1938 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 24th Rose Bowl: #2 California beats #4 Alabama, 13-0
  • Jan 1 4th Sugar Bowl: Santa Clara beats LSU, 6-0
  • Jan 1 4th Orange Bowl: Auburn beats Michigan State, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 8 Bradman scores 107 for South Australia v Qld (1st innings)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 11 Bradman scores a second innings 113 v Qld after a ton in the 1st
  • Jan 18 Bradman scores 104* for South Australia v NSW at the SCG
  • Jan 18 Pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 31 31st Women's Australian Championships: Dorothy Bundy Cheney beats Dorothy Stevenson (6-3, 6-2)
  • Jan 31 31st Men's Australian Championships: Don Budge beats John Bromwich (6-4, 6-2, 6-1)
  • Feb 11 Steve Casey beats Lou Thesz in Boston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 23 Joe Louis KOs Nathan Mann in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Feb 26 Rie Van Veen swims world record 200m free style (2:24.6)
  • Mar 19 Toronto Maple Leafs score 8 goals in 5 minutes
  • Mar 23 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis frees 74 St L Cardinals minor leaguers
  • Mar 25 97th Grand National: Bruce Hobbs aboard Battleship wins (1st US bred and owned horse to win)
  • Apr 1 Joe Louis KOs Harry Thomas in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Apr 4 5th Masters Golf Tournament: Henry Picard wins, shooting a 285
  • Apr 12 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
  • Apr 19 42nd Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:35:34.8
  • Apr 24 Lindenheuvel soccer team forms
  • Apr 30 Bradman scores 258 Aust v Worcs, 293 mins, 33 fours 1 five
  • Apr 30 The first televised FA Cup Final takes place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End
  • May 5 Phillies Harold Kelleher faces 16 batters in 6th, as Cubs score 12 runs, both marks are NL records off one hurler in a single inning
  • May 7 64th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Lawrin scores first of record 5 Derby wins
  • May 14 63rd Preakness: Maurice Peters aboard Dauber wins in 1:59.8
  • May 14 England soccer team beats Nazi-Germany, 6-3
  • May 16 In cricket Bradman scores 278 Aust v MCC, 349 mins, 35 fours 1 six
  • May 21 Don Bradman scores 143 Austalia v Surrey, 198 mins, 11 fours
  • May 22 Dodgers announce contracts to install lights at Ebbets Field
  • May 27 Bradman scores his 1000th cricket run of English season, earliest to do so
  • May 30 Yanks sweep Red Sox 10-0 & 5-4 in front of 83,533 at Yankee Stadium
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Floyd Roberts wins in 4:15:58.362 (188.615 km/h)
  • May 31 Bill Edrich scores his 1,000th run of cricket season, all at Lord's
  • Jun 1 Protective baseball helmets 1st worn by batters
  • Jun 4 10th Walker Cup: Britain-Ireland wins 7½-4½ at the Old Course at St Andrews
  • Jun 4 70th Belmont: James Stout aboard Pasteurized wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 11 42nd US Golf Open: Ralph Guldahl shoots a 284 at Cherry Hills Denver
  • Jun 11 Cincinnati Red Johnny Vander Meer no-hits Boston Braves, 3-0
  • Jun 11 Compton scores 1st Test Cricket ton (102 v Aust) aged 20 yrs 19 days
  • Jun 11 43rd Men's French Championships: Don Budge beats Roderich Menzel (6-3, 6-2, 6-4)
  • Jun 11 43rd Women's French Championships: Simonne Mathieu beats Nelly Adamson (6-0, 6-3)
  • Jun 13 Great Cricket innings of 232 by Stan McCabe v England at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 14 Bradman scores 144* in 1st Test Cricket at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 15 1st night game at Brooklyn Ebbets Field (Reds 6, Dodgers 0) as Cincinnati Red Johnny Vander Meer hurls unprecedented 2nd consecutive no-hitter
  • Jun 16 Boston Red Sox Jimmie Foxx is walked a record 6 consecutive times by St Louis Browns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 18 Babe Ruth is signed as a Dodgers coach for the rest of the season

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jun 19 FIFA World Cup Final: Luigi Colausig & Silvio Piola each score 2 goals as Italy beats Hungary 4-1 in Paris, France
  • Jun 19 Paul Waner (Pirates) homers off Pete Sivess (Phillies) in DH
  • Jun 19 Reds Johnny Vander Meer extends his string of hitless baseball innings to 21 2/3 before Debs Garms singles for Boston in 4th
  • Jun 21 Baseball's Pinky Higgins gets 12th straight hit
  • Jun 21 Bradman scores 101* in 77 minutes, Australia v Lancashire

