January 1971 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 37th Orange Bowl: #3 Nebraska beats #5 LSU, 17-12
  • Jan 1 37th Sugar Bowl: #4 Tennessee beats #11 Air Force, 34-13
  • Jan 1 57th Rose Bowl: #12 Stanford beats #2 Ohio State, 27-17
  • Jan 2 Spectator crush at Ibrox Park in Glasgow, Scotland as Rangers supporters leave the ground with home team 0-1 behind to Old Firm rivals Celtic; 66 deaths and more than 200 injuries; Rangers score late for 1-1

AFC Championship

Jan 3 1st AFC Championship, Memorial Stadium, Baltimore: Baltimore Colts beat Oakland Raiders, 27-17

  • Jan 3 1st NFC Championship, Kezar Stadium, SF: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 17-10

Sports History

Jan 5 Body of former world heavyweight boxing champion Charles "Sonny" Liston (40) is found by his wife Geraldine at their Las Vegas home; he had been dead for an estimated 6 days; foul play suspected

  • Jan 5 Globetrotters lose 100-99 to NJ Reds, ending 2,495-game winning streak

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 12 21st NBA All-Star Game, San Diego Sports Arena: West beats East, 108-107; MVP: Lenny Wilkens, Seattle SuperSonics, PG; oldest MVP in All-Star history (33); scores 21 points

Sports History

Jan 13 In a high profile NHL trade, the Montreal Canadiens obtain future Hockey Hall of Fame left wing Frank Mahovlich from Detroit, in exchange for Bill Collins, Guy Charron and Mickey Redmond

  • Jan 14 Cricketer John Snow takes 7-40 for England to beat Australia by 299 runs

World Record

Jan 16 Ard Schenk skates world record 1500m (1:58.7)

  • Jan 17 Super Bowl V, Miami Orange Bowl, Miami, FL: Baltimore Colts beat Dallas Cowboys, 16-13; MVP: Chuck Howley, Dallas, LB

NHL All-Star Game

Jan 19 24th NHL All-Star Game, Boston Garden: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 2-1; MVP: Bobby Hull, Chicago, LW

  • Jan 19 NHL Writers' Association renamed Professional Hockey Writers' Association
  • Jan 20 Ard Schenk skates world record 1000m (1:18.8)
  • Jan 24 21st NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: NFC beats AFC, 27-6; MVPs: Fred Carr, Green Bay Packers, LB; Mel Renfro, Dallas Cowboys, CB
  • Jan 28 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from Stanford University first pick by New England Patriots
  • Jan 30 Dennis Lillee takes 5-84 in his 1st Test bowl, v England
  • Jan 30 UCLA starts 88 basketball game winning streak
  • Jan 31 Dave Bancroft & George Weiss elected to baseball Hall of Fame
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Bobby Holik, Czech ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 1995, 2000; New Jersey Devils; NHL All-Star 1998-99), born in Jihlava, Czech Republic
  • Jan 1 Bridget Pettis, American basketball guard (WNBA champion 2007, 09 assistant coach, Phoenix Mercury), born in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Jan 1 Scott Riggs, American auto racer (NASCAR Busch Series Rookie of the Year 2002), born in Bahama, North Carolina
  • Jan 2 Aamer Nazir, Pakistani cricket fast bowler (6 Tests, 20 wickets; 9 ODIs), born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Jan 4 Carlos Perez, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Nigua, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 4 Deb Sonnenberg, Canadian softball pitcher (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Jan 4 Garrison Hearst, American NFL running back (Arizona Cardinals, SF 49ers), born in Lincolnton, Georgia
  • Jan 4 Orlanda Truitt, American football wide receiver (Oakland Raiders), born in Bessemer, Alabama
  • Jan 4 Richard Chee Quee, Australian-Chinese cricketer (NSW opening batsman Fiji/Chin ancestry), born in Camperdown, Australia
  • Jan 5 Jason Bates, American baseball infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Downey, California
  • Jan 6 Myron Baker, NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Haughton, Louisiana
  • Jan 8 Billy Joe Hobert, American NFL quarterback (Oakland Raiders), born in Puyallup, Washington
  • Jan 8 Darren Langdon, Canadian NHL left wing (NY Rangers), born in Deer Lake, Canada
  • Jan 8 Jason Giambi, American MLB baseball infielder, 1995-2014, 5X All-Star (Oakland A's, New York Yankees, and 2 other teams), born in West Covina, California
  • Jan 8 Pascal Zuberbühler, Swiss footballer, born in Frauenfeld, Switzerland
  • Jan 8 Roosevelt Potts, American NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Rayville, Louisiana
  • Jan 9 Elizabeth Punsalan, American ice skater (Olympic 15-94), born in Syracuse, New York
  • Jan 9 Scott Thornton, Canadian hockey left wing (941 NHL games; Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks), born in London, Ontario

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Jan 10 Italian Tennis Star, born in Barcelona, Spain

  • Jan 11 Alexander Delgado, Palmerejo Venezuela, catcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 11 Noah Cantor, CFL defensive tackle (Toronto Argonauts)
  • Jan 11 Stephen Smith, high jumper, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 12 Andy Fox, American baseball infielder (NY Yankees), born in Sacramento, California
  • Jan 12 Oscar Sturgis, American NFL defensive end (Dallas Cowboys), born in Hamlet, North Carolina
  • Jan 12 Scott Burrell, American NBA guard/forward (Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 12 Shane Dronett, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2009)
  • Jan 13 Elmer Dessens, Hermosillo Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Jan 14 Antonios Nikopolidis, Greek footballer, born in Arta, Greece
  • Jan 15 LeShon Johnson, American football running back (Arizona Cardinals), born in Haskell, Oklahoma
  • Jan 16 Junior Bryant, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers), born in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Jan 16 Michel Kreek, Dutch soccer player (Ajax), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jan 16 Scott Williams, American field hockey defender (Olympics 1996), born in Orange County, California
  • Jan 16 Sergei Bruguera, Spanish tennis star, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Jan 16 Ulrich van Gobbel, Suriname/Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Jan 17 Derek Plante, American NHL center (Buffalo Sabres), born in Cloquet, Minnesota
  • Jan 17 Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jan 17 Richard Burns, English rally driver, born in Reading, England (d. 2005)
  • Jan 17 Tyler Houston, American baseball catcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jan 18 Andre Coleman, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jan 18 Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian auto racer (Formula 3000 1991; 24 Hours of Daytona 2004, 14, 18; 12 Hours of Sebring 2015; 6 Hours of Watkins Glen 2013, 16, 17), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 18 Greg Engel, American NFL center (San Diego Chargers), born in Davenport, Iowa
  • Jan 18 Pep Guardiola, Spanish football midfielder & manager (Spain 47 caps, manager Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City), born in Santpedor, Spain
  • Jan 19 Jeff Juden, American baseball pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies, SF Giants), born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • Jan 19 Maurice Hofman, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Jan 20 Andrei Skabelka, Belarusian ice hockey player & coach (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Jan 20 Brian Giles, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2000, 01; Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates, SD Padres, born in El Cajon, California
  • Jan 20 Johnny Mitchell, American football tight end (NY Jets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 21 Alan McManus, Scottish snooker 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, American NFL wide receiver & sportswriter (Sports Illustrated; NFL Network and NFL.com), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Jan 22 Stan Collymore, English football player, born in Stone, United Kingdom
  • Jan 23 Adam Parore, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (NZ, 1st Maori Test centurion), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 23 Julie Foudy, American soccer midfielder (Olympics 1996), born in San Diego, California
  • Jan 23 Kevin Mawae, American football center (Seattle Seahawks), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Jan 23 Mark Grimmette, American doubles luger (Olympics 1994), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jan 24 Joe Panos, American football offensive lineman (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Brookfield, Wisconsin
  • Jan 25 Herman Smith, American football defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs, London Monarchs), born in Mound Bayou, Mississippi
  • Jan 25 Kerry Taylor, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Bemidji, Minnesota
  • Jan 25 Kevin Williams, American football wide receiver (Az Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jan 25 Luca Badoer, Italian racing driver, born in Montebelluna, Italy
  • Jan 25 Vincent Brisby, American NFL wide receiver (New England Patriots), born in Houston, Texas
  • Jan 27 Mark Noordlander, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Jan 27 Patrice Brisebois, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 29 Jamal Fountaine, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Atlanta Falcons), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 30 Chris Slade, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Jan 30 Kimo Von Oelhoffen, American football defensive tackle (Cin Bengals), born in Kaunakakai, Hawaii
  • Jan 30 Milko Pieren, Dutch football player (Sparta), born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Jan 30 Quentin Neujahr, American ice hockey player (Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns), born in Seward, Nebraska
  • Jan 30 Takeshi Yamanaka, Japanese ice hockey coach and player (Team Japan 1998), born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • Jan 30 Trent Klatt, American ice hockey player (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Robbinsdale, Minnesota
  • Jan 31 Corey Holliday, American football wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jan 31 Dimitris Markos, Greek footballer, born in Kilkis, Greece

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 9 Elmer Flick, American Baseball HOF outfielder (AL batting champion 1905; NL RBI leader 1900; 2 × AL stolen base leader; Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Bronchos/Naps), dies at 94
  • Jan 16 Philippe Thys, Belgian cyclist (three times winner of Tour de France), dies at 81