1932 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 18th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Tulane, 21-12

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 4 Bradman scores 167 for Australia v South Africa at the MCG

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 14 Racing Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro wins his 1st race
  • Jan 19 Charlie Conacher becomes 1st Toronto Maple Leaf to score 5 goals in a game, 1st coming at 7 seconds of game
  • Feb 1 Bradman makes 299* vs South Africa, runs out partner going for 300th
  • Feb 4 3rd Winter Olympic games open in Lake Placid, NY
  • Feb 6 1st Olympic dog sled race at Lake Placid, New York (demonstration sport)
  • Feb 9 USA enters Olympic 2-man bobsled competition for 1st time
  • Feb 13 25th Women's Australian Championships: Coral McInnes Buttsworth beats Kathrine Le Mesurier (9-7, 6-4)
  • Feb 13 25th Men's Australian Championships: Jack Crawford beats Harry Hopman (4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1)
  • Feb 15 3rd Winter Olympic games close at Lake Placid, New York
  • Feb 15 Australia beat South Africa in cricket by an innings in 5 hrs 53 min playing time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 15 US bobsled team member Eddie Eagan becomes only athlete to win gold in both Summer & Winter Olympics (1920 boxing gold)

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • Mar 18 91st Grand National: Tim Hamey aboard Forbra wins
  • Mar 27 De Bataven soccer team forms in Gendt
  • Apr 9 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep NY Rangers in 3 games

  • Apr 13 Kozakken Boys soccer team forms in Werkendam forms
  • Apr 19 36th Boston Marathon won by Paul de Bruyn of Germany in 2:33:36.4
  • May 7 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2
  • May 9 57th Preakness: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 1:59.8
  • May 21 1st Curtis Cup: US wins, 5½-3½ at Wentworth Club (Wentworth, England)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Fred Frame wins in 4:48:03.761 (167.604 km/h)
  • Jun 1 Lunteren soccer team forms in Lunteren

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 3 MLBs Lou Gehrig is 1st to hit 4 consecutive HRs; Yanks beat A's 20-13

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jun 4 64th Belmont: Tom Malley aboard Faireno wins in 2:32.8
  • Jun 6 Ijsselmeervogels soccer team forms in Spakenburg
  • Jun 6 37th Men's French Championships: Henri Cochet beats Giorgio de Stefani (6-0, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 6 37th Women's French Championships: Helen Wills Moody beats Simonne Mathieu (7-5, 6-1)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Jun 7 Pitcher John Quinn, 47, is oldest player to have an extra-base hit (a double) & bat in a run, as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 9-2
  • Jun 10 British Open Golf, Prince's GC: Gene Sarazen wins wire-to-wire by 5 strokes from fellow American Macdonald Smith
  • Jun 16 Sutcliffe and Holmes make 555 opening cricket stand for Yorks v Essex
  • Jun 21 German champion Max Schmeling loses world heavyweight title in split points decision to Jack Sharkey in New York
  • Jun 23 Lou Gehrig plays 1,103rd successive game in a NY uniform, equaling Joe Sewell's record with one team (Cleveland)
  • Jun 25 36th US Golf Open: Gene Sarazen shoots a 286 at Fresh Meadows NY
  • Jun 25 Commencement of India's 1st cricket Test v England at Lord's, London
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats fellow American Helen Jacobs 6-3, 6-1 for her 5th of 8 titles
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Ellsworth Vines beats hometown favourite Bunny Austin 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 for his only Wimbledon title
  • Jul 2 American golfer Walter Hagan wins his 5th and last Western Open in Cleveland, 16 years after he won his first
  • Jul 3 After 30 years as manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw retires from baseball (2,583 wins / 1,948 losses NY)
  • Jul 4 Australian cricket batsman Don Bradman scores 260, a North American record, v Western Ontario in Guelph
  • Jul 6 Cubs future All Star shortstop Billy Jurges is shot twice in Chicago hotel room by a spurned girlfriend, Violet Popovich Valli, no charges laid

