Events in Sport in 1944

  • Jan 1 30th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats #12 Washington, 29-0
  • Jan 1 10th Sugar Bowl: Georgia Tech beats Tulsa, 20-18
  • Jan 1 10th Orange Bowl: LSU beats Texas A&M, 19-14
  • Jan 23 Det Red Wings score 15 goals against NY Rangers & NHL record 37 points, also most consecutive goals & most lopsided game 15-0
  • Jan 27 Casey Stengel, manager of the Boston Braves since 1938, resigns Lou Perini, Guido Rugo, & Joseph Maney buy control of Boston Braves
  • Feb 2 Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action
  • Feb 14 Carl Wick publishes "Salmon Trolling for Commercial & Sport Fishing
  • Feb 18 Youngest baseball player, Cincinnati Reds sign 15 year old Joe Nuxhall
  • Mar 28 6th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Utah defeats Dartmouth 42-40
  • Apr 13 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Chicago Blackhawks in 4 games
  • Apr 18 48th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:50.4
  • Apr 19 1944 NFL Draft: Angelo Bertelli from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks
  • Apr 20 NFL legalizes coaching from bench
  • Apr 21 NFL Chic Cardinals & Pittsburgh Steelers merge (dissolves on Dec 3)
  • Apr 27 Boston Brave Jim Tobin no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 2-0
  • May 6 70th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 2:04.2
  • May 13 69th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 1:59.2
  • May 15 Cincinnati Red Clyde Shoun no-hits Boston Braves, 1-0
  • Jun 3 76th Belmont: G L Smith riding Bounding Home wins in 2:32.2
  • Jun 6 Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion
  • Jun 7 Achilles Veen soccer team forms in Veen
  • Jun 10 Joe Nuxhall, 15, of Cincinnati Reds is youngest player in major league
  • Jun 22 Longest shut out in Phillies history, Phils beat Braves 1-0 in 15 inn
  • Jun 26 Yanks, Dodgers & Giants play unique 6 inn game for War Bonds, each playing successive innings, final score Dodgers-5, Yanks-1 & Giants-0
  • Jul 3 Oriole Park (minor league baseball stadium) burns down in Baltimore
  • Jul 11 12th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • Jul 16 Dodgers score 8 unearned runs against Braves to win 8-5 & break their 16-game losing streak, they will lose another 5 in a row
  • Jul 20 Browns Nelson Potter is 1st pitcher suspended for throwing spitballs
  • Jul 23 Chicago Cubs Bill Nicholson hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
  • Aug 2 Amsterdam soccer team "The Volewijckers" plays in orange shirts
  • Aug 3 Tommy Brown, just 16 years & 8 months old, plays shortstop for Dodgers
  • Aug 10 Braves Red Barrett throws only 58 pitches to shut out Cincinnati Reds 2-0
  • Aug 20 26th PGA Championship: Bob Hamilton at Manito G & CC Spokane Wash
  • Aug 30 11th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 24, All-Stars 21 (48,769)
  • Sep 3 Frank Parker beats Bill Talbert for US Tennis title
  • Sep 4 64th U.S. Men's National Tennis Championship: Frank Parker beats William Talbert (6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Oct 4 1st All St Louis World Series, all games played at Sportsman's Park
  • Oct 4 St Louis Browns win 1st World Series game in their only appearance
  • Oct 9 St Louis Cards beat St Louis Browns, 4 games to 2 in 41st World Series
  • Nov 11 NY Rangers set NHL record of 25 games without a win (0-21-4)
  • Nov 25 32nd CFL Grey Cup: Montreal HMCS defeat Hamilton Flying Wildcats, 7-6
  • Dec 2 10th Heisman Trophy Award: Les Horvath, Ohio State (QB)
  • Dec 3 NFL Cardinals-Pitts merger disolves
  • Dec 17 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship with an 8–2 record
  • Dec 28 Former Wash 3rd baseman Buddy Lewis wins Distinguished Flying Cross