1948 in sports
1948 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 Field hockey
- 9 Figure skating
- 10 Golf
- 11 Ice hockey
- 12 Horse racing
- 13 Motor racing
- 14 Olympic Games
- 15 Radiosport
- 16 Rowing
- 17 Rugby league
- 18 Rugby union
- 19 Snooker
- 20 Speed skating
- 21 Tennis
- 22 Awards
- 23 References
- Rose Bowl (1947 season):
- Michigan Wolverines – college football national championship
- Cleveland Browns 49–7 Buffalo Bills in the All-America Football Conference championship game.
- Philadelphia Eagles 7–0 Chicago Cardinals in the National Football League championship game. The game at Shibe Park was played in a blizzard.
33 athletics events were contested at the Olympic Games in London, including debuts for the men's 10 km walk; and the women's 200 metres, long jump and shot put. Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands captured four gold medals.
- Melbourne wins the 52nd VFL Premiership, drawing the 1948 VFL Grand Final with Essendon 10.9 (69) to 7.27 (69), and winning the replay 13.11 (89) to Essendon's 7.8 (50)
- Brownlow Medal awarded to Bill Morris (Richmond)
- 2 October – Norwood wins its twenty-first SANFL premiership, defeating West Torrens 15.16 (106) to 7.7 (49)
- Magarey Medal awarded to Ron Phillips (North Adelaide)
- 9 October – South Fremantle wins its fourth premiership and second in succession, defeating West Perth 13.9 (87) to 9.9 (63)
- Sandover Medal awarded to Merv McIntosh (Perth)
- January 29 – Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players.
- February 27 – Hall of Fame election – voters select the recently deceased Herb Pennock, and Pie Traynor, as the newest inductees; Traynor is the first third baseman elected by the writers in 9 elections.
- August 16 – death of Babe Ruth
- World Series – Cleveland Indians defeat Boston Braves, 4 games to 2.
- Negro World Series – Homestead Grays defeat the Birmingham Black Barons, 4 games to 1.
NCAA Basketball Championship
BAA (NBA) Finals
- June 25 – At New York's Yankee Stadium – Joe Louis knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 11th round to retain his heavyweight title for the 25th time. Shortly after the bout, Louis announced his retirement from boxing.
- Olympic Games (men's competition) in London, Great Britain
- Gold: India
- World Figure Skating Championships
- Masters Tournament – Claude Harmon
- PGA Championship – Ben Hogan
- U.S. Open – Ben Hogan
- British Open – Henry Cotton
- Women's Western Open – Patty Berg
- U.S. Women's Open – Babe Zaharias
- Titleholders Championship – Patty Berg
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship – Michigan Wolverines defeat Dartmouth College Big Green 8-4 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to win the first official NCAA championship
- Stanley Cup – Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings in 4 straight games to win their 5th Stanley Cup title.
- Citation becomes the 8th horse to win the US Triple Crown
- Shiela's Cottage becomes the first mare to win the Grand National since 1902 and only the twelfth since the race's inception
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Rimfire (horse)
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Last Mark
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Migoli
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Nathoo
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- Indianapolis 500 – Mauri Rose wins the 32nd running in the Blue Crown Spark Plug Special Deidt–Offenhauser
- 21 February – following negotiations in Daytona Beach, "Big Bill" France launches NASCAR
- 1948 Summer Olympics takes place in London, United Kingdom
- United States wins the most medals (84) and the most gold medals (38).
- 1948 Winter Olympics takes place in St. Moritz, Switzerland
- Norway and Sweden both win the most medals (10 each), and the most gold medals (4 each).
- First CQ World Wide DX Contest held in October and November. This annual event would go on to become the radio contest with the largest participation worldwide.
The Boat Race
Five Nations Championship
- 54th Five Nations Championship series is won by Ireland who complete the Grand Slam, their last for 61 years.
Speed Skating World Championships
1948 Winter Olympics (Men)
- 500m – gold medal: Finn Helgesen (Norway)
- 1500m – gold medal: Sverre Farstad (Norway)
- 5000m – gold medal: Reidar Liaklev (Norway)
- 10000m – gold medal: Åke Seyffarth (Sweden)
1948 Winter Olympics (Women)
- not contested
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Adrian Quist (Australia) defeats John Bromwich (Australia) 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 6–3
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Nancye Wynne Bolton (Australia) defeats Marie Toomey (Australia) 6–3, 6–1
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Bob Falkenburg (USA) defeats John Bromwich (Australia) 7–5, 0–6, 6–2, 3–6, 7–5
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Louise Brough Clapp (USA) defeats Doris Hart (USA) 6–3, 8–6
- 1948 Davis Cup – United States 5–0 Australia at West Side Tennis Club (grass) New York City, United States
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Lou Boudreau, Major League Baseball
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Fanny Blankers-Koen, Track and field