On This Day

January 1968 in Sports History

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 Minnesota North Stars NHL player Bill Masterson, suffers head injuries during a game and dies two days later, becoming the 1st player to die as result of a game

Super Bowl

Jan 14 Super Bowl II, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Green Bay Packers beat Oakland Raiders, 33-14; MVP: Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 15 Minnesota North Stars forward Bill Masterton dies 2 days after suffering a head injury in a game against the Oakland Seals; the only death as a result of a game injury in NHL history
  • Jan 16 21st NHL All-Star Game, Maple Leaf Gardens: Toronto Maple Leafs beat All-Stars 4-3; MVP: Bruce Gamble, Toronto, G
  • Jan 20 US female Figure Skating championship won by Peggy Fleming
  • 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

Sports History

Jan 21 7th AFL All Star Game, Gator Bowl, Jacksonville: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 25-24; MVPs: Joe Namath, NY Jets, QB; Don Maynard, NY Jets, F; Speedy Duncan, LA Chargers, DB/KR

NFL Quarterback Joe Namath
NFL Quarterback
Joe Namath

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 21 18th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: West beats East, 38-20; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; Dave Robinson, Green Bay Packers, DT

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • Jan 22 NBA announces expansion franchise licences awarded to Milwaukee (Bucks) and Phoenix (Suns)
  • Jan 23 Joe Medwick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 23 18th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 144-124; MVP: Hal Greer, Philadelphia 76ers, PG
  • Jan 28 29th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Chandler Harper
  • Jan 28 Goose Goslin & Kiki Cuyler elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 28 Thai boxer Chartchai Chionoi retains his world flyweight title with a 13th-round TKO of home favourite Efren Torres in Mexico City; first of 3 meetings between the pair

Australian Open Women's Tennis

Jan 29 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: American Billie Jean King beats home favourite Margaret Court 6-1, 6-2 for her 13th Grand Slam singles title

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
Tennis Legend
Billie Jean King
  • Jan 29 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Bill Bowrey wins his first and only Grand Slam title; beats Juan Gisbert Sr. of Spain 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 Davor Šuker, Croatian soccer striker (68 caps; Sevilla; President Croatian FF), born in Osijek, Croatia
  • Jan 2 Scott Mitchell, American NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Jan 2 Anky van Grunsven, Dutch equestrian rider (Olympic gold dressage 2000, 04, 08; World C'ship gold 1994, 2006), born in Erp, Netherlands
  • Jan 3 Kent Carlsson, Swedish tennis player (9 ATP tour singles titles; world #6 1988)
  • Jan 4 Jackie Harris, NFL tight end (Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • Jan 4 Mike Wilpolt, American football player & coach, born in Broomfield, Colorado
  • Jan 5 Joe Juneau, Canadian NHL center (Washington Capitals), born in Pont-Rouge, Canada
  • Jan 5 Leila Meskhi, Georgian tennis player (1995 Hobart), born in Tbilisi, Georgia SSR
  • Jan 5 Felton Spencer, American NBA center (Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jan 5 Andrew Golota, Polish boxer, born in Warsaw, Poland
  • Jan 6 Jerry Crafts, NFL/WLAF tackle (Philadelphia Eagles, Amsterdam Admirals), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Jan 6 Vlastimil Plavucha, Slovak hockey forward (Team Slovakia), born in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
  • Jan 8 Alexander Alexeyev, American NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 8 Brian Johnson, American catcher (San Diego Padres), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 8 Mark Duane Croghan, American 3k steeplechase athlete (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jan 8 Paul Carey, American baseball infielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 8 Keith Mullings, American boxer (WBC and lineal light middleweight titles 1998), born in Manchester Parish, Jamaica (d. 2021)
  • Jan 9 Jimmy Adams, Jamaican cricketer (prolific West Indian lefty bat since 1992), born in Port Maria, Jamaica
  • Jan 9 Katie Anderson, Canadian 100m hurdler (Olympic 7th-92, 96), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jan 9 Mardi Lunn, Australian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1999 3rd), born in Cowra, New South Wales
  • Jan 11 Ben Rivera, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Jan 12 Vince Buck, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • Jan 12 Mauro Silva, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 13 Kelly Boucher, Canadian basketball forward (1996 & 2000 Olympics), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jan 13 Mike Whitlow, English footballer
  • Jan 14 Fred Honebein, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 15 Laurie Fellner, American team handball goalie (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Jan 15 Steve McConaghy, Australian soling sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 15 Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish handball player & royal, born in Basque Country, Spain
  • Jan 17 Svetlana Masterkova, Russian athlete, born in Soviet Union
  • Jan 19 Marty Conlon, American NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 20 Junior Murray, West Indian cricketer (WI keeper, no relation to Derryck or David), born in St. George's Grenada
  • Jan 20 Nick Anderson, American basketball player (Orlando Magic), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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, American football running back (Atl Falcons, San Diego Chargers), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jan 23 Lubomir Kolnik, Czech hockey forward (Team Slovakia, Espoo), born in Nitra, Slovakia
  • Jan 23 Petr Korda, Czech tennis player (Australian Open 1998), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia
  • Jan 23 Todd Scott, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Jan 24 Mark Burmester, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test all-rounder in 3 Tests 1992), born in Durban, South Africa
  • Jan 24 Mary Lou Retton, American gymnast (Olympic gold all-round 1984), born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • Jan 24 Ross Powell, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • Jan 24 Scott Mercier, American cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Harbor City, California
  • Jan 26 Eric Davis, American NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, Carolina Panthers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 26 Reggie Jordan, American NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 26 Chris Pringle, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (14 Tests; 64 ODI), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 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, American baseball pitcher (KC Royals, Seattle Mariners), born in Stuart, Florida
  • 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, American football cornerback (Arizona Cardinals), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 29 Harold Green, American football running back (Cin Bengals, Atlanta Falcons), born in Ladson, South Carolina
  • Jan 29 John Hudson, American football center (NY Jets, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Jan 29 Kevin Roberson, American baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • Jan 29 Susi Erdmann, German bobsledder & luger, born in Blankenburg, Germany
  • Jan 30 Bob Nardella, Italian-American ice hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998, Chicago Wolves), born in Melrose Park, Illinois
  • Jan 31 Doug Pederson, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2017, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bellingham, Washington
  • Jan 31 Michael Sinclair, American football defensive end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Galveston, Texas
  • Jan 31 Steve Phoenix, American baseball pitcher (Oakland Athletics), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jan 31 Patrick Stevens, Belgian athlete, born in Belgium

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Andy Oberlander, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (National C'ship 1954), dies at 62
  • Jan 2 Marvin 'Bud' Ward, American golfer (US Amateur 1939, 41), dies of cancer at 54
  • Jan 9 Kokichi Tsuburaya, Japanese marathoner (Olympic bronze 1964), commits suicide
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterson, Canadian American NHL player, first to be fatally injured during a game (Jan 13), dies at 29
  • Jan 15 Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jan 19 Ray Harroun, American auto racer (inaugural Indianapolis 500 1911; Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 2000), dies at 89
  • Jan 22 Duke Kahanamoku, American swimmer, surfer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 1912, 20; 4x200m freestyle relay 1920), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Jan 29 Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, cricketer (Test for India), dies