On This Day

January 17, 1970 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Saturday

Events in Sport

  • 357 baseball players are available in the free-agent draft
  • 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

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

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Birthdays in Sport

  • Candace Murray, Canadian softball shortstop (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Darnell Walker, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons, SF 49ers), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • James Wattana, Thai snooker player, born in Bangkok, Thailand
  • Jeremy Roenick, American NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Deaths in Sport

  • Robert Lindley Murray, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1917-18), dies at 77