Events in Sport in 1939

  • Jan 1 25th Rose Bowl: #7 Southern California beats #3 Duke, 7-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 2 Bradman scores 107 South Australia v Victoria, his 4th consecutive century

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 2 5th Sugar Bowl: #1 TCU beats #6 Carnegie Tech, 15-7
  • Jan 2 5th Orange Bowl: #2 Tennessee beats #4 Oklahoma, 17-0
  • Jan 15 1st NFL pro bowl, NY Giants beat All Stars 13-10 in Wrigley Field
  • Jan 18 Australian wicketkeeper Donald Bradman gets his 6th straight ton, 135* v NSW

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 24 Eddie Collins, Willie Keeler & George Sisler elected to Hall of Fame

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 25 Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jan 28 32nd Women's Australian Championships: Emily Hood Westacott beats Nell Hall Hopman (6-1, 6-2)
  • Jan 28 32nd Men's Australian Championships: John Bromwich beats Adrian Quist (6-4, 6-1, 6-3)
  • Feb 17 Katwijk soccer team forms
  • Feb 23 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title for 2nd time
  • Mar 16 NHL record 10 goals in 1 period-NY Rangers (7), NY Americans (3) & a record 26 points in the 3rd period
  • Mar 24 98th Grand National: Tim Hyde aboard Workman wins
  • Mar 27 1st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: U of Oregon beats OH State 46-33
  • Mar 28 Renaissance Big 5 win 1st pro basketball championship
  • Apr 2 6th Masters Golf Tournament: Ralph Guldahl wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 8 ACV soccer team forms in Axes
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 17 Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Apr 19 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:28:51.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 30 Lou Gehrig sets a MLB record playing his 2,130th consecutive and final game for the New York Yankees.

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • May 2 Lou Gehrig ends 2,130 consecutive game streak, Yanks beat Tigers 22-2
  • May 6 65th Kentucky Derby: James Stout aboard Johnstown wins in 2:03.4
  • May 13 64th Preakness: George Seabo aboard Challedon wins in 1:59.8
  • May 17 1st televised baseball game is broadcast on NBC, with Princeton defeating Columbia 2-1
  • May 25 Carl Storck becomes 2nd NFL president
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw wins in 4:20:47.412 (185.131 km/h)
  • Jun 1 1st boxing match to be televised, Lon Nova defeats Max Baer
  • Jun 1 1st night game at Phil's Shribe Park (Pirates 5, Phillies 2)
  • Jun 3 71st Belmont: James Stout riding Johnstown wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 6 NY Giants beat Reds 17-3, with 5 HRs in 4th inning
  • Jun 7 Cleveland Indians sets AL record of 16 inning game without striking out, however lose game 5-4 to NY Yankees

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 12 43rd US Golf Open: Byron Nelson shoots a 284 at Philadelphia Cricket Club PA

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Jun 12 Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, NY

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 17 44th Men's French Championships: Don McNeill beats Bobby Riggs (7-5, 6-0, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • Jun 17 44th Women's French Championships: Simonne Mathieu beats Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (6-3, 8-6)
  • Jun 21 NY Yankees announce Lou Gehrig's retirement after doctors reveal he has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 23 Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Jun 27 Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 2-2, in 23 innings
  • Jun 27 Headley scores a cricket century in each innings v England at Lord's
  • Jun 28 Joe Louis TKOs Tony Galent in 4 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 4 Red Sox 3rd baseman Jim Tabor hits record-tying 2 grand slams in one MLB game, 18-12 win v Phillies
  • Jul 4 Lou Gehrig is first MLB player to have his number (4) retired on his "Appreciation Day" at Yankee Stadium, makes iconic "luckiest man" speech

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Alice Marble wins her only Wimbledon singles title beating Kay Stammers of England 6-2, 6-0

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats fellow American Elwood Cooke 2-6, 8-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 for Wimbledon sweep, also won doubles & mixed doubles titles
  • Jul 7 British Open Golf, St. Andrews: England's Dick Burton wins by 2 strokes from American Johnny Bulla
  • Jul 9 A meeting of 6,000 Indians, held at the Indian Sports Ground in Johannesburg South Africa, launch the Passive Resistance Campaign against apartheid and racial policy in South Africa
  • Jul 11 7th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 3-1 at Yankee Stadium, New York NY Yankee/AL maanager Joe McCarthy starts 6 Yankees

  • Jul 17 22nd PGA Championship: Henry Picard at Pomonok CC Flushing NY
  • Jul 25 NY Yankee Atley Donald sets AL rookie record with 12 consecutive win
  • Jul 26 Yankee catcher Bill Dickey hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • Jul 30 Tour de France: Sylvère Maes of Belgium wins his 3rd title from Frenchman René Vietto
  • Aug 14 1st night games at Comiskey Park (White Sox 5, Browns 2)
  • Aug 15 First night game at baseball's Comiskey Park, Sox beat Browns 5-2
  • Aug 26 1st major league baseball telecast on W2XBS- Cincinnati Reds defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
  • Aug 30 6th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: NY Giants 9, All-Stars 0 (81,456)
  • Aug 30 NY Yankee Atley Donald pitches a baseball a record 94.7 mph (152 kph)
  • Sep 1 Last day of 1st-class cricket in England before the declaration of war against Germany; great slow left-armer Hedley Verity finishes with amazing figures of 7 for 9 v Sussex to give Yorkshire the County Championship
  • Sep 5 34th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Haverford (3-2)
  • Sep 8 Indians Bob Feller, 20, is youngest pitcher to win 20 games
  • Sep 8 Yanks beat Red Sox 4-1 in 7, game called because of lightning
  • Sep 16 NY Yankees clinch their 11th & 4th successive pennant
  • Sep 17 59th U.S. Men's National Championship: Bobby Riggs beats Welby van Horn (6-4, 6-2, 6-4)
  • Sep 17 53rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs (6-0, 8-10, 6-4)
  • Sep 20 Joe Louis KOs Bob Pastor in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 23 Cookie Lavagetto goes 6 for 6-Dodgers get 27 hits & beat Phillies 22-4
  • Sep 27 White Sox host 1st "day-night" doubleheader, lose to Cleve, 5-2 & 7-5
  • Sep 30 1st televised college football game (Fordham vs Waynesburg at NYC)
  • Sep 30 White Sox reliever Clint Brown sets record of 61st relief appearance
  • Oct 8 NY Yankees sweep Reds in 36th World Series, 4th straight WS win
  • Oct 22 1st TV NFL game-Eagles vs Dodgers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 24 Joe DiMaggio wins AL MVP, Jimmie Foxx is runner-up

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Oct 29 NHL Babe Seibert Memorial Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 5-3
  • Nov 4 1940 Olympics awarded to Helsinki, Finland
  • Nov 29 Cor Klint swims world record 200 m backstroke (2:38.8)
  • Dec 6 5th Heisman Trophy Award: Nile Kinnick, Iowa (HB)
  • Dec 7 Lou Gehrig, 36, is elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Dec 9 27th Grey Cup: Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeats Ottawa Rough Riders, 8-7
  • Dec 9 1940 NFL Draft: George Cafego from University of Tennessee first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • Dec 10 Green Bay Packers win NFL championship, beat NY Giants 27-0
  • Dec 16 Bradman scores 251* SA v NSW, 271 minutes, 38 fours 2 sixes
  • Dec 30 Bradman scores 267 South Australia v Vic, world record 34th double cricket century