Events in Sport in January 1960

  • Jan 1 46th Rose Bowl: #8 Washington beats #6 Wisconsin, 44-8
  • Jan 1 26th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats #3 LSU, 21-0
  • Jan 1 26th Orange Bowl: #5 Georgia beats #18 Missouri, 14-0
  • Jan 5 Continental League, a proposed third major league, gets an assurance of congressional support from NY Senator Kenneth Keating
  • Jan 11 LaMar Clark sets pro boxing record of 44 consecutive knockouts

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Jan 12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes is 1st NBA'er to score 15,000 points

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes

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Jan 16 Detroit right wing Gordie Howe scores a goal and assist in his 888th career game, a 3-1 win at home over Chicago; becomes NHL's all time leading scorer, with 947 points passing Montreal's Maurice Richard

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

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Jan 17 10th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 38-21; MVPs: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, QB; Eugene Lipscomb, Baltimore Colts, DL

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas
  • Jan 22 10th NBA All-Star Game, Convention Hall, Philadelphia: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 125-115; MVP: Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia Warriors, C
  • Jan 22 Paul Pender beats Sugar Ray Robinson for middleweight boxing title

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Jan 25 Wilt Chamberlain scores 58 points, the most ever by an NBA rookie, as Philadelphia Warriors beat Detroit Pistons, 127-117 at Bethlehem, PA

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Jan 26 High-school basketball sensation Danny Heater scores 135 points
  • Jan 26 Oakland Raiders enter the American Football League

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Jan 26 Pete Rozelle elected NFL commissioner on 23rd ballot

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Jan 28 NFL announces Dallas Cowboys (1960) & Minnesota Vikings (1961) franchises