Events in Sport in 1941

  • Jan 1 27th Rose Bowl: #2 Stanford beats #7 Nebraska, 21-13
  • Jan 1 7th Sugar Bowl: #4 Boston College beats #6 Tennessee, 19-13
  • Jan 1 7th Orange Bowl: #9 Mississippi State beats #13 Georgetown, 14-7

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 31 Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Feb 17 Joe Louis KOs Gus Dorazio in 2 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Feb 25 Boston Bruins set NHL record of 23-game unbeaten streak (15-0-8)
  • Mar 1 Elmer Layden becomes 1st NFL commissioner
  • Mar 4 NHL Chicago goalie Samuel LoPresti stops record 80 of 83 Boston shots
  • Mar 8 1st baseball player drafted into WW II (Hugh Mulcahy, Phillies)

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Mar 11 Bronko Nagurski beats Ray Steele in Minn, to become wrestling champ

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Mar 21 Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 24 LIU beats Ohio U 56-42 for NIT basketball championship
  • Mar 29 3rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wisconsin beats Wash State 39-34
  • Apr 6 8th Masters Golf Tournament: Craig Wood wins, shooting a 280
  • Apr 8 Joe Louis TKOs Tony Musto in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Apr 9 PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame
  • Apr 12 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
  • Apr 19 45th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:30:38
  • Apr 20 Dodgers start to wear liners in their caps
  • Apr 26 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)

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May 2 MLB player Ted Williams' lowest average (.308) in year he hit over .400

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • May 3 67th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 2:01.4
  • May 10 66th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway wins in 1:58.8

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 15 Joe DiMaggio starts 56-game hitting streak; Yanks lose 13-1

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • May 16 1st US radio performance of Bennett's "Symphony in D for the Dodgers"
  • May 19 Germany occupiers in Holland forbid bicycle taxis
  • May 20 White Sox Taft Wright sets AL record of RBIs in 13 consecutive games
  • May 23 Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 25 Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time in 1941
  • May 28 NY Yankees nip Washington Senators 6-5 in 1st night game at Griffith Stadium
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Floyd Davis/Mauri Rose wins in 4:20:36.266 (185.263 km/h)
  • May 31 German occupiers forbids Jews access to beach & swimming pools
  • Jun 4 Nazis forbid Jews access to beaches & swimming pools
  • Jun 5 Sandor Szabo beats B Nagurski in St Louis, to become wrestling champ
  • Jun 7 45th US Golf Open: Craig Wood shoots a 284 at Colonial Club Fort Worth
  • Jun 7 73rd Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Whirlaway win in 2:31 (triple crown)
  • Jun 18 Joe Louis KOs Billy Conn in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 1 Joe DiMaggio on way to 56, ties Willie Keeler's 44 game hit streak

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Jul 6 NY Yankees unveil a monument to Lou Gehrig in centerfield

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jul 8 9th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • Jul 13 24th PGA Championship: Vic Ghezzi at Cherry Hills CC Denver
  • Jul 13 Eddie Mayo (LA-Pacific Coast League), spits in face of umpire Ray Snyder
  • Jul 16 Joe DiMaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game
  • Jul 17 NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak ends in Cleveland
  • Jul 24 Red Sox Lefty Grove, 41, wins his 300th game
  • Jul 25 Red Sox Lefty Grove becomes 12th to win 300 games (his last victory)
  • Aug 1 NY Yankee Lefty Gomez walks most (11) in a shutout (Yanks 9, St L 0)
  • Aug 3 Browns pitcher Johnny Niggling gets Joe DiMaggio in 4 at bats to stop DiMaggio's streak of 74 games in reaching base
  • Aug 6 Detroit pitcher Al Benton is 1st to collect 2 sacrifices in an inning
  • Aug 18 Phillies commit 8 errors in a baseball game
  • Aug 28 8th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chicago Bears 37, All-Stars 13 (98,203)

  • Aug 30 St Louis Card Lon Warneke no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 2-0
  • Sep 4 NY Yankees, win earliest AL pennent (full season)
  • Sep 4 Yanks beat Red Sox 6-3 & clinch their 12th & earliest pennant

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 7 61st U.S. Men's National Championship: Bobby Riggs beats Frank Kovacs (5-7, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • Sep 7 55th U.S. Women's National Championship: Sarah Palfrey Cooke beats Pauline Betz Addie (7-5, 6-2)

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Sep 17 Cards' Stan Musial makes his major league debut, going 2-for-4

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Sep 25 Brooklyn Dodgers win their 1st pennant in 21 years
  • Sep 28 Phillies lose club record 111th game
  • Sep 28 Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting avg
  • Sep 29 Joe Louis TKOs Lou Nova in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 29 Million jam downtown Brooklyn to cheer NL champ Dodgers in a parade
  • Oct 1 Yankees beat Dodgers 3-2 at Yankee Stadium in opener of World Series
  • Oct 6 NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 1, in 38th World Series
  • Oct 19 1st woman jockey in North America, Anna Lee Wiley in Mexico
  • Nov 25 Lou Boudreau, 24, becomes Cleveland Indians player manager
  • Nov 26 Amateur tennis champ Bobby Riggs turns pro
  • Nov 27 Joe DiMaggio is named AL MVP
  • Nov 29 29th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 18-16
  • Dec 1 Last day of first-class cricket in Australia for 4 years
  • Dec 2 NY Giants name Mel Ott as player-manager, replacing Bill Terry
  • Dec 9 7th Heisman Trophy Award: Bruce Smith, Minnesota (HB)
  • Dec 14 1st NFL division playoff, Bears beat Packers 33-14
  • Dec 21 Chicago Bears Ray McLean makes last NFL drop kick for an extra point
  • Dec 21 Chicago bears win the NFL championship
  • Dec 22 1942 NFL Draft: Bill Dudley from University of Virginia first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers