On This Day

Year 1952 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

  • Sep 8 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Maureen Connolly beats fellow American 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 23 Undefeated Rocky Marciano KOs defending champion Jersey Joe Walcott in the 13th round at Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia for the world heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • Sep 26 Yanks clinch 4th straight & 19th AL pennant, beating A's 5-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 28 St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial makes his only major league pitching appearance, throwing one pitch to Chicago Cubs Frank Baumholtz

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • 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, Detroit, MI: 1st Team ties 2nd Team, 1-1; second year format - 1st v 2nd All-Star Teams, with additional players
  • 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 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
  • Nov 20 Cubs slugger Hank Sauer wins NL MVP
  • Nov 21 Dodgers pitcher Joe Black wins NL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 25 Only win ever for NFL's Dallas Texans (1-11) beating the Bears 27-23
  • Nov 29 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts prove to be the dominant club in Canada with their record 10th Championship; beat Edmonton Eskimos, 21-11
  • Nov 29 17th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 21-0 in Birmingham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 30 Jackie Robinson accuses the NY Yankees of racial bias on national television

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Dec 2 18th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (HB)
  • Dec 14 R H Shodhan scores 110 on Test Cricket debut v Pakistan, Calcutta
  • Dec 18 Ellis W Ryan resigns as Cleveland Indians president
  • Dec 28 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 17-7
  • Dec 31 41st Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (4-1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 31 Danny Nardico stops former world middleweight champion Jake LaMotta in 7 rounds in a light heavyweight non-title bout in Coral Gables, Florida; LaMotta is knocked down for the only time in his career, his corner stopping fight after the round

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 8 Sudhakar Rao, Indian cricketer
  • Aug 9 John Cappelletti, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1973, Penn State; NFL: LA Rams, SD Chargers), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 12 Charles Whiting, English Formula 1 Race Director (Safety Delegate, Starter, head F1 Technical Dep't), born in Sevenoaks, Kent (d. 2019)
  • Aug 14 Debbie Meyer, American 200m/400m/800m swimmer (Olympic 3 gold-68), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • Aug 16 Mahes Goonatillake, cricketer (Sri Lankan keeper in their 1st 5 Tests)

Person of interestGuillermo Vilas

Aug 17 Guillermo Vilas, Argentine tennis player (4-time Grand Slam winner), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Guillermo Vilas
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Guillermo Vilas
  • Aug 17 Nelson Piquet, Brazilian auto racer, 3-time Formula One champ (1981, '83, '87), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Aug 18 Ricky Villa, Argentine former footballer, born in Roque Pérez, Argentina
  • Aug 20 John Emburey, English cricket off-spinner (1978-95, captain 1988), born in Peckham, London
  • Aug 23 Mac Cone, Canadian equestrian jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Person of interestMike Shanahan

Aug 24 Mike Shanahan, American football coach (Denver Broncos), born in Oak Park, Illinois

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • Aug 25 Duleep Mendis, Sri Lankan cricketer (big-hitting Sri Lankan batsman of 80's), born in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
  • Aug 26 John Kinsella, USA, swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Aug 30 Wojtek Fibak, Polish tennis star, born in Poznan, Poland

Person of interestJimmy Connors

Sep 2 Jimmy Connors, American tennis player (8-time Grand Slam winner, 109 titles overall), born in Belleville, Illinois

Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors
Tennis Legend
Jimmy Connors
  • Sep 5 Graham Salmon, British blind runner (fastest 100m by a blind man) (d. 1999)
  • Sep 7 Ricardo Tormo, Spanish Grand Prix motocycle racer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1998)
  • Sep 13 Johanna Klier-Schaller, German 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1976), born in Artern, Bezirk Halle, Germany
  • Sep 13 Ray Sibille, American jockey (Breeder's Cup Turf 1988), born in Sunset, Louisiana
  • Sep 14 Margit Schumann, German luger (Olympic gold 1976), born in Waltershausen, Bezirk Erfurt, East Germany
  • Sep 18 Rick Pitino, American basketball coach, born in NYC, New York
  • Sep 19 Bernard de Dryver, Belgian racing driver, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Sep 27 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (3 Paralympics gold medals), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • Sep 28 Anthony Davis, footballer
  • Sep 29 Monika Zehrt, German DR, 400m runner (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Sep 30 Darrell Hair, cricketer (Australian Test umpire since 1993-94)
  • Oct 1 Jacques Martin, Canadian NHL coach, executive (Ottawa Senators, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens), born in Rockland, Ontario
  • Oct 3 Gary Troup, New Zealand cricket fast/medium bowler (15 Tests, 39 wickets; 22 ODI), born in Taumarunui, King Country
  • Oct 4 Anita Luceete Defrantz, American rower (Olympic bronze 1976; first female vice-president IOC executive committee), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestImran Khan

Oct 5 Imran Khan, 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan (2018- ) and cricket all-rounder (88 Tests, 3,807 runs, 362 wickets), born in Lahore, Pakistan

Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan
Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan
Imran Khan
  • Oct 7 Graham Yallop, Australian cricketer (Australian capt in 7 Tests, won 1 lost 6), born in Balwyn, Australia
  • Oct 7 Ludmila Tourischeva, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1972), born in Grozny, Russia
  • Oct 10 Bobby Nystrom, Swedish NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 1979-83; jersey #23 retired 1995), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • Oct 12 Trevor Chappell, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests, underarm bowling controversy), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • Oct 14 Nikolai Adrianov, Soviet-Russian gymnast (Olympic-4 gold/2 silver/bronze-1976), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)
  • Oct 18 Roy Dias, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test batsman)
  • Oct 18 Jerry Royster, American baseball player
  • Oct 20 Dave McLelland, Canadian NHL goaltender (Vancouver Canucks), born in Penticton, British Columbia
  • Oct 25 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek soccer midfielder (46 caps; Olympiacos; Panathinaikos) and manager (Panathinaikos), born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 2004)

Person of interestBill Walton

Nov 5 Bill Walton, American Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA C'ship 1977, 1986; NBA Finals MVP 1977; Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics), born in La Mesa, California

NBA Center and Television Sportscaster Bill Walton
NBA Center and Television Sportscaster
Bill Walton
  • Nov 5 Oleg Blokhin, Ukrainian footballer, born in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
  • Nov 8 Jan Raas, Dutch cyclist (World champ 1979), born in Heinkenszand, Netherlands
  • Nov 8 Jerry Remy, American MLB player and commentator, born in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • Nov 8 John Denny, American baseball pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1983; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Prescott, Arizona
  • Nov 10 Gerry DiNardo, American football player (Notre Dame Fighting Irish) and coach (Colorado), born in Queens, New York
  • Nov 17 Roman Codreanu, Romania, wrestler (Olympic-1980)
  • Nov 21 Eamonn Coghlan, Irish 1500m runner (Olympic 4th 76)
  • Nov 23 Francie Larrieu Smith, American 1.5/3/10K track runner (AAU 1 mile-1979)
  • Nov 24 Brijesh Patel, cricketer (Indian batsman 1974-77)
  • Nov 24 Norbert Haug, German motorsport executive (Mercedes Benz)
  • Nov 26 Wendy Turnbell, Australian tennis player (1979,82 US Opens Double), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Nov 29 Dusty Hare, English rugby player
  • Dec 12 Ajit De Silva, Sri Lankan cricket spin bowler (4 Tests), born in Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka
  • Dec 12 Cathy Rigby (McCoy), American gymnast (Olympics, 1968 & 1972), stage actress (Peter Pan), and sports commentator, born in Long Beach, California
  • Dec 13 John Francome, English jockey, born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England
  • Dec 15 Allan Simonsen, Danish footballer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), born in Vejle, Denmark
  • Dec 16 Joel Garner, Christ Church, Barbados, West Indian cricketer (two-metre West Indian pace bowler 1977-87)
  • Dec 16 Francesco Graziani, Italian footballer
  • Dec 21 Steve Furniss, American swimmer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Dec 21 Joaquín Andújar, Dominican baseball pitcher (Cardinals), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic (d. 2015)
  • Dec 27 Craig Reynolds, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1978-79; Seattle Mariners; Houston Astros), born in Houston, Texas
  • Dec 28 Ray Knight, 3rd baseman (NY Mets, Baltimore Orioles)
  • Dec 29 Nikolai Andrianov, Soviet/Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)

Deaths in Sport