  • Jun 22 Joe Louis scores a stunning 1st round KO of German Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 26 Cincinnati Red Lonny Frey hits 8 doubles in a doubleheader
  • Jun 28 Bradman scores 102* in drawn 2nd Test cricket at Lord's
  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Don Budge beats England's Henry Austin 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 for the 3rd leg of his Grand Slam

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 1 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats Helen Jacobs 6-4, 6-0 in 4th final between the pair (Wills Moody won all 4)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Jul 4 Phillies complete move to Shribe Park in Philadelphia, lose 10-5 to Boston Bees
  • Jul 6 6th MLB All Star Game: NL wins 4-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati on 4 AL errors
  • Jul 8 Would be start of England v Australia Test Cricket at Old Trafford Washout
  • Jul 8 73rd British Golf Open: Reg Whitcombe shoots a 295 at Royal St George's Golf Club
  • Jul 15 Arthur Fagg completes 244 and 202 in the same cricket game for Kent
  • Jul 16 21st PGA Championship: Paul Runyan at Shawnee CC Shawnee-on-Del Pa
  • Jul 20 Finland awarded 1940 Olympic games after Japan withdraws
  • Jul 23 Bradman scores 103 in 178 mins on a Headingley sticky, 3rd Test
  • Jul 28 Bradman scores 202 Aust v Somerset, 225 mins, 32 fours
  • Jul 29 Olympic National Park forms
  • Jul 31 32nd Tour de France won by Gino Bartali of Italy
  • Aug 2 MLB conducts the first test of bright yellow baseballs during Dodgers vs Cardinals doubleheader

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 7 2,000th Brooklyn Dodgers home run: legendary shortstop Leo Durocher homers off Reds hurler Peaches Davis in 8th inning of a 6-3 win

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Aug 17 Henry Armstrong wins his 3rd concurrent boxing championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 20 Lou Gehrig hits record 23rd & last grand slam

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Aug 26 Montreal Maroons dropped from NHL
  • Aug 31 5th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 28, Washington 16 (74,250)
  • Sep 3 1940 Olympic site changed from Tokyo Japan to Helsinki Finland
  • Sep 4 Vainio Muinonen wins 2nd European marathoner (2:37:28.8)
  • Sep 5 Davis Cup Final, Philadelphia: Don Budge beats Adrian Quist of Australia 8-6, 6-1, 6-2 to wrap up the tie for the United States 3-2

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Sep 13 Alexander Cartwright is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • Sep 18 Chicago Bears beat Green Bay Packers 2-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 24 Alice Marble wins her 2nd singles US tennis title

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • Sep 24 58th U.S. Men's National Championship: Don Budge beats Gene Mako (6-3, 6-8, 6-2, 6-1) and becomes 1st tennis player to win a grand slam
  • Sep 24 52nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Alice Marble beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-0, 6-3)
  • Sep 28 Homer in the Gloamin' - famous walk-off home run hit by Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs against the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Oct 1 Chicago Cubs clinch NL pennant
  • Oct 6 Yanks Lefty Gomez sets record of 6 World Series wins without a loss
  • Oct 9 Cleveland Browns & Chicago Bears play a penalty free NFL game
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees sweep Cubs in 35th World Series, 3rd straight WS win
  • Nov 2 Babe Ruth applies for job of St Louis Browns' manager
  • Nov 24 National Semi-Pro Basketball Congress authorizes yellow basketball
  • Nov 28 4th Heisman Trophy Award: Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian (QB)
  • Nov 29 Mayor Oud of Rotterdam forbids soccer match between Neth-Germany
  • Dec 9 1939 NFL Draft: Ki Aldrich from TCU first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • Dec 10 26th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 30-7
  • Dec 11 New York Giants win NFL championship
  • Dec 14 Major leagues agrees on standard ball
  • Dec 14 Major leagues disagree on increasing rosters from 23 to 25
  • Dec 26 Tom Goddard takes a cricket hat-trick for England v South Africa
  • Dec 28 Paul Gibb scores 106 on Test Cricket debut v South Africa

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 137

  • Jan 4 Louis Krebs Graham, PGA golfer (1975 US Open), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jan 5 Edwin Elliason, Washington, US archer (Olympic-92)
  • Jan 5 Jim Otto, NFL center (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jan 5 Piet Kruiver, Dutch soccer star

Person of interestFrank Mahovlich

Jan 10 Frank Mahovlich, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Timmins, Ontario

