1951 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 114

  • Jan 1 37th Rose Bowl: #9 Michigan beats #5 California, 14-6
  • Jan 1 17th Sugar Bowl: #7 Kentucky beats #1 Oklahoma, 13-7
  • Jan 1 17th Orange Bowl: #10 Clemson beats #15 Miami (FL), 15-14
  • Jan 3 Fred Wilt wins AAU Sullivan Memorial Trophy (US athlete of 1950)
  • Jan 6 Indianapolis beats Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes
  • Jan 9 Washington Capitals NBA club folds

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 12 Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jan 14 NFL Pro Bowl: 1st since 1942, Americans beat Nationals 28-27
  • Jan 18 NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
  • Jan 18 NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 18 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
  • Jan 26 Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 31 39th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-1, 7-5)
  • Jan 31 39th Men's Australian Championships: Dick Savitt beats Ken McGregor (6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1)
  • Feb 3 Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle
  • Feb 9 St Louis Browns sign pitcher Satchel Paige, 45

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 14 Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Feb 18 3 City College of NY basketball players admit to accepting bribes
  • Mar 2 1st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-94 at Boston
  • Mar 3 Bill Mikvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 pts
  • Mar 7 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for 2nd time to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title
  • Mar 17 Test Cricket debut of Brian Statham, England v NZ at Christchurch
  • Mar 18 Pat O'Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 27 13th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Kansas 68-58

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 7 15th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Apr 7 105th Grand National: John Bullock aboard Nickel Coin wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 19 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45
  • Apr 21 5th NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 21 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 1
  • May 1 Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Mickey Mantle hits his first career home run, on Mothers' Day
  • May 1 Cuban MLB outfielder Minnie Minoso, the first black player in Chicago White Sox franchise history - homers on debut
  • May 3 Gil McDougald ties major league record with 6 RBIs in 1 inning
  • May 3 NY Yankee Gil McDougald is 5th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (9th)
  • May 5 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
  • May 6 Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
  • May 7 International Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics
  • May 19 76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 25 NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 28 After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his 1st major league home run
  • May 30 Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Lee Wallard wins in 3:57:38.103 (203.170 km/h)
  • Jun 3 50th Men's French Championships: Jaroslav Drobny beats Eric Sturgess (6-3, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Jun 3 50th Women's French Championships: Shirley Fry beats Doris Hart (6-3, 3-6, 6-3)
  • Jun 4 Pirate's' Gus Bell hits for cycle helps beat Phillies 12-4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 15 Joe Louis scored his last knock out victory

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 16 51st US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Oakland Hills CC, Michigan
  • Jun 16 83rd Belmont: David Gorman aboard Counterpoint wins in 2:29
  • Jun 20 Cleveland Indian Bobby Avila hits 3 HRs, double & single vs Red Sox
  • Jun 21 Patty Berg wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
  • Jul 1 Cleveland Indians veteran hurler Bob Feller pitches his 3rd career no-hitter beating Detroit Tigers, 2-1
  • Jul 2 Bill Veeck buys St Louis Browns from Bill & Charlie DeWitt; after 1953 season sells franchise to Clarence Miles, team moves to Baltimore (Orioles)
  • Jul 2 Worcestershire cricket wicketkeeper Hugo Yarnold makes a record 6 stumpings in an innings in a 1st-class match vs Scotland at Dundee

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 3 PGA Championship, Oakmont GC: Sam Snead beats Walter Burkemo 7 & 6 for his 3rd PGA Championship title

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Dick Savitt wins his only Wimbledon title beating Ken McGregor of Australia 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Doris Hart outclasses fellow American Shirley Fry 6-1, 6-0 for her only Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 6 British Open Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Englishman Max Faulkner wins by 2 strokes from Antonio Cerdá of Argentina
  • Jul 10 18th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-3 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • Jul 12 NY Yankees Allie Reynolds no-hits Cleveland Indians, 8-0
  • Jul 14 1st color telecast of a sporting event (CBS-horse race)
  • Jul 14 In his last race, 1948 Triple Crown champion Citation wins the Hollywood Gold Cup by 4 lengths, to become American racing's first millionaire horse.

