On This Day

January 1975 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Australian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 1 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Home favourite John Newcombe wins 7th and last career Grand Slam singles title; beats Jimmy Connors of the US 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Jan 1 61st Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 18-17
  • Jan 1 41st Orange Bowl: #9 Notre Dame beats #2 Alabama, 13-11
  • Jan 4 Montreal Canadiens shutout Washington Capitals 10-0
  • Jan 4 New Orleans Jazz set a then NBA record (with 24-second shot clock) by scoring only 20 points in the first half of a 111-89 loss in Seattle; unwanted record stands for nearly 25 years
  • Jan 9 Australia beat England by 171 runs in 4th Test to regain Ashes
  • Jan 12 Super Bowl IX, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, LA: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Minnesota Vikings, 16-6; MVP: Franco Harris, Pittsburgh, RB
  • Jan 14 Anita Wold (Norway) sets women's ski jump distance record-98 m

NBA All-Star Game

Jan 14 25th NBA All-Star Game, Arizona Vets Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Az: East beats West, 108-102; MVP: Walt Frazier, NY Knicks, PG

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • Jan 20 25th NFL Pro Bowl, Miami Orange Bowl: NFC beats AFC, 17-10; MVP: James Harris, LA Rams, QB
  • Jan 21 28th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 7-1; MVP: Syl Apps Jr., Pittsburgh, C
  • Jan 23 Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame

Sports History

Jan 25 10th hat trick in NY Islander history, Denis Potvin's 1st

NHL Star Denis Potvin
NHL Star
Denis Potvin
  • Jan 28 1975 NFL Draft: Steve Bartkowski from University of California first pick by Atlanta Falcons

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Becky Kellar-Duke, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Olympics gold 2002, 06, 10; World C'ship gold 1999, 2000, 01, 04), born in Hagersville, Ontario
  • Jan 1 Fernando Tatís Sr., Dominican baseball third baseman (MLB record 8 RBI in one inning, 1999; St. Louis Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Jan 2 Reuben Thorne, New Zealand rugby union flanker and captain (50 caps; captain 2002-03; Canterbury Crusaders), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Jan 6 James Farrior, American football linebacker (NY Jets), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jan 6 Laura Berg, American softball outfielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Whittier, California
  • Jan 6 Jeremy Linn, American 100m breaststroke (Olympics-silver/gold-96), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 7 Rob Waddell, New Zealand single scull rower (Olympics 1996) and America's Cup sailor (Team NZ), born in Cambridge, New Zealand
  • Jan 7 Iván Calderón, Puerto Rican boxer (WBO mini flyweight title 2003-07; WBO, Ring magazine, lineal light flyweight title 2007-10), born in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
  • Jan 8 Vitali Yachmenev, American NHL right wing (LA Kings), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • Jan 9 Justin Huish, American archer (Olympic gold 1996), born in Fountain Valley, California
  • Jan 9 Mariano Friedick, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Tarzana, California
  • Jan 10 Jake Delhomme, American football player, born in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana
  • Jan 11 Brad Badger, American football player (Washington Redskins), born in Corvallis, Oregon
  • Jan 11 Rory Fitzpatrick, American NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens), born in Rochester, New York
  • Jan 12 Jocelyn Thibault, Canadian NHL goalie (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 13 Angela Holbeck, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 14 Marcel Koning, Dutch football player (FC The Hague/NEC), born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Jan 15 Greg Loveridge, New Zealand cricketer (NZ leg-spinner, did not bowl v Zim 1996), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand

Mary Pierce

Jan 15 Mary Pierce, French tennis player (Australian Open 1995, French Open 2000), born in Montreal, Quebec

Tennis Player Mary Pierce
Tennis Player
Mary Pierce
  • Jan 18 Derek Smith, American football linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in American Fork, Utah
  • Jan 19 Natalie Harvey, Australian 3k/5k runner (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 20 David Eckstein, American baseball player, born in Sanford, Florida
  • Jan 20 Norberto Fontana, Argentine racing driver, born in Arrecifes, Argentina
  • Jan 21 Willem Korsten, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse)
  • Jan 21 Ito, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 21 Nicky Butt, English footballer
  • Jan 21 Casey FitzRandolph, American speed skater
  • Jan 21 Yuji Ide, Japanese racing driver
  • Jan 22 Lee Maxwell Francis Vertongen, New Zealand cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • Jan 22 Felipe Giaffone, Brazilian racing driver, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Jan 23 Kevin Alexander, American NFL wide receiver (NY Giants), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Jan 23 Tito Ortiz, American UFC fighter, born in Huntington Beach, California
  • Jan 24 Rónald Gómez, Costa Rican footballer, born in Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
  • Jan 25 John Piersma, American 200m/400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Jan 25 Tim Montgomery, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 2000; BALCO scandal), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • Jan 27 Chaminda Vaas, brilliant Sri Lankan cricket pace bowler (1994- )
  • Jan 28 Anne Montminy, 10m diver (Olympics-17-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Jan 28 Julian Dean, Waihi NZ, team pursuit cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 28 Junior Spivey, American baseball player, born in Oklahoma, City, Oklahoma
  • Jan 30 Juninho Pernambucano, Brazilian footballer, born in Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Jan 31 Kenard Lang, American football defensive end (Washington Redskins), born in Orlando, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Ken Loeffler, American College and Basketball Hall of Fame coach (National Invitation Tournament 1952; NCAA Basketball Tournament 1954, La Salle Explorers), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Jan 5 Don Wilson, American MLB pitcher, 1966-74, 2X no-hitters (Houston Astros), dies in his garage of carbon monoxide poisoning at 29