1945 in Sport

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 2 Kentucky begins 130 home basketball game win streak, ends in 1955
  • 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)

AgreementAgreement of Interest

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

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • Mar 15 Bert Shepard (1 legged WW II vet) tries out as a pitcher for Senators
  • Mar 15 Dodgers open spring training at Bear Mountain NY

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 18 Maurice "Rocket" Richard becomes the 1st NHLer to score 50 goals

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 26 De Paul wins NIT basketball championship, George Mikan scores 34

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • Mar 26 Venray soccer team forms
  • Mar 27 7th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NYU 49-44
  • Apr 1 Sons of Elburger Soccer team forms in Elburg
  • Apr 8 1945 NFL Draft: Charley Trippi from University of Georgia first pick by Chicago Cardinals

  • Apr 9 NFL requires players to wear long stockings
  • Apr 10 NFL's Boston Yanks & Brooklyn Tigers merge
  • Apr 18 1 armed outfielder, St Louis Brown Pete Gray, 1st game he goes 1 for 4
  • Apr 19 49th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley of Mass in 2:30:40.2
  • Apr 20 Cleveland Browns organization formed by Arthur "Mickey" McBride
  • Apr 22 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 24 Albert B "Happy" Chandler is named 2nd baseball commissioner
  • May 7 Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League
  • May 9 New balata ball used in baseball, 50% livilier
  • May 19 Start of the 1st Victory Test Cricket between England & Aust Services
  • May 20 Keith Miller scores 105 in the 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's
  • May 21 Australian Services win 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's by 6 wickets
  • Jun 9 71st Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hoop Jr scores his third of record 5 Derby wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 9 Following an 8-7 win over the Phils, Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher is arrested on a complaint by a fan that Durocher slugged him

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Jun 13 Heerjansdam soccer team forms
  • Jun 16 70th Preakness: Wayne D Wright aboard Polynesian wins in 1:58.8
  • Jun 23 77th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Pavot wins in 2:30.2
  • Jun 26 England win the second Victory test cricket at Bramall Lane by 41 runs

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 1 First MLB superstar to return from WW II, Hank Greenberg homers in his 1st game (Detroit beats Philadelphia A's 9-5)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jul 12 Cubs stop Braves Tommy Holmes modern-day NL hitting streak at 37 games

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 15 27th PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Morraine CC Dayton Ohio

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Jul 16 Australian Services win 3rd Victory Test Cricket by 4 wickets
  • Jul 21 Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia A's play 24 inning 1-1 tie
  • Jul 27 Cubs purchase pitcher Hank Borowy from NY Yankees
  • Aug 1 NY Giants outfielder Mel Ott hits historic 500th MLB home run off Braves Johnny Hutchings, joins Babe Ruth & Jimmy Foxx as only players to reach milestone

  • Aug 4 American golfer Byron Nelson wins Canadian Open at Uplands & Thornhill CC for a record 11th consecutive PGA victory, on way to record season tally of 18
  • Aug 4 Red Sox outfielder Tom McBride drives in MLB record tying 6 runs in an inning (4th) during 15-4 win v Washington
  • Aug 6 Australian Test cricket all-rounder Keith Miller scores 110 not out for Australian Services on Day 1 of drawn 4th Victory Test against England at Lord's
  • Aug 15 Chandler sells World Series radio rights for $150,000 to Gillette, Ford had been World Series sponsor since 1934, pay $100,000 annually
  • Aug 18 Scheduled demonstrations at Polo Grounds & Ebbets Field to end segregation in organized baseball are called off
  • Aug 19 Phillies Jimmie Foxx, 37, pitches 1st 7 innings vs Reds & wins
  • Aug 20 Dodgers Tommy Brown, 17, is youngest player to hit a HR
  • Aug 20 Robert Hamilton wins PGA golf tournament
  • Aug 30 12th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 19, All-Stars 7 (92,753)
  • Sep 1 Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Vince DiMaggio smashes his 4th grand slam of season, tying NL record, in an 8-3 win v Boston Braves
  • Sep 3 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Forest Hills: Frank Parker successfully defends title; beats William Talbert 14-12, 6-1, 6-2
  • Sep 3 US Women's National Tennis Championship, Forest Hills: Sarah Palfrey Cooke wins 2nd US title; beats Pauline Betz Addie 3-6, 8-6, 6-4
  • Sep 4 American chess grandmaster Reuben Fine wins 4 simultaneous rapid (10 seconds per move) games blindfolded in New York City
  • Sep 6 A's catcher Greek George punches umpire Joe Rue gets suspended
  • Sep 29 Chicago Cubs clinch NL pennant with record of 98–56
  • Sep 30 Hank Greenberg's final day HR wins pennant for Tigers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis is discharged from US army after being awarded the Legion of Merit

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Oct 3 Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs meet in Baseball World Series for the 4th time; Hank Borowy pitches a 6-hit shutout as Cubs win Game 1, 9-0 at Briggs Stadium; Detroit wins series , 4-3
  • Oct 6 Tavern owner "Billy Goat" Sianis buys seat for his goat for Game 4 of Baseball World Series, is escorted out and casts goat curse on Chicago Cubs
  • Oct 10 Detroit Tigers beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 3 in 42nd World Series
  • Oct 15 Baseball Attendance hits record 10.28 million (Tigers 1.28 is highest)

AgreementContract of Interest

Oct 23 Jackie Robinson signs Montreal Royal contract

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Oct 29 Happy Chandler resigns as US Senator, remains as baseball commish
  • Oct 30 Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a Montreal Royals
  • Nov 3 Australian Test cricket batsman Lindsay Hassett is 124 not out as Australian Services draws with Prince's XI at Delhi; follows his 187 in 1st innings
  • Nov 10 College football's #1 Army beats #2 Notre Dame 48-0
  • Nov 22 Jim Benton, Cleveland end, gains 303 yards (NFL record)
  • Nov 28 Australian Services draw second Victory Test Cricket v India at Calcutta
  • Nov 30 33rd CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 35-0
  • Dec 1 CFL Grey Cup: Toronto beats Winnipeg 35-0 at Toronto
  • Dec 4 11th Heisman Trophy Award: Doc Blanchard, Army (FB)
  • Dec 10 Aust Services lose 3rd Victory Test Cricket to India by 6 wkts
  • Dec 16 Cleveland Rams win NFL championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 31 Bradman scores 112, his 1st post-War century, SA v Aust Services

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 123

  • Jan 1 Jacques Ickx, Belgian Le Mans auto race (6-time winner)
  • Jan 5 Sam Wyche, NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Jan 6 Barry John, Welsh rugby player
  • Jan 7 Tony Conigliaro, Mass, baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • Jan 20 Christopher Martin-Jenkins, cricket commentator and correspondent
  • Jan 25 Walt Wesley, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Lakers), born in Fort Myers, Florida
  • Jan 26 Mick Hill, cricketer (NSW all-rounder 1964-75)

Person of interestDonna Caponi

Jan 29 Donna Caponi, American golfer (4-time LPGA major winner), born in Detroit, Michigan

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • Feb 3 Bob Griese, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins, 1971 Player of Year)
  • Feb 7 Gerald Davies, British rugby player
  • Feb 7 Pete Postlethwaite, actor (The Boxer)
  • Feb 9 Bill Bergey, American NFL player, born in South Dayton, New York
  • Feb 12 Don Wilson, American MLB pitcher (2 x no-hitters), born in Monroe, Louisiana (d. 1975)
  • Feb 14 Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Piriápolis, Uruguay, football goalkeeper, (d. 2013)
  • Feb 18 Judy Rankin, American golfer (26 LPGA Tour wins), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Feb 19 Jon Whiteley, actor (Moonfleet)
  • Feb 21 Sudhir Naik, Indian cricketer (Indian Test batsman in 2 Tests 1974), born in Bombay, India
  • Feb 26 Peter Brock, Australian motorsports champion (d. 2006)
  • Feb 26 Giannis Ioannidis, Greek basketball coach and politician
  • Feb 28 Charles "Bubba" Smith, Tx, NFLer (Balt Colts)/actor (Police Academy)
  • Mar 3 Farooq Hamid, cricketer (1-107 in Test, Pakistan v Australia 1964)
  • Mar 4 Tommy Svensson, Swedish football manager
  • Mar 5 Randy Matson, American shot putter (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Mar 8 Graeme Watson, cricketer (Australian opening batsman 5 Tests 1966-72)
  • Mar 11 Dock Ellis, American baseball player
  • Mar 15 Jorgen Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Mar 15 Tracy Smith, long-distance runner, born in Altadena, California)
  • Mar 17 Paco Gonzalez, race horse trainer
  • Mar 18 Aleksey Vakhonin, USSR, bantam weight (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Mar 20 Pat Riley, NBA coach (Lakers, Knicks, Heat), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Mar 26 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), born in Moscow (d. 2004)
  • Mar 27 Briton Selby, Canadian NHL player, born in Kingston, Ontario

Person of interestWalt Frazier

Mar 29 Walt "Clyde" Frazier, NBA guard (NY Knicks), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Basketball Player Walt Frazier
Basketball Player
Walt Frazier
  • Apr 2 Don Sutton, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Clio, Alabama
  • Apr 4 Bryan Andrews, New Zealand cricketer (NZ medium-pacer, toured Australia 1973-74), born in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Apr 5 Tommy Smith, English footballer (Liverpool), born in Liverpool, Merseyside
  • Apr 10 Vera Misevich, Ukrainian equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1980), born in Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • Apr 13 Edward J Caruthers Jr, Troy Ala, high jumper (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Apr 13 Bob Kalsu, American football player (d. 1970)
  • Apr 14 Uwe Beyer, German DR, shot-putter (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Apr 16 Goran Antunac, Yugoslavia, International Chess Master (1975)
  • Apr 19 Nuria Ortiz, Mexican skeet shooter (Olympic-13th-1968)
  • Apr 26 V K Ramaswamy, cricketer (Indian Test umpire stood in 1996 World Cup)
  • Apr 26 Chuck Blazer [Charles Gordon Blazer], American soccer administrator, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • Apr 28 Ajit Manohar Pai, cricketer (one Test India v NZ 1969)
  • May 3 Sadiq Mohammad, Pakistani cricketer (attacking Pakistan opening batsman 1969-81), born in Junagadh, Gujarat, British India
  • May 14 Yochanan Vollach, Israeli footballer and president of Maccabi Haifa
  • May 18 Bhagwat Chandrasekhar, cricketer (brilliant Indian leggie 1964-79)
  • May 29 Martin Pipe, horse trainer
  • Jun 1 Brian Oldfield, American shot-putter, born in Elgin, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Jun 3 Hale S Irwin, Joplin MO, PGA golfer (1974 US Open)
  • Jun 5 Ambar Roy, cricketer (nephew of Pankaj Batted in 4 Tests 1969-70)
  • Jun 5 John Carlos, American track star (Olympic bronze 1968); gave black power salute, born in Harlem, New York
  • Jun 5 John Carlos, American athlete
  • Jun 8 Derek Underwood, England cricket spin bowler (86 Tests, 297 wickets), born in Bromley, England
  • Jun 9 Faina Myelink, USSR, discus thrower (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jun 9 Luis Ocaña, Spanish cyclist (d. 1994)
  • Jun 12 Terry Anderson, American rapid fire pistol shooter (Olympic-80, 96), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jun 16 Claire Alexander, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jun 17 Eddy Merckx, Belgian cyclist (5 time winner of Tour de France)

Person of interestTony Roche

Jun 17 Tony Roche, Australian tennis player and coach, born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Tennis Player and Coach Tony Roche
Tennis Player and Coach
Tony Roche
  • Jun 24 Betty Stove, Netherlands, tennis player (US Doubles 1972)
  • Jun 26 David Heyn, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman 1975 World Cup), born in Colombo
  • Jun 27 Catherine Lacoste, French golfer (US Women's Open 1967), born in Paris, France
  • Jun 27 John M. Veitch, American Hall of Fame Thoroughbred horse trainer, born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Jul 3 Iain MacDonald-Smith, English yachtsman (Olympic gold 1968)

Person of interestVirginia Wade

Jul 10 Virginia Wade, English tennis star (Wimbledon 1977), born in Bournemouth, England

