Events in Sport in 1945

  • Jan 1 31st Rose Bowl: #7 Southern California beats #12 Tennessee, 25-0
  • Jan 1 11th Sugar Bowl: #11 Duke beats Alabama, 29-26
  • Jan 1 11th Orange Bowl: Tulsa beats #13 Georgia Tech, 26-12
  • Jan 2 Kentucky begins 130 home basketball game win streak, ends in 1955
  • Jan 10 No one is elected to baseball's Hall of Fame
  • Jan 25 NY Yankees sold by Ruppert estate to construction magnate Del Webb and partners Dan Topping and Larry MacPhail for $2.8 million
  • Feb 5 Big Racket becomes fastest race horse at 69t.6 kph (440 yd/20.8 s)

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Feb 8 Paul Brown agrees to coach the new American football expansion team in Cleveland, which would later be named the Cleveland Browns after their coach

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • Mar 15 Bert Shepard (1 legged WW II vet) tries out as a pitcher for Senators
  • Mar 15 Dodgers open spring training at Bear Mountain NY

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Mar 18 Maurice "Rocket" Richard becomes the 1st NHLer to score 50 goals

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard

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Mar 26 De Paul wins NIT basketball championship, George Mikan scores 34

NBA Center George Mikan
NBA Center
George Mikan
  • Mar 26 Venray soccer team forms
  • Mar 27 7th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NYU 49-44
  • Apr 1 Sons of Elburger Soccer team forms in Elburg
  • Apr 8 1945 NFL Draft: Charley Trippi from University of Georgia first pick by Chicago Cardinals
  • Apr 9 NFL requires players to wear long stockings
  • Apr 10 NFL's Boston Yanks & Brooklyn Tigers merge
  • Apr 18 1 armed outfielder, St Louis Brown Pete Gray, 1st game he goes 1 for 4
  • Apr 19 49th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley of Mass in 2:30:40.2
  • Apr 20 Cleveland Browns organization formed by Arthur "Mickey" McBride
  • Apr 22 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 24 Albert B "Happy" Chandler is named 2nd baseball commissioner
  • May 7 Branch Rickey announces formation of the US Negro Baseball League
  • May 9 New balata ball used in baseball, 50% livilier
  • May 19 Start of the 1st Victory Test Cricket between England & Aust Services
  • May 20 Keith Miller scores 105 in the 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's
  • May 21 Australian Services win 1st Victory Test Cricket at Lord's by 6 wickets
  • Jun 9 71st Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Hoop Jr wins in 2:07

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Jun 9 Following an 8-7 win over the Phils, Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher is arrested on a complaint by a fan that Durocher slugged him

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Jun 13 Heerjansdam soccer team forms
  • Jun 16 70th Preakness: Wayne D Wright aboard Polynesian wins in 1:58.8
  • Jun 23 77th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Pavot wins in 2:30.2
  • Jun 26 England win the second Victory test cricket at Bramall Lane by 41 runs

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Jul 1 1st MLB superstar to return from WW II, Hank Greenberg hits a homer in his 1st game

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jul 12 Cubs stop Braves Tommy Holmes modern-day NL hitting streak at 37 games

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 15 27th PGA Championship: Byron Nelson at Morraine CC Dayton Ohio

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
  • Jul 16 Australian Services win 3rd Victory Test Cricket by 4 wickets
  • Jul 21 Detroit Tigers & Philadelphia A's play 24 inning 1-1 tie
  • Jul 27 Cubs purchase pitcher Hank Borowy from NY Yankees
  • Aug 1 SVBO soccer team forms in Barger-Oosterveld
  • Aug 4 Golfer Byron Nelson records most tournament wins (18) in a season
  • Aug 4 Red Sox Tom McBride is 3rd to get 6 RBIs in an inning (4th)
  • Aug 6 Keith Miller scores 110 in the 4 Victory Test Cricket at Lord's
  • Aug 15 Chandler sells World Series radio rights for $150,000 to Gillette, Ford had been World Series sponsor since 1934, pay $100,000 annually
  • Aug 18 Scheduled demonstrations at Polo Grounds & Ebbets Field to end segregation in organized baseball are called off
  • Aug 19 Phillies Jimmie Foxx, 37, pitches 1st 7 innings vs Reds & wins
  • Aug 20 Dodgers Tommy Brown, 17, is youngest player to hit a HR
  • Aug 20 Robert Hamilton wins PGA golf tournament
  • Aug 30 12th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Green Bay 19, All-Stars 7 (92,753)
  • Sep 1 Phillies Vince DiMaggio ties NL record with 4th grand slam of season
  • Sep 3 65th U.S. Men's National Tennis Championship: Frank Parker beats William Talbert (14-12, 6-1, 6-2)
  • Sep 3 59th U.S. Women's National Championship: Sarah Palfrey Cooke beats Pauline Betz Addie (3-6, 8-6, 6-4)
  • Sep 6 A's catcher George George punches umpire Joe Rue gets suspended
  • Sep 29 Chicago Cubs clinch NL pennant with record of 98–56
  • Sep 30 Hank Greenberg's final day HR wins pennant for Tigers

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Oct 1 Heavyweight champ Joe Louis is discharged from army

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Oct 3 Tigers & Cubs meet in World Series for 4th time
  • Oct 6 Tavern owner "Billy Goat" Sianis buys seat for his goat for Game 4 of Baseball World Series, is escorted out and casts goat curse on Chicago Cubs
  • Oct 10 Detroit Tigers beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 3 in 42nd World Series
  • Oct 15 Baseball Attendance hits record 10.28 million (Tigers 1.28 is highest)

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Oct 23 Jackie Robinson signs Montreal Royal contract

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Oct 29 Happy Chandler resigns as US Senator, remains as baseball commish
  • Oct 30 Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a Montreal Royals
  • Nov 10 College football's #1 Army beats #2 Notre Dame 48-0
  • Nov 22 Jim Benton, Cleveland end, gains 303 yards (NFL record)
  • Nov 28 Australian Services draw second Victory Test Cricket v India at Calcutta
  • Nov 30 33rd CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Winn Blue Bombers, 35-0
  • Dec 1 CFL Grey Cup: Toronto beats Winnipeg 35-0 at Toronto
  • Dec 4 11th Heisman Trophy Award: Doc Blanchard, Army (FB)
  • Dec 10 Aust Services lose 3rd Victory Test Cricket to India by 6 wkts
  • Dec 16 Cleveland Rams win NFL championship

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Dec 31 Bradman scores 112, his 1st post-War century, SA v Aust Services

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman