On This Day

Year 1948 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 132 on first day of 3rd Test v India; follows up with 127no in 2nd innings; Australia wins by 233

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 1 34th Rose Bowl: #2 Michigan beats #8 Southern California, 49-0
  • Jan 1 14th Sugar Bowl: #5 Texas beats #6 Alabama, 27-7
  • Jan 1 14th Orange Bowl: #10 Georgia Tech beats #12 Kansas, 20-14
  • Jan 3 Australian cricket batting maestro Don Bradman completes dual Test centuries (132 & 127* [26th Test 100]) in 3rd Test v India in Melbourne
  • Jan 21 Three of the greats of cricket make their debut in a drawn 1st Test match at Bridgetown, Barbados; Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Everton Weekes for the West Indies, and Jim Laker of England
  • Jan 22 Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his 1st Test Cricket innings v WI Barbados
  • Jan 23 Bradman scores 201 in 272 mins v India, 21 fours 1 six
  • Jan 24 Australia all out 674 v India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)
  • Jan 26 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Marie Toomey 6-3, 6-1 for 4th straight Australian single title
  • Jan 26 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Adrian Quist wins his 3rd Australian title; beats fellow Australian and doubles partner John Bromwich 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
  • Jan 29 Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players
  • Jan 30 V Winter Olympic Games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Jan 31 An unprecedented 3-way tie for the silver medal in the 500m speed skating at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Americans Robert Fitzgerald & Ken Bartholomew, and Thomas Byberg of Norway are equal on 43.2s; Finn Helgesen of Norway wins gold, 43.1s
  • Jan 31 Sweden sweeps the medals in the 18km cross country event at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Martin Lundström takes gold ahead of countrymen Nils Östensson and Gunnar Eriksson
  • Jan 31 Swiss pair Felix Endrich & Friedrich Waller beat countrymen Fritz Feierabend & Paul Eberhard to win the 2-man bobsleigh gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; silver medallist Feierabend is team coach

  • Feb 1 Finland goes 1-2 in the Nordic combined event at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Heikki Hasu takes gold ahead of team mate Martti Huhtala
  • Feb 1 Johnny Palmer sets a 36-hole PGA Tour scoring record with rounds of 62-64 in the Tucson Open; finishes runner-up by 1 stroke to Skip Alexander who cards tournament record total 264
  • Feb 4 After winning the men’s downhill, French alpine skier Henri Oreiller takes the combined gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; becomes most successful athlete at these Games with a slalom bronze
  • Feb 5 18 year old Dick Button becomes first American men's figure skating Olympic gold medallist at the St. Moritz Winter Games; first to complete a double axel in competition; retains title in 1952
  • Feb 5 Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion
  • Feb 6 Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia
  • Feb 6 World & European champion Barbara Ann Scott becomes the first Canadian to win a women's figure skating Olympic gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games
  • Feb 6 Nils Karlsson wins the 50k cross country gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Swedish skiers win all 3 cross-country events at the Games
  • Feb 7 After winning Lake Placid (1932) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1936) Olympic ski jumping gold medals, Birger Ruud comes out of retirement to win silver in St. Moritz in a Norwegian medal sweep
  • Feb 8 V Winter Olympic Games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 8 Canada beats Switzerland 3-0, to regain the Olympic ice hockey title at the St. Moritz Winter Games; forward Walter Halder top scores with 29 points in Canada’s 5th Olympic title
  • Feb 11 Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
  • Feb 11 Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
  • Feb 13 West Indian batsman Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for W Indies in his only Test Cricket innings
  • Feb 21 NASCAR is incorporated.
  • Feb 29 Lawson Little earns his first tournament victory since his US Navy discharge capturing the St. Petersburg Open by 3 strokes over Bobby Locke; last golfer to win a PGA Tour event on Leap Year Day
  • Mar 13 Ireland beats Wales, 6-3 at Ravenhill Stadium, Belfast to clinch the Five Nations Rugby Championship and first Grand Slam
  • Mar 15 Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia
  • Mar 20 102nd Grand National: 50/1 chance Sheila's Cottage first mare to win the GN for 46 years; ridden by Irish jockey Arthur Thompson
  • Mar 21 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Patty Berg wins her 4th Titleholders title by 1 stroke ahead of Babe Zaharias and Peggy Kirk

  • Mar 23 10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor, 58-42; Wildcats' first victory in first title game
  • Mar 29 Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten
  • Mar 29 Yanks & Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training game
  • Apr 1 Fast bowler Hines Johnson has match figures of 10-96 on debut in West Indies 4th cricket Test win v England in Kingston, Jamaica; first fast bowler to take 10 wickets in a single Test for West Indies

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 4 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Apr 11 12th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Claude Harmon shoots a record-tying 279 (−9) to finish 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Cary Middlecoff
  • Apr 14 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Toronto Maple Leafs go back-to-back with a 7-2 win over Detroit Red Wings for a 4-0 series sweep
  • Apr 19 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02; his 4th victory in the event
  • Apr 21 Basketball Association of America Finals: Baltimore Bullets beat Philadelphia Warriors, 88-73 to take series, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 29 Don Bradman scores 107 Aust v Worcs, 152 mins, 15 fours
  • May 1 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation to become first 4-time Derby winning jockey
  • May 8 Cricketer Don Bradman scores 146 Aust v Surrey, 174 mins, 15 fours
  • May 15 73rd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation, 2nd leg of successful Triple Crown
  • May 15 Bradman scores 187 Aust v Essex, 124 minutes, 33 fours 1 five
  • May 16 First chess world championship since WWII; Russian player Mikhail Botvinnik wins a 5-player tournament to begin 20-year Russian domination
  • May 20 Cleveland Indians tie AL record of 18 walks (beat Red Sox 13-4)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 NY Yank Joe DiMaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, HR)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • May 23 Future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs as the New York Yankees edge the Indians, 6-5 at Cleveland Stadium

Sport awardPGA Championship

May 25 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Norwood Hills CC: Ben Hogan scores a convincing 7 & 6 win over Mike Turnesa in the Tuesday final for his 2nd PGA crown

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 Hank Greenberg buys an interest in the Cleveland Indians

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • May 29 French Championships Men's Tennis: Frank Parker wins 1st of 2 straight French titles; beats Jaroslav Drobný 6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 8-6
  • May 29 47th Women's French Championships: Nelly Landry beats Shirley Fry (6-2, 0-6, 6-0)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 30 Schenectady Blue Jays Tom Lasorda strikes out 25 in 15-inning game

Baseball Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tommy Lasorda
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Mauri Rose wins in 4:10:23.286 (192.822 km/h)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 5 Phillies Richie Ashburn sets NL rookie consecut hitting streak at 23

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Jun 12 US Open Men's Golf, Riviera CC: Ben Hogan dominates final 2 rounds, shooting 68-69, 2 shots ahead of runner-up Jimmy Demaret; third of his 9 major titles
  • Jun 12 80th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation to claim his second Triple Crown
  • Jun 12 Bradman scores 138 in 1st Test cricket at Trent Bridge

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 Babe Ruth's final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he dies Aug 16th

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jun 15 First night game at Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Tigers beat Philadelphia A's, 4-1
  • Jun 15 Donald Bradman is out for a duck, but Australia still manage to win the cricket test
  • Jun 18 Phillies pitching great Robin Roberts debut, loses 2-0 to Pirates

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 25 Joe Louis KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • Jun 30 Cleveland Indian Bob Lemon no-hits Detroit Tigers, 2-0
  • Jul 1 Australian cricket captain Don Bradman scores 128 in 141 mins with 15 fours in a tour match vs Surry

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 Brooklyn's future Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella debuts with 3 hits in a 6-4 loss to the rival NY Giants

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Bob Falkenburg beats John Bromwich of Australia 7-5, 0-6, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 for his only Grand Slam singles title
  • Jul 2 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: England's Henry Cotton wins by 5 strokes from Irishman Fred Daly for his third Open victory
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats fellow American Doris Hart 6-3, 8-6 for the first of 3-straight Wimbledon singles titles
  • Jul 7 Cleveland Indians stun MLB by signing 42 year old veteran Negro Leagues pitcher Satchel Paige
  • Jul 13 15th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-2 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 Eddie Sawyer replaces Ben Chapman in Philadelphia, NY Giants Leo Durocher replaces Mel Ott & Burt Shotton replaces Durocher as Dodger manager

