1947 in sports
1947 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
- 1 American football
- 2 Association football
- 3 Australian rules football
- 4 Baseball
- 5 Basketball
- 6 Boxing
- 7 Canadian football
- 8 Cricket
- 9 Figure skating
- 10 Golf
- 11 Horse racing
- 12 Ice hockey
- 13 Motor racing
- 14 Rowing
- 15 Rugby league
- 16 Rugby union
- 17 Snooker
- 18 Speed skating
- 19 Tennis
- 20 Awards
- 21 References
- Chicago Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Eagles 28-21 to win the NFL championship.
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish – college football national championship shared with Michigan
- First Division – Liverpool win the 1946-47 title.
- FA Cup – Charlton Athletic beat Burnley 1-0 after extra time
- No major football is held due to the Allied occupation of Germany.
- Carlton wins the 51st VFL Premiership, defeating Essendon 13.8 (86) to 11.19 (85) in the 1947 VFL Grand Final.
- Brownlow Medal awarded to Bert Deacon (Carlton)
- 4 October – West Adelaide win their sixth SANFL premiership, defeating Norwood 10.15 (75) to 5.15 (45)
- Magarey Medal awarded to Bob Hank (West Torrens)
- 11 October – South Fremantle with their third WA(N)FL premiership but first since 1917, defeating West Perth 13.8 (86) to 9.17 (71)
- Sandover Medal awarded to Clive Lewington (South Fremantle)
- January 20 – death of Josh Gibson (35), famed Negro League slugger
- Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American baseball player in Major League Baseball.
- April 27 – Babe Ruth Day was celebrated all across the Major Leagues, with Babe himself appearing at Yankee Stadium. Although stricken with throat cancer, Ruth said to the audience: "The only real game I think in the world is baseball."
- World Series – New York Yankees beat Brooklyn Dodgers 4 games to 3.
- June 27–28 – In the inaugural College World Series, California defeats Yale 2 games to 0 in the best-of-three series. The Yale team featured future U.S. President George Bush.
- Negro World Series – New York Cubans defeat the Cleveland Buckeyes, 4 games to 1.
- Rocky Graziano defeats Tony Zale to win boxing’s world middleweight championship.
- December 5 – Joe Louis defeats Jersey Joe Walcott to retain his heavyweight championship
- Dennis Compton and Bill Edrich both beat Tom Hayward’s 1906 record of 3,518 runs in a first-class season.
- England tour Australia for the first Ashes series since 1938, losing three Tests to nil
- South Africa tour England for the first time since 1935, losing three Tests to nil
- County Championship – Middlesex
- Minor Counties Championship – Surrey Second Eleven
- Most runs – Dennis Compton 3,816 @ 90.85 (HS 246)
- Most wickets – Tom Goddard 238 @ 17.38 (BB 9–41)
- Wisden Cricketers of the Year – Alan Melville, Norman Yardley, Martin Donnelly, Dudley Nourse, Jack Robertson
- Sheffield Shield – Victoria
- Most runs – Dennis Comption 1,432 @ 65.09 (HS 163)
- Most wickets – Doug Wright 51 @ 33.31 (BB 7–105)
- World Figure Skating Championships
- Masters Tournament – Jimmy Demaret
- U.S. Open – Lew Worsham
- PGA Championship – Jim Ferrier
- British Open – Fred Daly
- Women's Western Open – Louise Suggs
- U.S. Women's Open – Betty Jameson
- Titleholders Championship – Babe Zaharias
- September 1, 1947: Calumet Farm of Lexington, Kentucky became the first stable in Thoroughbred racing history to surpass $1 million in annual earnings when Armed won the Washington Park Handicap.
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Hiraji
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Moldy
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Le Paillon
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Sayajirao
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- Toronto Maple Leafs defeat Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 2 to win the Stanley Cup. Ted "Teeder" Kennedy scores the match-winning goal late in game six to win the Maple Leafs their first of three straight Cups, the first time any NHL team has accomplished that feat.
- FIA formalizes a new World Drivers' Championship for Formula A (Formula One) open-wheel racing. It replaces the European Championship.
- Wally Parks founds the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) to better organize drag racing.
- 30 May – Mauri Rose wins the 31st running of the Indianapolis 500 in the Blue Crown Spark Plug Special Deidt-Offenhauser
- 16 September – J. R. Cobb in the Railton Special breaks his own prewar land speed record, raising the mark to 394.19 mph (634.39 km/h). In doing so, Cobb records the first one-way pass over 400 mph (640 km/h).
- 14 December – at the Ebony Bar at the Streamline Hotel, Daytona Beach, Florida, "Big Bill" France begins talks with influential racers and promoters that will lead to the creation of NASCAR.
The Boat Race
- 1946–47 European Rugby League Championship/1947–48 European Rugby League Championship
- 1947 New Zealand rugby league season
- 1947 NSWRFL season
- 1946–47 Northern Rugby Football League season/1947–48 Northern Rugby Football League season
Five Nations Championship
Speed Skating World Championships
- Men's All-round Champion – Lassi Parkkinen (Finland)
- Women's All-round Champion – Verné Lesche (Finland)
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Dinny Pails (Australia) defeats John Bromwich (Australia) 4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 7–5, 8–6
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Nancye Wynne Bolton (Australia) defeats Nell Hall Hopman (Australia) 6–3, 6–2
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Jack Kramer (USA) defeats Tom Brown (USA) 6–1, 6–3, 6–2
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Margaret Osborne duPont (USA) defeats Doris Hart (USA) 6–2, 6–4
- French Men's Singles Championship – József Asbóth (Hungary) defeats Eric Sturgess (South Africa) 8–6, 7–5, 6–4
- French Women's Singles Championship – Patricia Canning Todd (USA) defeats Doris Hart (USA) 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
- American Men's Singles Championship – Jack Kramer (USA) defeats Frank Parker (USA) 4–6, 2–6, 6–1, 6–0, 6–3
- American Women's Singles Championship – Louise Brough Clapp (USA) defeated Margaret Osborne duPont (USA) 8–6, 4–6, 6–1
- 1947 Davis Cup – United States 4–1 Australia at West Side Tennis Club (grass) New York City, United States
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Johnny Lujack, College football
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Babe Didrikson Zaharias, LPGA golf