On This Day

Year 1950 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 2 36th Rose Bowl: #6 Ohio State beats #3 California, 17-14
  • Jan 2 16th Sugar Bowl: #2 Oklahoma beats #9 LSU, 35-0
  • Jan 2 16th Orange Bowl: #15 Santa Clara beats #11 Kentucky, 21-13

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Jan 15 Red Wings' rookie goalie Terry Sawchuk records his first of 115 career NHL shutouts, as Detroit beats the New York Rangers, 1-0 at Madison Square Garden

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • Jan 18 Indians pitcher Bob Feller, after 15-14 season, takes $20,000 salary cut to $45,000, pay cut is Feller's own suggestion
  • Jan 20 1950 NFL Draft: Leon Hart from University of Notre Dame first pick by Detroit Lions
  • Jan 23 AP picks "Miracle Braves" of 1914 as greatest sports upset
  • Jan 23 NFL rule changes open way for 2-platoon system (offense & defense)

AgreementContract of Interest

Jan 24 Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Jan 30 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Louise Brough beats Doris Hart 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 for her only Australian singles title
  • Jan 30 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Frank Sedgman retains title; beats fellow Australian Ken McGregor 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

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Feb 1 Green Bay Packers founder, player and coach Curly Lambeau resigns after 31 seasons and 6 NFL titles to his credit

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • Feb 11 Englishman Jack Holden wins Empire Games marathon in Auckland, New Zealand in 2:32:57; runs last 9 miles barefoot after his shoes fell apart during the race
  • Feb 14 Moroney scores cricket twin centuries for Australia at Johannesburg
  • Feb 16 Writers fail to elect anyone to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Mar 3 National-American Football League reverts back to calling itself the NFL after 3 months

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Mar 19 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Hills CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by 9 strokes from amateur Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Mar 19 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins her 2nd of 3 Titleholders titles by 8 strokes from amateur Claire Doran
  • Mar 25 104th Grand National: Jimmy Power wins aboard 10/1 Irish co-favourite Freebooter; estimated 500,00 in attendance including Royal Family
  • Mar 25 Wales outclasses France, 21-0 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch the Five Nations Rugby Championship, Grand Slam and Triple Crown
  • Mar 28 12th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: CCNY beats Bradley, 71-68; City College of NY first to win NCAA & National Invitational Basketball in same year
  • Apr 9 14th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jimmy Demaret becomes the first 3-time Masters champion by 2 strokes ahead of Australian Jim Ferrier
  • Apr 17 54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of South Korea in 2:32:39
  • Apr 18 Sam Jethroe is 1st African American to play for Boston Braves
  • Apr 18 Yankees win 15-10 after trailing Red Sox 9-0 in 6th
  • Apr 20 Balt's Memorial Stadium opens - Orioles of International League
  • Apr 23 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)
  • Apr 23 NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 110-95 to take series, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 23 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Pete Babando scores Cup-winning goal in double overtime of Game 7 as Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 4-3 for a 4-3 series win
  • Apr 25 Chuck Cooper becomes the 1st African American to be drafted into the NBA (for Boston Celtics)
  • Apr 26 Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run
  • Apr 26 U of Miami ends William & Mary straight tennis match victories at 82
  • May 6 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6
  • May 13 First ever race of the Formula 1 World Drivers Championship is run at Silverstone, England and won by Giuseppe Farina of italy in an Alfa Romeo
  • May 18 Cardinals baseman Tommy Glaviano makes 3 consecutive errors on grounders

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May 20 75th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro

  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Due to rain, race shortened to 345 miles, Johnny Parson wins
  • May 31 Laker takes 14-12-2-8 in Test Cricket trial
  • Jun 2 St Louis Browns pitcher Harry Dorish swipes home vs Washington Senators
  • Jun 3 French Championships Men's Tennis: Budge Patty wins first of 2 Grand Sam titles that year; beats Jaroslav Drobný 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5
  • Jun 3 French Championships Women's Tennis: Doris Hart beats fellow American Patricia Todd 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 for her 1st of 2 French singles titles
  • Jun 4 Dutch cyclist Wim van Est wins Bordeaux-Paris (586 km in 17:25)
  • Jun 8 Boston Red Sox rout St Louis Browns, 29-4 at Fenway Park; set 6 MLB records including runs scored and most total bases, 60
  • Jun 8 Test Cricket debut of famous West Indian spin twins Alf Valentine and Sonny Ramadhin in 1st Test v England at Manchester; Valentine takes 8-104 on Day 1 but WI lose by 202 runs
  • Jun 10 82nd Belmont: William Boland aboard Middleground wins in 2:28.6

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 11 50th US Open Men's Golf, Merion GC: 16 months after being severely injured in an auto accident, Ben Hogan beats Lloyd Mangrum by 4 shots and George Fazio by 6 in an 18-hole playoff; the "Miracle at Merion"

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan

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Jun 12 Following his retirement announcement after 49 years as Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack is named Honorary Manager of the MLB All-Star Game

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Jun 18 Cleveland Indians score 14 runs in 1st inning, beat A's 21-2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 20 Joe DiMaggio's 2,000th hit, Yanks beat Indians 8-2

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Jun 21 Joe DiMaggio gets his 2,000th hit
  • Jun 23 Yanks & Tigers hit record 11 HRs, Tigers win 10-9
  • Jun 24 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Cherry Hills CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins her 4th Western Open; beats Peggy Kirk, 5 & 3
  • Jun 27 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Scioto CC: American Chandler Harper wins his only major title; beats Harry Williams Jr., 4 & 3 in the final
  • Jun 29 Striker Joe Gaetjens heads US to an upset, 1-0 win over England in a FIFA World Cup group match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Americans next win over England: 1994
  • Jul 2 Cleveland Indians' pitcher Bob Feller wins his 200th MLB game, 5-3 v Detroit Tigers
  • Jul 4 Boston Braves slugger Sid Gordon ties MLB season grand slam record (4) with a bases loaded hit vs Phillies
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Budge Patty wins his only Wimbledon singles title 6-1, 8-10, 6-2, 6-3 over Australian Frank Sedgman
  • Jul 7 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Troon: Bobby Locke of South Africa retains title by 2 strokes from Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina
  • Jul 8 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats fellow American Margaret Osborne duPont 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 for her third straight Wimbledon singles title

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Jul 11 17th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 in 14 at Comiskey Park, Chic Ted Williams breaks his elbow; 1st extra inning All Star Game

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jul 12 ILTF re-admit Germany and Japan in Davis Cup, Poland & Hungary withdraws
  • Jul 13 Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams' elbow
  • Jul 16 FIFA World Cup Final, Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Alcides Ghiggia scores a 79th minute winner as Uruguay beats Brazil, 2-1
  • Jul 19 NY Yankees sign their 1st Black players, Elston Howard and Frank Baines
  • Jul 26 Dodgers' Jim Russell is 1st to switch-hits HRs twice in a game
  • Jul 29 Pee Wee Reese, hits the 3,000th Dodger home run
  • Aug 7 Tour de France: Ferdi Kübler becomes first Swiss rider to win Tour; Louison Bobet of France wins mountain classification

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Aug 8 Florence Chadwick swims English Channel (13:23)

  • Aug 11 17th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 17, Philadelphia 7 (88,885)
  • Aug 11 Boston Brave Vern Bickford no-hits Bkln Dodger, 7-0
  • Aug 11 Hitting just .279, Yank great Joe DiMaggio is benched for 1st time
  • Aug 12 First international game by an NFL team, New York Giants beat CFL's Ottawa Roughriders, 20-6 at Ottawa's Lansdowne Stadium

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 15 Ezzard Charles TKOs Freddie Beshore in 14 to retain heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Aug 17 Pee Wee Reese (Dodgers) & Sam Calderone (Giants) hit inside park HRs

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Aug 22 Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competitor in a US national tennis competition

Tennis Player Althea Gibson
Tennis Player
Althea Gibson

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 25 Sugar Ray Robinson KOs Jose Basora to win middleweight boxing title

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Aug 26 39th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (4-1)
  • Aug 29 International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany & Japan in 1952

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 31 Dodger Gil Hodges hits 4 HRs & a single in a game vs Braves

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Sep 3 Giuseppe "Nino" Farina wins inaugural Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by taking out the Italian Grand Prix at Monza in an Alfa Romeo; wins by 3 points from Juan Manuel Fangio
  • Sep 4 NASCAR’s first paved super speedway, Darlington Raceway hosts Southern 500, first 500-mile event in NASCAR history; winner Johnny Mantz in a Plymouth
  • Sep 5 98.3 cm rainfall at Yankeetown, Florida (state record)
  • Sep 5 US National Championship Men's Tennis: American Art Larsen beats countryman Herb Flam 6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 for his only Grand Slam title
  • Sep 5 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Margaret Osborne duPont beats Doris Hart 6-3, 6-3 for her third consecutive US singles crown
  • Sep 10 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st to hit 3 HR in a game at Griffith Stadium
  • Sep 15 For a record 6th time, NY Yankees' first baseman Johnny Mize hits 3 HRs in one game
  • Sep 16 Cleveland Browns (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, beat Philadelphia 35-10)
  • Sep 17 San Francisco 49ers (formerly AAFC) play 1st NFL game, lose 21-17
  • Sep 26 Phils pitcher Jim Konstanty makes record 71st appearance of year
  • Sep 27 Heavyweight champion Ezzard Charles defeats Joe Louis in 15 in Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

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Sep 29 Yanks clinch 2nd consecutive pennant under Casey Stengel

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel
  • Oct 1 Philadelphia Phillies clinch NL pennant on Dick Sisler's 3-run home run in a season ending 4-1 win v Brooklyn Dodgers; Phillies first pennant since 1913
  • Oct 1 New York Giants beat Cleveland Browns, 6-0 at Cleveland Stadium; sets Browns club record for fewest points scored by both teams; Browns go on to win NFL Championship
  • Oct 1 Connie Mack's last game as Philadelphia Athletics manager (1901-50); longest serving manager in MLB history; beat Washington Senators, 5-3 at Shribe Park
  • Oct 1 US Open Women's Golf, Rolling Hills CC: Babe Zaharias ties Open scoring record, -9 291 to beat amateur Betsy Rawls by 9 strokes
  • Oct 2 Bob Shaw of Chicago Cardinals sets NFL record with 5 TD receptions in 55-13 win against Baltimore Colts; Cardinals quarterback Jim Hardy tosses 6 touchdown passes
  • Oct 3 Philadelphia Phillies choose not to request MLB rule on star left-hander Curt Simmons' eligibility to play in World Series despite being on furlough from Army; Phillies swept, 4-0 by NY Yankees

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Oct 5 Boston Celtics owner Walter Brown & coach Red Auerbach draw lots out of hat for 3 members of defunct Chicago Stags franchise; hit jackpot with future 6-time NBA champion, Bob Cousy

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Oct 7 NY Yankees sweep Philadelphia Phillies in 47th World Series

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Oct 7 Whitey Ford wins his 1st World Series game 5-2

