Sunshine VIC, Australian golfer
  • Jan 12 Linda Ferrando, Italian tennis star
  • Jan 13 Joseph Harper, Ventura California, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 13 Marcus Turner, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Jets)
  • Jan 14 Matt Brock, NFL defensive end/tackle (NY Jets)
  • Jan 15 Betsy Mitchell, American 100m backstroke swimmer, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 16 Anthony Washington, Glasgow Montana, discus thrower (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • Jan 16 Jack McDowell, Van Nuys CA, pitcher (NY Yankees, White Sox, Indians)
  • Jan 17 Anna Ivan, La Joltennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 17 Don Myrah, cyclist (Olympics 20th-96), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 17 Trish Johnson, Bristol England, LPGA golfer (1993 Las Vegas)
  • Jan 19 Anthony Young, American baseball pitcher (NY Met, Chicago Cubs)
  • Jan 19 Ronnie Williams, NFL tight end (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 19 Stefan Edberg, Swedish tennis player (Wimbledon 1988, US Open 1991), born in Västervik, Sweden
  • Jan 19 Sylvain Cote, Duberger, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • Jan 20 Bert Weidner, NFL guard (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 20 Chris Morris, NBA forward (Utah Jazz)
  • Jan 20 Rich Gannon, NFL quarterback (KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 21 Chris Hammond, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins)
  • Jan 22 Carlton Haselrig, NFL guard (NY Jets)
  • Jan 22 Nishantha Ranatunga, cricket (bro of Arjuna Sri Lankan ODI allrounder)
  • Jan 23 Haywoode Workman, NBA guard (Indiana Pacers)
  • Jan 23 Mike Brim, NFL cornerback (Cin Bengals)
  • Jan 23 Scott Fortune, volleyballer (Olympic gold 1988, bronze 1992, 96), born in Newport Beach, California
  • Jan 24 Kim Saiki, golfer (1994 Standard Register PING-13th), born in Inglewood, California
  • Jan 24 Mike Forgeron, Main-A-Dieu Nova Scotia, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 25 John [Vo] Velyvis, North Adams Mass, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 25 Mark Schlereth, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jan 25 Paul Ranheim, NHL left wing (Hartford Whalers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 25 Pavel Torgajev, Nizhnij Novgorod, NHL left wing (Calgary Flames)
  • Jan 25 Richie Lewis, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Muncie, Indiana
  • Jan 27 Michael De Angelis, hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998)
  • Jan 28 Jeff Uhlenhake, NFL center (New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 28 Michal Pivonka, Kladno Cze, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • Jan 29 Romário, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 30 Danielle Goyette, ice hockey forward (Canada, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 31 Charles Dimry, NFL cornerback (Tampa Bay Bucs, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 31 Jamie Taras, CFL guard (BC Lions)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 5 George Duckworth, cricketer (24 Tests for England, ct 45 stp 15), dies
  • Jan 10 George Cresswell, cricketer (Took 13 wkts in 3 Tests for NZ), suicide
  • Jan 11 Hannes Kolehmainen, Finnish runner (b. 1889)
  • Jan 14 Bill Carr, American athlete (b. 1909)