On This Day

January 1967 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 Canadian Amateur Football Association formally becomes successor to Canadian Rugby Football Union; turns over the Grey Cup trophy to the CFL
  • Jan 1 Second day's play in Calcutta 2nd cricket Test, India v W Indies is cancelled by riots; ticket holders denied access starts trouble outside ground; escalates with fires in stands and pitch damage; WI win by 45
  • Jan 1 NFL Championship, Cotton Bowl, Dallas: Green Bay Packers beat Dallas Cowboys, 34-27
  • Jan 1 AFL Championship, War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo: Kansas City Chiefs beat Buffalo Bills, 31-7; QB Len Dawson passes for 2 TDs, RB Mike Garrett runs for 2 TDs
  • Jan 2 53rd Rose Bowl: #7 Purdue beats Southern California, 14-13
  • Jan 2 33rd Sugar Bowl: #6 Alabama beats #3 Nebraska, 34-7
  • Jan 2 33rd Orange Bowl: Florida beats #8 Georgia Tech, 27-12
  • Jan 9 NFL New Orleans' franchise takes name "Saints"

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 10 17th NBA All-Star Game, Cow Palace, San Francisco, Ca: West beats East, 135-120; MVP: Rick Barry, SF Warriors, SF

  • Jan 11 San Diego is granted an NBA franchise to be called the Rockets; franchise moves to Houston for the 1971-72 season

Sports History

Jan 12 Louisville, Kentucky, draft board refuses exemption for boxer Muhammad Ali

  • Jan 15 Super Bowl I, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: Green Bay Packers beat KC Chiefs, 35-10; MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB

NHL All-Star Game

Jan 18 20th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: Montreal Canadiens beat All-Stars, 3-0; MVP: Henri Richard, Montreal, C

NBA Record

Jan 20 Philadelphia 76ers center Wilt Chamberlain makes all 15 of his field goal attempts in a 119-108 win over LA Lakers; NBA record for consecutive shots made; beats mark twice before 1966-67 season ends

  • Jan 21 6th AFL All Star Game, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 30-23: MVPs: Babe Parilli, Boston Patriots, QB; Verlon Biggs, NY Jets, DE
  • Jan 21 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 22 17th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: East beats West, 20-10; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; Floyd Peters, Philadelphia Eagles, DT

Sports History

Jan 23 Stan Musial is named GM of Cards

  • Jan 27 New Orleans Saints sign their 1st player (Paige Cothren-kicker)

Hall of Fame

Jan 29 Branch Rickey & Lloyd Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Jan 29 Kees Verkerk becomes European skating champ

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 30 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: American Nancy Richey wins her first and only Australian title; beats home favourite Lesley Turner Bowrey 6-1, 6-4

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 30 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Roy Emerson repeats previous year's result; beats American Arthur Ashe 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 for his 5th straight Australian title


Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Andy Heck, American NFL tackle and coach (Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears; coach University of Virginia), born in Fargo, North Dakota
  • Jan 1 Derrick Thomas, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame linebacker / end (Pro Bowl 1989–97; First-team All-Pro 1990–92; KC Chiefs), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2000)
  • Jan 2 Francois Pienaar, South African rugby union flanker and captain (29 caps; Rugby World Cup 1995; Transvaal, Saracens), born in Vereeniging, South Africa
  • Jan 3 Magnus Gustafsson, Swedish tennis player (Davis Cup 1998), born in Lund, Sweden
  • Jan 4 David Toms, American golfer (PGA C'ship 2001, US Senior Open 2018), born in Monroe, Louisiana
  • Jan 4 Michael "Mike" Peterson, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 4 Rick Cunningham, NFL tackle (Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 4 Johnny Nelson, English boxer, born in Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Jan 5 Chris Nabholz, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 5 J. B. Brown, NFL cornerback (Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 5 Ray Crockett, American NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 6 David Belcher, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Penola, Australia
  • Jan 6 Larry Donald, American boxer (Olympic-92), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Jan 7 Guy Hebert, American NHL goalie (Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Team USA 98), born in Troy, New York
  • Jan 7 Scott Galbraith, American NFL tight end (Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 8 Hollis Conway, American athlete (Olympic high jump silver 1988, bronze 1992; World Indoor C'ship gold 1991), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 8 Willie Anderson, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Olympic bronze 1988), born in Greenville, California
  • Jan 9 Dave Mcllwain, Canadian NHL center (Pitts Penguins), born in Seaforth, Canada
  • Jan 9 Jamie Huscroft, Canadian NHL defenseman (Calgary Flames), born in Creston, British Columbia
  • Jan 9 Claudio Caniggia, Argentinian footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jan 10 Johan Laats, Belgian judoka, born in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Jan 11 Richmond Webb, NFL tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • Jan 11 Ronnie Stern, St-Agathe, NHL right wing (Calgary Flames)
  • Jan 12 Marco Boogers, Dutch soccer player (RKC, Sparta, West Ham United), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • Jan 12 Ulf Dahlén, Swedish NHL forward (Team Sweden, San Jose), born in Östersund, Sweden
  • Jan 12 Vendela Kirsebom, Norwegian-Swedish model (Sports Illustrated 1993), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jan 14 Terry Wooden, American NFL linebacker (Seattle Seahawks, KC Chiefs), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jan 15 Richard Blakey, English cricketer (England wicket-keeper in India 1993), born in Huddersfield, United Kingdom
  • Jan 16 Jeff Branson, American infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in St. Louis, Missouri,
  • Jan 17 Gregory Caccia, American team handball right back (Olympics 1996), born in Bayshore, New York
  • Jan 18 Kim Perrot, American WNBA guard (Houston Comets), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Jan 18 Peter Cox Jr., American fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Bronxville, New York
  • Jan 18 Iván Zamorano, Chilean footballer, born in Santiago, Chile
  • Jan 20 Mark Stepnoski, American football player (Houston/Tennessee Oilers), born in Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 21 Ulf Stenlund, Swedish tennis star
  • Jan 22 Nicholas Gillingham, British swimmer (world record 200m freestyle), born in Walsall, England
  • Jan 22 Ecaterina Szabo, Romanian gymnast, born in Zagon, Romania
  • Jan 23 Naim Suleymanoglu, Turkish weight lifter (Olympic gold 1988), born in Ptichar, Bulgaria (d. 2017)
  • Jan 24 Chris Warren, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 24 Shannon Butler, American 10k runner, born in South Lake Tahoe, California
  • Jan 25 Mario Brunetta, Canadian hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998, Quebec Nordiques), born in Quebec City, Canada
  • Jan 25 Marty Calder, Canadian 62 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic 12-92,96), born in St. Catharines, Canada
  • Jan 25 Randy McKay, Canadian NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1998, 2000; NJ Devils; 932 NHL games), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 26 Jeff Branson, American baseball infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Waynesboro, Mississippi
  • Jan 26 Tim Pugh, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, KC Royals), born in Lake Tahoe, California
  • Jan 27 Alfred Oglesby, NFL defensive tackle (Cin Bengals)
  • Jan 27 Dave Manson, Prince Albert, NHL defenseman (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Jan 27 Laura Golarsa, Italian tennis star
  • Jan 27 Sue Palmer, Collingwood Ontario, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 28 Peter Hofstede, Dutch soccer player (Roda JC, FC Utrecht), born in Oosterbeek, Gelderland
  • Jan 28 Tom Hodson, NFL quarterback (New Orleans Saints)
  • Jan 29 Khalid Skah, Moroccan athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1992), born in Midelt, Morocco
  • Jan 29 Sean Burke, Canadian ice hockey goalie (NHL All-Star 1989, 2001, 02; Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 29 Stacey King, American basketball center (Miami Heat), born in Lawton, Oklahoma

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Maurice Leyland, English cricket batsman (41 Tests, 2764 runs @ 46.06; Yorkshire 1920-46, 1,000+ runs in 17 consecutive seasons), dies at 66
  • Jan 6 Johnny Keane, American baseball manager (World Series 1964 St. Louis Cardinals; NY Yankees), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • Jan 7 Sid Emery, cricket leg-spinner (NSW & Aus, 5 wkt in 1912 series), dies
  • Jan 18 Barney Ross, welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), dies at 57
  • Jan 18 Reese "Goose" Tatum, basketballer (Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 45
  • Jan 23 Holcombe Ward, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1904; President USLTA 1937-47), dies at 88
  • Jan 28 Shunter Coen, South African cricketer (2 Tests for S Af, hs 41 not out, avg 50), dies at 64
  • Jan 31 Eddie Tolan, American sprinter the "Midnight Express" (1932 Olympics), dies at 58