Events in Sport in 1951

  • Jan 1 37th Rose Bowl: #9 Michigan beats #5 California, 14-6
  • Jan 1 17th Sugar Bowl: #7 Kentucky beats #1 Oklahoma, 13-7
  • Jan 1 17th Orange Bowl: #10 Clemson beats #15 Miami (FL), 15-14
  • Jan 3 Fred Wilt wins AAU Sullivan Memorial Trophy (US athlete of 1950)
  • Jan 5 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Ponte Vedra Beach Women's Golf Open
  • Jan 6 Indianapolis beats Rochester 75-73 in NBA-record 6 overtimes
  • Jan 9 Washington Capitals NBA club folds

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 12 Ezzard Charles TKOs Lee Oma in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jan 14 NFL Pro Bowl: 1st since 1942, Americans beat Nationals 28-27
  • Jan 18 NFL rules tackles, guards & centers ineligible for forward pass
  • Jan 18 NFL takes control of failing Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 18 1951 NFL Draft: Kyle Rote from SMU first pick by New York Giants
  • Jan 21 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Women's Golf Open
  • Jan 26 Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jan 31 39th Women's Australian Championships: Nancye Wynne Bolton beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-1, 7-5)
  • Jan 31 39th Men's Australian Championships: Dick Savitt beats Ken McGregor (6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1)
  • Feb 3 Largest purse to date in horse racing, $144,323, won by Great Circle
  • Feb 9 St Louis Browns sign pitcher Satchel Paige, 45

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Feb 14 Sugar Ray Robinson defeats Jake LaMotta & takes middleweight title

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Feb 18 3 City College of NY basketball players admit to accepting bribes
  • Feb 25 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins Orlando Florida 2 Ball Golf Tournament
  • Mar 2 1st NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 111-94 at Boston
  • Mar 3 Bill Mikvy (Temple) scores NCAA basketball record 73 pts
  • Mar 7 Ezzard Charles beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for 2nd time to win National Boxing Association world heavyweight title
  • Mar 8 Intl Table Tennis Federation bans Egypt (for refusing to play Israel)
  • Mar 17 Test Cricket debut of Brian Statham, England v NZ at Christchurch
  • Mar 18 Pat O'Sullivan wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 26 Patty Berg wins LPGA Sandhills Women's Golf Open
  • Mar 27 13th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Kansas 68-58

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 7 15th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Apr 7 105th Grand National: John Bullock aboard Nickel Coin wins

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Apr 17 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Apr 19 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45
  • Apr 21 5th NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 21 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 23 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Richmond Women's Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 24 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sacramento Women's Golf Invitational Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • May 1 Mickey Mantle's 1st HR
  • May 1 Cuban Minnie Minoso becomes the 1st black player for the White Sox
  • May 3 Gil McDougald ties major league record with 6 RBIs in 1 inning
  • May 3 NY Yankee Gil McDougald is 5th to get 6 RBIs in an inning (9th)
  • May 5 77th Kentucky Derby: Conn McCreary aboard Count Turf wins in 2:02.6
  • May 6 Pitts Pirate Cliff Chambers no-hits Boston Brave, 3-0
  • May 7 International Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics
  • May 19 76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Bold wins in 1:56.4

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May 25 NY Giant Willie Mays 1st major league game (goes 0 for 5)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 28 After going 0-for-12, Willie Mays connects for his 1st major league home run
  • May 30 Ezzard Charles beats Joey Maxim in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Lee Wallard wins in 3:57:38.103 (203.170 km/h)
  • Jun 3 50th Men's French Championships: Jaroslav Drobny beats Eric Sturgess (6-3, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Jun 3 50th Women's French Championships: Shirley Fry beats Doris Hart (6-3, 3-6, 6-3)

  • Jun 4 Pirate's' Gus Bell hits for cycle helps beat Phillies 12-4

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Jun 15 Joe Louis scored his last knock out victory

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Jun 16 51st US Golf Open: Ben Hogan shoots a 287 at Oakland Hills CC Mich
  • Jun 16 83rd Belmont: David Gorman aboard Counterpoint wins in 2:29
  • Jun 20 Cleve Indian Bobby Avila hits 3 HRs, double & single vs Red Sox
  • Jun 21 Patty Berg wins LPGA Women's Western Golf Open
  • Jul 1 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • Jul 1 Cleve Indian Bob Feller, 3rd no-hitter beats Det Tigers, 2-1

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 3 33rd PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Oakmont CC Oakmont Pa

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • Jul 5 Dodgers sweep the Giants & lead by 7½ games (Giants will win pennant)
  • Jul 6 65th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Dick Savitt beats Ken McGregor (6-4 6-4 6-4)
  • Jul 6 80th British Golf Open: Max Faulkner shoots a 285 at Royal Portrush Golf Club
  • Jul 7 58th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Doris Hart beats Shirley Fry (6-1 6-0)
  • Jul 10 18th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 8-3 at Briggs Stadium, Detroit
  • Jul 12 NY Yankees Allie Reynolds no-hits Cleve Indians, 8-0
  • Jul 14 1st color telecast of a sporting event (CBS-horse race)

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Jul 16 Novel "Catcher in Rye" by J. D. Salinger published by Little Brown and Company

