January 1979 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 65th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #5 Michigan, 17-10
  • Jan 1 45th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #1 Penn State, 14-7
  • Jan 1 45th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #6 Nebraska, 31-24

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 67th Men's Australian Open: Guillermo Vilas beats John Marks (6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Jan 3 67th Women's Australian Open: Christine O'Neil beats Betsy Nagelsen (6-3, 7-6)
  • Jan 7 AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Houston Oilers 34-5
  • Jan 7 NFC Championship Game: Dallas Cowboys beat Los Angeles Rams 28-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Bobby Orr's #4 jersey is retired by the Boston Bruins

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Jan 17 NY Islanders didn't get a shot off in 1 period against NY Rangers
  • Jan 21 Super Bowl XIII: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Dallas Cowboys, 35-31 in Miami Super Bowl MVP: Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 23 Willie Mays elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Jan 27 Islanders ends 23 undefeated games at home streak (15-0-8)
  • Jan 29 NFL Pro Bowl: NFC beats AFC 13-7

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 2 Jonathan Greening, British footballer
  • Jan 4 Tristan Gommendy, French racing driver
  • Jan 5 Ronnie O'Brien, Irish footballer
  • Jan 8 Adrian Mutu, Romanian footballer
  • Jan 8 Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian footballer
  • Jan 8 Seol Ki-Hyeon, South Korean footballer
  • Jan 12 Jenny Schmidgall, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • Jan 12 Grzegorz Rasiak, Polish footballer
  • Jan 15 Drew Brees, American football player (New Orleans Saints), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 15 Martin Petrov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Jan 16 Brenden Morrow, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 16 Jason Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 18 Paulo Ferreira, Portuguese footballer
  • Jan 18 Brian Gionta, American ice hockey player
  • Jan 18 Kenyatta Jones, American football player, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • Jan 19 Josu Sarriegi, Spanish/Basque footballer
  • Jan 19 Svetlana Khorkina, Russian gymnast
  • Jan 21 Byung-Hyun Kim, Korean baseball player
  • Jan 21 Brian O'Driscoll, Irish rugby union footballer
  • Jan 23 Larry Hughes, American basketball player
  • Jan 23 Juan Rinc√≥n, Venezuelan baseball player
  • Jan 25 Pi Hongyan, Chinese-born French badminton player, born in Chonqing, China
  • Jan 25 Gabe Jennings, US distance runner
  • Jan 27 Rodrigo Ribeiro, Brazilian racing driver, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jan 27 Liesbet Van Breedam, Belgian beach volleyball player
  • Jan 27 Daniel Vettori, New Zealand cricketer
  • Jan 28 Ali Boulala, Swedish skateboarder
  • Jan 29 Sui Feifei, Chinese basketball player
  • Jan 30 Karen Smith, Australian field hockey midfielder/halfback (Olympics 1996)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 22 Ali Hassan Salameh, [Abu Hassan], killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes