1944 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 30th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats #12 Washington, 29-0
  • Jan 1 10th Sugar Bowl: Georgia Tech beats Tulsa, 20-18
  • Jan 1 10th Orange Bowl: LSU beats Texas A&M, 19-14
  • Jan 23 Det Red Wings score 15 goals against NY Rangers & NHL record 37 points, also most consecutive goals & most lopsided game 15-0
  • Jan 27 Casey Stengel, manager of the Boston Braves since 1938, resigns Lou Perini, Guido Rugo, & Joseph Maney buy control of Boston Braves
  • Feb 2 Baseball meets in NYC to discuss postwar action
  • Feb 14 Carl Wick publishes "Salmon Trolling for Commercial & Sport Fishing"
  • Feb 18 Youngest baseball player, Cincinnati Reds sign 15 year old Joe Nuxhall
  • Mar 28 6th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Utah defeats Dartmouth 42-40
  • Apr 13 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens sweep Chicago Blackhawks in 4 games
  • Apr 18 48th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:50.4
  • Apr 19 1944 NFL Draft: Angelo Bertelli from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks
  • Apr 20 NFL legalizes coaching from bench
  • Apr 21 NFL Chic Cardinals & Pittsburgh Steelers merge (dissolves on Dec 3)
  • Apr 27 Boston Brave Jim Tobin no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 2-0
  • May 6 70th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 2:04.2
  • May 13 69th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Pensive wins in 1:59.2
  • May 15 Cincinnati Red Clyde Shoun no-hits Boston Braves, 1-0
  • Jun 3 76th Belmont: G L Smith riding Bounding Home wins in 2:32.2

BattleD-Day

Jun 6 Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion

  • Jun 7 Achilles Veen soccer team forms in Veen
  • Jun 10 Joe Nuxhall, 15, of Cincinnati Reds is youngest player in major league
  • Jun 22 Longest shut out in Phillies history, Phils beat Braves 1-0 in 15 inn
  • Jun 26 Yanks, Dodgers & Giants play unique 6 inn game for War Bonds, each playing successive innings, final score Dodgers-5, Yanks-1 & Giants-0
  • Jul 3 Oriole Park (minor league baseball stadium) burns down in Baltimore
  • Jul 11 12th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • Jul 16 Dodgers score 8 unearned runs against Braves to win 8-5 & break their 16-game losing streak, they will lose another 5 in a row
  • Jul 20 Browns Nelson Potter is 1st pitcher suspended for throwing spitballs
  • Jul 23 Chicago Cubs Bill Nicholson hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
  • Aug 2 Amsterdam soccer team "The Volewijckers" plays in orange shirts
  • Aug 3 Tommy Brown at just 16 years and 8 months old, plays shortstop for Dodgers
  • Aug 10 Braves Red Barrett throws only 58 pitches to shut out Cincinnati Reds 2-0
  • Aug 20 26th PGA Championship: Bob Hamilton at Manito G & CC Spokane Wash
  • Aug 30 11th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 24, All-Stars 21 (48,769)
  • Sep 3 Frank Parker beats Bill Talbert for US Tennis title
  • Sep 4 64th U.S. Men's National Tennis Championship: Frank Parker beats William Talbert (6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Oct 4 1st All St Louis World Series, all games played at Sportsman's Park
  • Oct 4 St Louis Browns win 1st World Series game in their only appearance
  • Oct 9 St Louis Cards beat St Louis Browns, 4 games to 2 in 41st World Series
  • Nov 11 NY Rangers set NHL record of 25 games without a win (0-21-4)
  • Nov 25 32nd CFL Grey Cup: Montreal HMCS defeat Hamilton Flying Wildcats, 7-6
  • Dec 2 10th Heisman Trophy Award: Les Horvath, Ohio State (QB)
  • Dec 3 NFL Cardinals-Pitts merger dissolves
  • Dec 17 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship with an 8–2 record
  • Dec 28 Former Wash 3rd baseman Buddy Lewis wins Distinguished Flying Cross

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 125

  • Jan 1 Charlie Davis, cricketer (WI batsman in 15 Tests 1968-73)
  • Jan 3 Christina von Saltza, American swimmer (Olympic-3 gold/silver-1960)
  • Jan 5 Tommie Smith, American 200m dash (Olympic gold 1968) [or Jun 5]
  • Jan 6 Robert Landers, PGA golfer (Fort Worth-1976, 78, 80), born in Tarrant County, Texas
  • Jan 6 Terry Venables, British soccer player/manager [or 1943]
  • Jan 7 Arne Scheie, Norwegian sports commentator

