On This Day

Events in Sport in 1932

  • Jan 1 18th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Tulane, 21-12
  • Jan 7 1st game played at Orchard Lake Curling Club, Mich

Hall of Fame

Jan 14 Racing Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro wins his 1st race

  • Jan 19 Charlie Conacher becomes first Toronto player to score 5 goals in an NHL game as Maple Leafs rout the NY Americans, 11-3 at Maple Leaf Gardens

Sports History

Feb 1 Australian cricket's master batsman Don Bradman scores 299 not out in 10 wicket 4th Test win vs South Africa in Adelaide; runs out of partners going for 300

  • Feb 4 III Winter Olympic Games open in Lake Placid, New York
  • Feb 5 American speed skater Jack Shea wins the 1,500m at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; clinches sprint double after also taking out the 500m
  • Feb 6 1st Olympic dog sled race at Lake Placid, New York (demonstration sport)
  • Feb 8 American speed skater Irving Jaffee wins the 10,000m at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; clinches distance double after also taking out the 5,000m
  • Feb 9 USA enters Olympic 2-man bobsled competition for 1st time
  • Feb 10 Sweden goes 1-2 in the 18k cross country event at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; Sven Utterström wins gold ahead of teammate Axel Wikström
  • Feb 12 49 year old Australian cricket spin bowler Bert Ironmonger captures 5-6 as South Africa dismissed for 36 in 5th Test in Melbourne; Australia wins by an innings & 72 runs; series 5-0

Olympic Gold

Feb 12 Sonja Henie of Norway wins her 2nd of 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals in women’s figure skating at the Lake Placid Winter Games; beats Austria’s Fritzi Burger into 2nd place for 2nd straight Games

  • Feb 12 World champion French husband and wife team Pierrre and Andrée Brunet win their 2nd consecutive Olympic pairs figure skating gold medal at the Lake Placid Games
  • Feb 12 Karl Schäfer of Austria wins the first of 2 consecutive men’s figure skating Olympic gold medals at the Lake Placid Winter Games in the United States
  • Feb 13 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Coral McInnes Buttsworth retains title; beats Kathrine Le Mesurier 9-7, 6-4
  • Feb 13 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Jack Crawford retains title and repeats previous year's win over Harry Hopman 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
  • Feb 13 A 2-2 final round tie with the US is good enough for Canada to clinch its 4th consecutive Olympic ice hockey gold medal at Lake Placid; Canadian center Walter Monson is tournament top scorer with 11 points
  • Feb 13 Finland goes 1-2 in the 50k cross country event at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics; Veli Saarinen wins gold ahead of teammate Väinö Liikkanen
  • Feb 15 III Winter Olympic Games close at Lake Placid, New York
  • Feb 15 Australia beat South Africa in cricket by an innings in 5 hrs 53 min playing time

Sports History

Feb 15 As a member of gold medal winning US 4-man bobsleigh team at Lake Placid, Eddie Eagan (boxing gold Antwerp 1920) becomes only Olympian to win gold medals at both summer & winter Games in different sports

  • Feb 15 American brothers Hubert and Curtis Stevens beat the 8-nation field to win the 2-man bobsleigh gold medal at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics
  • Feb 18 Sonja Henie wins her 6th straight World Women's figure skating title
  • Feb 24 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 253.96 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Mar 2 Australian golf trick-shot artist Joe Kirkwood posts an incredible 83 using only his putter over 18 holes at Belleaire, Florida; round includes 6 pars and 1 birdie

Sports History

Mar 17 Montreal Canadiens center Howie Morenz registers his 334th career point with an assist in a 10-4 win v NY Americans; passes Cy Denneny as NHL leader for career points

  • Mar 18 91st Grand National: Tim Hamey wins aboard 50/1 outsider Forbra
  • Mar 19 England beats Scotland, 16-3 at Twickenham, London to force a 3-way share with Wales and Ireland of renewed Home Nations Rugby Championship; France expelled, alleged professionalism
  • Mar 27 De Bataven soccer team forms in Gendt

Film Release

Apr 2 "Tarzan the Ape Man" released starring Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller in the first of his 12 Tarzan films

  • Apr 9 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs beat New York Rangers, 6-4 for 3-0 series sweep; Toronto's first SC as the Maple Leafs
  • Apr 18 36th Boston Marathon won by German runner Paul de Bruyn in 2:33:36.4
  • May 7 58th Kentucky Derby: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 2:05.2
  • May 9 57th Preakness: Eugene James aboard Burgoo King wins in 1:59.8
  • May 16 Yanks 4th straight shutout to equal record set by Cleveland & Boston
  • May 21 1st Curtis Cup for Women's team amateur golf: US wins, 5½-3½ at Wentworth Club (Wentworth, England)
  • May 23 Australian cyclist Hubert Opperman sets paced world records 1,384km in 24 hours, and 1,609km (1,000 miles) in 28 hours, 55 minutes, 39 seconds at Melbourne Motordrome
  • May 30 Yankees dedicate a plaque to Miller Huggins
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Fred Frame takes lead for good on lap 152, winning from 27th on starting grid; accompanied by riding mechanic Jerry Houck

Baseball Record

Jun 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig first to hit 4 consecutive HRs in a MLB game; NY Yankees beat Philadelphia A's, 20-13 at Shibe Park

  • Jun 4 64th Belmont: Tom Malley aboard Faireno wins in 2:32.8
  • Jun 6 Ijsselmeervogels soccer team forms in Spakenburg
  • Jun 6 French Championships Men's Tennis: Henri Cochet wins 7th and final Grand Slam singles title; beats Giorgio de Stefani of Italy 6-0, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

Sports History

Jun 6 37th Women's French Championships: Helen Wills Moody beats Simonne Mathieu (7-5, 6-1)

  • Jun 7 At 47, Brooklyn pitcher Jack Quinn becomes oldest player in MLB history to record an extra-base hit (double) as the Dodgers beat Chicago Cubs, 9-2
  • Jun 10 British Open Men's Golf, Prince's GC: Gene Sarazen wins wire-to-wire by 5 strokes from fellow American Macdonald Smith
  • Jun 16 Sutcliffe and Holmes make 555 opening cricket stand for Yorkshire v Essex
  • Jun 21 German champion Max Schmeling loses NYSAC, NBA and lineal heavyweight boxing titles in controversial split points decision to American Jack Sharkey in NYC, New York
  • Jun 23 St Louis Browns beat NY Yankees, 14-10; Lou Gehrig's 1,103rd consecutive game in a Yankees uniform, equaling Joe Sewell's record with one team (Cleveland Indians)
  • Jun 25 US Open Men's Golf, Fresh Meadow CC: Reigning British Open champion Gene Sarazen shoots tournament record final round 66 to beat Bobby Cruikshank and Philip Perkins by 3 strokes
  • Jun 25 Commencement of India's 1st cricket Test v England at Lord's, London (England initially rattled but go on to win)
  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Wills Moody beats fellow American Helen Jacobs 6-3, 6-1 for her 5th of 8 titles
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Ellsworth Vines beats hometown favourite Bunny Austin 6-4, 6-2, 6-0 for his only Wimbledon title

Sports History

Jul 2 American golfer Walter Hagen wins his 5th and last Western Open in Cleveland, 16 years after he won his first

  • Jul 3 After 30 years as manager of the New York Giants, John McGraw retires from baseball (2,583 wins / 1,948 losses NY)
  • Jul 4 Don Bradman scores a North American record 260 v Western Ontario in Guelph during Australian cricket team's Goodwill Tour of North America
  • Jul 6 Cubs' future All Star shortstop Billy Jurges is shot twice in Chicago hotel room by a spurned girlfriend, Violet Popovich Valli; no charges laid
  • Jul 7 Australian cricket batsman supreme Don Bradman scores a double century during a Goodwill Tour in Montreal, Canada
  • Jul 9 Washington Redskins (then Boston Braves) formed
  • Jul 9 Yanks' Ben Chapman hits 2 inside-the-park HRs, tying record
  • Jul 12 Hedley Verity establishes a first-class cricket record by taking all ten wickets for only ten runs against Nottinghamshire on a pitch affected by a storm
  • Jul 15 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Ozaukee CC: Jane Weiller beats June Beebe 5 & 4 for golf's only major title

Meeting of Interest

Jul 20 An injured Babe Ruth entertains the touring Australian cricketers in his private box at Yankee Stadium as his NY Yankees beat Chicago White Sox, 7-2; 'The Babe' meets 'The Don' (Don Bradman)

  • Jul 30 X Summer Olympic Games open in Los Angeles, USA
  • Jul 31 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Home team wins 6th straight title as Jean Borotra beats American Wilmer Allison 1-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 for unassailable 3-1 lead; ends 3-2
  • Jul 31 Cleveland Indians christen their new home, Municipal Stadium before more than 76,000 fans; lose opener, 1-0 to the Philadelphia A's
  • Jul 31 26th Tour de France: French cyclist André Leducq wins after tallying 6 stage victories; his second Tour triumph (1930)
  • Aug 3 Official automatic timing & photo-finish camera for track events is used for the 1st time at Los Angeles Olympics, instrumental in changing 110m hurdles final, review gives Donald Finley bronze ahead of American Jack Keller
  • Aug 13 Yankees hurler Red Ruffing becomes first MLB pitcher since 1906 to hit an extra-inning, game-winning home run in NY's 1-0 win over the Senators in Washington
  • Aug 14 X Summer Olympic Games close in Los Angeles, USA
  • Aug 14 Brooklyn Dodgers reliever John Quinn, 49, becomes oldest pitcher to win a MLB game in a 2-1, 10th inning victory over NY Giants at the Polo Grounds
  • Aug 19 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Jacobs beats Carolin Babcock Stark 6-2, 6-2 for her first of 4 straight US singles crowns
  • Aug 21 Wes Ferrell is 1st to win 20 games in each of his 1st 4 seasons

Baseball Record

Sep 3 A's first baseman Jimmie Foxx smashes his 50th & 51st home runs to become only 3rd player to reach 50 in a MLB season; joins Babe Ruth & Hack Wilson

  • Sep 4 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Keller GC: Olin Dutra wins the first of 2 major titles, beating Frank Walsh, 4 & 3
  • Sep 7 Earl Grace, ends NL catcher record streak of 110 cons errorless games
  • Sep 10 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills: American Ellsworth Vines successfully defends his title; beats Frenchman Henri Cochet 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
  • Sep 10 Dodgers' Johnny Frederick hits record 6th pinch-hit HR of the season
  • Sep 12 Bkln Dodger Johnny Frederick hits his record 6th pinch hit HR
  • Sep 13 NY Yankees clinch their 7th AL pennant
  • Sep 20 Chicago Cubs clinch the NL pennant
  • Sep 25 Jimmie Foxx hits his 58th HR in last game of season
  • Oct 1 Babe Ruth’s legendary call; sledged by Cubs dugout, points to center-field before homering into the Wrigley Field bleachers in 5th inning, Game 3 of the World Series; NY Yankees win, 7-5
  • Oct 2 New York Yankees win their 12th consecutive World Series game and sweep the Fall Classic for the third time; Bronx Bombers bang out 19 hits as they rout Chicago Cubs, 13-6 at Wrigley Field
  • Oct 2 Washington Redskins (as Boston Braves) play franchise's debut NFL game; lose 14-0 to Brooklyn Dodgers at Braves Field
  • Oct 5 With new ownership Detroit Falcons officially change name to Detroit Red Wings, and the Winged Wheel is introduced; previous names Cougars (1926-30), Falcons (1930-32)
  • Oct 19 Jimmie Foxx wins AL MVP and Chuck Klein wins NL MVP
  • Nov 19 Joe Kershalla scores 71 points in a college football game
  • Dec 2 Australia ends Day 1 of controversial 'Bodyline' cricket series v England at 290/6 in Sydney; Stan McCabe 127no (finishes at 187no); notorious England fast bowler Harold Larwood takes 4 wickets; England wins by 10 wickets
  • Dec 3 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: Hamilton Tigers defeat Regina Roughriders, 25-6 for their 5th Championship
  • Dec 17 St. Cardinals trade future Baseball HOF first baseman Jim Bottomley to Cincinnati Reds for Estel Crabtree & Ownie Carroll
  • Dec 18 National Football League Championship; Playoff, Chicago Stadium: Chicago Bears beat Portsmouth Spartans, 9-0
  • Dec 20 50 year old Australian cricket Test spinner Bert Ironmonger captures 7-13 as Queensland dismissed for 74; Victoria wins by an innings & 139 runs in Melbourne
  • Dec 21 Giants sign former outfielder Billy Southworth as a coach