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Year 1936 in Sports History

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 Australian master batsman Don Bradman scores 357 (424 minutes, 40 fours) for South Australia v Victoria in a Sheffield Shield match in Melbourne; his 5th 300+ score in first-class cricket

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 is elected president of New York Giants MLB franchise; succeeds late father, Charles; remains president for next 40 years, presiding over move to SF, before selling team in 1976
  • Jan 27 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Adelaide: Joan Hartigan Bathurst wins her 3rd Australian singles title; beats Nancye Wynne Bolton 6-4, 6-4
  • Jan 27 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Adrian Quist wins his first Grand Slam event; beats fellow Australian 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 IV 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 8 German alpine skier Christi Cranz wins the inaugural Olympic women’s combined gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games ahead of team mate Käthe Grasegger
  • Feb 9 German skier Franz Pfnür wins the inaugural Olympic men’s combined gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games ahead of team mate Gustav Lantschner

  • Feb 13 Ivar Ballangrud of Norway narrowly misses winning all 4 speed skating events at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Olympics; finishes 2nd in 1,500m just 1.0s behind team mate Charles Mathiesen
  • Feb 14 Karl Schäfer of Austria wins his 2nd consecutive men’s figure skating Olympic gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games in Germany
  • Feb 14 Norwegian speed skater Ivar Ballangrud sets Olympic record 17:24.3 to win the 10,000m at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games; his 3rd gold medal from 4 events and 4th career Olympic gold
  • Feb 15 Sonja Henie of Norway becomes the most successful Olympic figure skater ever by winning her 3rd consecutive gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games; beats Cecilia College of Great Britain by 6.4 points
  • Feb 15 Great Britain’s 0-0 tie with the US is enough to clinch their first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games; breaks Canada’s 4 straight Games golden streak
  • Feb 16 IV Winter Olympic Games close in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
  • Feb 18 NHL record 32 points scored, NY Americans (28) & Mont Maroons (24)
  • Feb 22 Sonja Henie of Norway follows up her Winter Olympics victory with an incredible 10th consecutive women’s World Championship figure skating gold medal in Paris, France
  • Feb 27 Dutch swimmer Willy den Ouden sets new women's world 100m freestyle record (1:04.6) in Amsterdam; lasts 22 years until broken in 1956 by Dawn Fraser of Australia
  • Feb 28 Karl Schäfer of Austria follows up his Winter Olympics victory with his 7th consecutive men’s figure skating World Championship title in Paris, France
  • Feb 28 Olympic champions Ernst Baier and Maxi Herber of Germany win their 4th consecutive pairs figure skating gold medal at the World Championships in Paris, France
  • Mar 2 Australian cricket's batting maestro Don Bradman scores 369 in 253 minutes (46 fours, 4 sixes) in South Australia's innings and 349 run win over Tasmania
  • 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 13 Irish-bred Golden Miller with Evan Williams aboard wins record 5th consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cup steeplechase at 21/20 favourite; only horse to complete Gold Cup-Grand National double
  • Mar 14 Wales beats Ireland, 3-0 in Cardiff to clinch the Home Nations Rugby Championship with a 2-1-0 record
  • Mar 24 Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons, 1-0 in 16 minutes, 30 seconds of 6th period of OT; record Stanley Cup playoff game lasts 9 periods (176 minutes)
  • Mar 25 Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Maroons in NHL longest game (2h56m30s)
  • Mar 27 95th Grand National: Fulke Walwyn scores back-to-back GN victories aboard Reynoldstown at 10/1
  • Apr 6 3rd Augusta National Invitation Tournament (Masters) Golf: Horton Smith wins his second Masters, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Harry Cooper, with defending champion Gene Sarazen 3rd

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 11 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Detroit Red Wings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2 for a 3-1 series win; Red Wings first SC Championship

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • Apr 20 40th Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown 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 French Championships Men's Tennis: Gottfried von Cramm of Germany wins his 2nd French title; beats Englishman Fred Perry 6-0, 2-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
  • Jun 1 French Championships Women's Tennis: German Hilde Sperling beats Simonne Mathieu of France 6-3, 6-4 for her second of 3 straight French titles
  • Jun 6 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Relatively unknown pro Tony Manero wins by 2 strokes from runner-up Harry Cooper
  • Jun 6 68th Belmont: James Stout aboard Granville wins in 2:30
  • Jun 12 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Topeka CC: Opal Hill scores a 3 & 2 win over Mrs. Charkes Dennehy to claim her second consecutive major title
  • Jun 18 1st bicycle traffic court in America established, Racine, Wisconsin

