January 1981 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 67th Rose Bowl: #5 Michigan beats #16 Washington, 23-6
  • Jan 1 47th Sugar Bowl: #1 Georgia beats #7 Notre Dame, 17-10
  • Jan 1 47th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #2 Florida State, 18-17
  • Jan 3 Cleveland Cavaliers retire jersey # 34, Austin Carr
  • Jan 4 69th Men's Australian Open: Brian Teacher beats Kim Warwick (7-5, 7-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 4 Women's Australian Open: Hana Mandlíková beats Wendy Turnbull 6-0, 7-5

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Hana Mandlikova
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Hana Mandlikova
  • Jan 11 AFC Championship Game: Oakland Raiders beat San Diego Chargers 34-27
  • Jan 11 NFC Championship Game: Philadelphia Eagles beat Dallas Cowboys 20-7

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Jan 13 Islander's Mike Bossy's 15th career hat trick-4 goals

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Jan 15 Bob Gibson elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 Boxer Leon Spinks is mugged, his assailants even take his gold teeth

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks

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Jan 16 Ivan Lendl intentionally loses a match in Volvo Masters in order to avoid having to play Bjorn Borg

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ivan Lendl
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

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Jan 19 Muhammad Ali talks a despondent 21 year old out of committing suicide

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jan 22 O A "Bum" Phillips becomes head coach of New Orleans Saints
  • Jan 23 Mike Bossy becomes 1st in NHL to score 50 goals in 50 games
  • Jan 23 Red Sox trade Fred Lynn to Angels for Frank Tanana & Joe Rudi
  • Jan 24 Islanders scored 5 power play goals against Nordiques
  • Jan 25 Super Bowl XV, Louisiana Superdome: Oakland Raiders beat Philadelphia Eagles, 27-10; MVP: Jim Plunkett, Oakland, QB
  • Jan 28 Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
  • Jan 29 AL approves sale of White Sox to Jerry Reinsdorf & Eddie Einhorn for $20 million, & 80% of Mariners to George Argyros for $104 million

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Zsolt Baumgartner, Hungarian race car driver
  • Jan 1 Abdülkadir Koçak, Turkish boxer
  • Jan 2 Hanno Balitsch, German footballer
  • Jan 2 Maxi Rodríguez, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 2 Ryan Garko, American baseball player
  • Jan 2 Kirk Hinrich, American basketball player
  • Jan 3 Eli [Elisha] Manning, American football quarterback (NY Giants - MVP Super Bowls XLII, XLVI), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jan 3 Chris Blais, California racecar driver
  • Jan 5 Corey Flynn, New Zealand rugby union footballer
  • Jan 6 Asante Samuel, National Football League Defensive Back
  • Jan 7 Alex Auld, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 7 Marquis Daniels, American basketball player
  • Jan 8 Jeff Francis, Canadian baseball player
  • Jan 8 Xie Xingfang, Chinese badminton player
  • Jan 9 Euzebiusz Smolarek, Polish footballer
  • Jan 12 Dan Klecko, American football player
  • Jan 13 Reggie Brown, American football player
  • Jan 13 Darrell Rasner, American baseball player
  • Jan 15 El Hadji Diouf, Senegalese footballer
  • Jan 15 Sean Lamont, Scottish rugby union footballer
  • Jan 16 Bobby Zamora, English footballer
  • Jan 17 Warren Feeney, Northern Irish footballer
  • Jan 18 Khari Stephenson, Jamaican footballer
  • Jan 18 Olivier Rochus, Belgian tennis player
  • Jan 19 Asier Del Horno, Spanish footballer
  • Jan 19 Lucho González, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 20 Freddy Guzmán, Dominican baseball player
  • Jan 20 Owen Hargreaves, English international footballer
  • Jan 21 Ivan Ergić, Serbian footballer
  • Jan 21 Jamie Dalrymple, English cricketer
  • Jan 21 Dany Heatley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 22 Ibrahima Sonko, French footballer
  • Jan 23 Rob Friend, Canadian footballer
  • Jan 24 Travis Hanson, American baseball player
  • Jan 25 Francis Jeffers, English footballer, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Jan 26 Juan Jose Haedo, Argentinian Cyclist
  • Jan 27 Alicia Molik, Australian tennis player
  • Jan 28 Rick Razzano, American football player
  • Jan 30 Dimitar Berbatov, Bulgarian footballer
  • Jan 30 Mathias Lauda, Austrian racing driver
  • Jan 30 Peter Crouch, English footballer
  • Jan 31 Julio Arca, Argentinian football player

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 17 Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer (b. 1899)