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Virginia Wade
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Virginia Wade
  • Jul 10 John Motson, British sports (football) commentator, born in Salford, Lancashire, England
  • Jul 12 Dimitar Penev, Bulgarian soccer player and union coach (Lokomotiv/CSKA), born in Mirovyane, Bulgaria
  • Jul 13 Ashley "Rowdy" Mallett, Australian cricket off-spinner (1968-80)
  • Jul 16 Barry Dudleston, English cricketer and cricket umpire, born in Bebington, Cheshire
  • Jul 20 Betty Burfeindt, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 21 Barry Richards, extraordinary cricket batsman (4 Tests for South Africa)
  • Jul 21 Geoff Dymock, Australian cricket left-arm pace bowler (1974-80)
  • Jul 21 John Lowe, English darts player
  • Aug 3 Eamon Dunphy, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Aug 6 Andy Messersmith, American baseball player
  • Aug 7 Alan Young, American supreme court justice (1993-2015) and former NFL defensive end (NY Jets), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Aug 7 Alan Page, NFL defensive tackle (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Aug 13 Robin Jackman, cricketer (England medium-pacer early eighties)
  • Aug 15 Gene Upshaw, NFL guard (Oakland Radiers), NFLPA leader
  • Aug 21 Jerry DaVanon, American baseball player, born in Oceanside, California
  • Aug 23 Rayfield Wright, American football player, born in Griffin, Georgia
  • Aug 29 Wyomia Tyus, American 100m runner (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Griffin, Georgia
  • Sep 8 Rogie Vachon, Quebec, NHL goalie (Canadiens, Kings, Vezina-1968)
  • Sep 11 Franz Beckenbauer, German footballer (Bayern Munich), born in Munich
  • Sep 14 Martin Tyler, British sports broadcaster, born in Chester, England

Person of interestPhil Jackson

Sep 17 Phil Jackson, American basketball player and coach (Knicks/Bulls/Lakers), born in Deer Lodge, Montana

NBA Coach Phil Jackson
NBA Coach
Phil Jackson
  • Sep 19 Jane Blalock, American golfer (27 LPGA Tour wins), born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
  • Sep 21 Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner
  • Sep 24 Catherine Burns, American actress (Last Summer, One Life to Live, Catcher), born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 28 Marielle Goitschel, Ste Maxime France, alpine skier (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Sep 29 Nadezhda Chizova, USSR, shot putter (Olympic gold/silv/bronze-68/72/76)
  • Oct 1 Rod Carew, baseball slugger (AL Rookie of Year 1967)
  • Oct 3 Viktor Saneyev, Soviet triple jumper (Olympic-3 gold/1 silver 1968-80), born in Sukhumi, Georgia
  • Oct 4 Richard Bickell, race horse trainer
  • Oct 8 Vanburn Holder, Barbadian cricketer (West Indian pace bowler of 70's), born in Deans Village, Saint Michael, Barbados
  • Oct 9 Naftali Bon, Kenyan 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Kapsabet, Rift Valley Province, Kenya
  • Oct 13 Chako Higuchi, Japanese golfer (LPGA C'ship 1977), born in Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan
  • Oct 15 Jim Palmer, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles 1965-1984), born in NYC, New York

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 30 MLB catcher Roy Campanella (23) weds Ruthe Willis

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 2 Athlete Jim Thorpe (57) weds Patricia Askew

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 13 George Studd, cricketer (4 Tests with brother v Aus 1882-83), dies
  • Feb 16 Billy Frank, cricketer (Test South Africa v Eng 1896, 5 & 2, 1-52), dies
  • 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 29 Ferenc Csik, Hungarian swimmer (Olympics gold medal 100m freestyle 1936), dies of war wounds at 31
  • May 2 Joe Corbett, baseball player (b. 1875)
  • May 9 Clem Hill, cricketer (49 Tests for Australia 1896-1912), dies
  • Jul 20 Arthur Seccull, South African cricketer (Test v England 1896), dies
  • Aug 9 Harry Hillman, American athlete (3 Gold Olympic 1904), dies at 63
  • Nov 7 Alfred Dipper, cricketer (England batsman scored in only Test), dies
  • Nov 28 Dwight Davis, donator of tennis' Davis Cup, dies
  • Dec 20 Charles Eady, cricketer (Tasmanian player for Aust 1896-1901), dies