On This Day

Year 1951 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport


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Nov 13 Lefty O'Doul's all-stars, including Joe DiMaggio and Billy Martin, lose 3-1 to Pacific League all-star team (Japan)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 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

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Nov 19 Roy Campanella named NL MVP on his 30th birthday

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Nov 24 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa Rough Riders claim their 4th Championship with 21-14 win over Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Nov 25 Cleveland Browns penalized a record 209 yards against Chicago Bears
  • Nov 25 3rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Herb Thomas wins
  • Nov 25 Cleveland halfback Dub Jones ties the NFL record for most touchdowns in a game crossing for 6 in Browns 42-21 win v Chicago Bears at Cleveland Stadium
  • Dec 1 17th Heisman Trophy Award: Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (HB)
  • Dec 1 Legendary Australian cricket fast bowler Ray Lindwall takes his 100th Test wicket when he bowls West Indian spinner Sonny Ramadhin in the 2nd Test in Sydney; Australia wins by 7 wickets
  • Dec 2 Philadelphia Eagles set NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing in 35-21 win over Washington Redskins at Griffith Stadium

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Dec 2 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Don Hutson's has his #14 jersey retired by the Green Bay Packers; first number retired in the history of the franchise

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson
  • Dec 2 16th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-7 in Birmingham
  • Dec 11 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball
  • Dec 22 Australia cricket all out 82 v West Indies at Adelaide
  • Dec 23 National Football League Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Los Angeles Rams beat Cleveland Browns, 24-17; first coast-to-coast televised NFL title game
  • Dec 25 1st Christmas Day in test cricket, Aust v WI at Adelaide
  • Dec 25 West Indies defeat Australia by 6 wkts on 3rd day of 3rd Test Cricket
  • Dec 27 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 26 Bobby Wadkins, American golfer (Senior Players C'ship 2006), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Jul 28 Doug Collins, American basketball shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1976–79; Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago, Detroit, Washington, Philadelphia) and broadcaster (CBS, NBC, TNT, TBS, ABC/ESPN), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 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
  • Aug 7 Gary Hall, American swimmer (Olympics-bronze/2 silver-1968, 72), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Aug 8 Phil Carlson, cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1979)
  • Aug 12 Hector Rodriguez, Cuba, lightweight judo (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Aug 13 Gwen Cheeseman, American field hockey goalie (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 15 John Childs, English cricketer (England left-arm spinner, two Tests v WI 1988), born in Lipson, Plymouth, Devon
  • Aug 17 Alan Minter, English boxer (world middleweight champion 1980), born in Crawley, England (d. 2020)
  • Aug 18 Greg Pruitt, American football running back (LA Raiders, Super Bowl XVIII), born in Houston, Texas
  • Aug 21 Bernhard Germeshausen, German bobsled (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Germany
  • Aug 27 Don Pooley Jr, American golfer (US Senior Open 2002), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Sep 1 David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny), born in Bradford, Yorkshire (d. 1998)
  • Sep 5 Paul Breitner, German footballer, born in Kolbermoor, Germany
  • Sep 7 Mark McCumber, American golfer (10 PGA Tour titles; Tour C'ship 1994), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 8 Tim Gullikson, American tennis player and coach (Pete Sampras coach 1992-95), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 1996)
  • Sep 10 Gary Danielson, American NFL quarterback (Detroit Lions 1976-84; Cleveland Browns 1985, 87-88) and college commentator (CBS, ABC), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Sep 15 Johan Neeskens, Dutch footballer
  • Sep 15 Pete Carroll, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2013, Seattle Seahawks 2010-20; New York Jets, New England Patriots; USC), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 18 Marc Surer, Swiss motor racing driver, born in Arisdorf, Switzerland

Person of interestGuy Lafleur

Sep 20 Guy Lafleur, Canadian NHL right wing (Montreal, NY Rangers), born in Thurso, Quebec

NHL Legend Guy Lafleur
NHL Legend
Guy Lafleur
  • Sep 21 Ed Delahoussaye, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (1982-83 Kentucky Derby), born in New Iberia, Louisiana
  • Sep 21 Bruce Arena, American soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Sep 24 Terry Metcalf, American NFL, CFL running back (St Louis, Toronto), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Sep 25 Robert "Bob" McAdoo, American former NBA player (Buffalo Braves) and assistant coach (Miami Heat), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Sep 28 Dave Rajsich, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Sep 29 David Murray, cricketer (WI wicket-keeper)
  • Sep 29 Maureen Caird, Australian hurdler
  • Sep 30 Catie Ball, American 100m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic-4X4 gold-1968)
  • Oct 3 Dave Winfield, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, 1973-95. 12X All Star, 7X Golden Glove (San Diego Padres; New York Yankees, and 4 other teams), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Oct 4 Truck Robinson, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1978, 81; New Orleans Jazz; NBA rebound leader 1978), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Oct 5 Leah Poulos-Mueller, American speed skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Berwyn, Illinois
  • Oct 11 Miroslav Dvořák, Czechoslovak ice hockey player, born in Hluboka, Czech Republic (d. 2008)
  • Oct 12 Bernie Ruoff, CFL kicker (Winnipeg, Hamilton), born in West Germany
  • Oct 12 Sally Little, South African/American golfer (PGA 1980, du Maurier 1988), born in Cape Town, South Africa

Person of interestRoscoe Tanner

Oct 15 Roscoe Tanner, American tennis player (Australian Open 1977), born in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
  • Oct 20 Claudio Ranieri, Italian football manager (Leicester City) and player, born in Rome
  • Oct 31 Nick Saban, American football coach (National NCAA C'ships 2003, 09, 11-12, 15, 17; LSU, Alabama, Miami Dolphins), born in Fairmont, West Virginia
  • Nov 1 Craig Serjeant, Australian cricket batsman (12 Tests; top score 124, 1977), born in Perth, West Australia
  • Nov 2 Kathy Hammond, American athlete (Olympic bronze 400m, silver 4x400m relay 1972), born in Sacramento, California
  • Nov 3 Azmat Rana, Pakistan cricket batsman (1 Test, top score 49; 2 ODIs), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 2015)
  • Nov 3 Dwight Evans, American baseball right fielder (MLB All-Star 1978, 81, 87; Boston Red Sox), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Nov 6 Jim Frick, Swedish harness racing driver (5,002 career race wins), born in Rättvik, Sweden (d. 2020)
  • Nov 7 Dan Duva, American boxing promoter and producer (Howard Stern New Years Party), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1996)
  • Nov 10 Morris Hatalsky, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 11 Fuzzy Zoeller, American golfer (US Masters 1981, US Open 1984), born in New Albany, Indiana
  • Nov 13 Beth Anders, American field hockey sweeper (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 17 Butch Davis, American football coach
  • Nov 23 Bernd Landvoigt, German DR, coxless pairs (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Nov 23 Jorg Landvoigt, German DR, coxless pairs (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Nov 24 Graham Price, British rugby player
  • Nov 25 Bucky Dent, all star shortstop (Chicago White Sox, NY Yankees)
  • Nov 25 Johnny Rep, Dutch soccer player
  • Dec 3 Rick Mears, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1979, 84, 88, 91; Indycar series/World Series champion 1979, 81-82), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Dec 5 Tom Purtzer, American golfer (5 PGA Tour titles), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Dec 6 Gerry Francis, English footballer and manager, born in Chiswick, London
  • Dec 11 Robert Cochran, American skier (Olympics 1972), born in Claremont, New Hampshire
  • Dec 14 Jan Timman, Dutch chess player, born in Amsterdam
  • Dec 15 Joe Jordan, Scottish football player (Manchester United), born in Cleland, North Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • Dec 17 Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Dec 22 Jan Stephenson, Australian golfer (3-time LPGA major winner; US Open 1983), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Dec 24 John D'Acquisto, American baseball player, born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 28 Ken Pope, American NFL player, born in Galverton, Texas
  • Dec 29 Nancy Darsch, American women's basketball coach (Ohio State Uni; assistant coach US Olympic gold 1984, 96; NY Liberty, Washington Mystics), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
  • Dec 30 Doug Allder, English footballer
  • Dec 31 Michael Allen Bantom, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport