1947 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 33rd Rose Bowl: #5 Illinois beats #4 UCLA, 45-14
  • Jan 1 13th Sugar Bowl: #3 Georgia beats #9 North Carolina, 20-10
  • Jan 1 13th Orange Bowl: #10 Rice beats #7 Tennessee, 8-0
  • Jan 7 Australia v England at MCG drawn in 6 days, 1st cricket draw in Australia since 1882
  • Jan 8 Toronto Maple Leaf rookie Howie Meeker scores 5 goals in a game

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Jan 18 Detroit Tigers sell Hank Greenberg to Pirates (for $25-35,000)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jan 24 NFL adds 5th official (back judge) & allows sudden death in playoffs
  • Jan 29 35th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Nell Hall Hopman (6-3, 6-2)
  • Jan 29 35th Men's Australian Championships: Dinny Pails beats John Bromwich (4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 8-6)

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Feb 3 Bradman bowled by Alec Bedser for a duck in 4th Test Cricket

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 6 Compton & Arthur Morris both complete dual tons in same Test Cricket
  • Mar 21 Test Cricket debut of Bert Sutcliffe, NZ v England at Christchurch
  • Mar 25 9th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Holy Cross beats Oklahoma 58-47
  • Mar 25 Last day of Test cricket for Walter Hammond (v NZ, Christchurch)
  • Mar 29 101st Grand National: Eddie Dempsey aboard Caughoo wins
  • Apr 6 11th Masters Golf Tournament: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 281

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Apr 9 Baseball suspends Bkln Dodger Leo Durocher for 1 year

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Apr 10 Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends Leo Durocher, first day of the season

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Apr 15 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Apr 17 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit
  • Apr 19 51st Boston Marathon won by Yun Bok Soh of Korea in 2:25:39
  • Apr 19 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 19 Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)

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Apr 19 After scoring 45 goals during the regular season, Maurice Richard is named MVP.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Apr 22 1st NBA Championship: Philadelphia Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 25 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title

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Apr 27 Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium & through out US

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 1 Cleveland Indians abandon League Park (venue for weekday games) to play all MLB games at Municipal Stadium
  • May 3 73rd Kentucky Derby: Eric Guerin aboard Jet Pilot wins in 2:06.8
  • May 8 A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson & the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon
  • May 10 72nd Preakness: Doug Dodson aboard Faultless wins in 1:59
  • May 18 A's catcher Warren Rosar catches his 147th game without an error
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Mauri Rose wins in 4:17:52.159 (187.228 km/h)
  • May 31 79th Belmont: Ruperto Donoso aboard Phalanx wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 12 Babe Didrikson is 1st American to win British Women's Amateur Golf Championship
  • Jun 13 1st night game at Fenway Park (Red Sox 5, White Sox 3)
  • Jun 15 47th US Golf Open: Lew Worsham shoots a 282 at St Louis CC in MO
  • Jun 18 Cincinnati Red Ewell Blackwell no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0
  • Jun 24 29th PGA Championship: Jim Ferrier at Plum Hollow CC Detroit
  • Jun 24 Jackie Robinson swipes home for 1st of 19 times in his career
  • Jun 24 Jim Ferrier wins PGA golf tournament

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 25 Heavyweight Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 29 2nd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betty Jameson
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jack Kramer wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating fellow American Tom Brown 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Margaret Osborne beats Doris Hart 6-2, 6-4 for her only Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 4 British Open Golf, Royal Liverpool: Irishman Fred Daly wins his only Open, 1 stroke clear of Reg Horne and Frank Stranahan
  • Jul 5 Cleveland Indians rookie Larry Doby becomes 1st black player in AL when he strikes out in 6-5 loss vs Chicago WS
  • Jul 8 14th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Wrigley Field, Chicago
  • Jul 20 34th Tour de France won by Jean Robic of France
  • Jul 26 46th Men's French Championships: Jozsef Asboth beats Eric Sturgess (8-6, 7-5, 6-4)
  • Jul 26 46th Women's French Championships: Patricia Todd beats Doris Hart (6-3, 3-6, 6-4)
  • Jul 30 Cincinnati Reds 16 game win streak ends, losing to NY Giants 5-4
  • Aug 4 American boxer Ike Williams knocks out Bob Montgomery in 6 rounds in Philadelphia to unify the world lightweight title
  • Aug 20 Boston Braves hit a million attendance for 1st time
  • Aug 21 1st Little League World Series Maynard Midgets of Williamsport PA win
  • Aug 22 14th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 16, Chicago Bears 0 (105,840)
  • Aug 26 1st black baseball pitcher Don Bankhead (Hit a HR on 1st at bat)
  • Aug 31 NY Giants set season record for HRs by a club 183 (en route to 221)
  • Sep 1 Infielder Jack Lohrke hits NY Giants 183rd homer of season in 2-1 win v Boston Braves; breaks NY Yankees MLB mark of 182 set in 1936
  • Sep 3 Philadelphia A's rookie pitcher Bill McCahan no-hits Washington Senators, 3-0
  • Sep 3 New York Yankees total 18 hits, all singles to rout Boston Red Sox, 11-2 at Fenway Park
  • Sep 4 Champion Middlesex cricket batsman Denis Compton scores 101 for South of England in tour match defeat to South Africa at Lord's; his record 17th century of the English season
  • Sep 14 67th U.S. Men's National Championship: Jack Kramer beats Frank Parker (4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, 6-3)
  • Sep 14 61st U.S. Women's National Championship: Louise Brough beats Margaret Osborne duPoint (8-6, 4-6, 6-1)
  • Sep 17 Jackie Robinson is named Rookie of Year by Sporting News
  • Sep 19 Jackie Robinson is named 1947 "Rookie of Year"
  • Sep 22 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant defeating St. Louis Cardinals 94-60
  • Sep 26 Happy Chandler announces Ford & Gillette to sponsor World Series
  • Sep 29 Former Yank manager Joe McCarthy signs to manage Red Sox
  • Sep 29 Record World Series crowd of 73,365 at Yankee Stadium ($325,828)
  • Sep 30 Yanks beat Dodgers 5-3-largest WS crowd 73,365-1st WS televised

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 2 New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra hits the first pinch-hit home run in Baseball World Series history off Ralph Branca in the 7th inning of a 9-8 loss to the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 3

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Oct 5 Brooklyn outfielder Al Gionfriddo makes famous catch off Joe DiMaggio in Game 6 of Baseball World Series; Dodgers beat Yankees, 8-6; catch inspires "back-back-back" expression
  • Oct 6 NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 3, in 44th World Series
  • Oct 7 Larry MacPhail resigns as Yank GM after final game of World Series
  • Oct 13 1st NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 4-3 at Toronto
  • Oct 20 Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years
  • Oct 25 Bradman scores 156 for South Australia v India, 152 mins, 22 fours

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Nov 2 Ryder Cup Golf, Portland GC: US wins first post WWII event, 11-1; Ben Hogan American captain; Henry Cotton GB skipper

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Nov 2 After just 6 games of the season, Chicago Blackhawks trade NHL scoring leader Max Bentley along with Cy Thomas to Toronto Maple Leafs for Gus Bodnar, Bud Poile, Gaye Stewart, Bob Goldham, and Ernie Dickens
  • Nov 8 Bradman scores his 99th 1st-class cricket century, 100 South Australia v Victoria
  • Nov 15 Bradman scores his 100th 100, 172 v Indians at the SCG
  • Nov 15 Soccer team GVVV forms in Veenendaal
  • Nov 21 Bill Longson beats Lou Thesz in St Louis, to win National Wrestlingg Association world heavyweight title

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Nov 23 Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chi Cards (45-21)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

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Nov 27 Joe DiMaggio wins his 3rd MVP, beating Ted Williams by 1 vote

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Nov 29 35th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Calgary Stampeders, 10-9
  • Dec 1 Don Bradman scores 185 in the 1st Cricket Test v India at the Gabba
  • Dec 1 India cricket all out for 58 v Australia at the Gabba, Toshack 5-2
  • Dec 2 13th Heisman Trophy Award: John Lujack, Notre Dame (QB)
  • Dec 5 Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Dec 11 Pacific Coast League application for major league status rejected
  • Dec 14 Cleveland Browns beat NY Yankees 14-3 in AAFC championship game
  • Dec 14 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Dec 19 1948 NFL Draft: Harry Gilmer from University of Alabama first pick by Washington Redskins
  • Dec 28 Chic Cards beat Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 30 36th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 165

  • Jan 2 Aleksandr Tikhonova, USSR, biathalon relay (Olympic gold 1968, 72, 76, 80)
  • Jan 2 Calvin Hill, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 2 Lanny Bassham, American rifle-3 position (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jan 5 Mercury Morris, American football player
  • Jan 6 Ian Millar, Canadian dressage rider (World Cup 1988, 89, Olympics 1996), born in Halifax, NS, Canada
  • Jan 8 Igor Ivanov, Leningrad, Canadian chess champion (1981-84, 1985- )
  • Jan 11 Bryan Robson, English international soccer star
  • Jan 12 Tom Dempsey, NFL record-holder (longest field goal, 63 yards)
  • Jan 13 Peter Sundelin, Swedish yachtsmen (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jan 13 Carles Rexach, former Spanish-Catalan footballer and coach
  • Jan 14 Bill Weberniuk, Canadian snookers player
  • Jan 14 Rubén Olivares, Mexican boxer (4-division world champion), born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Jan 17 Gail Toushin, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 18 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2018)
  • Jan 20 Cyrille Guimard, French cyclist and directeur sportif
  • Jan 24 Giorgio Chinaglia, Carrara Italy, soccer star (Lazio of Italy, NY Cosmos), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 24 Masashi Ozaki, Japanese golfer
  • Jan 25 Tostão, Brazilian footballer
  • Jan 25 Ángel Nieto, Spanish motorcycle racer
  • Jan 29 Michael Mavor, Head Master (Rugby School)

Person of interestNolan Ryan

Jan 31 Nolan Ryan, American baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB no-hit leader [7], strikeout leader [5,714]), born in Refugio, Texas

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Feb 1 Terry Hibbitt, soccer star
  • Feb 2 Aleksandr Medved, USSR, wrestler (Olympic gold 1964, 68, 72)
  • Feb 3 Joe Coleman, baseball pitcher (Washington, Detroit)
  • Feb 5 Darrell Waltrip, American race car driver
  • Feb 6 Charles Hickcox, American 200m/400m medley swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1968)
  • Feb 8 Sam Gannon, cricketer (Austr lefty quick, 3 Tests v India 1977-78)
  • Feb 13 Mike Krzyzewski, basketball coach
  • Feb 14 Heidemarie Rosendahl, German FR, long jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 14 Salah-ud-Din, cricketer (played 5 Tests for Pakistan 1965-69)
  • Feb 18 Carlos A Lopes, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympic gold 1984)
  • Feb 20 Peter Osgood, English footballer (d. 2006)
  • Feb 23 Geoff Cope, cricketer (England off-spinner 1977-78)
  • Feb 25 Eddie Thomson, Australian soccer coach (Socceroos 1990-96), born in Rosewell, Scotland (d. 2003)
  • Feb 25 Lee Evans, Madera, California, American 400m runner (Olympic-2 gold-1968)
  • Feb 27 Ashley Woodcock, cricketer (one Test Aust v NZ 1974, only knock 27)
  • Mar 2 Harry Redknapp, English football manager
  • Mar 3 Otto Stuppacher, Austrian racing driver (d. 2001)
  • Mar 5 Kent Tekulve, American baseball player
  • Mar 6 Dick Fosbury, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1968, "Fosbury Flop"), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 7 Walter Röhrl, German race and rally car driver
  • Mar 13 Tomas Hinojosa, jockey
  • Mar 15 David Colley, cricketer (NSW quickie, 3 Tests for Australia 1972)
  • Mar 15 Tomas Pettersson, Swedish cyclist (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Mar 18 David Lloyd, cricketer (England opener, 214 v India 1974)
  • Mar 19 Earlie Fires, jockey (Hialeah Park)
  • Mar 19 Vince Martino, WLAF offensive asst (Barcelona Dragons), born in Schenectady, New York
  • Mar 19 Marinho Peres, Brazilian football player
  • Mar 27 Dough Wilkerson, American football player, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Apr 1 Norm Van Lier, American basketball player
  • Apr 4 Ray Fosse, American baseball player and broadcaster, born in Marion, Illinois
  • Apr 14 Bob Massie, cricketer (Aust swing bowler, 16 wkts on debut v Eng 1972)

Person of interestKareem Abdul-Jabbar

Apr 16 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, [Lew Alcindor], NBA center (Mil Bucks, LA Lakers), born in NYC, New York

  • Apr 17 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player
  • Apr 25 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • Apr 26 Donna Elizabeth De Varona, swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-64), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Apr 29 Jim Ryun, American 1500m runner/broke 4 minute mile (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Apr 29 John Laurence Miller, golfer (US Open 1973, British Open 1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • May 1 Jerry Heard, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Visalia, California
  • May 6 Andy Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman 1976), born in Te Aroha, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • May 13 David Hughes, cricketer
  • May 14 Dick "Dirt" Tidrow, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 17 John Traicos, cricketer (in Egypt South Africa 1970, Zimbabwe 1992-93)
  • May 21 Dorothy Germain, LPGA golfer
  • May 26 Glenn Turner, cricketer (masterful NZ opening batsman)
  • May 27 Robert Reinacher Jr, horse trainer
  • May 27 Branko Oblak, Slovenian footballer
  • May 30 Jocelyne Bourassa, Canadian golfer, (Canadian Open 1973), born in Shawinigan, Quebec
  • Jun 2 Jan Ferraris, LPGA golfer
  • Jun 3 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (d. 1986)
  • Jun 6 Marion Coakes, English equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1968), born in New Milton, Hampshire
  • Jun 6 Ada Kok, Dutch swimmer
  • Jun 7 Thurman Munson, American baseball catcher and captain (NY Yankees), born in Akron, Ohio (d. 1979)
  • Jun 10 Ken Singleton, baseball player (Orioles), born in Mt Vernon, New York
  • Jun 12 Ron Freeman, American athlete, 4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • Jun 20 John Forbes, horse trainer
  • Jun 22 Murray Webb, cricketer (NZ fast bowler in 3 Tests, 4 wkts at 117 75)

Person of interestPete Maravich

Jun 22 "Pistol" Pete Maravich, American NBA star (Atlanta Hawks), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania (d. 1988)

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Jun 29 Jeff Moss, Australian cricketer (one Test Australia v Pakistan 1979), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jul 1 Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Japanese auto racer (world sportscar championship 1985), born in Shizuoka-shi, Japan
  • Jul 2 Ervin Hall, 100m hurdler (Olympic silver 1968), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 4 Morganna Roberts, Baseball's kissing bandit, born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Jul 6 Lance Clemons, baseball player

Person of interestO.J. Simpson

Jul 9 O.J. Simpson [Orenthal James], NFL Running Back (Buf Bills), born in San Francisco, California

NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal O.J. Simpson
NFL Running Back and Convicted Criminal
O.J. Simpson
  • Jul 12 Pollamani Krishnamurthy, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (1971 WI tour)
  • Jul 14 Steve Stone, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jul 19 Hans-Jürgen Kreische, East German footballer, born in Dresden, Germany
  • Jul 20 James Harris, Monroe La, NFL quarterback (Buffalo, LA, San Diego)
  • Jul 21 Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket opener (Gavaskar's partner for a while)
  • Jul 23 Torsten Palm, Swedish racing driver, born in Kristinehamn, Sweden
  • Jul 24 M Jacques Fouroux, rugby player
  • Jul 24 Zaheer Abbas, Pakistani cricketer (probably Pakistan's finest batsman ever), born in Sialkot, Punjab
  • Jul 28 Barbara Ann Ferrell Edmondson, Miss, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jul 28 Elena Novikova-Belova, USSR, foils (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jul 28 Miguelina Cobian, Cuban 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Santiago de Cuba
  • Jul 29 Janet LePera, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 29 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (d. 2006)
  • Aug 1 Chris Barnard, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales
  • Aug 5 Bernie Carbo, American baseball player
  • Aug 6 Tony Dell, cricketer (Australian left-arm quick, 2 Tests 1971 & 74)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

May 17 NBA center George Mikan (22) weds college sweetheart Patricia Lu Daveny

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 23 Roy Park, Australian cricketer (prolific Victorian bat & official), dies at 54
  • Jan 29 Fred Barratt, cricket (5 wkts at 47 in 5 Tests for Eng 1929-30), dies
  • Feb 27 Mackinnon of Mackinnon, cricketer (Tests Eng v Aust 1879), dies at 89
  • Feb 27 Francis MacKinnon, English cricketer (later the 35th Mackinnon of Mackinnon), dies at 98
  • Mar 9 Stanley Jackson, cricketer (20 Tests for England 1893-1905), dies
  • Mar 27 Charles Smith, cricketer (batted for South Africa in 1902-03), dies
  • Apr 2 Joseph Hardstaff, cricket (311 runs in 5 Tests for Eng 1907-08), dies
  • Apr 18 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25), dies at 51
  • May 5 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (b. 1917)
  • May 27 Ed Konetchy, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • Jun 6 Norman Reid, cricketer (Test S Af v Aust 1921-22, 11 & 6, 2-63), dies
  • Jul 13 Warwick Armstrong, cricketer (50 Tests 1901-21, 2863 runs), dies
  • Jul 30 George Challenor, West Indian cricketer (played in 1st WI Test side 1928), dies at 59
  • Oct 12 Nelson Betancourt, cricket wicketkeeper (WI Test 1930), dies at 42
  • Nov 1 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1917)