Events in Sport in 1959

  • Jan 1 45th Rose Bowl: #2 Iowa beats #16 California, 38-12
  • Jan 1 25th Sugar Bowl: #1 LSU beats #12 Clemson, 7-0
  • Jan 1 25th Orange Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #9 Syracuse, 21-6
  • Jan 11 Hanif Mohammad completes 499 runs for Karachi, then 1st class cricket world record
  • Jan 11 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Mayfair Golf Open
  • Jan 11 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 28-21
  • Jan 18 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open
  • Jan 23 9th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 124-108 at Detroit
  • Jan 26 47th Women's Australian Championships: Mary Carter Reitano beats Renee Schuurman Haygarth (6-2, 6-3)
  • Jan 26 47th Men's Australian Championships: Alex Olmedo beats Neale Fraser (6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3)
  • Jan 28 Soviet Union wins 62-37 for 1st international basketball loss by US
  • Feb 1 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Havana Golf Tournament
  • Feb 1 Zack Wheat unanimously elected to baseball Hall of Fame

AgreementContract of Interest

Feb 2 Vince Lombardi signs a 5 year contract to coach Green Bay Packers

  • Feb 7 Dorothy Rigney sells White Sox to Bill Veeck for a reported $27M
  • Feb 11 Vinoo Mankad ends his final Test Cricket (v WI at Delhi)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 15 Louise Suggs wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Tournament

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Feb 22 1st Daytona 500: Lee Petty wins (135.521 MPH)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 23 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Lake Worth Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Feb 27 Chicago Cards trade running back Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Feb 27 Boston Celtic Bob Cousy sets NBA record with 28 assists Boston Celtics score 173 points against Minneapolis Lakers

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Feb 28 NFL trade, Chicago Cards trade Ollie Matson to LA Rams for 9 players
  • Mar 1 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Golden Triangle Festival Golf Tournament
  • Mar 3 San Francisco Giant's rename their stadium Candlestick Park
  • Mar 7 6th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats North Carolina, 80-56

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 8 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Mar 10 Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, sells 54% of White Sox to Bill Veeck
  • Mar 15 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

Sports record brokenNBA Record

Mar 18 Boston Celtic's Bill Sharman begins record of 56 straight free-throws

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • Mar 21 21st NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: California beats W Va 71-70
  • Mar 21 113th Grand National: Michael Scudamore aboard Oxo wins
  • Mar 22 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Nehi Golf Tournament
  • Mar 25 Bill White traded to St Louis for pitchers Sam Jones & Don Choate
  • Mar 29 Wes Hall takes Pakistani cricket hat-trick at Lahore
  • Apr 5 23rd Masters Golf Tournament: Art Wall Jr wins, shooting a 284
  • Apr 9 Balt Orioles pull their 2nd triple play (3-6-3 vs Washington Senators)
  • Apr 9 Bill Sharman hits a NBA record 56 consecutive foul shot
  • Apr 9 13th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics sweep Minn Lakers in 4 games Boston Celtics wins 8th straight title
  • Apr 11 Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his 2nd Opening Day HR
  • Apr 12 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 16 NY Yankees unveil their 1st message scoreboard
  • Apr 16 Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit
  • Apr 18 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 19 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • Apr 20 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 22 Yankee Whitey Ford strikes-out 15, beating Senators, 1-0 in 14 innings

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Apr 22 Chicago White Sox beat KC Athletics 20-6, in 1 inning Sox score 11 runs on 1 hit, 10 walks, & 3 errors
  • Apr 26 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 1 Floyd Patterson KOs Brian London in 11 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • May 1 White Sox Early Wynn beats Red Sox 1-0 on his own HR
  • May 2 85th Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker aboard Tomy Lee wins in 2:02.2

  • May 3 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Land of the Sky Golf Tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 7 "Roy Campanella Night" Largest baseball crowd (93,103 in LA Coliseum) sees Dodgers' Sandy Koufax beat Yankees 6-2 in exhibition

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 9 Dorothy Rigney, husband John, & Hank Greenberg resign from White Sox

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • May 10 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Howard Johnson Golf Invitational

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Yankee catcher Yogi Berra's errorless streak of 148 games ends

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • May 15 100th anniversary of 1st college baseball game, between Amherst & Williams Teams reenact the original contest
  • May 16 84th Preakness: William Harmatz aboard Royal Orbit wins in 1:57

Sports record brokenGolf Record

May 17 Sam Snead sets PGA record for 36 holes at 122

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • May 25 US Supreme Courtt rules Louisiana prohibiting black-white boxing unconstitutional
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Rodger Ward wins in 3:40:47.470 (218.641 km/h)
  • May 30 58th Men's French Championships: Nicola Pietrangeli beats Ian Vermaak (3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1)
  • May 30 58th Women's French Championships: Christine Truman beats Zsuzsi Kormoczy (6-4, 7-5)
  • May 31 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Cavalier Golf Open
  • Jun 3 4th European Cup: Real Madrid beats Stade Reims 2-0 at Stuttgart
  • Jun 7 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 11 Charlie Sifford becomes the 1st African American to play in a US Golf Open

  • Jun 12 SF Giants Mike McCormick no-hits Phillies, 3-0 in 5 inning game
  • Jun 13 59th US Golf Open: Billy Casper shoots a 282 at Winged Foot GC NY
  • Jun 13 91st Belmont: Bill Shoemaker aboard Sword Dancer wins in 2:28.6
  • Jun 14 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
  • Jun 22 Most Phillies strike out in a game (16 by Sandy Koufax)
  • Jun 26 Ingemar Johansson TKOs Floyd Patterson in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 27 14th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright
  • Jun 28 Phils Wally Post is only outfielder to throw out 2 runners in an inning twice (Losing to Giants 6-0)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 73rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Alex Olmedo beats Rod Laver (6-4 6-3 6-4)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 3 88th British Golf Open: Gary Player shoots a 284 at Muirfield Gullane

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 66th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maria Bueno beats Darlene Hard (6-4 6-3)

Tennis Champion Maria Bueno
Tennis Champion
Maria Bueno
Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • Jul 6 5th LPGA Championship won by Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 7 26th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • Jul 9 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Hoosier Golf Open
  • Jul 9 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Hoosier Celebrity Golf Tournament
  • Jul 12 NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during Yankee-Red Sox game
  • Jul 18 African American William 'Bill' Wright is the 1st coloured person to win a major golf tournament (U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships)
  • Jul 18 46th Tour de France won by Federico Bahamontes of Spain
  • Jul 19 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Machine International Golf Open Alliance
  • Jul 21 Red Sox are last team to use a black player (Pumpsie Green)
  • Jul 26 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jul 27 William Shea announces plans to have a baseball team in NYC in 1961
  • Jul 30 In his major league debut, SF Giant Willie McCovey goes 4-for-4
  • Aug 1 New Continental baseball league formed
  • Aug 2 41st PGA Championship: Bob Rosburg shoots a 277 at Minneapolis GC
  • Aug 2 SF Giants 1st baseman Willie McCovey hits 1st of his 521 HRs
  • Aug 3 27th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Memorial Coliseum, LA
  • Aug 5 Chicago Cardinals (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 55-26 in Toronto
  • Aug 14 26th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Baltimore 29, All-Stars 0 (70,000)
  • Aug 14 AFL organized with NY, Dallas, LA, Minneapolis, Denver & Houston
  • Aug 16 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Seattle Golf Open
  • Aug 22 Cincinnati Red Frank Robinson hits 3 consecutive HRs
  • Aug 23 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Spokane Golf Open
  • Aug 31 48th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in New York (3-2)
  • Aug 31 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • Sep 6 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open
  • Sep 11 Elroy Face's 22 game win streak ends as Dodgers beat Pirates 5-4
  • Sep 11 Oriole Jerry Walker pitches 16 inn beating White Sox 1-0
  • Sep 13 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Memphis Golf Open
  • Sep 13 79th U.S. Men's National Championship: Neale Fraser beats Alex Olmedo (6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4)
  • Sep 13 73rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Maria Bueno beats Christine Truman Janes (6-1, 6-4)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Sep 17 59th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus

  • Sep 20 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Links Golf Invitation Open
  • Sep 22 Chicago White Sox clinch AL pennant
  • Sep 26 Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty
  • Sep 26 SF Giants Sam Jones 2nd no-hitter, beats St Louis Cards, 4-0
  • Sep 27 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Opie Turner Golf Open
  • Sep 27 Braves & Dodgers finish in a tie (86-68)
  • Sep 29 Dodgers win game 2 of playoff, 6-5, & take NL pennant
  • Oct 1 1st World Series since 1948 not to feature a NY team (LA vs Chic)
  • Oct 3 13th NHL All-Star Game: Montreal beat All-Stars 6-1 at Montreal
  • Oct 4 1st World Series game played west of St Louis (in LA)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 4 Cleveland Browns' Jim Brown makes club record 37 rushing attempts

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Oct 4 LA Dodgers set World Series attendance record at 92,394
  • Oct 6 Single game World Series attendence record set (92,706 in LA)
  • Oct 8 LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2 in 56th World Series
  • Oct 28 Buffalo Bills enter AFL
  • Oct 29 10 nation soccer league to play all games on NY Randalls Is, announced

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Jacques Plante becomes the first goaltender to wear a mask during a National Hockey League game

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • Nov 1 Jim Brown scores 5 TDs in Cleveland Browns 38-31 win over Balt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 4 Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins 2nd consecutive NL MVP

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Nov 5 AFL announced with 8 teams
  • Nov 7 13th Ryder Cup: US wins 8½-3½ at Eldorado Golf Club (Indian Wells, California)
  • Nov 7 16th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 22-14 in Baltimore
  • Nov 12 White Sox 2B Nellie Fox wins AL's MVP
  • Nov 15 Cleveland Browns' halfback Bobby Mitchell sets club record for longest run from scrimmage (90-yards), beat Wash 31-17
  • Nov 22 AFL's 1st draft - NY Titans choice George Izo, QB, Notre Dame
  • Nov 22 Boston Patriots enters AFL
  • Nov 28 47th CFL Grey Cup: Winn Blue Bombers defeats Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 21-7
  • Nov 28 24th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 10-0 in Birmingham, breaking a streak of five consecutive victories by Auburn in the series
  • Nov 30 Joe Foss named 1st commissioner of AFL
  • Nov 30 1960 NFL Draft: Billy Cannon from LSU first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • Dec 1 25th Heisman Trophy Award: Billy Cannon, LSU (HB)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 8 President Eisenhower watches Pakistan v Aust Test Cricket at Karachi

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 NY Yankees trade Marv Thronberry, Don Larsen, Hank Bauer and Norm Seibern for Roger Maris, Kent Hadley and Joe Deaestri

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Dec 12 10th Formula One WDC: Jack Brabham wins by four points

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 18 Sammy Baugh named 1st coach of NY Titans (AFL)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 21 Tom Landry accepts coaching job with Dallas Cowboys (stays until 1988)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • Dec 22 NY Ranger goalie Marcel Paille wears a customized mask
  • Dec 27 Balt Colts beat NY Giants 31-16 in NFL championship game