On This Day

Year 1945 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 31st Rose Bowl: #7 Southern California beats #12 Tennessee, 25-0
  • Jan 1 11th Sugar Bowl: #11 Duke beats Alabama, 29-26
  • Jan 1 11th Orange Bowl: Tulsa beats #13 Georgia Tech, 26-12
  • Jan 8 University of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team sets an NCAA record by holding Arkansas State to 6 points in a 75-6 win
  • Jan 10 No one is elected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Jan 25 NY Yankees sold by Ruppert estate to construction magnate Del Webb and partners Dan Topping and Larry MacPhail for $2.8 million
  • Feb 5 Big Racket becomes fastest race horse at 69t.6 kph (440 yd/20.8 s)
  • Feb 8 Paul Brown agrees to coach the new American football expansion team in Cleveland, which would later be named the Cleveland Browns after their coach
  • Mar 6 George Nissen of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, receives a patent for the first modern trampoline
  • Mar 15 As a symbol of wartime baseball, Bert Shepard (one-legged WWII veteran) begins a successful tryout as a pitcher for the Washington Senators
  • More Events in Sport

Sports Stars Married in 1945


Sports Stars Who Died in 1945

  • Feb 2 Joe Hunt, American tennis player (US National C'ship 1943), dies in fighter plane crash during training at 25
  • Feb 13 George Studd, English cricket batsman (4 Tests; Middlesex), dies at 85
  • Feb 21 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, dies of an inoperable brain tumor at 43 while interned at the Weihsien Internment Camp in Weifang, Shandong, China
  • Mar 18 William Grover-Williams, British racing driver
  • Mar 24 (Jevon) "Jeff" Nicklin, Canadian CFL football player,1934-40 (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), and Army paratrooper officer killed in action at 30

More Deaths in Sport