1958 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 129

  • Jan 1 44th Rose Bowl: #2 Ohio State beats Oregon, 10-7
  • Jan 1 24th Sugar Bowl: #7 Mississippi beats #11 Texas, 39-7
  • Jan 1 24th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #16 Duke, 48-21

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 9 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jan 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jan 12 NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring
  • Jan 12 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-7

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Jan 12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • Jan 15 NY Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV
  • Jan 18 Willie O'Ree becomes the first African Canadian to play in the NHL (makes debut for Boston Bruins)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jan 20 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jan 21 Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn't happen)
  • Jan 21 8th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-118 at St. Louis
  • Jan 23 Pakistani cricketer Hanif Mohammad completes 337 runs in 970 minutes v West Indies
  • Jan 26 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Lake Worth Open Golf Invitational
  • Jan 27 46th Women's Australian Championships: Angela Mortimer Barrett beats Lorraine Coghlan Robinson (6-3, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 46th Men's Australian Championships: Ashley Cooper beats Malcolm Anderson (7-5, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 28 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Jan 30 Baseball announces players & coaches rather than fans pick all stars

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 31 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Feb 2 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Havana Biltmore Golf Open
  • Feb 4 MLB Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950
  • Feb 5 Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, WI v Pakistan, Port-of-Spain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 6 Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest paid

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 6 21 dead in air crash in Munich; 7 of those are from the Manchester United football team
  • Feb 7 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 16 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 20 Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
  • Feb 20 LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
  • Feb 22 Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
  • Feb 28 West Indies 1-504 in reply to Pakistan 328, day 3 of 3rd Test Cricket
  • Mar 1 Gary Sobers 365* v Pak, 614 min, 38 fours, best Cricket before Lara
  • Mar 1 West Indies cricket team declares at stumps with a score of 3-790 vs Pakistan
  • Mar 2 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 8 5th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats North Carolina, 86-74
  • Mar 9 George Yardley (Pistons) is 1st NBAer to score 2,000 points in season
  • Mar 15 Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati Royals scores a NCAA midwest region-record 56 pts
  • Mar 15 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapsed during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled
  • Mar 16 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 18 Dodgers announces their mascot and clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
  • Mar 22 20th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Seattle 84-72

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 25 Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Mar 29 112th Grand National: Arthur Freeman aboard Mr. What wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 6 22nd Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284

  • Apr 7 Dodgers erect 42-foot screen in left field at LA Coliseum to cut down on home runs, since it is only 250 feet down the line
  • Apr 12 12th NBA Championship: St Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 15 1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0
  • Apr 19 62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalic of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 20 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Apr 20 Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins 4 games to 2 for Stanley Cup

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 23 Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR & Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 24 Lee Walls hits 3 HRs, as Cubs beat Dodgers 15-2
  • Apr 30 Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits
  • May 3 84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05
  • May 11 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 13 Stan Musial is 8th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • May 17 83rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2
  • May 18 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 28 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open
  • May 28 3rd European Cup: Real Madrid beats Milan 3-2 at Brussels
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Jimmy Bryan wins in 3:44:21.064 (215.316 km/h)
  • May 31 57th Men's French Championships: Mervyn Rose beats Luis Ayala (6-3, 6-4, 6-4)
  • May 31 57th Women's French Championships: Zsuzsi Kormoczy beats Shirley Bloomer (6-4, 1-6, 6-2)
  • Jun 1 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Gatlinburg Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 2 Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Jun 3 Referendum allows city to sell Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers
  • Jun 4 SF Giants Hank Sauer & B Schmidt are 2nd to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Jun 7 90th Belmont: Pete Anderson aboard Cavan wins in 2:30.2
  • Jun 8 4th LPGA Championship won by Mickey Wright
  • Jun 14 58th US Golf Open: Tommy Bolt shoots a 283 at Southern Hills in Tulsa
  • Jun 15 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 22 Game in KC between A's & Red Sox delayed 29 minutes due to tornado
  • Jun 22 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jun 28 Brazil becomes world soccer champ in Sweden
  • Jun 28 Nancy Ramey swims world record 100m (1:09.6)
  • Jun 29 FIFA World Cup: Brazil beats Sweden 5-2 in football's 6th World Cup in Stockholm
  • Jul 4 72nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Ashley Cooper beats N Fraser (3-6 6-3 6-4 13-11)
  • Jul 5 65th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Althea Gibson beats A Mortimer (8-6 6-2)
  • Jul 7 C A Milton scores 104* on Test Cricket debut, England v NZ Headingley
  • Jul 8 25th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Memorial Stadium, Balt
  • Jul 13 13th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright
  • Jul 13 87th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 278 at Royal Lytham
  • Jul 13 Patty Berg wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
  • Jul 19 45th Tour de France won by Charly Gaul of Luxembourg
  • Jul 20 40th PGA Championship: Dow Finsterwald shoots a 276 at Llanerch CC PA
  • Jul 20 Betty Jameson/Mary Lena Faulk wins Homestead 4-Ball Golf Tournament
  • Jul 24 Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again
  • Jul 24 Test Cricket debuts against NZ for Dexter, Illingworth & Subba Row
  • Jul 27 Louise Suggs wins LPGA French Lick Golf Open
  • Aug 6 Glenn Davis sets record of 49.2 in 400-meter hurdles
  • Aug 10 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Macktown Golf Open
  • Aug 13 Indians' right fielder Rocky Colavito makes his pitching debut, hurling 3 hitless innings, Detroit 3, Cleveland 2
  • Aug 15 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • Aug 17 Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 18 Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Aug 20 Cubs use 1st baseman Dale Long as their 1st major league lefty catcher since 1906
  • Aug 20 Detroit Tiger Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0
  • Aug 24 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • Aug 24 Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 202