Person of interestJoe Frazier

Jan 12 Joe Frazier, American heavyweight boxing champion (1968-73, Olympic gold 1964), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 2011)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • Jan 14 Graham Vivian Marsh, Kalgoorlie Australia, PGA golfer (1977 Heritage)
  • Jan 18 Carl Morton, American baseball player (d. 1983)
  • Jan 19 Dan Reeves, NFL Coach (NY Giants, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons)
  • Jan 20 Isao Okano, Japan, middleweight judo (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Jan 23 Sergey Belov, USSR, basketball player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jan 31 John Inverarity, cricketer (Australian batsman 1968-72)
  • Feb 1 Burkhard Ziese, German football manager
  • Feb 1 Paul Blair, Cushing, OK, MLB outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 8 Bunky Henry, American PGA golfer, born in Valdosta, Georgia
  • Feb 11 Bert Greene, American PGA golfer, born in Gray, Georgia
  • Feb 12 Charles Pasarell, tennis pro
  • Feb 13 Sal Bando, baseball player (Oakland A's)
  • Feb 14 Bruce Summerhays, PGA golfer (Provo Open-1966, 91 93), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 14 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish racing driver (d. 1978)
  • Feb 16 Richard Ford, US author (Sportswriter)
  • Feb 20 Willem van Hanegem, Dutch soccer champ/coach (Feyenoord)
  • Feb 22 Ranjit Fernando, Sri Lankan cricket wicketkeeper (1975 World Cup)
  • Feb 22 Tom Okker, tennis star
  • Feb 27 Graeme Pollock, cricketer (South African batting prodigy)
  • Feb 28 Sepp Maier, German footballer
  • Mar 2 Pam Barnett, LPGA golfer
  • Mar 9 Geoff Arnold, English cricketer (England medium-pacer in 34 Tests 1967-75), born in Earlsfield, Surrey, England
  • Mar 9 Lee Irvine, South African cricketer (batsman, only Tests in 1970), born in Durban, Natal
  • Mar 14 Clyde Lee, American NBA player, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Mar 15 Chi Cheng, Taiwan, sprinter/80m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • Mar 17 Cito Gaston, MLB manager (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • Mar 21 Charles Edward Greene, Pine Bluff Ark, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Mar 23 Salim Altaf, cricketer (Pakistan medium-pacer in 21 Tests 1967-78)
  • Mar 23 George Scott, Greenville, MS, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 24 Denny McLain, baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers, 31 wins in 1968)
  • Mar 25 Ross Duncan, cricketer (one Test Australia v England 1971, 0-30)

Person of interestRick Barry

Mar 28 Rick Barry, Basketball forward (NY Nets, Golden State Warriors), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey

NBA Small Forward Rick Barry
NBA Small Forward
Rick Barry
  • Apr 1 Rusty Staub, American baseball player
  • Apr 4 Lawrence A. Hough, American rower (Pairs w/o cox-1968 olympic silver), born in Janesville, Wisconsin
  • Apr 7 Bill Stoneman, American baseball player and manager
  • Apr 16 Bob Montgomery, last Major League Baseball player to bat without a helmet (1979), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Apr 18 Irvine Shillingford, West Indian cricketer (cousin of Grayson, 4 Tests for WI), born in Dublanc, Dominica
  • Apr 21 Adrian Hurley, Australian basketball coach
  • Apr 29 Jim Hart, NFL quarterback (St Louis Cardinals), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • May 5 Bo Larsson, Swedish footballer
  • May 6 Masanori Murakami, First Japanese baseball player in major leagues
  • May 10 Abdul Kadir, cricketer (Pakistani batsman-keeper in 4 Tests 1964-65)
  • May 10 Kathy Farrer, LPGA golfer
  • May 11 John Benaud, Australian cricketer (brother of Richie, Australian bat 1972-73), born in Auburn, New South Wales
  • May 13 Clive Radley, cricketer (England batsman in 8 Tests 1978)
  • May 15 Miruts Yifter 'Yifter the Shifter', Ethiopian runner (Olympic golds 1980), born in Adigrat (d. 2016)
  • May 17 Arif Butt, Pakistani cricketer (pace bowler for Pakistan in three Tests 1964-65), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 2007)
  • May 20 Keith Fletcher, cricket captain (Essex & England)
  • May 21 Mike Degett, horse trainer
  • May 26 Sam Posey, American race car driver, TV commentator and author
  • Jun 2 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), born in Larnaca, Cyprus (d. 2015)
  • Jun 2 Poul Jensen, Danish sailor (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Jun 3 Edith McGuire, US 200m sprinter (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Jun 3 Eddy Ottoz, Italian athlete
  • Jun 5 Chris Finnegan, UK, middleweight boxing champ (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jun 5 Tommie Smith, US sprinter (Olympic gold 1968) [or Jan 5]
  • Jun 8 Mark Belanger, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • Jun 15 Inna Ryskai, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-2 gold/2 silver-1964-76)
  • Jun 17 Chucho Castillo, Mexican bantamweight boxer (WBA, WBC, 1970), born in Nuevo Valle de Moreno, Mexico (d. 2013)
  • Jun 20 Dave Nelson, baseball player
  • Jun 21 Frans Luitjes, Dutch athlete
  • Jun 22 Michael Obst, German FR, coxsman (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Jun 27 Patrick Sercu, Belgian 1K time trial (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Jun 30 Ron Swoboda, baseball outfielder/sportscaster (NY Yankees, NY Mets)
  • Jul 6 Gunhild Hoffmeister, German FR, 800m/1500m runner (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Jul 7 Tony Jacklin, Scunthorpe England, PGA golfer (1970 US Open)
  • Jul 13 Eric Freeman, Australian cricket pace bowler (late 60's)
  • Jul 14 Billy McCool, American baseball player
  • Jul 17 Mark Burgess, cricketer (NZ batsman of the 70's)
  • Jul 17 Carlos Alberto Torres, Brazilian footballer, Captain of winning World Cup team (1970), born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)
  • Jul 18 David Hemery, English 400m-hurdler (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jul 20 Mel Daniels, professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Jul 22 Sparky Lyle, relief pitcher (NY Yankees, Cy Young)
  • Jul 22 Dennis Firestone, Australian racing driver
  • Jul 26 Micki J King, springboard diver (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jul 27 Jean-Marie Leblanc, French cyclist
  • Jul 28 Daniel Morelon, French 1K speed skater (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • Jul 29 Terry Jarvis, NZ cricket opener (387 partnership w/Turner v WI 1972)
  • Aug 9 Terry Jenner, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1971-75)
  • Aug 13 Divina Galica, British athlete and racing driver
  • Aug 14 Robyn Smith Astaire [Melody Dawn Miller], American jockey, wife of Fred Astaire, born in San Francisco, California
  • Aug 16 Mufasir-ul-Haq, cricketer (Pakistan left-arm quick, 1 Test)
  • Aug 20 Graig Nettles, 3rd baseman (NY Yankees, SD Padres, Cleveland Indians)
  • Aug 24 Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1996)
  • Aug 28 Marianne Heemskerk, Dutch swimmer
  • Aug 30 Tug McGraw, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • Aug 31 Clive Hubert Lloyd, cricketer ("Supercat", 110 Tests 1966-85)
  • Sep 4 Ron Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 11 Everaldo, Brazilian footballer
  • Sep 16 Ard Schenk, Dutch 1500m, 5K, 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1972), born in Anna Paulowna
  • Sep 17 Mary Lou Crocker, LPGA golfer
  • Sep 25 Grayson Shillingford, cricket bowler (WI 1969-71, 7 Tests 15 wickets), born in Macoucherie, Dominica (d. 2009)

Person of interestTony La Russa

Oct 4 Tony La Russa, MLB manager (Chicago, Oakland, St. Louis), born in Tampa, Florida

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

May 4 Baseball player Ted Williams marries Doris Soule (divorced 1954)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

HeartWedding of Interest

May 29 Boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson (23) weds Edna Mae Holly

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 C T B Turner, cricket (17 Tests 1886-95, 101 wkt All time great), dies
  • Jan 1 Charles Turner, Australian cricketer (b. 1862)
  • Feb 8 Clem Wilson, cricketer (bro of Rockley, 2 Tests for England 1896), dies
  • Feb 21 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian-born race car driver (b. 1873)
  • Apr 17 J T Hearne, cricketer (took 49 wkts in 12 Tests for England), dies
  • Apr 25 Tony Mullane, Irish-American baseball player, dies at 85
  • Apr 26 Violette Morris, French athlete (b. 1893)
  • May 26 C M Francois, cricketer (WWII, 252 runs in 5 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Jun 13 Christopher Heseltine, cricketer (2 Tests for England 1895-96), dies
  • Jun 19 Bill Bradley, cricketer (bowled for England in two Tests 1899), dies
  • Jun 26 Billy Newham, cricketer (England Test 1887), dies
  • Jul 20 Heinz Burns, German (Olympic gold 1936), dies in bombing
  • Aug 5 Maurice Turnbull, cricketer (England)/rugby (Wales), dies
  • Aug 17 John Trumble, cricketer (brother of Hugh 7 Tests 1885-86), dies
  • Sep 18 Anthony Stefanich, British boxer/captain, killed in Arnhem
  • Sep 26 Julien Cahn, cricketer (private cricket promoter during 30's), dies
  • Nov 16 Charles Kelleway, Australian cricketer (26 Tests 1910-1928), dies at 58
  • Nov 17 A C MacLaren, cricketer (England batsman from turn of century), dies
  • Nov 25 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, judge/baseball commisioner, dies at 78
  • Dec 4 Roger Bresnahan, American baseball player (b. 1879)
  • Dec 16 Don Meyer Basketball coach Northern State, Lipscomb, and Hamline