1943 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 29th Rose Bowl: #2 Georgia beats #13 UCLA, 9-0
  • Jan 1 9th Sugar Bowl: #7 Tennessee beats #4 Tulsa, 14-7
  • Jan 1 9th Orange Bowl: #10 Alabama beats #8 Boston College, 37-21
  • Jan 14 Alex Smart (Mont) is 1st NHLer to score hat trick in his 1st game
  • Jan 23 Detroit Red Wings scores NHL record 8 goals in 1 period
  • Jan 28 Chic Blackhawks beats NY Rangers 10-1, Max Bentley scores 4 goals
  • Jan 28 Forward Doug Bentley sets NHL record with 5 points in a game
  • Feb 2 Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest
  • Feb 9 NL seeks buyer for Phillies as owner Gerry Nugent falls in arrears
  • Feb 17 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio enlists into the US army
  • Feb 18 William D Cox buys Philadelphia Phillies
  • Mar 13 Baseball approves official ball (with cork & balata)

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Mar 19 In their third match, Jake LaMotta finally defeats Jimmy Reeves by knocking him out in the sixth round

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • Mar 30 5th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: U of Wyoming beat Georgetown 46-34
  • Apr 7 NFL adopts free substitution rule
  • Apr 8 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Boston Bruins in 4 games
  • Apr 8 1943 NFL Draft: Frank Sinkwich from University of Georgia first pick by Detroit Lions
  • Apr 19 47th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:25.8
  • Apr 20 Braves manager Casey Stengel is struck by a taxi, fractures a leg
  • May 1 69th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 2:04
  • May 8 68th Preakness: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 1:57.4
  • May 21 Fastest 9 inning AL baseball game (89 mins), White Sox beat Senators
  • Jun 5 75th Belmont: Johnny Longden aboard Count Fleet wins in 2:28.2
  • Jun 5 President Laurel was shot around 4 times with a 45 caliber pistol while playing golf at the Wack Wack Golf Course in Mandaluyong
  • Jun 17 Player-manager Joe Cronin of Red Sox hits two 3-run pinch home runs
  • Jun 19 NFL's Philadelphia Eagles & Pittsburgh Steelers merge, (dissolves on Dec 5)
  • Jul 2 Indians score 12 runs in 4th inning & beat Yankees 12-0
  • Jul 13 11th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia
  • Jul 18 Giants & Phillies strand record 30 baserunners, NY wins, 10-6
  • Aug 25 10th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 27, Washington 7 (48,471)
  • Sep 6 Carl Scheib becomes youngest pitcher in AL (16y 8 ms) of the A's
  • Sep 6 63rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Joseph R. Hunt beats Jack Kramer (6-3, 6-8, 10-8, 6-0)
  • Sep 6 57th U.S. Women's National Championship: Pauline Betz Addie beats Louise Brough Clapp (6-3, 5-7, 6-3)
  • Sep 8 NY Giants' pitcher Ace Adams sets record by working in his 62nd game
  • Oct 11 NY Yankees beat Cards 4 games to 1, in 40th World Series, to become 1st team to win 10 World Series
  • Oct 19 Yankee 2nd baseman Joe Gordon announces his retirement

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Oct 31 Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Bkln (48-10)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • Nov 7 Detroit Lions 0, NY Giants 0; last scoreless tie in NFL

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Nov 11 Spud Chandler wins AL MVP; Stan Musial wins NL MVP

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Nov 14 Chic Bear Sid Luckman passes for 7 touchdowns vs NY Giants (56-7)
  • Nov 23 Philadelphia Phillies owner William D Cox is permanently banned from baseball for having bet on his own team
  • Nov 27 31st CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Flying Wildcats defeat Winn Bombers, 23-14
  • Dec 3 9th Heisman Trophy Award: Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame (QB)
  • Dec 4 Commissioner Landis announces any baseball club may sign Negroes
  • Dec 5 NFL Philadelphia Eagle-Pitts Steeler merger dissolves
  • Dec 22 Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core
  • Dec 26 Chicago Bears win NFL championship, defeating Washington Redskins 41-21 in Chicago
  • Dec 30 Phillies trade Babe Dahlgren to Pitts for Babe Phelps & cash

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 137

  • Jan 1 Jerilyn Britz, LPGA golfer (1979 US Women's Open), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jan 4 Tom Wilkinson, CFL QB (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jan 5 Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, Portuguese footballer (top goalscorer-1966 World Cup), born in Lourenço Marques, Mozambique (d. 2014)
  • Jan 6 Terry Venables, British soccer player/manager
  • Jan 7 Jim Lefebvre, Hawthorne California, baseball manager (Seattle Mariners)
  • Jan 11 Henry Cecil, Aberdeen, Scotland, English horse racing trainer
  • Jan 15 Mike Marshall, MLB pitcher (1974 Cy Young Award)
  • Jan 26 César Gutiérrez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Jan 28 Paul Henderson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 30 Davy Johnson, baseball manager (NY Mets)
  • Feb 5 Craig Morton, NFL quarterback (Dallas, Denver), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Feb 8 Bob Oliver, baseball player
  • Feb 9 James King, basketball player (Olympic gold 1968), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 9 Jonny Nilsson, Swedish 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Feb 14 Robert J Murphy Jr, PGA golfer (1968 Philadelphia Classic), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Feb 20 Antonio Inoki, [Kanji Rikidozan], wrestler (NJPW/JWA)
  • Feb 22 Dick Van Arsdale, NBA all-star (NY Knicks, Phoenix Suns)
  • Feb 22 Tom Van Arsdale, NBA all-star (Detroit, Cincinnati, KC-Omaha, Phil)
  • Feb 23 Bobby Wayne Mitchell, Chatham VA, PGA golfer (1971 Cleveland Open)
  • Feb 23 Fred Biletnikoff, NFL wide receiver
  • Feb 25 Wilson da Silva Piazza, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 27 Klaus Köste, gymnast (Olympic Gold 1972- vault), born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 2012)
  • Mar 1 Mauro Checcoli, Italian 3 day equestrian (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Mar 1 Wolfgang Scheidel, German DR, luge (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Mar 1 Akinori Nakayama, Japanese gymnast
  • Mar 1 José Ángel Iribar, Spanish footballer
  • Mar 2 Zygfryd Blaut, Polish footballer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 5 Billy Backus, American boxer
  • Mar 7 Carole Peel, Australian softball asst coach (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Mar 19 Vern Schuppan, Australian racing driver
  • Mar 21 Antal Dunai, Hungarian soccer player (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Mar 23 Gail Goodrich, NBA star (Lakers, Suns)
  • Mar 23 Lee May, former Major League Baseball player
  • Mar 23 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • Mar 24 Jesus Alou, baseball outfielder (SF Giants)
  • Mar 24 Marika Kilius, German FR, ice skating pair (Olympic silver 1960, 64)
  • Mar 25 Pavel Lednev, USSR, pentathelete (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Mar 30 Bob Blewett, cricketer (father of Greg South Aust batsman 1975-79)
  • Apr 6 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist
  • Apr 7 Dennis Amiss, cricketer (prolific English batsman)
  • Apr 8 Carol Lavell, Fairfax Vt, equestrian dressage (Oly-bronze-92, 96)
  • Apr 8 J P Kavanaugh, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 16 Johnny Watkins, cricketer (NSW leg-spinner, bowled 6 overs for Aust)
  • Apr 22 Steve Dunne, New Zealand cricket umpire (NZ Test umpire on international panel), born in Dunedin. Otago
  • Apr 23 Tony Esposito, NHL goalie (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Ontario
  • Apr 27 Helmut Marko, auto racer (Le Mans Grand Prix)
  • May 9 Maurice Foster, cricketer (West Indies batsman of 70's)
  • May 10 Bruce Raymond, British jockey, born in Hatfield
  • May 10 Andrzej Badeński, Polish athlete (400 metres) (d. 2008)
  • May 11 Nancy Greene, Canadian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1968)
  • May 17 Johnny Warren, Australian Footballer (d. 2004)
  • May 20 Deryck Murray, cricket wicket-keeper (West Indian 1963-80)
  • May 22 Tommy John, pitcher (Yankee/Dodger)
  • May 23 John Newcombe, Australia, tennis pro (Wimbledon 1967, 70, 71)
  • May 26 Erica G Terpstra, Dutch swimmer and politician (VVD)
  • May 28 Liz Edgar, horse show jumper

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May 30 Gale Sayers, NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Wichita, Kansas

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • May 31 Joe Namath, PA, NFL QB (NY Jets), $400,000 man (1969 Superbowl)

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Jun 3 Billy Cunningham, NBA/ABA (Philadelphia 76ers, Carolina Cougers), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham
NBA Forward and Coach
Billy Cunningham
  • Jun 4 Sandra Haynie, LPGA golfer (1974 US Women's Open), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Jun 6 Asif Iqbal, cricketer (elegant Pakistani batsman 1964-80)
  • Jun 8 Willie Davenport, Troy Alabama, American bobsledder/hurdler (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jun 11 Buster Mathis, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Jun 13 Edward Skorek, Polish volleyball player (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jun 14 John Miles, British racing driver
  • Jun 20 Andy Etchebarren, baseball catcher (Baltimore Orioles), born in Whittier, California
  • Jun 27 Rico Petrocelli, American baseball player
  • Jul 2 Walter Godefroot, Belgian cyclist
  • Jul 4 Emerson Boozer, NFL running back (NY Jet)/sportscaster
  • Jul 5 Curt Blefary [Curtis Le Roy], American baseball player (1965 AL rookie of year, The Sporting News Rookie of the Year), born in Brooklyn, New York

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Jul 10 Arthur Ashe, American tennis star (1968 US Open, 1975 Wimbledon), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1993)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Jul 12 Bruce Taylor, cricketer (big-hitting NZ all-rounder 1965-73)
  • Jul 12 Paul Silas, NBAer (Boston Celtic, Seattle SuperSonic)

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Jul 16 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • Jul 18 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (1979 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 20 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, born in Bulls, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • Jul 21 Jerry McGee, New Lexingon OH, PGA golfer (1975 Pensacola Open)
  • Jul 24 Lyudmila Bragina, USSR, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1972)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 28 Bill Bradley, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and Democratic US Senator (1979-97), born in Crystal City, Missouri

Basketball Player/US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player/US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • Jul 28 Lawrence Elkins, football player FL (Houston Oilers)
  • Jul 29 Ingrid Krämer, German diver (Olympic gold medalist), born in Dresden Germany
  • Jul 31 Carla LPGA golfer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 1 Andy Roxburgh, football player, coach and manager, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Aug 2 Tom Burgmeier, American baseball player
  • Aug 4 Rodney Stuart Pattison, British yachtsman (Olympics)
  • Aug 4 Bjørn Wirkola, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Alta, Norway
  • Aug 7 Giorgio Alverà, Italian bobsledder (WC 1975 gold), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 9 Ken Norton, American heavyweight boxer, born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Aug 10 Shafqat Rana, Pakistani cricket batsman (5 Tests 1964-69)
  • Aug 13 Gary Ilman, American 100m freestyle (Olympic-4th-1964)
  • Aug 14 Barrie Leadbeater, English cricketer and umpire, born in Harehills, Leeds
  • Aug 17 Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Aug 18 Gianni Rivera, Italian footballer and politician, born in Alessandria, Italy
  • Aug 26 Ulf Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Aug 28 Lou Piniella, American baseball outfielder and manager (NY Yankees, Seattle Mariners), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Aug 30 Jean Claude Killy, alpine skier (Olympic-3 golds-1968), born in Paris, France
  • Sep 1 Pat Connolly-Daniels-Winslow-Banks, US pentathlete (Olympics-7th-1968)
  • Sep 2 Glenn Sather, NHL coach (Edmonton Oiler)
  • Sep 3 Dave Eichelberger, PGA golfer (1971 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Waco, Texas
  • Sep 3 Frank Lister, English footballer

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 7 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (48) divorces broadway singer Hannah Williams (32) after 10 years of marriage

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 4 Frank Calder, 1st NHL president, dies
  • Mar 3 George Thomson, cricketer (all-rounder-6 Tests for Eng 1909-10), dies
  • Mar 9 Oskar Hêks, Czech marathon runner/antifascist, dies in Auschwitz
  • Apr 8 Richard Sears, 1st to win US amateur national tennis match, dies at 81
  • Jun 15 Cecil Parkin, cricketer (32 wkts in 10 Tests for Eng 1920-24), dies
  • Jul 21 Charles William Paddock, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 42
  • Jul 27 Godfrey Cripps, cricketer (1st Currie Cup-winning captain), dies
  • Jul 27 H B G Austin, cricketer (capt of 1923 WI team to England), dies
  • Jul 31 Hedley Verity, cricketer (144 wickets in 40 Tests), dies in POW camp
  • Aug 6 Tom Garrett, cricketer (last survivor of 1st Test in 1877), dies
  • Aug 14 Joe Kelley, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • Sep 17 Dick Tyldesley, cricketer (7 Tests for England), dies
  • Sep 28 Charles Vintcent, cricketer (played in South Africa's 1st 3 tests), dies
  • Oct 14 Jackie Matthews, cricketer (8 Tests 1911-12, 16 wickets), dies
  • Nov 23 Ernest Jones, cricketer ("Jonah" Gave WG's beard a close shave), dies
  • Dec 28 Steve Evans, American baseball player (b. 1885)