1946 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 32nd Rose Bowl: #2 Alabama beats #11 Southern California, 34-14
  • Jan 1 12th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma State beats #7 Saint Mary's (CA), 33-13
  • Jan 1 12th Orange Bowl: Miami (FL) beats #16 Holy Cross, 13-6
  • Jan 11 Bert Bell becomes second NFL commissioner, moves Chicago headquarters to Philadelphia
  • Jan 12 NFL champs Cleveland Rams given permission to move to LA
  • Jan 14 1946 NFL Draft: Frank Dancewicz from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks
  • Jan 29 34th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Joyce Fitch (6-4, 6-4)
  • Jan 29 34th Men's Australian Championships: John Bromwich beats Dinny Pails (5-7, 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2)
  • Feb 15 Cornelius Johnson, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1936), dies from bronchopneumonia at 32
  • Feb 19 Giants outfielder Danny Gardella is 1st major leaguer to announce he is jumping to the "outlaw" Mexican League

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Ted Williams is offered $500,000 to play in Mexican Baseball League, he refuses

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Mar 21 Kenny Washington signs with Rams, 1st black NFLer since 1933
  • Mar 23 8th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NC 43-40
  • Mar 29 1st Test Cricket between Australia & NZ
  • Mar 29 Test Cricket debuts of Lindwall, Miller & Tallon
  • Mar 30 Australia beats NZ in cricket at 3 30pm on 2nd day
  • Mar 30 Last Test Cricket appearance of Bill O'Reilly (5-14 & 3-19)
  • Apr 5 100th Grand National: Capt. Robert Petre aboard Lovely Cottage wins
  • Apr 7 10th Masters Golf Tournament: Herman Keiser wins, shooting a 282
  • Apr 9 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 13 Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by defending Negro League champ Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from field in Birmingham, Alabama

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 18 Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Apr 20 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
  • Apr 20 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27
  • Apr 23 Brooklyn Dodger Ed Head no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • Apr 30 Cleveland Indian Bob Feller's 2nd no-hitter beats NY Yankees, 1-0
  • May 4 72nd Kentucky Derby: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:06.6
  • May 8 Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores 6 runs in 1 game
  • May 10 Red Sox win 15th straight beat Yanks 5-4, DiMaggio hits Grand Slam
  • May 11 1st night game at Boston Braves Field (Giants 5, Braves 1)
  • May 11 71st Preakness: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:01.4
  • May 20 Cubs Claude Passeau makes his 1st error since September 21, 1941, ending pitcher's fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances
  • May 26 2-for-42 & hitting .048 for 1946, Mel Ott stops playing baseball
  • May 30 Braves Bernard Malamud HR shatters Bulova clock in Ebbets Field
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: George Robson wins in 4:21:16.711 (184.785 km/h)
  • Jun 1 78th Belmont: Warren Mehrtens aboard Assault wins in 2:30.8
  • Jun 1 Spijkenisse soccer team forms in Spijkenisse
  • Jun 6 11 Basketball of America Association teams meet to schedule 1st season
  • Jun 6 The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 9 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 16 46th US Golf Open: Lloyd Mangrum shoots a 284 at Canterbury GC Cleve
  • Jun 19 1st TV sports/boxing spectacular-Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn
  • Jun 22 Alec Bedser takes 7-49 v India on 1st day of his 1st Test cricket
  • Jun 22 Bill Veeck purchases Cleveland Indians
  • Jun 28 Permanent radio play-by-play of Cleveland Indians games begins
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-American matchup Pauline Betz beats Louise Brough 6-2, 6-4 for her only Wimbledon crown
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Frenchman Yvon Petra beats Australian Geoff Brown 6-2, 6-4, 7-9, 5-7, 6-4 for his only Wimbledon title

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 5 British Golf Open, St Andrews: Sam Snead beats Johnny Bulla and Bobby Locke by 4 strokes

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Jul 8 Baseball grants $5,000 minimum salary
  • Jul 9 13th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 12-0 at Fenway Park, Boston
  • Jul 12 Vance Dinges hits only Phillie pinch hit inside-the-park HR

  • Jul 14 Cleve Lou Boudreau hits 4 doubles & HR but Red Sox win 11-10 on Ted Williams 3 HR with 8 RBIs
  • Jul 24 9 Spokane baseball players (Western League) die in a bus crash
  • Jul 27 Boston Red Sox Rudy York hits 2 grand slams in 1 game, gets 10 RBIs
  • Jul 27 45th Men's French Championships: Marcel Bernard beats Jaroslav Drobny (3-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3)
  • Jul 27 45th Women's French Championships: Margaret Osborne beats Pauline Betz (1-6, 8-6, 7-5)
  • Aug 8 Dreyfuss family, owners of Pittsburgh Pirates since 1900, sells club to Frank McKinney & John Galbreath for $25 million
  • Aug 9 1st time all major-league baseball games (8) are played at night
  • Aug 18 Golf Writers Associaton of America forms
  • Aug 22 Baseball approves a 168-game schedule, but later rescinds it
  • Aug 22 Mikko Hietanen wins Oslo marathon (2:24:55)
  • Aug 23 13th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Los Angeles 0 (97,380)

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 25 28th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Portland GC Portland Ore

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Sep 1 1st US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Patty Berg
  • Sep 5 Joe Garagiola plays his 1st major league baseball game
  • Sep 6 All-American Football Conference plays 1st game (Clev 44, Miami 0)
  • Sep 8 SF 49ers play 1st AAFC game, lose to NY Yankees 21-7
  • Sep 8 66th U.S. Men's National Championship: Jack Kramer beats Tom Brown Jr. (9-7, 6-3, 6-0)
  • Sep 8 60th U.S. Women's National Championship: Pauline Betz Addie beats Patricia Canning Todd (11-9, 6-3)
  • Sep 13 Boston Red Sox clinch AL pennant
  • Sep 15 Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 inns, games called because of gnats
  • Sep 18 Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 24 Yanks set season attendance record of 2,309,029 besting 1929 Cubs
  • Sep 29 1st time NL pennant ends in a tie (Cards & Dodgers)
  • Sep 29 Los Angeles (previously Cleveland) Rams play 1st NFL game in LA
  • Oct 1 1st NL playoffs, Dodgers vs Cards (St Louis wins 2 games to 0)
  • Oct 3 Cards beat Dodgers 8-4 at Ebbets Field to win NL playoffs 2-0
  • Oct 15 Smallest World Series share since 1918 (Cards $3,748, Red Sox $2,140)
  • Oct 15 St Louis Cards beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 3 in 43rd World Series
  • Oct 15 Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
  • Oct 20 Frank Seno returns kickoff 105 yd, Chicago Cards vs NY Giants
  • Nov 1 Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck's right foot is amputated
  • Nov 1 Marken soccer team forms
  • Nov 1 NY Knicks 1st basketball game beat Toronto Huskies 68-66
  • Nov 11 NY Knicks' 1st game at Madison Sq Garden loses 78-68 to Chic Stags

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 13 Bradman scores 106 for an Australian XI v the MCC

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Nov 15 Ted Williams is picked as AL MVP
  • Nov 23 34th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 28-6
  • Nov 27 English soccer team beats Netherlands, 8-2
  • Nov 30 Bradman scores 187 in 1st Test Cricket v England at the Gabba
  • Dec 1 Australia compile 645 v India at the Gabba (Bradman 187)
  • Dec 3 12th Heisman Trophy Award: Glenn Davis, Army (HB)
  • Dec 15 Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 24-14 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 15 Giants Filchock & Hapes suspended by NFL, didn't report bribe attempt
  • Dec 16 1947 NFL Draft: Bob Fenimore from University of Oklahoma A&M first pick by Chicago Bears
  • Dec 17 Bradman & Barnes complete 405 run 5th wicket stand, score 234 each
  • Dec 22 Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-9 in AAFC championship game
  • Dec 26 35th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Melbourne (5-0)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 142

  • Jan 1 Manfred Stengl, Austrian 2 man lugist (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Jan 1 Rivelino, Brazilian football player
  • Jan 6 Harold Jackson, Hattiesburg, MS, NFL wide receiver (LA, New Engl)
  • Jan 8 Elaine Cheris, Dotham Al, fencer-epee (Olympics 1996)
  • Jan 10 Alexis Nihon Jr, Bahamas, wrestler (Olympics 1968)
  • Jan 11 Ludmila Poradnik, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Jan 23 Asif Masood, cricketer (Pakistani quick with long & erratic run-up)
  • Jan 31 Subroto Guha, cricketer (right arm swing bowler for India 1967-69)
  • Feb 2 Gerrie Muhren, Volendam, Netherlands, footballer (Ajax, European Cup Winner, 1971-3), (d. 2013)
  • Feb 4 Mary Meyer, American 500m speed skater (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Feb 9 Vince Papale, American football player
  • Feb 11 Ian Porterfield, English footballer (d. 2007)
  • Feb 16 Aleksandr Shaparenko, USSR, 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 17 Valdemar Bandolowski, Danish sailor (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Feb 21 Desmond Lewis, West Indian cricket batsman/keeper (avg 86.33 in 3 Tests)
  • Feb 21 Bob Ryan, Boston sports columnist
  • Feb 26 Bobby "Bingo" Smith, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Feb 28 Graham Vivian, cricketer (son of Giff, 5 Tests for NZ 1965-72)
  • Mar 3 John Virgo, British snooker player
  • Mar 5 Rocky Bleier, Wisc, NFL running back (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 8 Mohammad Nazir, Pakistani cricket off-spinner (14 Tests 1969-83)
  • Mar 10 Hiroshi Fushida, Japanese racing driver
  • Mar 14 Wes Unseld, NBA all-star (Baltimore Bullets, MVP 1969)
  • Mar 15 Bobby Bond, baseball player (Giants, Yankees, etc)
  • Mar 15 Bobby Bonds, American MLB outfielder and coach (father of Barry Bonds), born in Riverside, California (died 2003)
  • Mar 18 Martyn Griffiths, British racing driver
  • Mar 18 Michel Leclère, French racing driver
  • Mar 19 Mohammad Ilyas, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in ten Tests 1964-69)
  • Mar 22 Don Chaney, NBA player (Houston Rockets)/coach (Detroit Pistons)
  • Mar 25 Cliff Balsam, English footballer
  • Mar 27 Bill Sudakis, American baseball player, born in Joliet, Illinois
  • Mar 31 Aftab Gul, cricketer (Pakistani opening batsman in six Tests 1969-71)
  • Mar 31 Gonzalo Márquez, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1984)
  • Apr 2 Richard Collinge, New Zealand cricketer (NZ rec wicket-taker (116) before Hadlee), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Apr 7 Colette Besson, French runner (d. 2005)
  • Apr 8 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, major-league pitcher (A's, Yankees)
  • Apr 9 Alan Knott, great English cricket wicketkeeper (1967-81)
  • Apr 17 Clare Francis, yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)
  • Apr 20 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1982)
  • Apr 21 S Venkataraghavan, cricket (Indian off-spinner, Test ump, ICC referee)
  • Apr 27 John Maclean, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1978-79), born in Herston, Queensland, Australia
  • Apr 30 Donald Schollander, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold-64), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • May 3 Greg Gumbel, American sportscaster (CBS TV, WFAN), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • May 3 Norm Chow, American football coach, born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • May 4 Renee Powell, American LPGA golfer, born in East Canton, Ohio
  • May 4 John Watson, Northern Irish racecar driver, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • May 12 Leonard Baichan, cricketer (WI opener, 103 v Pakistan on debut 1975)
  • May 17 Sinaida Turchina, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976)

Person of interestReggie Jackson

May 18 Reggie Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (14-time All Star)), born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • May 19 Mary Bryan, LPGA golfer
  • May 20 Bakhaavaa Buidaa, Mongolia, wrestler (Olympic silver 1972) disqualified
  • May 20 Craig Patrick, NHL coach
  • May 20 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (5-time MLB All Star), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • May 21 David Hill, Australian TV-reporter/owner (Fox Sports)
  • May 22 George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), born in Belfast
  • May 22 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), born in Ryton, County Durham (d. 2015)
  • May 23 Tom Dorris, horse trainer
  • May 24 Irina Szewińska, Polish athlete, administrator (Olympic various sprint gold 1964, 68, 76), born in Leningrad, Russia (d. 2018)
  • May 25 Irnema Szewinski Kirszenstein, Polish 200m runner (1968 Olym Gold)
  • May 28 Skip Jutze, American baseball player
  • May 31 Steve Bucknor, cricketer (West Indian Test umpire, FIFA referee)
  • Jun 2 Roger Freed, baseball player
  • Jun 7 Terry Gale, Australian professioanal golfer, born in Yelbeni, Australia
  • Jun 8 Richie Robinson, Australian cricketer (Victorian keeper, Australian batsman 1977), born in East Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jun 11 Jenny Pittman, British racehorse trainer, born in Hoby, Leicestershire
  • Jun 15 Ken Henderson, baseball player
  • Jun 15 Roger Tolchard, cricketer (Engl keeper played Tests as a batsman 1977)
  • Jul 6 Fred Dryer, Hawthone California, NFLer (NY Giants, LA Rams)/actor (Hunter)
  • Jul 7 Jim Day, Canadian equestrian show jumper (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jul 12 Graham Roope, Englishcricketer (England batsman in 21 Tests 1972-78), born in Fareham, Hampshire, England (d. 2006)
  • Jul 13 Bob Kauffman, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)
  • Jul 16 Ron Yary, American football player (Minnesota Vikings), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 16 John Hollins, British retired footballer, born in Guildford, Surrey

Person of interestIlie Năstase

Jul 19 Ilie Năstase, Romanian tennis player (US Open 1972), born in Bucharest, Romania

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • Jul 21 Zbigniew Kaczmarek, Polish lightweight (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jul 30 Neil Bonnett, American race car driver, born in Hueytown, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • Aug 6 Dusty Rhodes, Australian baseball coach (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 9 Jim Kiick, American football player
  • Aug 17 Hans Vandenburg, Dutch singer/guitarist (Gruppo Sportivo)
  • Aug 21 Lev Alburt, International Chess Master (1976), born in Orenburg, Russia
  • Aug 25 Rollie Fingers, American baseball relief pitcher (Oakland Athletics, MVP/Cy Young-1981), born in Steubenville, Ohio
  • Aug 25 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • Aug 27 Tony Howard, cricketer (WI off-spinner one Test v NZ 1972)
  • Aug 29 Bob Beamon, high jumper (Olympic gold 1968, 29' 2½" 8.9m), born in Queens, New York
  • Sep 7 Willie Crawford, American baseball player (d. 2004)
  • Sep 8 L.C. Greenwood, American football player, (d. 2013)
  • Sep 10 James R Hines, American athlete, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Dumas, Arkansas
  • Sep 15 Fighting Mack, [Edwin Alberto], Antillian welterweight boxer
  • Sep 17 Billy Bonds, English soccer defender and manager (Charlton, West Ham United), born in Woolwich, London, England
  • Sep 18 Otis Sistrunk, American football player
  • Sep 19 Brian Henton, English racing driver
  • Sep 24 "Mean" Joe Greene, NFL tackle (Pittsburgh Steelers), Coke spokesman
  • Sep 24 Pat Pocock, cricketer (intermittent England off-spinner 1968-85)
  • Sep 25 Bishan Bedi, cricketer (mighty Indian slow left-armer 1966-79)
  • Sep 25 Gilmer Bryan Morgan, Wewoka OK, PGA golfer (1977 BC Open)
  • Sep 28 Majid Khan, cricketer (great Pakistani batsman 1964-82)
  • Sep 30 Paul Sheahan, cricketer (dashing Australian Test batsman 1967-74)
  • Oct 1 Alfred Jones, Grace Miss, middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • Oct 1 Eva Klobukowska, Polish relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Oct 4 Andre Bolhuis, hockey player (World Cup 1973, European Cup 1978

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 10 1st black pro-baseball player Jackie Robinson marries Rachel Isum

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 18 MLB baseball player Hank Greenberg (35) weds heiress Caral Gimbel in Sea Island, Georgia

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 2 Joe Darling, cricketer (Aussie captain 21 Tests, won 7 lost 4), dies
  • Jan 9 Dimitrios Golemis, Greek athlete (b. 1874)
  • Mar 24 Alexander A Alekhine, world chess champ (1927-35, 37-46), dies at 53
  • Mar 28 Chick Fullis, baseball player (b. 1904)
  • Apr 16 Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer (b. 1884)
  • Apr 17 John Iddon, cricketer (car accident 5 Tests for Eng 1934-35), dies
  • Apr 21 Robert Graham, cricketer (3 wkts for South Africa in 2 Tests 1898-99), dies
  • Apr 25 Albert Knight, cricketer (3 Tests for England on 1903-04 tour), dies
  • Apr 25 Joseph Vine, cricketer (batted in two Tests Eng v Aust 1911-12), dies
  • May 1 Bill Johnston, American tennis player (US Open 1915, 1919 Wimbledon 1923), dies of tuberculosis at 51
  • May 7 Joe Humphries, cricket wicket keeper (3 Tests for England 1907-08), dies
  • Jun 10 Jack Johnson, 1st African American world heavyweight boxing champion, dies in a car accident aged 68
  • Jul 15 Razor Smith, English cricketer (b. 1877)
  • Aug 6 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player (b. 1903)
  • Aug 6 Blanche Bingley, British tennis player (6-time Wimbledon champion), dies at 82
  • Aug 9 Bert Vogler, South African cricketer (South Africa, 15 Tests, 64 wkts), dies at 69
  • Sep 17 Frank Burke, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • Oct 16 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian Nazi (SS), hanged
  • Nov 18 John King, cricketer (scored 60 & 4 in only Test Eng v Aus 1909), dies
  • Nov 18 Johnny Lush, American MLB pitcher (2 no-hitters), dies at 61
  • Nov 22 Bertie Rose-Innes, cricketer (South Africa's Test), dies

Person of interestWalter Johnson

Dec 10 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3-time Triple Crown: Washington Senators), dies of a brain tumour at 59

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson