1950s Sports – 1953




  • NFL Championship:
    Detroit Lions (17) over the Cleveland Browns (16)
  • This is the second consecutive win for the Lions
  • The team that started in Baltimore (1950), moved to NY (1951) then to Dallas (1952) is finally back in Baltimore and renamed the Colts
  • the NFL announced that the former American and National Conferences were renamed the Eastern and Western Conferences
  • The Cleveland Browns had a shot at the perfect season winning (11) straight but lost the final game to the Philadelphia Eagles



  • World Series:
    (in 6 games)New York Yankees (4 games), Brooklyn Dodgers (2 games)
  • This is the Yankees fifth consecutive World Championship win bringing their total World Series wins to sixteen
  • The Boston Braves are sold and moved becoming the Milwaukee Braves
  • Historians finally agree on who invented baseball
    Alexander Cartwright is now officially the father of baseball not Abner Doubleday
  • All Star Game: The National League (5), American League (1)



  • NBA Championship:
  • (in 7 games) Minneapolis Lakers (4 games), Syracuse Nationals (3 games)
  • This is the fifth Championship in six years – (the dynasty continues)
  • All Star Game:  (in overtime) East (98) beats the West (93)
  • Neil Johnston was player of the year with most shots, field goals, points and free throws
  • The League shrinks by one team when the Indianapolis Olympians fold prior to the start of the season



  • Wimbleton: Men’s Singles
    (American) Vic Seixas defeated (Denmark)Kurt Nielsen (9-7, 6-3, 6-4)
  • Wimbleton: Women’s Singles
    Maureen Connolly Brinker defeated Doris Hart (8-6, 7-5)
  • US (Open) National Championship: Tony Trabert trounced Vic Seixas (6-3, 6-2, 6-3)
  • Davis Cup:
  • (an exact duplicate of last year) United States won the Americas Zone but lost to Australia in the Challenge Round



  • The Masters:  Ben Hogan (broke the club record with a 14 under par 274) at Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA
  • U.S. Open :  Ben Hogan (283), Oakmont Country Club, Oakmont, Pa
  • British Open :  Ben Hogan (282), Carnoustie, Scotland
  • PGA Championship :  Walter Burkemo (match-play), Birmingham Country Club
  • Hogan entered only six PGA tournaments, but he won five of them –
    including all three majors he entered: The Masters, U.S. Open and British giving him the Triple Crown
  • U.S. Women’s Open :  Betsy Rawls (302), Country Club of Rochester, Rochester, NY



  • Stanley Cup:  (in five games) Montreal Canadiens (4 games) over the Boston Bruins (1 game)
  • Gordie Howe is again the league MVP as well as the scored points champ (third consecutive time)
  • World Ice Hockey Championships:  Sweden won and was undefeated during the tournament, this was their first win
  • Only European teams competed in this Championship which called the legitimacy of the title in to question,
    the Canadian team and the Russian team decided not to send their players



  • World Heavyweight Championship:  Jersey Joe Walcott tries for a come back to regain his Title but gets knocked out by Rocky Marciano in the first round
  • Marciano, two months later, then defends his title with an 11th round KO of Roland LaStarza at the Polo Grounds in NY
  • Marciano has now won 45 bouts with 40 of them by knockout
  • Sugar Ray Robinson retired from boxing which left the Middleweight Belt up for grabs
    after a series of elimination rounds Carl (Bobo) Olson of Hawaii won a split decision against Randolph Turpin of England to gain the Title

Auto Racing


  • Indianapolis 500:  Bill Vukovich speed 138.39mph
  • Vukovich had the pole position, the fastest lap and led for 195 of the 200 laps of the race
  • Driver Chet Miller died in a practice round wreck two weeks before the race
  • Driver Carl Scarborough exited the race because he felt overcome by heat, he died later at the track hospital of heat exhaustion
  • The race track was so hot that eleven drivers had to request replacement drivers to finish the race
  • In Nascar news: Herb Thomas won the Grand National Champion points competition, he also won in 1951 and came in second place in 1952

Horse Racing


  • Kentucky Derby:  Dark Star, Jockey – Henry Moreno
  • Dark star was a 24-1 long shot when he defeated the heavily favored Native Dancer
    who had not lost a race and was thought to be the next Triple Crown Winner
  • Belmont Stakes:  Native Dancer, Jockey – Eric Guerin
  • Preakness Stakes:  Native Dancer, Jockey – Eric Guerin
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