1954 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 124

  • Jan 1 Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts
  • Jan 1 40th Rose Bowl: #3 Michigan State beats #5 UCLA, 28-20
  • Jan 1 20th Sugar Bowl: #8 Georgia Tech beats #10 West Virginia, 42-19
  • Jan 1 20th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #1 Maryland, 7-0
  • Jan 9 Bert Olmstead of the Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game
  • Jan 17 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-9
  • Jan 17 Suggs Louise wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open (Cloister)
  • Jan 21 4th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 98-93 (OT) at New York City
  • Jan 23 Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jan 24 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jan 28 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • Feb 1 The County soccer team forms in Doetinchem
  • Feb 1 42nd Women's Australian Championships: Thelma Coyne Long beats Jenny Staley (6-3, 6-4)
  • Feb 1 42nd Men's Australian Championships: Mervyn Rose beats Rex Hartwig (6-2, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2)
  • Feb 2 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game
  • Feb 14 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 20 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open
  • Feb 28 Patty Berg and Pete Cooper wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 In spring training, baseballer Ted Williams breaks his collarbone

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Mar 6 1st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 82-80 (OT)
  • Mar 7 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • Mar 7 Russia wins title in their 1st international ice hockey competition
  • Mar 13 Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron
  • Mar 14 Braves Henry Aaron homers in his 1st exhibition game

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 14 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Mar 14 NBA Baltimore Bullets end a 32 game road losing streak
  • Mar 20 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: La Salle beats Bradley 92-76
  • Mar 28 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open
  • Mar 30 Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers v England at Kingston
  • Apr 4 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open
  • Apr 6 Montreal Canadiens score 3 goals in 56 sec in playoff game against Det
  • Apr 10 108th Grand National: Bryan Marshall aboard Royal Tan wins
  • Apr 11 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 12 18th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 289

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Apr 12 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 13 Balt Orioles 1st game, loses to Tigers in Detroit 3-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 Milwaukee Braves' Hank Aaron's 1st game

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Apr 15 Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 18 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 19 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39
  • Apr 19 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
  • Apr 22 NBA adopts 24-second shot clock & 6 team-foul rule
  • Apr 23 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers
  • May 1 80th Kentucky Derby: Raymond York aboard Determine wins in 2:03

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 2 Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • May 8 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA
  • May 16 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA National Capital Golf Open
  • May 16 Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone
  • May 22 79th Preakness: Johnny Adams aboard Hasty Road wins in 1:57.4

Sport awardTennis Open

May 29 53rd Men's French Championships: Tony Trabert beats Art Larsen (6-4, 7-5, 6-1)

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

  • May 29 53rd Women's French Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Ginette Bucaille (6-4, 6-1)
  • May 30 Dutch bishops forbid membership to non-catholic sporting clubs
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Bill Vukovich wins in 3:49:17.261 (210.567 km/h)
  • Jun 6 Patty Berg wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 12 86th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard High Gun wins in 2:30.8
  • Jun 12 Milwaukee Braves Jim Wilson no-hits Phillies, 2-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 17 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jun 19 54th US Golf Open: Ed Furgol shoots a 284 at Baltusrol GC in NJ
  • Jun 19 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jun 26 Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4
  • Jun 30 Yank pitcher Tom Morgan ties record by hitting 3 batters in 1 inning This was also Bobby Brown's last game; he retired to become a doctor
  • Jul 1 Test Cricket debut of Khalid Hassan, 16 yrs 352, then world record

