1955 in sports
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1955 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s|
|Years:||1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958|
- 1 American football
- 2 Association football
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Australian rules football
- 5 Bandy
- 6 Baseball
- 7 Basketball
- 8 Boxing
- 9 Canadian football
- 10 Cycling
- 11 Figure skating
- 12 Golf
- 13 Harness racing
- 14 Horse racing
- 15 Ice hockey
- 16 Motor racing
- 17 Rugby league
- 18 Rugby union
- 19 Snooker
- 20 Tennis
- 21 Volleyball
- 22 Multi-sport events
- 23 Awards
- 24 References
- NFL Championship – Cleveland Browns won 38-14 over the Los Angeles Rams
- Rose Bowl
- March – Pan American Games athletics held at Mexico City
- Victorian Football League
- South Australian National Football League
- April 30: West Torrens 9.12 (66) draws Norwood 8.18 (66) at Thebarton Oval. It is the first senior SANFL drawn match since West Adelaide 15.14 (104) drew with Port Adelaide 16.8 (104) on 24 May of 1941. The intervening 788-game gap constitutes easily the longest non-occurrence of draws in SANFL history and is twice as long as the V/AFL or VFA record, but has been bettered twice in the WAFL.
- October 1: Port Adelaide 15.11 (101) defeats Norwood 5.8 (38) for their second consecutive premiership
- West Australian Football League
- Federation of International Bandy inaugurated at Stockholm by Finland, Norway, Sweden and the USSR. The Soviet Union now adopts the international rules of the game developed in England in the 19th century.
- April 23 – The White Sox tallied a franchise record 29 runs at Kansas City. Sherm Lollar was 5-for-6 with a pair of home runs and five RBI, while reserve outfielder Bob Nieman and infielder Walt Dropo drove in seven runs apiece, and Chico Carrasquel hit 5-for-6 with five runs, in the 29-6 victory over the Athletics.
- World Series –October 4 - The Brooklyn Dodgers win 4 games to 3 over the New York Yankees. The Series MVP is pitcher Johnny Podres, Brooklyn.
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- San Francisco wins 76-73 over La Salle
- NBA Finals –
- The Syracuse Nationals beat the Fort Wayne Pistons 4 games to 3 to win the NBA title.
- The ninth European basketball championship, Eurobasket 1955, is won by Hungary.
- March 1 – Allen Fieldhouse opens at the University of Kansas as the Jayhawks defeat Kansas State.
- March 12 to 16 – Pan American Games held in Mexico City, Mexico.
- September 21 – In New York City, Rocky Marciano knocks out the light-heavyweight champion Archie Moore in the 9th round to retain his World Heavyweight Championship belt.
- Giro d'Italia won by Fiorenzo Magni of Italy
- Tour de France - Louison Bobet of France
- UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Stan Ockers of Belgium
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- Masters Tournament - Cary Middlecoff
- U.S. Open - Jack Fleck
- British Open - Peter Thomson
- PGA Championship - Doug Ford
- PGA Tour money leader - Julius Boros - $63,122
- Ryder Cup - United States team wins 8-4 over the British team.
- The LPGA launches the new LPGA Championship annual tournament.
- Women's Western Open - Patty Berg
- LPGA Championship - Beverly Hanson
- U.S. Women's Open - Fay Crocker
- Titleholders Championship - Patty Berg
- LPGA Tour money leader - Patty Berg - $16,492
- The first Cane Pace is held at Yonkers Raceway.
- Little Brown Jug for pacers won by Quick Chief
- Cane Pace won by Quick Chief
- The United States Trotting Triple Crown races are established. Scott Frost will win the first ever crown.
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- August 31 – In one of the most famous match races in thoroughbred racing history, Nashua beat Swaps at Washington Park racetrack. It was Swaps only loss in nine starts as a three-year-old. Nashua's owner-breeder, William Woodward, Jr., dreamed of owning an Epsom Derby winner, and he planned to send Nashua to England to train toward that goal. However, Woodward was shot dead by his wife before he could proceed.
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Toparoa
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Ace Marine
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Ribot
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Panaslipper
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion, Montreal Canadiens
- Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Ted Kennedy, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Stanley Cup – Detroit Red Wings win 4 games to 3 over the Montreal Canadiens
- World Hockey Championship
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship - University of Michigan Wolverines defeat Colorado College Tigers 5-3 in Colorado Springs, CO
- May 26 – death during sports car testing of Alberto Ascari at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
- May 30 – death during the Indy 500 of Bill Vukovich
- NASCAR Championship - Tim Flock in the #91 Hudson Hornet
- AAA Racing –
- Formula One – Juan Manuel Fangio (Argentina) is World Drivers' Champion, driving for Mercedes. He is the first driver to win the championship three times.
- 24 hours of Le Mans –
- Rally racing –
- Drag racing - The NHRA staged its first "Nationals" in Great Bend, Kansas. Calvin Rice won the inaugural "Top Fuel" championship.
- 1955–56 European Rugby League Championship
- 1955 New Zealand rugby league season
- 1955 NSWRFL season
- 1954–55 Northern Rugby Football League season / 1955–56 Northern Rugby Football League season
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Ken Rosewall (Australia) defeats Lew Hoad (Australia) 9–7, 6–4, 6–4
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Beryl Penrose Collier (Australia) defeats Thelma Coyne Long (Australia) 6–4, 6–3
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Tony Trabert (USA) defeats Kurt Nielsen (Denmark) 6–3, 7–5, 6–1
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Louise Brough Clapp (USA) defeats Beverly Baker Fleitz (USA) 7–5, 8–6
- 1955 Davis Cup – Australia 5–0 United States at West Side Tennis Club (grass) New York City, United States
- Pan American Games in Mexico City, Mexico
- Men's Tournament
- Gold Medal: USA
- Silver Medal: Mexico
- Bronze Medal: Brazil
- Women's Tournament
- Gold Medal: Mexico
- Silver Medal: USA
- Bronze Medal: Brazil
- Men's Tournament
- Second Pan American Games held in Mexico City, Mexico
- Second Mediterranean Games held in Barcelona, Spain
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, College football
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Patty Berg, LPGA golf
- Nite, Norm N. (1992). ROCK ON ALMANAC: The First Four Decades of Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Chronology; 2nd Edition. New York, New York: Harper Collins. p. 26. ISBN 0-06-273157-2.
- Jervis, Lawrie; “Redlegs, North Have Played Many Draws”; News, 31 August 1954, p. 43
- This excludes the wartime competition of 1942 to 1944