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 19 German boxer Max Schmeling KOs up-and-coming American heavyweight Joe Louis in 12 rounds at Yankee Stadium, New York

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 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Englishman Alf Padgham wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Jimmy Adams of Scotland
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Home favourite Fred Perry beats Gottfried von Cramm of Germany 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 for his third straight Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Helen Jacobs wins her only Wimbledon title beating Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
  • Jul 7 4th MLB All Star Game, Braves Field, Boston: After losing the first 3 AS Games, NL wins 4-3, 4 different Cubs players score the runs
  • 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 IOC awards Tokyo, Japan 1940 Summer Olympic Games (later cancelled, Second Sino-Japanese War)

OlympicsOlympic Games

Aug 1 XI Summer Olympic Games are opened by Adolph Hitler in Berlin

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Aug 2 Tour de France: Sylvère Maes of Belgium wins his second title from Frenchman Antone Magne
  • Aug 2 A Finnish trifecta in the 10,000m final at the Berlin Olympics; Ilmari Salminen beats team mates Arvo Askola and Volmari Iso-Hollo
  • Aug 2 Americans Cornelius Johnson, Dave Albritton and Delos Thurber sweep the high jump medals at the Berlin Olympics
  • Aug 3 American sprinter Jesse Owens wins the 100m (10.3 seconds) in front of Adolf Hitler in a famous race at the Berlin Olympics, first of 4 gold medals at the Games
  • Aug 3 Karl Hein (56.49 Olympic record) and Erwin Blask make it a German 1-2 in the hammer throw at the Berlin Olympics
  • Aug 4 American athlete Jesse Owens wins his 2nd gold medal at the Berlin Olympics; beats German Luz Long in the long jump final with an Olympic record
  • Aug 4 American Helen Stephens runs 11.5 to win the 100m at the Berlin Olympics, beating controversial intersex athlete Stanisława Walasiewicz of Poland
  • Aug 5 American athlete Jesse Owens wins 200m in world record time (20.7), his 3rd gold medal of the Berlin Olympics
  • Aug 5 Italian athlete Ondina Valla runs a world record 11.6 in the semi finals of the 80m hurdles at the Berlin Olympics; wins final the next day but can't match the time
  • Aug 5 Ken Carpenter (50.48 Olympic record) and Gordon Dunn make it an American 1-2 in the men’s discus throw at the Berlin Olympics
  • Aug 6 Jack Lovelock of New Zealand runs a world record (3:47.8) to win the gold medal in the 1,500m at the Berlin Olympics
  • Aug 6 Japanese athletes quinella the triple jump at the Berlin Olympics; Naoto Tajima wins gold and Masao Harada silver
  • Aug 6 American athlete Forrest Towns runs world record 14.1 in 110m hurdles semi finals at the Berlin Olympics; later can't match the time but wins the gold medal in the final
  • Aug 7 A Finnish quinella in the 5,000m final at the Berlin Olympics; Gunnar Höckert runs an Olympic record to beat team mate Lauri Lehtinen
  • Aug 7 Twenty-two nations line-up as the first basketball competition in the Olympics Games starts in Berlin; Estonia beats France 34-29 in the first game
  • Aug 7 Argentina wins the polo gold medal beating Great Britain 11-0 in the final at the Berlin Olympics; final time the sport is contested at the Olympics
  • Aug 8 A Finnish quinella in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Berlin Olympics; Volmari Iso-Hollo beats team mate Kaarlo Tuominen in world record time (9:03.8)
  • Aug 8 American Glenn Morris' decathlon total of 7,254 points is a world record; team mates Bob Clark & Jack Parker complete US sweep in the gruelling event at the Berlin Olympics
  • Aug 9 Jesse Owens is part of the American 4 x 100m relay team that wins gold in world record (39.8) at the Berlin Olympics; his 4th gold medal of the Games
  • Aug 9 Korean nationals representing Japan earn medals in the marathon at the Berlin Olympics; Sohn Kee-chung won gold and Nam Sung-yong bronze
  • Aug 9 Helen Stephens claims the women's sprint double at the Berlin Olympics having won the 100m and as part of the victorious American 4 x 100m relay team
  • Aug 9 Hungarian swimmer Ferenc Csik wins 100m freestyle gold medal in 57.6 at the Berlin Olympics, beating Japanese pair Masanori Yusa & Shigeo Arai
  • Aug 10 First time the Olympic cycling road race is conducted as a mass start event with Frenchmen Robert Charpentier and Guy Lapébie taking gold and silver, and France winning the teams gold medal
  • Aug 12 After 24 year absence a baseball demonstration game is played between 2 American teams at Berlin Olympics, World Champions beat US Olympics, 6-5
  • Aug 12 American diver Marjorie Gestring wins 3m springboard gold at the Berlin Olympics, youngest Olympic gold medalist (13 years 268 days)
  • Aug 12 The gymnastics competition at the Berlin Olympics concludes with Germany dominating, winning 6 of 9 gold medals including the men’s & women’s teams events
  • Aug 13 Nida Senff and Rie Mastenbroek make it a Dutch 1-2 in the women’s 100m backstroke final at the Berlin Olympics
  • Aug 13 Rie Mastenbroek of the Netherlands swims an Olympic record 1:05.9 to win the women’s 100m freestyle at the Berlin Olympics, beating Jeannette Campbell of Argentina by 0:05
  • Aug 13 Americans Dorothy Poynton-Hil and Velma Dunn take the gold and silver medals in the 10m platform diving at the Berlin Olympics
  • Aug 14 United States beats Canada, 19-8 in poor conditions outdoors to win the gold medal in the inaugural men's basketball competition at the Olympics Games in Berlin
  • Aug 14 American swimmers Adolph Kiefer and Al Vande Veghe quinella the 100m backstroke at the Berlin Olympics
  • Aug 14 The Berlin Olympics rowing competition concludes with Germany winning 5 of 7 gold medals, although the United States wins the coveted eights gold
  • Aug 15 Marshall Wayne and Elbert Root make it an American 1-2 in the 10m platform diving at the Berlin Olympics
  • Aug 15 Americans make a clean sweep of the 3m diving medals via Marjorie Gestring, Katherine Rawls and Dorothy Poynton-Hill at the Berlin Olympics
  • Aug 15 The Berlin Olympic fencing competition concludes with Italy winning 4 of the 7 gold medals and Hungary taking the other 3
  • Aug 15 Annibale Frossi scores twice as Italy beats Austria 2-1 in extra time in the soccer final at the Berlin Olympics

