On This Day

January 1, 1975 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Events in Sport

  • 41st Orange Bowl: #9 Notre Dame beats #2 Alabama, 13-11
  • 61st Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #3 Ohio State, 18-17

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • Becky Kellar-Duke, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Olympics gold 2002, 06, 10; World C'ship gold 1999, 2000, 01, 04), born in Hagersville, Ontario
  • 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

Deaths in Sport

  • 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