1953 in sports
This article needs additional citations for verification. (September 2013) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
1953 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s|
|Years:||1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956|
- First Division – Arsenal win the 1952–53 title.
- FA Cup – Blackpool beat Bolton Wanderers 4–3 in what is known as "The Matthews Final", although it is Stan Mortensen who scores a winning hat-trick for Blackpool.
- England lose 6–3 to Hungary at Wembley Stadium their first ever loss to a team from Continental Europe at home.
- Victorian Football League
- 23 May: Fitzroy, against a brilliant Footscray defence, kick the lowest VFL/AFL score since 1899, 1.0 (6) to 10.6 (66). Fitzroy seemed doomed to the first 0.0 (0) score in VFL history until Allan Ruthven scored a goal with ten minutes to go.
- 4 July: Geelong beats Collingwood’s previous record of 20 consecutive wins, beating North Melbourne 12.14 (86) to 13.7 (85).
- 1 August: Collingwood ends a run of 26 unbeaten games (including a draw with Essendon) by Geelong, beating them 10.15 (75) to 7.13 (55)
- 26 September: Collingwood wins the 57th VFL Premiership, beating Geelong 11.11 (77) to 8.17 (65)
- Brownlow Medal awarded to Bill Hutchison (Essendon)
- South Australian National Football League:
- Western Australian National Football League:
- NCAA Men's Basketball Championship –
- Indiana wins 69–68 over Kansas
- NBA Finals –
- The eighth European basketball championship, Eurobasket 1953, is won by the Soviet Union.
- The fifteenth South American Basketball Championship in Montevideo is won by Uruguay.
- County Championship – Surrey
- Minor Counties Championship – Berkshire
- Most runs – Bill Edrich 2557 @ 47.35 (HS 211)
- Most wickets – Bruce Dooland 172 @ 16.58 (BB 7–19)
- Wisden Cricketers of the Year – Keith Miller, Neil Harvey, Johnny Wardle, Willie Watson, Tony Lock
- Sheffield Shield – South Australia
- Most runs – Neil Harvey 1659 @ 63.80 (HS 205)
- Most wickets – Hugh Tayfield 70 @ 27.91 (BB 7–71)
- South Africa make their first tour of Australia since 1931-32, and tie the five-Test series two-all with one draw
- Plunket Shield – Otago
- Following their Australian tour, South Africa tour New Zealand, winning a two-Test series one-nil with one draw
- India make their first tour of the West Indies, losing a five-test series 0-1 with four draws.
- Masters Tournament – Ben Hogan
- U.S. Open – Ben Hogan
- PGA Championship – Walter Burkemo
- British Open – Ben Hogan
- PGA Tour money leader – Lew Worsham – $34,002
- Ryder Cup – United States wins 6½ to 5½ over the British team.
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Wodalla
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Canadiana
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by La Sorellina
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Chamier
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- World Hockey Championship
- Stanley Cup – Montreal Canadiens win 4 games to 1 over the Boston Bruins
- Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
- Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Gordie Howe, Detroit Red Wings
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship – University of Michigan Wolverines defeat University of Minnesota Golden Gophers 7–3 in Colorado Springs, CO
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Ken Rosewall (Australia) defeats Mervyn Rose (Australia) 6–0, 6–3, 6–4
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Maureen Connolly Brinker (USA) defeats Julia Sampson Hayward (USA) 6–3, 6–2
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Vic Seixas (USA) defeats Kurt Nielsen (Denmark) 9–7, 6–3, 6–4
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Maureen Connolly Brinker (USA) defeats Doris Hart (USA) 8–6, 7–5