  • Jul 7 Australian cricket batsman supreme Don Bradman scores a double century during a Goodwill Tour in Montreal, Canada
  • Jul 9 Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) formed
  • Jul 12 Hedley Verity establishes a first-class cricket record by taking all ten wickets for only ten runs against Nottinghamshire on a pitch affected by a storm
  • Jul 30 10th modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles
  • Jul 31 27th Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (3-2)
  • Jul 31 26th Tour de France won by Andre Leducq of France
  • Aug 2 Charlie Grimm replaces future Baseball Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby as manager of Chicago Cubs
  • Aug 3 Official automatic timing & photo-finish camera for track events is used for the 1st time at Los Angeles Olympics, instrumental in changing 110m hurdles final, review gives Donald Finley bronze ahead of American Jack Keller
  • Aug 13 Yankee pitcher Red Ruffing homers & wins game 1-0 in 10 tying
  • Aug 14 10th Olympic Games at Los Angeles closes
  • Aug 14 Dodger John Quinn, 49, is oldest pitcher to win a major league game
  • Aug 19 46th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Jacobs beats Carolin Babcock Stark (6-2, 6-2)
  • Sep 3 A's first baseman Jimmie Foxx smashes his 50th & 51st home runs to become only 3rd player to reach 50 in a MLB season; joins Babe Ruth & Hack Wilson
  • Sep 4 PGA Championship, Keller GC: Olin Dutra wins the first of 2 major titles, beating Frank Walsh 4 & 3
  • Sep 7 Earl Grace, ends NL catcher record streak of 110 cons errorless games
  • Sep 10 Dodgers' Johnny Frederick hits record 6th pinch-hit HR of the season
  • Sep 13 NY Yankees clinch their 7th AL pennant
  • Sep 20 Chicago Cubs clinch the NL pennant
  • Sep 28 1932 Baseball World Series opens with the Chicago Cubs vs. NY Yankees (6-12)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Babe Ruth’s legendary call; sledged by Cubs dugout, points to center-field before homering into the Wrigley Field bleachers in 5th inning, Game 3 of the World Series; NY Yankees win, 7-5

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Oct 2 New York Yankees win their 12th consecutive World Series game and sweep the Fall Classic for the third time; Bronx Bombers bang out 19 hits as they rout Chicago Cubs, 13-6 at Wrigley Field
  • Oct 2 Washington Redskins (as Boston Braves) play franchise's debut NFL game; lose 14-0 to Brooklyn Dodgers at Braves Field
  • Oct 5 With new ownership Detroit Falcons officially change name to Detroit Red Wings, and the Winged Wheel is introduced; previous names Cougars (1926-30), Falcons (1930-32)
  • Nov 19 Joe Kershalla scores 71 points in a college football game
  • Nov 26 Bradman completes 10,000 runs in first-class cricket, 126 innings
  • Dec 3 20th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Regina Roughriders, 25-6
  • Dec 18 1st NFL playoff game; Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans 9-0 indoors at Chicago Stadium due to blizzard
  • Dec 21 Giants sign former outfielder Billy Southworth as a coach
  • Dec 30 Bradman out for a duck v England at cricket MCG

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Jackie Parker, American football player (d. 2006)
  • Jan 3 Jaswick Taylor, cricketer (WI pace bowler 50s, 10 wkts in 3 Tests)
  • Jan 3 Coo Coo Marlin, American NASCAR race car driver, born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2005)

Person of interestChuck Noll

Jan 5 Chuck Noll, NFL coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Cleveland, Ohio

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll
  • Jan 14 Don Garlits, American auto racer (1st drag racer over 200mph for 1/4 mile), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jan 15 Dean Smith, US actor/relay runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Jan 15 Lou Jones, American 4X400m relay runner (Olympic gold 1956), born in New Rochelle, New York (d. 2006)
  • Jan 19 Joe Schmidt, NFL Hall of Fame linebacker (Detroit Lions) and coach, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 20 Lou Fontinato, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Guelph, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Jan 21 Boris Shakhlin, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1956-60-64)
  • Jan 28 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jan 29 Raman Subba Row, CEO (Test/County Cricket Board)
  • Jan 29 George Allen, English footballer
  • Feb 3 J P "Pom-Pom" Felloes-Smith, cricketer (South African batsman v England 1960)
  • Feb 3 Maria Itkina, USSR, sprinter (9 world records)
  • Feb 5 Cesare Maldini - Italian footballer and manager
  • Feb 9 Tatsuro Hirooka, Japanese baseball player
  • Feb 25 Tony Brooks, English race car driver
  • Feb 29 Gavin Stevens, cricket (Australian bat on 59-60 India/Pakistan tour)
  • Feb 29 Masten Gregory, American F1 Driver (d. 1985)
  • Mar 10 Anatoliy Roschin, USSR, super heavyweight wrestler (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Mar 19 Gay Robert Brewer, Middletwon OH, PGA golfer (1972 Canadian)
  • Mar 23 Don Marshall, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Mar 25 Wes Santee, American runner, born in Ashland, Kansasmiler (d. 2010)
  • Mar 25 Woody (Woodson) Held, baseball player
  • Mar 27 Wes Covington, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Laurinburg, North Carolina (d. 2011)
  • Mar 31 Godfrey Lawrence, cricketer (South African fast bowler, 8-53 v NZ 1961)
  • Apr 2 Mahmood Hussain, Pakistani cricket swing bowler (68 wkts in 27 Tests), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 1991)
  • Apr 4 Bapu Nadkarni, Indian cricketer (economical Indian slow left-armer 1956-68), born in Nashik, Bombay, British India
  • Apr 10 Mae Faggs Starr, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Mays Landing, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • Apr 16 Imre Polyak, Hungarian featherweight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Apr 19 Andrea Mead Lawrence, alpine slalom skier (Olympic 2 gold-52), born in Rutland, Vermont
  • Apr 21 Angela Mortimer, English tennis player, Wimbledon)
  • Apr 24 Vladimir Yengibaryan, Armenian welterweight boxer (Olympic gold, 1956), born in Yerevan, Armenia (d. 2013)
  • Apr 25 Lia Manoliu, Romanian discus thrower (Olympic gold 1968), born in Chişinău, Romania (d. 1998)
  • Apr 25 Meadowlark Lemon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Apr 27 Charles Adkins, American light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • Apr 27 Chuck Knox, American NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks), born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • May 2 Maury Allen, American sportswriter and columnist (New York Post), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2010)
  • May 6 John Bond, cricket umpire

