January 1971 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 57th Rose Bowl: #12 Stanford beats #2 Ohio State, 27-17
  • Jan 1 37th Sugar Bowl: #4 Tennessee beats #11 Air Force, 34-13
  • Jan 1 37th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 17-12
  • Jan 2 A barrier collapses at Ibrox Park football ground at end of a soccer match in Glasgow Scotland, killing 66
  • Jan 3 AFC Championship Game: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders 27-17
  • Jan 3 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers 17-10
  • Jan 5 Body of US heavyweight Charles "Sonny" Liston (36) found; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days.
  • Jan 12 21st NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-107 at San Diego
  • Jan 17 Super Bowl V: Balt Colts-16, Dallas Cowboys-13 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB
  • Jan 19 24th NHL All-Star Game: West beat East 2-1 at Boston
  • Jan 19 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • Jan 24 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 27-6
  • Jan 28 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from University of Stanford first pick by New England Patriots
  • Jan 30 UCLA starts 88 basketball game win streak
  • Jan 31 Special Veterans Committee adds 6 former players and 1 executive to the Baseball Hall of Fame: Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard and George Weiss
  • Jan 31 Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 110

  • Jan 1 Beno Bryant, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 1 Bobby Holik, Jihlava Cze, NHL left wing (NJ Devils, Team Czech Rep)
  • Jan 1 Bridget Pettis, American Basketball player (WNBA guard for Phoenix Mercury), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Jan 1 Kevin Lee, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • Jan 1 Kevin Mitchell, NFL linebacker (SF 49ers)
  • Jan 1 Sammie Henson, American wrestler
  • Jan 2 Aamer Nazir, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler 1993- )
  • Jan 2 Aaron Williams, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Jan 2 Brad Parpan, WLAF quarterback (Rhein Fire)
  • Jan 2 Horace Copeland, NFL wide receiver (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • Jan 2 Robert O' Neal, WLAF DB (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 2 Lisa Harrison, American basketball player
  • Jan 3 Cory Cross, Lloydminster, NHL defenseman (Tampa Bay Lightning)
  • Jan 3 Rene van Rijswijk, Dutch soccer player (RKC)
  • Jan 4 Carlos Perez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos)
  • Jan 4 Deb Sonnenberg, softball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Jan 4 Errol Brown, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 4 Garrison Hearst, NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals, SF 49ers)
  • Jan 4 Orlanda Truitt, wide receiver (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jan 4 Richard Chee Quee, cricketer (NSW opening batsman Fiji/Chin ancestry)
  • Jan 5 Eric Smith, NFL/WLAF wide receiver (Chicago Bears, Scotland Claymores)
  • Jan 5 Hillary Butler, WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 5 Jason Bates, Downey CA, infielder (Colorado Rockies)
  • Jan 6 Jed DeVries, NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jan 6 Mike Wells, NFL defensive end (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 6 Myron Baker, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 7 Bobby Hamilton, NFL/WLAF defensive end (Amsterdam Admirals, NY Jets)
  • Jan 7 Masato Itai, WLAF wide receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 7 Todd Yeaman, NFL defensive tackle (NY Giants)
  • Jan 8 Billy Joe Hobert, NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jan 8 Branislav Janos, hockey forward (Team Slovakia 1998)
  • Jan 8 Darren Langdon, Deere Lake, NHL left wing (NY Rangers)
  • Jan 8 Roosevelt Potts, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 8 Stephane Barin, hockey forward (Team France 1998)
  • Jan 8 Pascal Zuberb├╝hler, Swiss footballer
  • Jan 9 Bill Schroeder, NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • Jan 9 Elizabeth Punsalan, American ice skater (Olympic 15-94), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Jan 9 Scott Thornton, London, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • Jan 10 Sergi Bruguera, Italian tennis star
  • Jan 11 Alexander Delgado, Palmerejo Venezuela, catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 11 Karmeeleyah McGill, WLAF linebacker (Scottish Claymores)
  • Jan 11 Noah Cantor, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jan 11 Stephen Smith, high jumper, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 12 Andy Fox, infielder (NY Yankees), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 12 Oscar Sturgis, NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 12 Scott Burrell, NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets)
  • Jan 12 Shane Dronett, NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos)
  • Jan 13 Elmer Dessens, Hermosillo Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Jan 14 Antonios Nikopolidis, Greek footballer
  • Jan 15 LeShon Johnson, running back (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jan 16 Jukka-Pekka Nummi, WLAF cornerback (Scottish Claymores)
  • Jan 16 Junior Bryant, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • Jan 16 Michel Kreek, Dutch soccer player (Ajax)
  • Jan 16 Scott Williams, Orange California, field hockey defender (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 16 Sergei Bruguera, Spanish tennis star
  • Jan 16 Ulrich van Gobbel, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Jan 17 Derek Plante, Cloquet, NHL center (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jan 17 Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 17 Tyler Houston, American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • Jan 17 Richard Burns, English rally driver (d. 2005)
  • Jan 17 Ann Wolfe, female boxer
  • Jan 18 Andre Coleman, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 18 Greg Engel, NFL center (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 18 Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian race car driver
  • Jan 18 Josep Guardiola, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 19 Jeff Juden, baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants), born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • Jan 19 Maurice Hofman, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • Jan 19 Reggie Brooks, NFL running back (Washington Redskins)
  • Jan 20 Andrei Skabelka, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 20 Johnny Mitchell, NFL tight end (NY Jets)
  • Jan 20 Brian Giles, American baseball player
  • Jan 21 Doug Edwards, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Jan 21 Doug Weight, Warren MI, NHL center (Edmonton Oilers, Team USA 98)
  • Jan 22 Bucky Brooks, wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • Jan 22 Stan Collymore, English footballer
  • Jan 23 Adam Parore, cricket wicket-keeper (NZ, 1st Maori Test centurion)
  • Jan 23 James Logan, WLAF linebacker (Scotland Claymores)
  • Jan 23 Julie Foudy, SD California, soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 23 Kevin Mawae, NFL center/guard (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 23 Mark Grimmette, doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jan 24 Cory Bailey, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 24 Joe Panos, NFL guard/center (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jan 24 John Reece, WLAF/NFL cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals, Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 25 Herman Smith, NFL/WLAF defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs, London Monarchs)
  • Jan 25 Jordan Young, Thunder Bay Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Purdue)
  • Jan 25 Kerry Taylor, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres)
  • Jan 25 Kevin Williams, receiver/kick returner (Az Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 25 Konstantin Matoussevich, Israel, Men's high jump (Olympic 7th-1996)
  • Jan 25 Tommie Jones, WLAF cornerback (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 25 Vincent Brisby, NFL wide receiver (New England Patriots)
  • Jan 25 Luca Badoer, Italian race car driver
  • Jan 26 Jon Heidenreich, WLAF G (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Jan 26 Lamar Mills, WLAF DE (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Jan 26 Lee Naylor, Australian 400m runner (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 26 Min Tang, Hunan China, tennis star (1995 Futures-Canberra AUS)
  • Jan 27 Mark Noordlander, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Jan 27 Patrice Brisebois, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 29 Chris Vargas, CFL quarterback (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 29 Jamal Fountaine, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 30 Brent Moss, WLAF running back (Amsterdam Admirals)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 9 Elmer Flick, baseball player (b. 1876)
  • Jan 16 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), dies at 81