Sporting Highlights for 1948
Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1948.
The major events of this year in sport were the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, which returned after a 12 year hiatus because of World War II. The Summer Games was held in London, United Kingdom and the Winter Games was held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Norway and Sweden won the Winter Games by taking 4 gold medals and 10 total medals each. The United States won the Summer Games taking 38 gold medals and 84 total medals.
Also following the war, the Stoke Mandeville Games for disabled persons was held at Stoke-on-Trent, England. This event was the forerunner to the modern Paralympics.
Three six-time grand slam winners, Nancye Wynne Bolton, Louise Brough Clapp and Margaret Osborne duPont, won the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open respectively. It was the end of a hat-trick win for Nancye and the start of a hat-trick for Louise and Margaret at their respective events.
Adrian Quist won the men's Australian Open for the third time in his career. Frank Parker, who had won the US Open two times coming into the season took the French Open for his third career slam. He also repeated his French Open success the following year for the fourth and final slam title of his career.
Patty Berg, the winningest player in the history of women's golf with a total of 15 major titles, won two majors, Women's Western Open and Titleholders Championship for her seventh and eighth titles. She won the respective events four and three more times before she retired.
See some videos from the world of sport in 1948.
Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1948.
|Jan||Tennis Australia Open won by Adrian Quist and Nancye Bolton|
|Jan 30 - Feb 8||Winter Olympic Games were held in St. Moritz, Switzerland|
|April||Golf Masters won by Claude Harmon|
|May||Tennis French Open won by Frank Parker and Nelly Landry|
|June||Golf US Open won by Ben Hogan|
|July||the Cycling Tour de France won by Gino Bartali|
|July||Tennis Wimbledon won by Bob Falkenburg and Louise Brough|
|July||Golf The Open Championship won by Henry Cotton|
|Jul 29 - Aug 14||Summer Olympic Games were held in London, Great Britain|
|Aug||Golf US PGA won by Ben Hogan (his second)|
|Sep||Tennis US National Championship won by Pancho Gonzales and Margaret duPont|
|Oct||The Baseball World Series won by Cleveland Indians|
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.
- Timeline (all years) in the world of sport
- For future sporting events, see the Calendar of Major Sporting Events
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