1936 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 22nd Rose Bowl: Stanford beats SMU, 7-0
  • Jan 1 2nd Sugar Bowl: TCU beats LSU, 3-2
  • Jan 1 2nd Orange Bowl: Catholic University beats Mississippi, 20-19

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 Bradman scores 357 for SA v Vic, 424 minutes, 40 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 7 Tennis champs Helen Moody & Howard Kinsley volley 2,001 times (1h18m)
  • Jan 15 Horace Stoneham elected president of NY Giants
  • Jan 27 29th Women's Australian Championships: Joan Hartigan Bathurst beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-4, 6-4)
  • Jan 27 29th Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats Jack Crawford (6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 9-7)

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 29 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • Jan 30 New owners of Boston Braves ask newspapermen to pick a new nickname
  • Feb 6 4th Winter Olympic games open in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • Feb 8 1936 NFL Draft (first ever): Jay Berwanger from University of Chicago first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • Feb 8 1st ski jumping tournament, Red Wing, Minnesota
  • Feb 8 1st successful Toronto Maple Leaf penalty shot, Conacher vs Rangers
  • Feb 15 Sonja Henie of Norway wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold
  • Feb 16 4th Winter Olympic games close at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • Feb 18 NHL record 32 points scored, NY Americans (28) & Mont Maroons (24)
  • Feb 27 Willy den Ouden swims world record 100m free style (1:04.6)
  • Mar 2 Bradman scores 369 in 253 mins, SA v Tasmania, 46 fours 4 sixes
  • Mar 8 The first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Babe Ruth turns down Reds to make a comeback as a player

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Mar 24 Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons in 16 mins & 30 seconds of 6th period Stanley Cup game lasts 9 periods (176 mins), ends 1-0
  • Mar 25 Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons in NHL longest game (2h56m30s)
  • Mar 27 95th Grand National: Mr. Fulke Walwyn aboard Reynoldstown wins
  • Apr 3 Shortest boxing bout with gloves lasts only 10 seconds
  • Apr 6 3rd Masters Golf Tournament: Horton Smith wins, shooting a 285
  • Apr 11 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
  • Apr 20 40th Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:33:40.8
  • Apr 29 1st pro baseball game in Japan is played Nagoya defeats Daitokyo, 8-5
  • May 2 62nd Kentucky Derby: Ira Hanford aboard Bold Venture wins in 2:03.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 3 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio makes his major-league debut, gets 3 hits

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • May 8 Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife faints when he returned to track
  • May 16 61st Preakness: George Woolf aboard Bold Venture wins in 1:59
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Louis Meyer wins in 4:35:03.314 (175.530 km/h)
  • Jun 1 41st Men's French Championships: Gottfried von Cramm beats Fred Perry (6-0, 2-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0)
  • Jun 1 41st Women's French Championships: Hilde Sperling beats Simonne Mathieu (6-3, 6-4)
  • Jun 6 40th US Golf Open: Tony Manero shoots a 282 at Baltusrol GC NJ
  • Jun 6 68th Belmont: James Stout aboard Granville wins in 2:30
  • Jun 18 1st bicycle traffic court in America established, Racine, Wisconsin

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 19 German boxer Max Schmeling World Champion KOs Joe Louis

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 20 Jesse Owens of US sets 100 meter record at 10.2

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • Jun 24 Joe DiMaggio becomes 5th to hit 2 HRs in 1 inn, Yanks beat Browns 18-4
  • Jun 27 71st British Golf Open: Alf Padgham shoots a 287 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
  • Jul 3 Jahangir Khan kills a sparrow while cricket bowling, Cambridge University v MCC
  • Jul 3 56th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Fred Perry beats G von Cramm (6-1 6-1 6-0)
  • Jul 4 49th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Hull Jacobs beats H Sperling (6-2 4-6 7-5)
  • Jul 7 4th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 at Braves Field, Boston
  • Jul 10 Phillies Chuck Klein becomes 4th to hit 4 HRs in a game
  • Jul 16 NY Giants are 10½ games back in NL, & go on to win pennant
  • Jul 19 Indians' Bob Feller makes his major league debut in relief
  • Jul 22 Phillies John Moore hits 3 consecutive HRs

  • Jul 31 Tokyo, Japan is awarded the 1940 Olympics (later cancelled)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Adolf Hitler opens 11th Olympic Games in Berlin

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Aug 2 30th Tour de France won by Sylvere Maes of Belgium
  • Aug 5 At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal
  • Aug 9 Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal at Berlin Olympics
  • Aug 12 Demo baseball game at 1936 Olympics in Berlin, world beats US, 6-5
  • Aug 12 Diver Marjorie Gestring is youngest Olympic gold medalist (13y 268d)
  • Aug 14 1st Olympic basketball game (Berlin)
  • Aug 16 11th Olympic games closes in Berlin
  • Aug 21 Red Sox Wes Ferrell, walks off mound when he feels he did no get good feilding, Sox suspend him
  • Aug 25 3 Braves hit twice in an inning getting 2 hits each
  • Sep 1 Middleweight Staff Roth KOs Heinz Lazek
  • Sep 3 3rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 7, Detroit 7 (76,000)
  • Sep 5 Red Sox turn a triple-play on Yankees
  • Sep 11 A's pitcher Horace Lisenbee gives up 26 hits in a game
  • Sep 12 56th U.S. Men's National Championship: Fred Perry beats Don Budge (2-6, 6-2, 8-6, 1-6, 10-8)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 50th U.S. Women's National Championship: Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs (4-6, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • Sep 27 1st baseman Walter Alston plays in his only major league game
  • Sep 28 Brooklyn & Boston play a penalty free NFL game
  • Oct 2 NY Yankees score World Series record 18 runs, beating Giants 18-4
  • Oct 2 Tony Lazzeri becomes 1st Yank to hit a World Series grand slam
  • Oct 3 Yanks set new attendance record of 64,842 in 3rd game of World Series
  • Oct 4 Record 66,669 at Yankee Stadium for 4th game of World Series
  • Oct 6 NY Yankees beat Giants 4 games to 2 in 33rd World Series
  • Oct 7 7th-place Brooklyn Dodgers fire manager Casey Stengel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 16 Lou Gehrig, is voted AL MVP by BBWAA

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Nov 14 Bradman scores 192 for S A v Vic before a MCG crowd of 21000

Sport awardGolf Major

Nov 22 19th PGA Championship: Denny Shute at Pinehurst CC Pinehurst, North Carolina

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • Dec 1 2nd Heisman Trophy Award: Larry Kelley, Yale (E)
  • Dec 5 24th CFL Grey Cup: Sarnia Imperials defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 26-20
  • Dec 9 AL OKs night baseball for St Louis
  • Dec 9 Australia all out for 58 v England, Bradman out for a duck
  • Dec 12 1937 NFL Draft: Sam Francis from University of Nebraska first pick by Philadelphia Eagles
  • Dec 13 Final Boston Redskin NFL game, lose to Packers 21-6, move to Washington, D.C.

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Dec 13 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship with a 10–1–1 record under coach Curly Lambeau

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • Dec 18 Queensland cricket all out for 49 v Vic, Fleetwood-Smith 7-17
  • Dec 21 Bradman's 2nd consecutive Test Cricket duck! Australia all out for 80

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Willye B White, US jumper (Olympic silver 1956)
  • Jan 3 David Vine, British sport commentator
  • Jan 6 Rubén Amaro, Sr., Mexican baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Nuevo Laredo (d. 2017)

Person of interestDarlene Hard

Jan 6 Darlene Hard, American tennis player, born in Los Angeles, California

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • Jan 14 John Paul Cain, Sweetwater TX, PGA golfer (1989 Greater Grand Rapids)
  • Jan 14 Ludmila Pinayeva, USSR, 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1964, 1968, 1972)
  • Jan 14 Reiner Klimke, German FR, equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1984)
  • Jan 23 Jerry Kramer, American football player (Green Bay Packers) and author (Instant Replay), born in Jordan, Montana
  • Feb 3 Bob Simpson, Australian cricketer (1965 Wisden Cricketer of the Year)
  • Feb 8 Cletis Boyer, 3rd baseman (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 8 Manohar Hardikar, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests India v WI 1958-59)
  • Feb 13 John Harris, British(?) cricket player
  • Feb 13 Leamon King, Tulare California, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Feb 17 Barry Jarman, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper in 60's)

Person of interestJim Brown

Feb 17 Jim Brown, American NFL Running Back (Cleveland Browns), born in St. Simons, Georgia

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Feb 17 Peter Walker, cricket all-rounder (Glamorgan did little for Eng 1960)
  • Feb 29 Alwin Schockemohle, German equestrian jumper (Olympic gold 1976)

Person of interestHenri Richard

Feb 29 Henri "The Pocket-Rocket" Richard, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • Mar 5 Dale Douglass, Wewoka OK, PGA golfer (1970 Phoenix Open)
  • Mar 10 Sepp Blatter, Swiss ice hockey and football official
  • Mar 12 Keith Slater, cricketer (one Test for Australia 1958-59 series)
  • Mar 14 Bob Charles, Carterton, New Zealand, PGA golfer (1963 Houston Open)
  • Mar 16 Thelma Hopkins, England, high jumper (Olympic silver 1956)
  • Mar 18 Tony Nash, England, bobsled (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Mar 19 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), born in Boggabri, Australia (d. 1988)
  • Apr 3 James "Jim" Clark, Scottish F1 Indianapolis 500 winner and World Champion (1963 & 1965), born in Kilmany, Fife, Scotland (d. 1968)

Person of interestJohn Madden

Apr 10 John Madden, NFL coach (Oakland Raiders) and sports commentator (CBS, FOX), born in Austin, Minnesota

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • Apr 14 Robert Herman Nichols, PGA golfer (1986 Showdown), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 15 Jack Noreiga, cricketer (9-95 WI v India 1971)
  • Apr 15 Raymond Poulidor, French cyclist

Person of interestBob Cleary

Apr 21 Bob Cleary, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Ice Hockey Player Bob Cleary
Ice Hockey Player
Bob Cleary
  • Apr 23 John D'Arcy, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman on 1958 England tour), born in Christchurch New Zealand
  • Apr 27 Khalid Wazir, Pakistani cricketer (son of S Wazir Ali 2 Tests for Pakistan 1954), born in Jullundur, Punjab, British India
  • May 9 Floyd Robinson, baseball player (White Sox, Reds, A's)
  • May 9 Terry Downes, middleweight boxing champ (1961-62)
  • May 19 Elisabeth Schwartz, Austrian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1956)
  • May 23 Robert Sangster, horse owner/trainer
  • May 25 Rusi Surti, cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), *d. 2013)
  • May 30 Roy Harford, Fulham UK, British-born NZ cricketer
  • Jun 2 Vladimir Golubnichy, USSR, 20K walker (Olympic gold 1960, 68)
  • Jun 3 Colin Meads, New Zealand rugby player
  • Jun 5 M A "Kelly" Seymour, cricketer (South African off-spinner in 7 Tests 1963-70)
  • Jun 9 Mick O'Dwyer, Gaelic footballer and manager, born in Waterville, Ireland
  • Jun 29 David Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Jun 29 Harmon Killebrew, baseball player (Minnesota Twins)
  • Jul 3 Eric Russell, cricketer (England opening batsman early 60s)
  • Jul 16 V Subramanya, cricketer (Indian batsman in nine Tests mid-60's)
  • Jul 18 Ted Harris, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 20 Butch Baird, PGA golfer (1961 Waco Turner Open), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 22 Harold "Dusty" Rhodes, England cricket pace bowler (1959)
  • Jul 23 Don Drysdale [Donald Scott], Van Nuys, California, American MLB player (LA Dodgers-Cy Young 1962)
  • Jul 25 Gerry Ashmore, British racing driver
  • Jul 28 Russ Jackson, Canadian football player
  • Jul 31 Vic Davalillo, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Cabimas, Venezuela
  • Aug 8 Frank Howard, baseball player (NL Rookie of the Year 1960)
  • Aug 9 Julián Javier, American baseball player
  • Aug 16 Anita Gillette, American actress (Quincy ME, Marathon, Moonstruck), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

Aug 21 Wilt Chamberlain, American NBA Legend (LA Lakers, 5 time MVP), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Aug 28 Don Denkinger, American baseball umpire
  • Sep 5 Bill Mazeroski, American MLB 2nd baseman (won 1960 World Series for Pitts), born in Wheeling, West Virginia
  • Sep 14 Stan Williams, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, LA Dodgers)

Person of interestAshley Cooper

Sep 15 Ashley Cooper, Australian tennis champ (US Open-1957), born in Melbourne, Victoria

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • Sep 19 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64, 68), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2007)
  • Sep 22 Maurice Evans, English footballer and manager (Reading Football Club), born in Didcot, England (d. 2000)
  • Oct 1 Duncan Edwards, English footballer (d. 1958)
  • Oct 2 Ian McLachlan, cricketer (Cambridge & S Aust batsman, later Liberal MP)
  • Oct 4 David Pithey, cricketer (bro of Tony, South African all-rounder in 8 Tests)
  • Oct 6 Glenn Hild, race horse trainer
  • Oct 10 Art Dick, cricket wicket-keeper (NZ of 60's)
  • Oct 12 Tony Kubek, shortstop (NY Yankees) and sportscaster (NBC-TV, Madison Square Garden), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 20 Larry Mowry, PGA golfer (1987 Crestar Pepsi Senior), born in San Diego, California
  • Oct 23 Barry Sinclair, cricketer (21 Tests for NZ in the 60's, 3 centuries)
  • Oct 25 Alan Smith, cricket wicket-keeper (England1962-63 Aust-NZ tour)
  • Oct 30 Polina Astakhova, Ukrainian gymnast (d. 2005)
  • Nov 1 Eddie Colman, English footballer (d. 1958)
  • Nov 2 Abdullah the Butcher [Lawrence Robert Shreve], Canadian wrestler, born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Person of interestRoy Emerson

Nov 3 Roy Emerson, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon-1964, 65, US Open-61), born in Blackbutt, Queensland

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • Nov 12 Ruth Jessen, LPGA golfer
  • Nov 12 Mills Lane, American judge and boxing referee
  • Dec 8 Peter Parfitt, cricketer (fine England batsman of the 1960's)
  • Dec 8 W S "Buster" Farrer, cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64)
  • Dec 12 Iolanda Balas, Romania, high jumper (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Dec 13 J. C. Martin, American baseball player
  • Dec 17 Roland Sheldon, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Dec 23 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers)
  • Dec 27 Phil Sharpe, English cricketer (12 Tests), born in Shipley, West Yorkshire (d. 2014)

Person of interestRay Nitschke

Dec 29 Ray Nitschke, American NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers), born in Elmwood Park, Illinois (d. 1998)

NFL Legend Ray Nitschke
NFL Legend
Ray Nitschke

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 28 Football player Bronko Nagurski (28) weds childhood sweetheart Eileen Kane in International Falls, Minnesota

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 6 Charles A Stoneham, pres (NY Giants), dies
  • Jan 7 Howard Francis, cricketer (2 Tests S Af v Eng 1898-99, 39 runs), dies
  • Jan 10 Charles Wright, cricketer (3 Tests England v South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • Jan 15 Henry Forster, cricket (Hants & Oxford U, Gov-Gen of Australia), dies
  • Feb 16 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket keeper (23 Tests), electrocuted
  • Mar 20 Durant Clifford Parkin, cricketer (Tests for South Africa 1891-92), dies
  • Jun 19 John Sharpe, cricketer (1-eyed fast bowler for England 1891-92), dies
  • Oct 1 Oscar DaCosta, cricketer (WI all-rounder in 5 Tests 30-35), dies at 28
  • Oct 2 G H Simpson-Hayward, cricketer (Eng 1910, great lob bowlers), dies

Person of interestJohn Heisman

Oct 3 John Heisman, American football coach who legalized the forward pass, originated the center snap and for which the Heisman Trophy is named, dies of pneumonia at 66

American Football Coach John Heisman
American Football Coach
John Heisman
  • Oct 8 Red Ames, American baseball player (b. 1882)
  • Oct 12 B L T Bosanquet, cricketer (1st great googly bowler, England), dies
  • Oct 30 Teddy Wynyard, cricketer (three Tests for England 1896-1906), dies
  • Dec 10 Robert Abel, cricketer (744 runs in 13 Tests for Eng 1888-1902), dies