Events in Sport in 1958

  • Jan 1 44th Rose Bowl: #2 Ohio State beats Oregon, 10-7
  • Jan 1 24th Sugar Bowl: #7 Mississippi beats #11 Texas, 39-7
  • Jan 1 24th Orange Bowl: #4 Oklahoma beats #16 Duke, 48-21

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Jan 9 In basketball Oscar Robertson (Cin) scores 56, Seton Hall team 54

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • Jan 12 NCAA adds 2 point conversion to football scoring
  • Jan 12 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 26-7

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Jan 12 Syracuse National Dolph Schayes sets NBA record at 11,770 points

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • Jan 15 NY Yankees sign million dollar plus deal to show 140 games on WPIX TV
  • Jan 18 Willie O'Ree becomes the first African Canadian to play in the NHL (makes debut for Boston Bruins)
  • Jan 21 Phillies agree to televise 78 games into NYC (doesn't happen)
  • Jan 21 8th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 130-118 at St. Louis
  • Jan 23 Pakistani cricketer Hanif Mohammad scores record 337 runs in 970 minutes v West Indies at Bridgetown, longest innings in test history
  • Jan 26 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Lake Worth Open Golf Invitational
  • Jan 27 46th Women's Australian Championships: Angela Mortimer Barrett beats Lorraine Coghlan Robinson (6-3, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 46th Men's Australian Championships: Ashley Cooper beats Malcolm Anderson (7-5, 6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Ashley Cooper
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Ashley Cooper

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Jan 28 Dodger catcher Roy Campanella is paralyzed in an automobile wreck

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

  • Jan 30 Baseball announces players & coaches rather than fans pick all stars

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Jan 31 "Jackpot Bowling" premieres on NBC with Leo Durocher as host

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Feb 2 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Havana Biltmore Golf Open
  • Feb 4 MLB Hall of Fame fails to elect anyone for 1st time since 1950
  • Feb 5 Test Cricket debut of Lance Gibbs, WI v Pakistan, Port-of-Spain

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Feb 6 Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest paid

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Feb 6 21 dead in air crash in Munich; 7 of those are from the Manchester United football team
  • Feb 7 Dodgers officially become the Los Angeles Dodgers, Inc

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Feb 12 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 41 rebounds to beat Syracuse 119-101

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • Feb 15 Ice Dance Championship at Paris won by June Markham/Courtney Jones GRB
  • Feb 20 American jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
  • Feb 20 LA Coliseum Comm approves 2-yr pact allows Dodgers to use facility
  • Feb 22 Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days

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Feb 23 5-time F1 world drivers champion Juan Manuel Fangio is kidnapped by Cuban rebels from Fidel Castro's 26th of July Movement; released soon after Cuban GP

Cuban Revolutionary and President Fidel Castro
Cuban Revolutionary and President
Fidel Castro
  • Feb 28 West Indies 1-504 in reply to Pakistan 328, day 3 of 3rd Test Cricket
  • Mar 1 Gary Sobers 365* v Pak, 614 min, 38 fours, best Cricket before Lara
  • Mar 1 West Indies cricket team declares at stumps with a score of 3-790 vs Pakistan
  • Mar 2 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open
  • Mar 8 5th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Maryland beats North Carolina, 86-74
  • Mar 9 George Yardley (Pistons) is 1st NBAer to score 2,000 points in season
  • Mar 15 Oscar Robertson of Cincinnati Royals scores a NBA midwest region-record 56-point game
  • Mar 15 Royals basketball star Maurice Stokes collapses during a playoff game with encephalitis; He goes into a coma & is permanently disabled
  • Mar 16 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 18 Dodgers announces their mascot and clown Emmett Kelly will not perform in 1958
  • Mar 22 20th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Seattle 84-72

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Mar 25 Sugar Ray Robinson is 1st boxing champ to win 5 times

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • Mar 29 112th Grand National: Arthur Freeman aboard Mr. What wins

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 6 22nd Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 284

  • Apr 7 Dodgers erect 42-foot screen in left field at LA Coliseum to cut down on home runs, since it is only 250 feet down the line
  • Apr 12 12th NBA Championship: St Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 15 1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0
  • Apr 19 62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalic of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 20 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Apr 20 Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins 4 games to 2 for Stanley Cup

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Apr 23 Gil Hodges hits his 300th HR & Pee Wee Reese plays in 2,000th game

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 24 Lee Walls hits 3 HRs, as Cubs beat Dodgers 15-2
  • Apr 30 Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits
  • May 3 84th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 2:05
  • May 9 Botvinnik recaptures world chess championship
  • May 11 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 13 Stan Musial is 8th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • May 17 83rd Preakness: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Tim Tam wins in 1:57.2
  • May 18 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 28 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Land of Sky Golf Open
  • May 28 3rd European Cup: Real Madrid beats Milan 3-2 at Brussels
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Jimmy Bryan wins in 3:44:21.064 (215.316 km/h)
  • May 31 57th Men's French Championships: Mervyn Rose beats Luis Ayala (6-3, 6-4, 6-4)
  • May 31 57th Women's French Championships: Zsuzsi Kormoczy beats Shirley Bloomer (6-4, 1-6, 6-2)
  • Jun 1 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Gatlinburg Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 2 Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford fans 6 in a row to tie an AL record

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Jun 3 Referendum allows city to sell Chavez Ravine to the Dodgers
  • Jun 4 SF Giants Hank Sauer & B Schmidt are 2nd to hit consecutive pinch HRs
  • Jun 7 90th Belmont: Pete Anderson aboard Cavan wins in 2:30.2

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 8 LPGA Championship, Churchill Valley CC: Mickey Wright wins first of 13 major titles by 6 strokes from Fay Crocker

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Jun 14 58th US Golf Open: Tommy Bolt shoots a 283 at Southern Hills in Tulsa
  • Jun 15 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 22 Game in KC between A's & Red Sox delayed 29 minutes due to tornado
  • Jun 22 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jun 28 Brazil becomes world soccer champ in Sweden
  • Jun 28 Nancy Ramey swims world record 100m (1:09.6)
  • Jun 28 US Open Women's Golf, Forest Lake CC: Mickey Wright wins 1st of 4 Open titles by 5 from Louise Suggs; 1st player to win Open & LPGA in same year

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Jun 29 FIFA World Cup Final: Vavá & Pelé each score 2 goals as Brazil beats Sweden 5-2 in Stockholm, Sweden

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend
Pele
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-Australian final Ashley Cooper wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating Neale Fraser 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 13-11
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Althea Gibson beats Angela Mortimer 8-6, 6-2 to successfully defend her title
  • Jul 5 British Open Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Australian Peter Thomson wins by 4 in a playoff with Dave Thomas, for his 4th Open title
  • Jul 7 England cricket batsman Arthur Milton scores an unbeaten 104 in his Test debut, drawn 3rd Test v NZ at Headingley
  • Jul 8 25th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 4-3 at Memorial Stadium, Balt
  • Jul 13 87th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 278 at Royal Lytham
  • Jul 13 Patty Berg wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
  • Jul 19 45th Tour de France won by Charly Gaul of Luxembourg
  • Jul 20 PGA Championship, Llanerch CC: Dow Finsterwald wins 1st PGA C'ship held in current stroke play format; wins by 2 from Billy Casper
  • Jul 20 Betty Jameson/Mary Lena Faulk wins Homestead 4-Ball Golf Tournament
  • Jul 20 Detroit Tigers pitcher Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0
  • Jul 24 Ted Williams is fined $250 for spitting at Boston fans again
  • Jul 24 Test Cricket debuts against NZ for Dexter, Illingworth & Subba Row
  • Jul 27 Louise Suggs wins LPGA French Lick Golf Open
  • Aug 6 American athlete Glenn Davis breaks his own world record by 0.3 (49.2) in 400m hurdles in Budapest, Hungary
  • Aug 10 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Macktown Golf Open
  • Aug 13 Indians' right fielder Rocky Colavito makes his pitching debut, hurling 3 hitless innings, Detroit 3, Cleveland 2
  • Aug 15 25th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: All-Stars 35, Detroit 19 (70,000)
  • Aug 17 Bonnie Hoffman wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 18 Floyd Patterson TKOs Roy Harris in 13 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Aug 20 Cubs use 1st baseman Dale Long as their 1st major league lefty catcher since 1906
  • Aug 24 Sergei Popov wins Stockholm marathon (2:15:17.0) (WR)
  • Sep 1 St Louis Cardinals pitcher Vinegar Bend Mizell walks a NL record 9 batters in a 1-0 shutout of Cincinnati Reds
  • Sep 7 78th U.S. Men's National Championship: Ashley Cooper beats Malcolm Anderson (6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 10-8, 8-6)

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 7 72nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Althea Gibson beats Darlene Hard (3-6, 6-1, 6-2)

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 9 Pirate Roberto Clemente ties record of 3 triples in a game

Baseball Player Roberto Clemente
Baseball Player
Roberto Clemente
  • Sep 13 Braves Warren Spahn is 1st lefty to win 20 or more games 9 times
  • Sep 20 Baltimore Oriole knuckleball pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits NY Yankees 1-0
  • Sep 26 Columbia (US) beats Sceptre (Britain) in 18th America's Cup
  • Oct 4 12th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum: Maurice 'Rocket' Richard scores twice and brother Henri the winner as Montreal Canadiens beat All-Stars, 6-3
  • Oct 8 Braves Eddie Mathews strikes out for World Series record 11th time
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees beat Braves 4 games to 3 in 55th World Series
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees appear in 9 & win 7 of last 10 World Series
  • Oct 19 Stirling Moss wins season ending Moroccan Grand Prix at Ain-Diab but fellow Brit Mike Hawthorn takes World Championship of Drivers from Moss by just 1 point by finishing second; first British world champion
  • Oct 19 9th Formula One WDC: Mike Hawthorn wins by one point
  • Nov 13 NYC Mayor Robert Wagner announces plans to begin a new baseball called the Continental League
  • Nov 28 George "Punch" Imlach becomes coach of NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Nov 28 Test Cricket debut for Wes Hall, v India at Bombay
  • Nov 29 46th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeat Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 35-28
  • Nov 29 23rd Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 14-8 in Birmingham
  • Dec 2 24th Heisman Trophy Award: Pete Dawkins, Army (HB)
  • Dec 2 1959 NFL Draft: Randy Duncan from University of Iowa first pick by Green Bay Packers
  • Dec 5 Phils drop plans for NY sportcast as Yanks threat to do same in Philadelphia

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Dec 14 Pat Summerall kicks game winning field goal for the New York Giants against the Cleveland Browns at Yankee Stadium

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall
  • Dec 28 Baltimore Colts win the 26th NFL championship game against the New York Giants
  • Dec 28 "The Greatest Game Ever Played", Baltimore Colts beat New York Giants 23-17 in the first every sudden-death overtime game in NFL history (17 future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were involved in the game)
  • Dec 29 Balt Colts beat NY Giants 23-17 in NFL championship game
  • Dec 31 47th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Brisbane (3-2)
  • Dec 31 Bill Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X