1950 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 122

  • 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
  • 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 22 Polly Riley wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • 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 38th Women's Australian Championships: Louise Brough Clapp beats Doris Hart (6-4, 3-6, 6-4)
  • Jan 30 38th Men's Australian Championships: Frank Sedgman beats Ken McGregor (6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1)
  • 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 3 months as National-American Football League takes back NFL name
  • Mar 19 5th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson-Zaharias
  • Mar 24 Gracie de Moss wins LPGA Pro-Ladies Golf Championship
  • Mar 25 104th Grand National: Jimmy Power aboard Freebooter wins
  • Mar 28 12th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: CCNY beats Bradley 71-68 NYC college becomes 1st to win NCAA & National Inv Basketball in same year
  • Apr 9 14th Masters Golf Tournament: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 283
  • Apr 18 Sam Jethroe is 1st black to play for Boston Braves
  • Apr 18 Yankees win 15-10 after trailing Red Sox 9-0 in 6th
  • Apr 19 54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of Korea in 2:32:39
  • 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 4th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 23 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 25 Chuck Cooper becomes 1st black to play in NBA
  • 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
  • Apr 30 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA 144-hole Golf Weathervane
  • May 6 76th Kentucky Derby: William Boland on Middleground wins in 2:01.6
  • May 20 75th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Prince wins in 1:59.2
  • May 30 Patty Berg wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • 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 49th Men's French Championships: Budge Patty beats Jaroslav Drobny (6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7, 7-5)
  • Jun 3 49th Women's French Championships: Doris Hart beats Patricia Todd (6-4, 4-6, 6-2)
  • Jun 4 Dutch cyclist Wim van Est wins Bordeaux-Paris (586 km in 17:25)
  • Jun 8 Boston Red Sox beat St Louis Browns 29-4 (win by record 25 runs)
  • Jun 8 Test Cricket debut of Ramadhin & Valentine (8-104 1st inn) v England

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 10 50th US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Merion Golf Club PA

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Jun 10 82nd Belmont: William Boland aboard Middleground wins in 2:28.6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Connie Mack named Honorary Manager of the All-Star Game

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Jun 18 Cleve 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 24 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Western Women's Golf Open
  • Jun 27 32nd PGA Championship: Chandler Harper at Scioto CC Columbus Ohio
  • Jun 29 US beats England 1-0 in a world cup soccer game (next win in 1994)
  • Jul 4 Braves Sid Gordon ties season grand slam record with 4
  • Jul 7 64th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Budge Patty beats Sedgman (6-1 8-10 6-2 6-3)

  • Jul 7 79th British Golf Open: Bobby Locke shoots a 279 at Royal Troon
  • Jul 8 57th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats M duPont (6-1 3-6 6-1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 & Japan in Davis Cup, Poland & Hungary withdraws
  • Jul 13 Doctors remove 7 bone fragments from Ted Williams' elbow
  • Jul 16 FIFA World Cup: Uruguay beats Brazil 2-1 for soccer's 4th World Cup in Rio de Janeiro
  • Jul 26 Dodgers' Jim Russell is 1st to switch-hits HRs twice in a game
  • Aug 1 1st Major League baseball player to fight in Korea (Curt Simmons)
  • Aug 7 37th Tour de France won by Ferdi Kübler of Switzerland
  • Aug 8 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA All-American Golf Open
  • Aug 11 17th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 17, Philadelphia 7 (88,885)
  • Aug 11 Hitting just .279, Yank great Joe DiMaggio is benched for 1st time
  • Aug 12 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 20-6 in Ottawa
  • Aug 13 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship

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
  • Aug 22 Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competitor in a US national tennis competition
  • Aug 23 Jack Holden wins marathon (2:32:12)

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 1st Formula One WDC: Giuseppe "Nino" Farina wins by three points
  • Sep 4 Darlington Raceway is the site of the inaugural Southern 500, the first 500-mile NASCAR race.
  • Sep 5 70th U.S. Men's National Championship: Art Larsen beats Herb Flam (6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3)
  • Sep 5 64th U.S. Women's National Championship: Margaret Osborne duPont beats Doris Hart (6-3, 6-3)
  • Sep 10 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st to hit 3 HR in a game at Griffith Stadium
  • Sep 15 For a record 6th time, NY Yankee 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 23 Patty Berg wins LPGA Sunset Hills Golf Open
  • Sep 26 Phils pitcher Jim Konstanty makes record 71st appearance of year
  • Sep 27 Ezzard Charles beats Joe Louis in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 27 Heavyweight champ Ezzard Charles defeats Joe Louis in 15 in Yankee Stadium, Bronx NY.
  • Sep 30 12th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Maryland beats Navy 35-21 in College Park
  • Oct 1 Phillies win NL pennant on last day of season (10th inning HR)
  • Oct 2 Red Sox Dom DiMaggio leads AL with only 15 stolen bases
  • Oct 2 Bob Shaw of Chicago Cardinals sets NFL record with 5 TD receptions
  • Oct 3 Baseball rules Phils lefty Curt Simmons cannot play in World Series despite his being on furlough from Army
  • Oct 7 NY Yankees sweep Philadelphia Phillies in 47th World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Oct 7 Yanks win 13th world championship sweeping Phillies
  • Oct 8 4th NHL All-Star Game: Detroit beat All-Stars 7-1 at Detroit
  • Oct 8 Cleveland Browns play Pittsburgh for 1st time, beat Steelers 30-17
  • Oct 18 Connie Mack retires as manager of Philadelphia Athletics after 50 years, longest serving manager in MLB history
  • Oct 21 Patty Berg wins LPGA Hardscrabble Women's Golf Invitation
  • Oct 22 LA Rams beat Baltimore Colts 70-27
  • Oct 29 Cleveland Browns' Marion Motley sets record for highest avg gain in a game with 17.1 (10 attempts), Cleveland 45, Pittsburgh 7
  • Oct 29 2nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bill Rexford wins

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 129

  • Jan 7 Ross Grimsley, American baseball player
  • Jan 13 Bob Forsch, American baseball player
  • Jan 15 Marius Trésor, French footballer
  • Jan 18 Gilles Villeneuve, Canadian auto racer
  • Jan 20 Chuck Lefley, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jan 29 Jody Schecter, South African auto maker (World Driver's 1979)
  • Jan 30 Silvia Bertolaccini, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 2 Osamu Kido, wrestler (NJPW/UWF)
  • Feb 6 Rich Glover, American NFL player, born in Bayonne, New Jersey
  • Feb 7 Burt Hooton, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Marilyn Cochran, skier (Olympics-1972), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • Feb 9 Lloyd Weldon Keasor, Pumphrey Md, wrestler (Olympic silver 1976)
  • Feb 10 Mark Spitz, Modesto California, swimmer (Oly-9 gold/silver/bronze-68, 72)
  • Feb 11 Clarence Ellis, NFLer, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Feb 13 Leonard Pascoe, cricketer (dynamic Aussie quick 1977-82)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 22 Julius Erving, American basketball forward (Virg Squirers, NY Nets, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Nassau County, New York

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • Feb 24 Cathy Mant, LPGA golfer
  • Mar 1 Shahid Israr, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (in one Test v NZ 1976)
  • Mar 4 Judy Dickinson, LPGA golfer (1985 Boston Five Classic), born in Akron, Ohio
  • Mar 4 Rafael Canizares Poey, Alacs Mtnzs Cuba, basketballer (Oly-bronze-72)
  • Mar 7 Franco Harris, NFL fullback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Mar 9 Danny Sullivan, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins)
  • Mar 12 Willie Duggan, rugby football player
  • Mar 12 Javier Clemente, Spanish football manager
  • Mar 13 Bernard Julien, cricketer (WI left-arm pace all-rounder mid-70's)
  • Mar 13 Joe Bugner, Hungarian/British/Australian boxer (European Champ 1971)
  • Mar 18 Larry Perkins, Australian racing driver
  • Mar 26 Graham Barlow, cricketer (England batsman in 3 Tests 1976-77)
  • Mar 27 Vic Harris, American MLB player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 8 Grzegorz Lato, Polish footballer
  • Apr 9 Ehtesham-ud-din, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 5 Tests 1980-82)
  • Apr 10 Ken Griffey, Sr., American baseball player
  • Apr 12 Tom Werner, owner (SD Padres)/producer (Roseanne, Cosby Show)
  • Apr 17 Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner
  • Apr 19 Jeff Hammond, cricketer (Australian fast bowler on 1973 WI tour)
  • Apr 19 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brussel '74)
  • May 1 Marina Stepanova, Russian hurdler (world record 1986)
  • May 1 Danny McGrain, Scottish footballer
  • 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 Lorg, American baseball player (Philles, Cardinels), born in Eureka, California
  • May 12 Renate Stecher-Meissner, German DR, sprinter (Oly-gold-72)
  • May 18 Rodney Milburn Jr, USA, hurdler (Olympic gold 1972)
  • May 20 Yvon Lambert, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • May 20 Reinaldo Merlo, Argentine footballer
  • May 24 Jo Ann Washam, LPGA golfer
  • May 29 Talat Ali, cricketer (Pakistani opening batsman in ten Tests 1972-80)
  • Jun 3 Marlene Elejarde, 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Havana, Cuba
  • Jun 4 Brian Rose, cricketer (England batsman in 9 Tests 1977-81)
  • Jun 5 Adrian Cosma, Romania, team handball (Olympic silver 1976)
  • Jun 11 Debbie "Pokey" Watson, American 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Jun 13 Gerd Zewe, German footballer
  • Jun 17 Cathy Sherk, LPGA golfer
  • Jun 18 Annelie Ehrhardt, German DR, 100m hurdler (Olympics-gold-1972)
  • Jun 21 Terry Miskolczi, Dunnville ON, Canadian Tour golfer (1976 Alberta-3rd)
  • Jun 25 Tatyana Averina, USSR, speed skater 1K, 3K (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jun 27 Benjamin Peterson, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jun 28 Ken Arthur, Australian softball asst coach (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Jun 30 Pablo Castillo, jockey
  • Jul 3 Ewen Chatfield, NZ cricketer pace bowler (1975-89)
  • Jul 5 Gary Matthews, baseball player (1973 NL rookie of year)
  • Jul 6 Sultan Rakhmanov, Super heavyweight (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jul 11 Jim Higgs, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1978-81)
  • Jul 15 Alan Hurst, cricketer (Australian pace bowler 1974-79)
  • Jul 18 Kostas Eleftherakis, Greek footballer
  • Jul 21 Ubaldo Fillol, Argentinian footballer
  • Jul 23 Alan Turner, Aussie cricket left-handed opener (World Cup ton 1975)
  • 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 (Oly-silver/2 bronze-1972, 76, 80)
  • Aug 3 Waldemar Cierpinski, German DR, marathoner (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Aug 5 Rosi Mittermaier, German FR, slalom/downhill (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Aug 7 David James Wottle, American 800m runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Aug 15 Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windsor, England, Princess/olympic equestrian
  • Aug 15 Tom Kelly, American baseball manager
  • Aug 16 Hasely Crawford, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Aug 16 Jeff[rey R] Thomson, cricketer (great Aussie fast bowler 1972-85)
  • Aug 18 Lynn Adams, Kingsville TX, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 19 Graeme Beard, cricketer (NSW medium-pace all-rounder 3 Tests 1980)
  • Aug 22 Ray Burris, baseball player, born in Idabel, Oklahoma
  • Aug 24 Frank Murray, Australian field hockey national coach (Oly-sil-92, 96)
  • Aug 27 Cynthia Potter, American springboard diver (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • Aug 28 Ron "Louisiana Lightning" Guidry, Yankee pitcher (Cy Young 1978)
  • Aug 29 Mark McHale, WLAF offensive line coach (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Sep 1 Phillip Fulmer, American football coach
  • Sep 4 Doyle Alexander, American baseball player
  • Sep 4 Ehteshamuddin, Pakistani cricketer
  • Sep 7 Adriano Panatta, tennis star (French 1976, Italian 1976), born in Rome, Italy
  • Sep 12 Gustav Brunner, Austrian engineer
  • Sep 14 Masami Kuwashima, Japanese race car driver

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 18 Darryl Sittler, Canadian ice hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings), born in Kitchener, Ontario

NHL Legend Darryl Sittler
NHL Legend
Darryl Sittler
  • Sep 24 Mohinder Amarnath, cricketer (son of Lala Indian batsman of 70's/80's)
  • Oct 3 Laureen Ford, Gympie Queensland, golfer (1992 Alpine Aust Ladies)
  • Oct 6 David Brin, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Nebula, Sundiver, Postman)
  • Oct 9 Mick Malone, cricketer (WA seamer, Test 1977, made 46 took 5-63, 1-14)
  • Oct 9 Brian Downing, former baseball player
  • Oct 13 Annegret Richter-Irrang, German FR, sprinter (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Oct 14 Sheila Young Ochowicz, speed skater (Oly-gold/sil-76), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • Oct 20 Isaac Curtis, NFL wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 14 Baseball manager Tom Lasorda (22) weds Joan Miller

Baseball Manager Tom Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tom Lasorda

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 31 Heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Marciano (27) weds Barbara Cousins in Brockton

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
  • Feb 16 David Denton, cricketer (England batsman in 11 Tests 1905-10), dies
  • Mar 23 Douglas Carr, England cricket leg-spinner (Test 1909), dies
  • Jun 4 Sam Staples, cricket pace bowler (3 Tests 1927-28), dies
  • Jun 17 Syed Wazir Ali, cricketer (7 Tests for India), dies
  • Jun 20 Claude Jennings, cricketer (Aust opening bat in 1912 Triangular), dies
  • Jul 29 Joe Fry, British racing driver, dies at 34
  • Sep 6 Arthur Hill, cricketer (3 Tests), dies
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

Oct 9 George Hainsworth, National Hockey League goaltender, 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)