1950 in sports
|Years in sports:||1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s|
|Years:||1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953|
1950 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
- American football 1
- Association football 2
- Athletics 3
- Australian rules football 4
- Baseball 5
- Basketball 6
- Boxing 7
- Canadian football 8
- Cycling 9
- Figure skating 10
- Golf 11
- Harness racing 12
- Horse racing 13
- Ice hockey 14
- Motor racing 15
- Nordic skiing 16
- Rowing 17
- Rugby league 18
- Rugby union 19
- Snooker 20
- Speed skating 21
- Tennis 22
- Multi-sport event 23
- References 24
- NFL Championship – Cleveland Browns win 30–28 over the Los Angeles Rams
- Coaches Poll established to rank top 20 American college football teams
- 1950 World Cup held in Brazil. Uruguay are the winners after beating Brazil in the final group decider.
- United States defeats England 1-0 in one of the great upsets in sports history
- The Victorian Football Association began playing as an affiliated member of the Australian National Football Council and playing under the same rules as the rest of the country. This ended a decade-long schism which had begun in 1938, during which the VFA had played under its own rival set of rules under which throwing the football in general play was legalised.
- Victorian Football League
- The Nippon Professional Baseball.
- World Series – The New York Yankees sweep the Philadelphia Phillies four games to none.
- Japan Series – In the inaugural Japan Series, the Mainichi Orions defeat the Shochiku Robins 4 games to 2.
- January – Joey Maxim wins the light-heavyweight world title, stopping champion Freddie Mills in 10 rounds.
- September 27 – Ezzard Charles retains his World Heavyweight Championship with a 15 round unanimous decision over Joe Louis in New York City.
- Giro d'Italia – Hugo Koblet of Switzerland
- Tour de France – Ferdinand Kubler of Switzerland
- Vuelta a España – Emilio Rodriguez of Spain
- UCI Road World Championships – Men's road race – Briek Schotte of Belgium
- World Figure Skating Championships –
- Masters Tournament – Jimmy Demaret
- U.S. Open – Ben Hogan
- PGA Championship – Chandler Harper
- British Open – Bobby Locke
- PGA Tour money leader – Sam Snead – $35,759
- Thirteen women golfers found the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
- Women's Western Open – Babe Zaharias
- U.S. Women's Open – Babe Zaharias
- Titleholders Championship – Babe Zaharias
- Babe Zaharias named Woman Athlete of the Half–Century by the Associated Press.
- LPGA Tour money leader – Babe Zaharias – $14,800
- Little Brown Jug for pacers – Dudley Hanover
- Hambletonian for trotters – Lusty Song
- Australian Inter Dominion Harness Racing Championship for pacers – Captain Sandy
- The United States National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is founded in Saratoga Springs, New York.
- Australia – Melbourne Cup won by Comic Court
- Canada – Queen's Plate won by McGill
- France – Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe won by Tantieme
- Ireland – Irish Derby won by Dark Warrior
English Triple Crown Races:
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Palestine
- Epsom Derby – Galcador
- St. Leger Stakes – Scratch
United States Triple Crown Races:
- Kentucky Derby – Middleground
- Preakness Stakes – Hill Prince
- Belmont Stakes – Middleground
- Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Ted Lindsay, Detroit Red Wings
- Hart Memorial Trophy – for the NHL's Most Valuable Player: Charlie Rayner, New York Rangers
- Stanley Cup – Detroit Red Wings win 4 games to 3 over the New York Rangers
- World Hockey Championship
- NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship – Colorado College Tigers defeat Boston University Terriers 13–4 in Colorado Springs, CO
- 30 May – Johnnie Parsons wins the 34th running of the Indianapolis 500 in the Wynn's Friction Special Kurtis Kraft-Offenhauser
- NASCAR Championship – Bill Rexford
AAA Racing –
- Henry Banks won the series championship
- Formula One – The first World Drivers' Championship under FIA Formula A (Formula One) open-wheel racing rules is contested.
- Rally racing –
- Drag racing – the first commercial drag strip, the Santa Ana Drags, begins at Orange County Airport (now John Wayne Airport) in Santa Ana, in Southern California. Admission is 50 cents; or 75 cents if the ticket holder wants to watch the mechanics work. (This special access becomes known as a pit pass.)
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
- 13th FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1950 are held in the United States at Lake Placid (ski jumping) and Rumford, Maine (cross-country skiing). These are the first world championships since 1939.
The Boat Race
Five Nations Championship
Speed Skating World Championships
- Men's All-round Champion – Hjalmar Andersen (Norway)
- Women's All-round Champion – Maria Isakova (USSR)
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Frank Sedgman (Australia) defeats Ken McGregor (Australia) 6–3, 6–4, 4–6, 6–1
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Louise Brough (USA) defeats Doris Hart (USA) 6–4, 3–6, 6–4
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Budge Patty (USA) defeats Frank Sedgman (Australia) 6–1, 8–10, 6–2, 6–3
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Louise Brough Clapp (USA) defeats Margaret Osborne duPont (USA) 6–1, 3–6, 6–1
- American Men's Singles Championship – Arthur Larsen
- American Women's Singles Championship – Margaret Osborne duPont
- 1950 Davis Cup – Australia 4–1 United States at West Side Tennis Club (grass) New York City, United States