1948 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 109


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 Bradman scores 132 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test v India

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 Bradman completes dual Test tons (132 & 127*) v India MCG
  • 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 36th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Marie Toomey (6-3, 6-1)
  • Jan 26 36th Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats 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 5th Winter Olympic games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 5 Dick Button becomes 1st US figure skating Olympic champion
  • 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 8 5th Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • 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.
  • Mar 15 Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia
  • Mar 20 102nd Grand National: Arthur Thompson aboard Sheila's Cottage wins
  • Mar 23 10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor 58-42
  • Mar 29 Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten
  • Mar 29 Yanks & Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training game

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 Masters Golf Tournament: Claude Harmon wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 14 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
  • Apr 19 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02
  • Apr 21 2nd NBA Championship: Balt Bullets beat Philadelphia Warriors, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 29 Don Bradman scores 107 Aust v Worcs, 152 mins, 15 fours
  • May 1 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:05.4
  • May 8 Cricketer Don Bradman scores 146 Aust v Surrey, 174 mins, 15 fours
  • May 15 73rd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:02.4
  • May 15 Bradman scores 187 Aust v Essex, 124 minutes, 33 fours 1 five
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Major

May 25 30th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Norwood Hills CC St Louis

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 47th Men's French Championships: Frank Parker beats Jaroslav Drobny (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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Manager Tom Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tom 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 48th US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 276 at Riviera CC in LA
  • Jun 12 80th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:28.2
  • 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 1st night game at Briggs Stadium: Detroit Tigers beat Philadelphia A's (Tigers 4, Athletics 1)
  • Jun 15 Bradman is out for a duck, but Australia win test match anyway

  • 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 Cleve Indian Bob Lemon no-hits Detroit Tigers, 2-0
  • Jul 1 Bradman scores 128 Australia v Surrey, 141 mins, 15 fours

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 Brooklyn's Roy Campanella debuts as catcher

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Jul 2 62nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Falkenburg beats Bromwich (7-5 0-6 6-2 3-6 7-5)
  • Jul 2 77th British Golf Open: Henry Cotton shoots a 284 at Muirfield
  • Jul 3 55th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats Doris Hart (6-3 8-6)
  • Jul 7 Cleveland Indians sign Leroy "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 won by Gino Bartali of Italy
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • Jul 30 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record (10K - 29:59.6)
  • Aug 5 Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6)
  • Aug 6 Bob Mathias, US, wins decathlon at London Olympics
  • Aug 6 Fanny Blankers-Koen (Netherkands) is 1st women to win 3 golds at Olympics (track and field)
  • Aug 7 Delfo Cabrera wins 11th Olympic marathon (2:34:51.6)
  • Aug 10 Bradman scores 133* Aust v Lancashire, 216 mins, 17 fours
  • Aug 11 Summer Olympics opens in London
  • Aug 12 Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
  • Aug 13 Satchel Paige at 42, pitches his 1st major league complete game
  • Aug 14 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain
  • Aug 14 England all out for 52 v Australia at Cricket Oval
  • Aug 15 3rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson-Zaharias
  • Aug 17 Phillies commit 8 errors in a baseball game for the 2nd time
  • Aug 20 15th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Cards 28, All-Stars 0 (101,220)
  • Aug 21 Indians 47-inning scoreless streak broken by White Sox Aaron Robinson
  • Aug 25 Bradman scores 150 in 212 minutes in his last innings at Lord's
  • Sep 1 Bradman scores 143 Aust v South of England, 17 fours 1 six
  • Sep 6 37th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (5-0)
  • Sep 9 Brooklyn Dodger Rex Barney no-hits NY Giants, 2-0
  • Sep 10 Bradman scores 153 in his last 1st-class cricket innings in England
  • Sep 19 68th U.S. Men's National Championship: Pancho Gonzales beats Eric Sturgess (6-2, 6-3, 14-12)
  • Sep 19 62nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Margaret Osborne duPont beats Louise Brough Clapp (4-6, 6-4, 15-13)
  • Sep 20 Mexican Baseball league disbanded
  • Sep 23 Braves clinch NL pennant
  • Sep 26 Boston Braves win 1st NL championship since 1914
  • Oct 3 NFL becomes 1st sport televised as sport of week
  • Oct 4 Indians beat Red Sox, 8-0, in 1st AL playoff game
  • Oct 10 Then record 86,288 see game 5 of World Series in Cleveland
  • Oct 11 Cleveland Indians beat Boston Braves, 4 games to 2 in 45th World Series
  • Nov 3 2nd NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-1 at Chicago
  • Nov 24 "Bicycle Thieves", Italian film directed by Vittorio De Sica, starring himself and Cesare Zavattini, is released (Honorary Academy Award 1950)
  • Nov 27 36th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 12-7

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 138

  • Jan 3 Manfred Kokot, East German runner (world record 50 m indoor)
  • Jan 5 Parthasarathy Sharma, cricketer (Indian batsman of the mid-70's)
  • Jan 6 Dayle Hadlee, cricketer (brother of Richard, NZ medium-pacer of 70's)
  • Jan 10 Bernard Thévenet, French cyclist
  • Jan 11 Madeline Manning-Jackson-Mimms, US 800m runner (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jan 12 Kenny Allen, English footballer
  • Jan 13 Kenia Jayantilal, cricketer (5 at Kingston 71 his only inns for India)
  • Feb 1 Debbie Austin, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 4 Rakesh Shukla, cricket leg-spinner (1 Test India v Sri Lanka 1982)
  • Feb 5 Sven-Göran Eriksson, Swedish football manager
  • Feb 12 Cindy Hill, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 15 Ron "Penguin" Cey, American MLB 3rd baseman (LA Dodgers), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Feb 18 Bruce Francis, cricketer (Australian opener in 3 Tests 1972)
  • Feb 20 Gerda Boykin, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 22 Dennis Awtrey, NBA center (Chicago Bulls, Suns)
  • Feb 24 Walter Smith, Scottish football manager
  • Feb 29 Nikolai Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic silver 1976)
  • Feb 29 Yuri Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 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, cricket wicket-keeper (Pakistan's most successful)
  • Mar 25 Richard Lundy, horse trainer
  • Mar 31 Gustaaf Van Cauter, Belgian cyclist
  • Apr 1 J. J. [John James] Williams, Welsh rugby player, born in Nantyffyllon, Wales
  • Apr 2 Marlene Floyd, LPGA golfer, born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Apr 3 Mary Gordon-Watson, British equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1972), born in Blandford, Dorset
  • 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
  • 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 4 Billy O'Donnell, harness racer driver of year (1984)
  • May 4 Hurley Haywood, American race car driver, and three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • May 9 John Drayton Mahaffey, Kerrville TX, PGA golfer (1978 PGA Champ)
  • May 9 Calvin Murphy, American basketball player
  • May 11 Alfred Matt, Austrian slalom (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • May 14 Bob Woolmer, cricketer (England batsman mid-70's)
  • May 14 Dave LaRoche, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 23 Reggie Cleveland, baseball player
  • May 26 Geoff Greenidge, cricketer (no relation to Gordon, WI opener 1972-74)
  • May 28 Bob Shearer, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Jun 1 Tom Sneva, US auto racer (Indianapolis 500-1983)
  • Jun 4 Bob Champion, horse trainer/jockey
  • Jun 4 Sandra Post, LPGA golfer
  • Jun 9 Jim Bailey, NCAA punter (most punts in season-101, Va Milt Academy)
  • Jun 12 Norbert Phillip, cricketer (WI pace bowler late 70s)
  • Jun 12 Hans Binder, Austrian racing driver
  • Jun 13 Garnet Bailey, Canadian ice hockey player and executive (d. 2001)
  • Jun 15 Champ Summers, baseball player
  • Jun 16 Ron LeFlore, American baseball player
  • Jun 17 David Concepcion, Venezuela, all star shortstop (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 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, LPGA golfer
  • Jun 26 Allen Michael Doyle, Woonsocket RI, PGA golfer (1991 Memorial-64th)
  • Jun 27 Angel Penna Jr, horse trainer
  • Jul 4 Ed Armbrister, baseball player
  • Jul 4 René Arnoux, French formula-1 racer (6th place-1980)
  • Jul 6 Brad Park, Scarborough Ontario, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers, Boston Bruins)
  • 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, Canada
  • Jul 13 Tony Kornheiser, American sports journalist
  • Jul 15 Enrique Basilio, hurler, 1st lady to light Olympic flame (Mexico-1968)
  • Jul 17 Cathy Ferguson, 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Jul 20 Mary Dwyer, American LPGA golfer, born in 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 Norair Nurikian, Armenian-Bulgarian bantam weightlifter (Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Sliven, Bulgaria
  • Jul 27 Peggy Fleming Jenkins, figure skater (Olym-gold-1968), born in San Jose, California
  • Jul 29 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2015)
  • Aug 5 Tony DiCicco, Wethersfield Ct, US women's soccer coach (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 5 Ray Clemence, English footballer
  • Aug 7 Greg Chappell, cricketer (bro of Ian Elegant Aussie batsman 1970-84)
  • 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, 1st baseman (NY Yankees)/1st designated hitter
  • Aug 27 Andy Turnell, horse trainer
  • Aug 28 Murray Parker, cricketer (brother of John Three Tests for NZ 1976)
  • 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, lightweight boxer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Sep 8 Kathy Hite-James, LPGA golfer
  • Sep 10 Bob Lanier, NBA center (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Sep 10 Bob Lanier, American basketball player
  • Sep 10 Charlie Waters, American football player
  • Sep 12 Max Walker, Australian cricket player
  • Sep 15 Suzyn Waldman, American Sportscaster

Person of interestRosemary Casals

Sep 16 Rosemary Casals, tennis doubles (5X Wimbledon), born in San Francisco, California

Tennis Player Rosemary Casals
Tennis Player
Rosemary Casals

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

HeartWedding 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 (b. 1894)
  • Feb 10 Ewart Astill, cricket all-rounder (9 Tests for England 1927-30), dies
  • 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 3 Quintin McMillan, cricketer (13 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 8 Dave Nourse, cricketer (45 Tests for South Africa 1902-24), dies
  • Jul 26 Charles Mills, South African cricketer (Test v England 1891-92), dies
  • Jul 27 Woolf Barnato, British racing driver (b. 1898)

Person of interestBabe Ruth

Aug 16 Babe Ruth, Baseball legend (NY Yankees), dies in NY 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 player (b. 1900)
  • 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, English race driver, dies at 63