1952 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 111

  • Jan 1 38th Rose Bowl: #4 Illinois beats #7 Stanford, 40-7
  • Jan 1 18th Sugar Bowl: #3 Maryland beats #1 Tennessee, 28-13
  • Jan 1 18th Orange Bowl: #6 Georgia Tech beats #9 Baylor, 17-14
  • Jan 9 Karel Sys wins European heavyweight boxing title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 Marines give notice that they will recall Ted Williams to active duty

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jan 12 NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 30-13

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 16 US Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jan 17 1952 NFL Draft: Bill Wade from University of Vanderbilt first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • Jan 19 NFL takes control of NY Yanks
  • Jan 19 PGA approves allowing black participants
  • Jan 24 1st NFL team in Texas, Dallas Texans formerly NY Yanks

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 25 Test debut of Australian Richie Benaud, v West Indies at the SCG

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • Jan 28 40th Women's Australian Championships: Thelma Coyne Long beats Helen Angwin (6-2, 6-3)
  • Jan 28 40th Men's Australian Championships: Ken McGregor beats Frank Sedgman (7-5, 12-10, 2-6, 6-2)
  • Jan 31 Harry Heilmann & Paul Waner elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 4 1st African American executive of a major TV station (Jackie Robinson-WNBC NY)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

  • Feb 11 2nd NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 108-91 at Boston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 Rocky Marciano defeated Lee Savold for his 39th straight win

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Feb 16 Ian Craig makes NSW cricket debut aged 16 years 249 days (NSW record)
  • Feb 20 1st black umpire in organized baseball certified (Emmett Ashford)
  • Feb 21 Dick Button performs 1st figure skating triple jump in competition

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 24 Betty MacKinnon and Sam Snead win the LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Feb 25 6th Winter Olympic games close at Oslo, Norway
  • Feb 29 Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy of Great Britain
  • Mar 9 Heinz Neuhaus wins Europe Heavyweight Boxing title
  • Mar 16 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 23 Rangers with less than 14 minutes to go blow a 6-2 lead, losing 7-6 to Chicago Black Hawks. Mosienko scores 3 times in 21 seconds
  • Mar 26 14th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kansas beats St Johns 80-63
  • Apr 5 106th Grand National: Arthur P. Thompson aboard Teal wins
  • Apr 6 US Masters Golf, Augusta: Sam Snead wins his second green jacket by 4 strokes over Jack Burke, Jr.
  • Apr 15 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings sweep Montreal Canadiens in 4 games
  • Apr 19 56th Boston Marathon won by Doroteo Flores of Guatemala in 2:31:53
  • Apr 25 6th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 26 Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman
  • Apr 28 St Louis Browns lend 2 black minor leaguers to Hankyu Braves of Japan
  • May 3 78th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hill Gail wins his record fifth Derby
  • May 5 Ron Necciai of Pitts Pirate's Bristol Twins Class D farm team, strikes out 27, as he no-hits Welch Minors, 4 Minors do reach base
  • May 13 Minor-league Bristol pitcher Ron Necciai strikes out 27 in 9-innings
  • May 15 Johnny Longden becomes 2nd jockey to ride 4,000 winners
  • May 17 77th Preakness: Conn McCreary aboard Blue Man wins in 1:57.4
  • May 21 Booklyn Dodgers score 15 runs in their 1st inning to beat Cincinnati Reds 19-1

  • May 30 Charlie Grimm succeeds Tommy Holmes as manager of Boston Braves
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Troy Ruttman wins in 3:52:41.930 (207.480 km/h)
  • Jun 1 51st Men's French Championships: Jaroslav Drobny beats Frank Sedgman (6-2, 6-0, 3-6, 6-4)
  • Jun 1 51st Women's French Championships: Doris Hart beats Shirley Fry (6-4, 6-4)
  • Jun 5 1st sporting event televised nationally-Walcott vs Charles boxing
  • Jun 5 Test Cricket debut of Freddie Trueman v India at Headingley

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 5 Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jun 7 7th Curtis Cup: British Isles, 5-4
  • Jun 7 84th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard One Count wins in 2:30.2
  • Jun 10 Chicago White Sox Sam Mele is 6th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (4th)
  • Jun 14 US Open Golf, Northwood GC: Julius Boros wins 1st of 3 majors by 4 shots from Ed Oliver
  • Jun 14 Boston Brave Warren Spahn strikes out 18 Cubs in 15 innings
  • Jun 14 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:20:42.2)
  • Jun 14 Braves Warren Spahn ties NL record of Jim Whitney with 18 strikeouts against the Cubs in 15-inning, 3-1 loss
  • Jun 19 Bkln Dodger Carl Erskine no-hits Chicago Cubs, 5-0

