1948 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 122


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 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 Mikhail Botvinnik wins 5-player tournament to determine world chess champion
  • 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)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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 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 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 Australian cricket captain Don Bradman scores 128 in 141 mins with 15 fours in a tour match vs Surry

Hall of fameHall of Fame

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 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 2 British Open Golf, Muirfield: England's Henry Cotton wins by 5 from Irishman Fred Daly for his third Open victory
  • 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 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 29 XIV Summer Olympic Games open at Wembley Stadium in London
  • 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 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
  • Aug 5 Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6) in a 3-0 win v Washington
  • Aug 5 Americans Sammy Lee and Bruce Harlan go 1-2 in the 10m platform diving at the London Olympics
  • Aug 6 17 year old American Bob Mathias scores 7,139 points to edge out Ignace Heinrich of France by just 165 in the decathlon at the London Olympics
  • Aug 6 Dutch super athlete Fanny Blankers-Koen wins London Olympics 200m in 24.4 to become 1st women to claim 3 individual track & field gold at a Games, having already won 100m & 80m hurdles
  • Aug 6 Vicki Draves wins her second diving gold medal at the London Olympics beating American team mate Patsy Elsener in the 10m platform
  • Aug 7 Delfo Cabrera of Argentina wins dramatic marathon in 2:34:51.6 at the London Olympics
  • Aug 9 Italian rider Mario Ghella beats Reg Harris of Great Britain for the gold medal in the cycling sprint final at the London Olympics
  • Aug 10 Bradman scores 133* Aust v Lancashire, 216 mins, 17 fours
  • Aug 12 Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
  • Aug 12 The canoeing program at the London Olympics concludes with Sweden (4) and Czechoslovakia (3) dominant, combining for 7 of the 9 gold medals
  • Aug 12 Indian maestro Balbir Singh Dosanjh scores twice as India beats Great Britain 4-0 for the field hockey gold medal at the London Olympics; India's 4th consecutive Olympic hockey title
  • Aug 13 Satchel Paige at 42, pitches his 1st major league complete game
  • Aug 13 The United States successfully defends its Olympic basketball title with a 65-21 win over France at the London Games
  • Aug 13 Hungarian boxer László Papp wins the first of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals; beats British middleweight Johnny Wright on points at the London Games
  • Aug 13 José Beyaert of France wins the cycling road race at the London Olympics; Belgium takes gold in the teams section beating Great Britain & France
  • Aug 14 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain
  • Aug 14 England all out for 52 v Australia at Cricket Oval
  • Aug 15 US Open Women's Golf, Atlantic City CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 8 strokes from Betty Hicks
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 139

  • 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)
  • Jan 16 Cliff Thorburn, Victoria, BC, champion snooker player
  • 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 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, Canadian harness racer driver of year (1984), born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • May 4 Hurley Haywood, American race car driver, and three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 9 John Mahaffey, American golfer (PGA Championship 1978), born in Kerrville, Texas
  • 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, West Indian cricketer (WI pace bowler late 70s), born in Bioche, Dominica
  • Jun 12 Hans Binder, Austrian racing driver, born in Zell am Ziller, Innsbruck, Austria
  • 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 27 Angel Penna Jr., horse trainer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jul 4 Ed Armbrister, baseball player, born in Nassau, Bahamas
  • Jul 4 René Arnoux, French formula-1 racer (6th place-1980), born in Pontcharra, Isère, France
  • 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, British Columbia
  • 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 Allen Doyle, American professional golfer (1991 Memorial-64th), 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 Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic 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, Australian cricket captain, administrator (87 Tests), 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, 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

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 1 Achille Varzi, Italian auto racer (14 Grand Prix wins), dies in practise crash at 43
  • 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)
  • Jul 27 Joe Tinker, American professional baseball player and manager, dies at 68

Person of interestBabe Ruth

Aug 16 George Herman (Babe) Ruth, American Baseball Hall of Fame slugger, dies of Esophageal cancer 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, English race driver, dies at 63