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Year 1949 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 5 Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30
  • Aug 3 Basketball Association of America (BAA) & National Basketball League (NBL) merge to form National Basketball Association (NBA), Maurice Podoloff elected head of new league
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Sports Stars Married in 1949

  • Jan 28 NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas
  • Apr 30 Ice hockey goaltender Jacques Plante (20) weds Jacqueline Gagne in Quebec, Canada
  • May 27 American "Gilda" actress Rita Hayworth (31) weds Pakistani race horse owner Prince Aly Khan (37); separate in 1951, divorce finalized in 1953

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Sports Stars Who Died in 1949

  • Jan 1 William H. Lewis, American College football center and coach (first African-American selected as an All-American; Harvard), dies of heart failure at 80
  • Jan 9 Tom Longboat, Canadian athlete (Boston Marathon 1907 record time 2:24:24), dies at 61
  • Jan 22 Henry Slocum, American tennis player (US Nationals 1888-89), dies at 86
  • Mar 7 Bradbury Robinson Jr., American football pioneer who threw first legal forward pass in the history of American football in 1906, dies from complications following routine surgery at 65
  • Mar 10 James Rector, American athlete (b. 1884)

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