On This Day

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 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall signs a contract to play baseball with the Cincinnati Reds just one day after playing in a high school basketball game; debuts later that year
  • Mar 28 6th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Utah defeats Dartmouth, 42-40; Utes' first title; small forward Arnie Ferrin is named tournament MOP
  • Apr 13 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4 in overtime for a 4-0 series sweep; Canadiens' first SC triumph since 1931
  • Apr 17 48th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:50.4; second straight victory; 3rd of 4 titles
  • 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

Battle of InterestD-Day

Jun 6 Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion
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"Into the Jaws of Death" by Robert F. Sargent
  • Jun 7 Achilles Veen soccer team forms in Veen
  • Jun 10 Relief pitcher Joe Nuxhall at 15 years, 316 days, debuts for Cincinnati Reds; youngest player in MLB history; becomes All Star and broadcaster
  • 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, then a minor league baseball stadium burns down in Baltimore; cause, speculated discarded cigarette
  • 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 10 Braves Red Barrett throws only 58 pitches to shut out Cincinnati Reds 2-0

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Manito G & CC: Bob Hamilton wins his only major title, 1 up in the 36-hole final over heavily favoured Byron Nelson

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Aug 30 11th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 24, All-Stars 21 (48,769)
  • Sep 4 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills: American Frank Parker wins 1st of 4 Grand Slam titles; beats William Talbert 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
  • Sep 4 US Women's National Tennis Championship, Forest Hills: Pauline Betz Addie wins her 3rd straight US title; beats Margaret Osborne 6-3, 8-6
  • Oct 1 St Louis Browns beat New York Yankees 5-2 at Sportsman's Park III to win their only AL pennant; lose World Series 4-2 to neighbour Cardinals
  • Oct 4 The only all-St. Louis World Series opens at Sportsman's Park with the visiting Browns beating the Cardinals, 2-1 on George McQuinn's home run; Cards win series, 4-2
  • 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 Temporary merger of 2 NFL teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Cardinals, dissolves at finish of season; WWII ends before start of 1945 season, so both teams resume normal operations

Sport awardNFL Championship

Dec 17 National Football League Championship, Polo Grounds, NYC: Green Bay Packers beat New York Giants, 14-7 for 6th and final league title under long-time coach Curly Lambeau

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • Dec 28 Former Wash 3rd baseman Buddy Lewis wins Distinguished Flying Cross

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 28 Montreal right wing Maurice 'Rocket' Richard becomes first player in NHL history to score 8 points in one game with 5 goals and 3 assists in the Canadiens' 9-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 123

  • 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 7 Arne Scheie, Norwegian sports commentator, born in Skedsmo, Norway

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 12 Vlastimil Hort, Czechoslovak-born German chess player, born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • Jan 14 Graham Marsh, Australian golfer, course designer (US Senior Open 1997, The Tradition 1999), born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
  • 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, Japanese judoka (Olympic gold 1964), born in Ryugasaki, Japan
  • Jan 23 Sergey Belov, Soviet basketball player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Shegarsky District, Russia (d. 2013)
  • Jan 31 John Inverarity, cricketer (Australian batsman 1968-72)
  • Feb 1 Burkhard Ziese, German football manager
  • Feb 1 Paul Blair, American MLB outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Cushing, Oklahoma (d. 2013)
  • Feb 11 Bert Greene, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1969 3rd), born in Gray, Georgia
  • Feb 12 Charles Pasarell, tennis pro
  • Feb 13 Sal Bando, American baseball player (Oakland A's), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Feb 14 Ronnie Peterson, Swedish racing driver (d. 1978)
  • Feb 16 Richard Ford, American author (Sportswriter)
  • Feb 18 Pat Bowlen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame team owner (Denver Broncos), born in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin (d. 2019)
  • Feb 20 Willem van Hanegem, Dutch soccer champ/coach (Feyenoord)
  • Feb 22 Ranjit Fernando, Sri Lankan cricket wicket-keeper (1975 World Cup), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Feb 22 Tom Okker, Dutch tennis player, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Feb 27 Graeme Pollock, South African cricketer (South African batting prodigy), born in Durban, South Africa
  • Feb 28 Sepp Maier, German footballer
  • 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, American MLB pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1968-69), born in Markham, Illinois
  • 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 football striker, born in Malmö, Sweden
  • May 6 Tommie Smith, American 200m dash (Olympic gold 1968), born in Clarksville, Texas
  • May 6 Masanori Murakami, Japanese baseball player in major leagues, born in Ōtsuki, Yamanashi, Japan
  • May 10 Abdul Kadir, cricketer (Pakistani batsman-keeper in 4 Tests 1964-65)
  • 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 23 John Newcombe, Australian tennis player (7 singles, 17 Grand Slam doubles), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 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 shortstop (8-time Gold Glove winner), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (d. 1998)
  • Jun 13 Joe Amato, NHRA top fuel drag racing champion (1991), born in Exeter, Pennsylvania
  • 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 22 Michael Obst, German FR, coxsman (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Jun 27 Patrick Sercu, Belgian cyclist, 1K time trial (Olympic gold 1964), born in Roeselare, West Flanders, Belgium
  • Jun 30 Ron Swoboda, American baseball outfielder and sportscaster (NY Yankees, NY Mets), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 1 Diron Talbot, American NFL defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1974, Washington Redskins), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • Jul 6 Gunhild Hoffmeister, East German 800m/1500m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Forst, Germany
  • Jul 6 Donald Ritchie, Scottish ultrarunner who set a world record, running 100 miles in 11:51:11 in 1979, born in Lossiemouth, Moray (d. 2018)
  • Jul 7 Tony Jacklin, English golfer (British Open 1969, US Open 1970), born in Scunthorpe, England
  • Jul 13 Eric Freeman, Australian cricket pace bowler (late 60's)
  • Jul 14 Billy McCool, American baseball player
  • Jul 17 Mark Burgess, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman of the 70's), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 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), born in Cirencester, England
  • 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, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1972), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • Jul 27 Jean-Marie Leblanc, French cyclist, born in Nueil-les-Aubiers, Deux-Sèvres, France
  • 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, born in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England
  • 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, American MLB 3rd baseman (NY Yankees, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California
  • Aug 24 Bill Goldsworthy, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota North Stars), born in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (d. 1996)
  • Aug 28 Marianne Heemskerk, Dutch swimmer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Aug 30 Tug McGraw, American baseball player and father of Tim McGraw, born in Martinez, California (d. 2004)
  • Aug 31 Clive Lloyd, West Indies cricket batsman, captain (110 Tests; 7,515 runs @ 46.67), born in Georgetown, British Guiana
  • Sep 4 Ron Ward, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Sep 11 Everaldo, Brazilian footballer, born in Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Sep 11 John McSheery, American baseball umpire who died while umpiring a game in 1996, born in New York City (d. 1996)
  • Sep 16 Ard Schenk, Dutch speed skater (3 Olympic gold 1972), born in Anna Paulowna, Netherlands
  • Sep 25 Grayson Shillingford, West Indian 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
  • Oct 6 José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1977)
  • Oct 11 Rodney Marsh, British football player, coach and broadcaster, born in Hatfield

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

LoveWedding 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)
  • Jan 7 George Mullin, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers-no-hitter on 7/4/1912), dies at 63
  • Jan 12 Juliette Atkinson, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1895, 97-98), dies at 70
  • Feb 8 Clem Wilson, cricketer (bro of Rockley, 2 Tests for England 1896), dies
  • Feb 21 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver (winner of the 1st Grand Prix motor racing), dies at 70
  • 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 and spy for Nazi Germany, dies at 51
  • May 26 Cyril "Froggy" Francois, South African cricketer (WWII, 252 runs in 5 Tests for South Africa), dies at 46
  • 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
  • Jun 27 Vera Menchik, Russian 1st official women's world chess champion (1927), dies in a London air raid at 38
  • 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 9 Frank Marshall, American chess player (b. 1877)
  • 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, dies at 65
  • Dec 16 Don Meyer Basketball coach Northern State, Lipscomb, and Hamline