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 Fu Mingxia, 12, of China wins World Swimming Championships gold medal
  • 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

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
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 Phil Mickelson wins PGA Northern Telecom Golf Open

  • Jan 13 Soccer stadium riot in Orkney, South Africa, at least 40 die
  • Jan 15 Australia beat NZ 2-0 to win cricket's World Series Cup
  • 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: Campbell beat Wales 11-5 at Chicago
  • Jan 20 Buffalo Bills beat LA Raiders 51-3 for AFC title

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jan 20 Jane Geddes wins LPGA Jamaica Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Jane Geddes
LPGA Golfer
Jane Geddes
  • Jan 20 AFC Championship Game: Buffalo Bills beat Los Angeles Raiders 51-3
  • Jan 20 NFC Championship Game: New York Giants with a field goal by Matt Barr's with no time left beat San Francisco 49ers 15-13

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Brett Hull is 3rd NHLer to score 50 goals in less than 50 games (49)

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
  • Jan 27 Super Bowl XXV: NY Giants beat Buffalo Bills, 20-19 in Tampa Super Bowl MVP: Ottis Anderson, NY Giants, RB ("Wide Right"
  • Jan 27 79th Men's Australian Open: Boris Becker beats Ivan Lendl (1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 79th Women's Australian Open: Monica Seles beats Jana Novotna (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 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
  • Jan 7 Eden Hazard, Belgian football player (Chelsea, Belgian national team), born in La Louvière, Belgium

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 7 Joe Hicks, baseball coach, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 20 Bill Riordon, US tennis promotor (Jimmy Connors), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange