On This Day

Year 1954 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 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 4th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 20-9; MVP: Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia Eagles, LB

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 21 4th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 98-93 (OT); MVP: Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics, PG

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Jan 21 First time in All-Star history, an overtime period is needed to decide a winner; Boston Celtics' guard Bob Cousy's 10-point OT scoring burst gave the East a 98-93 win; Cousy wins All-Star MVP honours
  • Jan 23 Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 27 Archie Moore beats Joey Maxim in 15-round unanimous decision to retain his world light heavyweight boxing title at the Orange Bowl, Miami; last of famous trilogy of fights, all won by Moore

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Jan 28 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • Feb 1 Dutch soccer club De Graafschap "The County" forms in Doetinchem, Netherlands
  • Feb 1 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Thelma Coyne Long beats Jenny Staley 6-3, 6-4 for the 2nd of her 2 Australian singles titles
  • Feb 1 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Mervyn Rose wins his first Grand Slam title; beats fellow Australian Rex Hartwig 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • Feb 2 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game
  • Feb 10 Ice Dance Championship at Oslo won by Jean Westwood/Lawrence Demmy GRB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ted Williams fractures his collarbone on the first day of Boston Red Sox spring training; injury keeps him out of Boston lineup until May 15

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 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 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her second Titleholders title by 7 strokes from Patty Berg

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; Explorers' small forward Tom Gola is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Mar 30 Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers v England at Kingston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 Detroit Red Wings right wing Gordie Howe scores 2 goals and an assist, and sets a Stanley Cup playoff record for fastest goal from the start of a game (:09) in a 4-3 2OT win over Toronto in Game 5 of the Semi-Finals

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • Apr 6 Montreal Canadiens score 3 goals in 56 sec in playoff game against Det
  • Apr 10 108th Grand National: Bryan Marshall wins aboard Royal Tan at 8/1; second consecutive GN victory for both Marshall and trainer Vincent O'Brien
  • Apr 10 Wales beats Scotland, 15-3 at the St. Helen's Ground, Swansea to share Five Nations Rugby Championship with France and England; France's first title

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 12 18th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Sam Snead wins his 3rd and final Masters by 1 stroke in an 18-hole playoff with Ben Hogan

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Apr 12 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 13 Baltimore 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 Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 in OT for a 4-3 series victory
  • Apr 19 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39

Sport awardBoston Marathon

Apr 19 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence DeMar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • 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 wins aboard Determine, his only Derby success
  • May 1 Preston North End defender Joe Marston becomes the first Australian to play in an FA Cup Final, a 3-2 loss to WBA

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 2 Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 6 Roger Bannister of the UK becomes the 1st person to run a 4 minute mile, recording 3:59:4 at Iffley Road, Oxford

Middle-Distance Runner Roger Bannister
Middle-Distance Runner
Roger Bannister
  • May 8 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA
  • 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 awardFrench Open Men's Tennis

May 29 French Championships Men's Tennis: Tony Trabert beats Art Larsen 6-4, 7-5, 6-1 for first of 2 straight French singles titles

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • May 29 French Championships Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly retains her title; beats Ginette Bucaille of France 6-4, 6-1
  • May 29 British runner Diane Leather becomes first woman to run the mile in under 5 minutes; 4:59.6 at Alexander Sports Ground in Birmingham, England
  • 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 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 by unanimous points decision in his 3rd world heavyweight boxing title defence at Yankee Stadium, NYC

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 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Ed Furgol wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Gene Littler
  • Jun 19 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Glen Flora CC: Betty Jameson wins 6 & 5 over Louise Suggs in the final
  • Jun 26 Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4
  • Jun 27 The so-called "Battle of Berne" occurs during the FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Hungary as the game descends into an all-out brawl
  • 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 Khalid Hasan, Pakistani cricket leg-spinner makes his Test debut against England at just 16 yrs 352 days, then world record

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Czech Jaroslav Drobný beats Ken Rosewall of Australia 13-11, 4-6, 6-2, 9-7 for his only Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Jul 2 England cricket batsman Denis Compton scores career best 278 in 287 mins in 2nd Test win over Pakistan at Nottingham
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly wins her 3rd consecutive Wimbledon singles title beating fellow American Louise Brough 6-2, 7-5
  • Jul 3 US Open Women's Golf, Salem CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by a record 12 strokes from Betty Hicks in her comeback event 14 months after radical colon cancer surgery
  • Jul 4 FIFA World Cup Final, Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland: Helmut Rahn scores twice as West Germany beats Hungary, 3-2
  • Jul 9 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: 23 year old Australian Peter Thomson wins first of his 5 Open titles by a stroke from Bobby Locke, Dai Rees, and Syd Scott
  • 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 Cards losing 8-1 to Phillies begin stalling in 5th, they forfeit game
  • Jul 20 American tennis champion Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in a horse riding accident ending a brilliant career at just 19
  • Jul 27 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Keller GC: Chick Herbert scores a 4 & 3 win over defending champion Walter Burkemo in the Tuesday final
  • Jul 30 Bob Kennedy hits the 1st grand slam for the new Baltimore Orioles
  • Jul 31 Milwaukee first baseman Joe Adcock becomes only the 3rd player in 20th century to hit 4 HRs in 9-inning game (Lou Gehrig & Gil Hodges); 15-7 Braves' win over Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field; MLB record 18 total bases
  • Aug 1 Tour de France: Louison Bobet of France wins by 15' 49" from Ferdinand Kübler, for the second of his 3 consecutive wins
  • Aug 7 Englishman Roger Bannister beats Australia’s John Landy in the mile at the Empire Games in Vancouver; first time 2 men run a mile in less than 4 minutes in the same race
  • 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 16 "Sports Illustrated" magazine begins publishing
  • Aug 22 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten in a Maserati
  • Aug 25 Ivan Filin wins Berne marathon (2:25:26.6) (260m)
  • Aug 31 Cincinnati 1st baseman Ted Kluszewski hits 2 HRs in a 9-3 loss v Phillies; 1st Redleg to ever hit 40 MLB HRs, en route to season total 49

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 6 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Vic Seixas beats Australian Rex Hartwig 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 for his second and final major singles title

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Sep 6 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Doris Hart beats Louise Brough Clapp 6-8, 6-1, 8-6 for the first of her 2 US singles titles

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 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 In a quick re-match at Yankee Stadium, NYC, Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in the 8th round to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 18 Cleveland Indians clinch AL pennant, beat Tigers (3-2)
  • Sep 20 Roger Bannister awarded Britain's Silver Pears Trophy
  • Sep 22 Bkln Dodger Karl Spooner strikes out 15 NY Giants in his 1st game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 26 Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3rd & Mickey Mantle plays shortstop

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Sep 29 Bennekom soccer team forms in Bennekom
  • Sep 29 Willie Mays famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz' 460' drive during Game One of the World Series
  • Oct 2 8th NHL All-Star Game, Detroit Olympia, Detroit, MI: All-Stars tie Detroit Red Wings, 2-2
  • Oct 2 New York Giants beat Cleveland Indians, 7-4 in Game 4 to sweep the Baseball World Series, 4-0; Indians trail 7-0 and never recover
  • Oct 24 Britain's Mike Hawthorne wins season ending Spanish Grand Prix at Pedralbes; Argentine Maserati driver Juan Manuel Fangio takes second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from countryman José Froilán González
  • Oct 28 Major league owners vote down sale of A's to a Philadelphia syndicate
  • Oct 30 1st use of 24-sec shot clock in pro basketball (Rochester vs Boston)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 2 Lyudmila Borozna, Russian volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 6 Norbert Hahn, 2 man luge (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Elbingerode, Germany
  • Jan 7 Alan Butcher, English cricketer (one Test England v India, scored 14 & 20), born in Croydon, United Kingdom
  • Jan 14 Jim Duggan, American wrestler, born in Glens Falls, New York
  • Jan 15 Nikos Sarganis, Greek footballer, born in Rafina, Greece
  • Jan 17 Janet Dykman, American archer (Olympics 1996), born in Monterey Park California
  • Jan 19 Steve DeBerg, American NFL quarterback (Broncos, Chiefs, Bucs, 49ers), born in Oakland, California
  • Jan 23 Trevor Hohns, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1989), born in Queensland, Australia
  • Jan 24 Jo Gartner, Austrian racing driver, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1986)
  • Jan 25 Condredge Holloway, American CFL quarterback (Ottawa, Toronto), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • Jan 25 Ricardo Bochini, Argentinian footballer, born in Zárate, Argentina
  • Jan 26 Kim Hughes, Australian cricketer (brilliant Australian batsman 1977-84), born in Margaret River, Australia
  • Jan 27 Kimberly J "Kim" Hughes, Australian cricketer
  • Jan 29 Doug Risebrough, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and executive
  • Jan 31 Faoud Bacchus, West Indies cricketer (West Indian bat late 70's), born in Georgetown, Guyana
  • 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 Pamela Theresa Jiles, American 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Feb 16 Michael Holding, cricket fast bowler (Whispering Death-Awesome for WI)
  • Feb 19 Sócrates [Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Sousa Vieira de Oliveira], Brazilian soccer midfielder (60 caps, 22 goals Brazil; Corinthians), born in Belém, Brazil (d. 2011)
  • 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 2 Pete Johnson, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl, All Pro 1981; Cincinnati Bengals), born in Fort Valley, Georgia
  • Mar 2 John Sciarra, American College Football Hall of Fame safety (UCLA; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 3 Keith Fergus, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Temple, Texas
  • Mar 4 Peter Jacobsen, American golfer (US Senior Open 2004, Senior Players C'ship 2005; 7 PGA Tour titles), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 4 Willie Thorne, English snooker player (1985 Classic), born in Leicester, England
  • 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 16 Dav Whatmore, cricketer (Colombo Aust bat 1979, Sri Lanka coach 1995-)
  • Mar 16 Hollis Stacy, American golfer (US Open 1977-78, 84), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 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 Geno Auriemma, Italian-born American basketball coach (Connecticut Huskies), born in Montella, Italy
  • Mar 25 Thom Loverro, American sportswriter
  • Apr 1 Giancarlo Antognoni, Italian soccer midfielder (73 caps; Fiorentina 341 games), born in Marsciano, Italy
  • Apr 7 Donna White, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1982), born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • Apr 7 Tony Dorsett, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1976, U of Pittsburgh; Super Bowl 1977; Pro Bowl 1978, 81–83; Dallas Cowboys), born in Rochester, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 8 Gary Carter, catcher (Mont Expos, NY Mets)
  • Apr 12 Marvin Johnson, American middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Apr 16 John Bowe, Australian racing driver, born in Devonport, Tasmania
  • Apr 17 Riccardo Patrese, Italian racing driver (Grand Prix), born in Padua, Italy
  • Apr 19 Trevor Francis, British football player and manager, born in Plymouth, England
  • Apr 20 Peter Toohey, Australian cricketer (NSW & Australian batsman 1977-80), born in Blayney, Australia
  • Apr 20 Gilles Lupien, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Lachute, Canada
  • Apr 21 Dale Eggeling, American golfer (3 LPGA titles), born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • Apr 24 Vince Ferragamo, American football quarterback (LA Rams, Montreal Alouettes), born in Torrance, California
  • 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, Pakistan cricket wicket-keeper (6 Tests; top score 210no v Aust 1980), born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan (d. 2008)
  • May 9 Balazs Taroczy, Hungarian tennis star
  • May 11 John Gregory, English football manager
  • 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 1996), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • May 27 Catherine Carr, US breaststroke swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1972)
  • May 27 Jackie Slater, American football player
  • May 29 Randy Walker, American football fullback (Miami University) and coach (Miami University 1990-98, Northwestern University 1999-2005), born in Troy, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • May 31 Thomas Mavros, Greek footballer
  • 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, American NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jun 11 John Dyson, Australian cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman), born in Kogarah, Sydney, Australia
  • Jun 13 Daniel Seemiller, American table tennis player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 15 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 1996)
  • Jun 20 Alan Lamb, South African/British cricket player (79 tests for England), born in Langebaanweg, Cape Province
  • Jun 21 Jeremy Coney, New Zealand cricketer (NZ captain turned them into world-beaters), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • Jun 25 John C. Kimmel, American horse trainer, born in East Orange, New Jersey
  • Jun 29 Rick Honeycutt, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Jul 1 Mike Reid, American golfer (Senior PGA C'ship 2005, The Tradition 2009), born in Bainbridge, Maryland
  • Jul 4 Jim Beattie, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Hampton, Virginia
  • Jul 5 John Wright, New Zealand cricketer (opening batsman 1978-92), born in Darfield, New Zealand

Person of interestWillie Randolph

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 interestAndre Dawson

Jul 10 Andre Dawson, American 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, born in Salzgitter, Germany
  • 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 15 Boris Polak, Israel, Men's 50M Free Rifle 3 Positions (Olympic 20-1996)
  • Jul 17 Eduardo Romero, Argentine golfer (Tradition 2006, US Senior Open 2008), born in Córdoba, Argentina
  • Jul 18 Imtiaz Ali, West Indian cricketer (brother of Inshan One Test WI v India 1976), born in Maraval, Trinidad
  • Jul 18 Robert Cameron, CFL punter (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • Jul 24 Philippe Alliot, race driver (grand prix)

Person of interestWalter Payton

Jul 25 Walter Payton, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (9-time Pro Bowl; 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 player (Australian Open 1977), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1994)
  • Jul 28 Mikey Sheehy, Gaelic footballer
  • Jul 31 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), born in Inglewood, California (d. 1986)
  • 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, born in Carshalton, London
  • Aug 6 Paul Steigerwald, American sports announcer
  • Aug 8 Nigel Mansell, British auto racer (World F1 champion 1992, Indy Car 1993), born in Upton-upon-Severn, England
  • Aug 11 M V Narasimha Rao, Indian cricketer (leg-spin all-rounder 1978-79), born in Secunderabad, India
  • Aug 11 Yashpal Sharma, cricketer (Indian right-handed batsman early 80')
  • Aug 14 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Aug 19 Oscar Larrauri, Argentine racing driver

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

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

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

LoveWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Football coach Al Davis (25) weds Carol Segal

American Football Coach and Executive Al Davis
American Football Coach and Executive
Al Davis

LoveWedding 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 3 Gus Dorais, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Notre Dame) and coach (Gonzaga, Detroit Lions), dies of arteriosclerosis and anorexia at 62
  • Jan 5 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (Boston Braves), dies at 62
  • Jan 20 Fred Root, cricketer (England pace bowler in 3 Tests v Aus 1926), dies
  • Jan 20 Warren Bardsley, Australian cricketer (41 Tests for Australia, 2469 runs), dies at 71
  • Mar 14 Fred Herd, Scottish golfer (US Open 1898), dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Walter Mead, cricketer (one Test for England 1899), dies
  • Apr 2 Maud Barger-Wallach, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1908), dies at 83
  • Apr 2 Pudge Heffelfinger, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (3 x All American, Yale; first professional player 1892) and coach (Cal, Lehigh, Minnesota), dies at 86
  • Apr 10 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (5-time World Champion all-round), dies at 65
  • Apr 12 Pim [Willem JH] Mulier, Dutch journalist/sports-organizer, dies at 89
  • May 10 George Hirst, English cricketer (36,323 1st-class runs, 2739 wickets), dies at 82
  • May 22 Charles "Chief" Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), dies at 70
  • 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 (World Alllround Speed Skating champion 1905), dies at 75
  • Jul 31 Onofre Marimón, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Sep 26 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1890), dies at 86
  • 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, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; Surrey), dies at 79
  • Nov 22 Roderick McMahon, Professional Wrestling/Boxing Booker (b. 1882)
  • Nov 26 Bill Doak, American baseball pitcher (NL ERA leader 1914, 21; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 63