1941 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 27th Rose Bowl: #2 Stanford beats #7 Nebraska, 21-13
  • Jan 1 7th Sugar Bowl: #4 Boston College beats #6 Tennessee, 19-13
  • Jan 1 7th Orange Bowl: #9 Mississippi State beats #13 Georgetown, 14-7

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 31 Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Feb 17 Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Feb 25 Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
  • Mar 1 Elmer Layden becomes 1st NFL commissioner
  • Mar 4 NHL Chicago goalie Samuel LoPresti stops record 80 of 83 Boston shots
  • Mar 8 1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 11 Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Mar 21 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 24 LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
  • Mar 29 3rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wisconsin beats Wash State 39-34
  • Apr 6 8th Masters Golf Tournament: Craig Wood wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 8 Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Apr 9 PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame
  • Apr 12 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
  • Apr 19 45th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:30:38
  • Apr 20 Dodgers start to wear liners in their caps
  • Apr 26 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 2 MLB player Ted Williams' lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • May 3 67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 2:01.4
  • May 10 66th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 1:58.8

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 15 Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • May 16 1st US radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • May 19 Germany occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis
  • May 20 White Sox Taft Wright sets AL record of RBIs in 13 consecutive games
  • May 23 Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 25 Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time in 1941
  • May 28 NY Yankees nip Washington Senators 6-5 in 1st night game at Griffith Stadium
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Floyd Davis/Mauri Rose wins in 4:20:36.266 (185.263 km/h)
  • May 31 German occupiers forbids Jews access to beach & swimming pools
  • Jun 4 Nazis forbid Jews access to beaches & swimming pools
  • Jun 5 Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
  • Jun 7 45th US Golf Open: Craig Wood shoots a 284 at Colonial Club Fort Worth
  • Jun 7 73rd Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway win in 2:31 (triple crown)
  • Jun 18 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 1 Joe DiMaggio on way to 56, ties Willie Keeler's 44 game hit streak

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 6 NY Yankees unveil a monument to Lou Gehrig in centerfield

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jul 8 9th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • Jul 13 24th PGA Championship: Vic Ghezzi at Cherry Hills CC Denver
  • Jul 13 Eddie Mayo (LA-Pacific Coast League), spits in face of umpire Ray Snyder
  • Jul 16 Joe DiMaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game
  • Jul 17 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland
  • Jul 24 Red Sox Lefty Grove, 41, wins his 300th game
  • Jul 25 Red Sox Lefty Grove becomes 12th to win 300 games (his last victory)
  • Aug 1 NY Yankee Lefty Gomez walks most (11) in a shutout (Yanks 9, St L 0)
  • Aug 3 Browns pitcher Johnny Niggling gets Joe DiMaggio in 4 at bats to stop DiMaggio's streak of 74 games in reaching base
  • Aug 6 Detroit pitcher Al Benton is 1st to collect 2 sacrifices in an inning
  • Aug 18 Phillies commit 8 errors in a baseball game
  • Aug 28 8th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 37, All-Stars 13 (98,203)

  • Aug 30 St Louis Card Lon Warneke no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 2-0
  • Sep 4 NY Yankees, win earliest AL pennent (full season)
  • Sep 4 Yanks beat Red Sox 6-3 & clinch their 12th & earliest pennant

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 7 61st U.S. Men's National Championship: Bobby Riggs beats Frank Kovacs (5-7, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • Sep 7 55th U.S. Women's National Championship: Sarah Palfrey Cooke beats Pauline Betz Addie (7-5, 6-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Cards' Stan Musial makes his major league debut, going 2-for-4

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Sep 25 Brooklyn Dodgers win their 1st pennant in 21 years
  • Sep 28 Phillies lose club record 111th game
  • Sep 28 Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting avg
  • Sep 29 Joe Louis TKOs Lou Nova in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 29 Million jam downtown Brooklyn to cheer NL champ Dodgers in a parade
  • Oct 1 Yankees beat Dodgers 3-2 at Yankee Stadium in opener of World Series
  • Oct 6 NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 1, in 38th World Series
  • Oct 19 1st woman jockey in North America, Anna Lee Wiley in Mexico
  • Nov 25 Lou Boudreau, 24, becomes Cleveland Indians player manager
  • Nov 26 Amateur tennis champ Bobby Riggs turns pro
  • Nov 27 Joe DiMaggio is named AL MVP
  • Nov 29 29th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 18-16
  • Dec 1 Last day of first-class cricket in Australia for 4 years
  • Dec 2 NY Giants name Mel Ott as player-manager, replacing Bill Terry
  • Dec 9 7th Heisman Trophy Award: Bruce Smith, Minnesota (HB)
  • Dec 14 1st NFL division playoff, Bears beat Packers 33-14
  • Dec 21 Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point
  • Dec 21 Chicago bears win the NFL championship
  • Dec 22 1942 NFL Draft: Bill Dudley from University of Virginia first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 131

