On This Day

January 1, 1980 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Events in Sport

  • 46th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #4 Florida State, 24-7
  • 46th Sugar Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #6 Arkansas, 24-9
  • 66th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #1 Ohio State, 17-16
  • Australian Open Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Barbara Jordan wins her first and only Grand Slam singles title; beats Sharon Walsh 6-3, 6-3

Deaths in Sport

  • Frank Wykoff, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1928, 32, 36), dies at 70