On This Day

Year 1959 in Sports History (Part 2)

Events in Sport

  • 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

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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
  • Oct 4 Netherlands equal best performance against neighbours Belgium; win, 9-1 in soccer friendly at De Kuip, Rotterdam; Piet van der Kuil & Faas Wilkes score 3 apiece
  • Oct 6 Single game World Series attendance record set (92,706 in LA)
  • Oct 6 Chicago White Sox beat LA Dodgers, 1-0 in Game 5 of Baseball World Series at LA Memorial Coliseum; World Series record attendance 92,706
  • Oct 8 LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2 in 56th World Series
  • Oct 28 American Football League awards Buffalo Bills franchise to Ralph C Wilson
  • Oct 29 10 nation soccer league to play all games on NY Randalls Is, announced

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Nov 1 Montreal Canadiens’ goal tender Jacques Plante becomes first NHL net-minder to wear a fibreglass protective face mask

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • Nov 1 Future Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown runs for 5 touchdowns in Cleveland Browns, 38-31 win over Baltimore Colts at Memorial Stadium

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Nov 4 Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins 2nd consecutive NL MVP

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Nov 5 AFL announced with 8 teams

Sport awardRyder Cup

Nov 7 Ryder Cup Golf, Eldorado GC: Sam Snead leads US to comprehensive 8½-3½ win

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Nov 12 White Sox 2B Nellie Fox wins AL's MVP

  • Nov 15 Cleveland Browns' halfback Bobby Mitchell sets club record for longest run from scrimmage (90-yards), beat Wash 31-17

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Nov 17 SF Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Willie McCovey wins NL Rookie of Year

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey
  • Nov 22 AFL's 1st draft - NY Titans choice George Izo, QB, Notre Dame
  • Nov 22 Boston Patriots enters AFL
  • Nov 28 CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat Hamilton Tiger-Cats (21-7) for a second straight year
  • Nov 28 24th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 10-0 in Birmingham, breaking a streak of five consecutive victories by Auburn in the series
  • Nov 30 Joe Foss named 1st commissioner of AFL
  • Nov 30 1960 NFL Draft: Billy Cannon from LSU first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • Dec 1 25th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Cannon, LSU (HB)

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Dec 8 President Eisenhower watches Pakistan v Aust Test Cricket at Karachi

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Dec 11 NY Yankees trade Marv Thronberry, Don Larsen, Hank Bauer and Norm Seibern for Roger Maris, Kent Hadley and Joe Deaestri

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Dec 12 Jack Brabham finishes 4th in season-ending US Grand Prix at Sebring to become first Australian F1 World Drivers Championship winner; takes title by 4 points from Briton Tony Brooks
  • Dec 15 Ballon d'Or: Real Madrid forward Alfredo Di Stéfano wins his second award for best football player in Europe ahead of teammate Raymond Kopa and Juventus' Welsh utility John Charles

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Dec 18 Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

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Dec 21 Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • Dec 22 NY Ranger goalie Marcel Paille wears a customized mask
  • Dec 27 National Football League Championship, Memorial Stadium, Baltimore: Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants, 31-16; Colts score 24 straight points in 4th quarter

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 201

  • Jul 30 Petra Felke, German javelin thrower (world record 1988), born in Saalfeld, East Germany
  • Jul 31 Mike Bielecki, pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jul 31 Peter Senior, Australian golfer, (British Open 1993 4th, Presidents Cup 1994, 96), born in Singapore, Malaysia
  • Aug 7 Ali Shah, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe all-rounder in two Tests 1992), born in Salisbury, Rhodesia
  • Aug 8 Ronald Weigel, German race walker (Olympic silver 20k, 50k 1988; bronze 50k 1992; World C'ship gold 50k 1983), born in Hildburghausen, Germany
  • Aug 12 Lynette Woodard, (Olympic gold 1984, Harlem Globetrotter), born in Wichita, Kansas
  • Aug 13 Bruce French, English cricketer (England wicketkeeper in 16 Tests 1986-88), born in Market Warsop, Nottinghamshire, England
  • Aug 13 Tom Niedenfuer, American baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Person of interestMagic Johnson

Aug 14 Earvin "Magic" Johnson, American Basketball Hall of Fame point guard, executive (5-time NBA champion, 3-time NBA Finals MVP, Olympic gold 1992), born in Lansing, Michigan

