On This Day

January 1973 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Home favourite John Newcombe beats Onny Parun of New Zealand 6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 for his first Australian title
  • Jan 1 59th Rose Bowl: #1 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 42-17
  • Jan 1 39th Orange Bowl: #9 Nebraska beats #12 Notre Dame, 40-6
  • Jan 2 Japanese boxer Masao Ohba retains his WBA flyweight title with a 12th-round knockout of Chartchai Chionoi of Thailand in Tokyo; Ohba dies three weeks later in a car accident

Sports History

Jan 3 A 12-man syndicate led by Michael Burke and George Steinbrenner III buys MLB's New York Yankees from CBS for US$10 million

  • Jan 7 British Darts Organisation founded in North London
  • Jan 8 Greg Chappell's best Test bowling, 5-61 v Pakistan at SCG
  • Jan 11 American League adopts designated hitter rule
  • Jan 14 Super Bowl VII, LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA: Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins, 14-7; MVP: Jake Scott, Miami, S
  • Jan 18 Boston Red Sox sign Orlando Cepeda as 1st player signed as a DH
  • Jan 18 Islanders break 12 game losing streak, 20 game road winless streak

NFL Pro Bowl

Jan 21 23rd NFL Pro Bowl, Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas: AFC beats NFC, 33-28; MVP: O. J. Simpson, Buffalo Bills, RB

Boxing Title Fight

Jan 22 George Foreman TKOs Joe Frazier in 2 rounds to win WBC & WBA heavyweight boxing titles in Kingston, Jamaica; Frazier knocked down 3 times in both 1st & 2nd rounds

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 23 23rd NBA All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: East beats West, 104-84; MVP: Dave Cowens, Boston Celtics, C

Hall of Fame

Jan 24 Warren Spahn is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Jan 27 UCLA's basketball team wins 61st consecutive game (NCAA record)
  • Jan 28 Henry Boucha, Detroit Red Wings, scores 6 sec into a game vs Mont
  • Jan 28 Mickey Welch, George Kelly & Billy Evans elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 30 26th NHL All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 5-4; MVP: Greg Polis, Pittsburgh Penguins, LW
  • Jan 30 1973 NFL Draft: John Matuszak from University of Tampa first pick by Houston Oilers

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 2 Chris Woodruff, American tennis player and coach (Indian Wells 1999 semi-finals; coach University of Tennessee), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Jan 4 Lamont Warren, NFL running back (Indianapolis Colts), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jan 4 Ray Mickens, American football cornerback (NY Jets), born in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Jan 4 Todd Sauerbrun, NFL punter/kicker (Chicago Bears), born in East Setauket, New York
  • Jan 4 Frank Høj, Danish cyclist, born in Denmark
  • Jan 6 Sairaj Bahatule, Indian cricketer (promising Bombay leg-spin all-rounder), born in Mumbai, India
  • Jan 7 Bobby Engram, American football wide receiver (Chicago Bears), born in Camden, South Carolina
  • Jan 7 Brian Milne, American fullback (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Waterford, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 7 Ricky Wood, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Troy, New York
  • Jan 7 Robert Dunn, American team handball left wing (Olympics 1996), born in Glenn Cove, New York
  • Jan 9 Aaron Holbert, American baseball infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Torrance, California
  • Jan 9 Ronald Hamming, Dutch football player (FC Groningen, Fortuna Sittard), born in Zeegse, Netherlands
  • Jan 10 Glenn Robinson, American NBA forward (Milw, Olympic gold 1996), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Jan 10 Travis Davis, American NFL strong safety (New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Wilmington, California
  • Jan 11 Dave Dickenson, Canadian football coach and quarterback (Calgary Stampeders), born in Great Falls, Montana

Rahul Dravid

Jan 11 Rahul Dravid, Indian Cricket Batsman and captain (164 Tests, 13,288 runs @ 52.31, 36 x 100s; 344 ODIs), born in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

  • Jan 13 Nikolai Khabibulin, Sverdlovsk Russia, NHL goalie (Winnipeg Jets)
  • Jan 14 Lethon Flowers, American NFL defensive back (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • Jan 14 Rod Myers, American baseball outfielder (KC Royals), born in Conroe, Texas
  • Jan 14 Giancarlo Fisichella, Italian race car driver, born in Rome, Italy
  • Jan 15 Essam El-Hadary, Egyptian footballer, born in Damietta Governorate, Egypt
  • Jan 16 Mario Bates, American NFL-running back (New Orleans Saints), born in Victoria, Texas
  • Jan 16 Willie Whitehead, American CFL defensive end (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Jan 17 Cuauhtémoc Blanco, Mexican footballer, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jan 17 Liz Ellis, Australian netball defender and captain (122 caps; World C'ship gold 1995, 99, 2007; C'wealth Games gold 1998, 2002), born in Windsor, Australia
  • Jan 18 Edward Jasper, American football defensive tackle (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Tyler, Texas
  • Jan 18 Junior Burrough, American NBA forward (Boston Celtics), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Jan 18 Regilio Vreede, Dutch football player (Blue White, RKC), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • Jan 19 Chris Stynes, American baseball infielder (KC Royals), born in Queens, New York
  • Jan 19 Wang Junxia, Chinese long distance runner, born in Jiaohe, Jilin
  • Jan 19 Yevgeny Sadovyi, Russian swimmer (Olympic gold 200fre/400fre/4x200m 1992), born in Volzhsky, Russia
  • Jan 20 Eddie Kennison, American football wide receiver (St Louis Rams), born in Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Jan 20 Jalen Rose, American NBA guard (Denver Nuggets), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 21 Grady Jackson, defensive tackle (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jan 22 Deon Minor, American 400m runner, born in Paris, Texas
  • Jan 22 George Noga, CFL linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jan 22 Reggie Barlow, American football wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jan 22 Rogerio Ceni, Brazilian footballer, born in Paraná, Brazil
  • Jan 23 Mark Kolesar, Canadian NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Manitoba, Canada
  • Jan 24 Erik Gervais, Canadian kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Valleyfield, Quebec
  • Jan 25 Marco Battaglia, American football tight end (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Howard Beach, New York
  • Jan 25 Rodney Young, American NFL safety (NY Giants), born in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Jan 25 Scott Milanovich, American football coach & quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Butler, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 27 Eddie Davis, American CFL cornerback (CFL All-Star 2000, 04, 05, 06; Calgary Stampeders, Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Jan 28 Bronwyn Thompson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 28 Jerome Allen, American NBA guard (Minnesota Timberwolves) and coach, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 28 Joe Stephens, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • Jan 28 Robert Braknis, Canadian 100m backstroke/4 x 100 (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 29 Darnell Stephens, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Jan 29 Jason Schmidt, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 2003, 04, 06; Pittsburgh Pirates, SF Giants), born in Lewiston, Idaho
  • Jan 30 Jalen Rose, American basketball player (Indiana Pacers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 30 Jimmy Oliver, Canadian football wide receiver (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jan 30 Sharone Wright, American basketball player (Toronto Raptors), born in Macon, Georgia
  • Jan 31 Latario Rachal, American football player (Amsterdam Admirals, San Diego Chargers), born in California

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 24 Alan Lisette, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer vs West Indies 1956), dies at 53
  • Jan 25 Masao Ohba, Japanese boxer (WBA flyweight champion), dies in a car accident at 23