Events in Sport in 1949

  • Jan 1 35th Rose Bowl: #7 Northwestern beats #4 California, 20-14
  • Jan 1 15th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #3 North Carolina, 14-6
  • Jan 1 15th Orange Bowl: Texas beats #8 Georgia, 41-28
  • Jan 28 NY Giants sign their 1st black players, Monte Irvin & Ford Smith
  • Jan 31 37th Women's Australian Championships: Doris Hart beats Nancye Wynne Bolton (6-3, 6-4)
  • Jan 31 37th Men's Australian Championships: Frank Sedgman beats John Bromwich (6-3, 6-2, 6-2)

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Feb 2 Golfing champ Ben Hogan seriously injured in an auto accident

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Feb 5 Huaso sets official world equestrian high-jump record, 2.47 m, Chic

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Feb 7 Joe DiMaggio becomes 1st $100,000 a year baseball player for the New York Yankees

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Feb 11 Willie Pep recaptures world featherweight boxing title

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Mar 1 Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champ

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Mar 1 The Browns, owners of Sportsman's Park, move to evict the Cardinals

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Mar 5 Bradman plays his last innings in 1st-class cricket, gets 30

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Mar 10 Detroit Tiger pitcher Art Houtteman is critically injured in an auto accident but recovers to win 15 games in 1949
  • Mar 26 11th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Oklahoma State 46-36
  • Mar 26 103rd Grand National: Leo McMorrow aboard Russian Hero wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10 13th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 282

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Apr 13 3rd NBA Championship: Minn Lakers beat Wash Capitols, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games (2nd year in a row)
  • Apr 19 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gosta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8

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Apr 19 Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Apr 20 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California
  • May 4 Air crash at Turin, 31 killed including Torino soccer team
  • May 5 Tiger 2nd baseman Charlie Gehringer selected to Hall of Fame
  • May 7 75th Kentucky Derby: Steve Brooks aboard Ponder wins in 2:04.2
  • May 14 74th Preakness: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 1:56
  • May 28 48th Men's French Championships: Frank Parker beats Budge Patty (6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4)
  • May 28 48th Women's French Championships: Margaret Osborne duPont beats Nelly Adamson (7-5, 6-2)
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Bill Holland wins in 4:07:15.939 (195.257 km/h)
  • May 31 31st PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Hermitage CC Richmond VA
  • Jun 11 49th US Golf Open: Cary Middlecoff shoots a 286 at Medinah CC ILL
  • Jun 11 81st Belmont: Ted Atkinson aboard Capot wins in 2:30.2

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 22 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for National Boxing Association world heavyweight title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • Jul 1 63rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Ted Schroeder beat Drobny (3-6 6-0 6-3 4-6 6-4)
  • Jul 2 "Red Barber's Clubhouse" sports show premieres on CBS (later NBC) TV
  • Jul 2 56th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: L Brough beats M duPont (10-8 1-6 10-8)
  • Jul 5 NY Giants purchase Monty Irvin & Henry Thompson, their 1st African American players
  • Jul 6 Cincinnati Red Walker Cooper gets 10 RBIs
  • Jul 8 Monte Irvin & Hank Thompson are 1st blacks to play for NY Giants
  • Jul 9 78th British Golf Open: Bobby Locke shoots a 283 at Royal St George's Golf Club
  • Jul 12 16th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-7 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn
  • Jul 12 Baseball owners agree to erect warning paths before each fence
  • Jul 12 LA Rams sign Norm Van Brocklin
  • Jul 15 Czech tennis stars Jaroslav Drobny & Vladimir Cernik defect to US
  • Jul 23 Test Cricket debut of England's Brian Close aged 18 years 149 days
  • Jul 24 Indian pitcher Bob Lemon hits 2 HRs to beat Senators, 7-5
  • Jul 24 36th Tour de France won by Fausto Coppi of Italy

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Jul 25 St Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits for the cycle beating Bkln 14-1

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Jul 31 Lightning strikes a baseball field in Fla, kills SS & 3rd baseman
  • Aug 3 Basketball Association of America & National Basketball League merge to form National Basketball Association
  • Aug 4 NBL & NBAA merge into National Basketball Association

  • Aug 6 Luke Appling record of 2,154 (en route to 2,218) games at shortstop
  • Aug 10 Ezzard Charles TKOs Gus Lesnevich in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Aug 12 16th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 38, All-Stars 0 (93,780)
  • Aug 20 78,382 watch White Sox play Indians at Cleveland
  • Aug 28 38th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in New York (4-1)
  • Sep 5 69th U.S. Men's National Championship: Pancho Gonzales beats Ted Schroeder (16-18, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4)
  • Sep 5 63rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Margaret Osborne duPont beats Doris Hart (6-4, 6-1)
  • Sep 13 Ladies Pro Golf Association of America formed in NYC
  • Sep 17 8th Ryder Cup: US beats Europe, 7-5 at Ganton GC, England
  • Sep 18 Baseball major league record 4 grand slams hit
  • Sep 20 Tennis player Pancho Gonzales turns professional

Sport awardGolf Major

Sep 25 4th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Louise Suggs

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Sep 25 Despite 71 injuries, Yankees have been in 1st place all season until Red Sox move into a tie for 1st place
  • Oct 2 St Louis Browns use 9 pitchers, lose to Whites Sox 4-3
  • Oct 2 Yanks & Red Sox, tied for 1st place, play final game of season. Yanks win 5-3 & clinch pennant #16
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees beat Dodgers 4 games to 1 in 46th World Series
  • Oct 10 3rd NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Toronto 3-1 at Toronto
  • Oct 14 Ezzard Charles TKOs Pat Valentino in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Oct 16 1st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Red Byron wins
  • Oct 19 A's trade 2nd baseman Nellie Fox to White Sox for Joe Tipton
  • Oct 29 White Sox trade Joe Tipton to A's for Nellie Fox

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Nov 18 NL batting leader (.342) Jackie Robinson wins NL MVP

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Nov 24 Syracuse Nationals beat Anderson Packers, 125-123 in 5 OTs

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Nov 25 Ted Williams wins AL MVP

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Nov 26 37th CFL Grey Cup: Montreal Alouettes defeat Calgary Stampeders, 28-15
  • Dec 3 14th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 14-13 in Birmingham
  • Dec 4 Bob Gage ties NFL record of a 97 yard touchdown run
  • Dec 5 Ezzard Charles defeats Jersey Joe Walcott for heavyweight boxing title
  • Dec 7 15th Heisman Trophy Award: Leon Hart, Notre Dame (E)
  • Dec 9 NFL merges Cleveland Browns, SF '49ers & Balt Colts from AAFC
  • Dec 11 Chic Bear Johnny Lujack passes for 6 touchdowns vs Chic Cards (52-29)
  • Dec 11 Cleveland Browns beat SF '49ers 21-7 in final AAFC championship game
  • Dec 18 Philadelphia Eagles beat LA Rams 14-0 in NFL championship game