1937 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 23rd Rose Bowl: #3 Pittsburgh beats #5 Washington, 21-0
  • Jan 1 3rd Sugar Bowl: Santa Clara beats LSU, 21-14
  • Jan 1 3rd Orange Bowl: #14 Duquesne beats Mississippi State, 13-12

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Fingleton & Bradman make record stand of 346 for 6th wkt

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 6 Bradman scores 270 Aust v England at the MCG, incl 110 singles

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 19 Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Jan 30 30th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne beats Emily Hood Westacott (6-3, 5-7, 6-4)
  • Jan 30 30th Men's Australian Championships: Vivian McGrath beats John Bromwich (6-3, 1-6, 6-0, 2-6, 6-1)
  • Feb 3 Don Bradman scores 212 (in 441 minutes!) in 5th cricket test v England
  • Feb 10 Ragnhild Hveger swims world free style record 400m (5:14.2)
  • Feb 12 Cleveland (now Los Angeles) Rams granted an NFL franchise
  • Feb 13 NFL Boston Redskins move to Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 27 Bradman scores 169 in 5th Test Cricket v England in 223 minutes
  • Mar 19 96th Grand National: Evan Williams aboard Royal Mail wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 It is revealed Quaker Oats pays Babe Ruth $25,000 per year for ads

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Mar 25 Lionel Conacher misses on 1st Stanley Cup penalty shot

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 26 Joe DiMaggio takes Ty Cobb's advice & replace his 40 with 36 oz bat

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 4 4th Masters Golf Tournament: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 283

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Apr 12 Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England.
  • Apr 15 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 3 games to 2
  • Apr 19 41st Boston Marathon won by Walter Young of Canada in 2:33:20
  • May 8 63rd Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on War Admiral wins 2:03.2
  • May 9 Reds beat Phillies 21-10 (Ernie Lombardi goes 6 for 6)
  • May 12 St Louis Cards beat Philadelphia Phillies, 15-3
  • May 15 62nd Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 1:58.4

Sport awardGolf Major

May 30 20th PGA Championship: Denny Shute at Pittsburgh FC Aspinwall PA

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Denny Shute
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Denny Shute
  • May 30 Pitcher Carl Hubbell's 24th consecutive victory
  • May 30 61,756, second largest crowd in Polo Grounds history, sees Dodgers ends Carl Hubbell's consecutive-game winning streak at 24
  • May 30 42nd Men's French Championships: Henner Henkel beats Bunny Austin (6-1, 6-4, 6-3)
  • May 30 42nd Women's French Championships: Hilde Sperling beats Simonne Mathieu (6-2, 6-4)
  • May 31 Brooklyn Dodgers snap NY Giant Carl Hubbell's 24-game winning streak
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw wins in 4:24:07.861 (182.789 km/h)
  • Jun 1 Chicago White Sox Bill Dietrich no-hits St Louis Browns, 8-0
  • Jun 5 69th Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard War Admiral wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 6 Phillies trailing 8-2 to St Louis, forfeit game
  • Jun 12 41st US Golf Open: Ralph Guldahl shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 13 Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs against St Louis Browns

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 22 Joe Louis KOs James J Braddock in 18 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 26 Test cricket debut of Len Hutton v NZ at Lord's, scores 0 & 1
  • Jul 2 57th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Don Budge beats G von Cramm (6-3 6-4 6-2)
  • Jul 2 50th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothy Little beats J Jędrzejowska (6-2 2-6 7-5)
  • Jul 5 Joe DiMaggio's 1st grand slammer
  • Jul 7 5th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 8-3 at Griffith Stadium, Wash
  • Jul 9 72nd British Golf Open: Henry Cotton shoots a 290 at Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Jul 25 31st Tour de France won by Roger Lapebie of France
  • Jul 27 32nd Davis Cup: USA beats Great Britain in Wimbledon (4-1)
  • Jul 30 Phillies Dolph Camilli, plays 1st base and registers no put outs
  • Aug 5 Ranger (US) beats Endeavour II (England) in 17th America's Cup
  • Aug 14 Detroit Tigers score 36 runs in double header vs St Louis Browns
  • Aug 30 Joe Louis beats Tommy Farr in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 1 4th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 6, Green Bay 0 (84,560)
  • Sep 4 Doris Kopsky, becomes 1st NABA woman cycling champion (4:22.4)
  • Sep 10 2nd American Football League plays 1st game (LA 21, Pittsburgh 0)
  • Sep 10 Cleveland (Los Angeles) Rams plays their 1st NFL game, lose 28-0
  • Sep 11 57th U.S. Men's National Championship: Don Budge beats Gottfried von Cramm (6-1, 7-9, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1)
  • Sep 11 51st U.S. Women's National Championship: Anita Lizana beats Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (6-4, 6-2)
  • Sep 17 1st NFL game in Washington, D.C.; Redskins beat NY Giants 13-3
  • Sep 23 Yankees lose 9-5 but clinch pennant when Red Sox beat Detroit
  • Sep 29 Frans Slaats bicycles world record time (45,563 km)
  • Sep 30 6th Ryder Cup: US, 8-4 at Southport & Ainsdale, England
  • Oct 10 NY Yankees beat Giants 4 games to 1 in 34th World Series
  • Nov 3 Maurice Archambaud bicycles world record for distance in one hour (45.796 km)
  • Nov 3 NHL Howie Morenz Memorial Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 6-5 in Mont
  • Nov 30 3rd Heisman Trophy Award: Clint Frank, Yale (HB)

AgreementContract of Interest

Dec 7 Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Dec 11 25th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 30-7
  • Dec 12 Washington Redskins win NFL championship
  • Dec 12 1938 NFL Draft: Corbett Davis from University of Indiana first pick by Cleveland Rams
  • Dec 21 O'Reilly completes 14-98 for cricket match, NSW v South Aust
  • Dec 27 German immigration officials with no explanation bar Juan Carlos Zabala (Arg), 1932 Olympic marathon champion, from entering Germany

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 116

  • Jan 4 R Surendranath, cricketer (Indian pace bowler in 11 Tests early 60s)
  • Jan 6 Lou Holtz, American football coach (NJ Jets)
  • Jan 14 Ken Higgs, cricketer (effective England pace-bowler in 15 Tests 1965-68)
  • Jan 14 Erland Kops, Danish badminton player
  • Jan 16 Luiz Bueno, Brazilian racing driver
  • Jan 25 Don Maynard, NFL receiver (NY Jets), #13
  • Feb 2 Martina Arroyo, American opera soprano (NY Met), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 2 Don Buford, All-Star MLB outfielder
  • Feb 4 John Devitt, Australia, 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Feb 4 Magnar Solberg, Norwegian 20K biathalete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • Feb 8 Manfred Krug, Duisburg Germany, actor (Boxer)
  • Feb 9 Clete Boyer, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • Feb 10 Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic 2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)
  • Feb 11 Bill Lawry, cricketer (dour Australian lefty opener, Can talk a bit)
  • Feb 11 Peter Lashley, cricketer (4 Tests for West Indies 1960-66)
  • Feb 12 Charles Everett Dumas, high jumper (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Feb 18 Jeff Farrell, US swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1960)
  • Feb 19 Norman O'Neill, cricketer (great Aussie bat of 60's Brilliant field)
  • Feb 20 Roger Penske, auto racer
  • Feb 21 Ron Clarke, Australian runner (set 17 world records) and mayor, born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 2015)
  • Feb 22 Noel Murphy, British(?) rugby player
  • Feb 22 Tommy Aaron, PGA golfer (1973 Masters), born in Gainesville, Georgia
  • Feb 23 Tom Osborne, college football coach
  • Feb 27 L Jay Silvester, American discus thrower (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Mar 4 Graeme Dowling, cricketer (New Zealand, 239 v India 1968)
  • Mar 9 Grahame Chevalier, South African cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1970, 0 & 0*, 5-100), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2017)
  • Mar 9 Brian Redman, English racing driver, born in Colne, Lancashire
  • Mar 11 John Ward, NZ cricket wicket-keeper (8 Tests 1964-68)
  • Mar 14 Peter van der Merwe, cricketer (South African captain of mid-1960's)
  • Mar 18 Mark Donohue, auto racer (1972 Indianapolis 500)
  • Mar 18 Robin Wright, race horse trainer
  • Mar 18 Rudi Altig, German cyclist
  • Mar 20 Helmut Recknagel, German 90m ski jump (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Mar 21 Tom Flores, NFL quarterback and coach (Raiders), born in Fresno, California
  • Mar 22 Armin Hary, German athlete
  • Mar 23 Tony Burton, actor (Rocky films) and boxer, born in Flint, Michigan (d. 2016)
  • Mar 26 Barbara Pearl Jones, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Mar 26 Wayne Embry, holder of 7 basketball records (Miami of Ohio)
  • Apr 3 Sandra Spuzich, LPGA golfer, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2015)
  • Apr 6 Tom Veivers, cricketer (Australian off-spinner in the 60's)
  • Apr 10 Stan Mellor, British racehorse trainer and jockey
  • Apr 18 Tatyana Shchelkanova, USSR, long jumper (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • Apr 22 Kenneth Palmer, umpire and cricketer (1-190 in only Test for England)
  • Apr 23 Barry Shepherd, Australian cricketer (Australian lefty bat early 60's), born in Donnybrook, Australia
  • Apr 23 Don Massengale, PGA golfer (1966 Bing Crosby Celebrity), born in Jackson, Texas
  • Apr 26 Robert Boozer, basketball player (Olympic gold 1960), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2012)
  • May 1 Roger Brown, College Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle (6 Pro-Bowls), born in Surry County, Virginia
  • May 6 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison, born in Clifton, New Jersey
  • May 7 Claude Raymond, Quebec baseball player, born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
  • May 8 Mike Cuellar, baseball player
  • May 10 Jim Hickman, baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), born in Henning, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • May 10 Tamara Press, USSR, shot putter/discus thrower (Olympic gold 1960)
  • May 11 David Allan, cricketer (West Indian wicketkeeper 1962-66)
  • May 12 Beryl Burton, UK, won record (7) women's cycling titles
  • May 14 Dick Howser, shortstop (Kansas City A's), manager (KC Royals)
  • May 18 Brooks Robinson, Baltimore Oriole 3rd baseman (1955-77)
  • May 19 Pat Roach, English actor and wrestler (d. 2004)
  • May 20 Dave Hill, PGA golfer (1967 Memphis), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • May 23 John Mazza, horse trainer
  • May 29 Alwin Schockemohle, horse show jumper
  • May 30 Harry Statham, American basketball coach
  • Jun 7 Bert sugar, American sports writer (Sting like a Bee), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2012)
  • Jun 9 Sven Conrad Stayers, cricketer (WI fast bowler 1962)
  • Jun 15 Kumar Shri Indrajitsinhji, cricketer (Indian keeper in 60's)
  • Jun 21 John Edrich, cricketer (England left-handed batsman, 310* v NZ 1965)
  • Jun 28 George Knudson, Canadian golfer (d. 1989)
  • Jun 28 Ron Luciano, American baseball umpire (d. 1995)
  • Jul 2 Dick Berardino, baseball player
  • Jul 2 Richard Petty "The King", American NASCAR Driver (7x NASCAR Championship, 7x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina
  • Jul 4 Hector Palma, horse trainer
  • Jul 6 Tony Lewis, cricketer (England batsman, captain 1972-73)
  • Jul 9 Clemon Daniels, American football halfback and AFL player of year 1963 (Oak, Dallas, San Francisco), born in McKinney, Texas
  • Jul 9 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, born in Nyack, New York
  • Jul 13 Charles Coody, Stamford TX, PGA golfer (1971 Masters)
  • Jul 14 Khalid Hassan, Pak cricket leg-spinner (took 2-116 at 16 in only Test)
  • Jul 22 John Price, England cricket fast-medium bowler (1964-72)
  • Jul 22 V B Ranjane, Indian cricket fast bowler (early 1960's)
  • Jul 31 Isabelle F Daniels, Jakin Georgia, 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 56)
  • Aug 2 William Cannon, football player (Heisman-1959)
  • Aug 3 Duncan Sharpe, cricketer (3 Tests for Pakistan 1959-60)

Person of interestHerb Brooks

Aug 5 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (Olympic gold Medal 1980), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)

Ice Hockey Player & Coach Herb Brooks
Ice Hockey Player & Coach
Herb Brooks
  • Aug 7 Don Wilson, cricketer (England slow left-armer between 1963-71)
  • Aug 10 Lucinda Williams, US sprinter (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Aug 14 Brian Curvis, Welsh boxer and British welterweight champion (1960-1964), born in Swansea, Wales (d. 2012)
  • Aug 20 George Thoma, German FR, cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Aug 26 Tom Heinsohn, NBA star/coach (Boston Celtic)
  • Aug 30 Bruce McLaren, New Zealand car racer and founder of eponymous race team (d. 1970)
  • Sep 1 Al Geiberger, Red Bluff CA, PGA golfer (1962 Ontario Open)

Person of interestPeter Ueberroth

Sep 2 Peter Ueberroth, American organizer of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and commissioner of baseball (1984-89), born in Evanston, Illinois

Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth
Olympic Executive and Commissioner of Baseball
Peter Ueberroth
  • Sep 4 Dawn Fraser, NSW Australia, 100m freestyle (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64)
  • Sep 5 Antonio Valentín Angelillo, Italian-Argentinian footballer who played for both Argentina and Italy, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2018)
  • Sep 10 Alun Edward Islwyn Pask, rugby International
  • Sep 12 Wes Hall, Barbadian former cricketer and politician, born in Glebe Land, Station Hill, Barbados
  • Sep 12 George Chuvalo, Canadian boxer, born in Toronto, Canada
  • Sep 15 Cynthia Anzolut, LPGA golfer, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 16 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, super heavyweight (Olympic gold 1964 68, 72)
  • Sep 16 Vincent J Naimoli, owner (SF Giants), born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • Sep 17 Orlando Cepeda, Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player, born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Sep 19 Abner Haynes, American football player
  • Oct 1 Saeed Ahmed, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 41 Tests 1958-73)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 12 Explorer Jacques Cousteau (27) weds scuba diver Simone Melchior (18) at Saint-Louis-des-Invalides in Paris

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 13 Walter Brearley, cricketer (17 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng 1905-12), dies
  • Jan 28 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (b. 1862)
  • Feb 20 "Barlow" Carkeek, Aust cricket wicketkeeper (1912 series), dies
  • Feb 23 Claude Buckenham, cricketer (21 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies

Person of interestHowie Morenz

Mar 8 Howie Morenz, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of a heart attack at 34

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • Mar 26 Albert Relf, cricketer (13 Tests for England 1903-14), commits suicide
  • Jun 4 Donald Eligon, cricketer, dies of blood poisoning from a nail in his boot at 28
  • Jul 22 Ted McDonald, cricketer (43 wickets for Australia), dies in car crash
  • Sep 2 Pierre de Coubertin, baron/revivor of Olympics, dies at 74
  • Sep 29 Ray Ewry, jumper (10 Olympic golds 1900, 04, 06, 08), dies at 63
  • Nov 12 Harry Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper (v WI 1928), dies
  • Nov 14 Jack O'Connor, American baseball player (b. 1869)
  • Nov 17 Jack Worrall, cricketer (Australian batsman 1885-99, 11 Tests), dies
  • Dec 18 Stanford Schultz, English cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1879), dies at 80