Events in Sport in 1955

  • Jan 1 41st Rose Bowl: #1 Ohio State beats #17 Southern California, 20-7
  • Jan 1 21st Sugar Bowl: #5 Navy beats #6 Mississippi, 21-0
  • Jan 1 21st Orange Bowl: #14 Duke beats Nebraska, 34-7

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Jan 7 Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera

  • Jan 8 Furman sets NCAA basketball single-game scoring record with 154 pt
  • Jan 8 Georgia Tech ends Kentucky's 130-game home basketball win streak
  • Jan 16 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-19
  • Jan 18 5th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 100-91 at New York City
  • Jan 27 1955 NFL Draft: George Shaw from University of Oregon first pick by Baltimore Colts
  • Jan 31 43rd Women's Australian Championships: Beryl Penrose beats Thelma Coyne Long (6-4, 6-3)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 31 43rd Men's Australian Championships: Ken Rosewall beats Lew Hoad (9-7, 6-4, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • Feb 17 Ice Dance Championship at Vienna Austria won by J Westwood/Demmy GRB
  • Feb 17 Mike Souchak sets PGA 72-hole record of 257 (not broken until 2001)
  • Mar 1 Pakistan v India 5 Test Cricket series ends in a 0-0 draw
  • Mar 5 2nd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Duke, 87-77
  • Mar 7 Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick says he favors legalization of spitter
  • Mar 13 Patty Berg wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

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Mar 16 Clarence Campbell suspends Montreal Canadiens superstar Maurice "Rocket" Richard for the remainder of the 1955 season

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
3rd President of the NHL Clarence Campbell
3rd President of the NHL
Clarence Campbell
  • Mar 17 After Maurice Richard is suspended for the remainder of the season, riots break out in Montreal. 37 people are injured and over 100 are arrested. The following morning, Richard goes on the radio to ask citizens to stop vandalizing the city.
  • Mar 19 17th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: SF beats La Salle 77-63
  • Mar 26 109th Grand National: Pat Taaffe aboard Quare Times wins
  • Mar 28 NZ cricket all out for 26 v England at Eden Park
  • Mar 31 Collie Smith scores 104 on cricket debut WI v Aust, Kingston
  • Apr 2 Pancho Gonzales retains tennis title by winning a tournament playing under table tennis rules
  • Apr 3 Baltimore Orioles pull their 1st triple play (3-6-2 vs KC Athletics)
  • Apr 10 19th Masters Golf Tournament: Cary Middlecoff wins, shooting a 279
  • Apr 10 9th NBA Championship: Syrac Nats beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 3
  • Apr 11 Gary Sobers starts run of 85 Test Cricket appearances for WI uninterrupted
  • Apr 12 1st game in KC, KC A's beat Detroit Tigers, 6-2
  • Apr 14 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3, 2nd year in a row
  • Apr 19 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22
  • Apr 21 Brooklyn Dodgers win, then record 10th straight game to begin a season
  • Apr 22 KC Athletic's 1st game, beat Tigers 6-2
  • May 1 American golfer Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins the Peach Blossom LPGA Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina, her final victory before her death the following year.
  • May 1 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller tosses his record 12th 1-hitter
  • May 7 81st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Swaps wins in 2:01.8

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 13 Mickey Mantle hits 3 consecutive HRs of at least 463'

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • May 16 Ray Lindwall scores his 2nd Test Cricket century 118 at Bridgetown

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 16 Rocky Marciano TKOs Don Cockell in 9 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • May 22 Oldest man to drive in the Grand Prix (aged 55) finishes 6th
  • May 27 Boston Red Sox Norm Zauchin gets 10 RBIs, beating Senators 16-0
  • May 28 80th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 1:54.6
  • May 28 Indianapolis 500: Bob Sweikert wins

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Jun 3 Stan Musial hits his 300th HR

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 4 54th Men's French Championships: Tony Trabert beats Sven Davidson (2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2)

Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion Tony Trabert
Tennis Player and Five-Time Major Champion
Tony Trabert
  • Jun 4 54th Women's French Championships: Angela Mortimer beats Dorothy Knode (2-6, 7-5, 10-8)
  • Jun 5 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits 550' HR off Chicago Billy Pierce
  • Jun 8 Dodgers option Tommy Lasorda to make room on roster for Sandy Koufax
  • Jun 9 Test Cricket debut of Ken Barrington, v South Africa at Trent Bridge
  • Jun 11 87th Belmont: Eddie Arcaro aboard Nashua wins in 2:29
  • Jun 11 Le Mans race car accident kills 83 spectators (race continues)

  • Jun 13 Mercedes racing car kills 77 at Le Mans, France
  • Jun 15 The International Olympic Committee votes to award Rome the rights to host the 1960 Summer Olympic Games

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jun 16 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Jun 19 55th US Golf Open: Jack Fleck shoots a 287 at Olympic CC in San Francisco
  • Jun 19 Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 100
  • Jun 19 Phils beat Cubs 1-0 in 15, ties longest shut out in Phillies history
  • Jun 26 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: American Tony Trabert beats Kurt Nielsen of Denmark 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 for his only Wimbledon success
  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Louise Brough beats fellow American Beverly Fleitz 7-5, 8-6 for her 4th Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 2 US Open Women's Golf, Wichita GC: Uruguayan Fay Crocker beats Louise Suggs & Mary Lena Faulk by 4 to become the tournament's first overseas winner
  • Jul 8 84th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 281 at St Andrews
  • Jul 12 22nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-5 in 12 at County Stad, Milw
  • Jul 17 1st LPGA Championship, Orchard Ridge CC: Beverly Hanson wins by 3 shots from Louise Suggs
  • Jul 22 Phillies longest win streak since 1892 hits 11
  • Jul 23 NY Yankees Bob Cerv and E Howard are 1st to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Jul 24 Betty Jameson/Mary Faulk wins Virg Hot Springs 4-Ball Golf Tournament
  • Jul 26 37th PGA Championship: Doug Ford at Meadowbrook CC Detroit
  • Jul 26 Last day as Test Cricket umpire for Frank Chester
  • Jul 30 Tour de France: Frenchman Louison Bobet makes it 3 straight general classification victories
  • Aug 3 Automobile Association of America ends support of auto racing, Le Mans disaster & Bill Vukovich death at Indianapolis contributing factors
  • Aug 3 Belgian middle distance runner Roger Moens breaks Rudolph Harbig's long standing 800m world record (1:45.7) in Oslo, Norway
  • Aug 12 22nd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 30, Cleveland 27 (75,000)
  • Aug 19 US raises import duty on bicycles 50%
  • Aug 23 Betty Jameson wins LPGA White Mountain Golf Open
  • Aug 26 1st color telecast (NBC) of a tennis match (Davis Cup)
  • Aug 28 1st NFL preseason sudden death football, Rams beats Giants 23-17
  • Aug 28 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Tournament
  • Sep 5 Dodger Don Newcombe hits NL pitcher record 7th HR of season
  • Sep 8 Earliest clinching of an NL pennant (Brooklyn Dodgers)
  • Sep 9 Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open
  • Sep 11 6th Formula One WDC: Juan Manuel Fangio wins by 16.5 points
  • Sep 11 75th U.S. Men's National Championship: Tony Trabert beats Ken Rosewall (9-7, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Sep 11 69th U.S. Women's National Championship: Doris Hart beats Patricia Ward Hales (6-4, 6-2)
  • Sep 16 Bauer & Berra homer in 9th beating Red Sox 5-4 taking over 1st
  • Sep 16 Yankee Mickey Mantle pulls a hamstring muscle running out a bunt
  • Sep 18 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Mile High Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 18 Willie Mays hits record tying 9th HR at Ebbets Field (ties Joe Adcock)

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 19 Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits record 5th grand slam of season

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Sep 20 Willie Mays (Giants) homers off Vern Law (Pirates) in both ends of DH
  • Sep 20 Willie Mays is 7th player to reach 50 HRs in a season
  • Sep 21 Rocky Marciano KOs Archie Moore in 9 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 23 Yanks clinch pennant by beating Red Sox, 3-2
  • Sep 25 Detroit outfielder Al Kaline, 20, is youngest batting champ
  • Sep 25 Patty Berg wins LPGA Clock Golf Open
  • Sep 28 1st World Series color TV broadcast on NBC-TV (Yanks beat Dodgers)
  • Oct 1 Baltimore Colts fullback Alan Ameche becomes the first rookie in NFL history to top 100 yards rushing in his first 2 games; totals 153 against Detroit Lions after 194 yards in debut v Chicago Bears
  • Oct 2 9th NHL All-Star Game: Detroit beat All-Stars 3-1 at Detroit
  • Oct 4 Brooklyn Dodgers only World Series victory, beating Yankees in 7
  • Oct 9 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Richmond Golf Open
  • Oct 23 Dominican League moves to winter baseball for 1st time
  • Oct 30 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tim Flock wins

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Nov 5 Mont Canadien Jean Beliveau scores 2nd fastest hat trick (44 seconds)

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • Nov 6 11th Ryder Cup: US, 8-4 at Thunderbird Ranch & CC Calif
  • Nov 12 E Arcaro, E Sande & G Woolf inaugural inductees in Racing Hall of Fame
  • Nov 20 Kripal Singh scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, India v NZ
  • Nov 20 Polly Umrigar scores India's 1st Test Cricket double century, 223 v NZ
  • Nov 26 43rd CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 34-19
  • Nov 26 20th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 26-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 28 1956 NFL Draft: Gary Glick from University of Colorado A&M first pick by Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Dec 6 New York psychologist Joyce Brothers wins "$64,000 Question" with topic of boxing
  • Dec 8 21st Heisman Trophy Award: Howard Cassady, Ohio State (HB)

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Dec 8 Brooklyn catcher Roy Campanella wins his 3rd MVP Award

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Dec 26 Cleveland Browns win NFL Championship, beating Los Angeles Rams 38-14
  • Dec 28 44th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (5-0)