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Jul 18 Pat Seerey of Chicago White Sox hits 4 HRs in an 11 inning game
  • Jul 25 35th Tour de France: Italian cyclist Gino Bartali wins both general and mountain classifications for the second time (1938)
  • Jul 26 "Babe Ruth Story" premieres, Babe Ruth's last public appearance
  • Jul 26 Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as a NY Giant
  • Jul 27 Bradman's 29th and last Test Cricket century, part of winning 3-404

OlympicsOlympic Games

Jul 29 King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic Games in London

King of the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI
  • Jul 29 XIV Summer Olympic Games open at Wembley Stadium in London
  • Jul 30 Czech distance running legend Emil Zátopek wins the 10,000m at the London Olympics in 29:59.6, an Olympic record
  • Jul 31 American swimmer Wally Ris wins the coveted 100m freestyle gold medal at the London Olympics beating team mate Alan Ford by 0.4 seconds
  • Jul 31 American sprinter Harrison Dillard runs an Olympic record 10.3s to beat countryman Barney Ewell for the 100m gold medal at the London Olympics
  • Aug 2 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 100m in 11.9 at the London Olympics; 1st of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
  • Aug 2 Danish swimmer Greta Anderson (1:06.3) touches out American Ann Curtis by 0.2 in the women's 100m freestyle at the London Olympics
  • Aug 2 Italians Adolfo Consolini and Giuseppe Tosi go 1-2 in the men's discus final at the London Olympics
  • Aug 3 Negro League veteran pitcher Satchel Paige debuts for Cleveland after controversial signing, goes 7 innings in 5-3 win v Washington
  • Aug 3 An American clean sweep of the medals in the men's 3m springboard diving at the London Olympics with Bruce Harlan winning gold, Miller Anderson silver and Sammy Lee bronze
  • Aug 3 American divers Vicki Draves, Zoe Ann Olsen and Patsy Elsener go 1-2-3 in a US clean sweep of the medals in the women's 3m springboard at the London Olympics
  • Aug 3 The US 4 x 200m freestyle relay team of Wally Ris, Jimmy McLane, Wally Wolf and Bill Smith swim a world record 8:46.0 to win gold at the London Olympics
  • Aug 3 An American 1-2 in the men's 200m at the London Olympics with Mel Patton (21.1) beating team mate Barney Ewell
  • Aug 3 An American sweep of the medals in the men's shot put at the London Olympics with Wilbur Thompson taking gold ahead of team mates Jim Delaney & Jim Fuchs
  • Aug 4 Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands wins the 80m hurdles in Olympic record 11.2 at the London Olympics; 2nd of unprecedented 3 individual track & field gold medals
  • Aug 4 Hungary's Olga Gyarmati wins the first ever Olympic women's long jump competition at the London Games
  • Aug 4 The women's shot put introduced to track & field program at the London Olympics; inaugural gold medallist Micheline Ostermeyer of France who also won the women's discus gold

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 3 Manfred Kokot, East German athlete (world record 50m indoor sprint 5.61s 1973), born in Templin, Germany
  • Jan 5 Parthasarathy Sharma, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman of the mid-70's), born in Alwar, India (d. 2010)
  • Jan 6 Dayle Hadlee, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (brother of Sir Richard; NZ 26 Tests, 71 wickets), born in Christchurch, Canterbury
  • Jan 10 Bernard Thévenet, French cyclist, born in Saint-Julien-de-Civry, France
  • Jan 11 Madeline Manning-Mimms, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1968), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jan 12 Kenny Allen, English footballer, born in Fenton, Michigan
  • Jan 13 Kenia Jayantilal, cricketer (5 at Kingston 71 his only inns for India)
  • Jan 16 Cliff Thorburn, Canadian champion snooker player, born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Feb 1 Debbie Austin, American golfer (7 LPGA Tour wins), born in Oneida, New York
  • Feb 4 Rakesh Shukla, cricket leg-spinner (1 Test India v Sri Lanka 1982)
  • Feb 4 Tamás Wichmann, Hungarian sprint canoeist (World C'ship gold x 9; Olympic silver C-1 1000m 1972, C-2 1000m 1968; bronze C-1 1000m 1976), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • Feb 5 Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager & player, born in Sunne, Sweden
  • Feb 6 José Luis Capón, Spanish soccer defender (13 caps; Atlético Madrid, 200 games), born in Madrid, Spain (d. 2020)
  • Feb 15 Ron "Penguin" Cey, American MLB 3rd baseman (LA Dodgers), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Feb 17 Rick Majerus, American college basketball coach (5× WAC Coach of the Year; Uni of Utah), born in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin (d. 2012)
  • Feb 18 Bruce Francis, Australian cricketer (Australian opener in 3 Tests 1972), born in Mosman, Australia
  • Feb 22 Dennis Awtrey, American NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns), born in Hollywood, California
  • Feb 24 Walter Smith, Scottish football manager
  • Feb 29 Nikolai Pimenov, Russian rower (World C'ship gold coxless pairs 1981, 85, 86; Olympic silver 1976), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Feb 29 Yuri Pimenov, Russian rower (World C'ship gold coxless pairs 1981, 85, 86; Olympic silver 1976), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Mar 4 Tom Grieve, American baseball player
  • Mar 4 Leron Lee, American baseball player
  • Mar 10 Austin Carr, NBA star (Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Mar 11 César Gerónimo, Dominican baseball player
  • Mar 17 Alex MacDonald, Scottish Footballer and football manager
  • Mar 18 Eknath Solkar, cricketer (India 1969-77, brilliant short-leg fielder)
  • Mar 18 Brian Lloyd, Welsh footballer
  • Mar 19 Vintcent Van der Bijl, Natal cricket bowler (superb 2m of 70's & 80's)

Person of interestBobby Orr

Mar 20 Bobby Orr, Canadian hall of fame NHL defenseman (Boston Bruins), born in Parry Sound, Ontario

Ice Hockey Legend Bobby Orr
Ice Hockey Legend
Bobby Orr
  • Mar 23 Wasim Bari, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (Pakistan's most successful), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Mar 30 Eddie Jordan, Irish motorsport F1 boss and TV commentator, born in Dublin
  • Mar 31 Gustaaf Van Cauter, Belgian cyclist (world champion 100k team road race), born in Mechelen, Flanders
  • Apr 1 J. J. Williams, Welsh rugby winger (30 caps Wales, 7 British & Irish Lions), born in Nantyffyllon, Wales
  • Apr 1 Willie Montañez, Puerto Rican baseball first baseman (MLB All Star 1977; Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves), born in Cataño, Puerto Rico
  • Apr 1 Javier Irureta, Spanish soccer midfielder (6 caps; Atlético Madrid, Athletic Bilbao) and manager (Deportivo La Coruña 1998-2005), born in Irun, Spain
  • Apr 2 Roy Gerela American NFL placekicker (Super Bowl 1974, 75, 78; Pro Bowl 1972, 74; Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Sarrail, Alberta
  • Apr 2 Jim McDaniels, American basketball forward (All American 1971; Western Kentucky Uni; No. 1 overall pick ABA Draft 1971; ABA All-Star 1972; Carolina Cougars), born in Scottsville, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • Apr 2 Danny Ford, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship, Clemson University 1981; University of Arkansas; career record 122–59–5), born in Gadsden, Alabama
  • Apr 3 Mary Gordon-Watson, British equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1972), born in Blandford, Dorset
  • Apr 7 Pietro Anastasi, Italian soccer striker (25 caps; Juventus, Ascoli, Inter), born in Catania, Italy (d. 2020)
  • Apr 12 Raphick Jumadeen, West Indian cricketer (WI slow left-armer of the 70's), born in Gasparillo, Trinidad and Tobago

