1948 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
Rose Bowl (1947 season):
The Michigan Wolverines won 49-0 over the USC Trojans to win the college football national championship
Michigan Wolverines – college football national championship
Cleveland Browns defeated the Buffalo Bills 49–7 in the All-America Football Conference championship game.
Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Chicago Cardinals 7–0 in the National Football League championship game. The game at Shibe Park was played in a blizzard.
1948 in sports Wikipedia
ColombiaLiga Aguila, a premier football league of Colombia, first officially game held on August 15.
EgyptA first Egyptian Premier League, officially game held in October 22.
EnglandFirst Division – Arsenal win the 1947–48 title.
FA Cup – Manchester United beat Blackpool 4–2.
33 athletics events were contested at the Olympic Games in London, including debuts for the men's 10 km walk; and the women's 200 metres, long jump and shot put. Fanny Blankers-Koen of the Netherlands captured four gold medals.
Victorian Football LeagueMelbourne wins the 52nd VFL Premiership, drawing the 1948 VFL Grand Final with Essendon 10.9 (69) to 7.27 (69), and winning the replay 13.11 (89) to Essendon's 7.8 (50)
Brownlow Medal awarded to Bill Morris (Richmond)
South Australian National Football League2 October – Norwood wins its twenty-first SANFL premiership, defeating West Torrens 15.16 (106) to 7.7 (49)
Magarey Medal awarded to Ron Phillips (North Adelaide)
Western Australian National Football League9 October – South Fremantle wins its fourth premiership and second in succession, defeating West Perth 13.9 (87) to 9.9 (63)
Sandover Medal awarded to Merv McIntosh (Perth)
January 29 – Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, and Phillies $500 each for signing high school players.
February 27 – Hall of Fame election – voters select the recently deceased Herb Pennock, and Pie Traynor, as the newest inductees; Traynor is the first third baseman elected by the writers in 9 elections.
August 16 – death of Babe Ruth
World Series – Cleveland Indians defeat Boston Braves, 4 games to 2.
Negro World Series – Homestead Grays defeat the Birmingham Black Barons, 4 games to 1.
NCAA Basketball ChampionshipKentucky beat Baylor 58–42
BAA (NBA) FinalsBaltimore Bullets win four games to two over the Philadelphia Warriors
NBL ChampionshipMinneapolis Lakers win three games to one over the Rochester Royals
June 25 – At New York's Yankee Stadium – Joe Louis knocked out Jersey Joe Walcott in the 11th round to retain his heavyweight title for the 25th time. Shortly after the bout, Louis announced his retirement from boxing.
Olympic Games (men's competition) in London, Great Britain
World Figure Skating Championships
Men's champion: Dick Button, United States
Ladies' champion: Barbara Ann Scott, Canada
Pair skating champions: Micheline Lannoy & Pierre Baugniet, Belgium
Men's professionalMasters Tournament – Claude Harmon
PGA Championship – Ben Hogan
U.S. Open – Ben Hogan
British Open – Henry Cotton
Men's amateurBritish Amateur – Frank Stranahan
U.S. Amateur – Willie Turnesa
Women's professionalWomen's Western Open – Patty Berg
U.S. Women's Open – Babe Zaharias
Titleholders Championship – Patty Berg
NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship – Michigan Wolverines defeat Dartmouth College Big Green 8-4 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to win the first official NCAA championship
Stanley Cup – Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings in 4 straight games to win their 5th Stanley Cup title.
Citation becomes the 8th horse to win the US Triple Crown
Shiela's Cottage becomes the first mare to win the Grand National since 1902 and only the twelfth since the race's inception
SteeplechasesCheltenham Gold Cup – Cottage Rake
Grand National – Sheila's Cottage
Hurdle racesChampion Hurdle – National Spirit
Flat racesAustralia – Melbourne Cup won by Rimfire (horse)
Canada – Queen's Plate won by Last Mark
France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Migoli
Ireland – Irish Derby Stakes won by Nathoo
English Triple Crown Races:
United States Triple Crown Races:
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – My Babu
- Epsom Derby – My Love
- St. Leger Stakes – Black Tarquin
Indianapolis 500 – Mauri Rose wins the 32nd running in the Blue Crown Spark Plug Special Deidt–Offenhauser
21 February – following negotiations in Daytona Beach, "Big Bill" France launches NASCAR
1948 Summer Olympics takes place in London, United Kingdom
United States wins the most medals (84) and the most gold medals (38).
1948 Winter Olympics takes place in St. Moritz, Switzerland
Norway and Sweden both win the most medals (10 each), and the most gold medals (4 each).
First CQ World Wide DX Contest held in October and November. This annual event would go on to become the radio contest with the largest participation worldwide.
- Kentucky Derby – Citation
- Preakness Stakes – Citation
- Belmont Stakes – Citation
The Boat Race27 March — Cambridge wins the 94th Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race
Australia1948 NSWRFL season
England1947–48 Northern Rugby Football League season/1948–49 Northern Rugby Football League season
Five Nations Championship54th Five Nations Championship series is won by Ireland who complete the Grand Slam, their last for 61 years.
World Snooker Championship – Fred Davis beats Walter Donaldson 84-61.
Speed Skating World ChampionshipsMen's All-round Champion – Odd Lundberg (Norway)
Women's All-round Champion – Maria Isakova (USSR)
1948 Winter Olympics (Men)500m – gold medal: Finn Helgesen (Norway)
1500m – gold medal: Sverre Farstad (Norway)
5000m – gold medal: Reidar Liaklev (Norway)
10000m – gold medal: Åke Seyffarth (Sweden)
1948 Winter Olympics (Women)not contested
AustraliaAustralian Men's Singles Championship – Adrian Quist (Australia) defeats John Bromwich (Australia) 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 2–6, 6–3
Australian Women's Singles Championship – Nancye Wynne Bolton (Australia) defeats Marie Toomey (Australia) 6–3, 6–1
EnglandWimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Bob Falkenburg (USA) defeats John Bromwich (Australia) 7–5, 0–6, 6–2, 3–6, 7–5
Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Louise Brough Clapp (USA) defeats Doris Hart (USA) 6–3, 8–6
FranceFrench Men's Singles Championship –
French Women's Singles Championship –
USAAmerican Men's Singles Championship –
American Women's Singles Championship –
Davis Cup1948 Davis Cup – United States 5–0 Australia at West Side Tennis Club (grass) New York City, United States
Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Lou Boudreau, Major League Baseball
Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Fanny Blankers-Koen, Track and field