  • Jan 4 Nina Foust, Asheboro NC, LPGA golfer (1994 Hawaiian Ladies Open-6th)
  • Jan 8 Rey Misterio, Sr., Mexican wrestler
  • Jan 10 Anatoly Pisarenko, Soviet weightlifter
  • Jan 12 Curt Fraser, American ice hockey coach
  • Jan 13 Ricardo Acuna, Chile, tennis star
  • Jan 18 Larry Smith, NBA player
  • Jan 22 Nikos Anastopoulos, Greek football player and manager
  • Jan 24 Frank Ullrich, East Germany, world biathlon champion
  • Jan 24 Neil Allen, American baseball player
  • Jan 26 Salvador Sánchez, Mexican boxer
  • Jan 29 Ole Mortensen, cricketer (pace bowler for Derbyshire & Denmark)
  • Jan 31 Rafael Santana, shortstop (NY Mets, NY Yankees)
  • Feb 1 Maureen Madill, Coleraine No Ireland, golfer (British Open Amateur 1979)
  • Feb 1 Luther Blissett, English footballer
  • Feb 2 Dexter Manley, NFLer (Wash Redskins)
  • Feb 6 Bill Dawley, baseball player
  • Feb 6 Kelly Leadbetter, LPGA golfer (1986 Hennessy French Open), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Feb 6 Mark Hamilton, sprint kayak Olympics-96), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Feb 6 Simon Baker, Australian speed walker, (Olympics-84, 88, 96)
  • Feb 9 Alexander "Sandy" Lyle, Scottish PGA golfer (1988 Phoenix Open), born in Shrewsbury, shropshire
  • Feb 9 Cyrille Regis, English former footballer
  • Feb 12 Ingrid Klich, rower (Olympics-96), born in Whittier, California
  • Feb 16 Herb Williams, NBA center (Toronto Raptors, NY Knicks)
  • Feb 16 John Paul Morse, Marshall MI, PGA golfer (1995 United Airlines)
  • Feb 17 Karen Lende O'Connor, equestrian 3-day (Oly-silver-96), born in Concord, Massachusetts
  • Feb 18 Peter Koech, Kiliburani Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Feb 21 Alan Trammell, Garden Grove CA, infielder (Detroit Tigers)
  • Feb 25 Kurt Rambis, NBA forward (Lakers, Hornets)/Clark Kent look-a-like
  • Feb 27 Naas Botha, South African rugby union footballer
  • Feb 28 Christine Lathan-Brehmer, German DR, 400m runner (Oly-gold-76)
  • Feb 28 Mark Pavelich, NHLer (NY Rangers)
  • Mar 1 Wayne B Phillips, cricket wicket-keeper (Australia)
  • Mar 2 Ian Woosnam, Welsh golfer
  • Mar 2 Kevin Curren, South Africa, tennis star
  • Mar 3 Bob Bradley, soccer coach (Olympics-gold-96), born in Montclair, New Jersey
  • Mar 6 Mike Gatting, English cricketer
  • Mar 8 Andreas Maurer, West Germany, tennis star
  • Mar 8 Nick Capra, American baseball player
  • Mar 14 Albert Alexandre Louis Pierre, Prince of Monaco/bobsledder (Oly-1988)
  • Mar 18 Andreas Wenzel, Liechtenstein, skier (Olympic silver 1980)
  • Mar 20 Rickey Jackson, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 20 Phil Anderson, Australian cyclist
  • Mar 21 Marlies Gohr, German DR, sprinter (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • Mar 22 Joyce Lester, Australian softball catcher (Olympics-bronze-96)
  • Mar 23 Etienne De Wilde, Belgian cyclist
  • Mar 25 Maria Caridad Colón, Cuba, javelin thrower, (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Mar 25 Yograj Singh, cricketer (Indian pace bowler early 80's)
  • Mar 26 Chris Codiroli, American baseballer
  • Mar 27 Bart Connor, gymnast/sportscaster (Olympic gold 1984)
  • Mar 28 Bart Wayne Conner, Morton Grove Ill, gymnist (Olympic-2 gold-1984)
  • Mar 30 Joseph Paul Sindelar, Ft Knox KY, PGA golfer (BC Open-1985, 87)
  • Mar 31 Jay Feenan, Windham NH, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • Apr 1 Anton Innauer, Austrian 70m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Apr 4 Derek Kallicharran, cricket all-rounder (Guyana, USA 1994 ICC Trophy)
  • Apr 4 John Wesley Jones, Lawton Ok, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Apr 5 Johan Kriek, South Africa, tennis player (US Indoor 1982)
  • Apr 9 Tony Sibson, English boxer, born in Leicester
  • Apr 10 Ken Griffy, baseball player (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yanks)
  • Apr 11 Sally Clark, Feilding NZ, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Apr 14 Michael Patrick Hulbert, Elmira NY, PGA golfer (1989 BC Open)
  • Apr 15 John Bracewell, NZ cricketer (premiere spinner of 80's)
  • Apr 16 Philip Bainbridge, British cricketeer
  • Apr 18 Bernadette Robi, model/ex-wife of football player Lynn Swann
  • Apr 18 Malcolm Marshall, cricketer (WI quickie 1978-91, WI top wicket-taker)
  • Apr 20 Viacheslav Fetisov, NHL defenseman (Team Russia, Detroit), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Apr 21 Kyle Stevens, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 22 Ashraf Ali, cricket wicket-keeper (Pakistani mid-80s)
  • Apr 24 Fernando Luna, Spanish tennis star

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Apr 25 Christa Johnson, American LPGA golfer (1990 Atlantic City Classic), born in Arcata, California

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • Apr 26 Johnny "Earl of" Dumfries, racing driver
  • Apr 28 Hal Evan Sutton, PGA golfer (1982 Walt Disney), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Apr 29 Gary Cohen, American baseball broadcaster
  • May 2 Kim Jones, Sonoma California, 5k runner
  • May 8 Lovie Smith, American football coach
  • May 9 Esko Rechardt, Finland, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1980)
  • May 10 Jeannette Kohlhaas, LPGA golfer
  • May 10 Margaret Ward, LPGA golfer
  • May 11 Peter Antonie, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • May 11 Walt Terrell, baseball player
  • May 14 Christine Brennan, American sports columnist
  • May 18 Ray Donaldson, NFL center (Dallas Cowboys)
  • May 20 Mike Engleman, Sonoma California, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • May 21 Monte Lynch, cricketer (Surrey batsman, WI Rebel, England ODI player)
  • May 29 Ivar Sisniega, Mexican pentathelete (Olympic-1980)
  • May 29 Sam Clancy, WLAF defensive assistant coach (Barcelona Dragons)
  • May 31 Angel Franco, Asuncion Paraguay, golfer (1993 Nike Dominion)
  • May 31 Gary George Hallberg, Berwyn IL, PGA golfer (1983 Andy Williams)
  • Jun 1 Cathy Hearn, slalom kayaker (Olympics-7th-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jun 2 Lex Lugar, [Larry Pfohl], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 3 Ann Wilson, Brisbane Qld, golfer (1985 R/U NSW Open)
  • Jun 3 Ibrahim Hussein, marathoner, (Boston Marathon-1988, 91, 92)
  • Jun 4 Tony Pigott, cricketer (England pace bowler in a Test v NZ 1984)
  • Jun 6 Elaine Crosby, LPGA golfer (1989 Mazda Japan Classic), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • Jun 7 Phillipe Boccara, US sprint kayaker (Olympics-96), born in Le Mans, France
  • Jun 8 Stan Brock, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • Jun 11 Deborah Vidal, Ponce Puerto Rico, LPGA golfer (1994 Oldsmobile-19th)
  • Jun 14 Eric Heiden, US speed skater (5 Olympic gold medals 1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Jun 15 Wade Boggs, Nebraska, Red Sox/Yank 3rd baseman (AL bat champ 1985-88)
  • Jun 16 Ulrike Tauber, East German swimmer
  • Jun 20 Dickie Thon, baseball player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 15 Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully (30) weds model Joan (not the actress) Crawford in California

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 22 NBA forward Elgin Baylor (23) weds Ruby Saunder at Mt Olive Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 19 NFL coach Don Shula (28) weds first wife Dorothy Bartish

NFL Head Coach Don Shula
NFL Head Coach
Don Shula

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 8 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (Olympic gold 1904, 06), dies at 74
  • Jan 23 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (b. 1880)
  • Feb 6 David Pegg, English footballer (b. 1935)
  • Feb 6 Tommy Taylor, English footballer (b. 1932)
  • Feb 6 Geoff Bent, English footballer (b. 1932)
  • Feb 6 Roger Byrne, English footballer (b. 1929)
  • Feb 6 Mark Jones, English footballer (b. 1933)
  • Feb 6 Frank Swift, English footballer and journalist (b. 1913)
  • Feb 21 Duncan Edwards, English footballer (b. 1936)
  • Mar 19 Vernon Ransford, cricketer (20 Tests for Australia, 1211 runs), dies
  • Mar 26 Phil Mead, cricketer (55061 1st-class runs 1905-36), dies
  • Mar 28 Chuck Klein, Philadelphia Phillie HR hitter, dies at 53

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 28 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 84

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • Apr 26 Joe Small, cricketer (WI all-rounder in 1928 series), dies
  • May 3 Frank Foster, cricketer (England all-rounder, 11 Tests 1911-12), dies
  • May 19 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (b. 1927)
  • May 25 Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (5 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Jun 7 Roger Hartigan, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust in 1908), dies
  • Jun 18 Douglas Jardine, cricketer (22 Tests for England), dies
  • Jun 26 George Orton, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)
  • Jun 28 George Gunn, cricketer (15 Tests for England), dies at 50
  • Jul 22 Karl Nunes, cricketer (1st WI Test captain 1928), dies
  • Aug 3 Peter Collins, English race car driver, dies at 26
  • Aug 10 Frank Demaree, baseball player (b. 1910)
  • Sep 9 Charles Macartney, cricket (35 Tests 1907-26, 2131 runs 45 wkts), dies
  • Oct 15 Jack Mason, cricketer (England all-rounder v Australia 1897-98), dies
  • Oct 17 C L Townsend, cricketer (2 Tests for England 1899), dies
  • Nov 17 Mort Cooper, baseball player (b. 1913)
  • Nov 18 Sivert Samuelson, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1910), dies
  • Nov 21 Mel Ott, NY Giant baseball star (1926-1947), dies at 49
  • Dec 8 Tris Speaker, American baseball player (b. 1888)