1942 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 28th Rose Bowl: #12 Oregon State beats #2 Duke, 20-16 (played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat)
  • Jan 1 8th Sugar Bowl: #6 Fordham beats #7 Missouri, 2-0
  • Jan 1 8th Orange Bowl: #14 Georgia beats TCU, 40-26
  • Jan 4 NFL Pro Bowl: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars 35-24

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 9 Joe Louis KOs Buddy Baer in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jan 15 Cubs drop plans to install lights at Wrigley due to WW II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 15 FDR asks commissioner to continue baseball during WW II

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Feb 3 Baseball owners agree to permit each club up to 14 night games in 1942
  • Feb 5 Braves get Tommy Holmes from Yanks for Buddy Hassett and Gene Moore
  • Feb 7 1st indoor 15' pole vault (Cornelius Warmerdam 15' 3/8")
  • Feb 9 Philadelphia "Phillies" change nickname (temporarily) to "Phils"
  • Feb 19 NY Yankees annouce 5,000 uniformed soldiers admitted free at each of their upcoming home games
  • Mar 1 Baseball decides that players in military can't play when on furlough

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 2 black players, Jackie Robinson & Nate Moreland, request a tryout with the Chicago White Sox, they are allowed to work out

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Mar 19 Thoroughbred Racing Association of US formed in Chicago
  • Mar 27 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 6 to retain heavyweight boxing title (NYC)
  • Mar 28 4th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Dartmouth 53-38

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 12 9th Masters Golf Tournament: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Apr 18 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 19 46th Boston Marathon won by Joe Smith of Mass in 2:26:51.2
  • May 2 68th Kentucky Derby: Wayne D Wright aboard Shut Out wins in 2:04.4
  • May 8 1st twilight game in 24 years, the Dodgers top Giants 7-6 raising $60,000 for Navy Relief Fund
  • May 9 67th Preakness: Basil James aboard Alsab wins in 1:57
  • May 13 Pitcher Jim Tobin belts 3 HRs in a game
  • May 18 NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II
  • May 19 Braves Paul Waner is 3rd NLer to get 3,000 hits (Anson & Wagner)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 31 PGA Championship, Seaview CC: Sam Snead beats Jim Turnesa 2 & 1 for his first PGA Tour major title

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 2 Red Sox star Ted Williams enlists as a US Navy aviator

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jun 6 74th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Shut Out wins in 2:29.2
  • Jun 19 Paul Waner is 7th to get 3,000 baseball hits
  • Jul 6 10th MLB All Star Game: AL wins 3-1 at Polo Grounds, New York, AL runs are homers
  • Jul 18 1st legal New Jersey horse race in 50 years; Garden State Park track opens
  • Jul 19 German occupiers confiscate bicycles in Rotterdam and The Hague

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 23 Walter Johnson pitches to Babe Ruth in pregame attraction that draws 69,000 for NY-Wash game (raises $80,000 for Army-Navy relief

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Aug 28 9th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 21, All-Stars 0 (101,100)
  • Sep 6 Czech marathon runner Oskar Hêks transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau
  • Sep 7 62nd U.S. Men's National Championship: Ted Schroeder beats Frank Parker (8-6, 7-5, 3-6, 4-6, 6-2)
  • Sep 7 56th U.S. Women's National Championship: Pauline Betz Addie beats Louise Brough Clapp (4-6, 6-1, 6-4)
  • Sep 13 Cubs shortstop Leonard Merullo makes 4 errors in 1 inning
  • Sep 27 NY Giants beat Wash Redskins 14-7 without making a 1st down
  • Sep 28 NY Americans NHL team folded
  • Oct 3 NY Yanks Frank Crosetti shoves umpire Bill Summers in World Series, he is fined $200 & suspended for 1st 30 days of 1943 season
  • Oct 5 St Louis Cards beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 1, in 39th World Series
  • Oct 16 National Boxing Association freezes titles of those serving in armed services
  • Oct 29 Branch Rickey named president/GM of Brooklyn Dodgers
  • Nov 3 Despite Ted Williams winning Triple Crown, Yanks Joe Gordon wins AL MVP
  • Nov 7 Cyclist Fausto Coppi establishes world record (45,848 km)
  • Nov 20 NHL abolishes regular season OT until WW II is over
  • Nov 30 30th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Hurricanes defeats Winnipeg Bombers, 8-5
  • Nov 30 Bill Terry resigns as supervisor of NY Giants minor league system
  • Dec 5 CFL Grey Cup: Tor beats Win RCAF, 8 -5 at Toronto
  • Dec 8 8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (HB)
  • Dec 13 Washington Redskins defeat Chicago Bears 14-6, to win NFL title
  • Dec 27 NFL Pro Bowl: NFL All-Stars beats Washington 17-14

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 128

  • Jan 7 Vasiliy Ivanovich Alekseyev, USSR, weightlifter (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • Jan 14 Ian Brayshaw, Australian cricketer and footballer
  • Jan 14 Dave Campbell, American baseball player

Person of interestMuhammad Ali

Jan 17 Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Jan 22 Mimis Domazos, Greek footballer
  • Jan 23 Laurie Mayne, cricketer (Australian pace bowler in 6 Tests 1965-70)
  • Jan 25 Carl Eller, American football player
  • Jan 30 Dave Brown, cricketer (Warwicks pace bowler, played 26X for England)
  • Feb 1 Dave Sincock, cricketer (chinaman bowler played for Aust 1964-66)
  • Feb 5 Roger Staubach, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 8 Fritz Peterson, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Feb 9 Peder Lunde Jr, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Feb 12 Pat Dobson, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • Feb 14 Ricardo Rodríguez, Mexican racing driver (d. 1962)

Person of interestPhil Esposito

Feb 20 Phil Esposito, Canadian NHL center, GM (Bruins, Rangers), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

NHL Star Phil Esposito
NHL Star
Phil Esposito
  • Feb 24 Colin Bond, Australian racing driver
  • Feb 28 Dino Zoff, Italian footballer
  • Mar 7 Al[bert] Tanara, WLAF defensive coach (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Mar 7 U N Kulkarni, cricketer (Indian pace bowler in four Tests 1967-68)
  • Mar 8 Ann Packer, Moulsford, Oxfordshire, British 400m/800m runner (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Mar 8 Richard "Dick" Allen, American baseball player (AL MVP 1972), born in Wampum, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 9 Bert Campaneris, Cuban-American baseball player (Oakland A's), born in Pueblo Nuevo, Cuba
  • Mar 12 Jimmy Wynn, American baseball player, 1963-1977
  • Mar 16 Roger Crozier, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (d. 1996)
  • Mar 18 Albert Van Vlierberghe, Belgian cyclist (d. 1991)
  • Apr 3 Michael Elliott, American skier (Olympics 1968), born in Durango, Colorado
  • Apr 3 Rick Sylvester, Hollywood stuntman, parachute ski jumper (world record 3,300')
  • Apr 5 Arthur Barrett, West Indian cricketer (WI leggie early 70's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • Apr 10 Ian Callaghan, English footballer, born in Toxteth, Liverpool, England
  • Apr 12 Carlos Reutemann, Argentine racing driver (Formula One) and politician, born in Santa Fe, Argentina
  • Apr 15 Walter Raphael Hazzard, basketball (Olympic gold 1964), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • Apr 16 Jim Lonborg, American baseball player
  • Apr 18 Jochen Rindt, German race car driver
  • Apr 18 Steve Blass, American professional baseball player
  • Apr 28 Mike Brearley, cricketer (outstanding England captain 1977-81)
  • Apr 29 Galina A Kulakova, USSR, nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1972)
  • May 1 Jean Saubert, American alpine ski racer (Giant Slalom silver, Slalom bronze medal 1964 Olympics), born in Roseburg, Oregon (d. 2007)
  • May 2 Jacques Rogge, Belgian International Olympic Committee president, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • May 3 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic golds), born in Prague (d. 2016)
  • May 8 Robin Hobbs, cricketer (England leg-spinner 1967-71)
  • May 8 Terry Neill, Northern Irish footballer
  • May 14 Tony Perez, baseball player
  • May 14 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet athlete (d. 2003)
  • May 18 N P (Nobby) Stiles, footballer
  • May 20 Lynn Davies, long jumper
  • May 24 Ali Bacher, South African cricketer (South African batsman and captain in 60's)
  • May 25 Ron Davies, Holywell, Wales, footballer (29 Welsh caps), (d. 2013)
  • May 27 Kent Bede Bernard, Trinidad, 4X400 runner (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • May 31 Happy Hairston, NBA star (Cin, Detroit, LA)
  • Jun 3 Duane Josephson, baseball player
  • Jun 5 Nelson "Bo" Burton Jr, bowler/sportscaster (Pro Bowlers Tour)
  • Jun 6 Sandra Morgan, Australian 4x100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1956), born in Tamworth, New South Wales
  • Jun 9 Richard Hutton, cricketer (son of Len, 5 Tests 1971)
  • Jun 11 Somachandra De Silva, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan leg-spinner 1982-84), born in Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Jun 15 Bruce DalCanton, baseball player
  • Jun 19 Willie Frazier, AFL/NFL tight end (Houston Oilers), born in El Dorado, Arkansas (d. 2013)

Person of interestWillis Reed

Jun 25 Willis Reed, American NBA hall of fame MVP center/coach (NY Knicks), born in Hico, Louisiana

NBA Center and Power Forward Willis Reed
NBA Center and Power Forward
Willis Reed
  • Jun 28 Sjoukje Dijkstra, Holland, figure skater (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Jun 29 Larry Snyder, American jockey, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Jul 1 Doug Carpenter, Canadian NHL coach (NJ Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Cornwall, Canada
  • Jul 4 Hal Lanier, American baseball player (San Francisco Giants), born in Denton, North Carolina
  • Jul 5 Johannes Löhr, German footballer and trainer
  • Jul 9 Robert J. Frankel, American thoroughbred race horse trainer, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2009)
  • Jul 12 Billy Smith, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Fremantle, Western Australia