Person of interestSonny Liston

May 8 Sonny Liston, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sand Slough, Arkansas (d. 1970)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston
  • May 9 Conrad Hunte, cricketer (great West Indian opener 1958-66)
  • May 17 Peter Burge, cricketer (dashing Australian batsman of 50's & 60's)
  • May 25 K C Jones, Taylor Tx, basketball player (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Jun 1 Francis Cameron, cricketer (NZ pace bowler took 61 wickets 1961-65)
  • Jun 5 A R Dawson, rugby player
  • Jun 8 Ray Illingworth, English cricketer and captain, born in Yorkshire, England
  • Jun 12 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Ada'a, Oromo, Ethiopia (d. 2002)
  • Jun 17 Derek Ibbotson, 5K runner (Olympic bronze 1956)
  • Jun 23 Bob Blair, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 19 Tests in 50s)
  • Jun 26 Henry Bromfield, South African cricketer (South African off-spinner in 9 Tests 1961-65), born in Mossel Bay, Cape Province
  • Jun 27 Eddie Kasko, American Major League baseball player, born in Linden, New Jersey
  • Jul 4 Aurèle Vandendriessche, Belgian marathon runner, born in Anzegem, Belgium
  • Jul 10 Carlo Mario Abate, Italian racing driver, born in Turin, Italy
  • Jul 11 Ron McAnally, horse trainer
  • Jul 12 Otis Crandall Davis, American 400m/4X400m relayer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Jul 13 Antonio Roma, football goalkeeper (42 caps), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2013)
  • Jul 14 Roosevelt Grier, Cuthbert Ga, NFLer (NY Giants)/actor (Movin' On)
  • Jul 16 Oleg Protopopov, Russian olympic pairs skater (Gold 1964, 68), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Jul 16 Max McGee, American football player (Green Bay Packers), born in Overton, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Jul 21 Ernie Warlick, American football player
  • Aug 2 Lamar Hunt, American sports executive and NFL owner (KC Chiefs), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2006)
  • Aug 7 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian distance runner (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64), born in Jato, Ethiopian Empire (d. 1973)
  • Aug 11 Wilson "Papa" Godett, Curacaos worker's union leader/boxer
  • Aug 28 Andy Bathgate, professional ice hockey player (New York Rangers, 1958 NHL MVP), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2016)
  • Sep 4 Bevo Francis, American basketball player (college basketball record scorer), born in Hammondsville, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • Sep 11 Peter Anderson, English footballer (Plymouth Argyle), born in Devonport, England
  • Sep 14 Harry Sinden, Canadian NHL player and coach (Team Canada), born in Weston, Ontario, Canada
  • Sep 14 Joshua Culbreath, American 400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 16 Mickey Stewart, manager (England Cricket Team)
  • Sep 22 Ingemar Johansson, Swedish world heavyweight boxing champ (1952)
  • Sep 25 Terry Medwin, Welsh footballer (Tottenham Hotspur), born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales
  • Sep 27 Geoff Bent, English footballer (d. 1958)
  • Sep 30 Johnny Podres, American baseball player (d. 2008)
  • Oct 2 Maury Wills, American baseball player (LA Dodgers, NL MVP 1962), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 5 Madhav Apte, Indian cricketer (bro of Arvind 7 Tests for India, 1 century), born in Mumbai, India
  • Oct 8 Ray Reardon, Welsh snooker player, born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire, Wales
  • Oct 10 Harry Smith, English footballer, born in Wolverhampton, England
  • Oct 12 Ned Jarrett, American race car driver and announcer (50 Grand National victories), born in Conover, North Carolina
  • Oct 17 Paul Anderson, American light super heavyweight lifter (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Oct 20 Roosevelt Brown, Virginia, NFL hall of fame tackle (NY Giants)
  • Oct 20 Rosey Brown, American football player (d. 2004)
  • Oct 24 Johnny Lattner, American football player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2016)
  • Oct 25 Harry Gregg, Irish footballer and football manager, born in Magherafelt, Ireland
  • Oct 26 Chinadorai Deshmutu, India, field hockey player (1952)
  • Oct 27 Kathy Cornelius, American LPGA golfer, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Nov 1 Al Arbour, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Sudbury, Ontario (d. 2015)
  • Nov 13 Olga Connolly-Fikotova, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956), born in Libiš, Czech Republic
  • Nov 16 Barbara Romack, LPGA golfer
  • Nov 18 Nasif Estéfano, Argentine racing driver {d. 1973)
  • Nov 21 Jim Ringo, NFL center (Green Bay, Philadelphia)
  • Nov 24 Fred Titmus, cricketer (long-running England off-spinner)
  • Dec 7 Geoff Lawson, Australian cricket player

Person of interestBob Pettit

Dec 12 robert pettit, American NBA star (St Louis Bombers/1959 MVP), born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • Dec 22 Joe Clark, WLAF off coordinator coach (Amsterdam Admirals), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Dec 22 Phil Woosnam, Welsh footballer (17 Caps) and manager, born in Powys, Wales (d. 2013)
  • Dec 24 [Michael] Colin Cowdrey, English cricket player, born in Ootacamund British India
  • Dec 25 Peter John Swales, football club chairman

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 Australian Test cricket batsman Don Bradman (23) weds Jessie Martha Menzies at St Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, Sydney

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 26 William K Wrigley, owner (Wrigley Gum, Chicago Cubs), dies
  • Feb 29 "Big Ed" Morris, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies
  • Mar 24 George Robert Canning, cricketer (the 4th Lord Harris), dies
  • Apr 26 Bill Lockwood, cricketer (43 wickets in 12 Tests for England), dies
  • Jun 5 Henry Taberer, cricket (bowl Trumper only Test wkt for South Africa), dies
  • Jun 21 Marshall Taylor, American track cyclist and the first African American to achieve the level of world champion (1899 world track championships), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • Jul 9 Henry Howell, English cricket fast bowler (5 Tests 1920-24), dies
  • Jul 11 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, dies at 46
  • Jul 21 Bill Gleason, late 19th century baseball player
  • Jul 23 Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner, dies at 48
  • Aug 1 Arnold Fothergill, cricketer (8 wickets in 2 Tests for Eng 1889), dies
  • Oct 18 Ioannis Chrysafis, Greek gymnast (b. 1873)
  • Dec 28 John Blackham, cricketer (35 Tests as Aust WK, caught 37), dies