On This Day

Year 1954 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

  • Sep 29 Bennekom (Netherlands) soccer team forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 29 Willie Mays famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz' 460' drive during Game One of the World Series

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 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)
  • Nov 1 Lee Petty with 32 top-10 finishes from 34 races wins NASCAR Grand National Championship by 283 points from Herb Thomas; Petty fails to finish season ending Wilkes 160

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 5 Montreal Canadien center Jean Béliveau scores 3 goals in 44 seconds on future Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk in 4-2 win v Boston Bruins; 2nd fastest NHL hat trick

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • Nov 7 Cleveland Browns' Chet Hanulak sets club record with 7 punt returns & win by their largest margin of victory (59) beating Wash 62-3
  • Nov 13 1st Rugby League World Cup, Parc des Princes, Paris: Great Britain beats France, 16-12; Man of The Match: GB second rower Don Robinson
  • Nov 26 Test Cricket debut of Colin Cowdrey v Australia at Gabba
  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos win first of 3 straight Championships; defeat Montreal Alouettes, 26-25
  • Nov 27 19th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 20th Heisman Trophy Award: Alan Ameche, Wisconsin (FB)
  • Dec 1 NY Yankees and Baltimore Orioles complete largest trade in MLB history as 17 players, including Don Larsen, Gene Woodling, Bob Turley change teams; first phase of transaction began November 18 and concludes today after the MLB draft
  • Dec 2 Milwaukee Hawks shooting guard Frank Selvey sets then NBA record of 24 of 26 free throws as he scores 42 points in 117-108 win over the Minneapolis Lakers at Milwaukee Arena
  • Dec 10 Philadelphia Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
  • Dec 11 Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
  • Dec 26 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Cleveland Browns thrash Detroit Lions, 56-10; Browns' placekicker Lou Groza makes 8 extra points, a new title game record
  • Dec 28 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 19 Oscar Larrauri, Argentine racing driver
  • Aug 20 Quinn Buckner, American College Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (Indiana Uni; Olympic gold 1976; Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers) and coach (Dallas Mavericks), born in Phoenix, Illinois
  • Aug 21 Archie Griffin, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1974-75, Ohio State; NFL: Cincinnati Bengals), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • Aug 24 Alain Daigle, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
  • Aug 25 Gilbert "Gibus" Duclos-Lassalle, French cyclist
  • Aug 27 Derek Warwick, race car driver
  • Aug 27 John Lloyd, England, tennis star (former husband of Chris Everet)
  • Aug 28 Alexander Skvortsov, Russian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1984; World C'ship gold 1979, 81, 83), born in Gorky, Russia (d. 2020)
  • Aug 31 Claudell Washington, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 84; World Series 1974; Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • Sep 5 Hans-Jorgen Gerhardt, German bobsleder (Olympic gold 1980), born in Altenburg, Thuringia
  • Sep 6 Jon Erikson, American swimmer 1st to triple cross English Channel (1981) (d. 2014)
  • Sep 9 Walter Paul Davis, Pineville NC, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Sep 10 Martha Nause, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1994), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
  • Sep 18 Tommy Tuberville, American football coach, born in Camden, Arkansas
  • Sep 20 Silvio Leonard, Cuban 100m runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • Sep 20 Henry Samueli, American NHL team owner (Anaheim Ducks), born in Buffalo, New York
  • Sep 22 Randy Lanier, American auto racer (IMSA Camel GT 1984; convicted drug trafficker 1988), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Sep 25 Sylvester Croom, American college football coach, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Sep 25 Juande Ramos, Spanish football manager (Sevilla), born in Pedro Muñoz, Spain
  • Sep 28 Steve Largent, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Oct 1 Martin Strel, Slovenian long distance swimmer (Danube, Mississippi, Yangtze, Amazon River records), born in Mokronog, Slovenia
  • Oct 3 Dennis Eckersley, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1992; AL MVP 1992; Oakland A's), born in Oakland, California
  • Oct 3 Branko Cikatić, Croatian kickboxer (first K-1 World Grand Prix Heavyweight C'ship 1993), born in Split, Croatia (d. 2020)
  • Oct 8 Ben Amonette, American free pistol shooting athlete (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Radford, Virginia
  • Oct 13 George Frazier, American baseball player, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Oct 19 Joe Bryant, American basketball player
  • Oct 19 Sam Allardyce, English football manager
  • Oct 20 Suru Nayak, cricketer (two Tests for India v England 1982)

