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 4th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 20-9; MVP: Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia Eagles, LB

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 21 4th NBA All-Star Game, Madison Square Garden, NYC: East beats West, 98-93 (OT); MVP: Bob Cousy, Boston Celtics, PG

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Jan 21 First time in All-Star history, an overtime period is needed to decide a winner; Boston Celtics' guard Bob Cousy's 10-point OT scoring burst gave the East a 98-93 win; Cousy wins All-Star MVP honours
  • Jan 23 Equal longest undefeated streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history ends - 18 games, 16 wins, 2 ties

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jan 27 Archie Moore beats Joey Maxim in 15-round unanimous decision to retain his world light heavyweight boxing title at the Orange Bowl, Miami; last of famous trilogy of fights, all won by Moore

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Jan 28 1954 NFL Draft: Bobby Garrett from University of Stanford first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • Feb 1 Dutch soccer club De Graafschap "The County" forms in Doetinchem, Netherlands
  • Feb 1 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Thelma Coyne Long beats Jenny Staley 6-3, 6-4 for the 2nd of her 2 Australian singles titles
  • Feb 1 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Mervyn Rose wins his first Grand Slam title; beats fellow Australian 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

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Mar 1 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ted Williams fractures his collarbone on the first day of Boston Red Sox spring training; injury keeps him out of Boston lineup until May 15

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 LPGA Titleholders Championship, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her second Titleholders title by 7 strokes from Patty Berg

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; Explorers' small forward Tom Gola is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 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 wins aboard Royal Tan at 8/1; second consecutive GN victory for both Marshall and trainer Vincent O'Brien
  • Apr 10 Wales beats Scotland, 15-3 at the St. Helen's Ground, Swansea to share Five Nations Rugby Championship with France and England; France's first title

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

Apr 12 18th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Sam Snead wins his 3rd and final Masters by 1 stroke 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 Baltimore 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 Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 in OT for a 4-3 series victory
  • Apr 19 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39

Sport awardBoston Marathon

Apr 19 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence DeMar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • 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 French Championships Women's Tennis: Maureen Connolly retains her title; beats Ginette Bucaille of France 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 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 by unanimous points decision in his 3rd world heavyweight boxing title defence at Yankee Stadium, NYC

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 US Open Men's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Ed Furgol wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Gene Littler
  • Jun 19 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Glen Flora CC: Betty Jameson wins 6 & 5 over Louise Suggs in the final
  • 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, Wankdorf Stadium, Bern, Switzerland: Helmut Rahn scores twice as West Germany beats Hungary, 3-2
  • Jul 9 British Open Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: 23 year old Australian Peter Thomson wins first of his 5 Open titles by a stroke from Bobby Locke, Dai Rees, and Syd Scott
  • 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 American tennis champion Maureen Connolly's right leg is crushed in a horse riding accident ending a brilliant career at just 19
  • 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 16 "Sports Illustrated" magazine begins publishing
  • Aug 22 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina clinches his second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by winning Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten in a Maserati
  • 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 awardUS Men's Tennis 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 US National Championship Women's Tennis: Doris Hart beats Louise Brough Clapp 6-8, 6-1, 8-6 for the 1st of her 2 US singles titles

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 In a quick re-match at Yankee Stadium, NYC, Rocky Marciano KOs Ezzard Charles in the 8th round to retain his world 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

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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, Detroit Olympia, Detroit, MI: All-Stars tie Detroit Red Wings, 2-2
  • Oct 2 New York Giants beat Cleveland Indians, 7-4 in Game 4 to sweep the Baseball World Series, 4-0; Indians trail 7-0 and never recover
  • Oct 24 Britain's Mike Hawthorne wins season ending Spanish Grand Prix at Pedralbes; Argentine Maserati driver Juan Manuel Fangio takes second Formula 1 World Drivers Championship by 17 points from countryman José Froilán González
  • 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 Lee Petty with 32 top-10 finishes from 34 races wins NASCAR Grand National Championship by 283 points from Herb Thomas; Petty fails to finish season ending Wilkes 160

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Nov 5 Montreal Canadien center Jean Béliveau scores 3 goals in 44 seconds on future Hall of Fame goaltender Terry Sawchuk in 4-2 win v Boston Bruins; 2nd fastest NHL hat trick

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend Terry Sawchuk
NHL Legend
Terry Sawchuk
  • 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 26 Test Cricket debut of Colin Cowdrey v Australia at Gabba
  • Nov 27 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Edmonton Eskimos win first of 3 straight Championships; defeat Montreal Alouettes, 26-25
  • Nov 27 19th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 28-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 30 20th Heisman Trophy Award: Alan Ameche, Wisconsin (FB)
  • Dec 1 NY Yankees and Baltimore Orioles complete largest trade in MLB history as 17 players, including Don Larsen, Gene Woodling, Bob Turley change teams; first phase of transaction began November 18 and concludes today after the MLB draft
  • Dec 2 Milwaukee Hawks shooting guard Frank Selvey sets then NBA record of 24 of 26 free throws as he scores 42 points in 117-108 win over the Minneapolis Lakers at Milwaukee Arena
  • Dec 10 Philadelphia Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
  • Dec 11 Phillies purchase Connie Mack Stadium
  • Dec 26 National Football League Championship, Cleveland Municipal Stadium: Cleveland Browns thrash Detroit Lions, 56-10; Browns' placekicker Lou Groza makes 8 extra points, a new title game record
  • Dec 28 43rd Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Sydney (3-2)