January 1977 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 63rd Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Michigan, 14-6
  • Jan 1 43rd Sugar Bowl: #1 Pittsburgh beats #4 Georgia, 27-3; Tony Dorsett runs for record 202 yards
  • Jan 1 43rd Orange Bowl: #11 Ohio State beats #12 Colorado, 27-10

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 Bowie Kuhn suspends Braves owner Ted Turner for one year due to tampering charges in Gary Matthews free-agency signing

Founder of CNN Ted Turner
Founder of CNN
Ted Turner
  • Jan 4 Mary Shane hired by Chicago White Sox as 1st woman TV play-by-play
  • Jan 8 Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Kerry Melville Reid wins her first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats Dianne Fromholtz Balestrat 7-5, 6-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Super Bowl XI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena: Oakland Raiders beat Minnesota Vikings, 32-14; MVP: Fred Biletnikoff, Oakland, WR

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 9 Australian Open Men's Tennis: American Roscoe Tanner wins his first and only Grand Slam event; beats Guillermo Vilas of Argentina 6-3, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 11 Cubs trade outfielder Rick Monday to Dodgers for Bill Buckner
  • Jan 11 France releases Abu Daoud, a Palestinian suspected of involvement in massacre of Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympics
  • Jan 16 Cap's H Monahan scored on 2nd penalty shot against Islanders
  • Jan 17 NFL Pro Bowl, Seattle Kingdome: AFC beats NFC, 24-14; MVP: Mel Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers, CB
  • Jan 18 Pakistan cricket all-rounder Imran Khan takes 6 for 63 in the Australian 2nd innings for a match total of 12 to lead his side to an easy 8 wicket 3rd Test win in Sydney

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19 Ernie Banks elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jan 25 30th NHL All-Star Game, Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver : Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 4-3; MVP: Rick Martin, Buffalo Sabres, LW
  • Jan 26 Soviet figure skaters Sergei Shakrai & Marine Tcherkasova are 1st to perform a quadruple twist lift in Helsinki
  • Jan 30 Allan Border scores 36 in his 1st-class innings (NSW v Qld)
  • Jan 31 Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie, & Al Lopez elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Hasan Salihamidžić, Bosnian footballer
  • Jan 2 Ales Pisa, Czech ice hockey player
  • Jan 2 Scott Proctor, American baseball player
  • Jan 3 Beata Handra, dance skater (& Sinek-1997 Pac Coast Sr 3rd), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jan 3 Lee Bowyer, English footballer
  • Jan 3 A.J. Burnett, American baseball player
  • Jan 4 David Millar, Scottish road racing cyclist (banned in 2004 for doping), born in Mtarfa, Malta
  • Jan 6 Stacey Gartrell, Australian swimmer (Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jan 11 Shomari Buchanan, American football player, born in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Jan 12 Yoandy Garlobo, Cuban baseball player, born in Jovellanos, Cuba
  • Jan 12 Cade McNown, American football player, born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 13 James Posey, American basketball player
  • Jan 14 Terry Ryan, American NHL left wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in St. John's, Canada
  • Jan 16 Jeff Foster, American basketball player
  • Jan 17 Ali el Kattabi, soccer player (Sparta)
  • Jan 18 Alina Jidkova, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jan 18 Richard Archer, British singer (lead singer of Hard-Fi), born in Staines, United Kingdom
  • Jan 19 Annie Miller, American tennis player (1995 Darmstadt Germany), born in Midland, Michigan
  • Jan 19 Lauren, Cameroonian footballer, born in Kribi, Cameroon
  • Jan 20 Paul "Goggo" Adams, cricketer (lefty very unorthodox bowler for South Africa)
  • Jan 21 Al Baxter, Australian rugby union footballer
  • Jan 21 Phil Neville, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Hidetoshi Nakata, Japanese footballer, born in Kofu, Japan
  • Jan 22 Jono Gibbes, New Zealand rugby union footballer, born in Henderson, New Zealand
  • Jan 24 Lenka Cenkova, Trinec Czech, tennis star (1995 Futures-Vaihingen-GER)
  • Jan 26 Justin Gimelstob, NJ, tennis star (1994 doubles USTA Bakersfield)
  • Jan 26 Vince Carter [Vinsanity], American basketball player who famously made "Le dunk de la mort" (the Dunk of Death), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Jan 28 Takuma Sato, Japanese racing car driver (Indianapolis 500 2017), born in Toyko, Japan
  • Jan 28 Daunte Culpepper, American football player
  • Jan 28 Lyle Overbay, American baseball player
  • Jan 29 Martin Hohenberger, hockey forward (Team Austria 1998)
  • Jan 30 Deltha O'Neal, American football player

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 29 E P "Buster" Nupen, cricketer (50 wickets for S Af, lost eye), dies