On This Day

Year 1900 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 24 Newcastle Badminton Club, world's oldest, forms in England
  • Jan 29 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Minneapolis
  • Feb 9 Dwight Davis establishes a new tennis trophy, the Davis Cup
  • Feb 16 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Shamrocks beat Winnipeg Victorias, 5-4 to take challenge series, 3-1
  • Mar 8 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
  • Mar 10 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Shamrocks outclass Halifax Crescents, 11-0 to sweep challenge series, 2-0
  • Mar 16 AL meets in Chicago, Ban Johnson announces AL league will be Chicago White Stockings, Washington Senators, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Blues, Boston Americans, Philadelphia Athletics and Baltimore Orioles
  • Mar 18 Ajax soccer club forms in Amsterdam, The Netherlands (33 Eredivisie titles, 18 KNVB Cups, 4 Champions League); named after legendary Greek hero
  • Mar 30 62nd Grand National: Algy Anthony wins aboard Ambush II; owner is Prince Of Wales (King Edward VII)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Apr 6 James J. Jeffries KOs Jack Finnegan in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Apr 16 4th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Jim Caffrey in race record 2:39:44.4
  • Apr 19 Highest scoring opening game, Phils beat Braves 19-17 in 10
  • Apr 30 165 lb English boxer Bob Fitzsimmons KOs 305 lb American Ed Dunkhost in round 2 of a lop-sided bout in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 3 26th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Boland aboard Lieut Gibson wins in 2:06.25
  • May 11 James J. Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 23 for heavyweight boxing title
  • May 20 II Summer (Modern) Olympic Games open in Paris (last 5 months)

  • May 24 34th Belmont: Nash Turner aboard Ildrim wins in 2:21¼
  • May 25 Retired London fire master Eyre Massey Shaw aged 70 reputedly becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics for sailing (disputed)
  • May 29 25th Preakness: H Spencer aboard Hindus wins in 1:48.4
  • May 31 Tom Hayward scores 1,000th cricket run of season (sets record 1074)
  • Jun 7 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Englishman J.H. Taylor wins title for 3rd time; beats runner-up Harry Vardon by 8 strokes
  • Jun 21 Dodgers score 7 in top of 11th to go ahead of Phillies, 20-13, In bottom of 11th Phillies stalls so umpire forfeits game to Dodgers
  • Jun 23 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Myrtle McAteer beats Edith Parker 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 for her lone major singles title

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats rival and fellow Briton Charlotte Cooper 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: R.F. Doherty beats Sydney Smith 6-8, 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 for his 4th consecutive Wimbledon singles title
  • Jul 7 Boston Beaneaters pitcher Kid Nichols notches his 300th career MLB victory with an 11-4 win over Chicago Orphans
  • Jul 8 1st night baseball, league game (Zanesville at Grand Rapids)
  • Jul 11 Charlotte Cooper beats Hélène Prévost to become the 1st female Olympic tennis champion and the 1st individual female Olympic champion in any sport
  • Jul 13 Phillies beat Pittsburgh 23-8
  • Jul 19 Michel Théato wins 2nd olympics marathon (2:59:45.0-40,260k)
  • Jul 25 Gilbert Jessop hits his 2nd 100 before lunch in same cricket match
  • Aug 8 1st International Lawn Tennis Challenge (precursor to Davis Cup) begins at Longwood Cricket Club in Massachusetts, won 3-0 by US over British Isles
  • Aug 9 1st International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Boston, MA: Dwight Davis & Holcombe Ward beat Ernest Black & Herbert Roper Barrett 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to give US an unassailable 3-0 lead over British Isles
  • Aug 19 Start of the one and only Olympic cricket match, in Paris
  • Aug 20 Great Britain beats France in cricket in Olympic Games
  • Aug 21 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Malcolm Whitman beats William Larned 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 to win his third straight US singles title
  • Aug 31 Dodgers' Brickyard Kennedy walks 6 straight Phillies
  • Oct 5 US Open Men's Golf, Chicago GC: Harry Vardon of Jersey wins his only US title; beats Englishman J.H. Taylor by 2 strokes
  • Oct 28 II Summer (Modern) Olympic Games, Paris, France: competition ends after 5 months; no opening or closing ceremonies conducted
  • Nov 13 Baltimore Orioles (now NY Yankees) enter baseball's American League
  • Nov 15 Dutch soccer club NEC is established in Nijmegen
  • Nov 17 5th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 53-5 in Montgomery

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 28 Anni Holdmann, German 100m runner (Olympic-1928)
  • Feb 1 Clarence "Bud" Pinkston, American diver (Olympic gold 10m platform, silver 3m springboard 1920), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1961)
  • Feb 2 Asa Smith Bushnell III, American sports executive (Secretary US Olympic Committee 1945-65), born in Springfield, Ohio (d. 1975)
  • Feb 2 Willie Kamm, MLB third baseman (d. 1988)
  • Feb 15 George Earnshaw American baseball pitcher (World Series 1929-30; Philadelphia Athletics), born in Little Rock, Arkansas (d. 1976)
  • Feb 26 Halina Konopacka, Polish discus thrower (Olympic gold 1928), born in Rawa Mazowiecka, Russian Empire (d. 1989)
  • Mar 4 Roberto Soundy, El Salvador, trap shooter (Olympic-1968)
  • Mar 6 Robert "Lefty" Grove, baseball pitcher (300 game winner)
  • Mar 29 Bill Aston, British racing driver (Aston Butterworth), born in Hopton, Staffordshire (d. 1974)
  • Apr 1 Stefanie Clausen, Danish diver (Olympic gold 10m platform 1920), born in Vesterbro, Denmark (d. 1981)
  • Apr 2 Alfred Strange, English soccer right half (20 caps, 3 as captain; Sheffield Wednesday, 253 games), born in Ripley, England (d. 1978)
  • Apr 7 Tebbs Lloyd Johnson, English race walker (Olympic bronze 50k 1952; oldest Olympic medal-winning athlete; 48 years and 115 days), born in Melton Mowbray, England (d. 1984)
  • Apr 23 Jim Bottomley, American baseball player, born in Oglesby, Illinois (d. 1959)
  • Apr 26 Hack Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB single season record 191 RBI 1930), born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • May 5 Charles Jewtraw, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1924), born in Clinton County, New York (d. 1996)
  • May 24 Lionel Conacher "The Big Train", Canadian athlete and politician, born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1954)
  • May 28 Owen Aisher, English businessman and president (Royal Yachting Association 1970-75), born in Bulford, Wiltshire (d. 1993)
  • Jun 22 Russell Vis, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold freestyle lightweight 1924), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1990)
  • Jun 30 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1924, 1928, 1932), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1975)
  • Jul 10 Bob Catterall, South African cricket batsman (24 Tests, 3 x 100s), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1961)
  • Jul 20 Maurice Leyland, English cricket batsman (41 Tests, 2764 runs @ 46.06; Yorkshire 1920-46, 1,000+ runs in 17 consecutive seasons), born in Harrogate, England (d. 1967)
  • Aug 1 Otto Nothling, Australian rugby union player and cricketer (Test for Australia 1928, 52 runs aver 26), born in Witta, Queensland, Australia (d. 1965)
  • Aug 10 Arthur Porritt, New Zealand 100m sprinter (Olympic bronze 1924)
  • Aug 11 Charles William Paddock, Texas, American athlete and 100m record breaker (Olympic-2 gold-1920) (d. 1943)
  • Aug 20 Murt [Edward James] O'Donoghue, New Zealand snooker player (1st witnessed 147 break), born in Te Aroha, New Zealand (d. 1994)
  • Sep 17 Hughie Critz, American MLB baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1980)
  • Oct 1 Tom Goddard, English cricket off-spin bowler (5th most 1st class wickets; 8 Tests), born in Gloucester, Gloucestershire (d. 1966)
  • Oct 6 Stan Nichols, English cricketer (d. 1961)
  • Oct 9 Silvio Cator, Haitian athlete long jumper (Olympic silver 1928), born in Cavaellon, Haiti (d. 1928)
  • Oct 14 Eddie McLeod, New Zealand cricketer (played in NZ's 2nd-ever Test 1930), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 1989)
  • Oct 16 [Leon] Goose Goslin, baseball hall of famer (AL bat champ 1928)
  • Oct 19 Bill Ponsford, cricketer (great Australian batsman, HS 437 Vic v NSW)
  • Oct 19 Roy Worters, Canadian ice hockey goaltender (d. 1957)
  • Oct 23 Douglas Jardine, cricketer (England's Bodyline captain)
  • Oct 31 Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player, and umpire (only person in Baseball and Football Hall of Fame), born in Keytesville, Missouri (d. 1977)
  • Nov 3 Roger Blunt MBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and broadcaster (9 Tests; BBC), born in Durham, England (d. 1966)
  • Nov 3 Adolf Dassler, German entrepreneur (founder sportswear company Adidas), born in Herzogenaurach, Germany (d. 1978)
  • Nov 19 Bunny Ahearne, Britsih ice hockey promoter, born in County Wexford, Ireland (d. 1985)
  • Nov 22 Bennie Borgmann, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward and coach (Kingston Colonials, Original Celtics; coach Syracuse Nationals), born in Haledon, New Jersey (d. 1978)
  • Nov 29 Håkan Malmrot, Swedish swimmer (Olympic gold 200m & 400m breaststroke 1920), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • Dec 20 Gabby Harnett, American baseball player and manager (NL MVP 1935), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1972)
  • Dec 20 Gabby Hartnett, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (MLB All Star 1933–38; NL MVP 1935; Chicago Cubs) and manager (Chicago Cubs), born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island (d. 1972)
  • Dec 25 W L "Tich" Cornford, cricketer (Sussex keeper played for England 1930)
  • Dec 27 Hans Stuck, German race car driver (d. 1978)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 8 Billy Bates, English cricketer (656 runs & 50 wkts in 15 Tests for Eng), dies at 44
  • Mar 11 Edmund Peate, cricketer (9 Tests for England 1881-86), dies
  • Mar 31 Frank Milligan, cricketer (Mafeking 2 Tests Eng v South Africa 1898-99), dies
  • Aug 12 Wilhelm Steinitz, Austrian world chess champion (1866-94), dies at 64
  • Nov 21 J. J. Ferris, Australian cricketer (48 wickets for Aust in 8 Tests in 1880's), dies at 33