January 1970 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 Charles "Chub" Feeney becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Jan 1 56th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #7 Michigan, 10-3
  • Jan 1 36th Sugar Bowl: #13 Mississippi beats #3 Arkansas, 27-22
  • Jan 1 36th Orange Bowl: #2 Penn State beats #6 Missouri, 10-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 AFL Championship, Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland: Kansas City Chiefs beat Oakland Raiders, 17-7; Chiefs defence forces 4 interceptions

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Jan 4 NFL Championship, Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington: Minnesota Vikings beat Cleveland Browns, 27-7
  • Jan 6 Australian boxer Johnny Famechon retains his WBC featherweight title with a 14th-round knockout of Fighting Harada in Tokyo; re-match of questionable 15-round decision in 1969 in his first title defence
  • Jan 11 Super Bowl IV, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7; MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • Jan 16 Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause
  • Jan 16 NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4)
  • Jan 16 Inaugural Buffalo Sabres owners Seymour H. Knox III and Northrup Knox hire former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager and head coach Punch Imlach in the same capacities for their new NHL franchise
  • Jan 17 357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft
  • Jan 17 9th AFL All Star Game, Astrodome, Houston: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 26-3; MVP: John Hadl, LA Chargers, QB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 17 Sporting News names Willie Mays as Player of the Decade for the 1960s

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sport awardNFL Pro Bowl

Jan 18 20th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 16-13; MVPs: Gale Sayers, Chicago Bears, HB; George Andrie, Dallas Cowboys, DE

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 20 20th NBA All-Star Game, Spectrum, Philadelphia: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 142-135; MVP: Willis Reed, NY Knicks, C

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Jan 20 23rd NHL All-Star Game, St. Louis Arena: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 4-1; MVP: Bobby Hull, Chicago, LW

NHL Legend Bobby Hull
NHL Legend
Bobby Hull
  • Jan 26 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats fellow Australian Kerry Melville Reid 6-1, 6-3; Court retains title for 9th Australian singles crown and 1st leg of her Grand Slam
  • Jan 27 1970 NFL Draft: Terry Bradshaw from Louisiana Tech first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 58th Men's Australian Open: Arthur Ashe beats Dick Crealy (6-4, 9-7, 6-2)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Brian Morton, Wollongong Australia, canoeist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 1 Tom Sier, soccer player (SC Heerenveen)
  • Jan 2 Anthony Stuart, cricketer (Australian ODI pace bowler, hat trick 1997)
  • Jan 2 Glenn Cadrez, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • Jan 2 Royce Clayton, infielder (SF Giants, St Louis Cardinals), born in Burbank, California
  • Jan 3 James Brown, NFL tackle (NY Jets)
  • Jan 3 Tony Farmer, NBA forward (Charlotte Hornets)
  • Jan 3 Trudi Jeffrey, Brisbane QLD, golfer (1990 Australian Jr Champion)
  • Jan 3 Yogi Johl, 130 kg Greco Roman wrestler (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 4 Colin Scrivener, CFL defensive tackle (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Jan 4 Sean Lumpkin, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints), born in Golden Valley, Minnesota
  • Jan 5 James Patton, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills), born in Brazoria County, Texas
  • Jan 6 Daniel Naulty, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 6 Gabrielle Reece, American volleyball player & actress (Extremists), born in La Jolla, California
  • Jan 6 Geert Brusselers, Dutch football player & coach (NAC), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Jan 6 John Gerak, NFL tight end/guide (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Jan 6 Keenan McCardell, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Jaguars), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 6 Kerrin Petty, Swedish-American cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Townshend, Vermont
  • Jan 6 René Binken, Dutch soccer player (Volendam), born in Volendam, Netherlands
  • Jan 7 Paul McCallum, Canadian football punter and placekicker (Claymores, Sask Roughriders), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 7 Todd Day, American NBA guard/forward (Boston Celtics), born in Decatur, Illinois
  • Jan 7 Joao Ricardo, Angolan footballer, born in Luanda, Angola
  • Jan 8 Darryl Williams, American NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks, Cin Bengals), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 8 Jon Klemm, Canadian NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jan 9 Graciela Schutt, American WPVA volleyballer (Deerfield-25th-1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jan 10 Cameron MacKenzie, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 10 Deon Figures, American NFL cornerback/PR (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Bellflower, California
  • Jan 11 Franco Davin, Argentina, tennis star
  • Jan 12 Jenny Griffith, American WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1995), born in Burbank, California
  • Jan 12 Nigel Wilson, Canadian-American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins), born in Oshawa, Canada
  • Jan 13 Frank Kooiman, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Jan 13 Nachi Abe, WLAF tight end (Scotland Claymores)
  • Jan 13 Marco Pantani, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1998), born in Cesena, Italy (d. 2004)
  • Jan 14 Eric Charron, Canadian NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals), born in Verdun, Quebec
  • Jan 14 Steve Cooke, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Lihue, Hawaii
  • Jan 14 Tyrone Hughes, American NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 15 Dan Landry, American volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 15 Elroy Kromheer, Dutch soccer player (FC Volendam), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jan 15 Michele Granger, American softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996), born in Anaheim, California
  • Jan 16 Don MacLean, NBA forward (NJ Nets, Denver Nuggets)
  • Jan 16 Ron Villone, pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Englewood, New Jersey
  • Jan 17 Candace Murray, softball shortstop (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 17 Darnell Walker, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers)
  • Jan 17 Jeremy Roenick, NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jan 17 James Wattana, Thai snooker player
  • Jan 18 Leo Araguz, American football punter (Oakland Raiders, Rhein Fire), born in Pharr, Texas
  • Jan 18 Peter van Petegem, Belgian cyclist, born in Brakel, Belgium
  • Jan 19 Rick Krivda, American baseball pitcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 19 T. J. Mathews, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Columbia, Illinois
  • Jan 19 Kathleen Smet, Belgian triathlete, born in Beveren, Belgium
  • Jan 20 Dennis Hulshof, soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Jan 20 Marvin Benard, Bluefields Nicaragua, outfielder (SF Giants)
  • Jan 20 Rob Gaudreau, Lincoln, NHL center (Ottawa Senators)
  • Jan 20 Ron Carpenter, NFL/WLAF safety (NY Jets, Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 20 Terry Kirby, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, SF 49ers)
  • Jan 20 Thomas "Tom" Murray, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Jan 21 Brennan Little, St Thomas Ont, golfer (1994 Western States mini-tour)
  • Jan 21 Ian Salisbury, cricketer (Sussex & England leg-spinner 1992-96)
  • Jan 22 Keith Wagner, NFL/WLAF tackle (NY Giants, Redskins, Scot Claymores)
  • Jan 22 Abraham Olano, Spanish cyclist
  • Jan 23 Alan Embree, Vancouver WA, pitcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • Jan 23 Jim Schwantz, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, SF 49ers)
  • Jan 23 Mark Wohlers, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Jan 23 Marquel Fleetwood, WLAF quarterback (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 23 Richard Smehlik, Ostrava Cze, NHL defenseman (Buf Sabres, Olympic gold 1998)
  • Jan 23 Sherman Obando, Changuinola Panama, outfielder (Montreal Expos)
  • Jan 24 Chris Bartolone, hockey defenseman (Team Italy 1998)
  • Jan 25 Chris Mills, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, NY Knicks)
  • Jan 25 Milt Stegall, CFL receiver (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 25 Pau Coll, WLAF kicker/safety (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Jan 25 Scott Hendrickson, CFL guard (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • Jan 26 Dan Carlson, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants)
  • Jan 26 Dean Malkoc, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jan 26 Ronald Moore, NFL running back (NY Jets, St Louis Rams, Az Cardinals)
  • Jan 27 Dario Brose, US soccer halfback (Olympic-92), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 27 Dean Headley, cricket (grandson of George, England ODI quick 1996)
  • Jan 28 Barry Minter, NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 28 James Atkins, NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 28 Mike Chalenski, NFL defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 29 Eric Gouka, cricketer (Netherlands pace bowler 1996 World Cup)
  • Jan 29 Scott Davis, guard (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 29 Jörg Hoffmann, German swimmer
  • Jan 30 Edwin de Kruyf/Kruijff, soccer player (FC Utrecht, FC Groningen)
  • Jan 30 Hans Spark, soccer player (RKC)
  • Jan 30 Oleg Khmyl, NHL defenseman (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 30 Scott Levins, NHL right wing (Ottawa Senators), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jan 31 Greg Skrepenak, NFL tackle (Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 31 Travis Hannah, NFL/WLAF receiver (Houston Oilers, Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 31 Minnie Driver, British actress and singer-songwriter (Good Will Hunting, The Riches), born in London, England

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 14 John J "Johnny" Murphy, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), dies at 61
  • Jan 27 Probir Sen, cricket (20 catch & 11 stumpings, 14 Tests for Ind), dies
  • Jan 28 Tommy Andrews (Aust) 16 Tests 1921-26, cricketer (592 runs), dies