January 1968 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 54th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #4 Indiana, 14-3
  • Jan 1 34th Sugar Bowl: LSU beats #5 Wyoming, 20-13
  • Jan 1 34th Orange Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #2 Tennessee, 26-24
  • Jan 13 Minn North Stars center Bill Masterton fatally injured (dies on 15th)
  • Jan 14 Super Bowl II: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB
  • Jan 16 21st NHL All-Star Game: Toronto beat All-Stars 4-3 at Toronto
  • Jan 20 Houston Cougars defeat the UCLA Bruins 71-69 to win basketball's Game of the Century and end UCLA's 47 game winning streak
  • Jan 21 AFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 25-24
  • Jan 21 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 38-20
  • Jan 22 NBA announces it will expand to Milwaukee & Phoenix
  • Jan 23 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 23 18th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 144-124 at New York City
  • Jan 28 29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Chandler Harper
  • Jan 28 Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 29 56th Women's Australian Championships: Billie Jean King beats Margaret Court (6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 29 56th Men's Australian Championships: William Bowrey beats Juan Gisbert, Sr (7-5, 2-6, 9-7, 6-4)
  • Jan 30 1968 NFL Draft: Ron Yary from USC first pick by Minnesota Vikings

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 John de Visser, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Jan 1 Sandy Beasley, softball outfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Richmond, British Columbia
  • Jan 1 Davor Šuker, Croatian footballer
  • Jan 2 Scott Mitchell, NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 2 Anky van Grunsven, Dutch dressage champion
  • Jan 3 Kent Carlsson, Swedish tennis star
  • Jan 3 Kerry Huffman, Peterborough, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa)
  • Jan 3 Thomas Rayam, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jan 4 Jackie Harris, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jan 5 Felton Spencer, NBA center (Utah Jazz)
  • Jan 5 Jean Zedlitz, LPGA golfer (1994 Children's Med-14th), born in Stockton, California
  • Jan 5 Joe Juneau, Pont-rouge, NHL center (Washington Capitals)
  • Jan 5 Leila Meskhi, tennis star (1995 Hobart), born in Tbilisi, Georgia SSR
  • Jan 5 Andrew Golota, Polish boxer
  • Jan 6 Jerry Crafts, NFL/WLAF tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 6 Vlastimil Plavucha, Banska Bystrica CZ, hockey forward (Team Slovakia)
  • Jan 7 Michael Rosati, hockey goaltender (Team Italy 1998)
  • Jan 7 Nathaniel Bolton, WLAF running back (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 8 Alexander Alexeev, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 8 Brian Johnson, catcher (San Diego Padres), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 8 Mark Duane Croghan, 3k steeplechase (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jan 8 Paul Carey, American baseball infielder (Baltimore Orioles)
  • Jan 8 Keith Mullings, American boxer
  • Jan 9 Jimmy Adams, cricketer (prolific West Indian lefty bat since 1992)
  • Jan 9 Katie Anderson, Canada 100m hurdler (Olympic 7th-92, 96), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 9 Mardi Lunn, Australian LPGA golfer (1991 Thailand Open), born in Liverpool, New South Wales
  • Jan 10 Malcolm Showell, WLAF defensive end (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 11 Ben Rivera, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Jan 12 Vince Buck, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • Jan 12 Mauro Silva, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 13 Kelly Boucher, Canadian basketball forward (1996 & 2000 Olympics), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jan 13 Mike Whitlow, English footballer
  • Jan 14 Fred[ric] Honebein, rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 14 Ruel Fox, English footballer
  • Jan 15 Felton Spencer, NBA center (SF Warriors)
  • Jan 15 Laurie Fellner, Appleton Wisc, team handball goalie (Olympics 1992, 96)
  • Jan 15 Steve McConaghy, Australian soling sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 17 Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete
  • Jan 19 Marty Conlon, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Jan 20 Junior Murray, cricketer (WI keeper, no relation to Derryck or David)
  • Jan 20 Nick Anderson, NBA guard/forward (Orlando Magic)
  • Jan 21 Tom Urbani, pitcher (St Louis Cards, Detroit Tigers), born in Santa Cruz, California
  • Jan 22 Brian Jones, American sports radio and television host and former NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Jan 22 Mauricio Serna, Colombian retired footballer (Colombia national team 1993-2001), born in Medellín, Colombia
  • Jan 22 Frank Lebœuf, French actor, sports commentator and former footballer (1998 FIFA World Cup), born in Marseille, France
  • Jan 23 Eric Metcalf, NFL receiver/running back (Atl Falcons, San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 23 Lubomir Kolnik, Skalica CZ, hockey forward (Team Slovakia, Espoo)
  • Jan 23 Petr Korda, tennis star (1993 Doubles-Cincinnati), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 23 Todd Scott, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jan 24 Mark Burmester, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test all-rounder in 3 Tests 1992)
  • Jan 24 Mary Lou Retton, Fairmont WV, gymnast (Olympic gold/2 silver/2 bronze-84)
  • Jan 24 Ross Powell, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros)
  • Jan 24 Scott Mercier, Harbor City California, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 25 Lynette Brooky, New Zealand golfer (NZ Open 1993/94)
  • Jan 25 Roosevelt Collins, WLAF DL (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 25 Tim De Leede, cricketer (Holland batsman 1996 World Cup)
  • Jan 26 Eric Davis, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 26 Reggie Jordan, NBA guard (Minn Timberwolves)
  • Jan 27 Anthony Pleasant, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 27 Eric Wedge, American baseball catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 27 Matt Stover, NFL kicker (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • Jan 27 Reggie Johnson, NFL tight end (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 27 Rusty Meacham, pitcher (KC Royals, Seattle Mariners), born in Stuart, Flordia
  • Jan 27 Patrick Blondeau, French footballer
  • Jan 28 Henry Hering, Pointe-Claire Quebec, rower (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • Jan 28 Marnie McBean, rower (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 29 Aeneas Williams, NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 29 Chris Pringle, (New Zealand cricket pace bowler (since 1990)
  • Jan 29 Harold Green, NFL running back (Cin Bengals, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 29 John Hudson, NFL center/guard (NY Jets, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 29 Kevin Roberson, American baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • Jan 29 Susi Erdmann, German bobsledder and luger
  • Jan 30 Bob Nardella, hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998)
  • Jan 31 Doug Pederson, American NFL head coach (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bellingham, Washington
  • Jan 31 Michael Sinclair, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 31 Steve Phoenix, American baseball pitcher (Oakland Athletics)
  • Jan 31 Patrick Stevens, Belgian athlete

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 2 Marvin 'Bud' Ward, American golfer (1939, 1941 US Amateur), dies of cancer at 54
  • Jan 9 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Japanese marathoner (Olympic bronze 1964), commits suicide
  • Jan 13 Bill Masterson, NHL player for the Minnesota Northstars checked into the boards, dies two days later
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterson, 1st NHLer fatally injured during a game (Jan 13), dies
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jan 19 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • Jan 22 Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaiian swimmer (Olympics 3 gold/2 silver-12, 20, 24), dies at 77
  • Jan 29 Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, cricketer (Test for India), dies