Year 1950 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 25 Chuck Cooper becomes the 1st African American to be drafted into the NBA (for Boston Celtics)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nov 1 Celtics' forward Chuck Cooper becomes first African American to play in the NBA in Boston's 107-84 loss at Fort Wayne Pistons; future Hall of Famer Bob Cousy also debuts for Celtics
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Sports Stars Married in 1950

  • Apr 14 American minor league pitcher and future Dodgers' manager Tommy Lasorda (22) weds Joan Miller in South Carolina
  • Dec 8 NBA player Bob Cousy (22) weds his college sweetheart Missie Ritterbusch
  • Dec 31 World heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton, Massachusetts