1957 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 136

  • Jan 1 43rd Rose Bowl: #3 Iowa beats #10 Oregon State, 35-19
  • Jan 1 23rd Sugar Bowl: #11 Baylor beats #2 Tennessee, 13-7
  • Jan 1 23rd Orange Bowl: #20 Colorado beats #19 Clemson, 27-21
  • Jan 4 Dodgers buy 44 passenger twin-engine airplane for $775,000

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 5 Dodgers' Jackie Robinson announces his retirement rather than be traded to the NY Giants

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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Jan 10 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick rules Bing Crosby can keep token stock in the Det Tigers, even though he owns part of Pittsburgh Pirates

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 13 Mickey Wright wins Sea Island Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jan 13 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 19-10
  • Jan 15 Brooklyn Dodgers sign a new 3 year lease for Ebbets Field
  • Jan 15 7th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 109-97 at Boston

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jan 20 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jan 26 Joseph F Cairnes succeeds Lou Perini as President of Milwaukee Braves
  • Jan 27 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open
  • Jan 28 45th Women's Australian Championships: Shirley Fry Irvin beats Althea Gibson (6-3, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 28 45th Men's Australian Championships: Ashley Cooper beats Neale Fraser (6-3, 9-11, 6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • Feb 3 Patty Berg wins LPGA Havana Golf Open
  • Feb 10 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Serbin Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 11 NHL Players Association forms (NYC), Red Wings' Ted Lindsay elected president

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • Feb 14 Georgia Senate unanimously approves Sen Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites
  • Feb 17 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 21 Dodgers (Fort Worth) & Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
  • Feb 22 Jockey Ted Atkinson, 3,500th win
  • Feb 22 Walter O'Malley says Dodgers may play 10 exhibitions in California in 1958
  • Feb 25 US Supreme Court decides 6-3, baseball is only antitrust exempt pro sport
  • Feb 28 Jockey Johnny Longden's 5,000th career victory
  • Mar 3 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 9 4th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: North Carolina beats South Carolina, 95-75
  • Mar 10 Thousands of soccer fans riot in Italy
  • Mar 16 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 16 Toronto Maple Leafs tie NHL record 37 points beating NY Rangers 14-1
  • Mar 23 19th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC beats Kansas 54-53 (3 OTs)
  • Mar 25 NBA modifies the free-throw rule
  • Mar 30 111th Grand National: Fred Winter aboard Sundew wins
  • Apr 6 Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.
  • Apr 7 21st Masters Golf Tournament: Doug Ford wins, shooting a 283
  • Apr 13 11th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 14 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 20 61st Boston Marathon won by John J Kelley of Conn in 2:20:05
  • Apr 21 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 22 All NL teams intergates, John Irwin Kennedy is 1st black on Phillies
  • Apr 24 Chicago Cub pitchers walk NL record 9 Reds in 5th inning
  • Apr 28 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • May 1 Flevo Boys soccer team forms in Emmeloord
  • May 4 83rd Kentucky Derby: Bill Hartack aboard Iron Liege wins in 2:02.2
  • May 5 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 7 Indians' pitcher Herb Score is hit by a line drive off Gil McDougald
  • May 12 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Smokey Golf Open
  • May 18 82nd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold Ruler wins in 1:56.2
  • May 22 Red Sox set AL record by smashing 4 HRs in 6th inning in 11-0 win
  • May 26 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open

  • May 28 NL approves Brooklyn Dodgers' & NY Giants' move to west coast
  • May 29 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner says he plans to confer with the Giants & Dodgers about the proposed move to the west coast
  • May 30 Test Cricket debut for Rohan Kanhai v England at Edgbaston
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Sam Hanks wins in 3:41:14.238 (218.229 km/h)
  • May 30 2nd European Cup: Real Madrid beats Fiorentina 2-0 at Madrid
  • Jun 1 56th Men's French Championships: Sven Davidson beats Herbert Flam (6-3, 6-4, 6-4)
  • Jun 1 56th Women's French Championships: Shirley Bloomer beats Dorothy Knode (6-1, 6-3)
  • Jun 2 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 7 Mickey Stewart holds 7 cricket catches for Surrey v Northants

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 10 3rd LPGA Championship won by Louise Suggs

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 Stan Musial plays in 823rd game (new NL consecutive-game streak)

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

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Jun 13 Ted Williams becomes 1st ALer to have 2, 3-HR games in a season

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jun 15 57th US Golf Open: Dick Mayer shoots a 282 at Inverness Club in Toledo
  • Jun 15 89th Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Gallant Man wins in 2:26.6
  • Jun 16 White Sox reliever Dixie Howell hits 2 HRs to beat Washington Senators 8-6
  • Jun 25 2nd Rugby League World Cup: New Zealand beats Great Britain 29-21
  • Jun 28 Frick overrules & names Stan Musial, Willie Mays, & Hank Aaron to team
  • Jun 29 12th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 5 71st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lew Hoad beats Ashley Cooper (6-2 6-1 6-2)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper
  • Jul 5 85th British Golf Open: Bobby Locke shoots a 279 at St Andrews

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 64th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Althea Gibson beats Darlene Hard (6-3 6-2)

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • Jul 8 Baseball Owners re-elect Commissioner Ford Frick
  • Jul 9 24th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-6 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
  • Jul 20 44th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • Jul 21 1st black to win a major US tennis tournament (Althea Gibson)
  • Jul 21 39th PGA Championship: Lionel Hebert at Miami Valley GC Dayton Ohio
  • Jul 21 Marilynn Smith/Fay Crocker wins Hot Springs 4-Ball Golf Tournament
  • Jul 25 Peter Loader takes a cricket hat-trick for England v WI at Headingley

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 26 Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 200

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 29 Floyd Patterson TKOs Tommy Jackson in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 1 Gil Hodges hits his NL record 13th career grand slam (Last by Bkln)

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Aug 1 Glen Gorbous throws a regulation baseball a record 136 m (445'10")
  • Aug 5 Bkln Sports Authority gets an engineering report on 50,000-seat stadium in downtown area for estimated $207 million
  • Aug 9 24th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Giants 22, All-Stars 12 (75,000)
  • Aug 11 Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 17 Baseball player Richie Ashburn fouls and hits fan Alice Roth twice in the same game at bat playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, 1st hit breaks her nose, 2nd one hits her while she is on the stretcher

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Aug 18 Amelia Wershoven sets record of female throwing a baseball (252'4½")
  • Aug 18 Betty Dodd wins LPGA Colonial Golf Open
  • Aug 19 NY Giants vote 8-1 to move their franchise to SF in 1958
  • Aug 20 Chicago White Sox Bob Keegan no-hits Washington Senators, 6-0
  • Aug 22 Floyd Patterson KOs Pete Rademacher in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Aug 24 English soccer player Jimmy Greaves' (17) 1st game for Chelsea
  • Sep 2 Milwaukee Braves' Frank Torre scores 6 runs in 1 game
  • Sep 3 Dodgers play last game in Jersey City (11-4 in NJ)
  • Sep 3 Warren Spahn sets record for a lefty pitcher with 41st shut-out
  • Sep 8 8th Formula One WDC: Juan Manuel Fangio wins by 15 points
  • Sep 8 77th U.S. Men's National Championship: Malcolm Anderson beats Ashley Cooper (10-8, 7-5, 6-4)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 221

  • Jan 5 Kevin Hastings, Australian rugby league footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 6 Nancy Lopez, American golfer (3 Majors, 48 LPGA tour wins), born in Torrance, California

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • Jan 7 Julian Solis, Puerto Rican boxer
  • Jan 11 Darryl Dawkins, American professional basketball player (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets), born in Orlando, Florida (d. 2015)
  • Jan 11 Bryan Robson, English footballer and manager
  • Jan 13 Christina Seufert, Sacraento California, diver (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • Jan 13 Mark Francis O'Meara, Goldsboro NC, PGA golfer (1984 Greater Milw)
  • Jan 17 Donna Stone, NJ, fencer-epee (Olympics-96)
  • Jan 17 Michel Vaarten, Belgian cyclist
  • Jan 19 Ottis "O J" Anderson, NFL running back (NY Giants)
  • Jan 20 Leonard C Clements, Cherry Point NC, PGA golfer (1994 Bob Hope-2nd)
  • Jan 21 Jacob Green, NFL defensive end (Seattle Seahawk)
  • Jan 21 Shaukat Dukanwala, cricketer (Baroda off-spinner, UAE World Cup 1996)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 22 Mike Bossy, NHL forward (NY Islanders), 1st 50 goals in 50 game, born in Montreal, Quebec

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • Jan 25 Jeff Gossett, NFL punter (Oakland Raiders)
  • Jan 26 Ashok Malhotra, cricketer (Indian batsman in 7 Tests 1982-84)
  • Jan 26 Shivlal Yadav, cricketer (Indian off-spinner 102 Test wickets 1979-87)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 28 Nick Price, Zimbabwean PGA golfer (1991 Byron Nelson Classic), born in Durban, South Africa

Golfer Nick Price
Nick Price

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 30 Payne Stewart, American PGA golfer (1983 Walt Disney), born in Springfield, Missouri (d. 1999)

  • Jan 31 Shirley F Babashoff, California, swimmer (Olympics-6 silver/2 gold-72, 76)
  • Feb 5 Craig Wilson, Beeville TX, US water polo goalie (Olym-silver-84, 88)
  • Feb 7 Carney Lansford, baseball player
  • Feb 7 Damaso Garcia, baseball player
  • Feb 9 Gordon Strachan, soccer player
  • Feb 10 Debbie Brinkley, Tasmania, golfer (1990 T25 Victorian Open)
  • Feb 10 Pranab Roy, cricketer (son of Pankaj, Indian batsman 1982)
  • Feb 13 Thelston Payne, cricket wicket-keeper (WI 1986)
  • Feb 15 Jimmy Spencer, American race car driver
  • Feb 15 Steve Farhood, American boxing historian and analyst
  • Feb 18 Marita Koch, German DR, 400m sprinter (Oly-gold-1980)
  • Feb 19 Dave "Smoke" Stewart, pitcher (Oakland Athletic), born in Oakland, California
  • Feb 20 Glen Hanlon, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • Feb 24 Phil McConkey, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • Feb 26 Connie Carpenter-Phinney, 79k cyclist (Oly-gold-1984), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Feb 26 Keena Rothhammer, American 800m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 27 Viktor Markin, Russian athlete
  • Feb 28 Ian Smith, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (1980-92), born in Nelson, New Zealand
  • Feb 28 Jeff Woodland, Australian golfer (1991 Dakota Dunes Open), born in Papua, Indonesia
  • Mar 4 Rick Mast, American NASCAR driver
  • Mar 8 Ruth Wysocki, American 800m/1500m runner, born in Alhambra, California
  • Mar 8 Bob Stoddard, American baseball player
  • Mar 9 Jeff Senior, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Mar 9 Jon Engen, US biathelete (Olympics-1994), born in Oslo, Norway
  • Mar 10 Adolfo Horta, Camaguey Cuba, HW boxer (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Mar 13 Steve Lake, American baseball player
  • Mar 15 Víctor Muñoz, Spanish football manager
  • Mar 17 Mal Donaghy, Northern Irish footballer
  • Mar 19 Blake Passey, horse trainer
  • Mar 23 Sheila Rena Ingram, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 23 Robbie James, Welsh footballer (d. 1998)
  • Mar 26 Walter Rohlfing, Dusseldorf, WLAF defensive line coach (Rhein Fire)
  • Mar 28 Harvey Glance, Pheonix City Ala, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Apr 1 David Gower, cricketer (elegant England left-handed batsman 1978-92)
  • Apr 1 Donald William Hammond, Frederick MD, PGA golfer (1986 Bob Hope)
  • Apr 3 Charles Jones, NBA forward (Houston Rockets)
  • Apr 4 Paul Downton, cricketer (England wicket-keeper in 80's)
  • Apr 4 Kelso, American racehorse (d. 1983)
  • Apr 8 Fred Smerlas, American football player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 9 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88), born in Pedrena, Spain (d. 2011)

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • Apr 11 Everton Mattis, cricketer (WI batsman early 80's)
  • Apr 13 Dallas Moir, Scottish cricketer
  • Apr 15 Evelyn Ashford, 100m runner (Oly-4 gold-1976, 84), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Apr 20 Graeme Fowler, cricketer (England left-handed opener early 80s)
  • Apr 21 Jesse Orosco, pitcher (NY Mets, Orioles, Dodgers), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • Apr 23 Kathleen Lynch, Motueka NZ, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • May 1 Rick Darling, cricketer (accident-prone/dashing Aussie opener 1978-79)
  • May 3 Rod Langway, Formosa, NHL defenseman (Montreal Canadiens, Wash Caps)
  • May 4 Peter Sleep, cricketer (Australian leg-spin all-rounder 1979-90)
  • May 7 [Christopher St John] "Sinjin" Smith, volleyballer (Oly-96), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 7 Ray Fernandez, American wrestler (d. 2004)
  • May 8 Deana Deardruff, American 4 X 100m swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 8 Bill Cowher, American football coach (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Crafton, Pennsylvania

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • May 9 John Stuper, baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • May 12 Lou Whitaker, American MLB 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 1978 AL Rookie of the Year), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 16 Joan Benoit Samuelson, Cape Elizabeth ME, marathoner (Oly-gold-1984)
  • May 17 Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball player, (d. 2012)
  • May 19 Bill Laimbeer, NBA forward (Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons)
  • May 21 Sue Woodstra, Colton Ca, volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984)
  • May 27 Bruce Furniss, US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1976)
  • May 27 Duncan Goodhew, English 100m breast stroke swimmer (Oly-Gold-1980), born in London, England
  • May 28 Kirk Gibson, Mich, outfield (Tigers, Dodgers, 1988 NL MVP)
  • May 28 Ben Howland, American college basketball coach
  • May 30 Michael Clayton, Australian golfer, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • May 31 Jim Craig, North Easton Mass, hockey goalie (oly-gold-1980)
  • Jun 3 Horst-Ulrich Hänel, German field hockey player
  • Jun 4 Tony Pena, Monte Cristi Dom Rep, catcher (Cleveland Indians)
  • Jun 6 Mike Gatting, cricketer (England batsman 1977-95 & captain)
  • Jun 7 Neal Radford, cricketer (Zambia England pace bowler in 3 Tests 1986-88)
  • Jun 8 Don Robinson, American baseball player
  • Jun 9 Elly van Holly, running star (3k indoor world record)
  • Jun 11 Bruce Plummer, Canadian Tour golfer (1994 West Coast), born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jun 12 Javed Miandad, cricketer (Pakistan batsman Got a kick out of Lillee)
  • Jun 15 Brett Butler, MLB center fielder
  • Jun 16 Adri van Tiggelen, Dutch soccer star (Sparta/PSV)
  • Jun 21 Vladimir Romanovsky, Slonim, Belarus, sprint canoer (Olympic gold 1972), (d. 2013)
  • Jun 22 Nick Santagata, jockey
  • Jun 23 David Houghton, cricketer (Zimbabwe batsman, 266 v Sri Lanka 1994)
  • Jun 28 Mike Skinner, American racecar driver
  • Jun 30 Sarah McGuire, LPGA golfer (1983 United Va Bank-5th), born in Springfield, Illinois
  • Jun 30 Sterling Marlin, American race car driver (NASCAR)

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 19 Golfer Gary Player (21) weds Bobby Verwey's sister Vivienne Verwey

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player

HeartWedding of Interest

May 25 NFL coach Chuck Noll (25) weds first wife Marianne Noll

NFL Head Coach Chuck Noll
NFL Head Coach
Chuck Noll

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 3 World Heavyweight champion Sonny Liston (25) weds Geraldine Clark in St. Louis, Missouri

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Sonny Liston

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 11 Country singer June Carter Cash (28) weds former football player Edwin Nix

Country Singer June Carter Cash
Country Singer
June Carter Cash

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 24 Daniel Taylor, cricketer (bro of Herbie, 2 Tests for S Af 1914), dies
  • Feb 19 Maurice Garin, French cyclist (b. 1871)
  • Mar 12 Harry Dean, cricketer (England left-arm bowler in 3 Tests, 1912), dies
  • Apr 8 Frank Chester, cricketer (distinguished 1-armed Engl Test ump), dies
  • May 9 Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies
  • May 12 Alfonso de Portago, Spanish bobsledder and race car driver (b. 1928)
  • May 21 Edwin St Hill, cricketer (two Tests for West Indies 1930-31), dies
  • Jul 3 Dolf Luque, Cuban baseball player, dies at 66
  • Jul 9 Manfred Julius Susskind, South African cricketer (1924 Test series), dies
  • Jul 21 Rockley Wilson, cricketer (bro of Clem, Test for England 1921), dies
  • Aug 21 Nels Stewart, professional ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • Oct 28 Anthony J Morabito, co-owner of SF '49ers, dies while watching a game
  • Oct 30 Fred Beebe, baseball player (b. 1880)
  • Nov 9 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (b. 1872)
  • Dec 9 Carswell Adams, sportscaster (Your Sports Special), dies
  • Dec 29 Tom Richmond, cricketer (Notts leg-spinner took 2-86 in Eng Test), dies at 67