1951 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 124

  • Jan 1 37th Rose Bowl: #9 Michigan beats #5 California, 14-6
  • Jan 1 17th Sugar Bowl: #7 Kentucky beats #1 Oklahoma, 13-7
  • Jan 1 17th Orange Bowl: #10 Clemson beats #15 Miami (FL), 15-14
  • Jan 3 Fred Wilt wins AAU Sullivan Memorial Trophy (US athlete of 1950)
  • Jan 5 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Ponte Vedra Beach Women's Golf Open
  • Jan 6 Indianapolis beats Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes
  • Jan 9 Washington Capitals NBA club folds

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 12 Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jan 14 NFL Pro Bowl: 1st since 1942, Americans beat Nationals 28-27
  • Jan 18 NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
  • Jan 18 NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 18 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
  • Jan 21 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
  • Jan 26 Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 31 39th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-1, 7-5)
  • Jan 31 39th Men's Australian Championships: Dick Savitt beats Ken McGregor (6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1)
  • Feb 3 Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle
  • Feb 9 St Louis Browns sign pitcher Satchel Paige, 45

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Feb 18 3 City College of NY basketball players admit to accepting bribes
  • Feb 25 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament
  • Mar 2 1st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-94 at Boston
  • Mar 3 Bill Mikvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 pts
  • Mar 7 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for 2nd time to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title
  • Mar 8 Intl Table Tennis Federation bans Egypt (for refusing to play Israel)
  • Mar 17 Test Cricket debut of Brian Statham, England v NZ at Christchurch
  • Mar 18 Pat O'Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 26 Patty Berg wins LPGA Sandhills Women's Golf Open
  • Mar 27 13th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Kansas 68-58

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 7 15th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Apr 7 105th Grand National: John Bullock aboard Nickel Coin wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 19 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45
  • Apr 21 5th NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 21 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 23 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Richmond Women's Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 24 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Women's Golf Invitational Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • May 1 Mickey Mantle's 1st HR
  • May 1 Minnie Minoso becomes the 1st black to play for the White Sox
  • May 3 Gil McDougald ties major league record with 6 RBIs in 1 inning
  • May 3 NY Yankee Gil McDougald is 5th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (9th)
  • May 5 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
  • May 6 Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
  • May 7 International Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics
  • May 19 76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 28 After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his 1st major league home run
  • May 30 Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Lee Wallard wins in 3:57:38.103 (203.170 km/h)
  • Jun 3 50th Men's French Championships: Jaroslav Drobny beats Eric Sturgess (6-3, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Jun 3 50th Women's French Championships: Shirley Fry beats Doris Hart (6-3, 3-6, 6-3)

  • Jun 4 Pirate's' Gus Bell hits for cycle helps beat Phillies 12-4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 15 Joe Louis scored his last knock out victory

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 16 51st US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Oakland Hills CC Mich
  • Jun 16 83rd Belmont: David Gorman aboard Counterpoint wins in 2:29
  • Jun 20 Cleve Indian Bobby Avila hits 3 HRs, double & single vs Red Sox
  • Jun 21 Patty Berg wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
  • Jul 1 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • Jul 1 Cleve Indian Bob Feller, 3rd no-hitter beats Det Tigers, 2-1

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 3 33rd PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Oakmont CC Oakmont Pa

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Jul 5 Dodgers sweep the Giants & lead by 7½ games (Giants will win pennant)
  • Jul 6 65th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Dick Savitt beats Ken McGregor (6-4 6-4 6-4)
  • Jul 6 80th British Golf Open: Max Faulkner shoots a 285 at Royal Portrush Golf Club
  • Jul 7 58th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Doris Hart beats Shirley Fry (6-1 6-0)
  • Jul 10 18th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-3 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • Jul 12 NY Yankees Allie Reynolds no-hits Cleve Indians, 8-0
  • Jul 14 1st color telecast of a sporting event (CBS-horse race)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 Novel "Catcher in Rye" by J. D. Salinger published by Little Brown and Company

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 18 Jersey Joe Walcott at 37 becomes oldest to win heavyweight champion

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • Jul 29 38th Tour de France won by Hugo Koblet of Switzerland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 30 Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes peons of baseball players

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Aug 11 1st televised baseball game in color, on WCBS in New York City (Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1)
  • Aug 11 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 38-6 in Ottawa
  • Aug 11 NY Giants lose to go 13½ games behind Bkln Dodgers, later win the pennant
  • Aug 12 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 17 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
  • Aug 18 Cricket 1st-class debut of Raymond Illingworth
  • Aug 19 Bill Veeck (Cleveland Indians) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" little person, to pinch-hit
  • Aug 22 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
  • Aug 25 Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game
  • Aug 28 Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000
  • Aug 28 Pirates snap NY Giants 16 game win streak

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 5 71st U.S. Men's National Championship: Frank Sedgman beats Vic Seixas (6-4, 6-1, 6-1)

