On This Day

Events in Sport in 1933

Sports History

Jan 2 Don Bradman holds off England's hostile pace bowling to score an unbeaten 103 leading Australia to a 111 run victory in the 2nd 'Bodyline' Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground

  • Jan 2 19th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats Pittsburgh, 35-0
  • Jan 16 Cricket's Bodyline Tour: Australian batsman Bert Oldfield's skull fractured by delivery bowled by Englishman Harold Larwood during the third test in Adelaide
  • Jan 17 Australian cricket batting champion Don Bradman takes only his 2nd Test wicket; bowls England's Walter Hammond for 85 during 338-run 3rd Test defeat in Adelaide
  • Jan 30 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Melbourne: Joan Hartigan Bathurst beats Coral McInnes Buttsworth 6-4, 6-3
  • Jan 30 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Jack Crawford wins his 3rd straight Australian title; beats Keith Gledhill of the US 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2
  • Feb 16 England cricket team regains the Ashes against Australia, thanks to "bodyline" tactics
  • Feb 22 Malcolm Campbell sets world land speed record speed of 272.46 mph driving his famous Blue Bird car at Daytona Beach, Florida
  • Feb 25 Major NFL rule changes (hash mark 10 yds in, posts on goal line)
  • Feb 25 Thomas Yawkey purchases Boston Red Sox
  • Mar 4 Noordwijk soccer team forms
  • Mar 18 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Mar 18 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • Mar 24 92nd Grand National: Dudley Williams aboard 25/1 chance Kellsboro' Jack wins by 3 lengths and a neck from Really True
  • Mar 28 1st SEC Men's Basketball Tournament: Kentucky beats Mississippi State, 46-27
  • Apr 1 England cricket batsman Wally Hammond smashes 34 fours, 10 sixes in a Test record unbeaten 336 in the drawn 2nd Test against New Zealand in Auckland
  • Apr 1 Scotland beats Ireland, 8-6 at Lansdowne Road, Dublin to win the Home Nations Rugby Championship and Triple Crown

Sports History

Apr 13 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: New York Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 1-0 in OT for a 3-1 series win; first best-of-4 Finals series

  • Apr 17 Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL Game beating NY Giants 23-21
  • Apr 17 37th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson in 2:31:01.6
  • Apr 23 Dovo soccer team forms in Veenendaal
  • Apr 25 Philadelphia Phillies' Dick Bartell is 1st MLB player to get 4 consecutive doubles in 9 innings
  • Apr 25 NY Yankee Russ Van Atta shuts out Washington Senators 16-0
  • May 6 59th Kentucky Derby: Don Meade aboard Brokers Tip wins in 2:06.8
  • May 13 58th Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard Head Play wins in 2:02
  • May 18 First MLB All-Star Game announced for July 6 at Comiskey Park; to be played as part of the Chicago World's Fair; fans to pick players

Sports History

May 26 Phillies Chuck Klein hits for cycle vs St Louis Cards

  • May 27 Trailing 11-3, Yanks score 12 runs in 8th & beat White Sox 15-11
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Louis Meyer wins accompanied by riding mechanic Lawson Harris; Mark Billman killed in a crash on lap 79; Lester Spangler and riding mechanic "Monk" Jordan die in a crash on lap 132

Sports History

Jun 2 FDR authorizes 1st swimming pool built inside the White House

  • Jun 3 A's score 11 runs in 2nd, Yanks score 10 in 5th & win 17-11
  • Jun 5 French Championships Men's Tennis: Australian Jack Crawford wins his first and only French title; beats home favourite Henri Cochet 8-6, 6-1, 6-3
  • Jun 5 French Championship Women's Tennis: England's Margaret Scriven is first woman from that country to win the singles title in Paris; beats Simonne Mathieu 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Baseball Record

Jun 8 A's first baseman Jimmie Foxx hits 3 consecutive home runs as Philadelphia outscores New York Yankees, 14 - 10; 4 straight HRs after Foxx had homered last time up the previous day

Sports History

Jun 9 Walter Johnson takes over as Cleveland Indians manager

  • Jun 10 US Open Men's Golf, North Shore CC: Amateur Johnny Goodman outlasts Ralph Guldahl by a single stroke to win his only major championship
  • Jun 10 65th Belmont: Mack Garner aboard Hurryoff wins in 2:32.6

Sports History

Jun 14 MLB's Lou Gehrig and Joe McCarthy thrown out of game, McCarthy suspended 3 games but Gehrig isn't, so he continues his streak at 1,249 games

  • Jun 27 Ryder Cup Golf, Southport & Ainsdale GC: Great Britain wins, 6½-5½; GB's last Cup victory until 1957

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 29 Italian boxer Primo Carnera KOs American defending champion Jack Sharkey in round 6 at Madison Square Garden, NYC to become third European to win the lineal world heavyweight title

  • Jun 30 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: June Beebe beats Jane Weiller, 3 & 2 for golf's only major title

Sports History

Jul 2 NY Giants pitcher Carl Hubbell works 18 innings of shutout ball without a walk to beat St Louis Cardinals, 1-0

Baseball Record

Jul 6 1st MLB All Star Game: AL wins 4-2 at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Babe Ruth hits first All Star home run

  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Australian Jack Crawford wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating American Ellsworth Vines 4-6, 11-9, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 8 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Helen Wills Moody successfully defends her title beating local favourite Dorothy Round 6-4, 6-8, 6-3

British Golf Open

Jul 8 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Denny Shute beats fellow American Craig Wood by 5 strokes in a 36-hole Saturday playoff to win his only Open title

  • Jul 9 Philadelphia-based NFL team Frankford Yellow Jackets sold; rebranded Philadelphia Eagles
  • Jul 19 1st time in MLB 2 brothers on opposite teams hit homers in same game - Rick Ferrell (Red Sox) and Wes Ferrell (Cleveland Indians)
  • Jul 23 27th Tour de France won by Georges Speicher of France

Baseball Record

Jul 26 Joe DiMaggio ends 61 game hitting streak in Pacific Coast League

  • Jul 28 NFL divides into (2) 5 team divisions
  • Jul 30 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Fred Perry beats André Merlin 4-6, 8-6, 6-2, 7-5 to give Great Britain a 3-2 victory over France; ends French 6 title win streak
  • Aug 1 NY's future Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell sets MLB record for consecutive scoreless innings at 45 1/3 as Giants lose 3-1 v Boston Braves
  • Aug 3 Philadelphia A's beat NY Yankees, 7-0, first time in 308 games 'Bronx Bombers' are shut out
  • Aug 10 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Helen Jacobs beats Helen Wills Moody 8-6, 3-6, 3-0, ret
  • Aug 13 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Blue Mound CC: Gene Sarazen defeats Willie Goggin, 5 & 4 for 3rd of his 3 PGA C'ship titles; 6th of his 7 majors
  • Aug 13 Jacques van Egmond becomes world champion amateur cyclist
  • Aug 14 Jimmie Foxx hits for cycle & sets AL record with 9 RBIs
  • Aug 17 MLB player Lou Gehrig plays record 1,308th consecutive game

Sports History

Aug 22 Bill Veeck urges midsummer inter-league games & a split season

  • Aug 23 First televised boxing match — 6-round exhibition at Broadcasting House in London between middleweights Archie Sexton and Lauri Raiteri; aired by BBC-TV
  • Aug 26 Jan van Houten bicycles world record time (44,588 km)
  • Sep 10 US National Championship Men's Tennis: Englishman Fred Perry robs Australian Jack Crawford of his Grand Slam chance; wins final 6-3, 11-13, 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
  • Sep 11 Antwerps Sportpaleis, the largest indoor arena in Europe opens; renovated 2010-13
  • Sep 19 NY Giants clinch the pennant
  • Sep 20 Pittsburgh Steelers (as Pirates) play 1st NFL game, lose 23-2
  • Sep 23 MLB New York Yankees commit 5 errors (3 by shortstop Frankie Crosetti), but beat Red Sox 16-12 at Fenway Park, Boston

Sports History

Oct 1 New York Giants make no 1st downs, but still beat the Green Bay Packers, 10-7 in a week 3 NFL matchup at Borchert Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Oct 1 Washington Senators coach Nick Altrock plays in a MLB game at age 57 as a pinch-hitter; faces Rube Walberg of the Philadelphia A's; goes hitless in 3-0 loss
  • Oct 1 Babe Ruth makes his final pitching appearance in MLB; pitches all 9 innings in a season ending 6-5 win v Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium; hits his 34th home run of the season in 5th inning
  • Oct 7 Baseball World Series: NY Giants beat Washington Senators, 4-3 at Griffith Stadium to clinch 4 games to 1 series victory
  • Oct 13 Soccer team STEVO forms in Geesteren
  • Oct 15 Philadelphia Eagles play 1st NFL game, lose to NY Giants 56-0
  • Oct 19 Berlin Olympic Committee vote to introduce basketball in 1936
  • Oct 22 Italian boxer Primo Carnera beats Spanish challenger Paulino Uzcudun on points in Rome, Italy to retain the IBU heavyweight title
  • Nov 5 Chicago Bears 30 game unbeaten streak ends to Patriots (10-0)
  • Nov 7 Pennsylvania voters overturn blue law, by permitting Sunday sports
  • Nov 12 1st NFL football game on a Sunday at Philadelphia's Baker Bowl - sporting events on Sunday had been illegal on Sundays; Eagles tie Chicago Bears, 3-3
  • Nov 12 1st NFL football game on a Sunday at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field - sporting events on Sunday had been illegal on Sundays; Pirates lose to Brooklyn Dodgers 32-0

Sports History

Dec 3 As part of a famous MLB fire sale of players, Philadelphia A's owner Connie Mack sells catcher Mickey Cochrane to Detroit for $100,000; Cochrane is immediately named Tigers manager

  • Dec 3 Joe Lilliard QBs Chic Cardinals; last NFL black until 1946
  • Dec 9 CFL Grey Cup, Athletic Park, Sarnia: Toronto Argonauts edge Sarnia Imperials, 4-3 for their 3rd Championship

Sports History

Dec 12 Eddie Shore hits Toronto Maple Leaf star Ace Bailey from behind, fracturing his skull and ending his career

  • Dec 15 Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15
  • Dec 17 B H Valentine scores 133 on Test Cricket debut, Eng v India at Bombay
  • Dec 17 Lala Amarnath scores century on Test Cricket debut (went on to 118)

NFL Championship

Dec 17 National Football League Championship - 1st title game, Wrigley Field, Chicago: Chicago Bears beat New York Giants, 23-21; "Bronko Nagurski Rule" - forward pass is legal anywhere behind line of scrimmage

NHL Record

Dec 23 Montreal Canadiens center Howie Morenz scores in 3-0 win v Detroit Red Wings; his NHL record 249th career goal

  • Dec 29 New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert refuses to release future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth to manage the Cincinnati Reds