Events in Sport in January 1972

  • Jan 1 58th Rose Bowl: #16 Stanford beats #4 Michigan, 13-12
  • Jan 1 38th Sugar Bowl: #3 Oklahoma beats #5 Auburn, 40-22
  • Jan 1 38th Orange Bowl: #1 Nebraska beats #2 Alabama, 38-6
  • Jan 2 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: Miami Dolphins beat Baltimore Colts, 21-0

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 2 Australian Open Women's Tennis: Virginia Wade of England wins her first Grand Slam title; beats home favourite Evonne Goolagong 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • Jan 2 NFC Championship, Texas Stadium, Irving: Dallas Cowboys beat San Francisco 49ers, 14-3

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 3 Australian Open Men's Tennis: Ken Rosewall retains title for his 4th overall Australian crown; beats fellow Australian Mal Anderson 7-6, 6-3, 7-5

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Jan 7 Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 134-90 for their 33rd straight win, the longest winning streak in major professional sports
  • Jan 8 NCAA announces freshman can play on teams starting in fall

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Led by future Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee Bucks beat LA Lakers, 120-104, ending LA's consecutive win streak at 33, the longest winning streak in major league sports history

  • Jan 13 Bernice Gera wins anti-discrimination case against the National Baseball Congressl, initiated March 15, 1971 to be allowed to umpire

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 15 World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier stops Terry Daniels in 4 rounds in New Orleans to retain his WBC and WBA titles

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Jan 16 Atje Keulen-Deelstra becomes European all-round lady skating champ
  • Jan 16 Super Bowl VI, Tulane Stadium, New Orleans: Dallas Cowboys beat Miami Dolphins, 24-3; MVP: Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 18 22nd NBA All Star Game, Forum, Inglewood: West Conference beat Eastern Conference, 112-110: MVP: Jerry West, LA Lakers, G, hits a last-second, 20-foot game-winning jumper

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19 Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, & Early Wynn elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Jan 23 Ard Schenk becomes European all-round skating champion
  • Jan 23 22nd NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: AFC beats NFC, 26-13; MVPs: Jan Stenerud, Kansas City Chiefs, PK; Willie Lanier, Kansas City Chiefs, LB
  • Jan 25 25th NHL All-Star Game, Metropolitan Sports Center, Bloomington: Eastern Division beats Western Division, 3-2; MVP: Bobby Orr, Boston, D