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 21 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jun 25 34th PGA Championship: Jim Turnesa at Big Spring CC Louisville

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 29 7th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Louise Suggs

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Jul 1 The first NASCAR Grand National event is run outside of the US with Buddy Shuman winning the 200-lap race at Stamford Park, Ontario, Canada
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Australian Frank Sedgman wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating Czech Jaroslav Drobný 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Louise Brough 7-5, 6-3 for the first of 3 straight Wimbledon crowns
  • Jul 8 19th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 3-2 in 5 at Shibe Park, Phila
  • Jul 11 British Golf Open, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: 3 titles in 4 years for Bobby Locke beating Peter Thomson by a stroke
  • Jul 19 15th modern Olympic games opens in Helsinki, Finland
  • Jul 19 39th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy
  • Jul 20 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic Record 10K (29:17.0)
  • Jul 24 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record 5K (14:06.6)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 26 Mickey Mantle hits his 1st grand-slammer

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Jul 27 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record marathon (2:23:03.2)
  • Jul 27 Swedish race walker John Mikaelsson makes it back-to-back gold medals in the 10k event at the Helsinki Olympics, having won the corresponding race in London in 1948
  • Jul 28 Rogers Hornsby replaces Luke Sewell as Cincinnati Reds manager

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 2 17 year-old future world champion Floyd Patterson wins the gold medal in the heavyweight division at the Helsinki Olympic Games with a 1st round KO of Romanian Vasile Tita

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Aug 3 Alberto Ascari of Italy clinches FIA World Championship of Drivers by winning German Grand Prix at Nürburgring in a Ferrari
  • Aug 6 St. Louis Browns veteran pitcher Satchel Paige, 46, becomes oldest pitcher to win a complete shutout, 1-0 v Detroit Tigers in 12 innings
  • Aug 10 Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Women Golf Tournament
  • Aug 15 19th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Los Angeles 10, All-Stars 7 (88,316)
  • Aug 17 Betty Jameson wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 27 Emil Zatopek wins 12th olympics marathon (2:23:03.2)
  • Sep 7 Outfielder Don Grate throws a baseball a record 434'1" (Tenn)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 7 Whitey Ford becomes 5th pitcher to hurl consecutive 1 hitters

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Sep 7 NY Yankees Johnny Mize's pinch-hit grand slam gives Yanks a 5-1 win at Washington, giving him a HR in all 15 major league parks
  • Sep 7 Alberto Ascari of Italy in a Ferrari wins FIA World Championship of Drivers with victory in season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza; wins title by 12 points from countryman Giuseppe Farina
  • Sep 8 72nd U.S. Men's National Championship: Frank Sedgman beats Gardnar Mulloy (6-1, 6-2, 6-3)
  • Sep 8 66th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (6-3, 7-5)
  • Sep 15 Braves last game in Boston's Braves Field before move to Milwaukee
  • Sep 23 1st closed circuit pay-TV telecast of a sports event
  • Sep 23 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant with a record of 96-57 over the New York Giants 92-62
  • Sep 23 Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 29 Stan Musial makes his only major league pitching appearance
  • Oct 2 Don Liddle beats Bob Lemon 7-4 as the New York Giants complete an unlikely Baseball World Series sweep of the powerful Cleveland Indians; Cleveland season record of 111-43 sets American League mark for regular season wins
  • Oct 5 6th NHL All-Star Game, Detroit Olympia: 1st Team ties 2nd Team, 1-1; for 2nd year format had 1st & 2nd All-Star Teams, with additional players, play each other
  • Oct 7 NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 3 in 49th World Series
  • Oct 7 Yankees tie their own record of 4 consecutive World Series wins
  • Oct 12 Hanif Mohammad scores twin 100s v N Zone (India) his 1st first class cricket centuries
  • Oct 19 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betty Jameson Golf Tournament
  • Oct 26 Pakistan's 1st Test Cricket win Fazal Mahmood 12 wkts v India
  • Oct 30 4th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tim Flock wins
  • Nov 12 Philadelphia A's pitcher Bobby Shantz wins AL MVP
  • Nov 12 White Sox place Jim Rivera on 1 year probation after cleared of rape

