On This Day in Sport

Events in Sport

  • 1900 Start of the one and only Olympic cricket match, in Paris
  • 1903 Philadelphia Phillies suffer record 9th straight postponed game
  • 1909 Indianapolis 500 race track opens
  • 1917 Sunday benefit baseball game at Polo Grounds results in John McGraw & Christy Mathewson's arrest for violating Blue laws
  • 1921 Ty Cobb, is 4th to get 3,000 hits
  • 1922 36th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Helen Wills Moody (6-3, 6-1)
  • 1932 46th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Jacobs beats Carolin Babcock Stark (6-2, 6-2)
  • 1934 Paul Runyan wins PGA golf tournament
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1859 Charles Comiskey, American baseball player, team owner and manager (Chicago White Sox), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1931)
  • 1914 Lajos BarĂ³ti, Hungarian footballer (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Bill Shoemaker, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (8,833 career victories, Kentucky Derby 1955, 59, 65, 86), born in Fabens, Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1934 Bill Cleary, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
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Deaths in Sport

  • 1975 Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
  • 1976 Ken Wadsworth, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper and dashing batsman, dies of cancer at 29
  • 1982 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (b. 1908)
  • 2016 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved in shoplift scandal, dies at 87
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