On This Day

Year 1959 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 45th Rose Bowl: #2 Iowa beats #16 California, 38-12
  • Jan 1 25th Sugar Bowl: #1 LSU beats #12 Clemson, 7-0
  • Jan 1 25th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #9 Syracuse, 21-6
  • Jan 11 Hanif Mohammad completes 499 runs for Karachi, then 1st class cricket world record
  • Jan 11 9th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 28-21; MVPs: Frank Gifford, NY Giants, HB; Doug Atkins, Chicago Bears, DE

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 23 9th NBA All-Star Game, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Mi: West beats East, 124-108; MVPs: Elgin Baylor, Minneapolis Lakers, F; Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C; first co-winners of MVP award

NBA Forward Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward
Elgin Baylor
NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • Jan 26 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Mary Carter Reitano wins her 2nd home singles title; beats Renee Schuurman of South Africa 6-2, 6-3
  • Jan 26 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: American based Peruvian Alex Olmedo wins his first Grand Slam event; beats Neale Fraser of Australia 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
  • Jan 28 Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US
  • Feb 1 Outfielder Zack Wheat, a Brooklyn Robins favourite of the 1910s and 1920s, is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Wheat hit .317 over 19-year career, and batted .300 or better 14 times

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 1 Senior PGA Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: Willie Goggin, using a borrowed set of woods, wins by 1 stroke ahead of Leland Gibson, Paul Runyan and Denny Shute

Golfer Denny Shute
Golfer
Denny Shute

AgreementContract of Interest

Feb 2 Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach Green Bay Packers

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • Feb 5 Australia regain the Ashes with a 10 wicket victory at Adelaide
  • Feb 7 Dorothy Rigney sells White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported $27M
  • Feb 11 Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)
  • Feb 22 Inaugural Daytona 500: Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp cross finish line side by side; Beauchamp declared unofficial winner; ruling overturned after 3 days by NASCAR founder Bill France Sr

  • Feb 27 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 27 Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Feb 28 Ice Dance Championship at Colorado Springs USA won by Denny & Jones of Great Britain
  • Feb 28 NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • Mar 3 San Francisco Giants rename their stadium Candlestick Park
  • Mar 7 6th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 80-56
  • Mar 10 Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, sells 54% of White Sox to Bill Veeck

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 15 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her 4th Titleholders title by 1 stroke from Betsy Rawls

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

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Mar 18 Boston Celtic's Bill Sharman begins record of 56 straight free-throws

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 21 21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: California beats West Virginia, 71-70; WV future Hall of Fame point guard Jerry West is named MOP

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West
  • Mar 21 113th Grand National: Michael Scudamore wins aboard 8/1 second favourite Oxo; only 4 of 32 starters finish the race
  • Mar 25 Bill White traded to St Louis for pitchers Sam Jones & Don Choate
  • Mar 26 Test debut for Pakistani cricketer Mushtaq Mohammad v West Indies, aged 15 years
  • Mar 29 Wes Hall takes Pakistani cricket hat-trick at Lahore
  • Apr 4 France beats Wales, 11-3 at Stade Colombes to win the Five Nations Rugby Championship outright for the first time
  • Apr 5 23rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Art Wall Jr wins by 1 stroke from Cary Middlecoff for his only PGA Tour major victory
  • Apr 9 Baltimore Orioles pull their 2nd triple play (3-6-3 vs Washington Senators)
  • Apr 9 Bill Sharman hits a NBA record 56 consecutive foul shot
  • Apr 9 13th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics sweep Minnesota Lakers in 4 games, first of Boston Celtics record 8 straight titles
  • Apr 10 Chicago White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox gets a MLB Opening Day record tying 5 hits in 7 at-bats in a 14-inning, 9–7 win in Detroit

  • Apr 11 Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his 2nd Opening Day HR
  • Apr 16 NY Yankees unveil their 1st message scoreboard
  • Apr 16 Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit
  • Apr 18 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens' 4th straight title; beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3 for a 4-1 series win
  • Apr 20 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 22 Yankee Whitey Ford strikes out 15, beating Senators, 1-0 in 14 innings

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Apr 22 Chicago White Sox beat KC Athletics 20-6, in 1 inning Sox score 11 runs on 1 hit, 10 walks, & 3 errors

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 1 Floyd Patterson scores 11th round KO of Englishman Brian London in Indianapolis; his 4th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • May 2 85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 7 "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd at 93,103 at the LA Coliseum see Yankees beat Dodgers 6-2 in exhibition game

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 9 Dorothy Rigney, husband John, and Hank Greenberg resign from White Sox

