1954 in sports
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1954 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s|
|Years:||1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957|
- 1 American football
- 2 Artistic gymnastics
- 3 Association football
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Australian rules football
- 6 Baseball
- 7 Basketball
- 8 Boxing
- 9 Canadian football
- 10 Figure skating
- 11 Golf
- 12 Harness racing
- 13 Horse racing
- 14 Ice hockey
- 15 Motor racing
- 16 Rugby league
- 17 Rugby union
- 18 Skiing
- 19 Snooker
- 20 Tennis
- 21 Multi-sport events
- 22 Awards
- 23 References
- NFL Championship – Cleveland Browns win 56-10 over the Detroit Lions
- Orange Bowl (1953 season):
- The UCLA Bruins are voted national champions by the Coaches Poll; do not play in the Rose Bowl due to the "no-repeat rule"
- 1954 World Championships
- First Division - Wolverhampton Wanderers win the 1953-54 title.
- FA Cup – West Bromwich Albion beat Preston North End 3-2.
- May 6 – Roger Bannister breaks the four-minute mile barrier with a time of 3:59.4
- August 25 to 29 August – European Championships held at Berne, capital of Switzerland
- Victorian Football League
- South Australian National Football League
- West Australian National Football League
- January 14 – Former Yankees great Joe DiMaggio marries actress Marilyn Monroe in a union of heavily publicized media stars.
- World Series – New York Giants win 4 games to 0 over the Cleveland Indians
- FIBA World Championship –
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- La Salle wins 92-76 over Bradley
- NBA Finals –
- March 13 – Milan High School, enrollment 161, defeated Muncie Central High School (enrollment over 1,600) 32-30 to win the Indiana state title. The 1986 movie classic Hoosiers was very loosely based on the story of this Milan team.
- September 17 in New York City, Rocky Marciano retained his World Heavyweight title with an 8th round knockout of Ezzard Charles
- December 12 – death of Ed Sanders (30), American heavyweight soon after a fight with Willie James in which he lost consciousness
- The BC Lions started play in the Western Interprovincial Football Union as the ninth professional team.
- After the 1954 season, the Ontario Rugby Football Union stops challenging for the Grey Cup, permanently establishing that trophy as one to be awarded only to professional teams.
- These changes result in the Grey Cup being an East vs. West competition. Although the Canadian Football League was not technically founded until 1958, 1954 is often referred to as the start of the "modern era" of Canadian professional football. It is also considered to be the year the CFL was founded in substance if not in name.
- In the Grey Cup, the Edmonton Eskimos win 26-25 over the Montreal Alouettes.
- The Canadian Intermediate-Senior championship was awarded to the Winnipeg Rams. The team consisted of  Rich Kolisnyk (quarterback), Mel Kotch, Bob Jones, Tom Brisson, Bill Ritchie, Len Sigurdson, Walt Van Wynsberg, Lorne Miller, Gerry Duguid, Harry Makin, Art Makin, Jerry Lavitt, John Thorney, Bill Barrett, Jim Thorney, Al McBride, Bill Senyk, Bob Bouchard, Ray Charambura, Nick Miller, Dick Hebertson, Ron Stephenson, Al Passman, Mort Corrin, Bill Yee, Norm Lampe, Dede Brown, Joe Sawchuk, Art Brockhill, Lew Miles, Ken Freeman, Bill Thomas, Ron Cooke, Pete Sawchuk, Harry Snider, Harold Neufeld and their mascot Ken Kolisnyk.
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- Masters Tournament - Sam Snead
- U.S. Open - Ed Furgol
- British Open - Peter Thomson
- PGA Championship - Chick Harbert
- PGA Tour money leader - Bob Toski - $65,820
- Women's Western Open - Betty Jameson
- U.S. Women's Open - Babe Zaharias
- Titleholders Championship - Louise Suggs
- LPGA Tour money leader - Patty Berg - $16,011
- Little Brown Jug for pacers won by Adios Harry
- Hambletonian for trotters won by Newport Dream
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship –
- Pacers: Tennessee Sky
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Rising Fast
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Collisteo
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Sica Boy
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Zarathustra
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- 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: Al Rollins, Chicago Black Hawks
- Stanley Cup – Detroit Red Wings win 4 games to 3 over the Montreal Canadiens
- World Hockey Championship
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers defeat University of Minnesota Golden Gophers 5-4 in overtime in Colorado Springs, Colorado
- NASCAR Championship - Lee Petty in the #42 Plymouth
- AAA Racing –
- Formula One – Juan Manuel Fangio (Argentina) is two-time World Drivers' Champion, driving for Maserati and Mercedes.
- 24 hours of Le Mans – the team of Froilán González / Maurice Trintignant won, driving a Ferrari 375
- Rally racing - the team of Louis Chiron / Ciro Basadonna win the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Lancia Aurelia GT
- Drag racing - The NHRA expands, sanctioning other drag strip operators in the United States.
- Daytona 200 - BSA take the first five places with remainder of the team at 8th and 16th.
- May 5 – 1953–54 Challenge Cup final replay is won 8–4 by Warrington against Halifax before a world record crowd for a rugby football match of either code of over 120,000 at Odsal Stadium.
- May 8 – 1953–54 Northern Rugby Football League season culminates in Warrington's 8–7 win over Halifax in the Championship Final at Maine Road before 36,519.
- September 18 – 1954 NSWRFL season culminates in South Sydney's 23–15 win over Newtown in the grand final at the Sydney Cricket Ground before a crowd of 45,759
- November 13 – first World Cup tournament culminates in Great Britain's 16 – 12 win over France in the final.
- December 13 – the final match of the 1953–54 European Championship was played, with England finishing on top of the tournament ladder to claim the championship.
- 60th Five Nations Championship series is shared by England, France and Wales. This is the first time that France either wins or shares the title.
- ISF World Championships –
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Mervyn Rose (Australia) defeats Rex Hartwig (Australia) 6–2, 0–6, 6–4, 6–2
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Thelma Coyne Long (Australia) defeats Jenny Staley Hoad (Australia) 6–3, 6–4
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Jaroslav Drobný (Egypt) defeats Ken Rosewall (Australia) 13–11, 4–6, 6–2, 9–7
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Maureen Connolly Brinker (USA) defeats Louise Brough Clapp (USA) 6–2, 7–5
- Asian Games held in Manila, the Philippines
- Central American and Caribbean Games held in Mexico City, Mexico
- British Empire & Commonwealth Games held in Vancouver, British Columbia
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Willie Mays, Major League Baseball
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Babe Didrikson Zaharias, LPGA golf
- Baker, Andrew (1995-08-20). "100 years of rugby league: From the great divide to the Super era". Independent, The. independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
- "England beats France to win rugby crown". The Milwaukee Journal. 1954-11-13. p. 9. Retrieved 2009-12-25.