1953 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 130

  • Jan 1 39th Rose Bowl: #5 Southern California beats #11 Wisconsin, 7-0
  • Jan 1 19th Sugar Bowl: #2 Georgia Tech beats #7 Mississippi, 24-7
  • Jan 1 19th Orange Bowl: #9 Alabama beats #14 Syracuse, 61-6
  • Jan 2 NBA Baltimore Bullets begin a 32 game road losing streak
  • Jan 9 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 116 pts in basketball game
  • Jan 10 NFL Pro Bowl: National Conference beats American Conference 27-7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 11 J. Edgar Hoover declines 6 figure offer to become president of International Boxing Club

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • Jan 13 3rd NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 79-75 at Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Jan 17 41st Women's Australian Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Julia Sampson (6-3, 6-2)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 17 41st Men's Australian Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Mervyn Rose (6-0, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jan 18 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Jan 22 1953 NFL Draft: Harry Babcock from University of Georgia first pick by San Francisco 49ers
  • Jan 23 NFL Dallas Texans become Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jan 23 NFL's National & American conference become Eastern & Western conference
  • Feb 6 Ian Craig makes Test Cricket debut at 17 yrs 239 days, youngest Aussie
  • Feb 8 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • Feb 10 Ice Dance Championship at Davos won by Westwood & Demmy GRB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 16 Ted Williams safely crash-lands his damaged Panther jet, later awarded the Air medal

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 17 DSB soccer team forms in Eindhoven
  • Feb 20 US Court of Appeals rules that Organized Baseball is a sport & not a business, affirming the 25-year-old Supreme Court ruling
  • Feb 21 Longest collegiate basketball game (6 OTs) Niagara beats Siena 88-81
  • Mar 1 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • Mar 3 Boston Braves, who own Milwaukee minor league franchise, block St Louis Browns attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee
  • Mar 8 Patty Berg wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 15 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 15 West Germany loses in soccer to Netherlands, 2-1
  • Mar 18 15th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas 69-68
  • Mar 18 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
  • Mar 18 NL approves Boston Braves move to Milwaukee (1st shift since 1903)
  • Mar 21 NBA record 106 fouls & 12 players foul out (Boston-Syracuse)
  • Mar 22 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
  • Mar 28 107th Grand National: Bryan Marshall aboard Early Mist wins
  • Mar 29 Patty Berg wins LPGA New Orleans Women's Golf Open
  • Apr 5 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 10 7th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 12 17th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 274

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Apr 13 1st game of Milwaukee Braves, they beat Cincinnati Reds 2-0
  • Apr 16 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Palm Springs Golf Open
  • Apr 16 Phillie's Connie Ryan gets 6 hits in a game
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 17 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Washington, D.C.'s Griffith Stadium

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 19 Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Diego Golf Open
  • Apr 20 57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51
  • Apr 27 Wrestler Freddie Blassie coins term "Pencil neck geek"
  • May 2 79th Kentucky Derby: Hank Moreno aboard Dark Star wins in 2:02
  • May 6 Brown's Bobo Holloman 1st major league start, no-hits Philadelphia A's, 6-0

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 10 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 13 NY Giants Willie Mays & Darryl Spencer each hit 2 HRs & a triple

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 15 Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in Chicago

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • May 16 Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row
  • May 17 Patty Berg wins LPGA Reno Golf Open

  • May 23 78th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8
  • May 25 Braves Max Surkont strikes out record 8 Reds in a row
  • May 30 1st major league network baseball game-Cleveland 7, Chicago 2
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Vukovich wins in 3:53:01.668 (207.187 km/h)
  • May 30 52nd Men's French Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Victor Elias Seixas (6-3, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2)
  • May 30 52nd Women's French Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (6-2, 6-4)
  • Jun 4 Pitts trades outfielder Ralph Kiner & Joe Garagiola to Chicago Cubs
  • Jun 7 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • Jun 11 Test Cricket debut of Alan Davidson at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 13 53rd US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 283 at Oakmont CC in Oakmont PA
  • Jun 13 85th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 13 Jim Peters runs world record marathon (2:18:40.2)
  • Jun 17 Most runs scored in 1 inning (17 by Red Sox)
  • Jun 18 Eugene Stephens is 1st to get 3 hits & Red Sox score 17 runs in 1 Inning (7th) Red Sox beat Detroit 23-3
  • Jun 20 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jun 23 Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Women Golf Tournament
  • Jun 28 8th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 67th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Vic Seixas beats Kurt Nielsen (9-7 6-3 6-4)

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
Tennis Player Kurt Nielsen
Tennis Player
Kurt Nielsen
  • Jul 4 60th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (8-6 7-5)
  • Jul 5 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jul 7 35th PGA Championship: Walter Burkemo at Birmingham CC Mich
  • Jul 9 Phillies Robin Roberts ends streak of 28 consecutive complete games
  • Jul 10 82nd British Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 282 at Carnoustie Dai Rees
  • Jul 14 20th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
  • Jul 26 40th Tour de France won by Louison Bobet of France
  • Jul 27 Dizzy Dean, Al Simmons Chief Bender, Bobby Wallace, Harry Wright, Ed Barrow, Bill Klem and Tom Connolly inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Aug 1 Red Sox Ben Flowers sets then record of 8 consecutive games in relief
  • Aug 4 Vic Raschi sets pitcher record by driving in 7 runs and wins 15-0
  • Aug 6 Ted Williams returns to Red Sox from the military
  • Aug 14 20th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 24, All-Stars 10 (93,818)
  • Aug 19 England regained cricket Ashes after winning series 1-0
  • Aug 21 Baseball player reps Ralph Kiner (NL) & Allie Reynolds (AL) hire John Norman Lewis at $15,000 to give legal advice to players in negotiation
  • Aug 23 Braves' Phil Paine is 1st former major leaguer to play in Japan
  • Aug 23 Cyclist Arie Van Vliet becomes world champion sprinter
  • Aug 23 Phil Grate sets record for throwing a baseball (443'3")

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 6 Roy Campanella sets record for HRs by a catcher at 38

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 7 73rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Tony Trabert beats Vic Seixas (6-3, 6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Sep 7 67th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maureen Connolly beats Doris Hart (6-2, 6-4)
  • Sep 12 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant earlier than any other team, defeating Milwaukee Braves 105-49
  • Sep 13 Pitcher Bob Trice is 1st black to play on Philadelphia A's
  • Sep 13 4th Formula One WDC: Alberto Ascari wins by 6.5 points
  • Sep 15 Boxing's NBA adopts 10-pt-must-scoring-system (10 pts to round winner)
  • Sep 16 AL approves St Louis Browns move to become Baltimore Orioles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Sep 20 Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league HR
  • Sep 24 Rocky Marciano TKOs Roland LaStarza in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 27 St Louis Browns play last game in Sportsman's Park, losing 100th game
  • Oct 2 Dodger Carl Erskine strikes out 14 Yankees in World Series

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 135

  • Jan 3 Angelo Parisi, French heavyweight judo (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jan 4 Norberto Alonso, Argentine footballer
  • Jan 7 Agha Zahid, cricketer (open batting for Pak v WI 1975, scored 14 & 1)
  • Jan 8 Bruce Sutter, pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves)
  • Jan 10 Bobby Rahal, Indy-car racer (over 15 wins)
  • Jan 15 Randy White, NFL tackle (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Jan 23 Pat Haden, NFL quarterback (LA Rams), born in Westbury, New York
  • Jan 28 Debbie Steinbach, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 1 Brendan Batson, English former footballer
  • Feb 2 Penny Pulz, LPGA golfer
  • Feb 5 John Beilein, American basketball coach
  • Feb 6 Susie Hutchison, Flintridge California, equestrian show jumper (Olymp-96)
  • Feb 7 Robert Brazile "Dr. Doom", NFL player (Houston Oilers), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Feb 7 Dan Quisenberry, American baseball player, born in Santa Monica, California, (d. 1998)
  • Feb 9 André Sevard, Canadian NHL player, born in Témiscaming, Quebec
  • Feb 13 Suleiman Nyambui, Tanzanian runner (world record 5k indoor)
  • Feb 16 Andre St Lauren, NHLer
  • Feb 16 George Martin, NFLer (NY Giants)
  • Feb 16 Mike Ford, Canadian tour golfer (1976 Port Jefferson Open), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 23 Satoru Nakajima, Japanese racing driver
  • Feb 28 Ingo Hoffmann, Brazilian racing driver
  • Mar 1 Bandula Warnapura, cricketer (1st Sri Lanka Test captain)
  • Mar 3 Zico, Brazilian footballer
  • Mar 4 Paweł Janas, Polish football manager and former footballer
  • Mar 8 Jim Rice, Anderson, South Carolina, American MLB left fielder (AL MVP 1978)
  • Mar 8 Don Werner, American baseball player
  • Mar 13 Andy Bean, American PGA golfer (Western 1978, Kemper 1978), born in LaFayette, Georgia
  • Mar 14 Tim McKee, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1972)
  • Mar 15 Colin Croft, cricketer (West Indian fast bowler 1977-82)
  • Mar 17 Chuck Muncie, American football running back, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 18 Nicholas Wisdom, cricketer (son of comic Norman, 2 games Sussex 1974)
  • Mar 19 Hans Rinn, German DR, 2 man lugist (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Mar 23 Bo Diaz, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 1990)
  • Mar 24 Steve Lubbers, cricketer (capt of Dutch World Cup team 1996)
  • Mar 25 Haroon Rashid, cricketer (Pakistani & WSC batsman late 70's)
  • Mar 26 Tatyana Providokhina, Russian 1K runner (world record)
  • Apr 1 Aftab Baloch, cricketer (Pakistani in 2 Tests, scored 428 for Sind 74)
  • Apr 5 John Buchanan, Australian cricketer (Qld batsman 78-79, Shield coach 1995), born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • Apr 6 Janet Lynn, ice skater (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • Apr 7 Everard Endt, American sailor (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Apr 10 David Moorcroft, English long distance runner, born in Coventry, England
  • Apr 19 Sara Simeoni, Italian high jumper (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Apr 21 Edward Ray Fiori, PGA golfer (1979 Southern Open), born in Lynwood, California
  • Apr 25 Gary Cosier, cricketer (Australian batsman 1975-78, 109 on debut v WI)
  • Apr 28 Julie Cole, LPGA golfer
  • May 1 Elquemedo Willett, West Indies cricket spin bowler (5 Tests 1973-74), born in Charlestown, Nevis
  • May 2 Jamaal Wilkes, American NBA forward (Golden State-Rookie of Yr 1975), born in Berkeley, California
  • May 6 Graeme Souness, Scottish footballer/manager
  • May 9 Daniel Talbot, golfer (Quebec Open-1979, 81, 84), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • May 9 Ron Jackson, baseball player
  • May 10 Barbara Moxness, LPGA golfer

Person of interestGeorge Brett

May 15 George Brett, American baseball third baseman (KC Royals, 1980 AL MVP), born in Glen Dale, West Virginia

MLB Third Baseman George Brett
MLB Third Baseman
George Brett
  • May 16 Rick Rhoden, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • May 19 Shavarsh Karapetyan, Soviet Armenian finswimmer
  • May 22 Cha Bum-Kun, Korean footballer
  • May 25 Donald Albert Weibring Jr, Quincy IL, PGA golfer (1979 Quad Cities)
  • May 25 Daniel Passarella, Argentine footballer
  • May 29 Ranji Nanan, cricketer (Trinidad off-spinner, 1 Test v Pakistan 1981)
  • Jun 2 Craig Robert Stadler, PGA golfer (Masters 1982), born in San Diego, California
  • Jun 8 Ad Tak, Dutch professional cyclist, born in Nieuwe Gastel
  • Jun 20 Raul Ramirez, tennis player
  • Jun 21 Charlie Moore Jr, baseball player
  • Jun 22 Bruce McAvaney, Australian sports broadcaster
  • Jun 23 Filbert Bayi, Karatu Tanzania, 3k steeplechase (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Jun 25 Ian Davis, cricketer (Australian batsman 1973-77)
  • Jun 27 Kent Bostick, pursuit cyclist (Olympics-84, 96), born in Lowell, Massachusetts
  • Jul 2 Tony Armas, baseball player
  • Jul 3 Frank Tanana, baseball pitcher (California Angels)

Person of interestLeon Spinks

Jul 11 Leon Spinks, heavyweight boxing champ (1978, Olympic gold 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Leon Spinks
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Leon Spinks
  • Jul 13 Larry Gomes, dependable WI cricket left-handed batsman (1976-87)
  • Jul 20 Dan Shaughnessy, American sports writer
  • Jul 21 Brian Talbot, British footballer

Person of interestGraham Gooch

Jul 23 Graham Gooch, English cricketer, captain of England, opening batsman and prolific run scorer, born in London

Cricketer Graham Gooch
Cricketer
Graham Gooch
  • Jul 24 Steve Grogan, NFL quarterback (New England Patriots)
  • Jul 29 Ken Burns [Kenneth Lauren], American director and documentary film producer (The Civil War, Baseball), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 31 Jimmy Cook, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman 1992), born in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Aug 6 Iqbal Qasim, cricketer (Pakistani slow lefty in the 80's)
  • Aug 8 "Sweet" Lou Dunbar, basketball player (Harlem Globetrotters)

Person of interestHulk Hogan

Aug 11 Hulk Hogan, [Terry Bollea], WWF heavyweight champion (1984-89), born in Augusta, Georgia

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • Aug 16 Nick Leyva, baseball manager (Phillies 1988-91)
  • Aug 17 Kevin Rowlands, rock vocalist (Dexy's Midnight Runners-Come on Eileen)
  • Aug 26 Pat Sharkey, Irish footballer
  • Aug 30 Robert Parish, NBA center (Boston Celtics, Charlotte Hornets)
  • Aug 31 Miguel Ángel Guerra, Argentine racing driver
  • Sep 6 Mohammed Kedir, Ethiopia, 10k runner (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • Sep 12 John Williams, American archer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Sep 14 Judy Playfair, Australian swimmer
  • Sep 15 Bruce Heuchan, Kingston Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Alberta-7th)
  • Sep 15 Jerry Page, golfer (largest PGA victory margin)
  • Sep 16 Jerry Pate, Macon Ga, PGA golfer (US Open 1976, Canadian Open 1976)
  • Sep 27 Benjamin Gene Brown, 4X400 runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • Sep 27 Claudio Gentile, Italian footballer
  • Sep 29 Warren Cromartie, baseball player
  • Oct 1 Pete Falcone, American baseball player
  • Oct 1 Grete Waitz, Norwegian athlete
  • Oct 9 Hank Pfister, Bakersfield Cat, tennis star
  • Oct 10 Gus Williams, NBA guard (Golden State, Seattle, Washington)
  • Oct 13 Pat Day, American jockey
  • Oct 14 Roland Butcher, Barbados born English cricketer (1st cricketer of Caribbean descent to play for England 1981)
  • Oct 16 Susan Pedersen, American 4 X 100m medley swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 15 Cricketer Richie Benaud (22) weds Marcia Lavender at the Wesley Church in Sydney, Australia

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 6 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (22) weds Mollye Louise

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 15 Ice hockey player Gordie Howe (25) weds sports agent Colleen Joffa (20) at Calvary Presbyterian Church

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 6 NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk (23) weds Patricia Ann Morey

NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 3 MLB player and manager Sparky Anderson (19) weds childhood sweetheart Carol Valle

MLB Player and Manager Sparky Anderson
MLB Player and Manager
Sparky Anderson

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 6 MLB baseball player Hank Aaron (19) weds Barbara Lucas

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 26 Tennis champion Tony Trabert (23) weds beauty queen Shauna Wood at the Salt Lake Country Club in Salt Lake City, Utah

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 2 Jim Lightbody, American runner (b. 1882)

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

Mar 3 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, dies at 77

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries

Person of interestJim Thorpe

Mar 28 Jim Thorpe, versatile American athlete (Olympic gold-1912), dies at 64

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Apr 11 Kid Nichols, American baseball player (b. 1869)
  • May 7 Ormerod Pearse, cricketer (55 runs & 3 wkts in 3 Tests for S Af), dies
  • May 18 Tom Killick, cricketer (at the crease 2 Tests for Eng 1929), dies
  • May 27 Jesse Burkett, American baseball player (b. 1868)
  • Jun 5 Bill Tilden, tennis champ, dies at 60
  • Jun 25 Algy Gehrs, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia 1904-11), dies
  • Aug 22 Jim Tabor, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Sep 12 Frederick Kuys, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1898), dies
  • Sep 18 Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver (b. 1927)
  • Sep 22 William Brann, South African cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa), dies at 54
  • Oct 27 Thomas Wass, English cricketer (b. 1873)
  • Dec 2 Ernest Hayes, cricketer (Surrey bat played 5 Tests for England), dies
  • Dec 2 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian athlete and actor (The Sword of Valor), dies at 69
  • Dec 25 Patsy Donovan, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1865)