Radio Hits of 1954

1954 Sports

World Series Champions: New York Giants
NFL Champions: Cleveland Browns
NBA Champions: Minneapolis Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs: Detroit Red Wings
U.S. Open Golf: Ed Furgol
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies): E. Victor Seixas, Jr./Doris Hart
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Jaroslav Drobny/Maureen Connolly
NCAA Football Champions: Ohio State & UCLA
NCAA Basketball Champions: La Salle
Kentucky Derby: Determine
World Cup (Soccer): West Germany

Fashion Icons:

Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner.

Other Facts

Roger Bannister was the first human to run a mile in less than four minutes (3:59) on May 6th. Mr. Bannister stopped running shortly after that, and became a neurologist. He was knighted (for his neurogist work) in 1975.
American surgeon Joseph Murray completed the first successful organ transplant when he moved a living kidney from one identical twin to the other. The operation took about 4 hours.
Prior to 1954, Thanksgiving turkeys were supplied by the local farmer or butcher, but Frank Swift's well-bred, larger-than-typical Butterball turkeys changed all that.
Philly-born pool player Willie Mosconi sunk 526 pool balls, without missing, in Springfield, Ohio. Noone has come close to breaking that record.
Late 1954 is when Edgar Hetteen and David Johnson started making and selling their Polaris snowmobiles.
The CIA was involved with finacing and re-writing the animated film version of Animal Farm.
Paul Newman took an ad out in variet magazine apologizing for his performance in The Silver Chalice.
Time Magazine's Man Of The Year: John Foster Dulles
Miss America:
Evelyn Ay (Ephrata, PA)
Miss USA: Miriam Stevenson (South Carolina)
Best Film Oscar Winner: On the Waterfront
Most Popular Christmas Gifts: Matchbox Cars, Yahtzee, Lincoln Logs, Scrabble.
What Was On TV:
I Love Lucy (CBS), The Jackie Gleason Show ((CBS), Dragnet (NBC), You Bet Your Life (NBC), The Toast of the Town (CBS), Disneyland (ABC), The Jack Benny Show (CBS), The George Gobel Show (NBC), Ford Theatre (NBC), December Bride (CBS).


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