Events in Sport in 1940

  • Jan 1 26th Rose Bowl: #3 Southern California beats #2 Tennessee, 14-0
  • Jan 1 6th Sugar Bowl: #1 Texas A&M beats #5 Tulane, 14-13
  • Jan 1 6th Orange Bowl: #16 Georgia Tech beats #6 Missouri, 21-7
  • Jan 14 Commissioner Kenesaw Landis gives free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers
  • Jan 14 NFL Pro Bowl: Green Bay beats NFL All-Stars 16-7
  • Jan 29 33rd Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne beats Thelma Coyne (5-7, 6-4, 6-0)
  • Jan 29 33rd Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats Jack Crawford (6-3, 6-1, 6-2)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 9 Joe Louis beats Arturo Godoy in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 13 Bradman scores 209* in 161 minutes for South Aust at the WACA

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 17 Bradman scores 135 in a non-Shield match for SA v West Australia
  • Feb 28 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)
  • Mar 7 Montreal Canadiens lose record tying NHL 15th straight game at home

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Mar 7 Ray Steele beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Mar 29 Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 to retain heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 30 2nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana U beats Kansas 60-42
  • Apr 5 99th Grand National: Sgt. Mervyn A. Jones aboard Bogskar wins
  • Apr 7 7th Masters Golf Tournament: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 12 NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
  • Apr 13 Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft
  • Apr 13 Stanley Cup: NY Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 16 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
  • Apr 19 44th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:28.6
  • Apr 21 Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer
  • Apr 23 NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert
  • Apr 30 Brooklyn Dodger Tex Carleton no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 3-0
  • May 1 The 1940 Olympics are cancelled
  • May 4 66th Kentucky Derby: Carroll Bierman aboard Gallahadion wins in 2:05
  • May 11 65th Preakness: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 1:58.6
  • May 20 Soccer team HZVV forms in Hoogeveen
  • May 24 1st night game at NY's Polo Grounds (Giants 8, Braves 1)
  • May 24 1st night game at St Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2)
  • May 24 NY Giants rip Boston Bees 8-1 in 1st night game at Polo Grounds
  • May 29 Adolf Kiefer swims world record 100 yards backstroke (58.8 sec)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Wilbur Shaw wins in 4:22:31.201 (183.911 km/h)
  • Jun 4 1st NL night game at Sportsman's Park (Dodgers 10, Cardinals 1)
  • Jun 4 1st night game at Forbes Field (Pirates 14, Braves 2)
  • Jun 8 72nd Belmont: Fred A Smith aboard Bimelech wins in 2:29.6
  • Jun 9 44th US Golf Open: Lawson Little shoots a 287 at Canterbury GC OH
  • Jun 20 Joe Louis TKOs Arturo Godoy in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 9 8th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-0 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis
  • Jul 25 John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hrs 46 mins in the Mississippi River
  • Jul 28 Yankee Charlie Keller hits 3 HRs to beat White Sox 10-9
  • Jul 29 S>V. Urk Dutch soccer team forms
  • Aug 5 St Louis Brown John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings

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Aug 24 Red Sox left fielder Ted Williams pitches the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 26 RKC soccer team forms in Waalwijk
  • Aug 29 7th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 45, All-Stars 28 (84,567)

Sport awardGolf Major

Sep 2 23rd PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Hershey CC Hershey Pa

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 60th U.S. Men's National Championship: Donald McNeill beats Bobby Riggs (4-6, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 54th U.S. Women's National Championship: Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs (6-2, 6-3)

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • Sep 15 3rd American Football League plays 1st game (Milw 14, Columbus 2)
  • Sep 15 Chicago Tribune sponsors Ted Lyons Day (White Sox pitcher)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 16 Leo Durocher suspended from Ebbetts Field for "inciting a riot"

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Oct 3 Reds beat Tigers ending NL's 10-game World Series losing streak
  • Oct 7 Reds Bucky Walters is 1st pitcher in 14 years to homer in World Series
  • Oct 8 Cincinnati Reds beat Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3, in 37th World Series
  • Oct 24 Japan eliminates US terms (strike, play ball) from baseball

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 5 Walter Johnson, won 416 games for Washington Senators, loses Maryland congressional race (R)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Nov 10 Pittsburgh & Philadelphia play a penalty free NFL game
  • Nov 17 Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
  • Nov 27 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)
  • Nov 30 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 1): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 8-2
  • Dec 7 28th CFL Grey Cup (Game 2): Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Ottawa, 12-5
  • Dec 8 1st NFL championship on national radio; Bears beat Redskins 73-0
  • Dec 10 1941 NFL Draft: Tom Harmon from University of Michigan first pick by Chicago Bears
  • Dec 16 Joe Louis KOs Al McCoy in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in Chicago

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Dec 20 Connie Mack acquires controlling interest in the Athletics for $42,000

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Dec 25 Bradman out 1st ball for SA v Victoria before 6213
  • Dec 26 1st-class cricket debut of Arthur Morris, who scores 148
  • Dec 28 Cricketer Arthur Morris scores 111 in 2nd innings of 1st game after 148
  • Dec 29 NFL Pro Bowl: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars 28-14