1950 in sports
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1950 in sports describes the year's events in world sport. More than a Game. "He who would not do as the american government would say would believe that the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball," observed culturist Jacques Barzun. To look at baseball and other sports to see how they wove themselves into the fabric of American life in that crazy time when the baby boomers were growing up is more than an exercise in nostalgia. It reveals an important aspect of the American character and suggests the seriousness of sports to Americans—the extent to which spectators involve themselves in sporting contests, and the way in which sports become, for the enthusiast, a metaphor for life.
Land of Confusion. The 1950s exploded in a display of cultural expression. During the 1950s almost all sports became desegregated; several sports endured scandals; the standards of professionals were imposed on amateurs and even children; antitrust exemptions were challenged; franchises moved with the population to the West Coast; new sports Prezi Transcript
1950s Sports Jake Martin Jack Travers Cam Swan BASEBALL Baseball, otherwise known as America's pastime, was a huge sport and source of entertainment in the 1950s. Women athletes played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. For once, popularity was not based on social status, but on skill instead. BASEBALL The increasing popularity of televisions helped the sport to excel. This made it possible to watch the game from home on your own couch instead of paying admission to watch the game. Another thing about baseball is that it brought Americans, of different race, together and united the nation through a simple game. GOLF Golfers such as Arnold Palmer and Ben Hogan created the idea that to succeed in business men should know how to play golf. Originally golf stood for Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden, but then some women, like Babe Zaharias-Didrikson, started the LPGA. BOXING Boxing drew much attention from urban low-class black, Italian, and Irish neighborhoods. Any boxer was looked at as "the ultimate athlete". Yet many believed no one was good enough to earn the title of king of kings, like Joe "The Brown Bomber" had earned himself. GOLF Many people gave up careers they were pursuing in order to play golf. They wanted the fame and fortune the came with winning the tour, like prize money and endorsements. During this time golf schools began to develop, but did not take off until 1968. BOXING The 1950s was the golden era of boxing. Top boxers versed other top boxers in very popular matches. Some of these included Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Archie Moore, Willie Pep, and Sandy Saddler. FOOTBALL In the 1950s, pro football finally earned its place as a major sport. The NFL embraced television, giving Americans nationwide a chance to follow stars like Bobby Layne and Johnny Unitas. The 1958 NFL championship considered by many to be the game that led to the rise in football; drew record television viewership and made national celebrities out of Unitas and his teammates. FOOTBALL There were 13 total football teams in the 1950s. Some different then the ones we know and watch today. In the American Conference there was the Cleveland Browns, the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chicago Cardinals, and the Washington Redskins. In the National Conference there was the Los Angeles Rams, the Chicago Bears, the New York Yanks, the Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Baltimore Colts. SPORTS THAT WERE PLAYED IN THE 1950'S Sports played in the 1950s include: baseball, golf, boxing, football, tennis. soccer, basketball, hockey, wrestling, and NASCAR. BASEBALL TEAMS American League: New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Browns (moved to Baltimore in 1954 and became the Orioles), Philadelphia Athletics (moved to Kansas City in 1955). National League: Philadelphia Phillies, Brooklyn Dodgers (moved to Los Angeles in 1958), New York Giants (moved to San Francisco in 1958), Boston Braves (moved to Milwaukee in 1954), St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates. TED WILLIAMS Ted Williams was a professional baseball player who played in the American League. He played his entire 22 year career on the Boston Red Sox. He won two American League MVP awards. He also won the Triple Crown twice. Williams was a 19-time All-Star. He ended his career with 521 home runs. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. FAMOUS 1950'S GOLFERS Ben Hogan Sam Snead Jimmy Demaret
- 1 American football
- 2 Association football
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Australian rules football
- 5 Baseball
- 6 Boxing
- 7 Canadian football
- 8 Cycling
- 9 Figure skating
- 10 Golf
- 11 Harness racing
- 12 Horse racing
- 13 Ice hockey
- 14 Motor racing
- 15 Nordic skiing
- 16 Rowing
- 17 Rugby league
- 18 Rugby union
- 19 Snooker
- 20 Speed skating
- 21 Tennis
- 22 Multi-sport events
- 23 References
- NFL Championship – Cleveland Browns win 30–28 over the Los Angeles Rams
- Coaches Poll established to rank top 20 American college football teams
- 1950 World Cup held in Brazil. Uruguay are the winners after beating Brazil in the final group decider.
- United States defeats England 1-0 in one of the great upsets in sports history
- Victorian Football League
- The Japanese Baseball League is reorganized, creating the modern Nippon Professional Baseball.
- World Series – The New York Yankees sweep the Philadelphia Phillies four games to none.
- Japan Series – In the inaugural Japan Series, the Mainichi Orions defeat the Shochiku Robins 4 games to 2.
- January – Joey Maxim wins the light-heavyweight world title, stopping champion Freddie Mills in 10 rounds.
- September 27 – Ezzard Charles retains his World Heavyweight Championship with a 15 round unanimous decision over Joe Louis in New York City.
- Giro d'Italia – Hugo Koblet of Switzerland
- Tour de France – Ferdinand Kubler of Switzerland
- Vuelta a España – Emilio Rodriguez of Spain
- UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Briek Schotte of Belgium
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- Masters Tournament – Jimmy Demaret
- U.S. Open – Ben Hogan
- PGA Championship – Chandler Harper
- British Open – Bobby Locke
- PGA Tour money leader – Sam Snead – $35,759
- Thirteen women golfers found the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
- Women's Western Open – Babe Zaharias
- U.S. Women's Open – Babe Zaharias
- Titleholders Championship – Babe Zaharias
- Babe Zaharias named Woman Athlete of the Half–Century by the Associated Press.
- LPGA Tour money leader – Babe Zaharias – $14,800
- Little Brown Jug for pacers – Dudley Hanover
- Hambletonian for trotters – Lusty Song
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship for pacers – Captain Sandy
- The United States National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is founded in Saratoga Springs, New York.
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Comic Court
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by McGill
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Tantieme
- Ireland – Irish Derby won by Dark Warrior
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Ted Lindsay, Detroit Red Wings
- Hart Memorial Trophy – for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Charlie Rayner, New York Rangers
- Stanley Cup – Detroit Red Wings win 4 games to 3 over the New York Rangers
- World Hockey Championship
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship – Colorado College Tigers defeat Boston University Terriers 13–4 in Colorado Springs, CO
- 30 May – Johnnie Parsons wins the 34th running of the Indianapolis 500 in the Wynn's Friction Special Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
- NASCAR Championship – Bill Rexford
- AAA Racing –
- Henry Banks won the series championship
- Formula One – The first World Drivers' Championship under FIA Formula A (Formula One) open-wheel racing rules is contested.
- Rally racing –
- Drag racing – the first commercial drag strip, the Santa Ana Drags, begins at Orange County Airport (now John Wayne Airport) in Santa Ana, in Southern California. Admission is 50 cents; or 75 cents if the ticket holder wants to watch the mechanics work. (This special access becomes known as a pit pass.)
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
- 13th FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1950 are held in the United States at Lake Placid (ski jumping) and Rumford, Maine (cross-country skiing). These are the first world championships since 1939.
The Boat Race
Five Nations Championship
Speed Skating World Championships
- Men's All-round Champion – Hjalmar Andersen (Norway)
- Women's All-round Champion – Maria Isakova (USSR)
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Frank Sedgman (Australia) defeats Ken McGregor (Australia) 6–3, 6–4, 4–6, 6–1
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Louise Brough (USA) defeats Doris Hart (USA) 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Budge Patty (USA) defeats Frank Sedgman (Australia) 6–1, 8–10, 6–2, 6–3
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Louise Brough Clapp (USA) defeats Margaret Osborne duPont (USA) 6–1, 3–6, 6–1
- American Men's Singles Championship – Arthur Larsen
- American Women's Singles Championship – Margaret Osborne duPont
- 1950 Davis Cup – Australia 4–1 United States at West Side Tennis Club (grass) New York City, United States