1953 in sports
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1953 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s|
|Years:||1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956|
- 1 American football
- 2 Association football
- 3 Australian rules football
- 4 Baseball
- 5 Basketball
- 6 Boxing
- 7 Canadian football
- 8 Cricket
- 9 Cycling
- 10 Figure skating
- 11 Golf
- 12 Harness racing
- 13 Horse racing
- 14 Ice hockey
- 15 Motor racing
- 16 Rugby league
- 17 Rugby union
- 18 Snooker
- 19 Tennis
- 20 Multi-sport events
- 21 Awards
- 22 References
- NFL Championship – Detroit Lions won 17–16 over the Cleveland Browns
- Sugar Bowl (1952 season):
- First Division – Arsenal win the 1952–53 title.
- FA Cup – Blackpool beat Bolton Wanderers 4–3 in what is known as "The Matthews Final", although it is Stan Mortensen who scores a winning hat-trick for Blackpool.
- England lose 6–3 to Hungary at Wembley Stadium their first ever loss to a team from Continental Europe at home.
- Victorian Football League
- 23 May: Fitzroy, against a brilliant Footscray defence, kick the lowest VFL/AFL score since 1899, 1.0 (6) to 10.6 (66). Fitzroy seemed doomed to the first 0.0 (0) score in VFL history until Allan Ruthven goaled with ten minutes to go.
- 4 July: Geelong beats Collingwood’s previous record of 20 consecutive wins, beating North Melbourne 12.14 (86) to 13.7 (85).
- 1 August: Collingwood ends a run of 26 unbeaten games (including a draw with Essendon) by Geelong, beating them 10.15 (75) to 7.13 (55)
- 26 September: Collingwood wins the 57th VFL Premiership, beating Geelong 11.11 (77) to 8.17 (65)
- Brownlow Medal awarded to Bill Hutchison (Essendon)
- South Australian National Football League:
- Western Australian National Football League:
- World Series – New York Yankees won 4 games to 2 over the Brooklyn Dodgers
- The Boston Braves of the National League moved to Milwaukee, becoming the first MLB franchise to relocate in 50 years.
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- Indiana wins 69–68 over Kansas
- NBA Finals –
- The eighth European basketball championship, Eurobasket 1953, is won by the Soviet Union.
- The fifteenth South American Basketball Championship in Montevideo is won by Uruguay.
- September 24 in New York City – Rocky Marciano retains his World Heavyweight title with a TKO over Roland La Starza in the 11th round.
- October in New York City – Bobo Olson scored a 15 round decision over Randy Turpin to win the World Middleweight Championship
- County Championship – Surrey
- Minor Counties Championship – Berkshire
- Most runs – Bill Edrich 2557 @ 47.35 (HS 211)
- Most wickets – Bruce Dooland 172 @ 16.58 (BB 7–19)
- Wisden Cricketers of the Year – Keith Miller, Neil Harvey, Johnny Wardle, Willie Watson, Tony Lock
- Sheffield Shield – South Australia
- Most runs – Neil Harvey 1659 @ 63.80 (HS 205)
- Most wickets – Hugh Tayfield 70 @ 27.91 (BB 7–71)
- South Africa make their first tour of Australia since 1931-32, and tie the five-Test series two-all with one draw
- Plunket Shield – Otago
- Following their Australian tour, South Africa tour New Zealand, winning a two-Test series one-nil with one draw
- India make their first tour of the West Indies, losing a five-test series 0-1 with four draws.
- Giro d'Italia won by Fausto Coppi of Italy
- Tour de France – Louison Bobet of France
- UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Fausto Coppi of Italy
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- Masters Tournament – Ben Hogan
- U.S. Open – Ben Hogan
- PGA Championship – Walter Burkemo
- British Open – Ben Hogan
- PGA Tour money leader – Lew Worsham – $34,002
- Ryder Cup – United States wins 6½ to 5½ over the British team.
- Women's Western Open – Louise Suggs
- U.S. Women's Open – Betsy Rawls
- Titleholders Championship – Patty Berg
- LPGA Tour money leader – Louise Suggs – $19,816
- Little Brown Jug for pacers won by Keystoner
- Hambletonian for trotters won by Helicopter
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- Pacers: Captain Sandy
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Wodalla
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Canadiana
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by La Sorellina
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Chamier
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- World Hockey Championship
- Stanley Cup – Montreal Canadiens win 4 games to 1 over the Boston Bruins
- 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: Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship – University of Michigan Wolverines defeat University of Minnesota Golden Gophers 7–3 in Colorado Springs, CO
- NASCAR Championship – Herb Thomas, driving his own #92 Hudson Hornet.
- AAA Racing –
- Formula One – Alberto Ascari (Italy) is two-time World Drivers' Champion, driving for Ferrari. He is the first driver to win the championship twice since its inception in 1947.
- 24 hours of Le Mans – Tony Rolt / Duncan Hamilton share a Jaguar C-Type
- Rally racing –
- Drag racing – The NHRA holds its first official race in April on a section of the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds parking lot in Pomona, California.
- World Sportscar Championship –
- Inaugural season
- Ferrari wins constructor's championship after three victories during the season.
- 1952–53 European Rugby League Championship / 1953–54 European Rugby League Championship
- 1953 New Zealand rugby league season
- 1953 NSWRFL season
- 1952–53 Northern Rugby Football League season / 1953–54 Northern Rugby Football League season
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Ken Rosewall (Australia) defeats Mervyn Rose (Australia) 6–0, 6–3, 6–4
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Maureen Connolly Brinker (USA) defeats Julia Sampson Hayward (USA) 6–3, 6–2
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Vic Seixas (USA) defeats Kurt Nielsen (Denmark) 9–7, 6–3, 6–4
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Maureen Connolly Brinker (USA) defeats Doris Hart (USA) 8–6, 7–5
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Ben Hogan, PGA golf
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Maureen Connolly, Tennis