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Yankee catcher Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games ends

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • May 15 100th anniversary of 1st college baseball game, between Amherst & Williams Teams reenact the original contest
  • May 16 84th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57

Sports record brokenGolf Record

May 17 Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • May 25 US Supreme Courtt rules Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Rodger Ward wins in 3:40:47.470 (218.641 km/h)
  • May 30 58th Men's French Championships: Nicola Pietrangeli beats Ian Vermaak (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1)
  • May 30 58th Women's French Championships: Christine Truman beats Zsuzsi Kormoczy (6-4, 7-5)
  • Jun 3 European Cup Final, Stuttgart: Real Madrid beats Stade de Reims, 2-0; 4th consecutive title for Los Blancos

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 11 Charlie Sifford becomes the 1st African American to play in a US Golf Open

  • Jun 12 SF Giants Mike McCormick no-hits Phillies, 3-0 in 5 inning game
  • Jun 13 91st Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Sword Dancer wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 14 US Open Men's Golf, Winged Foot GC: Billy Casper wins first of his 2 Open titles, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Bob Rosburg
  • Jun 22 Most Phillies strike out in a game (16 by Sandy Koufax)
  • Jun 26 Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavyweight boxing title

Sport awardUS Women's Golf Open

Jun 27 US Open Women's Golf, Churchill Valley CC: Mickey Wright successfully defends her Open title by 2 strokes from Louise Suggs

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Jun 28 Phils Wally Post is only outfielder to throw out 2 runners in an inning twice (Losing to Giants 6-0)

Sport awardWimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American-based Peruvian Alex Olmedo wins his only Wimbledon title beating Rod Laver of Australia 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jul 3 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: 23 year old South African Gary Player wins the first of his 9 major titles, 2 strokes clear of runners-up Fred Bullock and Flory Van Donck

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Bueno of Brazil wins her first of 3 Wimbledon singles titles beating Darlene Hard 6-4, 6-3

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard

Sport awardLPGA Championship

Jul 6 LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Sheraton Hotel CC: Betsy Rawls wins her second title in the event by 1 stroke from Patty Berg

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 7 26th MLB All Star Game, Forbes Field, Pittsburgh: Willy Mays triples to score Hank Aaron as NL wins 5-4

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jul 12 NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during Yankee-Red Sox game
  • Jul 18 William 'Bill' Wright becomes the 1st African American to win a major golf tournament (U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships)
  • Jul 18 46th Tour de France won by Federico Bahamontes of Spain
  • Jul 21 Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)
  • Jul 27 William Shea announces plans to have a baseball team in NYC in 1961
  • Jul 30 In his major league debut, SF Giant Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4
  • Aug 2 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Minneapolis GC: Bob Rosburg wins by 1 stroke from Jerry Barber and Doug Sanders
  • Aug 2 Milwaukee Braves outfielder Bill Bruton hits 3 triples in 11-5 win v Cardinals, 2 of them bases loaded, first time in 20th Centiury
  • Aug 2 Future Hall of Fame 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 MLB home runs in Giants 5-3 win v Pirates
  • Aug 3 27th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Memorial Coliseum, LA
  • Aug 3 AL beats NL 5-3 in Game 2 of All Star Baseball doubleheader (to boost player pension fund) at LA Memorial Coliseum
  • Aug 5 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL), 55-26 in a pre-season exhibition at CNE Stadium in Toronto
  • Aug 14 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • Aug 14 AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver & Houston
  • Aug 16 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Ranier G&CC: Betsy Rawls wins her second WO by 6 strokes from JoAnne Gunderson and Patty Berg
  • Aug 22 Cincinnati Red Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • Aug 31 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)
  • Sep 11 Elroy Face's 22 game winning streak ends as Dodgers beat Pirates 5-4
  • Sep 11 Baltimore starter Jerry Walker pitches all 16 innings as the Orioles edge the Chicago White Sox, 1-0 at Memorial Stadium
  • Sep 13 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Australian Neale Fraser wins first of 2 straight US singles titles; beats Alex Olmedo of Peru 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
  • Sep 13 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Maria Bueno of Brazil wins her first of 4 US singles crowns; beats England's Christine Truman 6-1, 6-4

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Sep 17 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus

  • Sep 22 Chicago White Sox clinch AL pennant
  • Sep 26 Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty
  • Sep 26 SF Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • Sep 27 Braves & Dodgers finish in a tie (86-68)
  • Sep 29 Dodgers win game 2 of playoff, 6-5, & take NL pennant
  • Oct 1 Chicago White Sox beat LA Dodgers, 11-0 in Game 1 of the Baseball World Series at Comiskey Park; White Sox first WS appearance since 1919 'Black Sox Scandal'; LA wins series 4-2

Sport awardNHL All-Star Game

Oct 3 13th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: Montreal Canadiens beat All-Stars, 6-1

NHL Legend Jean Béliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Béliveau
  • Oct 4 First Baseball World Series game played west of St Louis; LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox 3-1 in Game 3; record 92,394 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts in Cleveland Browns, 34-7 win at Chicago Cardinals

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 201

  • Jan 1 Andy Andrews, American tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1982 runner-up), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Jan 1 Panagiotis Giannakis, Greek basketball guard and coach (EuroLeague champion 1996, Panathinaikos; FIBA European Selection 1980, 87, 90; Greek League Best Coach 2004, 06), born in Athens, Greece
  • Jan 2 Kirti Azad, Indian cricket all-rounder (7 Tests; 25 ODIs) and politician, born in Darbhanga, India

Person of interestKapil Dev

Jan 6 Kapil Dev, Indian cricketer (India's finest all-rounder 1978-94, Cup-1982), born in Chandigarh, Punjab

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Cricketer
Kapil Dev
  • Jan 8 Mike Harwood, Australian golfer (British Open 1991 runner-up), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jan 9 Otis Nixon, American baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers), born in Evergreen, North Carolina
  • Jan 9 Mark Martin, American stock car racing driver, born in Batesville, Arkansas
  • Jan 10 Chandra Cheesborough, American 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jan 11 Brett Bodine, auto racer
  • Jan 14 Paul Terry, English cricketer (in Germany Two Tests England v WI 1984), born in Osnabrück, Germany
  • Jan 20 Lea Antonoplis, American tennis player, born in West Covina, California
  • Jan 21 Alex McLeish, Scottish footballer and manager
  • Jan 27 Chris Collinsworth, NFL wide receiver/TV sportscaster
  • Jan 31 Kelly Moore, American stock car driver, born in Scarborough, Maine
  • Jan 31 Michael Allen, American golfer (Senior PGA Championship 2009), born in San Mateo, California
  • Feb 1 Mike Horan, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1988; All-Pro 1988, Denver Broncos; Super Bowl 1999, St. Louis Rams), born in Orange, California
  • Feb 1 Wade Wilson, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1995, Dallas Cowboys; Pro Bowl 1988, Minnesota Vikings), born in Greenville, Texas
  • Feb 3 Molly Killingbeck, Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)

Person of interestLawrence Taylor

Feb 4 Lawrence Taylor, American NFL player who is considered the greatest linebacker in history (NY Giants), born in Williamsburg, Virginia

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • Feb 5 Glenn Dubis, American sport shooter (Olympics 1984, 88, 96), born in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Feb 7 Sammy Lee, British soccer player
  • Feb 8 Heinz Gunthardt, Swiss tennis star
  • Feb 8 Irina Kalinina, USSR, springboard diver (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Feb 13 Gaston Gingras, Canadian ice hockey defenceman
  • Feb 13 Gord Hampson, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Feb 15 Guy De Alwis, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
  • Feb 15 Joe Hesketh, MLB player (Boston Red Sox), born in Lackawanna, New York
  • Feb 15 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian sports commentator and wrestler, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Person of interestJohn McEnroe

Feb 16 John McEnroe, American tennis player (US Open 1979-81, 84 / Wimbledon 1981, 83, 84), born in Wiesbaden, Germany

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
  • Feb 16 Kelly Tripuka, Glenn Ridge NJ, NBA forward (Det Pistons, Utah Jazz)
  • Feb 17 Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines, American 100m swimmer (3 Olympic golds 1984) and television commentator, born in Winter Haven, Florida
  • Feb 17 Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star

Person of interestRoger Goodell

Feb 19 Roger Goodell, American NFL Commissioner, born in Jamestown, New York

Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) Roger Goodell
Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL)
Roger Goodell
  • Feb 20 Bill Gullickson, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Feb 20 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver
  • Feb 24 Michael Roy Whitney, cricket (great NSW & Aussie lefty quick 1981-92)
  • Feb 26 Rolando Blackman, American basketball player, born in Panama City, Panama
  • Mar 3 Romeo Zondervan, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Mar 7 Tom Lehman, American golfer (British Open 1996; Senior PGA C'ship 2010, Tradition 2011-12), born in Austin, Minnesota
  • Mar 13 Dirk Wellham, Australian cricketer (century on NSW debut & Australian debut), born in Marrickville, Sydney
  • Mar 15 Eliot Teltscher, California, tennis player (US Davis Cup team)
  • Mar 15 Harold Baines, Easton MD, outfielder (Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers)
  • Mar 17 Danny Ainge, NBA coach (Phoenix Suns)
  • Mar 20 Dale Reid, Scottish golfer (21 Ladies European Tour wins), born in Ladybank Scotland
  • Mar 24 Renaldo Nehemiah, American hurdler (110m at 12.93)/NFLer (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 25 Vince Guerra, American jockey, born in Tucson
  • Mar 28 Petra Delhees, Swiss tennis star, born in Aarau, Switzerland
  • Mar 29 Brad McCrimmon, Canadian NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers), born in Dodsland, Saskatchewan (d. 2011)
  • Apr 2 Brian Goodell, American swimmer (Olympic gold 400m WR 3:51.93, 1500m WR 15:02.40 1976), born in Stockton, California
  • Apr 2 Gelindo Bordin, Italian athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1988), born in Vicenza, Italy
  • Apr 2 Ken Macleay, Australian cricket fast bowler (16 ODIs, 15 wickets; Western Australia), born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England
  • Apr 2 Ezzaki Badou, Moroccan soccer goalkeeper (76 caps; Mallorca) and manager (Morocco), born in Sidi Kacem, Morocco
  • Apr 2 Juha Kankkunen, Finnish rally driver (World rally champion 1986, 87, 91, 93; Dakar Rally [cars] 1988; Race of Champions 1988, 91), born in Laukaa, Finland
  • Apr 8 Franklyn Stephenson, cricketer (great all-rounder)
  • Apr 8 Martin Weston, English cricketer
  • Apr 15 Kevin Lowe, Canadian NHL defenceman, coach and executive (Edmonton Oilers; Stanley Cup x 6), born in Lachute, Quebec
  • Apr 16 Anne Kursinski, American equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996), born in Pasadena, California
  • Apr 18 Jim Eisenreich, American MLB outfielder (Tourette syndrome, Florida Marlins WS 1997), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Apr 22 Ranjan Madugalle, cricketer (pioneer of Sri Lanka's Test teams)
  • Apr 23 George Kalovelonis, Greek tennis player, born in Athens, Greece
  • Apr 25 Tony Phillips, MLB player (Oakland Athletics), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • May 1 Eddie Johnson, American basketball guard/forward (NBA Sixth Man of the Year 1989; Phoenix Suns, Seattle SuperSonics), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 1 Roger Chapman, English golfer (Senior PGA 2012, US Seniors Open 2012), born in Nakuru, Kenya
  • May 3 Carlos De León, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC cruiserweight champion (1980–82, 83–85, 86–88, 89–90), born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico (d. 2020)
  • May 4 Bob Tway, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1986), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • May 4 Rohn Stark, American football NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • May 8 Ronnie Lott, College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back (10-time NFL Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1981, 84, 88-89; SF 49ers), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • May 9 Andrew Jones, New Zealand cricket batsman (39 Tests @ 44.27, 87 ODIs), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • May 9 Asantha De Mel, cricketer (pioneering Sri Lankan Test opening bowler)
  • May 10 Dan Schayes, NBA center/forward (Miami Heat, Orlando Magic)
  • May 12 Dave Christian, Minn, NHL right wing (Wash Caps, Olympic gold 1980)
  • May 14 Mike Quick, NFL wide receiver (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • May 15 Kaokor Galaxy, Thai boxer
  • May 16 Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • May 18 Graham Dilley, cricketer (England wicket-taker of 80's)
  • May 22 Olin Browne, American golfer (US Senior Open 2011), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 23 Marcella Mesker, Netherlands, tennis star
  • May 26 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • Jun 1 Martin Brundle, British auto racer (World Sportscar C'ship 1988; 24 Hours of Le Mans 1990) and F1 television commentator (ITV, BBC), born in King's Lynn, England
  • Jun 2 Charlie Huddy, Oshawa, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Jun 3 Sam Mills, NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers), (d. 2005)
  • Jun 4 Rod Connop, Canadian CFL corner (Edmonton Eskimos), born in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jun 6 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • Jun 12 Jalal-ud-din, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani paceman, ODI hat-trick v Aust 1982), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Jun 12 Steve Bauer, Canadian road racer cyclist (Olympic silver 84, 96), born in St. Catharines, Canada
  • Jun 21 Tom Chambers, NBA forward, center (Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns)
  • Jun 24 Rob Delahaye, soccer player (MVV)
  • Jun 25 Jari Puikkonen, Finnish ski jumper (Winter Olympics medalist), born in Lahti, Finland
  • Jun 30 Michel Dion, Canadian Rifle shooter (Olympics 24-92, 96), born in Quebec City, Québec
  • Jul 1 Anne Smith, American tennis player (10 Grand Slam doubles titles), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jul 2 Eduardo Bengoechea, Argentina, tennis star
  • Jul 2 Hoogie Drexler, jockey
  • Jul 3 Stoyan Deltchev, Bulgarian horizontal bar gymnast (Olympic gold 1980), born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Jul 5 Tim Shaw, South African cricketer (South African ODI slow lefty 1991), born in Empangeni, South Africa
  • Jul 6 Tahir Naqqash, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani pace-bowler in 15 Tests 1982-85), born in Lahore, Punjab
  • Jul 12 Judi Adams, archer (Olympics 1980, 96), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Jul 16 Gerd Wessig, East German high jumper (1st male to set high jump world record at Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow), born in Lübz, Germany
  • Jul 16 Gary Anderson, NFL placekicker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Parys, Orange Free State, South Africa
  • Jul 21 Stuart Young-Black, Cheshire England, Canadian equestrian (Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 24 Edward Liddie, Union Ga, Judo fighter (Olympic bronze 1984)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 26 NFL coach John Madden (23) weds Virginia Fields

