1934 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 20th Rose Bowl: Columbia beats Stanford, 7-0
  • Jan 5 National & American baseball leagues select a uniform ball

AgreementContract of Interest

Jan 15 Babe Ruth signs a 1934 contract for $35,000 ($17,000 cut)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jan 17 Carl Hubbell, NL MVP winner, gets $18,000 contract by the NY Giants
  • Jan 17 NY Giants reward MVP pitcher Carl Hubbell with $18,000 contract

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 26 Bradman scores 128 NSW v Victoria, 96 mins, 17 fours 4 sixes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 27 27th Women's Australian Championships: Joan Hartigan Bathurst beats Margaret Molesworth (6-1, 6-4)
  • Jan 27 27th Men's Australian Championships: Fred Perry beats Jack Crawford (6-3, 7-5, 6-1)
  • Jan 30 Bert Ironmonger ends Sheffield Shield career age 51 yrs 298 days
  • Feb 14 NHL Ace Bailey Benefit Game: Toronto beats All-Stars 7-3 in Toronto
  • Feb 23 Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Mar 1 Primo Carnera beats Tommy Loughran in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 10 Longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games with 15 wins, 3 ties
  • Mar 11 Netherlands beats Belgium at soccer 9-3
  • Mar 20 A woman Babe Didrickson pitches hitless inning for Philadelphia A's in exhibition game against Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Mar 21 Babe Didrikson pitches an inning in an A's-Dodgers exhibition game Walks 1, hits the next guy, 3rd guy hits into triple-play
  • Mar 23 93rd Grand National: Gerry Wilson aboard Golden Miller wins
  • Mar 25 1st Masters Golf Tournament: Horton Smith wins, shooting a 284
  • Apr 10 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 3 games to 1
  • Apr 17 New Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Red Sox 6-5
  • Apr 19 38th Boston Marathon won by Dave Komonen of Canada in 2:32:53.8
  • Apr 21 Moe Berg, Senators catcher, plays AL record 117th cons errorless game
  • Apr 28 Soccer team Blue White '34 forms
  • Apr 29 Pittsburgh is last major league city to play a home game on a Sunday
  • May 3 Bradman scores 206 Aust v Worcestershire, 210 mins, 27 fours
  • May 5 60th Kentucky Derby: Mack Garner aboard Cavalcade wins in 2:04
  • May 6 Red Sox score 12 runs in 4th inning including record 4 consecutive triples hit by Carl Reynolds, Moose Solters, Rick Ferrell, & B Walters
  • May 9 Don Bradman out for a Cricket duck against Cambridge University
  • May 12 59th Preakness: Robert Jones aboard High Quest wins in 1:58.2
  • May 28 Bradman gets 160 Aust v Middlesex, 124 mins, 27 fours, 1x6, 1x5
  • May 28 Hobbs scores his 197th & last FC cricket ton at 51 years 163 days
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Cummings wins in 4:46:05.254 (168.761 km/h)
  • Jun 1 AFC '34 soccer team forms in Alkmaar
  • Jun 2 39th Men's French Championships: Gottfried von Cramm beats Jack Crawford (6-4, 7-9, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3)
  • Jun 2 39th Women's French Championships: Margaret Scriven beats Helen Jacobs (7-5, 4-6, 6-1)
  • Jun 9 38th US Golf Open: Olin Dutra shoots a 293 at Merion Cricket Club PA
  • Jun 9 66th Belmont: Wayne D Wright aboard Peace Chance wins in 2:29.2
  • Jun 10 FIFA World Cup: Italy beats Czechoslovakia 2-1 (OT) in footballs 2nd World Cup in Rome

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 25 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits for the cycle beating White Sox 11-2

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jun 25 Yank pitcher John Broaca ties record by striking out 5 times
  • Jun 29 69th British Golf Open: Henry Cotton shoots a 283 at Royal St George's Golf Club
  • Jun 30 NFL's Portsmouth Spartans become Detroit Lions
  • Jul 6 47th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothy Little beats H Jacobs (6-2 5-7 6-3)
  • Jul 6 54th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Fred Perry beats J Crawford (6-3 6-0 7-5)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 7 Elizabeth Ryan wins her 12th Wimbledon doubles championship

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Jul 10 2nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-7 at Polo Grounds, New York
  • Jul 12 Willy de Supervise swims world record 400m (5:16.0)
  • Jul 13 Babe Ruth hits HR #700 (against Detroit)
  • Jul 14 Phillies score 11 runs in an inning, beats Cincinnati 18-0
  • Jul 14 Babe Ruth hits 700th career home run
  • Jul 16 Bradman scores 140 Aust v Yorkshire, 120 mins, 22 fours 2 sixes

  • Jul 17 Babe Ruth draws his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland
  • Jul 23 Bradman completes 304 at Headingley, 430 mins, 43 fours 2 sixes
  • Jul 29 17th PGA Championship: Paul Runyan at Park CC Williamsville, NY
  • Jul 29 28th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France
  • Jul 31 29th Davis Cup: Great Britain beats USA in Wimbledon (4-1)
  • Jul 31 St Louis Cards defeat Cincinnati Reds 8-6 in 18 innings, pitchers Dizzy Dean and Tony Freitos go the distant
  • Aug 4 NY Giants Mel Ott sets record of 6 runs in game and beats Phillies 21-4
  • Aug 10 Babe Ruth announces this is his final season as full time player
  • Aug 18 Donald Bradman (244) and Ponsford score 451 in partnership in 316 minutes for Australia against England
  • Aug 18 48th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Jacobs beats Sarah Palfrey Cooke (6-1, 6-3)
  • Aug 19 Paul Runyan wins PGA golf tournament
  • Aug 20 Ponsford out for 266 in his final Test Cricket match
  • Aug 22 Australia beat England by 562 runs to regain Cricket Ashes
  • Aug 22 Red Sox pitcher Wes Ferrell hits 2 HRs to beat White Sox 3-2 in 12
  • Aug 31 1st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 0, All-Stars 0 (79,432)
  • Sep 4 Bradman scores 149* Aust v Eng XI, 104 mins, 17 fours 4 sixes
  • Sep 9 Armas Toivonen becomes 1st European marathoner (2:52:29.0)
  • Sep 12 54th U.S. Men's National Championship: Fred Perry beats Wilmer Allison (6-4, 6-3, 1-6, 8-6)
  • Sep 13 Judge Landis sells World Series broadcast rights to Ford for $100,000
  • Sep 21 St Louis Card Paul Dean no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 3-0
  • Sep 24 2,500 fans see Babe Ruth's farewell Yankee appearance at Yankee Stadium
  • Sep 24 Idle Detroit wins pennant, as Red Sox beat Yankees 5-0
  • Sep 25 Lou Gehrig plays in his 1,500th consecutive game
  • Sep 25 Rainbow (US) beats Endeavour (England) in 16th America's Cup
  • Sep 30 Babe Ruth's final game as a Yankee, goes 0 for 3
  • Oct 9 St Louis Cards beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3 in 31st World Series
  • Oct 13 11th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 16-13 in Annapolis
  • Oct 20 All-Star team led by Babe Ruth & Connie Mack sails to Hawaii & Japan
  • Oct 26 While Washington Seantors player-manager Joe Cronin honeymoons with Mildred Robertson, owner Clark Griffith's niece and adopted daughter, he is sold to Red Sox
  • Oct 28 Brooklyn & Pittsburgh play a penalty free NFL game
  • Nov 2 Babe Ruth tours Tokyo, Japan
  • Nov 3 Although Lou Gehrig wins Triple Crown, Mickey Cochrane wins AL MVP
  • Nov 4 Pitts ends Detroit Lions' shutout streak at 7 games but loses 40-7
  • Nov 6 NFL Philadelphia Eagles beat Cincinnati Reds 64-0
  • Nov 11 1st penalty shot vs Toronto Maple Leafs, Mondou (Mont) unsuccessful
  • Nov 20 Eiji Sawamura, 17, gives up 1 hit, Lou Gehrig's HR, US beats Japan 1-0
  • Nov 20 Toronto Maple Leaf Harvey Jackson is 1st to score 4 goals in a period

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 21 NY Yankees buy Joe DiMaggio from SF Seals (Pacific Coast League)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup: Sarnia beats Regina, 20-12 at Toronto
  • Nov 29 Chicago Bears beat Detroit (19-16) in 1st NFL game broadcast nationally
  • Dec 9 NY Giants defeat Chicago Bears 30-13 for NFL championship
  • Dec 10 NFL adopts player waiver rule; applies after 6th game of season
  • Dec 11 1st Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher unsuccessful vs Rangers
  • Dec 11 Ford C Frick becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Dec 11 NL votes to permit night baseball (up to 7 games per home team)
  • Dec 26 Yomiuri Giants, Japan's 1st professional baseball team forms
  • Dec 29 1st collegiate basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 122

  • Jan 5 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver (d. 1971)
  • Jan 7 Charles Lamont Jenkins, American 400m runner (Olympic gold 1956), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 8 Jacques Anquetil, French Tour de France cyclist (5-time winner)
  • Jan 8 Gene Freese, American baseball player, (d. 2013)
  • Jan 9 Bart Starr, NFL quarterback and coach (Green Bay)
  • Jan 12 Burdette Haldorson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • Jan 12 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer
  • Jan 28 Bill White, American 1st baseman (Cards), announcer (Yanks) and NL President (1989-1994)
  • Jan 31 Brian Bolus, cricketer (England opening batsman early 60's)
  • Feb 5 Henry 'Hank' Aaron, Mobile Alabama, baseball player (record 755 HRs, 1957 NL MVP)

Person of interestDon Cherry

Feb 5 Don Cherry, Canadian hockey commentator (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Kingston, Ontario

Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator Don Cherry
Ice Hockey Coach and Commentator
Don Cherry
  • Feb 9 John A Ziegler Jr, 4th NHL president (1977-92), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • Feb 11 John Surtees, British F1 driver (1964 Championship) and motorcyclist (7 world championships), born in Tatsfield (d. 2017)

Person of interestBill Russell

Feb 12 Bill Russell, American basketball star (Boston Celtics, Olympic-gold 1956), born in West Monroe, Louisiana

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 14 Marlene Matthews, Australia, sprinter (Olympic 2 bronze-1956)
  • Feb 16 Marlene Bauer Hagge, Eureka SD, LPGA golfer (1950 Woman Athlete)
  • Feb 20 Bobby Unser, auto racer (1968, 75, 81 Indianapolis 500)

Person of interestSparky Anderson

Feb 22 Sparky Anderson [George Lee Anderson], American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers), born in Bridgewater, South Dakota (d. 2010)

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson
  • Feb 24 Flemming Nielsen, Danish soccer player (Olympic silver 1960)
  • Feb 24 Frank Chapot, American equestrian (Olympic silver 1960, 1972), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 2016)
  • Feb 26 Ron Gaunt, cricketer (Australian fast bowler late 50s early 60s)
  • Mar 2 Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, NFLer
  • Mar 7 Nari Contractor, cricketer (Indian batsman & captain)
  • Mar 8 Marv Breeding, American baseball player (d.2006)
  • Mar 11 Sydney Burke, cricketer (South African quick, 11 wkts on Test debut v NZ 1961)
  • Mar 18 Roy Chapman, English footballer and manager (d. 1983)
  • Mar 21 Lister Carney, Bellaire Oh, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1960)
  • Mar 26 Gino Cappelletti, ORFU, AFL running back (AFL Player of Year 1964)
  • Apr 1 Rod Kanehl, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • Apr 2 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1997)
  • Apr 3 Jim Parker, American football player, NFL guard and tackle (Baltimore Colts), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • Apr 6 Antonius Geesink, Holland, judo (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Apr 12 Heinz Schneiter, Swiss football player and manager, born in Thun, Switzerland (d. 2017)
  • Apr 14 Bruce Pairaudeau, cricketer (WI opening bat in 13 Tests, 115 on debut)
  • Apr 21 Martin Horton, cricketer, England off-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 1959)
  • Apr 25 Peter McParland, Northern Irish footballer
  • Apr 29 Luis Aparicio, Venezuelan baseball player
  • May 3 Henry Cooper, English boxer
  • May 7 Ben Smith, PGA golfer (Ralphs Senior Classic-4th), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 13 Leon Wagner, baseball player (d. 2004)
  • May 17 Earl Morrall, NFL quarterback (Lions, Giants, Colts), (d. 2014)
  • May 22 Arne Harris, American television sports director (d. 2001)
  • May 30 Alketas Panagoulias, Greek footballer and coach (d. 2012)
  • May 31 Bent Peter Rasch, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold 1952), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Jun 3 Jim Gentile, MLB player, "Diamond Jim", born in San Francisco
  • Jun 4 Seamus Elliott, Irish cyclist (d. 1971)
  • Jun 9 Helga Haase, German FR, 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Jun 19 Hammond Furlonge, cricketer (WI batsman in 3 Tests 1955-56)
  • Jun 24 Bob Holthus, horse trainer
  • Jun 25 Willy Rodriguez, cricketer (occasional leg-spin bat for WI in 60's)
  • Jun 26 John V Tunney, American politician (Rep/Sen-D-California), born in New York City, New York (d. 2018)
  • Jun 28 Roy Gilchrist, cricketer (volatile WI fast bowler of late 50s)
  • Jul 2 Ivan Madray, WI cricket leg-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 3 runs 0-108)
  • Jul 10 Munir Malik, Pakistani cricket pace bowler (3 Tests 1959-62)
  • Jul 13 Ivor Mendonca, WI cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests 1962)
  • Jul 14 [Robert] Lee Elder, PGA golfer (1974 Monsanto Open), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 20 Doug Padgett, cricketer (England batsman twice in 1960)
  • Jul 21 Chandu Borde, cricket batsman (55 Tests for India 1959-67)
  • Jul 24 Willie Davis, NFL defensive end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay)
  • Jul 29 Alfred Scott, WI cricket leg-spinner (son of O C, Test 0-140)
  • Jul 30 Bud Selig, owner (Milwaukee Brewers)/acting baseball commissioner
  • Aug 1 J E F "John" Beck, cricketer (lefty bat in 8 Tests for NZ 1953-56)
  • Aug 2 Carl Cecil Cain, Freeport Ill, basketball player (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Aug 4 Dallas Green, baseball manager (Phillies, Yankees), born in Newport, Delaware (d. 2017)
  • Aug 6 Billy Boston, Welsh rugby league footballer
  • Aug 13 Gary Davidson, US sports league founder (ABA, WHA, WFL)
  • Aug 15 Reg Scarlett, WI cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960)
  • Aug 16 Sam Trimble, cricketer (Queensland bat, 12th man for Aust, no Test)
  • Aug 17 Maureen Connally, champion tennis player (Wimbledon)

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

Aug 18 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican baseball outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Aug 19 Bill Cleary, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Aug 19 Renee Richards, [Richard Rankind], trans-sexual tennis player
  • Aug 19 William Cleary, hockey center, (Olympic gold/silver 56, 60), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Aug 23 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Aug 25 Eddie Ilarde, Filipino disk jockey, television host and Senator, born in Iriga, Philippines
  • Aug 29 John Guy, cricketer (solid left-handed batsman for NZ in late 1950's)
  • Aug 30 B P "Baloo" Gupte, cricketer (brother of Fergie, Indian leggie)
  • Sep 7 Bill Giles, baseball owner (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Rochester, New York

Person of interestRoger Maris

Sep 10 Roger Maris, American baseball player and HR champion (61 in 1961, AL MVP 1960, 1961), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 1985)

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Sep 11 Norma Croker, Australian sprinter
  • Sep 12 Glenn Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold 1956,60), born in Wellsburg, West Virginia (d. 2009)

Person of interestElgin Baylor

Sep 16 Elgin Baylor, NBA star (1958-59 Rookie of Year-Lakers), born in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
  • Sep 17 Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly, Ca, tennis, 1st woman grand slam (1953)
  • Sep 22 Lute Olson, American basketball coach
  • Sep 24 John Brunner, [Kilian Houston], UK, sci-fi author (100th Millennium)
  • Sep 24 Tommy Anderson, Scottish footballer
  • Sep 27 Dick Schaap, sportscaster/author (Bo Knows Bo, Instant Replay)
  • Sep 29 Lance Gibbs, cricketer (prolific West Indian off-spinner, 309 wickets)
  • Sep 29 Lindsay Kline, cricketer (Australian chinaman bowler Hat-trick 1957)
  • Oct 2 Geoff Millman, cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 6 Tests 1961-62)
  • Oct 3 Harold Ralph Henning, PGA golfer (1966 Texas Open), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Oct 4 Sam Huff, NFL linebacker (NY Giants, Washington Redskins)
  • Oct 5 David Smith, cricketer (England opening bowler v India 1961-62)
  • Oct 7 Willie Naulls, NBA star (NY Knicks)
  • Oct 10 Sadashiv Patil, cricketer (pace bowler in Test India v NZ 1955-56)
  • Oct 17 Johnny Haynes, English footballer (d. 2005)
  • Oct 19 Des Hoare, cricketer (Australian quickie in Test in 1961 v W Indies)
  • Oct 24 Arvind Apte, cricketer (brother of Madhav Scored 8 & 7 in one Test)
  • Oct 24 Margie Masters, LPGA golfer
  • Oct 28 Jim Beatty, track runner (1st sub 4 minute indoor mile)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 24 Golfer Byron Nelson (22) weds Louise Shofner

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 27 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (28) weds businesswoman Grace Dozier

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 23 First wife Marguerite Van Kessel divorces NFL player Curly Lambeau (36) after 14 years of marriage

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 6 Herbert Chapman, Legendary Manager of Arsenal and Huddersfield Town (b. 1878)
  • Feb 25 John J McGraw, manager (NY Giants), dies at 60
  • May 14 Lou Criger, American baseball player (b. 1872)
  • Jul 7 Doodles Tapscott, cricketer (South African batsman 1922-23), dies
  • Jul 28 Louis Tancred, cricketer (fourteen Tests batting for South Africa 1905-14), dies
  • Jul 29 Didier Pitre, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1883)
  • Aug 3 Carl F baron von Langen-Parow, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1928)
  • Aug 5 Neville Quinn, cricketer (12 Tests for South Africa), dies at 26
  • Aug 8 Wilbert Robinson, baseball manager (Bkln Dodgers), dies
  • Sep 2 James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player, All Black (b. 1860)
  • Nov 23 Giovanni Brunero, Italian cyclist (b. 1895)