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Sep 5 65th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maureen Connolly beats Shirley Fry Irvin (6-3, 1-6, 6-4)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Sep 9 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Sep 13 St Louis Cards beat NY Giants 6-4 (rescheduled from 9/12) then at night lose to Boston Braves 2-0
  • Sep 16 6th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls
  • Sep 16 US National League umpire Frank Dascoli clears the Dodgers bench, ejecting 15 players
  • Sep 28 Norm Van Brocklin of Rams passes for NFL record 554 yards
  • Oct 1 1st Giant-Dodgers playoff game, Giants win 3-1
  • Oct 2 Dodgers beat Giants 10-0, in 2nd game of play-offs
  • Oct 3 Bobby Thomson HR-Giants win pennant defeating Dodgers
  • Oct 4 In opening World Series game, Giant Monte Irvin steals home in 1st inn
  • Oct 8 Ford C Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Oct 9 5th NHL All-Star Game: 1st Team ties 2nd Team 2-2 at Toronto
  • Oct 9 Gil McDougald's World Series grand slam helps Yanks beat Giants 13-1
  • Oct 10 Yanks beat Giants 4 games to 2 in World Series, DiMaggio's final game
  • Oct 14 Det Lion Jack Christiansen returns 2 punts for touchdowns vs LA Rams
  • Oct 19 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Texas Women's Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 162

  • Jan 1 Hans-Joachim Stuck, German race car driver
  • Jan 4 Barbara Ann Cochran, Claremont NH, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jan 5 Steve Arnold, English footballer
  • Jan 6 Don Gullett, American baseball player
  • Jan 11 Willie Maddren, English former footballer (d. 2000)
  • Jan 12 Bill Madlock, 4X NL batting champ (Chicago Cubs)
  • Jan 12 Drew Pearson, former NFL all-pro receiver
  • Jan 14 Gil Pak Jong, Korea PR, judo (Olympic-1976)
  • Jan 17 Rolando Thoeni, Italian slalom (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • Jan 18 Bob Latchford, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (d. 1989)
  • Jan 23 Margaret Johnson Bailes, 4X100 runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 23 Michael Matz, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Jan 25 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympics 4th), born in Coos Bay, Oregon (d. 1975)
  • Jan 26 Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czech, 400m/800m runner (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Jan 29 Andy Roberts, cricketer (brilliant WI quickie with 202 wickets 74-84)
  • Jan 30 Bobby Stokes, footballer
  • Jan 30 Trevor Laughlin, cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1978-79)
  • Feb 3 Felipe Munoz, Mexican 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Feb 3 Eugenijus Riabovas, Lithuanian football manager
  • Feb 4 Stan Papi, American baseball player
  • Feb 6 Marco Antônio, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 7 Benny Ayala, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Manfred Schumann, German FR, bobsled (Olympic-silver/bronze-1976)
  • Feb 8 Camille LaPierre, NHLer
  • Feb 14 Kevin Keegan, British soccer player/manager (Newcastle United)
  • Feb 14 JoJo Starbuck, American ice skater
  • Feb 20 Bonnie Lauer, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 20 Phil Neal, English soccer player
  • Feb 21 John Parker, cricketer (NZ batsman of 70s)
  • Feb 22 Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 23 Ed "Too Tall" Jones, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 24 Derek Randall, cricketer (England batsman & animated cover fieldsman)
  • Feb 25 Don Quarrie, Jamaican runner
  • Feb 25 James Brown, American sportscaster
  • Feb 25 César Cedeño, Dominican baseball player
  • Feb 28 Gustavo Thoeni, Italian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 28 Karsan Ghavri, cricketer (Indian lefty medium pacer early 80s)
  • Mar 4 Kenny Dalglish, Scottish football player (100+ goals) and manager
  • Mar 5 Rodney Hogg, cricketer (prolific Australian wicket-taker 1978-84)
  • Mar 6 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (d. 2004)
  • Mar 8 Philippe Henri Edmonds, cricketer (in Zambia England slow left-arm)
  • Mar 20 Madan Lal, cricketer (Indian medium pacer in the 70's)
  • Mar 23 Dick Mast, Bluffton OH, Nike golfer (1990 Mississippi Gulf Coast)
  • Mar 24 Earl Williams, American-Israeli NBA player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 24 Pat Bradley, LPGA golfer (1981 US Women's Open), born in Westford, Massachusetts