Person of interestNate Archibald

Apr 18 "Tiny" Nate Archibald, NBA guard (Cincinnati), born in NYC, New York

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • Apr 19 Rick Miller, American baseball player, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Apr 24 Eddie James Hart, American 4x100m relay runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Martinez, California
  • Apr 25 Mike Selvey, English cricketer (England pace bowler of late 70's), born in Chiswick, Middlesex, England
  • May 3 Peter Oosterhuis, British golfer (British Open 1974, 82 runner-up; Ryder Cup x 6), born in London, England
  • May 4 Billy O'Donnell, Canadian harness racer driver of year (1984), born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • May 4 Hurley Haywood, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1977, 83, 94; 24 Hours of Daytona 1973, 75, 77, 79, 91), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 9 John Mahaffey, American golfer (PGA Championship 1978; 10 PGA Tour titles), born in Kerrville, Texas
  • May 9 Calvin Murphy, American basketball player
  • May 11 Alfred Matt, Austrian slalom (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • May 14 Dave LaRoche, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 14 Bob Woolmer, English cricket all-rounder, coach (19 Tests, coach Pakistan, South Africa), born in Kanpur, India (d. 2007)
  • May 26 Geoff Greenidge, West Indian cricket batsman (5 Tests; last white player to play for WI), born in St Michael, Barbados
  • May 28 Bob Shearer, Australian golfer, course designer (4-time PGA Tour of Australia Order of Merit), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jun 1 Tom Sneva, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1983; USAC C'ship 1977, 78, 82-83), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Jun 4 Bob Champion, English horse trainer and jockey, born in Sussex, England
  • Jun 4 Sandra Post, Canadian golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1968), born in Oakville, Ontario
  • Jun 9 Jim Bailey, NCAA punter (most punts in season-101, Va Milt Academy)
  • Jun 12 Norbert Phillip, West Indian cricketer (WI pace bowler late 70s), born in Bioche, Dominica
  • Jun 12 Hans Binder, Austrian auto racer (European Formula Ford C'ship 1972), born in Innsbruck, Austria
  • Jun 13 Garnet Bailey, Canadian ice hockey player and executive, born in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 2001)
  • Jun 15 Champ Summers, baseball player
  • Jun 15 Mike Holmgren, American NFL coach and executive (Super Bowl 1996, Green Bay Packers; Seattle Seahawks; Cleveland Browns), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 16 Ron LeFlore, American baseball player
  • Jun 17 Dave Concepción, Venezuelan baseball all star shortstop (Cincinnati Reds), born in Ocumare de la Costa, Venezuela
  • Jun 21 Lionel Rose, Australian boxer (1st Indigenous Australian to win a world title), born in Drouin, Victoria (d. 2011)
  • Jun 22 Nolan Clarke, cricketer (Barbados bat 1970-77, later Holland stalwart)
  • Jun 22 Sue Roberts, American golfer (4 LPGA titles), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • Jun 27 Angel Penna Jr., horse trainer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jul 4 Ed Armbrister, Bahamian baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Nassau, Bahamas
  • Jul 4 René Arnoux, French formula-1 racer (6th place-1980), born in Pontcharra, Isère, France
  • Jul 6 Brad Park, Canadian NHL defenseman (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 7 Fred Brown, NBAer (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • Jul 13 Alf Hansen, Norwegian double sculls (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jul 13 Don Sweet, CFL, NFL place kicker (Montreal, Green Bay), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 13 Tony Kornheiser, American sports journalist
  • Jul 15 Enrique Basilio, hurler, 1st lady to light Olympic flame (Mexico-1968)
  • Jul 15 Enriqueta Basilio, Mexican athlete (first woman to light the Olympic Cauldron, 1968), born in Mexicali, Baja California (d. 2019)
  • Jul 17 Cathy Ferguson, 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1964), born in Stockton, California
  • Jul 21 Ed Hinton, American sportswriter
  • Jul 21 John Hart, American Major League Baseball executive (Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves), born in Tampa, Florida
  • Jul 26 Allen Doyle, American golfer (4 PGA Senior major titles; US Senior Open 2005-06), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island
  • Jul 26 Norair Nurikian, Armenian-Bulgarian bantam weightlifter (Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Sliven, Bulgaria
  • Jul 27 Peggy Fleming, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1968, 3-time world champion), born in San Jose, California
  • Aug 5 Tony DiCicco, US women's soccer coach (Olympics 1996), born in Wethersfield, Connecticut
  • Aug 5 Ray Clemence, English soccer goalkeeper (England 61 caps, Liverpool, Tottenham), born in Skegness, Lincolnshire
  • Aug 7 Greg Chappell, Australian cricket batsman, captain, administrator (87 Tests; 7,110 @ 53.86), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Aug 9 Bill Campbell, American baseball player
  • Aug 10 Pal Gerevich, Hungarian fencer (Olympic bronze 1972, 80)
  • Aug 16 Mike Jorgensen, American baseball player
  • Aug 18 Rudy Hartono Kurniawan, Indonesian badminton star (All-England tennis champ), born in Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Aug 23 Ron Blomberg, American 1st baseman (NY Yankees) and 1st designated hitter, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Aug 28 Murray Parker, New Zealand cricketer (brother of John Three Tests for NZ 1976), born in Dannevirke, Manawatu, New Zealand
  • Aug 30 Donnacha O'Dea, Irish poker player and swimmer
  • Aug 31 Harald Ertl, Austrian racing driver (d. 1982)
  • Aug 31 Holger Osieck, German footballer and coach
  • Sep 2 Terry Bradshaw, NFL quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)/announcer (CBS, FOX)
  • Sep 3 Ronald W Harris, American lightweight boxer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Sep 10 Bob Lanier, NBA center (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 16 Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher (41) weds actress Laraine Day (27) in Santa Monica, California

