Rangers won the Scottish League and Cup and achieved the first treble winning the fledgling League Cup also. They won the championship by one point from Dundee; beat Clyde 4 - 1 in the Scottish Cup and Raith Rovers 2 - 0 in the Scottish League Cup. The club had two formidable centre-halves, Willie Woodburn and George Young, and also ferocious tacklers such as Sammy Cox and Jock Shaw.
Photographers scrambled to shot a picture of the barely visible panties under Moran’s dress and the All-England Club committee accused Tinling of “drawing attention to the sexual area”. He resigned after 35 years at the club and became the best-known designer of women’s tennis wear.
Tinling and Gorgeous Gussy had brought into focus the ever widening rift between the amateur establishment and the players, who were seeking a more professional approach to their sport.
A star was born. The Argentinean driver, Juan-Manuel Fangio took the European circuit by storm in his first
Some European drivers had raced against him in South America and were impressed. But most knew next to nothing about his ability, and other were sceptical that he would be able to adapt to the different demands of European tracks and European cars. Fangio soon showed his South American success was no flash in the pan. Driving a Maserati he won races in San Marino, Pau, Perpignan, Marseilles, Autodrome and Albi. On the strength of these victories Fangio was invited to join the Alfa Romeo Team. Next season
CRICKET - Don Bradman was knighted
MODERN PENTATHLON - Sweden won the first World Championship. Tage Bjurefelt won the individual title.
RUGBY - Australia beat New Zealand 16 - 9 in Auckland on September 24 to take home the Bledisloe Cup for the first time. Three weeks before they had beaten the All Blacks 11 - 6 in Wellington.
Louise Brough epitomized the superiority of American women in tennis in the post-war era. Brough played 117 games in 5hr 20min. But she failed to capture the headlines.
Instead a petite pretty Californian called Gussy Moran put on a pair of lace panties under a short ballerina skirt and distracted the attention of the World’s press. ‘Gorgeous Gussie’s’ outfit had been created by Ted Tinling, an assistant in the referee’s office at Wimbledon, and it certainly blew up a storm.
Ben Hogan, riding on a wave of emotion, won the 50th US open after a play-off at Merion near Philadelphia. Hogan had nearly been killed on February 2 the previous year when a bus hit his new Cadillac. Many thought he would never walk again, but he made a remarkable recovery.
Within a year he had returned, losing a play-off to Sam Snead in the Los Angeles Open. Hogan struggled to stay on his feet in the final round at Merion but returned the next day to shoot 69 and beat Lloyd Mangrum and George Fazio in the 18 hole play-off. Mangrum, who scored 73, was penalized two stokes at the 15th for illegally cleaning his ball when he blew a fly off it.
England experienced one of their most humiliating defeats in their history when they were beaten 1 - 0 by the United States on June 29th in the fourth World Cup in Brazil. England had begun the tournament as one of the favourites with Mathews, Mortensen, Finney, Alf Ramsay, Wilf Mannion and Billy Wright in the side. England were very confident of victory and did not pick Mathews in the team. They treated the game as a practice match. For the first 40 minutes England spent most of the time in the American half, hitting the post and the crossbar. But with 8 minutes to go to half-time, Walter Bahr shot from the left. The England keeper, Bert Williams appeared to have the ball covered when Haitian Larry Gaetjens deflected it with his head into the net. No matter how England fought to equalize (they hit the bar or post 11 times and should
The first world championship began on May 13th at Silverstone when the Turin doctor Giuseppe Farina swept home to take the inaugural Formula One Grand Prix in an Alfa Romeo. The two other Alfas were second and third.
Farina aged 44, went on to win the Swiss and Italian GPs and the world title in the seven race championship. Close behind him, was the new star on the horizon Juan-Manual Fangio, who although 39 also won three GPs to finish second. Farina had been in motor racing for some 17 years, starting as a hill-climber in 1933. His courage was noted by the eagle-eyed Enzo Ferrari, who signed him to race Alfa Romeos for him in 1938. Farina, unhappy at his treatment at Alfa Romeo, retired. Two years later he changed his mind and in 1948 he was racing for Masarati.
FOOTBALL - Scotland were beaten 1 - 0 by Austria at Hampden, the first time they lost at home to opponents from outside the UK. The pools produced the first £100,000 winner.
GOLF - Bobby Locke lowered the record aggregate for the Open to 279 at Troon, Scotland.
HORSE RACING - Lord Mildmay of Fleet, the leading amateur rider who introduced the Queen and Princess Elizabeth to National Hunt racing, vanished while swimming in the River Yealm near his home in Devon.
Sugar Ray Robinson fought Jake LaMotta, the first professional to have beaten him, for the world middleweight championship in Chicago on February 14.
When it was over, the fight was inevitably called the St. Valentines Day Mssacre. And for once this was not some headline writer’s fantasy.
LaMotta met Robinson six times, but this was the most one-sided of their contests. For ten rounds Sugar Ray drew the sting from the champion, who had struggled to make the weight. In the 13th Robinson punched LaMotta to a standstill and the fight was stopped
Two legends collided in October in New York, one in the making and one on the way out. After eight punishing rounds Rocky Marciano finally shattered the comeback hopes of Joe Louis, the former champion. Louis had acquitted himself creditably since his disastrous return to the ring in September the previous year, when Ezzard Charles had spared the great man further punishment by refusing to knock him out and cruising to a easy points win to keep the world heavyweight title. For five rounds Louis’s splendid left jab kept him in the fight, even splitting Marciano’s eyebrow. But the sheer power and relentless pressure was too much for Louis. In the eighth round Marciano went in for the kill and put Louis on the floor, then Marciano knocked him through the ropes. Louis was out, his reign was over.
Randolph Turpin enthralled a capacity crowd at Earl’s Court when he convincingly outpointed boxing’s golden boy Sugar Ray Robinson, to lift the world middleweight crown on July 10. Robinson having won the title four months earlier, was concluding a seven-fight whirlwind defence of his title in Europe and had under-rated the British champion.
Robinson could never come to grips with Turpin’s unorthodox, crouching style and was always vulnerable to his left jab. A cut over Robinson’s eyebrow in the seventh round made a successful defence virtually impossible. Turpin’s reign was short-lived however, as 64 days later he made history as the shortest serving world champion as Robinson regained the title in New York.
AMERICAN FOOTBALL - Norm van Brocklin passed for 554 yards for the Los Angeles Rams against New York Yankees on September 28.
BASEBALL - The 86 year-old Connie Mack retired as the owner -manager of the Philadelphia Athletics after 50 years in charge.
GOLF - The US won the Ryder Cup 9 - 2 with one match halved at Pinehurst. Arthur Lees was the first Briton to win both his foursomes and singles matches in America.
A team of American women beat a man’s team that included four Walker Cup players 6½ - 2½ at Wentworth.
There was no lonelier long-distance runner than Emil Zatopek. When others were satisfied they had done enough training he would still be out pounding the roads. The brilliant Czech spent 1,000 hours running each year. He ran more than 100 miles each week, more than a half-marathon daily. Zatopek believed that if he trained hard enough then competitive running would be easy.
The pay-off was three gold medals at the 15th Olympic Games in Helsinki. It was no surprise that he retained the 10,000 metres title in 29mins. 17secs. On the first day of the Games.
Two days later he won the 5,000 metres heat and in the final on July 24 was the victor in one of the great Olympic finishes. Four great athletes were ahead at the bell the Czech, Mimoun (France), Schade (Germany) and Chataway (GB). Chataway tripped and fell, Zatopek opened up a lead on the two others which he did not relinquish. Not content with that Zatopek went on to take the Marathon gold on July 27
Nat Lofthouse was dubbed the ‘Lion of Vienna’ for his dramatic breakaway goal that shattered the Austrians and gave England a morale-boosting 3 - 2 victory in Vienna on May 25. The Bolton centre-forward was in his typical “Never say die” mood and his two goals turned a difficult game against a team regarded as the finest in Europe.
It was a match reminiscent of the hard-fought 2 - 2 draw at Wembley the previous season, where the bulldog tenacity of Lofthouse and Ramsay had to contend with the deceptive subtleties of a ball-playing team. Lofthouse’s performance in Vienna made him the obvious first pick for the England No. 9 shirt a position he amply justified
Frank Sedgeman became the first player since Bobby Riggs in 1939 to win the men’s triple crown at Wimbledon. The Australian used his powerful forehand and superior play at the net to beat the Czechoslovakian exile Jaroslav Drobny
4 - 6, 6 - 2, 6 - 3, 6 - 2 in the men’s singles final. He won the men’s doubles with Ken McGregor and the mixed doubles with Doris Hart. The ladies singles was won by 17 year old Maureen Connolly beating Louise Brough in the final
ATHLETICS - A post-Olympics match between the British Empire and the United States drew a capacity crowd of 45,000 to the White City, with another 20,000 unable to get in. Despite being held in heavy rain, the meeting produced three world records.
TENNIS - Britain recorded their first win in the Curtis Cup, beating the United States 5 - 4 at Muirfield.
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