On This Day

Year 1948 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 16 First chess world championship since WWII; Russian player Mikhail Botvinnik wins a 5-player tournament to begin 20-year Russian domination
  • Aug 6 Dutch super athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen wins London Olympics 200m in 24.4s to become the first women to claim 3 individual track & field gold at a Games, having already won the 100m and 80m hurdles
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Sports Stars Married in 1948

  • Feb 16 American baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California; divorce in 1960
  • Sep 24 American Major League Baseball outfielder Ty Cobb (61) weds Frances Cass (40)
  • Dec 26 MLB player Gil Hodges (24) weds Joan Lombardi