  • Jan 5 Bob Cunis, cricketer (New Zealand pace bowler of the late 60's)
  • Jan 5 Mansur Ali Khan, cricketer (Nawab of Pataudi, Indian batsman & capt)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 5 Chuck McKinley, American tennis player, born in St. Louis, Missouri

Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • Jan 11 Gérson, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 13 Meinhard Nehmer, German DR, 2 man bobsledder (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jan 14 C L "Gibby" Gilbert Jr, PGA golfer (1976 Danny Thomas), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Jan 16 Christine Janes, tennis player
  • Jan 19 Pat Patterson, Canadian wrestler
  • Jan 25 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Jan 30 Tineke Lagerberg, Dutch swimmer
  • Jan 31 Sharon Miller, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 1 Anatoliy Firssov, USSR, ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • Feb 1 Franco Nones, Italian 30K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Feb 3 Carol Mann, golfer (LPGA Hall of Fame 1977, 1965 US Open), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Feb 3 Gary Bartlett, cricket pace bowler (NZ in 10 Tests in the 1960's)
  • Feb 10 John Hampshire, cricketer (of Yorkshire Century on debut for Eng 1969)
  • Feb 12 Ross Morgan, cricketer (NZ batsman in 20 Tests 1965-72)
  • Feb 16 Vitali Kuznetsov, USSR, judo (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Feb 17 Heidi Biebi, German Fed Rep, downhill skier (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Feb 23 Robin Bynoe, cricketer (WI opening batsman in 4 Tests 1959-67)
  • Feb 23 Ron Hunt, baseball player
  • Feb 26 Keith Thomson, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v India 1968)
  • Mar 9 Jim Colbert, Elizabeth NJ, PGA golfer (1969 Monsanto Open)
  • Mar 10 Sandra Palmer, LPGA golfer (1986 Mayflower Classic), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Mar 20 Carlos Lopez snr, American jockey
  • Mar 20 Pat Corrales, American baseball player
  • Mar 21 Malcolm Francke, cricketer (leg-spinner, Ceylon 1956 to Qld 1984)
  • Mar 22 Gary Lewis, horse trainer
  • Mar 26 Barclay Plager, hockey player/twin brother of hockey's Bob Plager
  • Mar 26 Bob Plager, hockey player/twin brother of hockey's Barclay Plager
  • Mar 27 Liese Prokop, Austrian pentathlete (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Mar 28 Jim Turner, American football player
  • Mar 30 Sven Hamrin, Swedish road race cycler (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • Apr 1 Ajit Wadekar, cricketer (stalwart Indian batsman & capt)
  • Apr 3 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping (d. 1984)
  • Apr 12 Bobby Moore, English footballer (d. 1993)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 14 Pete Rose, MLB player and manager (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • Apr 18 Walter Francis Sweeney, Cohasset, Massachusetts, NFL Guard (San Diego Chargers), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 27 Lee Roy Jordan, American football player
  • Apr 28 Lucien Aimar, French cyclist
  • May 2 Clay Carroll, American baseball player
  • May 5 Aleksandr Ragulin, USSR, ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • May 5 Howie Komives, NBA star (NY Knicks, Buffalo Braves)
  • May 7 Grahame Bilby, cricketer (two Tests NZ v England 1966)
  • May 9 Dorothy Hyman, England, sprinter (Oly-silver-60)
  • May 10 Ken Berry [Allen Kent Berry], American baseball player (White Sox, Angels, Brewers, Indians), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • May 11 Ian Redpath, cricketer (dependable Australian opening batsman 1964-76)
  • May 14 Nasim-ul-Ghani, cricketer (Pakistani left-handed all-rounder 1958-73)
  • May 15 Cyril Cooray, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test umpire on intl panel)
  • May 22 Martha Langbein, German athlete
  • May 31 Gil [Walter] Morgan, Haddock GA, PGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open)
  • Jun 1 Dean Chance, Baseball pitcher, born in Wooster, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • Jun 5 Duane Duke Sims, baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 5 Robert Kraft, American owner of the New England Patriots, born in Brookline, Massachusetts

Business Magnate and NFL Owner Robert Kraft
Business Magnate and NFL Owner
Robert Kraft
  • Jun 12 Marv Albert, American "Yes!" sportscaster (NBC-TV)/back biter, born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 13 Marcel Lachemann, American baseball player
  • Jun 24 Graham McKenzie, cricketer (prolific Australian pace bowler 1961-71)
  • Jun 28 Al Downing, American baseball player
  • Jun 29 Margritta Gummel, German DR, shot putter (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jun 29 John Boccabella, American baseball player
  • Jun 30 John Jameson, cricketer (England batsman, 465 p/ship with Kanhai)
  • Jun 30 Peter Pollock, cricketer (bro of Graeme/father of Shaun, S Af quickie)
  • Jul 1 Rod Gilbert, Canadian NHL wing (NY Rangers)
  • Jul 8 Dario Gradi, Italian-born football manager
  • Jul 9 Takehide Nakatani, Japan, lightweight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Jul 11 Clive Puzey, Zimbabwean racing driver
  • Jul 13 Graeme Corling, Australian cricket fast bowler (1964 England tour)
  • Jul 17 Bob Taylor, cricketer wicket-keeper (too often in Knotty's shadow)
  • Jul 17 Daryle Lamonica, Oakland Raider QB (AFL leading passer 1967)
  • Jul 18 Marcia Jones Smoke, Oklahoma, 500m kayaker (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • Jul 22 Susie M Berning, LPGA golfer (US Women's Open-1972, 73), born in Pasadena, California
  • Jul 22 Ron Turcotte, Canadian jockey
  • Jul 23 Richie Evans, American 9 time NASCAR Modified Champion, born in Westernville, New York (d. 1985)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 25 Nate Thurmond, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers), born in Akron, Ohio (d.2016)

NBA Forward Nate Thurmond
NBA Forward
Nate Thurmond
  • Aug 4 Quincey Daniels, American boxer (Olympic bronze 1960), born in San Diego, California
  • Aug 6 Ray Culp, American baseball player
  • Aug 10 Anita Lonsbrough, England, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Aug 13 Jim Barnes, Tuckerton Ark, basketball player (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Aug 14 Peter Truscott, cricketer (one Test NZ v Pakistan 1965, 3 & 26)
  • Aug 17 Boog Powell, baseball player (AL MVP 1970)
  • Aug 18 Matt Snell, NFL running back (NY Jets, Super Bowl III)
  • Aug 20 Rich Brooks, American football coach
  • Aug 20 Jo Ramirez, Mexican motor racing team manager and author

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 22 Bill Parcells, NFL coach (NY Giants, NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Englewood, New Jersey

NFL Coaching Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coaching Legend
Bill Parcells
  • Aug 23 Gloria Ehret, American LPGA golfer, born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 2 Tommy Aycock, Edinburg TX, PGA golfer (1994 Las Vegas Senior-5th)
  • Sep 4 Ramesh Sethi, East African cricketer
  • Sep 15 Flórián Albert, Hungarian footballer
  • Sep 16 Tommy Carberry, Irish jockey
  • Sep 17 William Grut, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1948), born in Stockholm (d. 2012)
  • Sep 19 Jim Fox, England, pentathlete (Olympics-1972)
  • Sep 23 Simon Nolet, French-Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 24 John Mackey, NFL tight end (Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers)
  • Sep 27 Roger J J Claessen, Belgian soccer star
  • Sep 27 Peter Bonetti, English footballer
  • Sep 28 Charley Taylor, NFL wide receiver/running back (Wash Redskin)
  • Sep 29 David Steele, British cricketer (England batsman, courageous v Lillee 1975), born in Bradeley, Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • Sep 29 Kermit Zarley, PGA golfer (1970 Canadian Open), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 4 Karl Oppitzhauser, Austrian racing driver
  • Oct 5 Ricardo Hoffmann, marathon swimmer (299 miles)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 5 NBA coach Red Auerbach (23) weds Dorothy Lewis

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 13 NFL halfback Red Grange (38) weds flight attendant Margaret Hazelberg

NFL halfback Red Grange
NFL halfback
Red Grange

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 6 Charley O'Leary, American baseball player (b. 1882)
  • Feb 19 Alexander Josiah Webbe, English cricket keeper (v Aus 1879), dies
  • Apr 22 Arthur Briscoe, cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 2 Lou Gehrig, 1st baseman (NY Yankee), dies of ALS in Riverdale NY at 37

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jul 2 Mohammad Baqa Jilani, cricketer (Test for India), dies at 29
  • Aug 12 Bobby Peel, cricketer (took 102 wickets for England), dies
  • Aug 23 Jack O'Connor, cricketer (four Tests for Aust 1908-09, 13 wkts), dies
  • Sep 1 Benjamin Dwight, US tennis championship umpire, dies
  • Oct 20 Ken Farnes (WWII) 15 Tests for England, cricketer (60 wickets), dies
  • Oct 29 Harvey Hendrick, American baseball player (b. 1897)
  • Dec 1 Horace Chapman, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa, 39 runs, 1 wkt), dies