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • Aug 14 Frank Brickowski, American NBA player (Seattle Supersonics), born in Bayville, New York
  • Aug 16 Marc Sergeant, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 18 Tom Prichard, American wrestler, born in Pasadena, Texas
  • Aug 19 Ricky Pierce, NBA guard/forward (Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Aug 21 Anne Hobbs, English tennis star, born in Nottingham, England
  • Aug 21 Bud Schultz, American tennis star, born in Meriden, Connecticut
  • Aug 21 Jim McMahon, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Aug 22 Denise Curry, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1984; World C'ship gold 1979, 83), born in Fort Benton, Montana
  • Aug 24 Adrian Kuiper, South African cricketer (South African all-rounder), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
  • Aug 24 Michel Valke, Dutch soccer player (Sparta, Dordrecht '90), born in Zwijndrecht, Netherlands
  • Aug 27 Gerhard Berger, formula-1 racer (Italian Grand Prix-1988)
  • Aug 29 Tony Johnson, New Zealand rugby commentator and presenter (Newstalk ZB; TV3; SKY Television), born in Picton, New Zealand
  • Aug 29 Timothy Perry Shriver, Chairman of Special Olympics and member of the Kennedy Family, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sep 1 Kenny Mayne, American sports journalist, broadcaster (ESPN), born in Kent, Washington
  • Sep 5 Tom Pernice Jr., American golfer (2 PGA Tour, 6 Champions Tour titles), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Sep 11 David Frost, South African golfer (10 PGA Tour titles; The Tradition 2013), born in Cape Town, RSA
  • Sep 11 Robert Wrenn, American golfer, sportscaster, course designer (ESPN), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • Sep 12 Cindy Rarick, American golfer (5 LPGA Tour titles), born in Glenwood, Minnesota

Person of interestTim Raines

Sep 16 Tim Raines, American baseball player (Montreal Expos), born in Sanford, Florida

MLB Outfielder Tim Raines
MLB Outfielder
Tim Raines
  • Sep 17 Hank Ilesic, Canadian CFL punter and place kicker (Edmonton, Toronto), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • Sep 18 Ryne Sandberg, American baseball infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Spokane, Washington
  • Sep 18 Ian Arkwright, English footballer (Wolverhampton Wanderers), born in Shafton, Barnsley, England
  • Sep 20 Lesley Thompson, Canadian rower (Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Sep 25 Andy Waller, Zimbabwean cricket batsman and coach (2 Tests, 39 ODIs), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Sep 26 Rich Gedman, American baseball player, born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Sep 27 Beth Heiden, American 3000m speed skater (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Sep 28 Todd Worrell, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Arcadia, California
  • Sep 28 Ron Fellows, Canadian race car driver
  • Sep 30 Hans Werdekker, Dutch soccer player (Ajax, RKC/Amsterdam Admirals)
  • Sep 30 Ettore Messina, Italian basketball coach
  • Oct 1 Andrei Vedernikov, Russian road cyclist (first Soviet to win individual amateur road race at World C'ships 1981), born in Izhevsk, Russia (d. 2020)
  • Oct 2 Luis Fernández, French soccer defensive midfielder (60 caps; PSG), born in Tarifa, Spain

Person of interestFred Couples

Oct 3 Fred Couples, American golfer (US Masters 1992), born in Seattle, Washington

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • Oct 4 Tony Meo, English snooker player (British Open 1989; English Pro C’ship 1986-87), born in London, England
  • Oct 6 Robyn Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • Oct 6 [Dennis Ray] "Oil Can" Boyd, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox)
  • Oct 8 Mike Morgan, American baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals), born in Tulare, California
  • Oct 8 Tony Eason, American football quarterback (New England Patriots), born in Blythe, California
  • Oct 9 Mike Singletary, American NFL middle linebacker (Chicago Bears), born in Houston, Texas
  • Oct 11 Michiel Schapers, Dutch tennis star, born in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Oct 18 Ernesto Canto, Mexican race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1984; World C'ship gold 20k 1983), born in Mexico City, Mexico (d. 2020)
  • Oct 20 Janice McCaffrey, Canadian 10k walker (Olympics 25-92, 96), born in Etobicoke, Ontario
  • Oct 21 George Bell, Dom Rep, outfielder (Blue Jays, 1987 AL MVP)
  • Oct 27 Rick Carlisle, American basketball guard and head coach (Dallas Mavericks 2008-19; Indiana Pacers; NBA Coach of the Year 2002, Detroit Pistons), born in Ogdensburg, New York
  • Oct 29 Jesse Barfield, Ill, outfielder (Blue Jays, Yankees, 1986 HR leader)

Person of interestMike Gartner

Oct 29 Mike Gartner, NHL right wing (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Ottawa, Ontario

NHL Star Mike Gartner
NHL Star
Mike Gartner
  • Oct 31 Ann Henricksson, American tennis star, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Nov 2 Saïd Aouita, Moroccan athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m 1984), born in Kenitra, Morocco
  • Nov 2 Mark May, American College Football Hall of Fame guard and broadcaster (Super Bowl 1982, 87; Washington Redskins), born in Oneonta, NY
  • Nov 7 Billy Gillispie, American basketball coach (Ranger College), born in Abilene, Texas
  • Nov 7 Alexandre Guimarães, Costa Rican football player and manager, born in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil
  • Nov 8 Simon Davis, Australian cricket pace bowler (Test v NZ 1986, no wkts), born in Brighton, Victoria, Australia
  • Nov 9 Sito Pons, Spanish motorbike racer, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • Nov 10 Linda Cohn, American sportscaster (ESPN's SportsCenter), born in Long Island, New York
  • Nov 13 Rosie Jones, American golfer (13 LPGA Tour titles), born in Santa Ana, California
  • Nov 16 Bert Cameron, Spanish Town Jamaica, 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Nov 16 Corey Pavin, American golfer (US Open 1995; 15 PGA Tour titles), born in Oxnard, California
  • Nov 17 Terry Fenwick, English footballer
  • Nov 18 Jimmy Quinn, Irish soccer striker (46 caps, Northern Ireland; Reading) and manager (Reading, Swindon, Cambridge, Bournemouth), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Nov 21 Colin Beashel, Australian star sailor (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 21 Tim Wilkison, American tennis player (6 ATP tiles), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • Nov 22 Frank McAvennie, Scottish footballer
  • Nov 22 Fabio Parra, Colombian cyclist
  • Nov 23 Brook Jacoby, baseball player
  • Nov 26 Mike Moore, American baseball player, born in Eakly, Oklahoma
  • Nov 29 Neal Broten, Roseau Canada, NHL center (NJ Devils)
  • Nov 29 Rich Camarillo, NFL punter (Houston Oilers)

Person of interestSylvia Hanika

Nov 30 Sylvia Hanika, German tennis player (WTA Tour Championship 1982), born in Munich, West Germany

Tennis Player Sylvia Hanika
Tennis Player
Sylvia Hanika
  • Dec 1 Wally Lewis, Australian rugby league five eighth, coach and broadcaster (34 Tests; Queensland 38 games; RL Immortal), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • Dec 2 Greg Barton, American kayaker (Olympics gold K-1 1,000, K-2 1,000 1988), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • Dec 3 Kathy Jordan, American tennis player (7 Grand Slam doubles titles; Australian Open 1983 runner-up), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 4 Paul McGrath, Irish soccer defender (83 caps Rep of Ireland; Aston Villa, Manchester United), born in London, England
  • Dec 5 Shirley Furlong, American golfer (ANA Inspiration runner-up 1990), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • Dec 7 Salim Yousuf, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani wicket-keeper in 32 Tests 1986-90), born in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  • Dec 10 Mark Aguirre, American NBA forward (Detroit Pistons), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Dec 12 Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Indian cricketer (big-hitting Indian opener), born in Madras, India
  • Dec 14 Jorge Vaca, Mexican boxer (WBC welterweight champion 1987), born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • Dec 15 Greg Matthews, cricketer (NSW & Aust off-spin all rounder Yeah yeah)
  • Dec 15 Rashid Khan, cricketer (4 Tests for Pakistan 1982-85)
  • Dec 17 Tammie Green, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1989), born in Somerset Ohio
  • Dec 19 Edward Metgod, Dutch soccer goalie (Haarlem, Sparta)
  • Dec 19 Kathryn "Furu" Carpenter, Marshall Mich, fencer-epee (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 20 David Lutz, NFL guard/tackle (Detroit Lions), born in Polkton, North Carolina
  • Dec 21 Florence Griffith Joyner, American sprinter (3 x Olympic gold 1988), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1998)
  • Dec 22 Bernd Schuster, German footballer, born in Augsburg, Germany
  • Dec 24 Keith Deller, British darts player (BDO World Champion 1983), born in Ipswich, England
  • Dec 25 Chris Spice, Australian field hockey coach (Olympics 1996)
  • Dec 25 Ton Lokhoff, Dutch soccer player (NAC)
  • Dec 26 Lesley Tomlinson, English cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Derbyshire, England
  • Dec 27 Andre Tippett, NFL linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • Dec 27 Mary Holland, WPVA volleyballer, born in San Diego, California

Weddings in Sport


Divorces in Sport


Deaths in Sport