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 166

  • Jan 8 Norm Jarvis, Prince Albert Sask, golfer (1984 Chilliwack)
  • Jan 11 Ben Daniel Crenshaw, PGA golfer (1976 Bing Crosby), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 17 Darrell Porter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • Jan 22 Karen Moe [Thornton], US swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jan 23 Omar Henry, cricketer (1st colored player for South Africa 1992)
  • Jan 26 Thomas Edward Henderson, SC, basketballer (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Jan 27 Brian Gottfried, tennis star (Wimbledon Doubles 1976), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jan 27 "White Shoes" Johnson, American football player
  • Jan 30 Doug Falconer, Canadian football player
  • Feb 3 Fred Lynn, baseball outfielder (Boston, California, Baltimore), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Feb 6 Richard Charsworth, Australian women field hockey head coach (Olympics 1996)
  • Feb 9 Danny White, quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 9 Mookie Wilson, American baseball player
  • Feb 10 Mike Varty, American NFL player, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Feb 13 Freddy Maertens, Belgian cyclist
  • Feb 16 Barry Foote, Major League Baseball player
  • Feb 17 Insook Bhushan, Seoul Korea, US table tennis player (Olympic-92)
  • Feb 17 Karin Janz, East German gymnast
  • Feb 22 Wayne John Levi, PGA golfer (1983 Buick Open), born in Little Falls, New York
  • Feb 24 Simon Weinstock, businessman/racehorse owner
  • Feb 24 Tom Burleson, USA, basketball (Olympic silver 1972) tallest Olympian-7'4"
  • Feb 25 Joey Dunlop, Irish motorcycle racer (d. 2000)
  • Feb 27 Dwight Elmo Jones, basketball player (Olymp-silver-1972), born in Houston, Texas
  • Feb 28 Melissa Babish, SC, swimmer (Olympic)
  • Feb 29 Raisa Smetanina, USSR, cross country skier (Olympic gold 1976, 80, 92)
  • Mar 1 Alice Ritzman, Kalispell MT, LPGA golfer (1995 Rochester Intl-5th)
  • Mar 1 David Allen Barr, Kelowna BC, PGA golfer (Atlanta Golf Classic)
  • Mar 1 Martin O'Neill, Northern Irish footballer and manager
  • Mar 7 Lynn Swann, NFL receiver (Pittsburgh Steelers)/sportscaster
  • Mar 9 Uljana Semjonova, Soviet-Latvian basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Zarasai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
  • Mar 18 Mike Webster, American football player (d. 2002)
  • Mar 18 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (won Epsom Derby 3x), born in Newbridge, County Kildare (d. 2015)
  • Mar 19 Warren Lees, NZ cricket wicket-keeper (late 70's)
  • Mar 20 Anand Armitraj, India, tennis player (Brother of ViJay)
  • Mar 20 Geoff Brabham, Australian auto racer (IMSA GT Championship 1988-91), born in Sydney, NSW
  • Mar 22 Bob Costas, sportscaster/talk show host (Later), born in Queens, New York
  • Mar 26 Didier Pironi, French Formula One driver (d. 1987)
  • Mar 28 Tony Brise, English racing driver, born in Erith, Kent (d. 1975)
  • Mar 29 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Puerto Padre, Cuba (d. 2012)
  • Mar 30 Peter Knights, Australian footballer and coach
  • Apr 1 Rey Robinson, American 100m sprinter (Olympic-1972)
  • Apr 2 Dan Halldorson, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 World Cup), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Apr 2 Joseph Kent Massey, soling sailor (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Apr 4 Rosemarie Ackermann, German high jumper (Olympic gold 1976), born in Lohsa, Sachsen, Germany
  • Apr 4 Gregg Hansford, Australian motorcycle and touring car racer, born in Australia (d. 1995)
  • Apr 7 Jane Frederick, US pentathlete (Olympic 7th 1976)
  • Apr 11 Michael Daly, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 BC Winter Tour), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 11 Peter Windsor, English motor racing journalist and reporter, born in Reigate, Surrey, England
  • Apr 12 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (3-weight world champion), born in Managua, Nicaragua (d. 2009)
  • Apr 12 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • Apr 12 Reuben Gant, American professional football player (Buffalo Bills), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Apr 13 Jonjo O'Neill, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 14 Mickey O'Sullivan, Irish sportsman
  • Apr 15 Bengt Gingsjö, Swedish swimmer
  • Apr 16 Peter Westbrook, US fencer (Olympic bronze 1988, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri

Person of interestBill Belichick

Apr 16 Bill Belichick, American football coach (4 Super Bowls with New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick
  • Apr 20 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach and president of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, born in Otočac, Croatia
  • Apr 23 Terry Moor, tennis star, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 25 Vladislav Tretiak, USSR hockey player (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • Apr 27 Ari Vatanen, Finnish rally driver, born in Tuupovaara, Finland

Person of interestGeorge Gervin

Apr 27 George Gervin, American basketball player, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • Apr 29 Bob McClure, American baseball player
  • May 3 Allen Wells, Scottish 100m sprinter (Olympic gold-1980), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • May 11 Mike Lupica, American sports journalist and newspaper columnist (New York Daily News, ESPN), born in Oneida, New York
  • May 13 Sew Shivnarine, cricketer (3 Tests for WI 1978, later USA captain)
  • May 14 M J Smith, LPGA golfer
  • May 15 Rick Waits, baseball pitcher (Rangers, Indians, Twins)
  • May 19 Bert van Marwijk, Dutch football manager
  • May 20 Roger Milla, Cameroonian footballer
  • May 22 R W Eaks, American professional golfer, born in Colorado Springs, Clorado
  • May 23 "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, NJ, middleweight boxing champ (1982-83)
  • Jun 3 David Richards, CBE, British motor racing entrepreneur
  • Jun 12 Siegfried Brietzke, German coxless rower (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Rostock, Germany
  • Jun 14 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • Jun 16 Aleksandr Zaitsev, USSR, pairs figure skating (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Jun 17 Mike Milbury, American ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • Jun 20 Jayne Thobois, Noblesville IN, LPGA golfer (1995 Hawaiian-56th)
  • Jun 26 Gordon McQueen, Scottish soccer player (Manchester United), born in Kilbirnie, North Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Jun 28 Pietro Mennea, Italian runner (200m world record), (d. 2013)
  • Jun 29 Joe Johnson, English snooker player
  • Jul 1 Steve Shutt, Canadian NHL left wing (5-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Willowdale, Canada
  • Jul 3 Alan Autry, NFLer (Green Bay Packers)/actor (In the Heat of the Night)
  • Jul 3 Bill Badgett Jr, horse trainer
  • Jul 3 Wasim Raja, cricketer (bro of Rameez, Pakistani lefty bat & leggie)
  • Jul 8 Ulrich Wehling, German DR, cross country (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80)
  • Jul 8 Jack Lambert, American football player
  • Jul 9 Rod Boll, Canadian trap shooter (Olympics 1996), born in Fillmore, Saskatchwan
  • Jul 10 Ludmilla Tourischeva, Russian gymnast (nine-time Olympic medalist for the Soviet Union), born in Grozny, Russia
  • Jul 15 David Bell, horse trainer
  • Jul 16 Phil Carrick, English cricketer (Yorkshire County Cricket Club), born in Armley, Yorkshire, England (d. 2000)
  • Jul 18 James Forbes, basketball player (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Jul 22 Herbert Chang, West Indian cricket batsman (1979)
  • Jul 23 Paul Hibbert, Australian cricketer (one Test Aust v India 1977, scored 13 & 2), born in Brunswick, Australia (d. 2008)
  • Jul 26 Lyudmila Maslakova, Soviet relay runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Astrakhan
  • Jul 27 Hannu-Pekka Hänninen, Finnish sports commentator, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • Aug 1 C. L. Whittington, American football defensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Aug 1 Yajurvindra Singh, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman late 70's), born in Rajkot, Gujarat
  • Aug 2 Angel Herrera, Cuban FW/LW boxer (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Guantánamo, Cuba
  • Aug 3 Osvaldo Ardiles, Argentine soccer player, born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • Aug 4 Daniel Bautista, Mexican 20k walker (Olympic gold 1976)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 5 Nawab of Pataudi, cricket (play polo 3 Tests for Eng 3 for Ind), dies
  • Jan 17 Walter O "Spike" Briggs, owner (Det Tigers), dies at 74
  • Feb 5 Reginald Allen, cricketer (uncle of Gubby, Test Aust v Eng 1887), dies
  • Feb 7 Pete Henry, American NFL tackle (Canton, NY Giants, Pottsville), dies at 54
  • Feb 14 Maurice De Waele, Belgian cyclist (b. 1896)
  • May 16 Alec Hearne, cricketer (scored 9 in Test for Eng v South Africa 1892), dies
  • Jun 18 Efim D Bogolyubov, Russian chess player, dies at 63
  • Jun 20 Luigi Fagioli, Italian race car driver (b. 1898)
  • Jul 21 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), dies at 51
  • Jul 27 Roland Pope, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885), dies
  • Jul 31 N B F "Tufty" Mann, cricketer (South African slow lefty 1947-51), dies
  • Aug 30 Arky Vaughn, infielder (Pirates & Dodgers), drowns
  • Sep 29 John Cobb, British racing driver (b. 1899)
  • Oct 5 Joe Jagersberger, Austrian-American racing driver, dies at 68
  • Oct 8 Joe Adams, American baseball player (b. 1877)
  • Nov 8 Claude Carter, South African cricketer (took 28 wkts 10 Tests for South Africa), dies at 71
  • Dec 19 Harry Makepeace, English cricketer (4 Tests for England v Australia 1920-21), dies at 71