Person of interestMike Eruzione

Oct 25 Mike Eruzione, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold Medal 1980), born in Winthrop, Massachusetts

Ice Hockey Player Mike Eruzione
Ice Hockey Player
Mike Eruzione
  • Oct 26 Vassilis Hatzipanagis, Greek footballer, born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  • Oct 27 Chris Tavaré, British cricketer (England opener & occasional scorer of runs), born in Orpington, Kent
  • Oct 28 Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • Oct 29 Herman Ronald Frazier, 400m/4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 30 JoAnne Russell, American tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1977), born in Miami, Florida
  • Nov 2 Pat Croce, American entrepreneur, sports team executive and owner, TV personality (Philadelphia 76ers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 4 Aleksandr Aksinin, Russian athlete (Olympic gold, 4×100m relay 1980; bronze 1976), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 2020)
  • Nov 5 Alvin Gentry, American basketball head coach (New Orleans Pelicans 2015-19; Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • Nov 5 Alejandro Sabella, Argentine soccer midfielder (8 caps; River Plate, Sheffield United, Estudiantes) and manager (Argentina 2011-14), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2020)
  • Nov 10 Juanito, Spanish soccer forward (34 caps; Real Madrid 284 games, 85 goals), born in Fuengirola, Spain (d. 1992)
  • Nov 10 Hartwig Gauder, German race walker (Olympic gold men's 50k walk 1980), born in Vaihingen an der Enz, Germany (d. 2020)
  • Nov 11 Gail Marquis, American basketball WBL forward (NY Stars, Olympic silver 1976)
  • Nov 12 Bharat Reddy, cricket wicket-keeper (India 1979)
  • Nov 12 Paul McNamee, Australia, tennis star
  • Nov 14 Bernard Hinault, French cyclist (Tour de France)
  • Nov 16 Bruce Edwards, American golf caddie for Hall of Fame golfer Tom Watson (d. 2004)
  • Nov 17 Jorge Hernández, Cuban boxer Olympic gold light flyweight 1976; World C'ship gold 1974, 78), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2019)
  • Nov 18 Evan Gray, New Zealand cricketer
  • Nov 20 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league centre (24 Tests; NSW; Cronulla-Sutherland), born in Gold Coast, Australia (d. 2006)
  • Nov 23 Ken Schrom, baseball player
  • Nov 23 Glenn Brummer, American baseball player
  • Dec 1 François Van der Elst, Belgian soccer winger (44 caps; Anderlecht, West Ham Utd), born in Opwijk, Belgium (d. 2017)
  • Dec 11 Bradley Bryant, American golfer (US Senior Open 2007), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Dec 11 Sylvester Clarke, West Indian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 42 wickets), born in Christ Church, Barbados (d. 1999)
  • Dec 11 Brad Bryant, American golfer (US Senior Open 2007), born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Dec 14 Alan Kulwicki, American auto racer and owner (NASCAR Winston Cup drivers' and owners' champion 1992), born in Greenfield, Wisconsin (d. 1993)
  • Dec 16 Joslyn Y Hoyte-Smith, Barbados, 4X400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1980)

Person of interestChris Evert

Dec 21 Chris Evert, American tennis player (18 Gram Slam singles titles), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Dec 22 Derick Parry, cricketer (WI off-spinner early 80's), born in Cotton Ground, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Dec 22 Hideshi Matsuda, Japanese racing driver, born in Kōchi Prefecture, Japan
  • Dec 23 Brian Teacher, American tennis player (Australian Open 1980), born in San Diego, California
  • Dec 26 Ozzie Smith, infielder (St Louis Cardinals), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Dec 26 Susan H Butcher, dog sled driver (Idatarod)
  • Dec 26 Ullrich Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Dec 26 Walter Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Dec 29 Glenn Myernick, American soccer player & coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Trenton, New Jersey

Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport