On This Day

1901 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 31 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Winnipeg Victorias edge Montreal Shamrocks, 2-1 to sweep challenge series, 2-0
  • Mar 11 Cincinnati Enquirer reports Baltimore manager John McGraw signed Cherokee Indian Tokohoma, who is really black 2nd baseman Charlie Grant
  • Mar 15 Horse racing is banned in San Francisco, last race March 16th
  • Mar 29 63rd Grand National: Jockey Arthur Nightingall wins his 3rd GN aboard 9/1 shot Grudon in a howling snowstorm
  • Apr 15 5th Boston Marathon won for second straight year by Canadian Jim Caffrey in race record 2:29:23.6
  • Apr 24 The Chicago White Stockings win against the Cleveland Blues in the 1st game played in baseball's American League
  • Apr 25 Erve Beck hits American League's 1st home run
  • Apr 25 In last of 9th, Detroit Tigers, trailing by 13-4, score 10 runs to win one of greatest comebacks in baseball (1st game in Detroit)
  • Apr 28 Cleveland's Bock Baker gives up a record 23 singles as White Sox beat Blues (Cleveland Blues!) 13-1
  • Apr 29 27th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on His Eminence wins in 2:07.75
  • May 1 Chicago White Sox outfielder Herm McFarland hits first grand slam in American League history in 19-9 win at home against Detroit; Tigers commit 12 errors
  • May 9 Cleveland's Earl Moore no-hits Chicago White Sox 9 inn but loses in 10th 4-2
  • May 23 35th Belmont: H Spencer aboard Commando wins in 2:21
  • May 28 26th Preakness: Fred Landry aboard The Parader wins in 1:47.2
  • Jun 2 Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY)
  • Jun 6 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Scotsman James Braid wins first of 5 Open titles by 3 strokes from Harry Vardon of Jersey

  • Jun 9 NY Giants get record 31 hits to beat Cincinnati Reds 25-13
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Myopia Hunt GC: Willie Anderson of Scotland wins first of his 4 Open titles by 1 stroke in an 18-hole playoff with Alex Smith
  • Jun 29 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Elisabeth Moore beats defending champion Myrtle McAteer 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 for her second of 4 US singles titles
  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Gore beats defending 4-time champion R.F. Doherty 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 for his 1st of 3 Wimbledon singles titles

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Charlotte Cooper Sterry beats Blanche Bingley-Hillyard 6-2 6-2, her 4th of 5 Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 12 Cy Young wins his 300th game

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Aug 5 Peter O'Connor of Ireland, sets the first officially recognised world long jump record at 24' 11 3/4" in Dublin, Ireland
  • Aug 10 Chicago White Sox Frank Isbell strands record 11 teammate base runners
  • Aug 21 Joe McGinnity, suspended from NL for punching & spitting on an umpire
  • Aug 27 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Larned beats Beals Wright 6-2, 6-8, 6-4, 6-4 for the first of 7 US singles titles
  • Sep 5 National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues forms
  • Sep 19 11 baseball games canceled due to funeral of President William McKinley
  • Oct 4 Charlie Barr skippered Columbia (US) beats Shamrock II (UK), 3-0 on New York City Harbour in 11th America's Cup yachting challenge series

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 15 James J. Jeffries TKOs Gus Ruhlin in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in San Francisco

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Nov 15 6th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 17-0 in Tuscaloosa
  • Dec 3 At the MLB meeting, the Milwaukee Brewers franchise is officially dropped from the American League and replaced by the St. Louis Browns
  • Dec 13 Test debut of English cricketer Sydney Barnes vs Australia at the SCG, took 5-65 in 1st innings
  • Dec 14 1st table tennis tournament is held (London Royal Aquarium)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 17 Olin Dutra, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1932, US Open 1934), born in Monterey, California (d. 1983)
  • Jan 21 Ricardo Zamora, Spanish footballer (d. 1978)
  • Jan 25 Martín de Álzaga, Argentine racing driver, born in Mar del Plata, Argentinia (d. 1982)
  • Jan 27 Art Rooney, NFL team owner (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • Feb 8 Janina Spychajowa-Kurkowska, Polish women's world champion archer
  • Feb 27 Horatio Luro, American horse trainer (Decidedly, Northern Dancer), born in Argentina (d. 1991)
  • Mar 3 Roger Turner, American figure skater (7x US National Champion), born in Milton, Massachusetts (d. 1993)
  • Mar 31 Mule Suttles, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (5-time Negro Leagues All Star), born in Edgewater, Alabama (d. 1966)
  • Apr 1 Johnny Farrell, American golfer (US Open 1928), born in White Plains, NY (d. 1988)
  • Apr 15 Joe Davis, English snooker player (World Champion 1927-40, 1946), born in Whitwell, Derbyshire (d. 1978)
  • May 1 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1966)
  • May 2 Bob Wyatt, English cricketer (1927-37), born in Surrey (d. 1995)
  • May 8 Turkey Stearnes, baseball player (d. 1979)
  • May 9 George Duckworth, English cricket wicket-keeper (England late 20's early 30's), born in Warrington, Lancashire, England (d. 1966)
  • May 15 Luis Monti, Argentine-Italian footballer (d. 1983)
  • May 20 Max Euwe, Netherlands, world chess champion (1935-37)
  • May 24 José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (Uruguay national team captain for FIFA 1930), born in Montevideo, Uruguay (d. 1968)
  • Jun 1 Hap Day, Canadian hockey player and manager (d. 1990)
  • Jun 24 Charles Hollis "Chuck" Taylor, American basketball player and shoe salesman, born in Azalia, Indiana (d. 1969)
  • Jun 25 Adolf Brunner, Swiss composer (Markus-Passion), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 1992)
  • Jul 2 Rex Alston, English sports broadcaster and author (BBC radio), born in Faringdon, Berkshire (d. 1994)
  • Jul 13 Mickey "Toy Bulldog" Walker, welterweight boxing champ (1922-26)
  • Jul 20 Heinie Manush, American baseball player (d. 1971)
  • Jul 28 Freddie Fitzsimmons, American baseball player (d. 1979)
  • Jul 30 Alfred Lépine, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Canada (d. 1955)
  • Aug 1 Pancho Villa [Francisco Guilledo], Filipino world boxing champion, born in Ilog, Negros Occidental, Philippine Islands (d. 1925)
  • Aug 2 Charlie Caldwell, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Williams, Princeton), born in Bristol, Virginia (d. 1957)
  • Aug 3 John Stennis, American politician, Mississippi Senator, born in Kemper County, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • Aug 4 Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1972)
  • Aug 26 Tullio Campagnolo, Italian bicycle manufacturer (Fiat)
  • Aug 26 Frankie Genaro, American boxer (World flyweight champion 1928-31; Olympic gold flyweight 1920), born in NYC, New York (d. 1966)
  • Aug 29 Aurel Joliat, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1986)
  • Aug 29 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • Sep 2 Adolph Rupp, American college basketball coach (d. 1977)
  • Sep 16 Andree Joly Bunet, French pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1993)
  • Sep 21 Lord Learie Constantine, West Indian cricket all-rounder (UKs first black peer), born in Diego Martin, Trinidad (d. 1971)
  • Sep 25 Bud Houser, American field athlete (Olympic gold discus & shot put 1924, discus 1928), born in Winigan, Missouri (d. 1994)
  • Oct 1 Jimmie Reese, American baseball infielder and coach (LA Angels Hall of Fame), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • Oct 7 Frank Boucher, Canadian all-star NHL center (NY Rangers), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 1977)
  • Nov 5 Eddie Paynter, English cricketer (England batting hero in Bodyline series), born in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, England (d. 1979)
  • Nov 17 Joyce Wethered, British golfer (English Ladies' champion 1920–24), born in London, England (d. 1997)
  • Nov 18 Craig Wood, American golfer (US Masters, US Open 1941), born in Lake Placid, New York (d. 1968)
  • Nov 27 Ted Husing, American sportscaster (Monday Night Fights), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 2 Raimundo Orsi, Argentine-born Italian soccer winger (13 caps Argentina, 35 Italy; Independiente, Juventus), born in (d. 1986)
  • Dec 14 Henri Cochet, French tennis player (7-time Grand Slam singles winner), born in Villeurbanne, France (d. 1987)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Jan 12 Tennis champ Charlotte Cooper (30) weds solicitor Alfred Sterry

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper

Deaths in Sport

  • Dec 1 George Lohmann, England cricket medium pace bowler (18 Tests, 112 wickets @ 10.75), dies of tuberculosis at 36