A Kiss For Adolf HitlerA Kiss For Adolf Hitler

Aug 15 Carla de Vries, an American tourist at the swimming event of the Berlin Olympics finds Adolf Hitler “so friendly and gracious” she shakes his hand and gives him a kiss
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A kiss for a surprised Fuehrer. Photo: rarehistoricalphotos.com
A kiss for a surprised Fuehrer. Photo: rarehistoricalphotos.com

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Don Nehlen, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bowling Green 1968-76, West Virginia 1980-2000), born in Mansfield, Ohio
  • Jan 5 Terry Lineen, New Zealand rugby union centre (12 caps; Auckland), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • 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 (US C'ships 1960-61, French C'ships 1960; 18 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Los Angeles, California

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • Jan 9 Mike Davies, Welsh tennis player, entrepreneur and administrator (ED ATP; GM ITF; Grand Slam Cup creator), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2015)
  • Jan 14 Ludmila Pinayeva, Soviet 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1964, 1968, 1972), born in Krasnoye Selo, Russia
  • Jan 14 Reiner Klimke, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1984), born in Münster, Germany (d. 1999)
  • Jan 23 Jerry Kramer, American football player (Green Bay Packers) and author (Instant Replay), born in Jordan, Montana
  • Feb 3 Bob Simpson, Australian cricket batsman, captain and coach (62 Tests; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1965), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 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, English cricket batsman (3 Tests; Glamorgan CCC), born in Bristol, England (d. 2020)

Person of interestHenri Richard

Feb 29 Henri Richard, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (record 11 Stanley Cups; 9 x NHL All Star; Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2020)

Ice Hockey Great Henri Richard
Ice Hockey Great
Henri Richard
  • Mar 4 James "Jim" Clark, Scottish F1 Indianapolis 500 winner and World Champion (1963 & 1965), born in Kilmany, Fife, Scotland (d. 1968)
  • Mar 5 Dale Douglass, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles; US Senior Open 1986), born in Wewoka Oklahoma
  • 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, New Zealand golfer (British Open 1963), born in Carterton, New Zealand
  • 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)
  • Mar 24 Alex Olmedo, American/Peruvian tennis player (Australian C'ships, Wimbledon 1959), born in Arequipa, Peru
  • Mar 31 Bob Pulford, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing, coach (coach: LA Kings, Chicago Blackhawks), born in Newton Robinson, Ontario
  • Apr 1 Ron Perranoski, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1963, 65; LAD; AL saves leader 1969, 70; Minnesota Twins) and coach (World Series 1981, 88; LAD), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Apr 2 Shaul Ladany, Israeli race walker (world record 50-mile walk 7:23:50 1972; World C'ships gold 100km walk 9:31:00 1972), born in Belgrade, Serbia

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 Bobby Nichols, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1964), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Apr 15 Jack Noreiga, West Indian cricketer (9-95 WI v India 1971), born in Saint Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2003)
  • Apr 15 Raymond Poulidor, French professional cyclist, born in Masbaraud-Mérignat, France
  • Apr 19 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), born in Exira, Iowa (d. 2013)

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
  • Apr 29 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2019)
  • May 3 José Torres, Puerto Rican boxer (world light-heavyweight champion), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico (d. 2009)
  • May 6 Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union utility back and selector (14 caps), born in Kaitaia, Far North District (d. 2007)
  • May 9 Floyd Robinson, baseball player (White Sox, Reds, A's), born in Prescott, Arkansas
  • May 9 Terry Downes, British middleweight boxing champion (1961-62), born in London, England (2017)
  • May 19 Elisabeth Schwartz, Austrian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1956)
  • May 23 Robert Sangster, horse owner/trainer
  • May 25 Rusi Surti, Indian cricketer (Indian slow lefty, hat-trick for Qld 1969), born in Surat, Gujarat, India (d. 2013)
  • May 30 Roy Harford, Fulham UK, British-born NZ cricketer
  • Jun 2 Vladimir Golubnichy, Soviet walker (Olympic gold 20k 1960, 68), born in Sumy, Ukraine
  • 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 18 Denny Hulme, New Zealand auto racer (F1 World Drivers' Champion 1967), born in Motueka, New Zealand (d. 1992)
  • Jun 29 David Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; World C'ship gold singles 1957-59), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Jun 29 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Payette, Idaho (d. 2011)
  • Jul 3 Eric Russell, English cricketer (England opening batsman early 60s), born in Dumbarton, Scotland
  • Jul 16 Venkataraman Subramanya, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman in nine Tests mid-60's), born in Bangalore, Karnataka
  • Jul 18 Ted Harris, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Jul 20 Butch Baird, American golfer (US Open 1976 4th), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 22 Harold "Dusty" Rhodes, England cricket pace bowler (1959)
  • Jul 23 Don Drysdale [Donald Scott], American MLB player (LA Dodgers-Cy Young 1962), born in Van Nuys, California (d. 1993)
  • Jul 23 Benito Sarti, Italian soccer defender (6 caps; Juventus, Sampdoria), born in Padua, Italy (d. 2020)
  • Jul 25 Gerry Ashmore, British racing driver, born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire
  • Jul 28 Russ Jackson, Canadian football player
  • Jul 28 Sir Garfield (Gary) Sobers, West Indian cricket all-rounder, captain (93 Tests, 57.78 batting average), born in Bridgetown, Barbados
  • Aug 8 Don Bowden, American middle distance runner (1st American to run sub 4 minute mile 1957, 3:58.7), born in San José, California
  • Aug 8 Frank Howard, baseball player (NL Rookie of the Year 1960)
  • Aug 9 Julián Javier, American baseball player, born in San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • Aug 11 Bill Monbouquette, American MLB pitcher (3-time All Star, no-hitter 1962), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • Aug 16 Anita Gillette, American actress (Quincy ME, Marathon, Moonstruck), born in Baltimore, Maryland

Person of interestWilt Chamberlain

Aug 21 Wilt Chamberlain, American College & Basketball Hall of Fame center (13-time All Star), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)

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

Person of interestAshley Cooper

Sep 15 Ashley Cooper, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ships 1957-58, Wimbledon, US C'ships 1958), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2020)

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 FC), born in Didcot, England (d. 2000)
  • Oct 1 Duncan Edwards, English soccer midfielder (18 caps; Manchester United), born in Dudley, Worcestershire (d. 1958)
  • Oct 2 Ian McLachlan, Australian cricket batsman (Cambridge Uni & SA; 72 FC matches) and politician (45th Australian Defence Minister), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Oct 2 Dick Barnett, American basketball guard (NBA All Star 1968; NBA C'ship 1970, 73 NY Knicks), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Oct 4 David Pithey, Rhodesian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests for South Africa), born in Salisbury, Zimbabwe (d. 2018)
  • Oct 10 Artie Dick, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (NZ of 60's), born in Middlemarch, New Zealand
  • Oct 12 Tony Kubek, shortstop (NY Yankees) and sportscaster (NBC-TV, Madison Square Garden), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 23 Barry Sinclair, cricketer (21 Tests for NZ in the 60's, 3 centuries)
  • Oct 25 Alan Smith, English cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire
  • Oct 30 Polina Astakhova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (5 Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), born in Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2005)
  • Nov 1 Eddie Colman, English soccer winger (Manchester United 85 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Salford, England (d. 1958)
  • Nov 2 Lawrence Robert Shreve, Canadian pro wrestler (Abdullah the Butcher), born in Windsor, Ontario

Person of interestRoy Emerson

Nov 3 Roy Emerson, Australian tennis player (12 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Blackbutt, Queensland

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
  • Nov 7 Al Attles, American NBA point guard and coach (SF/GS Warriors), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • Nov 12 Ruth Jessen, American golfer (11 LPGA Tour wins, 3-time major runner-up), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 2007)
  • Nov 12 Mills Lane, American judge and boxing referee
  • Nov 26 Jan Liberda, Polish soccer forward (35 caps; Polonia Bytom), born in Bytom, Poland (d. 2020)
  • Dec 7 Bo Belinsky, American baseball pitcher ( no-hitter 1962 in only 4th MLB game; LA Angels), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • Dec 8 Peter Parfitt, English cricketer (fine England batsman of the 1960's), born in Billingford, Breckland, Norfolk, England
  • Dec 8 Buster Farrer, South African cricketer (South African Test batsman 1962-64), born in King William's Town, Cape Province, South Africa
  • Dec 12 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Timișoara, Romania (d. 2016)
  • Dec 13 J. C. Martin, American baseball player, born in Axton, Virginia
  • Dec 14 Carl Scheer, American basketball executive (general manager Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Charlotte Hornets; inventor NBA Slam Dunk Contest), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2019)
  • Dec 17 Roland Sheldon, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Dec 23 Bobby Ross, NFL coach (San Diego Chargers), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Dec 23 Willie Wood, American Pro Football Hall of Fame safety (Pro Bowl 1962, 64–70; Super Bowl 1967, 68; Green Bay Packers), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2020)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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, South African cricketer (2 Tests S Af v Eng 1898-99, 39 runs), dies at 67
  • 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
  • Jan 27 Johnny Golden, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1922, 26, 27 3rd; Ryder Cup 1927, 29 [3-0-0 record]; 9 x PGA Tour titles), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • Feb 16 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket-keeper (23 Tests), electrocuted at 48
  • 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 Da Costa, West Indian cricket all-rounder (5 Tests), dies at 29
  • Oct 2 George Simpson-Hayward, English cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 23 wickets @ 18.26; last great underarm bowler), dies at 61

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 (NY Giants), dies at 54
  • Oct 12 Bernard Bosanquet, English cricketer (1st great googly bowler, England), dies at 58
  • Oct 26 Rodney Heath, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1905, 10), dies of stomach cancer at 52
  • Oct 30 Teddy Wynyard, cricketer (three Tests for England 1896-1906), dies
  • Dec 10 Bobby Abel, English cricketer (744 runs in 13 Tests for Eng 1888-1902), dies at 79