1959 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 147

  • 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 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Mayfair Golf Open
  • Jan 11 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 28-21
  • Jan 18 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 23 9th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 124-108 at Detroit
  • Jan 26 47th Women's Australian Championships: Mary Carter Reitano beats Renee Schuurman Haygarth (6-2, 6-3)
  • Jan 26 47th Men's Australian Championships: Alex Olmedo beats Neale Fraser (6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3)
  • Jan 28 Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US
  • Feb 1 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Havana Golf Tournament
  • Feb 1 Zack Wheat unanimously elected to baseball Hall of Fame

AgreementContract of Interest

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

  • 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)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 15 Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Tournament

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Feb 22 1st Daytona 500: Lee Petty wins (135.521 MPH)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 23 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 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 NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • Mar 1 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Golden Triangle Festival Golf Tournament
  • Mar 3 San Francisco Giant's rename their stadium Candlestick Park
  • Mar 7 6th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 80-56

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 8 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Mar 10 Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, sells 54% of White Sox to Bill Veeck
  • Mar 15 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

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
  • Mar 21 21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: California beats W Va 71-70
  • Mar 21 113th Grand National: Michael Scudamore aboard Oxo wins
  • Mar 22 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Nehi Golf Tournament
  • Mar 25 Bill White traded to St Louis for pitchers Sam Jones & Don Choate
  • Mar 29 Wes Hall takes Pakistani cricket hat-trick at Lahore
  • Apr 5 23rd Masters Golf Tournament: Art Wall Jr wins, shooting a 284
  • Apr 9 Balt 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: Bost Celtics sweep Minn Lakers in 4 games Boston Celtics wins 8th straight title
  • Apr 11 Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his 2nd Opening Day HR
  • Apr 12 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 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: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 19 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • Apr 20 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • Apr 26 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 1 Floyd Patterson KOs Brian London in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • May 1 White Sox Early Wynn beats Red Sox 1-0 on his own HR
  • May 2 85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2

  • May 3 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Land of the Sky Golf Tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 7 "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in LA Coliseum) sees Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat Yankees 6-2 in exhibition

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
  • May 10 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Howard Johnson Golf Invitational

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
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)
  • May 31 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Cavalier Golf Open
  • Jun 3 4th European Cup: Real Madrid beats Stade Reims 2-0 at Stuttgart
  • Jun 7 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 59th US Golf Open: Billy Casper shoots a 282 at Winged Foot GC NY
  • Jun 13 91st Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Sword Dancer wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 14 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
  • 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
  • Jun 27 14th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright
  • Jun 28 Phils Wally Post is only outfielder to throw out 2 runners in an inning twice (Losing to Giants 6-0)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 73rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Alex Olmedo beats Rod Laver (6-4 6-3 6-4)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 3 88th British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots a 284 at Muirfield Gullane

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 66th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Bueno beats Darlene Hard (6-4 6-3)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • Jul 6 5th LPGA Championship won by Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 7 26th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • Jul 9 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Open
  • Jul 9 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Hoosier Celebrity Golf Tournament
  • Jul 12 NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during Yankee-Red Sox game
  • Jul 18 African American William 'Bill' Wright is the 1st coloured person 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 19 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Machine International Golf Open Alliance
  • Jul 21 Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)
  • Jul 26 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 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 1 New Continental baseball league formed
  • Aug 2 41st PGA Championship: Bob Rosburg shoots a 277 at Minneapolis GC
  • Aug 2 SF Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 HRs
  • Aug 3 27th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Memorial Coliseum, LA
  • Aug 5 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 55-26 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 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open
  • Aug 22 Cincinnati Red Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • Aug 23 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Spokane Golf Open

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 231

  • Jan 2 Kirti Azad, cricketer (Indian off-spin all-rounder in 7 Tests 1981-83)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Cricketer Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev
  • Jan 6 Nancy Rubin Sharff, New Kensington, LPGA golfer (1991 Jamie Farr-9th)
  • Jan 8 Michael Harwood, Australian golfer, born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jan 9 Otis Nixon, US baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers)
  • Jan 9 Mark Martin, American race car driver
  • Jan 10 Chandra Cheesborough, 4X100 runner (Olympic gold 84), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jan 11 Brett Bodine, auto racer
  • Jan 14 Paul Terry, cricketer (in Germany Two Tests England v WI 1984)
  • Jan 20 Lea Antonoplis, West Covina Cat, tennis star
  • 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
  • Feb 1 Carolyn Hill, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's Classic), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Feb 1 Mike Horan, NFL punter (NY Giants)
  • Feb 1 Wade Wilson, NFL quarterback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Feb 3 Molly Killingbeck, Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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, US 3x40 rifle (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 10 Tonga, [Uliuli Fifita], wrestler (WCW/WAR/WWF, Ming, Haku, Islanders)
  • Feb 11 Corinne Shigemoto, US judo coach (Olympics-96)
  • Feb 13 Gord Hampson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 15 Guy De Alwis, cricket wicket-keeper (Sri Lankan mid 80s)
  • Feb 15 Joe Hesketh, US baseball player (Boston Red Sox)
  • Feb 15 Hugo Savinovich, Ecuadorian wrestler

