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"

Sport awardNBA 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

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
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

Sport awardNHL 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

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard

Sports record brokenNBA 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

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 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

Sport awardNFL 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

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 23 Stan Musial is named GM of Cards

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jan 27 New Orleans Saints sign their 1st player (Paige Cothren-kicker)
  • Jan 29 Branch Rickey & Lloyd Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 29 Kees Verkerk becomes European skating champ

Sport awardAustralian 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

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

Sport awardAustralian 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

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

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 high jumper (Olympics-silv/bronze-88, 92), 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 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 5k/10k runner, 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 (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