1903 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 9 Baseball's National & American Leagues make peace
  • Jan 9 Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase the American League's Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and move it to NYC (later the NY Yankees)
  • Jan 19 New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced
  • Feb 4 Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winn Victorias, 2 games to 1 & 1 tie
  • Feb 7 VVV '03 soccer club is established in the Dutch southeastern city of Venlo
  • Feb 28 Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buy Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000
  • Mar 10 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Montreal AAA in 2 games
  • Mar 12 NY Highlanders (Yankees) approved as members of AL
  • Mar 14 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Rat Portage Thisles in 2 games
  • Mar 22 NY Highlanders (Yankees) tickets 1st go on sale
  • Mar 27 65th Grand National: Percy Woodland aboard Drumcree wins
  • Apr 20 7th Boston Marathon won by John Lorden of Mass in 2:41:29.8
  • Apr 22 Highlanders (Yankees) 1st game in New York at Hilltop Park vs Washington Senators, lose 3-1 before 11,950
  • Apr 23 NY Highlanders (Yankees) win their 2nd game beating Washington Senators 7-2
  • Apr 30 NY Highlanders (Yankees) 1st home game, (Hilltop Park-168th St & Broadway, Manhattan), they beat Washington Senators, 6-2
  • May 2 29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker riding Judge Himes wins in 2:09

  • May 3 AVC Heracles (SC Heracles '74) soccer team forms in Almelo
  • May 6 Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers
  • May 17 Cleveland Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
  • May 27 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75
  • May 30 28th Preakness: W Gannon aboard Flocarline wins in 1:44.8
  • Jun 2 Pirates win a triple header from Dodgers
  • Jun 11 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Harry Vardon wins his 4th Open title by 6 strokes from younger brother Tom Vardon
  • Jun 16 1st Highlander (Yankee) shut-out victory 1-0 over White Sox
  • Jun 25 Yanks & White Sox end deadlocked at 6-6 in 18
  • Jun 25 Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt is only 20th-century pitcher to lose 2 complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh 1-0 & 5-3
  • Jun 27 9th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 307 at Baltusrol GC NJ
  • Jun 27 17th U.S. Women's National Championship: Elisabeth Moore beats Marion Jones (7-5, 8-6)
  • Jul 1 Tour de France: Inaugural race begins in Montgeron, a south-eastern suburb of Paris
  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats Ethel Larcombe 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, the first of 7 titles
  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats Frank Riseley 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 for his second consecutive title
  • Jul 2 National League MLB batting champion Ed Delahanty, disappears after being removed from a train by force, found dead at bottom of Niagara Falls 2 weeks later
  • Jul 2 Pitcher Jack Doscher, debuts for the Chicago Cubs, the first son of a major leaguer to play MLB, father Herm 1882-92
  • Jul 19 1st Tour de France: French rider Maurice Garin wins inaugural event
  • Aug 7 Tommy Corcoran sets MLB record for shortstops when he records 14 assists in Cincinnati's 4 - 2 win v St. Louis Cardinals
  • Aug 8 3rd Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Boston (4-1)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 14 James J. Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Aug 15 New Zealand's All Blacks play their first Rugby Test Match against Australia's Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney; New Zealand win 22-3
  • Aug 19 Philadelphia Phillies suffer record 9th straight postponed game
  • Aug 26 Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game
  • Aug 26 23rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Englishman Laurence Doherty beats American William Larned 6-0, 6-3, 10-8
  • Sep 3 American yacht Reliance (largest gaff-rigged cutter ever built) defends America's Cup for the NYYC beating UK challenger Shamrock III off the New Jersey shore for a 3-0 series win
  • Sep 7 Federation of American Motorcyclists organized in NY
  • Sep 18 Phillies' Chick Fraser no-hits Chicago Cubs, 10-0
  • Sep 24 Bill Bradley becomes 1st Cleveland baseball player (Cleveland Naps) to hit for cycle

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 1 First Baseball World Series game ever played; Pittsburgh Pirates beat Boston Americans 7-3 at Huntington Avenue; Jimmy Sebring hits first home run; Deacon Phillippe is winning pitcher and Cy Young the loser

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Oct 13 Boston Americans win the inaugural Baseball World Series; beat Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 in Game 8 at Huntington Avenue for a 5-3 series victory; winning pitcher Bill Dinneen
  • Oct 23 8th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 18-6 in Montgomery

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 10 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (d. 1997)
  • Jan 17 Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), born in Gasport, New York (d. 1974)
  • Feb 5 Joan Whitney Payson, owner (NY Mets & horse stables)
  • Feb 6 John Dunning, cricketer (NZ medium-fast bowler of 30's)
  • Feb 10 Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer (d. 1939)
  • Feb 12 Chick Hafey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (2 World Series 1926, 31), born in Berkeley, California (d. 1973)
  • Feb 20 Pierre Charles, Belgian heavyweight boxer
  • Feb 21 Thomas Yawkey, baseball owner (Boston Red Sox)
  • Feb 25 King Clancy, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1986)
  • Mar 6 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • Mar 11 George Dickinson, cricketer (bowled for NZ in their 1st 3 Tests)
  • Mar 20 Vincent Richards, hall of fame tennis pro (elected 1961)
  • Mar 27 Walt Kiesling, American NFL guard and coach (HOF), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1962)
  • Apr 6 Mickey Cochrane, baseball hall of fame catcher (.320 avg)
  • Apr 17 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic 1924), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1975)
  • Apr 24 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1983)
  • May 10 Kay Petre, early racing driver
  • May 11 Charlie Gehringer, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman (Detroit Tigers, 6-time MLB All Star), born in Fowlerville, Michigan (d. 1993)

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

May 17 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • Jun 11 Ernie Nevers, American College, Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback, coach (Stanford, Chicago Cardinals), born in Willow River, Minnesota (d. 1976)

Person of interestRed Grange

Jun 13 Harold "Red" Grange, American "Galloping Ghost" of football (University of Illinois, Chicago Bears), born in Forksville, Pennsylvania (d. 1991)

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange
  • Jun 19 Wally Hammond, England cricket batsman (7,249 Test runs @ 58.45), born in Dover, England (d.1965)

Person of interestLou Gehrig

Jun 19 Lou Gehrig, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (6 x World Series, 2 x AL MVP), born in NYC, New York (d. 1941)

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jun 20 Glenna Collett Vare, American golfer who dominated women's golf in the 1920s, born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1989)
  • Jun 22 Carl Hubbell, pitcher (NY Giants)-253 wins, 2.97 lifetime ERA
  • Jun 24 Ernest Leslie Bouts, motor-racing driver
  • Jun 26 Babe [Floyd Caves] Herman, Brooklyn Dodgers' slugger (.324 lifetime average), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1987)
  • Aug 25 Arpad Elo, American chess writer and creator of the Elo rating system for two-player games such as chess, born in Egyházaskesző, Hungary (d. 1992)
  • Sep 17 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (d. 1984)
  • Oct 4 Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Austrian nazi (SS/SD), born in Ried im Innkreis, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • Oct 8 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), born in Karlsruhe, Germany (d. 1983)
  • Oct 9 Walter O'Malley, American baseball team owner (Dodgers), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1979)
  • Oct 19 Tor Johnson [Tore Johansson], Swedish wrestler and actor (Bride of the Monster), born in Kalmar län, Sweden (d. 1971)
  • Nov 2 Travis Jackson, American baseball player (NY Giants), born in Waldo, Arkansas (d. 1987)
  • Nov 9 Edward van der Merwe, South African cricket wicket keeper (2 Tests in 30's), born in Rustenburg, Transvaal (d. 1971)
  • Nov 15 Stewie Dempster, cricketer (1st great NZ Test batsman)
  • Nov 25 William Dehart Hubbard, long jumper (Olympic gold 1924), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Nov 27 Johnny Blood, aka John McNally, early NFL halfback (Green Bay), born in New Richmond, Wisconson (1985)
  • Dec 6 Tony Lazzeri, American baseball player, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 4 W H M "Dicky" Richards, cricketer (score 4 & 0 in Test for S Af), dies
  • May 1 Arthur Haygarth, English cricket batsman (Middlesex & Surrey, cricket historian), dies at 77
  • May 19 Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricketer (1277 runs at 35 47 in 23 Tests), dies at 47
  • Jul 2 Ed Delahanty, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1899, 1902), dies at Niagara Falls at 35
  • Dec 11 Patrick McShane, cricket player/ump (1884-85 Ashes series), dies