Person of interestMargaret Smith Court

Jul 16 Margaret Smith Court, Australian tennis star (1970 Grand Slam, 24 Grand Slam wins), born in Albury, New South Wales, Australia

Tennis Legend Margaret Smith Court
Tennis Legend
Margaret Smith Court
  • Jul 17 Connie Hawkins, Harlem Globetrotter/NBA (Phoenix Suns, ABA MVP 1968)
  • Jul 17 Don Kessinger, American baseball player
  • Jul 18 Giacinto Facchetti, Italian footballer, born in Treviglio, Italy (d. 2006)
  • Jul 21 Fred Hetzel, NBA star (SF, Cincinnati, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Jul 21 Mike Hegan, MLB player (NY Yankees), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2013)
  • Jul 26 Teddy Pilette, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Jul 27 Dennis Ralston, American tennis player (4-time Grand Slam doubles champion), born in Bakersfield, California
  • Jul 28 Marty Brennaman, American sportscaster
  • Aug 2 Leo Beenhakker, Dutch soccer trainer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Aug 4 Cleon Jones, American baseball player, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Aug 7 Carlos Monzón, Argentine boxer
  • Aug 9 Tommie Agee, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • Aug 20 Hans-Joachim Klein, German FR, 100m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • Aug 20 Fred Norman, American baseball player

Person of interestNancy Richey

Aug 23 Nancy Richey Gunther, tennis player (US Doubles 1965, 66), born in San Angelo, Texas

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • Aug 25 Margaret L. Thompson Murdock, American army and first woman to win medal for small bore rifle (Olympic silver 1976), born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Aug 30 Pervez Sajjad, Pakistani cricket left-arm spinner (19 Tests 1964-73)
  • Aug 31 Isao Aoki, Abiko Chiba Japan, PGA golfer (1983 Hawaiian Open)

Person of interestRay Floyd

Sep 4 Raymond Floyd, American golfer (four-time Major winner), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • Sep 7 Alan Oakes, British Footballer
  • Sep 16 Amos Tom Wargo, Marlette MI, PGA golfer (1993 PGA Seniors Champion)
  • Sep 16 Dennis Conner, American sailor (America's Cup skipper 1974, 1980, 1987, 1988), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 17 Desmond Lynam, British sportscaster
  • Sep 17 Doris Brown-Heritage, American 800m track star (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Sep 18 Alex Stepney, English football goalkeeper
  • Sep 22 David J Stern, NBA commissioner (1984- )
  • Sep 25 Peter Petherick, cricketer (NZ slow lefty 1976-77, hat-trick on debut)
  • Sep 26 Ingrid Mickler-Becker, German FR, long jumper/relayer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Sep 28 Grant "Mudcat" Jackson, pitcher (1972 NY Yankees, Phillies)
  • Sep 29 Rajinder Goel, cricketer (slow lefty who didn't play for India)
  • Sep 29 Felice Gimondi, Italian cyclist
  • Sep 30 Sture Pettersson, Swedish cyclist (Olympic silver 1968)

Person of interestSteve Sabol

Oct 2 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker (35 Emmy awards, founder of NFL Films), born in Moorestown, New Jersey (d. 2012)

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • Oct 11 Malvin Whitfield, Bay City Tx, track star (Olympic 3 gold/silv/br-48, 52)
  • Oct 13 Jerry Jones, American businessman and owner of the Dallas Cowboys(1989-present), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 17 Ice hockey player Maurice Richard (20) weds Lucille Norchet (17)

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 12 George Francis, cricketer (WI Test fast-bowler, 23 wkts in 10), dies
  • Jan 15 Melvin Winfield Sheppard, runner (Olympic gold 1908, 12), dies at 58
  • Jan 31 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (b. 1860)
  • Feb 7 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, marathoner (Olympic gold 1908), dies at 56
  • Mar 8 Jose R Capablanca, Cuban chess player (world champ 1927), dies at 53
  • Mar 26 Jimmy Burke, American baseball player, dies at 67
  • Apr 15 Joshua Pim, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1893-94), dies at 72
  • May 9 Graham McNamee, American early sportscaster (1st Rose Bowl), dies at 53
  • Jun 10 Ross Gregory, cricketer (Australian batsman 1937), dies
  • Jul 15 Denis Moloney, cricketer (during WW II 3 Tests for NZ 1937), dies
  • Jul 23 Andrew Ducat, cricketer (England 1921), dies whilst batting at 56
  • Sep 15 Joe Travers, cricketer (Australian SLA, in only Test innings), dies
  • Oct 24 Arthur Dolphin, cricketer (1 Test England 1921, 1 run, 1 catch), dies
  • Oct 25 Ted Arnold, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 10 Tests 1903-05), dies at 65
  • Nov 27 A B C Langton, cricketer (WWII 15 Tests for South Africa 1935-39), dies
  • Dec 18 Charlie Walker, cricketer (Aust tourist to England 1930, 1938), dies
  • Dec 26 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback, dies of a fractured skull from a fall at 37