Sporting Highlights for 1951

Here are some of the sporting highlights in the world of sport for 1951.

Richard Savitt won his first grand slam title taking the Australian Open, the first grand slam event of the year. He also won the French Open that same year for his second slam. But Savitt was unable to replicate his success even remotely in the following years and finished his career with only the two slam titles.

Maureen Connolly Brinker, the nine-time grand slam winner, won her first grand slam title at the US Open. She had immense success in the next three years, winning at least two grand slams each year and a golden slam in 1953.

Ben Hogan won the Masters Tournament for his fifth major title. He continued his success on that year with a win at the US Open which was his sixth major title. Though the following year was not a very successful one, he won three straight majors in the year after to finish his career with nine major titles.

Hugo Koblet became the second Swiss, behind Ferdinand K├╝bler who won the previous year, to capture the Tour de France championship. He won five stages during the race and won the tour by a 22 minute margin. That was however the only time Koblet won at the event.

Below is a timeline of some significant results in the world of sport for the year 1951.

Date Results
Jan Tennis Australia Open won by Dick Savitt and Nancye Bolton
April Golf Masters won by Ben Hogan (1st win)
May Tennis French Open won by Jaroslav Drobny and Shirley Fry
June Golf US Open won by Ben Hogan
July the Cycling Tour de France won by Hugo Koblet
July Tennis Wimbledon won by Dick Savitt and Doris Hart
July Golf British Open won by Max Faulkner
Aug Golf US PGA won by Sam Snead (3)
Sep Tennis US National Championship won by Frank Sedgman and Maureen Connolly
Oct The Baseball World Series won by New York Yankees

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.

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