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Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II.
- The Cincinnati Reds defeated the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, 4 games to 3.
- Dom DiMaggio debuted April 16; Pee Wee Reese debuted April 23.
- Final season for Wally Berger.
- Trade: June 12, the Brooklyn Dodgers traded four players and $125,000 cash to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joe Medwick and another player.
- Victorian Football League
- Masters Jimmy Demarest
- Minnesota Golden Gophers National college football champions.
- Chicago Bears 73-0 Washington Redskins for the NFL championship.
- March 2 - In his final race, Seabiscuit wins the $121,000 Santa Anita Handicap to become the top money earner of all time.
- February 25 - Ron Santo, baseball player
- January 20 - Jack Nicklaus, American golfer.
- March 6 - Willie Stargell, baseball player
- April 15 - Willie Davis, baseball player
- April 15 - Woody Fryman, baseball player
- April 25 – Maribel Yerxa Owen, U.S. figure skating champion (d. 1961)
- May 20 - Sadaharu Oh, Japanese baseball legend
- May 20 - Stan Mikita, Hockey Hall of Famer
- June 23 - Wilma Rudolph (+1994), American runner.
- July 3 - César Tovar, baseball player
- July 18 - Joe Torre, baseball player and manager
- July 20 - Tony Oliva, baseball player
- September 12 - Mickey Lolich, baseball player
- October 9 - Joe Pepitone, baseball player
- October 23 - Pelé, Brazilian soccer player.
- November 23 - Luis Tiant, baseball player
- May 8 - Chick Fraser, baseball player
- October 17 - George Davis, baseball player
- December 16 - Billy Hamilton, baseball player