NEWS at HOME IN 1953
The Department of Health, Education and Welfare is established with Cabinet status. Oveta Culp Hobby is sworn in as Secretary, only the second woman in history to achieve this rank. (Frances Perkins under FDR was the first.)
NEWS ABROAD IN 1953
COMMERCE in 1953
ENTERTAINMENT IN 1953
There are 26,000,000 TV sets in 28,000,000 homes.
ACADEMY AWARDS OF 1953
MOST POPULAR FILMS OF 1953
1. Roman Holiday
A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
Dir: William Wyler; With: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert
2. Peter Pan
Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan.
Dir: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson; With: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried
3. From Here to Eternity
In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.
Dir: Fred Zinnemann; With: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr
4. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Two singers, best friends Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris pursued by a private detective hired by Lorelei's fiancé's disapproving father to keep an eye on her, a rich, enamoured old man and many other doting admirers.
Dir: Howard Hawks; With: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn
5. The Wages of Fear
In a decrepit South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitroglycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe.
Dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot; With: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter van Eyck
6. Tokyo Story
An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.
Dir: Yasujirô Ozu; With: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura
7. Stalag 17
When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German POW camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.
Dir: Billy Wilder; With: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger
8. How to Marry a Millionaire
Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.
Dir: Jean Negulesco; With: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall
As two couples are visiting Niagara Falls, tensions between one wife and her husband reach the level of murder.
Dir: Henry Hathaway; With: Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters
A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.
Dir: George Stevens; With: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin
TOP RATED TV SHOWS OF 1953
TOP 10 SONGS OF 1953
(Songs listed are from rock and roll and related genres. These songs are ranked based on their intitial and lasting popularity, as well as their influence and impact on the evolution of rock and related genres. Songs are listed strictly in the year that they were originally released in.)
HIT PARADE OF 1953
(Entries are the overall best sellers for the calendar year as tabulated by Cash Box magazine)
Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You), Les Paul & Mary Ford
I'm Walking Behind You, Eddie Fisher
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL OF 1953
1953 MLB AWARDS AND HONORS
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD
MLB ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD
THE SPORTING NEWS PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Al Rosen, Cleveland Indians
THE SPORTING NEWS PITCHER OF THE YEAR AWARD
THE SPORTING NEWS MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD: Casey Stengel, New York Yankees
1953 MLB STATISTICAL LEADERS
1953 MLB WORLD SERIES: New Yankees over Brooklyn Dodgers (4-2)
The four-time defending champion New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in in a rematch of the 1952 Series. The Yankees won in six games for their fifth straight title—a mark which has not been equaled and their sixteenth overall.
Billy Martin recorded his twelfth hit of the series scoring Hank Bauer in Game 6, and won the Series MVP.
1953 MLB ALL-STAR GAME: National League wins, 5-1
OTHER 1953 MLB NEWS
IMPORTANT FOOTBALL NEWS OF 1953
1953 CHICAGO PREP BOWL: Saint George 38, Austin 12
1953 NFL MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns, QB
1953 NFL STATISTICAL LEADERS
1953 NFL CHAMPIONSHIP: Lions over Browns (17-16)
1953 NFL PRO BOWL
OTHER 1953 NFL NEWS
A Baltimore group headed by Carroll Rosenbloom was granted a franchise and was awarded the holdings of the defunct Dallas organization. The team, named the Colts, put together the largest trade in league history, acquiring 10 players from Cleveland in exchange for five.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCATION OF 1953
1953 NBA CHAMPIONSHIP: Minneapolis Lakers over Syracuse Nationals,
4 - 3
The Playoffs began with an awkward round robin, with the top three teams in each division playing each other to see which two would advance. New York's string of NBA Finals appearances ended as Syracuse came out of the East, while Minneapolis again won the West. In what would prove to be the last championship for the Lakers in Minneapolis, the Lakers took a hard-fought Game 7, 87-80.
A curious rule was put in place in another attempt to cut down on the excessive fouls which was draining the excitement from the game. Each player was limited to two fouls per quarter; if he committed a third, he would have to be removed for the remainder of that quarter. The number of fouls decreased to 51 per game, but late-game free-throw shooting contests remained the rule.
John Kundla never received much credit for leading Minneapolis to five NBA titles in six years. Many said that any coach with Mikan, Jim Pollard, Vern Mikkelsen and the rest would win titles without much work.
ADDITIONAL SPORTS' NEWS OF 1953
1953 AUTO RACING
1953 WORLD FIGURE SKATING
1953 MEN'S GRAND SLAM GOLF
1953 WOMEN'S GOLF: The US Women's Open, Betsy Rawls
1953 U.S. TRIPLE CROWN THOROUGHBRED HORSE RACING
1953 ICE HOCKEY
1953 MEN'S GRAND SLAM TENNIS
1953 WOMEN'S GRAND SLAM TENNIS
*Maureen Connolly became the first woman to win the Grand Slam in tennis.