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 2 68th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jaroslav Drobný beats Ken Rosewall (13-11 4-6 6-2 9-7)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Jul 3 61st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly beats L Brough (6-2 7-5)
  • Jul 3 9th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson-Zaharias
  • Jul 4 FIFA World Cup: West Germany defeats Hungary 3-2 for footballs 5th World Cup in Bern
  • Jul 5 Last day of Test Cricket for Khalid Hassan aged 16 yrs, 356 days
  • Jul 9 83rd British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 283 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club
  • Jul 12 Major League Baseball Players Association founded
  • Jul 13 21st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-9 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve
  • Jul 17 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)
  • Jul 18 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Inverness Four-Ball Golf Tournament
  • Jul 18 Cards losing 8-1 to Phillies begin stalling in 5th, they forfeit game
  • Jul 20 Tennis champ Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in an accident
  • Jul 25 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Fort Wayne Golf Open
  • Jul 27 36th PGA Championship: Chick Herbert at Keller GC St Paul Minn
  • Jul 30 Bob Kennedy hits the 1st grand slam for the new Baltimore Orioles
  • Jul 31 Mil Braves' Joe Adcock sets record of 18 total bases (4 hrs, 1 double)
  • Aug 1 41st Tour de France won by Louison Bobet of France
  • Aug 5 Boxing Hall of Fame's 1st election selects 24 modern & 15 pioneers
  • Aug 5 Patty Berg wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 10 Sir Gordon Richards retires as a jockey with record 4,870 wins
  • Aug 11 BC Lions plays its 1st CFL game, they lose to Montreal Alouettes, 22-0
  • Aug 13 21st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 31, All-Stars 6 (93,470)
  • Aug 16 "Sports Illustrated" magazine begins publishing
  • Aug 25 Ivan Filin wins Berne marathon (2:25:26.6) (260m)
  • Sep 1 Ted Kluszewski is 1st Cincinnati Red to hit 40 HRs en route to 49

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 6 74th U.S. Men's National Championship: Vic Seixas beats Rex Hartwig (3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Sep 6 68th U.S. Women's National Championship: Doris Hart beats Louise Brough Clapp (6-8, 6-1, 8-6)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 8 With a 3-2 count, Phillies Richie Ashburn fouls next 14, then walks

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Sep 10 Attempting to handle Hoyt Wilhelm's knuckleball catcher, Ray Katt of Giants sets a major league record with 4 passed balls
  • Sep 12 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open
  • Sep 12 White Sox win 90th game, 1st time they win this many since 1920

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 14 Giants' Willie Mays gets 82nd extra-base hit, breaks Mel Ott's record

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Sep 17 Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 18 Cleveland Indians clinch AL pennant, beat Tigers (3-2)
  • Sep 19 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Wichita Golf Open
  • Sep 22 Bkln Dodger Karl Spooner strikes out 15 NY Giants in his 1st game
  • Sep 26 Patty Berg wins LPGA Ardmore Golf Open

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 159

  • Jan 2 Ludmila Borozna, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jan 3 Dean Hart, Canadian wrestler (d. 1990)
  • Jan 6 Norbert Hahn, German DR, 2 man luge (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Jan 7 Alan Butcher, cricketer (one Test England v India, scored 14 & 20)
  • Jan 14 Jim Duggan, American wrestler
  • Jan 15 Nikos Sarganis, Greek footballer
  • Jan 17 Janet Dykman, Monterey Park California, archer (Olympics-1996)
  • Jan 19 Steve DeBerg, NFL quarterback (Broncos, Chiefs, Bucs, 49ers)
  • Jan 23 Trevor Hohns, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1989)
  • Jan 24 Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver (d. 1986)
  • Jan 25 Condredge Holloway, Alabama, CFL quarterback (Ottawa, Toronto)
  • Jan 25 Ricardo Bochini, Argentinian footballer
  • Jan 26 Kim Hughes, cricketer (brilliant Australian batsman 1977-84)
  • Jan 27 Kimberly J "Kim" Hughes, Australian cricketer
  • Jan 29 Doug Risebrough, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • Jan 31 Sheik Faoud Ahamul Bacchus, cricketer (West Indian bat late 70's)
  • Feb 2 Jayantha Amerasinghe, cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka v NZ 1983)
  • Feb 3 Tiger Williams, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 10 Larry McWilliams, baseball player
  • Feb 15 Armand Parmentier, Belgian athlete
  • Feb 16 Michael Holding, cricket fast bowler (Whispering Death-Awesome for WI)
  • Feb 19 Socrates, Brazilian footballer
  • Feb 21 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500m dash (Olympic silver 1976)
  • Feb 25 Steve Rixon, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1977-85)
  • Feb 28 Brian Billick, American football coach
  • Mar 3 Keith Carlton Fergus, PGA golfer (1995 Honda Classic-8th), born in Temple, Texas
  • Mar 4 Peter Erling Jacobsen, PGA golfer (1990 Bob Hope), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 8 David Wilkie, 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1976), is born in Colombo, Sri Lanka to Scottish parents
  • Mar 8 Karl Schnabl, 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Mar 14 David La Croix, race horse trainer
  • Mar 16 Dav Whatmore, cricketer (Colombo Aust bat 1979, Sri Lanka coach 1995-)
  • Mar 16 Hollis Stacy, LPGA golfer (US Open 1977, 78), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • Mar 19 Charles Pinnell, horse trainer
  • Mar 20 Charlie Simmer, Ontario, NHL left winger (LA Kings)
  • Mar 21 Mary Jane Smith, Van Nuys Ca, WPVA volleyballer (National-9th-1993)
  • Mar 23 Moses Malone, NBA center (Atlanta Hawks, Milw Bucks, Philadelphia '76ers), born in Petersburg, Virginia, (d. 2015)
  • Mar 23 Geno Auriemma, Italian-born American basketball coach (Connecticut Huskies), born in Montella, Italy
  • Mar 25 Thom Loverro, American sportswriter
  • Apr 7 Donna White, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 7 Tony Dorsett, NFL running back (Dallas Cowboys, Heisman Trophy)
  • Apr 8 Gary Carter, catcher (Mont Expos, NY Mets)
  • Apr 12 Marvin Johnson, American middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • Apr 16 John Bowe, Australian racing driver
  • Apr 17 Riccardo Patrese, driver (Grand Prix)
  • Apr 19 Trevor Francis, British soccer manager
  • Apr 20 Peter Toohey, cricketer (NSW & Australian batsman 1977-80)
  • Apr 20 Gilles Lupien, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 21 Dale Eggeling, LPGA golfer (1995 Oldsmobile Classic), born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • Apr 24 Vince Ferragamo, NFL/CFL quarterback (LA Rams, Montreal Alouettes)
  • Apr 28 Ron Zook, American Football Coach
  • Apr 29 Jake Burton Carpenter, American snowboarder
  • Apr 30 Gunther Tiersch, German DR, 8 man cox (Olympic gold 1968)
  • May 1 Taslim Arif, cricketer (Pakistani keeper/batsman, 210 v Aust 1980)
  • May 5 John Greg Adams, PGA golfer (1982 Hall of Fame-2nd), born in Scottsdale, Arizona
  • May 8 Pat Meyers, LPGA golfer
  • May 9 Balazs Taroczy, Hungarian tennis star
  • May 11 John Gregory, English football manager
  • May 15 Bob Beauchemin, Winnipeg Canada, golfer (West Coast Open-1982, 83)
  • May 17 Michael Roberts, jockey
  • May 19 Rick Cerone, catcher (Yankees/Red Sox/Mets/Expos), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • May 21 Bill Abbott, sailor (Olympics-96), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • May 27 Catherine Carr, US breaststroke swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1972)
  • May 27 Jackie Slater, American football player
  • May 31 Thomas Mavros, Greek footballer
  • Jun 3 Cindy Ferro, LPGA golfer
  • Jun 3 Wally Weir, Quebec ice hockey player
  • Jun 5 Phil Neale, English cricketer and coach, born in Scunthorpe
  • Jun 7 Lui Passaglia, CFL place kicker (BC Lions), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 11 Gary Fencik, NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears)
  • Jun 11 John Dyson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman)
  • Jun 13 Daniel Seemiller, Pitts, US Olympic table tennis player (Olympic-92)
  • Jun 15 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (d. 1996)
  • Jun 20 Alan Lamb, South African/British cricket player (79 tests for England), born in Langebaanweg, Cape Province
  • Jun 21 Jeremy Coney, cricketer (NZ captain turned them into world-beaters)
  • Jun 25 John Kimmel, horse trainer
  • Jun 29 Rick Honeycutt, pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Jul 1 Michael Daniel Reid, Bainbridge MD, PGA golfer (1987 Seiko Tucson)
  • Jul 3 Debbie Skinner, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 4 Jim Beattie, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • Jul 5 John Wright, NZ cricketer (opening batsman 1978-92)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 6 Willie Randolph, MLB second baseman and manager (NY Mets), born in Holly Hill, South Carolina

MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 10 Andre Dawson, MLB outfielder (Expos, Cubs, 1987 NL MVP), born in Miami, Florida

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Jul 12 Wolfgang Dremmler, German footballer
  • Jul 13 David Thompson, NBA guard (Phoenix Suns, Seattle Supersonics)
  • Jul 13 Ray "Candles" Bright, Australian cricket slow-left armer (1977-86)
  • Jul 13 Rick Chartraw, American ice hockey player
  • Jul 18 Imtiaz Ali, cricketer (brother of Inshan One Test WI v India 1976)
  • Jul 18 Robert Cameron, CFL punter (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jul 24 Philippe Alliot, race driver (grand prix)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 25 Walter Payton, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Columbia, Mississippi (d. 1999)

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • Jul 26 Vitas Gerulaitis, Lithuanian American tennis star (Australia 1987), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • Jul 28 Mikey Sheehy, Gaelic footballer
  • Jul 29 Flo Hyman, volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), born in Inglewood, California
  • Jul 31 Derek Smith, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • Aug 2 Sammy McIlroy, Irish soccer star (Manchester United), born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Aug 3 Gary Peters, English footballer
  • Aug 4 Janet Coles, LPGA golfer
  • Aug 6 Paul Steigerwald, American sports announcer
  • Aug 8 Nigel Mansell, formula-1 racer (Portugal Grand Prix-1990)
  • Aug 11 M V Narasimha Rao, Indian cricketer (leg-spin all-rounder 1978-79), born in Secunderabad, India

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 14 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio weds actress Marilyn Monroe (27) in her 2nd marraige at San Francisco City Hall

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
Actress Marilyn Monroe
Actress
Marilyn Monroe

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 20 NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (21) weds his high school sweetheart Dorothy Hoelle

NFL Quarterback Johnny Unitas
NFL Quarterback
Johnny Unitas

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 5 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (b. 1891)
  • Jan 20 Fred Root, cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests v Aus 1926), dies
  • Jan 20 Warren Bardsley, cricketer (41 Tests for Australia, 2469 runs), dies
  • Mar 8 Percy Twentyman-Jones, cricketer (pair in only Test for South Africa), dies
  • Mar 18 Walter Mead, cricketer (one Test for England 1899), dies
  • Apr 10 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (b. 1888)
  • Apr 12 Pim [Willem JH] Mulier, Dutch journalist/sports-organizer, dies at 89
  • May 10 George Hirst, cricketer (36,323 1st-class runs, 2739 wickets), dies
  • May 23 H R Bromley-Davenport, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England), dies
  • May 26 Lionel Conacher ["The Big Train"], Canadian athlete and politician, dies from a heart attack at 54
  • Jul 29 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (b. 1879)
  • Jul 31 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Sep 26 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (b. 1868)
  • Sep 30 Percie Charlton, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies
  • Oct 20 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40), dies at 51
  • Oct 27 Frank Druce, cricketer (252 runs in 5 Tests for England), dies
  • Nov 22 Roderick McMahon, Professional Wrestling/Boxing Booker (b. 1882)
  • Nov 26 Bill Doak, former Major League Baseball pitcher (b. 1891)