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 16 John McEnroe, American tennis great (US Open 1979-81, 84 Wimbeldon 1981, 83, 84), born in Wiesbaden, West 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 (Olympic gold 1984)
  • Feb 17 Daniel Ray "Danny" Ainge, basketball & football star
  • Feb 17 Rowdy Gaines, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1984)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Feb 20 Scott Evans Brayton, racing car driver
  • Feb 23 John Arthur Wilson, Ceres CA, PGA golfer (1994 Anheuser-Busch-4th)
  • Feb 24 Michael Roy Whitney, cricket (great NSW & Aussie lefty quick 1981-92)
  • Feb 26 Rolando Blackman, American basketball player
  • Mar 2 Laura Hurlbut, LPGA golfer
  • Mar 3 Romeo Zondervan, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Mar 7 Thomas Edward Lehman, PGA golfer (1994 Memorial Tournament), born in Austin, Minnesota
  • Mar 13 Dirk Wellham, cricketer (century on NSW debut & Australian debut )
  • 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 Brian Douglas Jones, tornado class sailor (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mar 17 Danny Ainge, NBA coach (Phoenix Suns)
  • Mar 20 Dale Reid, Ladybank Scotland, LPGA golfer (European Solheim Cup team)
  • Mar 24 Renaldo Nehemiah, American hurdler (110m at 12.93)/NFLer (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 25 Vince Guerra, American jockey, born in Tucson
  • Mar 26 David Delong, Canadian Tour golfer (1988 BC Open), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Mar 28 Petra Delhees, Jauch Switzertand, tennis star
  • Mar 29 Brad McCrimmon, Dodsland, NHL defenseman (Hartford Whalers)
  • Mar 30 Daniel Seifried, Canadia Tour golfer (1981 Thunder Bay), born in Kitchener, Ontario
  • Apr 2 Adrian Meagher, Australian baseball pitching coach (Olympics-1996)
  • Apr 2 Brian Goodell, American 400m/1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-1976)
  • Apr 2 Carmen Ayala-Troncoso, American 5K runner, born in NYC, New York
  • Apr 2 Gelindo Bordin, Italian marathon runner (Olympic gold 1988)
  • Apr 2 Ken Macleay, cricketer (at Bedford-on-Avon Aussie ODI medium pacer)
  • Apr 2 Badou Zaki, Morrocan footballer and manager
  • Apr 2 Juha Kankkunen, Finnish race car driver
  • Apr 8 Franklyn Stephenson, cricketer (great all-rounder)
  • Apr 8 Martin Weston, English cricketer
  • Apr 15 Kevin Lowe, Lachute, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers)
  • Apr 16 Anne Kursinski, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-silver-96)
  • Apr 17 David Hearn, slalom single canoe (Olympics-9th-96), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 18 Jim Eisenreich, St Cloud MN, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies, Fla Marlins)
  • Apr 22 Nicky Le Roux, South Africa, LPGA golfer (1994 Atlanta Champ-15th)
  • Apr 22 Ranjan Madugalle, cricketer (pioneer of Sri Lanka's Test teams)
  • Apr 23 Terri Luckhurst, LPGA golfer
  • Apr 25 Tony Phillips, MLB player (Oakland Athletics), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • Apr 26 Ann O'Neill, Toowoomba QLD, golfer (1989 Downs District Champ)
  • Apr 30 Lauren Howe, LPGA golfer
  • May 1 Eddie Johnson, NBA guard/forward (Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers)
  • May 4 Robert Raymond Tway, PGA golfer (1986 Shearson), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • May 4 Rohn Stark, NFL punter (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • May 6 Scott Hood, Canadian Tour golfer (1989 Montana Open-2nd), born in Seattle, Washington
  • May 7 Robin L Freeman, PGA golfer (1993 Northern Telecom-3rd), born in Saint Charles, Missouri
  • May 8 Ronnie Lott, Albuquerque, NM, NFL defensive back (SF 49er)
  • May 9 Andrew Jones, cricketer (highly consistent for NZ at 1st drop)
  • 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 13 Robert Earnshaw, racehorse trainer
  • 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 23 Marcella Mesker, Netherlands, tennis star
  • May 24 George Glanos, horse trainer
  • May 26 Brian Peaker, rower (Olympics-96), born in London, Ontario
  • May 26 Nancy White-Brophy, Montague PEI, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's-25th)
  • Jun 1 Martin Brundle, British race car driver and F1 television commentator
  • 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, CFL corner (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • Jun 6 David Schultz, American wrestler (d. 1996)
  • Jun 9 Peter Fowler, Hornsby NSW, Australian golfer
  • Jun 12 Jalal-ud-din, cricketer (Pakistani paceman, ODI hat-trick v Aust 1982)
  • Jun 12 Steve Bauer, St Catharines Ontario, cyclist (Olympics-silver-84, 96)

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football 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 17 Abdul Aziz, cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi
  • Jan 22 Mike Hawthorn, English race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1929)
  • 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, co-founder of NFL's NY Giants, dies
  • 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, baseball pitcher (1.82 ERA), dies at 78
  • May 28 Bert Collins, cricketer (19 Tests for Aust 1920-26), dies
  • 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
  • Aug 12 Mike O'Neill, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1877)
  • Sep 9 O'Neil Gordon "Collie" Smith, West Indian cricket all-rounder, dies in a car crash at 26
  • Sep 28 Rudolf Caracciola, German race car driver (b. 1901)
  • Oct 11 Bert Bell, NFL hall of famer, dies at 64
  • Oct 18 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (b. 1898)
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

Nov 22 Molla Mallory, eight-time U.S. Open tennis champion, 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, cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), dies
  • Dec 10 Charles Jones, cricket batsman (WI in 4 Tests 1930-35, 63 runs), dies
  • Dec 11 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player (b. 1900)