January 1991 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 77th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #17 Iowa, 46-34
  • Jan 1 57th Sugar Bowl: #6 Tennessee beats Virginia, 23-22
  • Jan 1 20th Fiesta Bowl: #18 Louisville beats #25 Alabama, 34-7
  • Jan 1 57th Orange Bowl: #1 Colorado beats #5 Notre Dame, 10-9
  • Jan 3 LA King Wayne Gretzky scores his 700th goal against NY Islanders
  • Jan 4 12 year old Chinese diver Fu Mingxia wins 10m platform gold medal World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia
  • Jan 5 Kevin Bradshaw of US Intl scores NCAA Div 1 record 72 pts
  • Jan 8 Tamas Darnyi swims world record 400m medley (4:12.36)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 9 Baseball officially bans Pete Rose from being elected to Hall of Fame for betting on baseball

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Jan 9 Dean Smith of NC is 6th to win 700 career coaching basketball games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Chicago's Michael Jordan scores a game-high 40 points to lead the Bulls to a 107-99 win over Philadelphia at the Spectrum; reaches the 15,000 point mark of his career

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • Jan 11 Ben Johnson's 1st race after being stripped of his 1988 Olympic Gold medal for steroid use, he finishes 2nd
  • Jan 12 Largest crowd to watch Atlantic Coast Womens Basketball game (11,520)
  • Jan 12 Melvin Stewart swims world record 200 m butterfly (1:55.69)
  • Jan 13 42 killed in exhibition soccer match in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Jan 13 Soccer stadium riot in Orkney, South Africa, at least 40 die
  • Jan 15 Dean Jones (76) and Mark Taylor (71) lead Australia to 7 wicket win over New Zealand in cricket's World Series Cup 2nd Final in Melbourne; win series, 2-0
  • Jan 18 WLAF's NY Knights become NY-NJ Knights

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 18 Longest tennis match at the Australian Open, Boris Becker beats Italy's Omar Camporese in 5 hours & 11 mins

Tennis Legend Boris Becker
Tennis Legend
Boris Becker
Tennis Player Omar Camporese
Tennis Player
Omar Camporese
  • Jan 19 42nd NHL All-Star Game, Chicago Stadium: Campbell Conference beats Wales Conference, 11-5; Vincent Damphousse, Toronto Maple Leafs, C
  • Jan 20 AFC Championship, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY: Buffalo Bills beat Los Angeles Raiders, 51-3
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship, Candlestick Park, SF: New York Giants beat San Francisco 49ers, 15-13

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 St. Louis right wing Brett Hull scores twice in Blues' 9-4 win at Detroit, to give him 50 goals in 49 games; becomes 3rd player in NHL history with 50 goals in less than 50 games

NHL Legend Brett Hull
NHL Legend
Brett Hull
  • Jan 25 Mark Waugh scores ton in 1st Test Cricket innings, v England Adelaide
  • Jan 26 Houston guard Vernon Maxwell is 4th NBAer to score 30 pts in a quarter
  • Jan 26 Jan Stenerud becomes 1st pure placekicker to make NFL Hall of Fame

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 26 Australian Open: Monica Seles becomes the only Yugoslav player – male or female – to win a Grand Slam singles title; beats Jana Novotná 5-7, 6-3, 6-1

Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion Monica Seles
Tennis Player and Nine-Time Major Champion
Monica Seles
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Jana Novotna
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Jana Novotna
  • Jan 27 Super Bowl XXV, Tampa Stadium: New York Giants beat Buffalo Bills, 20-19; MVP: Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, RB
  • Jan 27 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Boris Becker of Germany wins his 1st Australian title; beats Ivan Lendl 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
  • Jan 31 Denver Nuggets Michael Adams becomes shortest NBAer to get a triple-double

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Peter Burling, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold 2016, helmsman America's Cup 2017), born in Tauranga, New Zealand
  • Jan 6 Nikola Saric, Danish footballer, born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Jan 7 Eden Hazard, Belgian football player (Chelsea, Belgian national team), born in La Louvière, Belgium
  • Jan 19 Tommy Fleetwood, British golfer (US Open runner-up 2018), born in Southport, England

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 3 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, (7-time MLB All Star), dies of abdominal aortic aneurysm at 83
  • Jan 7 Joe Hicks, baseball coach, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 20 Bill Riordon, US tennis promotor (Jimmy Connors), dies

Person of interestRed Grange

Jan 28 Harold "Red" Grange, football's galloping ghost, dies of parkinson's disease at 87

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange