On This Day

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 2nd NFL All Star Game, Gilmore Stadium, LA, CA: Green Bay Packers beat NFL All-Stars, 16-7
  • Jan 19 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Helen Hicks wins by 1 stroke ahead of Helen Dettweiler
  • Jan 28 Chicago's Les Cunningham scores 5 points in one period to set an NHL record that stands until 1978; records 2 goals & 3 assists in a 10:04 span during the 3d period of an 8-1 win over Montreal
  • Jan 29 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Nancye Wynne Bolton wins her 2nd Australian singles titles; beats Thelma Coyne 5-7, 6-4, 6-0

Sport awardAustralian Men's Tennis Open

Jan 29 Australian Championships men's Tennis: Australian Adrian Quist beats countryman Jack Crawford 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 for his 2nd Australian title

Tennis Player Adrian Quist
Tennis Player
Adrian Quist

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

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

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 28 1st televised basketball game (U of Pitts beats Fordham U, 50-37)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 29 American golfer Jimmy Demaret wins his third PGA Tour event within an 8-day span, taking the St. Petersburg Open by 1 stroke from Byron Nelson

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Feb 29 Detroit's Cecil "Tiny" Thompson becomes first goaltender in NHL history to play 40 (or more) games for 12 straight seasons; milestone comes in a 3-1 Red Wings loss at Toronto
  • 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 American boxer Joe Louis KOs Johnny Paycheck in 2 rounds to retain heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 30 2nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Kansas, 60-42; Hoosiers' forward Marvin Huffman is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Apr 5 99th Grand National: 25/1 shot Bogskar ridden by Royal Air Force sergeant Mervyn Jones wins by 4 lengths from MacMoffat; last true Aintree GN before a 5-year break due to World War II
  • Apr 7 7th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jimmy Demaret wins the first of his 3 Masters titles, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Lloyd Mangrum
  • 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 Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: New York Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2 for 4-2 series victory; Rangers last Cup win for 54 years
  • Apr 15 44th Boston Marathon won by Gérard Côté of Canada in 2:28:28.6; first of 4 wins in the event
  • Apr 16 Cleveland Indian Bob Feller hurls an opening day no-hitter vs Chic, 1-0
  • Apr 23 NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert
  • Apr 30 Brooklyn Dodger Tex Carleton no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 3-0
  • May 1 Summer Olympics (scheduled for Helsinki) are cancelled by the Finnish OC because of WWII
  • 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

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May 14 Boston's Jimmie Foxx HR goes over Comiskey Park's left field roof

MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Jimmie Foxx
MLB Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Jimmie Foxx
  • May 20 Soccer team HZVV forms in Hoogeveen
  • May 24 1st night game at St Louis Sportsman Park (Indians 3, Browns 2)
  • May 24 NY Giants swat Boston Bees, 8-1, in 1st night game at Polo Grounds, NYC
  • 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 US Open Men's Golf, Canterbury GC: Lawson Little defeats Gene Sarazen by 3 strokes in an 18-hole playoff to win his only professional major title
  • 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 American John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hours, 46 minutes from St. Louis to Caruthersville, Missouri in the Mississippi River; 292 miles, longest solo swim of all time
  • Jul 28 Yankee Charlie Keller hits 3 HRs to beat White Sox 10-9
  • Jul 29 SV. Urk Dutch soccer team forms
  • Aug 5 St Louis Brown's pitcher John Whitehead no-hits Detroit Tigers, 4-0 in 6 innings (rain shortened)

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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)
  • Sep 2 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Hershey CC: Byron Nelson wins his first PGA C'ship, beating Sam Snead 1 up in the Monday 36-hole final

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Donald McNeill beats fellow American Bobby Riggs 4-6, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 for his second major singles title

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

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 9 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Alice Marble beats Helen Jacobs 6-2, 6-3 for her third US singles title

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)

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

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Sep 27 Floyd Giebells, 1st game, 2-0 pennant clinching beating Bob Feller
  • Sep 27 Yankees, lose to A's & eliminated from pennant for 1st time since 1935
  • Sep 28 Michigan's Tom Harmon runs 72, 86 & 94 yard touchdowns
  • Sep 28 Bud Brennan, a fan at Memorial Stadium, races out of stands & attempts to tackle Tom Harmon at 3-yard line, Harmon easily evades Brennan
  • Oct 3 Cincinnati Reds' win Game 2 of the Baseball World Series, 5-2 v Detroit Tigers at Crosley Field; snap 10-game losing streak for NL going back to Game 6 in 1937; Reds win series, 4-3
  • 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

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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 Steelers & Philadelphia Eagles play one of only 4 penalty free games in NFL history; Steelers win 7-3 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • Nov 17 Green Bay Packers become 1st NFL team to travel by plane
  • Nov 25 Football team University of Michigan retires Tom Harmon's #98
  • Nov 27 6th Heisman Trophy Award: Tom Harmon, Michigan (HB)
  • Nov 30 CFL Grey Cup (Game 1), Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa beats Toronto Balmy Beach, 8-2
  • Dec 1 Four sets of brothers play in one NHL game when Chicago Blackhawks beat NY Rangers, 4-1; Lynn & Muzz Patrick and Neil & Mac Colville (Rangers); Max & Doug Bentley and Bob & Bill Carse (Chicago)
  • Dec 7 CFL Grey Cup (Game 2), Lansdowne Park, Ottawa: Ottawa beats Toronto Balmy Beach, 12-5
  • Dec 8 National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 73-0; most one-sided victory in NFL history; first NFL title game broadcast on national radio
  • 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 South Australia 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 3rd NFL All Star Game: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars, 28-14