Events in Sport in 1954

  • Jan 1 Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts
  • Jan 1 40th Rose Bowl: #3 Michigan State beats #5 UCLA, 28-20
  • Jan 1 20th Sugar Bowl: #8 Georgia Tech beats #10 West Virginia, 42-19
  • Jan 1 20th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #1 Maryland, 7-0
  • Jan 9 Bert Olmstead of the Montreal Canadiens, ties NHL record of 8 points in game
  • Jan 17 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 20-9
  • Jan 21 4th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 98-93 (OT) at New York City
  • Jan 23 Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties
  • Jan 28 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • Feb 1 The County soccer team forms in Doetinchem
  • Feb 1 42nd Women's Australian Championships: Thelma Coyne Long beats Jenny Staley (6-3, 6-4)
  • Feb 1 42nd Men's Australian Championships: Mervyn Rose beats Rex Hartwig (6-2, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2)
  • Feb 2 Bevo Francis, Rio Grande College, scores 113 pts in basketball game
  • Feb 10 Ice Dance Championship at Oslo won by Jean Westwood/Lawrence Demmy GRB
  • Feb 28 Patty Berg and Pete Cooper wins LPGA Orlando Mixed Golf Tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 1 Baseballer Ted Williams breaks his collarbone In spring training

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Mar 6 1st ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 82-80 (OT)
  • Mar 7 Russia wins title in their 1st international ice hockey competition
  • Mar 13 Braves' Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle, he is replaced by Hank Aaron
  • Mar 14 Braves Henry Aaron homers in his 1st exhibition game

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 14 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Mar 14 NBA Baltimore Bullets end a 32 game road losing streak
  • Mar 20 16th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: La Salle beats Bradley 92-76
  • Mar 30 Test Cricket debut of Garry Sobers v England at Kingston
  • Apr 6 Montreal Canadiens score 3 goals in 56 sec in playoff game against Det
  • Apr 10 108th Grand National: Bryan Marshall aboard Royal Tan wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 12 US Masters Golf, Augusta: Sam Snead wins his third and final Masters by 1 in an 18-hole playoff with Ben Hogan

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • Apr 12 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 13 Balt Orioles 1st game, loses to Tigers in Detroit 3-0

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Apr 13 Milwaukee Braves' Hank Aaron's 1st game

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Apr 15 Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 19 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39
  • Apr 19 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
  • Apr 22 NBA adopts 24-second shot clock & 6 team-foul rule
  • Apr 23 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 1st of his 755 homers
  • May 1 80th Kentucky Derby: Raymond York wins aboard Determine, his only Derby success
  • May 1 Preston North End defender Joe Marston becomes the first Australian to play in an FA Cup Final, a 3-2 loss to WBA

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 2 Stan Musial hits 5 HRs in a doubleheader

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • May 8 1st shot-put over 60' (18.29 m)-Parry O'Brien, Los Angeles, CA
  • May 16 Ted Williams gets 8 hits in 1st game (DH) since breaking collarbone
  • May 22 79th Preakness: Johnny Adams aboard Hasty Road wins in 1:57.4

Sport awardTennis Open

May 29 53rd Men's French Championships: Tony Trabert beats Art Larsen (6-4, 7-5, 6-1)

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • May 29 53rd Women's French Championships: Maureen Connolly beats Ginette Bucaille (6-4, 6-1)
  • May 29 British runner Diane Leather becomes first woman to run the mile in under 5 minutes; 4:59.6 at Alexander Sports Ground in Birmingham, England
  • May 30 Dutch bishops forbid membership to non-catholic sporting clubs
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Bill Vukovich wins in 3:49:17.261 (210.567 km/h)
  • Jun 6 Patty Berg wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 12 86th Belmont: Eric Guerin aboard High Gun wins in 2:30.8
  • Jun 12 Milwaukee Braves Jim Wilson no-hits Phillies, 2-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jun 17 Rocky Marciano beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles

  • Jun 19 54th US Golf Open: Ed Furgol shoots a 284 at Baltusrol GC in NJ
  • Jun 19 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jun 26 Jim Peters runs marathon in 2:17:39.4
  • Jun 27 The so-called "Battle of Berne" occurs during the FIFA World Cup match between Brazil and Hungary as the game descends into an all-out brawl
  • Jun 30 Yank pitcher Tom Morgan ties record by hitting 3 batters in 1 inning This was also Bobby Brown's last game; he retired to become a doctor
  • Jul 1 Khalid Hasan, Pakistani cricket leg-spinner makes his Test debut against England at just 16 yrs 352 days, then world record

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Czech Jaroslav Drobný beats Ken Rosewall of Australia 13-11, 4-6, 6-2, 9-7 for his only Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Jul 2 England cricket batsman Denis Compton scores career best 278 in 287 mins in 2nd Test win over Pakistan at Nottingham
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly wins her 3rd consecutive Wimbledon singles title beating fellow American Louise Brough 6-2, 7-5
  • Jul 3 US Open Women's Golf, Salem CC: Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins by a record 12 strokes from Betty Hicks in her comeback event 14 months after radical colon cancer surgery
  • Jul 4 FIFA World Cup Final: Helmut Rahn scores twice as West Germany beats Hungary 3-2 in Bern, Switzerland
  • Jul 9 83rd British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 283 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club
  • Jul 12 Major League Baseball Players Association founded
  • Jul 13 21st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-9 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve
  • Jul 17 1st major league game where majority of team is black (Dodgers)
  • Jul 18 Cards losing 8-1 to Phillies begin stalling in 5th, they forfeit game
  • Jul 20 Tennis champ Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in an accident
  • Jul 27 36th PGA Championship: Chick Herbert at Keller GC St Paul, Minnesota
  • Jul 30 Bob Kennedy hits the 1st grand slam for the new Baltimore Orioles
  • Jul 31 Mil Braves' Joe Adcock sets record of 18 total bases (4 hrs, 1 double)
  • Aug 1 Tour de France: Louison Bobet of France wins by 15' 49" from Ferdinand Kübler, for the second of his 3 consecutive wins
  • Aug 10 Sir Gordon Richards retires as a jockey with record 4,870 wins
  • Aug 11 BC Lions plays its 1st CFL game, they lose to Montreal Alouettes, 22-0
  • Aug 13 21st NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Detroit 31, All-Stars 6 (93,470)
  • Aug 16 "Sports Illustrated" magazine begins publishing
  • Aug 25 Ivan Filin wins Berne marathon (2:25:26.6) (260m)
  • Aug 31 Cincinnati 1st baseman Ted Kluszewski hits 2 HRs in a 9-3 loss v Phillies; 1st Redleg to ever hit 40 MLB HRs, en route to season total 49

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 6 US Men's National Championship: Vic Seixas beats Australian Rex Hartwig 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Player Vic Seixas
Tennis Player
Vic Seixas
  • Sep 6 68th U.S. Women's National Championship: Doris Hart beats Louise Brough Clapp (6-8, 6-1, 8-6)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 8 With a 3-2 count, Phillies Richie Ashburn fouls next 14, then walks

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Sep 10 Attempting to handle Hoyt Wilhelm's knuckleball catcher, Ray Katt of Giants sets a major league record with 4 passed balls
  • Sep 12 White Sox win 90th game, 1st time they win this many since 1920

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 14 Giants' Willie Mays gets 82nd extra-base hit, breaks Mel Ott's record

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • Sep 17 Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 18 Cleveland Indians clinch AL pennant, beat Tigers (3-2)
  • Sep 22 Bkln Dodger Karl Spooner strikes out 15 NY Giants in his 1st game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 26 Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3rd & Mickey Mantle plays shortstop

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Sep 29 Bennekom soccer team forms in Bennekom
  • Sep 29 Willie Mays famous over-the-shoulder catch of Vic Wertz' 460' drive during Game One of the World Series
  • Oct 2 8th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Detroit 2-2 at Detroit
  • Oct 2 NY Giants sweep Cleveland Indians, in 51st World Series
  • Oct 24 5th Formula One WDC: Juan Manuel Fangio wins by 16.86 points
  • Oct 28 Major league owners vote down sale of A's to a Philadelphia syndicate
  • Oct 30 1st use of 24-sec shot clock in pro basketball (Rochester vs Boston)
  • Nov 1 6th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Lee Petty wins
  • Nov 7 Cleveland Browns' Chet Hanulak sets club record with 7 punt returns & win by their largest margin of victory (59) beating Wash 62-3
  • Nov 13 1st Rugby League World Cup: Great Britain beats France 16-12
  • Nov 18 Yanks trade Woodling, Byrd, McDonald, Triandos, Miranada & Smith to Orioles for Turley, Larsen & Hunter as part of an 18 player deal
  • Nov 26 Test Cricket debut of Colin Cowdrey v Australia at Gabba
  • Nov 27 42nd CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 26-25
  • Nov 27 19th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 28 Cleveland Browns' Horace Gillom sets club record with 80-yard punt
  • Nov 30 20th Heisman Trophy Award: Alan Ameche, Wisconsin (FB)
  • Dec 1 Yanks send Miller, Segrist, Leppert & 2 minors to Orioles for Blayzka, Kryhoski, Johnson, Fridley & Del Guercio (completing 18 player deal)
  • Dec 2 Frank Selvy of Milwaukee sets then NBA record of 24 of 26 free throws
  • Dec 10 Philadelphia Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
  • Dec 11 Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
  • Dec 26 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Detroit 56-10
  • Dec 28 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)