NHL Legend Frank Mahovlich
NHL Legend
Frank Mahovlich
  • Jan 10 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6-time All Star), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Jan 13 Tord Grip, Swedish football manager
  • Jan 15 Chuni Goswami, Indian footballer and cricketer
  • Jan 18 Curt Flood, American baseball player (d. 1997)
  • Jan 22 Altair, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 24 Gyula Torok, Hungarian Boxer (Oly Gold 1960), (d. 2014)
  • Jan 28 Leonid Zhabotynsky, Ukrainian weightlifter
  • Jan 29 Bill Christian, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Feb 1 Jacky Cupit, golfer (Rookie of Year 1961)
  • Feb 3 Emile Griffith, US Virgin Islands professional boxer, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 7 Juan Pizarro, baseball player
  • Feb 11 Bevan Congdon, cricketer (NZ batsman of 60s & 70s)
  • Feb 11 Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Feb 11 Yevgeniy Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Feb 18 Barry Knight, cricketer (England all-rounder mid-60s)
  • Feb 18 Manny Mota, Dominican baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Feb 19 Penny Zavichas, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 20 Jack Bicknell, WLAF head coach (Barcelona Dragons)
  • Feb 24 Phil Knight, American sportswear manufacturer
  • Feb 25 Farokh Engineer, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1961-75)
  • Feb 25 Herb Elliott, Australia, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Feb 25 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater (Olympic gold 1960), born in Rybnoye (d. 2012)
  • Mar 2 Donald Schwall, baseball player (1961 AL rookie of year)
  • Mar 4 Don Perkins, American football player
  • Mar 5 Fred "Hammer" Williamson, NFLer (Chiefs)/actor (Julia), born in Gary, Indiana
  • Mar 7 Homero Blancas, PGA golfer (1972 Phoenix Open), born in Houston, Texas
  • Mar 7 Janet Guthrie, American professional race car driver (1st woman to race in Indie 500 and Daytona 500), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Mar 10 Ijaz Butt, cricketer (Pakistani opening batsman in 8 Tests 1958-60)
  • Mar 10 Ron Mix, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders)
  • Mar 12 Johnny Rutherford, auto racer (26 championship races)
  • Mar 12 Vijay Mehra, cricketer (Indian Test batsman from age 17)
  • Mar 13 Joe Bellino, American footballer (1960 Heisman Trophy), born in Winchester, Massachusetts
  • Mar 14 Johnny Gleeson, cricketer (mystery spinner for Australia 1966-72)
  • Mar 21 Grahame Thomas, cricketer (Australian batsman of the mid-60's)
  • Mar 22 Vivian Pulliam, horse trainer
  • Mar 24 Larry Wilson, NFL back (Cardinals)
  • Mar 25 Fritz d'Orey, Brazilian racing driver
  • Apr 2 Whirlaway, American thoroughbred racehorse, 1941 Triple Crown Winner (d. 1953)
  • Apr 4 A Bartlett Giamatti, American President of Yale and baseball commissioner (1989), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1989)
  • Apr 5 Colin Bland, South African cricketer (South African bat Maybe the best cover field), born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Apr 8 Mohammad Farooq, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 7 Tests 1960-65)
  • Apr 10 Don Meredith, NFL quarterback (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football, born in Mount Vernon, Texas
  • Apr 16 Rich Rollins, American baseballer
  • Apr 20 Bernard Malivoire, French cox pair (Olympic gold 1952), born in Bergerac, Dordogne (d. 1982)
  • Apr 20 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete, 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic gold 1956, 64), born in Merrylands, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2017)
  • Apr 22 Alan Bond, Australian tycoon/yachtsman (America's Cup), born in London
  • May 3 Chris Cannizzaro, American baseball player, born in Oakland, California (d. 2016)
  • May 7 Johnny Caldwell, Irish flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • May 8 Javed Burki, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 25 Tests 1960-69)
  • May 10 Manuel Santana, Spanish tennis player (4-time Grand Slam singles champion), born in Madrid, Spain
  • May 10 Merritt Ranew, baseball player
  • May 20 Christina Bass-Kaiser, 3K Dutch speed skater (Olympic gold 1972)
  • May 24 Glen Hall, cricket leg-spinner (South African in one Test v England 1964)
  • May 25 Ludmil Buldakova, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972)

Person of interestJerry West

May 28 Jerry West, American Basketball Hall of Fame guard, executive (LA Lakers, 14-time NBA All Star), born in Chelyan, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • May 29 Francis Thomas (Fay) Vincent, baseball commissioner
  • Jun 2 Gene Michael, American baseball shortstop, and general manger (NY Yankees), born in Kent, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • Jun 4 Art Mahaffey, baseball player
  • Jun 5 Karin Balzer, German DR, hurdler (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jun 9 Anne Kenny, Mudgee NSW, golfer (1968, 71 Australian Champ)
  • Jun 13 Carole Jo Callison, LPGA golfer
  • Jun 14 Gustavo Ávila, Venezuelan jockey (Kentucky Derby/Preakness 1971), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • Jun 15 Billy Williams, baseball player (Cubs)
  • Jun 17 Judy Kimball-Simon, LPGA golfer
  • Jun 21 James Botten, cricketer (all-rounder in 1965 South African series v England)
  • Jun 24 Boris Lagutin, USSR, light-middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1964, 68)
  • Jun 24 Don Mincher, Huntsville, Alabama, Major League Baseball 1st baseman, (d. 2012)
  • Jun 27 Gordon Rorke, Australian cricketer (Australian quickie, 4 Tests at end of 50's), born in Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jun 30 Billy Mills, 10k (Olympic gold 1964), born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • Jun 30 William Mervin Mills, 10K runner (Olympic gold 1964), born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • Jul 1 Chester Watson, West Indian cricket fast bowler (7 Tests, 19 wickets), born in Negril, Jamaica
  • Jul 3 David Gandolfo, horse trainer
  • Jul 3 Shin Geum Dan, North Korea, 400m/800m runner (1962 world record)
  • Jul 4 Cyril Mitchley, South African cricket wicket-keeper (Transvaal, later Test umpire), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • Jul 12 Mickey Stratton, Meriden Ct, softball catcher (Hall of Fame 1969)
  • Jul 12 Ron Fairly, American baseball player, born in Macon, Georgia
  • Jul 12 Wieger Mensonides, Dutch swimmer, born in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Jul 15 Enrique Figuerola Camue, Cuba, 100m runner (Olympic silver 1964)
  • Jul 18 John Connelly, English footballer (20 English caps), born in St Helens, Lancashire (d. 2012)
  • Jul 20 Roger Hunt, English footballer
  • Jul 24 John Sparling, NZ cricket all-rounder (11 Tests 1958-64)
  • Jul 28 Luis Aragonés, Spanish football manager, born in Hortaleza, Madrid (d. 2014)
  • Jul 30 Vayachselav Ivanenko, 50K walker (Olympic gold 1988)
  • Aug 2 Brunhilde Hendrix, German relay runner (Olympic silver 1960), born in Langenzenn, Germany (d. 1995)
  • Aug 5 Hayes Wendell Jones, Sturksville Mich, 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Aug 7 Dewi Lorwerth Ellis Bebb, rugby international/journalist

Person of interestRod Laver

Aug 9 Rod Laver, Australian tennis player (1962, 1969 Grand Slam), born in Rockhampton, Queensland

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Aug 9 Otto Rehhagel, German football manager
  • Aug 14 Betsy Cullen, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 19 Valentin Mankin, USSR, finn class yachtsman (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Aug 22 Paul Maguire, American football commentator, born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Sep 9 Richard Sharpe, English rugby player
  • Sep 15 Gaylord Perry, baseball player (1972 AL Cy Young winner)
  • Sep 15 Rafael H Osuna, tennis champ (US Open - 1963)
  • Sep 20 Tom Tresh, NY Yankee (1962 AL Rookie of Year)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 10 NFL quarterback Sammy Baugh (24) weds his college sweetheart Edmonia Smith in Sweetwater, Texas

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 28 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver, dies at 28
  • Jan 28 John Sharp, cricketer (England bat 1909, also soccer intl), dies
  • Mar 4 Jack Taylor, American baseball player (b. 1874)
  • Mar 15 Edmund Tylecote, cricketer (England keeper in 6 Tests 1882-86), dies
  • Apr 4 Cyril Christiani, cricket wicket keep (WI 1935), dies of malaria at 24
  • Apr 8 Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (took 2-99 lefty in test for S Af), dies
  • Apr 16 Steve Bloomer, English footballer (b. 1874)
  • May 10 Percy McAlister, cricketer (8 Tests, punches Clem Hill in 1912), dies
  • Jun 17 H V "Ranji" Hordern, cricketer (7 Tests for Australia 1910-12, dies
  • Jun 24 "Digger" Robertson, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885), dies
  • Jul 5 John McIlwraith, cricketer (Tests for Australia), dies
  • Jul 14 Robert Poore, cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa in 1895-96 series), dies
  • Aug 14 Hugh Trumble, cricketer (32 Tests for Australia, 141 wickets), dies
  • Aug 14 Jim Kelly, Australian cricketer (36 Tests for Aust 1896-1905, stumped 20), dies at 71
  • Sep 6 John Stuart Hindmarsh, British racing driver and aviator (b. 1907)
  • Oct 10 Lord Hawke [Martin Bladen Hawke], English cricketer (England batsman 1890's), dies at 78
  • Oct 12 Hugh Massie, Australian cricketer (9 Tests for Australia 1881-85, capt), dies at 84
  • Nov 15 George Glover, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • Dec 7 Harry Moses, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1887-95), dies