Events in Sport in 1939

  • Jan 1st 25th Rose Bowl: #7 Southern California beats #3 Duke, 7-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2nd Bradman scores 107 SA v Victoria, his 4th consecutive century

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 2nd 5th Sugar Bowl: #1 TCU beats #6 Carnegie Tech, 15-7
  • Jan 2nd 5th Orange Bowl: #2 Tennessee beats #4 Oklahoma, 17-0
  • Jan 10th Bradman hits 186 SA v Qld before Christ catches him at short-leg
  • Jan 15th 1st NFL pro bowl, NY Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field
  • Jan 18th SA wicketkeeper Bradman gets his 6th straight ton, 135* v NSW

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 24th Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler & George Sisler elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 25th Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jan 28th 32nd Women's Australian Championships: Emily Hood Westacott beats Nell Hall Hopman (6-1, 6-2)
  • Jan 28th 32nd Men's Australian Championships: John Bromwich beats Adrian Quist (6-4, 6-1, 6-3)
  • Feb 17th Katwijk soccer team forms
  • Mar 16th NHL record 10 goals in 1 period-NY Rangers (7), NY Americans (3) & a record 26 points in the 3rd period
  • Mar 24th 98th Grand National: Tim Hyde aboard Workman wins
  • Mar 27th 1st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: U of Oregon beats OH State 46-33
  • Mar 28th Renaissance Big 5 win 1st pro basketball championship
  • Apr 2nd 6th Masters Golf Tournament: Ralph Guldahl wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 8th ACV soccer team forms in Axes
  • Apr 16th Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 17th Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Apr 19th 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:28:51.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20th Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2nd Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Tigers 22-2

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • May 6th 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4
  • May 13th 64th Preakness: George Seabo aboard Challedon wins in 1:59.8
  • May 17th 1st sports telecast-Columbia vs Princeton-college baseball
  • May 25th Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president
  • May 30th Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw wins in 4:20:47.412 (185.131 km/h)
  • Jun 1st 1st boxing match to be televised, Lon Nova defeats Max Baer
  • Jun 1st 1st night game at Phil's Shribe Park (Pirates 5, Phillies 2)
  • Jun 3rd 71st Belmont: James Stout riding Johnstown wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 6th NY Giants beat Reds 17-3, with 5 HRs in 4th inning
  • Jun 7th Cleve Indians sets AL record of 16 inning game without striking out, however lose game 5-4 to NY Yankees

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 12th 43rd US Golf Open: Byron Nelson shoots a 284 at Philadelphia Cricket Club PA

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • Jun 12th Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown NY

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 17th 44th Men's French Championships: Don McNeill beats Bobby Riggs (7-5, 6-0, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • Jun 17th 44th Women's French Championships: Simonne Mathieu beats Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (6-3, 8-6)
  • Jun 21st NY Yankees announce Lou Gehrig's retirement after doctors reveal he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 23rd Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Jun 27th Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 2-2, in 23 innings
  • Jun 27th Headley scores a cricket century in each innings v England at Lord's
  • Jun 28th Joe Louis TKOs Tony Galent in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 3rd Lou Gehrig day; Gehrig makes "luckiest man" speech
  • Jul 4th Red Sox Jim Tabor hits 2 grand slams in 1 game
  • Jul 4th Yankees retire 1st uniform (Lou Gehrig #4), 1st Old Timers Day

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7th 52nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Alice Marble beats Kay Stammers (62 60)

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • Jul 7th 74th British Golf Open: Dick Burton shoots a 290 at St Andrews
  • Jul 8th 59th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats E Cooke (2-6 8-6 3-6 6-3 6-2)
  • Jul 9th A meeting of 6,000 Indians, held at the Indian Sports Ground in Johannesburg South Africa, launch the Passive Resistance Campaign against apartheid and racial policy in South Africa
  • Jul 11th 7th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Yankee Stadium, New York NY Yankee/AL maanager Joe McCarthy starts 6 Yankees
  • Jul 17th 22nd PGA Championship: Henry Picard at Pomonok CC Flushing NY
  • Jul 25th NY Yankee Atley Donald sets AL rookie record with 12 consecutive win
  • Jul 26th Yankee catcher Bill Dickey hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • Jul 30th 33rd Tour de France won by Sylvere Maes of Belgium
  • Aug 14th 1st night games at Comiskey Park (White Sox 5, Browns 2)
  • Aug 15th First night game at baseball's Comiskey Park, Sox beat Browns 5-2
  • Aug 26th 1st major league baseball telecast-Reds beat Bkln Dodgers (W2XBS NY)
  • Aug 30th 6th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Giants 9, All-Stars 0 (81,456)
  • Aug 30th NY Yankee Atley Donald pitches a baseball a record 94.7 mph (152 kph)
  • Sep 1st Last day of 1st-class cricket in England for 6 years
  • Sep 3rd Yanks beat Red Sox on a forfeit, their 4th forfeit win
  • Sep 5th 34th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Haverford (3-2)
  • Sep 8th Indians Bob Feller, 20, is youngest pitcher to win 20 games
  • Sep 8th Yanks beat Red Sox 4-1 in 7, game called because of lightning
  • Sep 16th NY Yankees clinch their 11th & 4th successive pennant
  • Sep 17th 59th U.S. Men's National Championship: Bobby Riggs beats Welby van Horn (6-4, 6-2, 6-4)
  • Sep 17th 53rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs (6-0, 8-10, 6-4)
  • Sep 20th Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 23rd Cookie Lavagetto goes 6 for 6-Dodgers get 27 hits & beat Phillies 22-4
  • Sep 27th White Sox host 1st "day-night" doubleheader, lose to Cleve, 5-2 & 7-5
  • Sep 30th 1st televised college football game (Fordham vs Waynesburg at NYC)
  • Sep 30th White Sox reliever Clint Brown sets record of 61st relief appearance
  • Oct 8th NY Yankees sweep Reds in 36th World Series, 4th straight WS win
  • Oct 22nd 1st TV NFL game-Eagles vs Dodgers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 24th Joe DiMaggio wins AL MVP, Jimmie Foxx is runner-up

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Oct 29th NHL Babe Seibert Memorial Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 5-3
  • Nov 4th 1940 Olympics awarded to Helsinki, Finland
  • Nov 29th Cor Klint swims world record 200 m backstroke (2:38.8)
  • Dec 6th 5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)
  • Dec 7th Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Dec 9th 27th Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 8-7
  • Dec 9th 1940 NFL Draft: George Cafego from University of Tennessee first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • Dec 10th Green Bay Packers win NFL championship, beat NY Giants 27-0
  • Dec 16th Bradman scores 251* SA v NSW, 271 minutes, 38 fours 2 sixes
  • Dec 22nd Bradman scores 138 in South Australia's 7-821 v Queensland
  • Dec 30th Bradman scores 267 SA v Vic, world record 34th double cricket century