Novelist J. D. Salinger
Novelist
J. D. Salinger

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Jul 18 Jersey Joe Walcott at 37 becomes oldest to win heavyweight champion

World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jersey Joe
World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jersey Joe
  • Jul 29 38th Tour de France won by Hugo Koblet of Switzerland

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Jul 30 Ty Cobb testifies before the Emanuel Celler committee, denying that the reserve clause makes peons of baseball players

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Aug 11 1st televised baseball game in color, on WCBS in New York City (Boston Braves beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-1)
  • Aug 11 NY Giants (NFL) beat Ottawa Roughriders (CFL) 38-6 in Ottawa
  • Aug 11 NY Giants lose to go 13½ games behind Bkln Dodgers, later win the pennant
  • Aug 12 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 17 18th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 33, All-Stars 0 (92,180)
  • Aug 18 Cricket 1st-class debut of Raymond Illingworth
  • Aug 19 Bill Veeck (Cleveland Indians) sends Eddie Gaedel, a 3'7" little person, to pinch-hit
  • Aug 22 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
  • Aug 25 Cleveland Indians win 16th straight home game
  • Aug 28 Braves sell pitcher Johnny Sain to the Yankees for $50,000
  • Aug 28 Pirates snap NY Giants 16 game win streak

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 5 71st U.S. Men's National Championship: Frank Sedgman beats Vic Seixas (6-4, 6-1, 6-1)

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Sep 5 65th U.S. Women's National Championship: Maureen Connolly beats Shirley Fry Irvin (6-3, 1-6, 6-4)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Sep 9 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Sep 13 St Louis Cards beat NY Giants 6-4 (rescheduled from 9/12) then at night lose to Boston Braves 2-0
  • Sep 16 6th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Betsy Rawls
  • Sep 16 US National League umpire Frank Dascoli clears the Dodgers bench, ejecting 15 players
  • Sep 28 Norm Van Brocklin of Rams passes for NFL record 554 yards
  • Oct 1 1st Giant-Dodgers playoff game, Giants win 3-1
  • Oct 2 Dodgers beat Giants 10-0, in 2nd game of play-offs
  • Oct 3 Bobby Thomson HR-Giants win pennant defeating Dodgers
  • Oct 4 In opening World Series game, Giant Monte Irvin steals home in 1st inn
  • Oct 8 Ford C Frick replaces Happy Chandler as 3rd commissioner of baseball Warren C Giles becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Oct 9 5th NHL All-Star Game: 1st Team ties 2nd Team 2-2 at Toronto
  • Oct 9 Gil McDougald's World Series grand slam helps Yanks beat Giants 13-1
  • Oct 10 Yanks beat Giants 4 games to 2 in World Series, DiMaggio's final game
  • Oct 14 Det Lion Jack Christiansen returns 2 punts for touchdowns vs LA Rams
  • Oct 19 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Texas Women's Golf Open

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Oct 26 Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Oct 28 2nd Formula One WDC: Juan Manuel Fangio wins by six points

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Nov 1 Brooklyn Dodger catcher Roy Campanella wins the 1st of his 3 NL MVPs

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Nov 4 9th Ryder Cup: US wins 9½-2½ at Pinehurst Resort (Pinehurst, North Carolina, US)
  • Nov 4 NY Giants & NY Yanks score back-to-back TDs on kickoff returns
  • Nov 4 Vijay Merchant scores 154 v England in his last Test Cricket innings

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Nov 8 NY Yankee Catcher Yogi Berra wins 1st of his 3 MVP awards

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Nov 10 13th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Maryland beats Navy 40-21 in Baltimore
  • Nov 15 Cricket 1st-class debut of Hanif Mohammad, Pak XI v MCC, Lahore
  • Nov 15 NY Yankee Gil McDougald wins AL Rookie of Year
  • Nov 18 Former Cubs 1st baseman & future TV star of Rifleman Chuck Connors is 1st player to oppose the major league draft
  • Nov 19 Roy Campanella named NL MVP on his 30th birthday
  • Nov 24 39th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Rough Riders defeats Saskatchewan, 21-14
  • Nov 25 Cleveland Browns penalized a record 209 yards against Chicago Bears
  • Nov 25 3rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Herb Thomas wins
  • Dec 1 17th Heisman Trophy Award: Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (HB)
  • Dec 2 Philadelphia sets NFL record of 25 1st-downs rushing

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Dec 2 Don Hutson's #14 jersey is retired by the Green Bay Packers, the first number retired in the history of the franchise

First Wide Receiver in NFL History Don Hutson
First Wide Receiver in NFL History
Don Hutson
  • Dec 2 16th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 25-7 in Birmingham

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Dec 11 Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement from baseball

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Dec 22 Australia cricket all out 82 v West Indies at Adelaide
  • Dec 23 1st coast-to-coast televised football game (Dumont paid $75,000) LA Rams beat Cleveland Browns 24-17 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 25 1st Christmas Day in test cricket, Aust v WI at Adelaide
  • Dec 25 West Indies defeat Australia by 6 wkts on 3rd day of 3rd Test Cricket
  • Dec 27 40th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Sydney (3-2)