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 24 American Major League Baseball outfielder Ty Cobb (61) weds Frances Cass (40)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 26 MLB player Gil Hodges (24) weds Joan Lombardi

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 30 Herb Pennock, pitcher (NY Yankees)/GM (Phillies), dies
  • Feb 2 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 53
  • Feb 10 Ewart Astill, England cricket all-rounder (9 Tests, Leicestershire), dies at 59
  • Feb 14 Mordecai Brown, American baseball player (b. 1876)
  • Mar 5 Charles Prince, cricketer (5 & 1 in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • Apr 17 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (South African captain in 13 Tests 1905-11), dies
  • Jun 8 Hanson "Sammy" Carter, Australian cricketer (28 Tests for Aust, caught 44 stumped 21), dies at 70
  • Jul 1 Achille Varzi, Italian auto racer (14 Grand Prix wins), dies in practise crash at 43
  • Jul 3 Quintin McMillan, South African cricket spin bowler (13 Tests, 36 wickets), dies at 44
  • Jul 8 Dave Nourse, cricketer (45 Tests for South Africa 1902-24), dies
  • Jul 8 George Mehnert, American wrestler (Olympic gold flyweight 1904, bantamweight 1908), dies at 66
  • Jul 26 Charles Mills, South African cricketer (Test v England 1891-92), dies
  • Jul 27 Woolf Barnato, British financier and racing driver, dies at 52
  • Jul 27 Joe Tinker, American professional baseball player and manager, dies at 68
  • Aug 3 Tommy Ryan, American boxer (World Welterweight, Middleweight champion), dies at 78
  • Aug 6 Cyril Walker, English golfer (US Open 1924), dies of pleural pneumonia at 55

Person of interestBabe Ruth

Aug 16 Babe Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger (MLB All-Star 1933, 34; 7 x World Series champion; 12 × AL home run leader 1918–21, 23-24, 1926–31), dies of Nasopharynx cancer at 53

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Sep 11 Albert Powell, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898-99), dies
  • Oct 16 Henry Foley, cricketer (one Test for NZ, scored 2 & 2), dies at 42
  • Nov 23 Hack Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB single season record 191 RBI 1930), dies of internal haemorrhaging at 48
  • Dec 9 Sir Timothy O'Brien, cricketer (Bart 5 Tests England 1884-96), dies
  • Dec 20 Ladha Ramji, cricketer (bro of Amar Singh, Test Ind 1933-34), dies
  • Dec 31 Malcolm Campbell, British motor racer (world land and water speed record holder), dies of a stroke at 63