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 2 MLB baseball player Ernie Banks (28) divorces Mollye Louise after 6 years of marriage

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 10 Colin Gregory, English tennis player (Australian C'ship 1929, chairman All-England Club, Wimbledon), dies at 55
  • Jan 17 Abdul Aziz, cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi
  • Jan 22 Mike Hawthorn, English auto racer (F1 world champion 1958), dies in road accident at 29
  • Jan 22 Elizabeth Moore, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1896, 1901, 03, 05), dies from congestive heart failure at 82
  • Feb 1 William Hoppe, American carom billiards player (51 world titles 1906-52), dies at 71
  • Feb 2 Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
  • Feb 7 Napoleon Lajorie, baseball player, dies at 83
  • Feb 11 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • Feb 17 Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), dies at 59
  • Mar 1 Albie Booth, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Yale University), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • Mar 4 Maxey Long, American athlete (b. 1878)
  • Mar 28 James Neblett, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1935), dies
  • Apr 4 Stanley Snooke, cricketer (bro of S J, duck in South African Test), dies
  • May 16 Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • May 26 Ed Walsh, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager (Chicago WS; MLB ERA record 1.82), dies at 78
  • May 28 Bert Collins, cricketer (19 Tests for Aust 1920-26), dies
  • Jun 2 Max Rousié, French rugby footballer, dies in a car crash at 46
  • Jun 26 Audley Miller, cricketer (Test for England 1896), dies
  • Jul 11 C W L Parker, cricketer (3,776 1st-class wickets, 2nd best ever), dies
  • Jul 11 Charlie Parker, English cricketer (legend Gloucs SLA, but 2-32 in only Test), dies at 76
  • Aug 12 Mike O'Neill, Irish-American baseball player, dies at 81 (b. 1877)
  • Sep 9 O'Neil Gordon "Collie" Smith, West Indian cricket all-rounder, dies in a car crash at 26
  • Sep 9 Collie Smith, West Indies cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, HS 168), dies in car accident at 26
  • Sep 28 Rudolf Caracciola, German race car driver (b. 1901)
  • Sep 28 Vincent Richards, American tennis player (US Pro C'ships 1927-28, 30, 33), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Oct 11 Bert Bell, NFL hall of famer, dies at 64
  • Oct 18 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 61
  • Oct 19 Boughera El Quafi, marathoner (Olympic gold 1928), shot to death at 60
  • Oct 28 Abe Waddington, cricketer (Yorks left-arm quick, Test avg 119), dies
  • Nov 15 Alex Kennedy, cricketer (31 wkts in 5 Tests for England 1922-23), dies
  • Nov 21 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), dies at 50

Person of interestMolla Mallory

Nov 22 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory, American-Norwegian tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1915-18, 20-22, 26), dies at 75

Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion Molla Mallory
Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion
Molla Mallory
  • Nov 24 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league footballer, dies at 76
  • Dec 5 K. S. Duleepsinhji, English-Indian cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), dies at 54
  • Dec 10 Charles Jones, West Indian cricket batsman (4 Tests), dies at 57
  • Dec 11 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player, dies at 59