1937 in sports
1937 in sports describes the year’s events in world sport.
- 1 Alpine skiing
- 2 American football
- 3 Association football
- 4 Australian rules football
- 5 Baseball
- 6 Basketball
- 7 Boxing
- 8 Cricket
- 9 Cycling
- 10 Field hockey
- 11 Figure skating
- 12 Golf
- 13 Horse racing
- 14 Ice hockey
- 15 Motor racing
- 16 Nordic skiing
- 17 Rowing
- 18 Rugby league
- 19 Rugby union
- 20 Snooker
- 21 Speed skating
- 22 Tennis
- 23 Yacht racing
- 24 Awards
- 25 References
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 7th FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are held at Chamonix, France. The events are a downhill, a slalom and a combined race in both the men's and women's categories. The winners are:
- Men’s Downhill – Emile Allais (France)
- Men’s Slalom – Emile Allais (France)
- Men’s Combined – Emile Allais (France)
- Women’s Downhill – Christl Cranz (Germany)
- Women’s Slalom – Christl Cranz (Germany)
- Women’s Combined – Christl Cranz (Germany)
- First Cotton Bowl Classic is played in Dallas.
- Pittsburgh Panthers – college football national championship
- Washington Redskins win the NFL title in their first year at Washington after moving from Boston. They defeat the Chicago Bears 28–21 in Chicago.
- The Cleveland Rams join the National Football League.
- First Division – Manchester City win the 1936–37 title.
- FA Cup – Sunderland beat Preston North End 3–1.
- Victorian Football League
- South Australian National Football League
- Western Australian National Football League
- World Series – New York Yankees defeat New York Giants, 4–1.
- Hall of Fame election – Continuing toward the goal of 10 initial inductees from the 20th century, voters select Nap Lajoie, Tris Speaker and Cy Young. A special committee selects managers Connie Mack and John McGraw, former league presidents Morgan Bulkeley and Ban Johnson, and pioneer shortstop/promoter George Wright. Selections of nineteenth-century players are postponed.
- Major professional basketball returns with the formation of the National Basketball League.
- Eurobasket 1937 – Lithuania win the second European basketball championship.
- The fifth South American Basketball Championship in Valparaíso and Santiago is won by Chile.
- The first NAIA Men's Division I basketball tournament played in Kansas City.
- 22 June – Joe Louis defeats James J. Braddock at Chicago by an eighth round knockout to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
- 30 August – in his first title defence, Louis defeats Tommy Farr at Bronx on a fifteen round decision
Lineal world champions
- World Heavyweight Championship – James J. Braddock → Joe Louis
- World Light Heavyweight Championship – John Henry Lewis
- World Middleweight Championship – vacant
- World Welterweight Championship – Barney Ross
- World Lightweight Championship – Lou Ambers
- World Featherweight Championship – vacant → Henry Armstrong
- World Bantamweight Championship – Sixto Escobar → Harry Jeffra
- World Flyweight Championship – vacant → Benny Lynch
- England tours Australia, losing the five-Test series two games to three, despite winning the first two games.
- County Championship – Yorkshire
- Minor Counties Championship – Lancashire Second Eleven
- Most runs – Wally Hammond 3,252 @ 65.04 (HS 217)
- Most wickets – Tom Goddard 248 @ 16.76 (BB 10–113)
- New Zealand play a three-test series against England, losing the series one Test to nil with two draws.
- Wisden Cricketers of the Year – Tom Goddard, Joe Hardstaff, Jr., Leonard Hutton, Jim Parks, Sr., Eddie Paynter
- Sheffield Shield – Victoria
- Most runs – Don Bradman 1,552 @ 86.22 (HS 270)
- Most wickets
- Roger Lapébie wins the 37th Tour de France.
- Gino Bartali of Legnano wins the 25th Giro d'Italia
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- Masters Tournament – Byron Nelson
- PGA Championship – Denny Shute
- U.S. Open – Ralph Guldahl
- British Open – Henry Cotton
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by The Trump
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by Goldlure
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Corrida
- Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Phideas
- English Triple Crown Races:
- United States Triple Crown Races:
- April 15 - The Detroit Red Wings defeat the New York Rangers 3–0 to win the 1937 Stanley Cup Final
- April 17 - The Winnipeg Monarchs defeat the Copper Cliff Redmen 7–0 to win the 1937 Memorial Cup
- European Grand Prix Champion – Rudolf Caracciola
- Wally Parks founds the Road Runners Club, considered to be the start of organised drag racing
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
The Boat Race
- 1936–37 European Rugby League Championship
- 1937 New Zealand rugby league season
- 1937 NSWRFL season
- 1936–37 Northern Rugby Football League season / 1937–38 Northern Rugby Football League season
Speed Skating World Championships
- Men's All-round Champion – Michael Staksrud (Norway)
- Women's All-round Champion – Laila Schou Nilsen (Norway)
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Vivian McGrath (Australia) defeats John Bromwich (Australia) 6–3, 1–6, 6–0, 2–6, 6–1
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Nancye Wynne Bolton (Australia) defeats Emily Hood Westacott (Australia) 6–3, 5–7, 6–4
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Don Budge (USA) defeats Gottfried von Cramm (Germany) 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Dorothy Round Little (Great Britain) defeats Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (Poland) 6–2, 2–6, 7–5
- French Men's Singles Championship – Henner Henkel (Germany) defeats Bunny Austin (Great Britain) 6–1, 6–4, 6–3
- French Women's Singles Championship – Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling (Germany) defeats Simonne Mathieu (France) 6–2, 6–4
- American Men's Singles Championship – Don Budge (USA) defeats Gottfried von Cramm (Germaany) 6–1, 7–9, 6–1, 3–6, 6–1
- American Women's Singles Championship – Anita Lizana (Chile) defeats Jadwiga Jedrzejowska (Poland) 6–4, 6–2
- 1937 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – United States 4–1 Great Britain at Centre Court, Wimbledon (grass) London, United Kingdom
- The New York Yacht Club retains the America's Cup as Ranger defeats British challenger Endeavour II, of the Royal Yacht Squadron, 4 races to 0
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Don Budge, Tennis
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Katherine Rawls, Swimming