1958 in sports
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1958 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s|
|Years:||1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961|
- 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 Cycling
- 11 Figure skating
- 12 Golf
- 13 Harness racing
- 14 Horse racing
- 15 Ice hockey
- 16 Motor racing
- 17 Pétanque
- 18 Rugby league
- 19 Rugby union
- 20 Skiing
- 21 Swimming
- 22 Tennis
- 23 Yacht racing
- 24 Multi-sport events
- 25 Awards
- 26 References
- NFL Championship – December 28 the Baltimore Colts won 23-17 over the New York Giants in overtime. The game is later called the "Greatest game ever played".
- World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
- February 6 – Munich air disaster. 23 people died as a result of the crash at Munich airport including 7 Manchester United players:
- Also killed was former Manchester City and England goalkeeper Frank Swift (44), who was then a reporter
- European Cup – Real Madrid beat A.C. Milan 3-2.
- Inter-Cities Fairs Cup – FC Barcelona beat London XI 8-2 on aggregate.
- First Division – Wolverhampton Wanderers win the 1957–58 title.
- FA Cup – Bolton Wanderers beat Manchester United 2-0.
- Victorian Football League
- January 29 – The Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella suffers a broken neck in an early morning auto accident on Long Island. His spinal column is nearly severed and his legs are permanently paralyzed.
- January 30 – Commissioner Ford Frick announces that players and coaches, rather than the fans, will vote for the All-Star teams.
- April 15 – San Francisco Giants pitcher Rubén Gómez won baseball's first regular season game on the West Coast. He started the first game in San Francisco history, beating Don Drysdale and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers in an 8-0 shutout at Seals Stadium. The two teams moved from New York after the 1957 season.
- World Series – New York Yankees win 4 games to 3 over the Milwaukee Braves. The Series MVP is pitcher Bob Turley of New York.
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- NBA Finals:
- A FIBA European Champions Cup (present day of Euro Basketball League), first official game held on February 22, and ASK Riga won first season on title.[page needed]
- December 10 – Light-heavyweight champion Archie Moore is knocked down three times in the first round and once more in the fifth round by Yvon Durelle but Moore held on to come back to knock out Durelle in the 11th round.
- The Canadian Football League is officially established in its present form.
- Grey Cup – Winnipeg Blue Bombers win 35-28 over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Tour de France won by Charly Gaul of Luxembourg
- September 13 – death in a racing accident of Russell Mockridge (30), Australian racing cyclist
- World Figure Skating Championships:
- Masters Tournament – Arnold Palmer
- U.S. Open – Tommy Bolt
- British Open – Peter Thomson
- PGA Championship – Dow Finsterwald
- PGA Tour money leader – Arnold Palmer – $42,608
- Women's Western Open – Patty Berg
- LPGA Championship – Mickey Wright
- U.S. Women's Open – Mickey Wright
- Titleholders Championship – Beverly Hanson
- LPGA Tour money leader – Beverly Hanson – $12,639
- United States Pacing Triple Crown races:
- United States Trotting Triple Crown races:
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship:
- Pacers: Free Hall
- Tim Tam, who had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, fractured a sesamoid bone and lost his chance for the Triple Crown when he hobbled across the finish line in second place at the Belmont Stakes.
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Baystone
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Caledon Beau
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Ballymoss
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Sindon
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- January 18 – Willie O'Ree makes his NHL debut with the Boston Bruins. He is the first Black Canadian to play in the National Hockey League.
- 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: Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
- Stanley Cup – Montreal Canadiens win 4-2 over the Boston Bruins
- World Hockey Championship
- Men's champion: Whitby Dunlops from Canada defeat the Soviet Union
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship – University of Denver Pioneers defeat University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux 6-2 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- NASCAR Championship – Lee Petty in the #42 Plymouth
- USAC Racing
- Formula One – Mike Hawthorn (Great Britain) is World Drivers' Champion, driving for Ferrari.
- 24 Hours of Le Mans – Olivier Gendebien / Phil Hill win, sharing a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
- Rally racing – the team of Guy Monraisse / Jacques Feret won the Monte Carlo Rally driving a Renault
- The sport's international federation is founded in Marseille
- 1958 New Zealand rugby league season
- 1958 NSWRFL season
- 1957–58 Northern Rugby Football League season / 1958–59 Northern Rugby Football League season
- Men's FIS World Championships:
- Women's FIS World Championships:
- June 29 – US swimmer Nancy Ramey sets the first official world record in the women's 200m butterfly at a meet in Los Angeles, clocking 2:40.5.
- September 13 – Tineke Lagerberg from the Netherlands takes over the world record in the women's 200m butterfly during a meet in Naarden, the Netherlands – 2:38.9.
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Ashley Cooper (Australia) defeats Malcolm Anderson (Australia) 7–5, 6–3, 6–4
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Angela Mortimer Barrett (Great Britain) defeats Lorraine Coghlan Robinson (Australia) 6–3, 6–4
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Ashley Cooper (Australia) defeats Neale Fraser (Australia) 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 13–11
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Althea Gibson (USA) defeats Angela Mortimer (Great Britain) 8–6, 6–2
- The New York Yacht Club retains the America's Cup as Columbia defeats British challenger Sceptre, of the Royal Yacht Squadron, 4 races to 0; it is the first Cup series held in the era of the 12-metre yacht.
- Asian Games held in Tokyo, Japan
- British Empire & Commonwealth Games held in Cardiff, United Kingdom
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Herb Elliott, Track and field
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Althea Gibson, Tennis