On This Day

Year 1955 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

  • Oct 1 Baltimore Colts fullback Alan Ameche becomes the first rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards rushing in his first 2 games; totals 153 against Detroit Lions after 194 yards in debut v Chicago Bears
  • Oct 2 9th NHL All-Star Game, Detroit Olympia, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat All-Stars, 3-1
  • Oct 4 Brooklyn Dodgers win their first Baseball World Series with a 2-0 victory in Game 7 against arch-rival New York Yankees; Dodgers had lost their previous 7 World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 Track & Field names Jesse Owens all-time track athlete

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • Oct 20 Yanks begin 16-game exhibition in Japan
  • Oct 23 Dominican Professional Baseball League moves to winter play for first time

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 25 Branch Rickey steps down as GM of the Pirates

Baseball Player and Sports Executive Branch Rickey
Baseball Player and Sports Executive
Branch Rickey
  • Oct 30 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tim Flock wins
  • Nov 6 Ryder Cup Golf, Thunderbird Ranch & CC: US wins 8-4; Chick Harbert captains Americans to 7th consecutive event victory

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Nov 12 Eddie Arcaro, Earl Sande and George Woolf inaugural inductees in (Horse) Racing Hall of Fame

Racing Hall of Fame Jockey Eddie Arcaro
Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
Eddie Arcaro
  • Nov 20 Kripal Singh scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, India v NZ
  • Nov 20 Polly Umrigar scores India's 1st Test Cricket double century, 223 v NZ
  • Nov 26 CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Edmonton Eskimos retain Championship with 34-19 win over Montreal Alouettes
  • Nov 26 20th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 26-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 28 1956 NFL Draft: Gary Glick from University of Colorado A&M first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Dec 6 New York psychologist Joyce Brothers wins "$64,000 Question" with topic of boxing
  • Dec 8 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 8 Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Dec 26 National Football League Championship, LA Memorial Coliseum: Cleveland Browns beat Los Angeles Rams, 38-14; Browns defend title and win their 3rd NFL Championship of the 1950s in a second straight rout
  • Dec 28 44th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (5-0)
  • Dec 29 NHL officials wear new vertically striped black-and-white sweaters for the first time in Montreal Canadiens' 5-2 win over Toronto Maple Leafs

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestBetsy King

Aug 13 Betsy King, American golfer (6-time major winner; US Open 1989-90), born in Reading, Pennsylvania

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
  • Aug 13 Keith Ahlers, British racing driver, born in Cambridge, England
  • Aug 13 Hideo Fukuyama, Japanese racing driver (first Japanese to compete in NASCAR's top series), born in Suzuka City, Mie Prefecture, Japan
  • Aug 15 Kenneth Carr, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Clearwater, Florida
  • Aug 19 Ned Yost, American baseball player and manager
  • Aug 20 Ned Overend, Taipei Taiwan, cyclist (Olympics 1996)
  • Aug 27 Roderick Hopkins Davis, yachting Star class (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Aug 29 Frank Hoste, Belgian cyclist, born in Ghent, Belgium
  • Aug 30 Butch [Richard Andrew] Johnson, American archer (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Aug 31 Edwin Corley Moses, Dayton, 400m hurdler (Olympic 2 gold/br-76, 84, 88)
  • Sep 1 Gerhard Strack, German soccer defender (10 caps; 1. FC Köln, FC Basel, Fortuna Düsseldorf), born in Kerpen, Germany (d. 2020)
  • Sep 6 Anne Henning, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1972), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Sep 10 Marja-Liisa Hämäläinen, Finnish cross country skier (3 Olympic gold 1984), born in Simpele, Finland
  • Sep 15 Abdul Qadir, Pakistan cricket spin bowler (67 Tests; 236 wickets; best 9/56 1987), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 2019)
  • Sep 16 Robin Yount, American baseballer (Milwaukee Brewers, MVP 1982, 1989, 3,142 hits), born in Danville, Illinois
  • Sep 17 Scott Simpson, American golfer (US Open 1987; 7 PGA Tour titles), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 18 Billy Sims, American College Football Hall of Fame running back (Heisman Trophy 1978, U of Oklahoma; Pro Bowl 1980–82, Detroit Lions), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Sep 22 Jeffrey Leonard, Major League baseball player
  • Sep 25 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, German football player (Bayern Munich), born in Lippstadt, West Germany
  • Sep 25 Ludo Coeck, Belgian footballer (R.S.C. Anderlecht), born in Berchem, Belgium (d. 1985)
  • Sep 29 Vicki Fergon, American golfer (first woman to win on all 3 LPGA-affiliated tours), born in Palo Alto, California
  • Oct 1 Jeff Reardon, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star; Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Oct 4 Jorge Valdano, Argentine soccer forward and manager (23 caps; Real Madrid), born in Las Parejas, Argentina
  • Oct 4 John Rutherford, Scottish rugby union fly-half (42 caps; British & Irish Lions 1983), born in Selkirk, Scotland
  • Oct 5 Adair Ferguson, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • Oct 6 Tony Dungy, American football coach
  • Oct 8 Bill Elliott, American auto racer (Winston Cup 1988), born in Dawsonville, Georgia
  • Oct 9 Steve Ovett, British athlete (Olympics gold 800m, bronze 1500m 1980), born in Brighton, England

Person of interestVictor Pecci

Oct 15 Victor Pecci, Paraguayan Tennis Star, born in Asuncion, Paraguay

Tennis Player Victor Pecci
Tennis Player
Victor Pecci
  • Oct 15 Kulbir Bhaura, British field hockey player (Olympic gold 1988), born in Jalandhar, Punjab, India
  • Oct 18 Denis Watson, South African golfer (US Open 1985 runner-up; Senior PGA C'ship 2007), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Oct 19 Lonnie Shelton, NBA forward (NY Knick, Seattle Supersonics)
  • Oct 20 Aaron Pryor, American welterweight boxing champion, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Oct 24 Ghulam Parkar, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman v England 1982), born in Kaluste, Maharashtra, India
  • Oct 25 Danny Darwin, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Bonham, Texas
  • Nov 2 Mark Reynolds, American yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1992, 2000), born in San Diego, California
  • Nov 3 Phil Simms, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1986 [MVP], 90; NY Giants) and broadcaster (ESPN, NBC CBS), born in Springfield, Kentucky
  • Nov 7 Detlef Ultsch, German judoka (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Sonneberg, Bezirk Suhl, East Germany
  • Nov 10 Jack Clark, Penns, American MLB outfielder (Giants, Cards, Yanks, Padres), born in New Brighton, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 14 Jack Sikma, NBA center (Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Kankalee, Illinois
  • Nov 14 Willie Hernandez, pitcher (Cy Young Award)
  • Nov 17 Bill McCreary, Ontario, NHL referee
  • Nov 17 Dennis Maruk, Canadian hockey player
  • Nov 21 Cedric Maxwell, American basketball player
  • Nov 22 James Edwards, American basketball center (NBA C'ship 1989, 90 Detroit Pistons, 1996 Chicago Bulls), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Nov 22 Sue Novara-Reber, cyclist (1975 World sprint champ), born in Flint, Michigan
  • Nov 22 Wayne Tolleson, baseball player

Person of interestIan Botham

Nov 24 Ian Botham, England cricket captain, all-rounder (102 Tests, 5,200 runs, 383 wickets), born in Heswall, England

Cricketer Ian Botham
Cricketer
Ian Botham
  • Nov 24 Scott Hoch, American golfer (US Masters 1989 runner-up, Ryder Cup 1997, 2002), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Nov 26 Bob Walk, American baseball player, born in Van Nuys, California
  • Nov 26 Jay Howell, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, Oakland A's), born in Miami, Florida
  • Nov 27 Pierre Mondou, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Sorel, Quebec
  • Nov 28 Alessandro Altobelli, Italian soccer striker (61 caps; Internazionale 317 games), born in Sonnino, Italy
  • Nov 30 Andy Gray, English soccer player
  • Dec 1 Uwe Benter, German rowing coxswain (Olympic gold coxed four 1972), born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Dec 2 Paul Holmgren, American NHL right wing, coach and executive (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Dec 3 Alberto Tarantini, Argentine soccer defender (61 caps; FIFA World Cup 1978; Boca Juniors, River Plate, Toulouse), born in Ezeiza, Argentina
  • Dec 4 Dave Taylor, Canadian ice hockey right wing and executive (NHL All-Star 1981-82, 86, 94; LA Kings; St. Louis Blues), born in Levack, Ontario
  • Dec 6 Malcolm Jarvis, Zimbabwean cricket lefty paceman (Zimbabwe's 1st Test side), born in Fort Victoria, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
  • Dec 8 Ian Greig, cricketer (brother of Tony Two Tests for England 1982)
  • Dec 11 Stu Jackson, NBA coach (NY Knicks (1989-90), born in Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 12 Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, Greek businesswoman and president of the bidding and organizing committee for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, born in Heraklion, Greece
  • Dec 12 Eddy Schepers, Belgian professional cyclist, born in Tienen, Belgium
  • Dec 13 Glenn Roeder, English soccer defender (QPR, Newcastle United), and manager (Watford, West Ham, Newcastle, Norwich), born in Woodford, England (d. 2021)
  • Dec 14 Jane Crafter, Australian-American golfer (1987 JC Penney Mixed Teams), born in Perth, Australia
  • Dec 16 Graeme Stevenson, cricketer (England medium pacer 1980-81)
  • Dec 19 Susil Fernando, cricketer (5 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983)
  • Dec 22 Lonnie Smith, American baseball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 24 Anwar Khan, Pakistani cricketer (bowled four overs for Pakistan 1979), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Dec 27 Brad Murphey, Australian racing driver

Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport