1951 in sports
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1951 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
- 1 American football
- 2 Association football
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Australian rules football
- 5 Baseball
- 6 Basketball
- 7 Boxing
- 8 Canadian football
- 9 Cycling
- 10 Figure skating
- 11 Golf
- 12 Harness racing
- 13 Horse racing
- 14 Ice hockey
- 15 Lacrosse
- 16 Motor racing
- 17 Rugby league
- 18 Rugby union
- 19 Snooker
- 20 Speed skating
- 21 Tennis
- 22 Multi-sport events
- 23 Awards
- 24 References
- January 14 – The National Football League has its first Pro Bowl Game (Los Angeles, California).
- September 28 – Norm Van Brocklin sets NFL single game record for most passing yards (554) helping Los Angeles Rams beat New York Yanks 48–21.
- NFL Championship – Los Angeles Rams won 24–17 over the Cleveland Browns.
- Sugar Bowl (1950 season):
- First Division – Tottenham Hotspur win the 1950–51 title.
- FA Cup – Newcastle United beat Blackpool 2–0.
- Victorian Football League
- January 29 – baseball signs a six-year All-Star game deal for TV and radio rights for $6 million
- September 30 – Joe DiMaggio plays in his final career regular season game.
- October 3 – In one of the most famous finishes in baseball history, Bobby Thomson of the New York Giants hits a three-run walk-off home run, immortalized as the Shot Heard 'Round the World, to give the Giants a 5–4 win over the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League title.
- World Series – The New York Yankees win 4 games to 2 over the New York Giants.
- Japan Series – The Yomiuri Giants win 4 games to 2 over the Nankai Hawks.
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- Kentucky wins 68–58 over Kansas State University.
- NBA Finals –
- The seventh European basketball championship, Eurobasket 1951, is won by the Soviet Union.
- July 10 – Randy Turpin becomes the middleweight boxing champion by defeating Sugar Ray Robinson.
- July 18 – Jersey Joe Walcott knocks out Ezzard Charles in round 7 during their bout in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- Masters Tournament – Ben Hogan
- U.S. Open – Ben Hogan
- PGA Championship – Sam Snead
- British Open – Max Faulkner
- PGA Tour money leader – Lloyd Mangrum – $26,089
- Ryder Cup – United States team wins 9½ to 2½ over the British team.
- Women's Western Open – Patty Berg
- U.S. Women's Open – Betsy Rawls
- Titleholders Championship – Pat O'Sullivan
- LPGA Tour money leader – Babe Zaharias – $15,087
- Tar Heel, a standardbred horse driven by Del Cameron, runs the first two–minute mile in harness racing history.
- Little Brown Jug for pacers is won by Tar Heel
- Hambletonian for trotters is won by Mainliner
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- July 14 – Citation winds his 32nd race, the Hollywood Gold Cup, becoming the first equine millionaire.
- Australia – Melbourne Cup is won by Delat
- Canada – Queen's Plate is won by Major Factor
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is won by Tantieme
- Ireland – Irish Derby is won by Fraise du Bois II
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- August 26 – Bill Barilko, Toronto Maple Leafs dies in an air crash
- Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
- Hart Memorial Trophy – for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Milt Schmidt, Boston Bruins
- Stanley Cup – Toronto Maple Leafs win 4 games to 1 over the Montreal Canadiens
- World Hockey Championship
- Men's champion: Canada's Lethbridge Maple Leafs
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship – University of Michigan Wolverines defeat Brown University Bruins 7–1 in Colorado Springs, Colorado
- The 50th anniversaries of the donations of both the Mann Cup and the Minto Cup.
- The Peterborough Timbermen win the 50th Mann Cup.
- The Mimico Mountaineers win the 50th Minto Cup.
- 30 May – Lee Wallard wins the 35th running of the Indianapolis 500 in the Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
- NASCAR Championship – Herb Thomas driving his own #92 Plymouth
- AAA Racing –
- Tony Bettenhausen wins the series championship
- Formula One – Juan Manuel Fangio (Argentina) is World Drivers' Champion in an Alfa Romeo
- 24 hours of Le Mans – Louis Rosier / Jean-Louis Rosier win sharing a Talbot-Lago
- Rally racing –
- Drag racing – NHRA is founded by Wally Parks
- 1950–51 European Rugby League Championship / 1951–52 European Rugby League Championship
- 1951 French rugby league tour of Australia and New Zealand
- 1951 New Zealand rugby league season
- 1951 NSWRFL season
- 1950–51 Northern Rugby Football League season / 1951–52 Northern Rugby Football League season
Speed Skating World Championships
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Dick Savitt (USA) defeats Ken McGregor (Australia) 6–3, 2–6, 6–3, 6–1
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Nancye Wynne Bolton (Australia) defeats Thelma Coyne Long (Australia) 6–1, 7–5
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Dick Savitt (USA) defeats Ken McGregor (Australia) 6–4, 6–4, 6–4
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Doris Hart (USA) defeats Shirley Fry Irvin (USA) 6–1, 6–0
- First Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Asian Games are held in New Delhi, India
- First Mediterranean Games are held in Alexandria, Egypt
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Dick Kazmaier, College football
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Maureen Connolly, Tennis