On This Day

Year 1934 in Sports History

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 New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, nearing end of illustrious career, signs a 1-year contract worth $35,000; represents a pay cut of $17,000 for "The Babe"

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

AgreementContract of Interest

Jan 17 Carl Hubbell, NL MVP winner, gets $18,000 contract by the NY Giants

Baseball Pitcher Carl Hubbell
Baseball Pitcher
Carl Hubbell

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 Kenesaw Mountain Landis denies Joe Jackson's appeal for reinstatement

1st MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1st MLB Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  • Jan 23 New York Rangers' left wing Murray Murdoch plays his 400th straight NHL game in a 5-2 win over Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden, NYC; streak reaches 508 consecutive games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 26 Australian cricket batting icon Don Bradman scores 128 in just 96 minutes for NSW v Victoria in Sydney; smashes 17 x fours, 4 x sixes

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 27 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Sydney: Joan Hartigan Bathurst retains title; beats Margaret Molesworth 6-1, 6-4
  • Jan 27 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Englishman Fred Perry wins his only Australian title; beats Jack Crawford of Australia 6-3, 7-5, 6-1
  • Jan 30 Former Australian cricket spin bowler Bert Ironmonger ends Sheffield Shield career age 51 years 298 days as Victoria draws with NSW at the Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Feb 14 NHL Ace Bailey Benefit Game: Toronto beats All-Stars 7-3 in Toronto

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 23 Casey Stengel becomes manager of Brooklyn Dodgers

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 1 Italian boxer Primo Carnera beats American challenger Tommy Loughran by unanimous points decision at Madison Square Garden, NYC for the NYSAC and NBA heavyweight titles

  • Mar 10 Longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games with 15 wins, 3 ties
  • Mar 10 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner

  • Mar 17 England beats Scotland, 6-3 at Twickenham, London to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown
  • Mar 20 American all-round female super athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitches a hitless inning for Philadelphia A's in their exhibition pre-season baseball game against Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Mar 23 93rd Grand National: Gerry Wilson wins aboard 8/1 Golden Miller in race record 9:20.04; becomes only horse to win both UK's premier steeplechases with Cheltenham Gold Cup victory 1934
  • Mar 25 1st Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Horton Smith wins with 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole, 1 stroke ahead of Craig Wood
  • Apr 5 Baseball superstar Babe Ruth agrees to do three 15-minute broadcasts a week over NBC for a fee of $39,000 for 13 weeks; $4,000 more than his NY Yankees playing contract
  • Apr 10 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 1-0 in double OT for a 3-1 series win; Black Hawks' first Stanley Cup
  • Apr 16 38th Boston Marathon won by Dave Komonen of Canada in 2:32:53.8
  • Apr 17 New Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Red Sox 6-5
  • 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 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 12 59th Preakness: Robert Jones aboard High Quest wins in 1:58.2

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

May 18 Jimmie Foxx hits 1st HR in Comiskey Park (Chicago) center field bleachers

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • May 28 Jack Hobbs scores his 197th (or 199th) and last 1st class cricket century at 51 years and 163 days of age [1]
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Cummings wins in 4:46:05.254 (168.761 km/h)
  • Jun 2 French Championships Men's Tennis: Gottfried von Cramm of Germany wins 1st of 2 French titles; beats Australian Jack Crawford 6-4, 7-9, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
  • Jun 2 French Championship Women's Tennis: England's defending champion Margaret Scriven beats American Helen Jacobs 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
  • Jun 6 Yankee Myrl Hoag hits 6 singles in one game

  • Jun 9 US Open Men's Golf, Merion Cricket Club: Olin Dutra overcomes an 8-stroke deficit after 36 holes to win his second major title by 1 stroke from Gene Sarazen
  • Jun 9 66th Belmont: Wayne D Wright aboard Peace Chance wins in 2:29.2
  • Jun 10 FIFA World Cup Final, Stadio Nazionale PNF, Rome, Italy: Angelo Schiavio scores the winner in extra time as Italy beats Czechoslovakia, 2-1
  • Jun 14 American boxer Max Baer KO's defending champion Primo Carnera of Italy in 11th round at Madison Square Garden for the lineal world heavyweight title

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 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St. George's GC: Henry Cotton of England wins wire-to-wire by 5 shots from South African Sid Brews
  • Jun 30 Detroit radio executive George Richards pays $7,952.08 to buy NFL's Portsmouth Spartans; moves team to Detroit and rebrands it to 'Lions'
  • Jul 5 Lou Gehrig hits record 17th career grand slam in Yankees 8-3 win v Washington, passes Babe Ruth's total

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 6 American doubles specialist Elizabeth Ryan wins her 12th Wimbledon doubles title as she and Simone Mathieu of France defend their crown 6-3, 6-3 vs Dorothy Andrus & Sylvie Henrotin

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Home favourite Fred Perry beats Australian Jack Crawford 6-3, 6-0, 7-5 for the first of 3 straight Wimbledon titles
  • Jul 7 Mary Hirsch, daughter of 3-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer Max Hirsch, becomes first woman to be licensed to train thoroughbred horses in the United States
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothy Round Little of England beats American Helen Jacobs 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 for her first Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 10 2nd All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 9-7 at Polo Grounds, NYC
  • Jul 10 Carl Hubbell strikes out Ruth, Gehrig & Foxx in All star game
  • Jul 12 Willy de Supervise swims world record 400m (5:16.0)
  • Jul 13 Babe Ruth hits 700th career home run against Detroit
  • Jul 14 Phillies score 11 runs in an inning, beats Cincinnati 18-0
  • Jul 17 Babe Ruth draws his 2,000th base on balls at Cleveland
  • Jul 23 Australian cricket batting legend Don Bradman completes 304 in drawn 4th Test vs England at Leeds; 430 minutes, 43 x fours, 2 x sixes
  • Jul 29 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Park CC: Paul Runyan wins first of his 2 PGA crowns, defeating Craig Wood in 38 holes
  • Jul 29 28th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France
  • Jul 31 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Fred Perry beats American Frank Shields 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 15-13 to give Great Britain unassailable 3-1 lead to retain title; ends 4-1
  • Aug 1 US Amateur Golf Championship format is changed to a 6-day event with no 36-hole stroke-play qualifying, and 36-hole matches for semi-finals and final
  • Aug 4 Giants outfielder Mel Ott becomes first player in MLB history to score 6 runs in a game as New York beats Phillies, 21-4
  • Aug 10 Babe Ruth announces this is his final season as full time player
  • Aug 18 Don Bradman (244) and Bill Ponsford (205 no) put on 451 in world record partnership for Australia on Day 1 of 5th cricket Test win against England at the Oval
  • Aug 18 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Jacobs beats fellow American Sarah Palfrey Cooke 6-1, 6-3 for her third straight US singles title
  • Aug 20 Australian cricket opening batsman Bill Ponsford is dismissed for 266 in his final Test match against England at The Oval; out for 22 in 2nd innings
  • Aug 22 Australian cricket spin bowler Clarrie Grimmett takes 5-64 as England dismissed for 145 in 5th Test at The Oval; Australia wins by 562 runs to regain Ashes, 2-1
  • 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 Australian cricket super-batsman Don Bradman scores 149 not out in just 104 minutes (17 fours, 4 sixes) in drawn tour match v England XI at Folkestone
  • Sep 9 Armas Toivonen becomes 1st European marathoner (2:52:29.0)
  • Sep 12 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Englishman Fred Perry retains title; beats Wilmer Allison of the US 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 Cardinals pitching Dean brothers shut-out Brooklyn Dodgers in a doubleheader; Dizzy, in a 13-0 rout and Paul, with a 3-0 no-hitter
  • 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 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Portland G & CC: Marian McDougall outclassed Mrs Guy Riegel, 9 & 7 to win golf's only major title
  • Oct 20 MLB All-Star team led by Connie Mack and including Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig sails to Japan for 18-game series against Big-Six University League

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 While Washington Senators player-manager Joe Cronin honeymoons with Mildred Robertson, owner Clark Griffith's niece and adopted daughter, he is sold to Red Sox

Baseball Player and Manager Joe Cronin
Baseball Player and Manager
Joe Cronin
  • Oct 28 Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates play first of only 4 penalty free games in NFL history; Dodgers wins 21-3 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 2 MLB All-Star team led by Connie Mack and including Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx and Lou Gehrig starts 18-game tour against Japanese Big-Six University League

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Nov 3 NY Yankees 1st baseman Lou Gehrig wins American League Triple Crown after hitting .363 with 49 HRs and 165 RBI; but Philadelphia A's catcher Mickey Cochrane (.320, 2 HRs, 76 RBI) is named AL MVP
  • Nov 4 After posting 7 straight shutouts to start the NFL season, Detroit Lions beat Pittsburgh, 40-7 at University of Detroit Stadium; scored upon for the first time of the season; rush for NFL single game record 426 yards
  • Nov 6 NFL Philadelphia Eagles beat Cincinnati Reds 64-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 10 First NHL penalty shot is awarded to Montreal Canadiens forward Armand Mondou; stopped by Toronto goaltender George Hainsworth in Maple Leafs' 2-1 win

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • Nov 20 17 year old pitcher Eiji Sawamura gives up just 1 hit, a Lou Gehrig HR, as US All Stars beat 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 Imperials win their first Championship with a 20-12 win over Regina Roughriders
  • Nov 29 Chicago Bears beat Detroit (19-16) in 1st NFL game broadcast nationally
  • Dec 1 Toronto Maple Leafs beat St. Louis Eagles, 4-3 to set an NHL record for the most wins to start the season with 8; Leafs do it again 59 years later; won 10 in a row to start 1993-94 season

Sport awardNFL Championship

Dec 9 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: New York Giants defeat Chicago Bears, 30-13

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 5 William Bendeck, Bolivian rally driver, born in Bolivia (d. 1971)
  • Jan 5 Eddy Pieters Graafland OON, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (47 caps; Ajax; European Cup 1970, Feyenoord), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 2020)
  • Jan 7 Charles Jenkins Snr., American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4x400m relay 1956), born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 8 Jacques Anquetil, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1957, 61-64; first 5-time winner), born in Mont-Saint-Aignan, France (d. 1987)
  • Jan 8 Gene Freese, American baseball player, born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 2013)
  • Jan 9 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • Jan 12 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer, born in Pudsey, England (d. 2016)
  • Jan 24 Burdette Haldorson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Austin, Minnesota
  • Jan 26 Joe Erskine, Welsh heavyweight boxer (British heavyweight champion 1956-58), born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1990)
  • Jan 28 Bill White, American 1st baseman (Cards), announcer (Yanks) and NL President (1989-1994)
  • Jan 31 Brian Bolus, English cricket batsman (7 Tests @ 41.33; Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire), born in Leeds, England (d. 2020)

Person of interestHank Aaron

Feb 5 Hank Aaron, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (MLB record 755 HRs; NL MVP 1957; 25 × MLB All-Star; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2021) [1]

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

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 8 Galina Bystrova, USSR, pentathlete (1957, 58)
  • Feb 9 John A Ziegler Jr, 4th NHL president (1977-92), born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan
  • Feb 11 John Surtees CBE, British auto racer (World F1 C'ship 1964) and motorcycle racer (World C'ships: 350 cc – 1958, 59, 60; 500 cc – 1956, 58, 59, 60), born in Tatsfield, England (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 14 Bruce Headley, American thoroughbred horse trainer and owner (Breeders' Cup Sprint 2000 Kona Gold), born in Baldwin Park, California (d. 2021)
  • Feb 16 Marlene Bauer Hagge, American golfer, co-founder LPGA (Woman's PGA C'ship 1956), born in Eureka, South Dakota
  • Feb 20 Bobby Unser, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1968, 75, 81; USAC C'ship 1968, 74), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 2021)
  • Feb 21 Gordon Forbes, South African tennis player and author (French Open mixed doubles [Darlene Hard] 1955), born in Burgersdorp, South Africa (d. 2020)

Person of interestSparky Anderson

Feb 22 Sparky Anderson, American MLB manager (Cincinnati Reds; World Series 1984 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 25 Tony Lema, American golfer (British Open 1964), born in Oakland, California (d. 1966)
  • Feb 26 Ron Gaunt, cricketer (Australian fast bowler late 50s early 60s)
  • Mar 2 Howard Cassady, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1955, Ohio State; NFL C'ship 1957, Detroit Lions), born in Hendrysburg, Ohio (d. 2019)
  • Mar 7 Nari Contractor, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman & captain), born in Godhra, India
  • Mar 8 Marv Breeding, American baseball player (d.2006)
  • Mar 8 Martí Vergés, Spanish soccer midfielder (12 caps; FC Barcelona), born in Vidreres, Spain (d. 2021)
  • Mar 11 Sydney Burke, South African cricket fast bowler (2 Tests; 11-196 on Test debut v NZ 1961), born in Pretoria, South Africa
  • Mar 16 Howard Schnellenberger, American football coach (National C'ship Uni of Miami 1983; Uni of Oklahoma, Uni of Louisville, Florida Atlantic Uni; Baltimore Colts), born in Saint Meinrad, Indiana (d. 2021)
  • Mar 18 Roy Chapman, English footballer & manager, born in Birmingham, United Kingdom (d. 1983)
  • Mar 21 Lister Carney, Bellaire Oh, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1960)
  • Mar 26 Gino Cappelletti, American football running back (AFL All-Star 1961, 63-66; AFL MVP 1964; Boston Patriots), born in Keewatin, Minnesota
  • 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 Anton Geesink, Dutch judoka (first non-Japanese world champion, Olympic gold 1964), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 2010)
  • Apr 12 Heinz Schneiter, Swiss football player and manager, born in Thun, Switzerland (d. 2017)
  • Apr 13 John Muckler, Canadian ice hockey coach (Stanley Cup Edmonton Oilers 1990; Buffalo Sabres, NY Rangers) and executive (GM Ottawa Senators), born in Midland, Ontario (d. 2021)
  • Apr 14 Bruce Pairaudeau, West Indian cricketer (WI opening bat in 13 Tests, 115 on debut), born in Georgetown, British Guiana
  • Apr 21 Martin Horton, cricketer, England off-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 1959)
  • Apr 25 Peter McParland, Northern Irish footballer, born in Newry, Ireland
  • Apr 29 Luis Aparicio, Venezuelan baseball player (Chicago White Sox, MLB Hall of Fame), born in Maracaibo, Venezuela
  • May 1 Nev MacEwan, New Zealand rugby union #8 (20 caps; Wellington 133 games), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • May 3 Henry Cooper, English boxer (British, European, C'wealth heavyweight champion; famous defeats to Muhammad Ali 1963, 66), born in London, England (d. 2011)
  • May 5 Campbell Forsyth, Scottish soccer goalkeeper (4 caps; St Mirren, Kilmarnock, Southampton), born in Plean, Scotland (d. 2020)
  • May 10 Cliff Wilson, snooker player
  • May 13 Leon Wagner, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1962, 63; LA Angels), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • May 17 Earl Morrall, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1970, 72, 73; Pro Bowl 1957, 68; First-team All-Pro 1968, 72; NFL MVP 1968; Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • May 22 Arne Harris, American television sports director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2001)
  • May 23 Mason Rudolph, American golfer (Ryder Cup 1971; PGA C'ship 1973 3rd), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2011)
  • 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 road bicycle racer (first English speaker to win stages in all Grand Tours), born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland (d. 1971)
  • Jun 5 Vilhjálmur Einarsson, Icelandic athlete (Olympic silver triple-jump 1956; Iceland's first ever Olympic medal), born in Reyðarfjörður, Iceland (d. 2019)
  • Jun 9 Helga Haase, East German 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1960), born in Danzig, Germany (d. 1989)
  • Jun 13 Dick Mann, American motorcycle racer (A.M.A. Grand National C'ship 1963, 71; Motorcycle Hall of Fame 1998), born in Salt Lake City, Utah (d. 2021)
  • Jun 19 Hammond Furlonge, cricketer (WI batsman in 3 Tests 1955-56)
  • Jun 20 Horst Mahseli, Polish soccer striker (9 caps; Legia Warsaw), born in Bytom, Poland (d. 1999)
  • Jun 23 Marino H. Casem, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Alabama State, Alcorn State, Southern) and athletic administrator (Alcorn State, Southern), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2020)
  • Jun 25 Willy Rodriguez, West Indian cricketer (occasional leg-spin bat for WI in 60's), born in St Clair, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Jun 28 Roy Gilchrist, West Indian cricket fast bowler (13 Tests, 57 wickets), born in St Thomas, Jamaica (d. 2001)
  • Jul 2 Ivan Madray, West Indian cricket leg-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 3 runs 0-108)
  • Jul 10 Munir Malik, Pakistani cricket pace bowler (3 Tests 1959-62), born in Leiah, British India (d. 2012)
  • Jul 13 Ivor Mendonca, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (2 Tests 1962)
  • Jul 14 Lee Elder, American golfer (first African-American to play in the US Masters; 4 PGA Tour titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 16 George Perles, American football coach (Michigan State University 1983-94; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2020)
  • Jul 20 Doug Padgett, cricketer (England batsman twice in 1960)
  • Jul 21 Chandu Borde, Indian cricket batsman (55 Tests for India 1959-67), born in Pune, British India
  • Jul 23 Cleve Duncan, American rocker (The Penguins-Earth Angel), born in Los Angeles (d. 2012)
  • Jul 24 Willie Davis, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Super Bowl 1967, 68; Pro Bowl 1963-67; First-team All-Pro 1962, 64–67; Green Bay Packers), born in Lisbon, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • Jul 27 André Abadie, French rugby union front rower (7 caps; SC Rieumois, SC Graulhetois, SC Albi), born in Toulouse, France (d. 2020)
  • Jul 29 Alfred Scott, West Indian cricket leg-spinner (son of O C, Test 0-140)
  • Jul 30 Bud Selig, American Baseball Hall of Fame team owner (Milwaukee Brewers) and executive (MLB Commissioner 1998-2015), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Aug 1 John Beck, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 3 x 50; top score 99; Wellington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2000)
  • Aug 2 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, born in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (d. 2008)
  • Aug 2 Carl Cecil Cain, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1956), born in Freeport, Illinois
  • 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, American sports league founder (ABA, WHA, WFL)
  • Aug 15 Reg Scarlett, West Indian cricket off-spinner (3 Tests 1960), born in Port Maria, St Mary, Jamaica (d. 2019)
  • Aug 16 Sam Trimble, cricketer (Queensland batsman, 12th man for Aust, no Test)
  • Aug 16 Angela Buxton, English tennis player (French C'ships, Wimbledon women's doubles 1956 [with Althea Gibson]), born in Liverpool, England (d. 2020)

Person of interestRoberto Clemente

Aug 18 Roberto Clemente, Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (15 x MLB All Star; World Series 1960, 71 [MVP]; Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Carolina, Puerto Rico (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Aug 18 Rafer Johnson, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1960), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 2020)
  • Aug 19 Renee Richards [Richard Rankind], trans-sexual tennis player
  • Aug 19 Bill Cleary, American ice hockey player, (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, New Zealand cricketer (solid left-handed batsman for NZ in late 1950's), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • Aug 30 Baloo Gupte, Indian cricketer (brother of Fergie, Indian leggie), born in Bombay, India
  • Sep 4 Carlos Timoteo Griguol, Argentine soccer midfielder (Atlanta, Rosario Central) and manager (Ferro Carril Oeste, Real Betis, River Plate), born in Las Palmas, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • Sep 7 Bill Giles, American baseball owner (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Rochester, New York

Person of interestRoger Maris

Sep 10 Roger Maris, American baseball right fielder (7-time MLB All Star, 61 HRs 1961), born in Hibbing, Minnesota (d. 1985)

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Sep 11 Norma Croker, Australian sprinter, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 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, American Basketball Hall of Fame small forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jun 24 Golfer Byron Nelson (22) weds Louise Shofner

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

LoveWedding 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 17 Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player (b. 1862)
  • Feb 25 John McGraw, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder/manager (manager NY Giants World Series champions 1905, 21-22), dies of uremic poisoning at 60
  • Mar 12 Harry Green, English athlete (WR marathon 2:38:16.2 1913), dies from pneumonia at 37
  • Mar 24 William Donne, English cricket batsman, (Olympic gold 1900) and administrator (President England Rugby Football Union), dies at 58
  • May 14 Lou Criger, American baseball player (b. 1872)
  • Jul 7 Doodles Tapscott, cricketer (South African batsman 1922-23), dies
  • Jul 28 Louis Tancred, South African cricketer (fourteen Tests batting for South Africa 1905-14), dies at 57
  • Jul 29 Didier Pitre, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Montreal Canadiens), dies of acute indigestion at 50
  • Aug 3 Carl F baron von Langen-Parow, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1928)
  • Aug 5 Neville Quinn, South African cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 35 wickets), dies of heart failure at 26
  • Aug 8 Wilbert Robinson, baseball manager (Bkln Dodgers), dies
  • Sep 2 James Allan, New Zealand rugby union player All Black, dies at 73
  • Oct 4 Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan, American baseball pitcher, outfielder and manager (Chicago WS; first AL no-hitter 1902), dies at 60
  • Nov 23 Giovanni Brunero, Italian cyclist (b. 1895)
  • Dec 12 Thorleif Haug, Norwegian Nordic skier (b. 1894)