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Sporting Highlights for 1944

Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1944. It was the year of the Olympics, and the summer games was scheduled to be held in London, England and the winter games in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Both events were canceled due to the Second World War. Cortina d'Ampezzo was later awarded to host the Winter Olympics in 1956. Other events to be canceled due to war incldued Wimbledon, the French and Australian Open Tennis, the British Golf Open, Golf Masters, US Open, and the Tour de France.

It was the fourth year the Australian Open and the Wimbledon were canceled and the French Open held under German occupation was declared officially unrecognized due to World War II. The only grand slam event held was the US Open in which Pauline Betz Addie won the title for the third straight year. Pauline also won the event one more time in the future to finish her career with five grand slam wins. Frank Parker won the men's event for his first grand slam title. Frank took one more US Open and two French Open titles and finished his career with four slam wins.

PGA Championship was the only major men's golf tournament held on that year in which the other three were canceled due to the second world war. Bob Hamilton won the event for his first and only major. Babe Zaharias won the Women's Western Open, the only women's major event held that year, for her second major title.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1944.

Date Results
Aug Golf US PGA won by Bob Hamilton
Sep Tennis US National Championship won by Frank Parker and Pauline Betz
Oct The Baseball World Series won by St. Louis Cardinals

Please note that the dates for past events are not always known, and are sometimes just placed in the month that the current event is held. If no exact date is listed, then it is just an estimated month that it was held.

If you have a correction or know of events that should be included here, please let me know.

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