1959 in sports
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1959 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
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- NFL Championship – Baltimore Colts won 31-16 over the New York Giants
- August 14 - The American Football League is founded. Play would begin the following year.
- Sugar Bowl (1958 season):
- Rose Bowl:
- Pan American Games athletics held in Chicago with US sprinter Ray Norton winning three gold medals in the sprint events
- March 3 – The San Francisco Giants officially name their new stadium Candlestick Park.
- May 26 – In what many experts call the greatest pitching performance in history, Harvey Haddix--suffering with a flu and sore throat--hurls a 12 inning perfect game for the Pittsburgh Pirates but loses in the 13th inning 0-1 on a Don Hoak fielding error to the Milwaukee Braves as lightning storms threaten the end of the game.
- World Series – Los Angeles Dodgers win 4 games to 2 over the Chicago White Sox. The Series MVP is Larry Sherry, Los Angeles
- The Havana Sugar Kings defeate the Richmond Virginians to win the International League Governors' Cup.
- The Minneapolis Millers win the American Association championship.
- Havana wins 4 games to 3 over Minneapolis to win the Junior World Series.
- The Salt Lake City Bees win the Pacific Coast League pennant.
- The Winnipeg Goldeyes win the Northern League championship.
- FIBA World Championship
- Brazil World Champion
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- California wins 71-70 over West Virginia
- NBA Finals|NBA Finals –
- June 26 – in New York City, Ingemar Johansson scored a 3rd round TKO over Floyd Patterson to win the World Heavyweight Championship
- August 27 to September 7 – Pan American Games held in Chicago, United States
- During a Currie Cup match against Natal at the Jan Smuts Ground in East London in December, Border set the record (which still stands) for the lowest aggregate score by a first class side in a match. Border scored 34 runs in the match - 16 in the first innings and 18 in the second innings.
- Inaugural World Curling Championships held in Falkirk and Edinburgh for men only and known as the "Scotch Cup"; it is won by a Canadian team from Regina, Saskatchewan, skipped by Ernie Richardson
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- Masters Tournament - Art Wall, Jr.
- U.S. Open - Billy Casper
- British Open - Gary Player
- PGA Championship - Bob Rosburg
- PGA Tour money leader - Art Wall, Jr. - $53,168
- Ryder Cup - United States 8½ to 3½ over Britain in team golf
- Women's Western Open - Betsy Rawls
- LPGA Championship - Betsy Rawls
- U.S. Women's Open - Mickey Wright
- Titleholders Championship - Louise Suggs
- LPGA Tour money leader - Betsy Rawls - $26,774
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Macdougal
- Canadian Triple Crown races:
- Queen's Plate – New Providence
- Prince of Wales Stakes – New Providence
- Breeders' Stakes – New Providence
- New Providence becomes the first horse ever to win all three races.
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Saint Crespin
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Fidalgo
- English Triple Crown races:
- United States Triple Crown races:
- Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Dickie Moore, Montreal Canadiens
- Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Andy Bathgate, New York Rangers
- Stanley Cup – Montreal Canadiens win 4 games to 1 over the Toronto Maple Leafs
- World Hockey Championship
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship - University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux defeat Michigan State University Spartans 4-3 in overtime in Troy, New York
- The Hershey Bears defeat the Buffalo Bisons 4 games to 2 to win the AHL Calder Cup.
- The Louisville Rebels defeat the Fort Wayne Komets 4 games to 2 to win the IHL Turner Cup.
- On November 1, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante was injured when struck in the face by a flying puck. He offers to return to play on the condition that he wears his goalie mask. His example soon leads to the mask becoming standard equipment for goalies and a symbol of the game itself.
- The TV-pucken tournament starts.
- January 22 – Mike Hawthorn, reigning Formula One World Drivers' Champion, is killed in a road crash in his Jaguar Mark 1
- Stock car racing –
- USAC Racing – Rodger Ward
- Formula One – John A. Brabham (Australia) is World Drivers' Champion, in a Cooper T51-Climax.
- 24 hours of Le Mans – Carroll Shelby / Roy Salvadori win, sharing an Aston Martin DBR1
- Rally racing – Paul Coltelloni / Pierre Alexandre win the Monte Carlo Rally, sharing a Citroën ID
- Drag racing –
- 1959 New Zealand rugby league season
- 1958–59 Northern Rugby Football League season/1959–60 Northern Rugby Football League season
- 1959 NSWRFL season
- 65th Five Nations Championship series is won by France, the team's first outright championship title
- July 11 – US swimmer Michael Troy breaks his own, earlier in the day set first official world record (2:19.0) in the men's 200m butterfly (long course) at a meet in Los Altos, California, clocking 2:16.4.
- July 19 – US swimmer Becky Collins breaks the world record in the women's 200m butterfly at a meet in Redding, California, clocking 2:37.0.
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Alex Olmedo (USA) defeats Neale Fraser (Australia) 6–1, 6–2, 3–6, 6–3
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Mary Carter Reitano (Australia) defeats Renee Schuurman Haygarth (South Africa) 6–2, 6–3
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Alex Olmedo (USA) defeats Rod Laver (Australia) 6–4, 6–3, 6–4
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Maria Bueno (Brazil) defeats Darlene Hard (USA) 6–4, 6–3
- 1959 Davis Cup – Australia 3–2 United States at West Side Tennis Club (grass) New York City, United States
- Volleyball at the 1959 Pan American Games in Chicago won by USA (men) and Brazil (women)
- Central American and Caribbean Games held in Caracas, Venezuela
- Third Pan American Games held in Chicago, United States
- Third Mediterranean Games held in Beirut, Lebanon
- First Summer Universiade held in Turin, Italy
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Ingemar Johansson, Boxing
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Maria Bueno, Tennis