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Jul 16 Novel "Catcher in Rye" by J. D. Salinger published by Little Brown and Company

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 18 Jersey Joe Walcott at 37 becomes oldest to win heavyweight champion

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • Jul 29 38th Tour de France won by Hugo Koblet of Switzerland

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 30 Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes peons of baseball players

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Aug 11 1st televised baseball game in color, on WCBS in New York City (Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1)
  • Aug 11 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 38-6 in Ottawa
  • Aug 11 NY Giants lose to go 13½ games behind Bkln Dodgers, later win the pennant
  • Aug 17 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
  • Aug 18 Cricket 1st-class debut of Raymond Illingworth
  • Aug 19 Bill Veeck (Cleveland Indians) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" little person, to pinch-hit
  • Aug 22 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
  • Aug 25 Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game
  • Aug 28 Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000
  • Aug 28 Pirates snap NY Giants 16 game win streak

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 5 US National Men's Tennis Championship: Australian Frank Sedgman beats Vic Seixas of the United States 6-4, 6-1, 6-1

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Sep 5 65th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maureen Connolly beats Shirley Fry Irvin (6-3, 1-6, 6-4)
  • Sep 13 St Louis Cards beat NY Giants 6-4 (rescheduled from 9/12) then at night lose to Boston Braves 2-0

Sport awardGolf Major

Sep 16 6th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Sep 16 US National League umpire Frank Dascoli clears the Dodgers bench, ejecting 15 players
  • Sep 28 Norm Van Brocklin of Rams passes for NFL record 554 yards
  • Oct 3 Shot Heard 'Round the World': Bobby Thomson hits 3-run homer off Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers, bottom 9th inning, 1 out, to give New York Giants dramatic 5-4 playoff win and NL pennant
  • Oct 3 CBS-TV airs the first coast-to-coast telecast of a prize fight; Australian light-heavyweight Dave Sands outpoints Carl 'Bobo' Olson in 10 rounds at Chicago Stadium
  • Oct 8 Ford C Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Oct 9 5th NHL All-Star Game: 1st Team ties 2nd Team 2-2 at Toronto
  • Oct 9 Gil McDougald's World Series grand slam helps Yanks beat Giants 13-1
  • Oct 10 Yanks beat Giants 4 games to 2 in World Series, DiMaggio's final game
  • Oct 14 Det Lion Jack Christiansen returns 2 punts for touchdowns vs LA Rams

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 26 Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Oct 28 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina wins FIA World Championship of Drivers by taking out the Spanish Grand Prix at Pedralbes in an Alpha Romeo; wins by 6 points from Alberto Ascari of Italy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella wins first of his 3 National League MVP awards

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Nov 4 Ryder Cup Golf, Pinehurst Resort: US wins 9½-2½; Sam Snead playing captain for US; Arthur Lacey non-playing GB skipper
  • Nov 4 NY Giants & NY Yanks score back-to-back TDs on kickoff returns
  • Nov 4 Vijay Merchant scores 154 v England in his last Test Cricket innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 8 NY Yankee Catcher Yogi Berra wins 1st of his 3 MVP awards

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Nov 15 Cricket 1st-class debut of Hanif Mohammad, Pakistan XI v MCC, Lahore
  • Nov 15 NY Yankee Gil McDougald wins AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 18 Former Cubs 1st baseman & future TV star of Rifleman Chuck Connors is 1st player to oppose the major league draft
  • Nov 19 Roy Campanella named NL MVP on his 30th birthday
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa Rough Riders claim their 4th Championship with 21-14 win over Saskatchewan Roughriders

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 166

  • Jan 1 Hans-Joachim Stuck, German race car driver
  • Jan 4 Barbara Ann Cochran, Claremont NH, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jan 5 Steve Arnold, English footballer
  • Jan 6 Don Gullett, American baseball player
  • Jan 11 Willie Maddren, English former footballer (d. 2000)
  • Jan 12 Bill Madlock, 4X NL batting champ (Chicago Cubs)
  • Jan 12 Drew Pearson, former NFL all-pro receiver
  • Jan 14 Gil Pak Jong, Korea PR, judo (Olympic-1976)
  • Jan 17 Rolando Thoeni, Italian slalom (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • Jan 18 Bob Latchford, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (d. 1989)
  • Jan 23 Margaret Johnson Bailes, 4X100 runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in The Bronx, New York
  • Jan 23 Michael Matz, equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996)
  • Jan 25 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), born in Coos Bay, Oregon (d. 1975)
  • Jan 26 Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czech, 400m/800m runner (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Jan 29 Andy Roberts, cricketer (brilliant WI quickie with 202 wickets 74-84)
  • Jan 30 Bobby Stokes, footballer
  • Jan 30 Trevor Laughlin, cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1978-79)
  • Jan 31 Juan de Dios Castillo, Mexican soccer coach (coach Honduras 2011 Copa Centroamericana), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2014)
  • Feb 3 Felipe Munoz, Mexican 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Feb 3 Eugenijus Riabovas, Lithuanian football manager
  • Feb 4 Stan Papi, American baseball player
  • Feb 6 Marco Antônio, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 7 Benny Ayala, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Manfred Schumann, German FR, bobsled (Olympic-silver/bronze-1976)
  • Feb 8 Camille LaPierre, NHLer
  • Feb 14 Kevin Keegan, British soccer player/manager (Newcastle United)
  • Feb 14 JoJo Starbuck, American ice skater, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Feb 20 Bonnie Lauer, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 20 Phil Neal, English soccer player
  • Feb 21 John Parker, New Zealand cricketer (NZ batsman of 70s), born in Dannevirke, New Zealand
  • Feb 22 Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 23 Ed "Too Tall" Jones, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 24 Derek Randall, cricketer (England batsman & animated cover fieldsman)
  • Feb 25 Don Quarrie, Jamaican runner
  • Feb 25 James Brown, American sportscaster (CBS News, The NFL Today), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Feb 25 César Cedeño, Dominican baseball player
  • Feb 28 Gustavo Thoeni, Italian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 28 Karsan Ghavri, cricketer (Indian lefty medium pacer early 80s)
  • Mar 4 Kenny Dalglish, Scottish football player (100+ goals) and manager
  • Mar 5 Rodney Hogg, cricketer (prolific Australian wicket-taker 1978-84)
  • Mar 6 Gerrie Knetemann, Dutch cyclist (d. 2004)
  • Mar 8 Philippe Henri Edmonds, cricketer (in Zambia England slow left-arm)
  • Mar 20 Madan Lal, cricketer (Indian medium pacer in the 70's)
  • Mar 23 Dick Mast, American professional golfer, born in Bluffton, Ohio
  • Mar 24 Earl Williams, American-Israeli NBA player, born in Levittown, Pennsylvania

Person of interestPat Bradley

Mar 24 Pat Bradley, American golfer (6 LPGA major titles), born in Westford, Massachusetts

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Mar 27 Bobby Lalonde, NHLer (Boston Bruins), born in Montreal
  • Mar 29 Geoff Howarth, New Zealand cricketer (NZ captain early 80's), born in Auckland
  • Mar 30 John Gosden, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 2 Ayako Okamoto, LPGA golfer (1990 Sara Lee), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • Apr 6 Bert Blyleven, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (2-time WS champion Twins 1979, 87), born in Zeist, Netherlands
  • Apr 13 Beatrix "Trixie" Schuba, Austrian figure skater considered to be one of the best compulsory figure skaters ever (Olympic gold 1972), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Apr 13 Joachim Streich, East German footballer
  • Apr 18 Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer
  • Apr 29 Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver (d. 2001)
  • Apr 30 Danuta Rosani, Polish discus thrower (Olympic 1976) disqualified for drugs
  • May 1 Gordon Greenidge, West Indies cricket opening batsman (19 Test centuries 1974-91), born in St. Peter, Barbados
  • May 11 Mike Sleman, rugby player
  • May 12 Gunnar Larrson, Swedish 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • May 18 Angela Voigt, German DR, long jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • May 18 Rodger Davis, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • May 18 Jim Sundberg, American baseball player
  • May 23 Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess player (world champion 1975-85, 93-99), born in Zlatoust, Russia
  • May 27 John Conteh, British boxer, WBC Light Heavyweight crown (1974-77), born in Liverpool
  • Jun 2 Larry Clark Robinson, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens, Norris-77, 80)
  • Jun 3 David Ogilvie, cricketer (5 Tests for Australia 1977-78)
  • Jun 6 Noritake Takahara, Japanese racing driver
  • Jun 9 Dave Parker, baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, NL MVP 1978)
  • Jun 10 Burglinde Pollak, German DR, pentathlete (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • Jun 10 Dan Fouts, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jun 10 Vicky Latta, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Jun 11 Collis King, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder late 70s), born in Christ Church, Barbados
  • Jun 11 Maren Seidler, American shot putter (Olympic 11th 1968), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 11 Mithra Wettimuny, Sri Lankan cricketer (brother of Sidath 2 Tests for SL v NZ 1983), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Jun 12 Dean Unruh, WLAF offensive line coach (Rhein Fire), born in Riverton, Wyoming

Person of interestMike Weaver

Jun 13 Mike Weaver, American WBA World Heavyweight Champion, born in Gatesville, Texas

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • Jun 15 Tom Forzani, CFL wide receiver (Calgary Stampeders)
  • Jun 16 Roberto Durán, Panamanian boxer
  • Jun 19 Francesco Moser, Italian cyclist
  • Jun 23 Michèle Mouton, French race car driver
  • Jun 24 Ivar Formo, Norwegian 50K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jun 24 Raelene Boyle, Australia, sprinter (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Jun 26 Gary Gilmour, Australian cricket all-rounder (1973-77), born in Waratah, New South Wales
  • Jun 27 Ulf Andersson, Swedish International Chess Grandmaster (1972), born in Västerås, Sweden

Person of interestRichard Hadlee

Jul 3 Sir Richard Hadlee, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (86 Tests, 3,124 runs, 431 wickets), born in Christchurch, New Zealand

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • Jul 4 John Alexander, Australian tennis player, politician (Australian Open doubles 1975, 82), born in Sydney, NSW
  • Jul 5 Rich "Goose" Gossage, American Baseball Hall of Fame relief pitcher (9-time All Star), born in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jul 11 Sridharan Jeganathan, cricketer (two Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • Jul 14 Judi Brown, American 400m hurdler (Olympic silver 1984), born in East Lansing, Michigan
  • Jul 15 Jesse Ventura [James Janos], American professional wrestler, actor and politician (Governor of Minnesota 1999-2003), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jul 18 Bruce Lietzke, American golfer (13 PGA Tour wins), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2018)
  • Jul 19 Jayson Stark, American sportswriter (The Athletic), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 20 Larry Black, 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 21 Doug Collins, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Jul 21 Slick Watts, NBA (Seattle SuperSonic)
  • Jul 26 Robert Edwin Wadkins, PGA golfer (1994 Kemper Open-2nd), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jul 29 Dan Driessen, American baseball player
  • Jul 31 Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Australian tennis player (7 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Barellan, NSW

Person of interestMarcel Dionne

Aug 3 Marcel Dionne, Canadian NHL center (LA Kings, NY Rangers), born in Drummondville, Quebec

NHL Star Marcel Dionne
NHL Star
Marcel Dionne

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 MLB centerfielder Mickey Mantle (20) weds author Merlyn Mantle (19) in Commerce, Oklahoma

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 8 Samuel D Riddle, American thoroughbred owner (Man 'o War, War Admiral), dies at 89
  • Jan 29 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer, dies at 70

Person of interestEddie Collins

Mar 25 Eddie Collins, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (White Sox, A's) and manager, dies of heart problems at 63

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • Apr 27 Philip Albert Myburgh Hands, cricketer (7 Tests for South Africa), dies

Person of interestLeo Diegel

May 5 Leo Diegel, American golfer, dies of throat and lung cancer at 52

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • Jun 6 Lionel Hallam, British cricketer (England capt 1921), dies at 61
  • Jun 11 Montagu Odd, cricket bat-maker (W. G. Grace), dies
  • Jul 9 Harry Heilmann, American baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), dies at 56
  • Jul 14 Sammy Jones, Australian cricketer (last survivor of the 1882 Oval Test), dies at 89
  • Aug 3 Neville Tufnell, cricket wicket keeper (Test for England 1910), dies
  • Aug 22 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 66
  • Sep 3 Arnold Warren, cricketer (only Test for England), dies
  • Sep 29 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach (b. 1864)
  • Oct 13 W G (Billy) Quaife, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 228 runs), dies
  • Dec 5 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American professional baseball player (Black Sox Scandal), dies of a heart attack at 64