Events in Sport in 1948

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 1 Bradman scores 132 in the 1st innings of the 3rd Test v India

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jan 1 34th Rose Bowl: #2 Michigan beats #8 Southern California, 49-0
  • Jan 1 14th Sugar Bowl: #5 Texas beats #6 Alabama, 27-7
  • Jan 1 14th Orange Bowl: #10 Georgia Tech beats #12 Kansas, 20-14
  • Jan 3 Bradman completes dual Test tons (132 & 127*) v India MCG
  • Jan 22 Jim Laker takes 7-103 in his 1st Test Cricket innings v WI Barbados
  • Jan 23 Bradman scores 201 in 272 mins v India, 21 fours 1 six
  • Jan 24 Australia all out 674 v India (Bradman 201, Hassett 198*)
  • Jan 26 36th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Marie Toomey (6-3, 6-1)
  • Jan 26 36th Men's Australian Championships: Adrian Quist beats John Bromwich (6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3)
  • Jan 29 Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, & Phillies $500 each for signing high school players
  • Jan 30 5th Winter Olympic games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 5 Dick Button becomes 1st US figure skating Olympic champion
  • Feb 5 Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion
  • Feb 6 Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia
  • Feb 8 5th Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 11 Billy Griffith scores cricket century on debut Eng v WI, out for 140
  • Feb 11 Test cricket debut of Frank Worrell for the West Indies vs. England at Port-of-Spain
  • Feb 13 West Indian batsman Andy Ganteaume scores 112 for W Indies in his only Test Cricket innings
  • Feb 21 NASCAR is incorporated.
  • Mar 15 Bradman scores 115 for the Australian cricket team v Western Australia
  • Mar 20 102nd Grand National: Arthur Thompson aboard Sheila's Cottage wins
  • Mar 23 10th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Baylor 58-42
  • Mar 29 Drachtster Boys soccer team forms in Drachten
  • Mar 29 Yanks & Red Sox tie at 2-2 in 17, spring training game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 4 84-year-old Connie Mack challenges 78-year-old Clark Griffith to a race from home to 1st base; it ends in a tie

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Apr 11 12th Masters Golf Tournament: Claude Harmon wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 14 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games
  • Apr 19 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02
  • Apr 21 2nd NBA Championship: Balt Bullets beat Philadelphia Warriors, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 29 Don Bradman scores 107 Aust v Worcs, 152 mins, 15 fours
  • May 1 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:05.4
  • May 8 Cricketer Don Bradman scores 146 Aust v Surrey, 174 mins, 15 fours
  • May 15 73rd Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:02.4
  • May 15 Bradman scores 187 Aust v Essex, 124 minutes, 33 fours 1 five
  • May 20 Cleve Indians tie AL record of 18 walks (beat Red Sox 13-4)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 21 NY Yank Joe DiMaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, HR)

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio

Sport awardGolf Major

May 25 30th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Norwood Hills CC St Louis

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 27 Hank Greenberg buys an interest in the Cleveland Indians

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • May 29 47th Men's French Championships: Frank Parker beats Jaroslav Drobny (6-4, 7-5, 5-7, 8-6)
  • May 29 47th Women's French Championships: Nelly Landry beats Shirley Fry (6-2, 0-6, 6-0)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Schenectady Blue Jays Tom Lasorda strikes out 25 in 15-inning game

Baseball Manager Tom Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tom Lasorda
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Mauri Rose wins in 4:10:23.286 (192.822 km/h)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 5 Phillies Richie Ashburn sets NL rookie consecut hitting streak at 23

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Jun 12 48th US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 276 at Riviera CC in LA
  • Jun 12 80th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Citation wins in 2:28.2
  • Jun 12 Bradman scores 138 in 1st Test Cricket at Trent Bridge

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 13 Babe Ruth's final farewell at Yankee Stadium, he dies Aug 16th

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jun 15 1st night game at Briggs Stadium: Detroit Tigers beat Philadelphia A's (Tigers 4, Athletics 1)
  • Jun 15 Bradman is out for a duck, but Australia win test match anyway

  • Jun 18 Phillies pitching great Robin Roberts debut, loses 2-0 to Pirates

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 25 Joe Louis KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • Jun 30 Cleve Indian Bob Lemon no-hits Detroit Tigers, 2-0
  • Jul 1 Bradman scores 128 Australia v Surrey, 141 mins, 15 fours

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 1 Brooklyn's Roy Campanella debuts as catcher

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Jul 2 62nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Falkenburg beats Bromwich (7-5 0-6 6-2 3-6 7-5)
  • Jul 2 77th British Golf Open: Henry Cotton shoots a 284 at Muirfield
  • Jul 3 55th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats Doris Hart (6-3 8-6)
  • Jul 7 Cleveland Indians sign Leroy "Satchel" Paige
  • Jul 13 15th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-2 at Sportsman's Park, St Louis

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 16 Eddie Sawyer replaces Ben Chapman in Philadelphia, NY Giants Leo Durocher replaces Mel Ott & Burt Shotton replaces Durocher as Dodger manager

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Jul 18 Pat Seerey of Chicago White Sox hits 4 HRs in an 11 inning game
  • Jul 25 35th Tour de France won by Gino Bartali of Italy
  • Jul 26 "Babe Ruth Story" premieres, Babe Ruth's last public appearance
  • Jul 26 Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as a NY Giant
  • Jul 27 Bradman's 29th & last Test Cricket century, part of winning 3-404

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic games in London

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • Jul 30 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record (10K - 29:59.6)
  • Aug 5 Cleveland Indians set club record for most double plays in a game (6)
  • Aug 6 Bob Mathias, US, wins decathlon at London Olympics
  • Aug 6 Fanny Blankers-Koen (Neth) is 1st women to win 3 golds at Olympics
  • Aug 7 Delfo Cabrera wins 11th Olympic marathon (2:34:51.6)
  • Aug 10 Bradman scores 133* Aust v Lancashire, 216 mins, 17 fours
  • Aug 11 Summer Olympics opens in London
  • Aug 12 Cleveland Indians get 29 hits in a 9 inning game
  • Aug 13 Satchel Paige at 42, pitches his 1st major league complete game
  • Aug 14 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain
  • Aug 14 Bradman's last Test Cricket innings
  • Aug 14 England all out for 52 v Australia at Cricket Oval
  • Aug 15 3rd US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Babe Didrikson-Zaharias
  • Aug 17 Phillies commit 8 errors in a baseball game for the 2nd time
  • Aug 20 15th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Chi Cards 28, All-Stars 0 (101,220)
  • Aug 21 Indians 47-inning scoreless streak broken by White Sox Aaron Robinson
  • Aug 25 Bradman scores 150 in 212 minutes in his last innings at Lord's
  • Sep 1 Bradman scores 143 Aust v South of England, 17 fours 1 six
  • Sep 6 37th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (5-0)
  • Sep 9 Brooklyn Dodger Rex Barney no-hits NY Giants, 2-0
  • Sep 10 Bradman scores 153 in his last 1st-class cricket innings in England
  • Sep 19 68th U.S. Men's National Championship: Pancho Gonzales beats Eric Sturgess (6-2, 6-3, 14-12)
  • Sep 19 62nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Margaret Osborne duPont beats Louise Brough Clapp (4-6, 6-4, 15-13)
  • Sep 20 Mexican Baseball league disbanded
  • Sep 23 Braves clinch NL pennant
  • Sep 26 Boston Braves win 1st NL championship since 1914
  • Oct 3 NFL becomes 1st sport televised as sport of week
  • Oct 4 Indians beat Red Sox, 8-0, in 1st AL playoff game
  • Oct 10 Then record 86,288 see game 5 of World Series in Cleveland
  • Oct 11 Cleve Indians beat Boston Braves, 4 games to 2 in 45th World Series
  • Nov 3 2nd NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-1 at Chicago
  • Nov 27 36th CFL Grey Cup: Calgary Stampeders defeat Ottawa Rough Riders, 12-7
  • Nov 30 Baseball's Negro National League disbands

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 2 Stan Musial is picked NL MVP

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Dec 3 Don Bradman scores his last century, 123 in his own testimonial
  • Dec 4 13th Iron Bowl (first since 1907): Alabama beats Auburn 55-0 in Birmingham
  • Dec 5 NY Giant Charley Conerly sets NFL record of 36 pass completions
  • Dec 8 14th Heisman Trophy Award: Doak Walker, SMU (HB)
  • Dec 19 Cleveland Browns beats Buffalo Bills 49-7 in AAFC championship game
  • Dec 19 Philadelphia Eagles shutout Chicago Cards 7-0 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 21 1949 NFL Draft: Chuck Bednarik from University of Pennsylvania first pick by Philadelphia Eagles