January 1972 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 58th Rose Bowl: #16 Stanford beats #4 Michigan, 13-12
  • Jan 1 38th Sugar Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Auburn, 40-22
  • Jan 1 38th Orange Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Alabama, 38-6
  • Jan 2 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts, 21-0

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 2 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Virginia Wade of England wins her first Grand Slam title; beats home favourite Evonne Goolagong 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • Jan 2 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 14-3

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 3 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Ken Rosewall retains title for his 4th overall Australian crown; beats fellow Australian Mal Anderson 7-6, 6-3, 7-5

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Jan 7 Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 134-90 for their 33rd straight win, the longest winning streak in major professional sports
  • Jan 8 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Led by future Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks beat LA Lakers, 120-104, ending LA's consecutive win streak at 33, the longest winning streak in major league sports history

  • Jan 13 Bernice Gera wins anti-discrimination case against the National Baseball Congressl, initiated March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 15 World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier stops Terry Daniels in 4 rounds in New Orleans to retain his WBC and WBA titles

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Jan 16 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
  • Jan 16 Super Bowl VI, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Dallas Cowboys beat Miami Dolphins, 24-3; MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 18 22nd NBA All Star Game, The Forum, Inglewood, Ca: West beats East, 112-110: MVP: Jerry West, LA Lakers, G, hits a last-second, 20-foot game-winning jumper

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19 Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Jan 23 Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champion
  • Jan 23 22nd NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: AFC beats NFC, 26-13; MVPs: Jan Stenerud, Kansas City Chiefs, PK; Willie Lanier, Kansas City Chiefs, LB
  • Jan 25 25th NHL All-Star Game, Metropolitan Sports Centre, Bloomington, IN: East beats West, 3-2; MVP: Bobby Orr, Boston, D

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Barron Miles, NFL def back (Pittsburgh Steelers)/WLAF corner (Frankfurt)
  • Jan 1 Lilian Thuram, French footballer
  • Jan 2 Jeff Jackson, American baseball outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Jan 2 Lake Dawson, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 2 Mattias Norstrom, Mora SWE, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, LA Kings)
  • Jan 3 Charles Johnson, NFL wide receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 3 Deborah Carter, WNBA forward (Utah Starzz)
  • Jan 6 Willie Clark, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Jan 7 Aaron John Mcintosh, New Zealand sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jan 7 Chuck Levy, American football running back (SF 49ers), born in
  • Jan 7 Donald Brashear, American NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Bedford, Indiana
  • Jan 8 Brandie Burton, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1993, 98), born in San Bernardino, California
  • Jan 8 Devlin Murphy, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Jan 9 Eddie Mason, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Siler City, North Carolina
  • Jan 9 Jay Powell, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • Jan 9 Mat Hoffman, American BMX rider & businessman (Hoffman BMX Bikes), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 10 Thomas Lewis, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jan 11 Dexter Seigler, NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Jan 11 Huub Loeffen, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Jan 11 Rey Ordonez, infielder (NY Mets), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Jan 12 Dominique Ross, American NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jan 13 Byron "Bam" Morris, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Jan 13 Richard Woodley, NFL cornerback (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 13 Vitaly Scherbo, Belarusian gymnast (6 Olympic gold medals Barcelona 1992), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • Jan 14 Kyle Brady, American NFL tight end (NY Jets), born in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 14 Michael Davis, NFL cornerback (Cleveland Browns)
  • Jan 14 Raimondas Rumšas, Lithuanian cyclist, born in Šilutė, Lithuania
  • Jan 15 Yang Yong-eun, South Korean golfer (PGA C'ship 2009), born in Seogwipo-si Jeju-do, South Korea
  • Jan 16 Desiree Leipham, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-17th-1995), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jan 16 Joe Horn, Tupelo, Mississippi, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • Jan 16 Salah Hissou, Moroccan long-distance runner
  • Jan 17 Rohn Meyer, CFL offensive linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jan 17 Wendall Gaines, NFL tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jan 18 Dwayne Carswell, American football tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jan 18 Mike Lieberthal, American MLB catcher (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Glendale, California
  • Jan 18 Ryan Kuehl, American football long snapper (Washington Redskins), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 18 Steven Conley, American football linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 18 Vinod Kambli, Indian cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1993-), born in Mumbai, India
  • Jan 19 Tyrone Wheatley, American NFL running back (NY Giants), born in Inkster, Michigan
  • Jan 20 Alcides Catanho, American NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Jan 21 Alan Benes, Evansville IN, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Jan 21 Howard Nathan, NBA guard (Atlanta Hawks)
  • Jan 21 Shelley Looney, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 22 Steve Scifres, American football offensive lineman (Dallas Cowboys), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jan 22 Toddrick McIntosh, American NFL defensive end (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Tallahassee, Florida (d. 2014)
  • Jan 22 Gonzalo Rodríguez, Uruguayan racing driver, born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1999)
  • Jan 23 Anthony Peterson, American NFL linebacker (Chicago Bears, SF 49ers), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 23 Gary Harrell, American football player (NY Giants, Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jan 23 Kez McCorvey, American NFL wide receiver (Detroit Lions), born in Gautier, Mississippi
  • Jan 23 Tanya Harding, Australian softball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • Jan 23 Marcel Wouda, Dutch swimmer, born in Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Jan 24 Jay Walker, quarterback (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jan 24 Salima Davidson, volleyball setter (Olympics 1996), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 24 Shannon Garrett, CFL defensive back (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 26 Harrison Houston, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)
  • Jan 27 Chad Askew, NFL wide receiver (NY Jets)
  • Jan 27 Mark Lawrence, Canadian NHL right wing (Dallas Stars, NY Islanders), born in Burlington, Ontario
  • Jan 27 Bryant Young, American football defensive tackle (San Francisco 49ers), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • Jan 27 Janine Ilitch, Australian netballer
  • Jan 28 Carey Bender, American former NFL running back (Buffalo Bills), born in Marion, Iowa
  • Jan 28 Elena Baranova, WNBA center (Utah Starzz)
  • Jan 28 Frank Garcia, NFL center (GB Packers, Carolina Panthers)
  • Jan 28 Nicky Southall, English footballer
  • Jan 29 Hessley Hempstead, NFL guard (Detroit Lions)
  • Jan 29 Scott Davis, figure skater (Olympics 1994), born in Great Falls, Montana
  • Jan 29 Simon Cook, cricketer (Victorian pace bowler joined NSW 1995-96)
  • Jan 30 Chris Simon, Canadian ice hockey player (Colorado Avalanche), born in Wawa, Ontario
  • Jan 31 Marvin Coleman, American basketball player (Calgary Stampeders), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jan 31 Pulu Poumele, American football guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Oceanside, California (d. 2016)
  • Jan 31 Reinier Robbemond, Dutch soccer player (Dordrecht '90), born in Dordrecht, Netherlands

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 7 Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), dies at 70