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 3 Rick MacLeish, Canadian ice hockey center (Stanley Cup 1974, 75; Philadelphia Flyers; NHL All Star 1977, 78), born in Lindsay, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • Jan 7 Ross Grimsley, American baseball player, born in Topeka, Kansas
  • Jan 13 Bob Forsch, American baseball player
  • Jan 15 Marius Trésor, French footballer, born in Sainte-Anne, Guadeloupe
  • Jan 18 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer (World F1 runner-up 1979; Ferrari), born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec (d. 1982)
  • Jan 18 Pat Sullivan, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1971, Auburn University; NFL: Atlanta Falcons) and coach (TUC, Samford), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • Jan 20 Chuck Lefley, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Jan 29 Jody Scheckter, South African auto racer (World F1 Champion 1979), born in East London, South Africa
  • Jan 30 Silvia Bertolaccini, Argentine golfer (4-time LPGA Tour titles), born in Rafaela, Argentina
  • Feb 6 Rich Glover, American NFL player, born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Feb 7 Burt Hooton, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star, World Series, NLCS MVP 1981; no-hitter 1972; Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers), born in Greenville, Texas
  • Feb 7 Marilyn Cochran, skier (Olympics 1972), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • Feb 7 Mauro Bellugi, Italian soccer defender (32 caps; Inter Milan, Bologna, Napoli), born in Buonconvento, Italy (d. 2021)
  • Feb 9 Lloyd Weldon Keasor, American wrestler (Olympic silver 1976), born in Pumphrey, Maryland

Person of interestMark Spitz

Feb 10 Mark Spitz, American swimmer (won then record 7 Olympic golds in 1972), born in Modesto, California

Swimmer Mark Spitz
Swimmer
Mark Spitz
  • Feb 11 Clarence Ellis, American football safety, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Feb 13 Leonard Pascoe, Australian cricketer (dynamic Aussie quick 1977-82), born in Bridgetown, Australia
  • Feb 18 Bruce Kison, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1971, 79), born in Bradenton, Florida (d. 2018)

Person of interestJulius Erving

Feb 22 Julius Erving "Dr. J," American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (11-time NBA All Star), born in East Meadow, New York

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • Mar 1 Nick Mike-Mayer, American football placekicker (NFL Pro Bowl 1973; Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Buffalo Bills), born in Bologna, Italy
  • Mar 1 Riley Odoms, American football tight end (NFL Pro Bowl 1973–75, 78; First-Team All-Pro 1974, 75; Denver Broncos), born in Luling, Texas
  • Mar 4 Judy Dickinson, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1985), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Mar 4 Rafael Canizares Poey, Alacs Mtnzs Cuba, basketballer (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • Mar 7 Franco Harris, American Hall of Fame NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Fort Dix, New Jersey
  • Mar 9 Danny Sullivan, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1985, CART C'ship 1988), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Mar 9 Andy North, American golfer, broadcaster (US Open 1978, 85; ESPN), born in Thorp, Wisconsin
  • Mar 12 Willie Duggan, rugby football player
  • Mar 12 Javier Clemente, Spanish football manager
  • Mar 13 Bernard Julien, West Indian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 50 wickets, 2 x 100s), born in Carenage, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Mar 13 Joe Bugner, Hungarian-British-Australian boxer (European Champ 1971), born in Szőreg, Hungary
  • Mar 18 Larry Perkins, Australian racing driver
  • Mar 22 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1982, 89), born in Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • Mar 26 Graham Barlow, English cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1976-77)
  • Mar 27 Vic Harris, American MLB player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 28 John Whittaker, New Zealand rugby league utility back (26 Tests; Wellington; Warrington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2020)
  • Apr 8 Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer and manager, born in Malbork, Poland
  • Apr 10 Ken Griffey Sr., American baseball outfielder and 3-time MLB All Star (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yankees), born in Donora, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 12 Tom Werner, American producer (Roseanne, Cosby Show), born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 13 Tommy Raudonikis, Australian rugby league halfback (20 Tests; Rothmans Medal 1972; Wests, Newtown) and coach (Wests, NSW), born in Bathurst, Australia (d. 2021)
  • Apr 17 Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner, born in Arcadia, California
  • Apr 17 Kevin Porter, American basketball point guard (NBA assists leader 1975, 78-79, 81), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Apr 19 Jeff Hammond, Australian cricketer (Australian fast bowler on 1973 WI tour), born in North Adelaide, South Australia
  • Apr 19 Marc Demeyer, Belgian road racing cyclist (Paris-Brussel 1974), born in Avelgem, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • May 1 Marina Stepanova, Russian athlete (3-time 400m hurdles WR; first woman to run sub 53s; 52.94s 1986), born in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • May 1 Danny McGrain, Scottish soccer right-back (62 caps; Celtic), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 7 Randall 'Tex' Cobb, American boxer and actor, born in Bridge City, Texas
  • May 9 James A Butts, American triple jumper (Olympic silver 1976), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 11 Dane Iorg, American MLB baseball player, 1977-86 (Philadelphia Philles, St. Louis Cardinals, and 2 other teams), born in Eureka, California
  • May 12 Renate Stecher-Meissner, German sprinter (3-time Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Süptitz, Germany
  • May 12 Shōzō Fujii, Japanese judoka (4x World Champion 1971-79)
  • May 18 Rodney Milburn Jr, American hurdler (Olympic gold 1972), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • May 20 Reinaldo Merlo, Argentine footballer
  • May 23 Aleksandr Klepikov, Russian rower (Olympic gold Soviet Union coxed four 1976), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 2021)
  • May 24 Jo Ann Washam, American golfer (3 LPGA Tour titles), born in Auburn, Washington
  • May 29 Talat Ali, Pakistani cricket batsman (Pakistan 10 Tests), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • Jun 3 Marlene Elejarde, 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Jun 4 Brian Rose, English cricketer (England batsman in 9 Tests 1977-81), born in Dartford, Kent, England
  • Jun 5 Adrian Cosma, Romania, team handball (Olympic silver 1976)
  • Jun 11 Pokey Watson, American 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Mineola, New York
  • Jun 13 Gerd Zewe, German football player and manager, born in Stennweiler, West Germany
  • Jun 17 Cathy Sherk, Canadian golfer (Canadian Women's PGA C'ship 1988, 90-91), born in Bancroft, Ontario
  • Jun 18 Annelie Ehrhardt, German 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1972), born in Hötensleben, East Germany
  • Jun 25 Tatyana Averina, Russian speed skater 1K, 3K (Olympic gold 1976), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 2001)
  • Jun 27 Benjamin Peterson, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Barron County, Wisconsin
  • Jun 28 Ken Arthur, Australian softball asst coach (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Jul 3 Ewen Chatfield, New Zealand cricket medium pace bowler (43 Tests, 123 wickets; 114 ODIs, 140 wickets), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand
  • Jul 5 Gary Matthews, American baseball player (1973 NL rookie of year), born in San Fernando, California
  • Jul 6 Sultan Rakhmanov, Russian super heavyweight (Olympic gold 1980), born in Turtkul, Karakalpak ASSR
  • Jul 9 Adriano Panatta, Italian tennis player (French 1976, Italian 1976), born in Rome, Italy
  • Jul 11 Jim Higgs, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1978-81)
  • Jul 14 Mario Osbén, Chilean soccer goalkeeper (36 caps; Unión Española, Colo Colo, Cobreloa), born in Chiguayante, Chile (d. 2021)
  • Jul 15 Alan Hurst, Australian cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 43 wickets; Victoria), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Jul 16 Dennis Priestley, English darts player (PDC World Champion 1994), born in Mexborough, England
  • Jul 18 Kostas Eleftherakis, Greek footballer (Panathinaikos), born in Greece
  • Jul 21 Ubaldo Fillol, Argentinian footballer
  • Jul 23 Alan Turner, Australian cricket left-handed opener (World Cup ton 1975), born in Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia
  • Jul 26 Nelinho [Manoel Rezende de Mattos Cabral], Brazilian footballer, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Jul 26 Rich Vogler, American race car driver, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1990)
  • Jul 29 Maricica Puica, Romania, 2K runner (world record)
  • Jul 29 Radu Voina, Romania, team handball (Olympic silver/2 bronze-1972, 76, 80)
  • Aug 3 Waldemar Cierpinski, East German runner (Olympic marathon gold 1976, 80), born in Neugattersleben, Germany
  • Aug 5 Rosi Mittermaier, German skier (Olympic gold 1976), born in Reit im Winkl, West Germany
  • Aug 7 David James Wottle, American 800m runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Aug 15 Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windsor, second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, born in Clarence House, London
  • Aug 15 Tom Kelly, American baseball manager (Minnesota Twins), born in Graceville, Minnesota
  • Aug 16 Hasely Crawford, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Aug 16 Jeff[rey R] Thomson, cricketer (great Aussie fast bowler 1972-85)
  • Aug 19 Graeme Beard, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests; 2 ODIs; NSW), born in Sydney, Australia
  • Aug 19 Dan Yochum, American football offensive lineman (CFL All-Star 1975, 76, 77, 78; Grey Cup 1974, 77; Montreal Alouettes; CFHOF), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 2020)
  • Aug 22 Ray Burris, American baseball player, born in Idabel, Oklahoma
  • Aug 24 Frank Murray, Australian field hockey national coach (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • Aug 27 Cynthia Potter, American springboard diver (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • Aug 28 Ron Guidry, Yankee pitcher (Cy Young 1978), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Sep 1 Phillip Fulmer, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Tennessee 152-52) and CBS analyst, born in Winchester, Tennessee
  • Sep 3 Jóhannes Eðvaldsson, Icelandic soccer defender (34 caps; Celtic, Tulsa Roughnecks, Hannover 96, Motherwell), born in Reykjavík, Iceland (d. 2021)
  • Sep 4 Doyle Alexander, American baseball player, born in Cordova, Alabama
  • Sep 4 Ehteshamuddin, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 5 Tests 1980-82), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • Sep 11 Barry Sheene, British motorcycle racer, born in London (d. 2003)
  • Sep 12 Gustav Brunner, Austrian Formula One designer and engineer, born in Graz, Austria
  • Sep 14 Masami Kuwashima, Japanese race car driver, born in Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Apr 14 American minor league pitcher and future Dodgers' manager Tommy Lasorda (22) weds Joan Miller in South Carolina

Baseball Pitcher and Manager Tommy Lasorda
Baseball Pitcher and Manager
Tommy Lasorda

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 8 NBA player Bob Cousy (22) weds his college sweetheart Missie Ritterbusch

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy

LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 31 World heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton, Massachusetts

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 8 George Rowe, cricketer (15 wckts in 4 Tests for S Af 1895-1902), dies
  • Jan 18 Horace Rice, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1907), dies at 77
  • Feb 16 David Denton, cricketer (England batsman in 11 Tests 1905-10), dies
  • Mar 15 Ralph Greenleaf, American pocket billiards player (20-time world champion), dies from acute internal haemorrhage at 50
  • Mar 23 Douglas Carr, England cricket leg-spinner (Test 1909), dies
  • Jun 4 Sam Staples, English cricket medium pace bowler (3 Tests, 15 wickets; Nottinghamshire), dies at 57
  • Jun 17 Syed Wazir Ali, Indian cricket batsman (7 Tests; Southern Punjab; Muslims), dies from appendicitis at 46
  • Jun 20 Claude Jennings, cricketer (Aust opening bat in 1912 Triangular), dies
  • Jul 4 William C. Fownes Jr, American golfer and administrator (US Amateur C'ship 1910; President US Golf Ass'n 1926-27), dies at 72
  • Jul 6 Harold Weekes, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Columbia University; All American 1901), dies at 70
  • Jul 29 Joe Fry, British racing driver, dies at 34
  • Sep 11 S M H Colah, cricketer (69 runs in India's 1st 2 tests 1932-33), dies
  • Sep 23 Sam Barry, American basketball player and coach (b. 1892)

Person of interestGeorge Hainsworth

Oct 9 George Hainsworth, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (first NHL goaltender to record 20 shutouts in one season; Montreal Canadiens), dies in a car accident at 55

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • Nov 4 Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball player (b. 1887)
  • Nov 27 James Braid, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1901, 05-06, 08, 10), dies at 80