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Mar 27 Bobby Lalonde, NHLer (Boston Bruins)
  • Mar 29 Geoff Howarth, cricketer (NZ captain early 80's)
  • Mar 30 John Gosden, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 2 Ayako Okamoto, LPGA golfer (1990 Sara Lee), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Apr 6 Bert Blyleven, Dutch-born baseball player
  • Apr 13 Beatrix "Trixie" Schuba, Austrian figure skater (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Apr 13 Joachim Streich, East German footballer
  • Apr 18 Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer
  • Apr 29 Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (d. 2001)
  • Apr 30 Danuta Rosani, Polish discus thrower (Olympic 1976) disqualified for drugs
  • May 1 Gordon Greenidge, cricketer (great West Indian opener 1974-91)
  • May 11 Mike Sleman, rugby player
  • May 12 Gunnar Larrson, Swedish 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • May 18 Angela Voigt, German DR, long jumper (Olympic gold 76)
  • May 18 Rodger Davis, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 18 Jim Sundberg, American baseball player
  • May 27 John Conteh, British boxer, WBC Light Heavyweight crown (1974-77), born in Liverpool
  • Jun 2 Larry Clark Robinson, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens, Norris-77, 80)
  • Jun 3 David Ogilvie, cricketer (5 Tests for Australia 1977-78)
  • Jun 6 Noritake Takahara, Japanese racing driver
  • Jun 9 Dave Parker, baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, NL MVP 1978)
  • Jun 10 Burglinde Pollak, German DR, pentathlete (Olympics-bronze-1972)
  • Jun 10 Dan Fouts, NFL QB (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jun 10 Vicky Latta, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jun 11 Collis King, cricketer (WI all-rounder late 70s)
  • Jun 11 Maren Seidler, American shot putter (Olympics-11th-1968), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 11 Mithra Wettimuny, cricketer (brother of Sidath 2 Tests for SL v NZ 1983)
  • Jun 12 Dean Unruh, Riverton Wyoming, WLAF offensive line coach (Rhein Fire)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 13 Mike Weaver, American WBA World Heavyweight Champion, born in Gatesville, Texas

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Jun 15 Tom Forzani, CFL wide receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jun 16 Roberto Durán, Panamanian boxer
  • Jun 19 Francesco Moser, Italian cyclist
  • Jun 23 Michèle Mouton, French race car driver
  • Jun 24 Ivar Formo, Norwegian 50K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jun 24 Raelene Boyle, Australia, sprinter (Oly-Silver-72)
  • Jun 26 Breyson Cooper, jockey
  • Jun 26 Gary Gilmour, Australian cricket all-rounder (1973-77), born in Waratah, New South Wales

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 3 Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricket all rounder (431 wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Jul 5 Richard "Goose" Gossage, relief pitcher (Yankees, Padres, A's)
  • Jul 11 Sridharan Jeganathan, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • Jul 14 Judi Brown, E Lansing Mich, 400m hurdler (Olympic silver 1984)
  • Jul 15 Jesse Ventura, [James Janos], wrestler, actor and politician (Governor of Minnesota 1999-2003), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 18 Bruce Alan Lietzke, Kansas City KS, PGA golfer (1978 Canadian Open)
  • Jul 19 Jayson Stark, American sportswriter
  • Jul 20 Larry Black, 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 21 Doug Collins, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Jul 21 Slick Watts, NBA (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • Jul 26 Robert Edwin Wadkins, PGA golfer (1994 Kemper Open-2nd), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jul 29 Dan Driessen, American baseball player
  • Jul 31 Evonne Goolagong Cawley, NSW Aust, tennis player (Wimbledon 1971)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 3 Marcel Dionne, Canadian NHL center (LA Kings, NY Rangers), born in Drummondville, Quebec

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne
  • Aug 7 Gary Hall, US swimmer (Olympics-bronze/2 silver-1968, 72)
  • Aug 8 Phil Carlson, cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1979)
  • Aug 10 Maria Combs, LPGA golfer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 MLB centerfielder Mickey Mantle (20) weds author Merlyn Mantle (19) in Commerce, Oklahoma

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 29 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer (b. 1880)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 25 Eddie Collins, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (White Sox, A's) and manager, dies of heart problems at 63

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • Apr 27 Philip Albert Myburgh Hands, cricketer (7 Tests for South Africa), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 5 Leo Diegel, American golfer, dies of throat and lung cancer at 52

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • Jun 6 Lionel Hallam, British cricketer (England capt 1921), dies at 61
  • Jun 11 Montagu Odd, cricket bat-maker (W G Grace), dies
  • Jul 9 Harry Heilmann, baseball hall of famer outfielder (Det), dies at 56
  • Jul 14 Sammy Jones, cricketer (last survivor of the 1882 Oval Test), dies
  • Aug 3 Neville Tufnell, cricket wicket keeper (Test for England 1910), dies
  • Aug 22 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (b. 1884)
  • Sep 3 Arnold Warren, cricketer (only Test for England), dies
  • Sep 29 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach (b. 1864)
  • Oct 13 W G (Billy) Quaife, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 228 runs), dies
  • Dec 5 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American professional baseball player (Black Sox Scandal), dies of a heart attack at 64