The Fifties Web
Index Back to 1959
Close This Window
| Sports -
Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500 auto race.
Roger Ward wins the Indy 500 averaging 138.6 MPH.
Penn State beats Alabama 7-0 in the first Liberty Bowl game.
NHL goalie Jacques Plante is the first to wear a hockey mask. Amazingly, this was not widely accepted and it wasn't until 1973, that the last goalie played unmasked.
LA Dodgers beat Chicago White Sox, 4 games to 2 in 56th World Series. This is the first time the White Sox have taken their first pennant since the "Black Sox" scandal of 1919. It is also the first time a World Series game played west of St Louis
The American Football League (AFL) is formed with eight teams. In 1966 it mergered with the NFL. The Eight - New York Titans (later the Jets), Dallas Texans (later the KC Chiefs), Los Angeles Charges (later San Diego), Boston Patriots (later New England), Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Houston Oilers and the Oakland Raiders.
Baltimore Colts beat NY Giants 31-16 in NFL championship game
Boston Celtics win over Minneapolis Lakers. It is Boston's 8th consecutive NBA championship.
Heavyweight Floyd Patterson KOs Brian London. Then a month later, Ingemar Johansson of Sweden KOs Floyd Patterson to become boxing champ.
Tommy Lee, Bill Shoemaker jockey, won the Kentucky Derby
California wins NCAA basketball championship
Bob Rosburg wins PGA golf tournamen
Art Wall Jr.'s 284 won the Masters.
Billy Casper wins US Open golf tournament
Mickey Wright wins 2nd straight US Women's Golf Open
Billy Cannon (Louisiana halfback) wins Heisman trophy
Australia defeats US for tennis' Davis Cup
Montreal Canadiens beat Tor Maple Leafs 4 games to 1 for Stanley Cup
SF Giant's stadium named as Candlestick Park.