Apr 7 - 15th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Hogan wins his first of two Masters titles, finishing two shots clear of runner-up Tom Watson. Riegel, Skee The 105th Grand National is won by John Bullock atop the 40/1 shot Nickel Coin; just three of the 36 horses finish the race. "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" starts at the Alvin Theater in New York City on April 19 for 267 performances.
John Bulloch (1921 - 2001) was an American horse racing jockey and trainer who became one of the leading riders in American history. He won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes on multiple occasions and set a record by riding 300 consecutive races without a loss. Bulloch's career earnings reached $1 million by the time he retired in 1969. After retiring from racing, he stayed with his family business of breeding and training horses.
He was born on January 4th 1921 in Louisville, Kentucky to William Bulloch and Lillian (McKenna) Bulloch. His father died when he was eight years old and he and his mother moved to California so that she could take care of her son while she worked as a housekeeper. Young John learned to ride horses from his mother and began competing in local events at the age of eleven. He turned pro in 1943 and within five years had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes twice each. In 1949, he set a record by riding 300 consecutive races without a loss. That same year, he won the United States Championship on Count Turfina.
On April 11, 1966, Jack Nicklaus enters a tizzy after birdying the 15th hole at Augusta's National Golf Club. Nicklaus went on to win the Masters Tournament for the 30th time. (Photo courtesy of AP) Roberto De Vicenzo, left, sits with Masters champion Bob Goalby on April 14, 1968. De Vicenzo won the tournament by one stroke over Billy Casper and Dave Marr. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
The Masters is an annual golf championship held at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It is the oldest national championship in golf. The first event was played from May 31 to June 2, 1934. Arne Jacobsen designed all of the trophies that have been given out since then. In its early years, the Masters consisted of four rounds of play, but today's event is limited to three rounds. The cut-off score for entering the final round is 70 under par. Since its inception, the tournament has been sponsored by various companies, including Coca-Cola, which retained the rights until 1983 when it was purchased by WMT Inc., which is now known as CBS Sports. The television network uses the award ceremony after the last round of competition to announce the winners of other major sports events such as the NBA Finals and the World Series.
The name "Masters" comes from the fact that it is the goal of every golfer playing in the tournament to win the prize.
The following are the NIT champions, runners-up, and head coaches for each team: NIT Champion in 1953/Head Coach in 1953 Head Coach/Runner-Up Russell, John '54 Dusty DeStafano 1954, Holy Cross Duquesne Dudey Moore, Lester Sheary, 1955 Dayton, Duquesne
NIT Champions List The first National Invitation Tournament (NIT) was held in 1938, one year before the inaugural NCAA Tournament. The NIT, which was founded by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, was initially regarded as the more prestigious of the two main playoff tournaments in men's college basketball.
The following are the NIT champions, runners-up, and head coaches for each team: ** The NCAA eventually annulled these NIT titles, which had been won by Michigan in 1997, Minnesota in 1998, and St. John's in 2003.
Owls of the Temple Temple won the first National Invitational Tournament... 1938 National Invitational Tournament.
|Champions||Temple Owls (1st title)|
|Runner-up||Colorado Buffaloes (1st title game)|
|Semifinalists||Oklahoma State Cowboys (1st semifinal) NYU Violets (1st semifinal)|
|Winning coach||James Usilton (1st title)|
After winning 13 of the 54 races he raced in, Ned Jarrett won the Grand National (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) Drivers' Championship. Ford won the Manufacturers' Championship for the second time. Curtis Turner returned from his retirement to win the debut race in his Ford at the newly built Rockingham Speedway in 1965. It was the first of four consecutive wins for Rockingham and the first of three straight wins by Fords.
Jarrett's championship victory came in the final race of the season at Atlanta International Raceway. He beat Bobby Allison by 19 points. The win also gave him a record seven victories at one track (Atlanta). "Ned did everything right on that last day of racing," said Henry Ford II, president of Ford Motor Company. "He drove smart, he drove well and he drove consistent."
The most successful driver in NASCAR history, Jarrett won eight races in 1966 and finished second three times. He left Ford after that season to drive for Richard Petty's team. Petty won five races in 1967 before Jarrett returned to Ford and won six more races between 1968 and 1969. He retired after that season but came out of retirement in 1972 to drive for Darrell Waltrip in the new Bud Moore Racing team. That same year he became the first driver to win the Daytona 500, the Southern 500 and the World 600. He died in a car accident in 2001 at the age of 58.
Another reason the 1940s are significant is that 1949 was the first time a winner earned the coveted green jacket. The 1950s were memorable for the Masters because of a four-year streak in which one of two legends, Ben Hogan or Sam Snead, won. The 1960s and 1970s saw more than their share of drama as well, with the likes of Jimmy Demaret, Jerry Pate, and Hubert Green all bringing attention to themselves (and sometimes not so quietly out of the spotlight too).
The 1980s were also special because they saw two of golf's true pioneers pass away: Babe Bennett, who had been working with Bobby Jones when he died in 1986, and James Duff, who passed away in 1989. Both men had a huge influence on how modern players view the game and what they expect from themselves while playing it.
In the 1990s, we saw some big names win the Masters. Nick Faldo picked up his first major victory at the age of 39, Tiger Woods came back from far behind to win by eight shots, and Fred Couples became the first player from Canada to win the Masters. In the new century, we've seen many more great players win the tournament, including several who have gone on to become world-famous musicians (see: Adam Scott, Jason Dufner).