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
  • Jan 11 Super Bowl IV: KC Chiefs beat Minnesota Vikings, 23-7 in New Orleans Super Bowl MVP: Len Dawson, Kansas City, QB
  • Jan 15 Milwaukee Brewers make their 1st trade (with Oakland A's)
  • Jan 16 Curt Flood files a civil lawsuit challenging baseball's reserve clause
  • Jan 16 NFL realigns into 3 divisions (down from 4)
  • Jan 17 357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft
  • Jan 17 AFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-3

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
  • Jan 18 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 16-13
  • Jan 20 20th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 142-135 at Philadelphia
  • Jan 20 23rd NHL All-Star Game: East beat West 4-1 at St Louis
  • 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
  • Jan 27 58th Women's Australian Open: Margaret Court beats Kerry Melville Reid (6-1, 6-3)

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)
  • Jan 4 Sean Lumpkin, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints)
  • Jan 5 James Patton, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jan 6 Daniel Naulty, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 6 Gabrielle Reece, Trinidad, volleyball star/model (Extremists)
  • Jan 6 Geert Brusselers, soccer player (NAC)
  • Jan 6 John Gerak, NFL tight end/guide (Minnesota Vikings, St Louis Rams)
  • Jan 6 Keenan McCardell, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Jaguars)
  • Jan 6 Kerrin Petty, Townshend Vt, cross country skier (Olympics 1994)
  • Jan 6 René Binken, soccer player (Volendam)
  • Jan 7 Darryl Williams, NFL safety (Seattle Seahawks, Cin Bengals)
  • Jan 7 Frank "Cliff" Mannon, Amarillo TX, team handball (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 7 Paul McCallum, CFL/WLAF kicker/punter (Claymores, Sask Roughriders)
  • Jan 7 Todd Day, NBA guard/forward (Boston Celtics)
  • Jan 7 Joao Ricardo, Angolan footballer
  • Jan 8 Jon Klemm, NHL defenseman (Colorado Avalanche), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • Jan 9 Graciela Schutt, WPVA volleyballer (Deerfield-25th-1995), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Jan 10 Cameron MacKenzie, Australian 100m/200m/400m (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 10 Deon Figures, NFL cornerback/PR (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 10 James Wilson, WLAF defensive end (Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 11 Franco Davin, Argentina, tennis star
  • Jan 12 Jenny Griffith, WPVA volleyballer (National-13th-1995), born in Burbank, California
  • Jan 12 Nigel Wilson, Canadian-American baseball outfielder (Florida Marlins)
  • Jan 12 Takahiro Ikenoue, WLAF defensive linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • 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, Verdun, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • Jan 14 Steve Cooke, Kanai Hawaii, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Jan 14 Tyrone Hughes, NFL cornerback (New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 15 Dan Landry, volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 15 Elroy Kromheer, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • Jan 15 Michele Granger, Anaheim California, softball pitcher (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 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, NLF/WLAF punter (Oakland Raiders, Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 18 Peter van Petegem, Belgian cyclist
  • Jan 19 Rick Krivda, Mckeesport PA, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)
  • Jan 19 T J Mathews, Belleville IL, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Jan 19 Kathleen Smet, Belgian triathlete
  • 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