July 1903 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 Tour de France: Inaugural race begins in Montgeron, a south-eastern suburb of Paris
  • Jul 2 National League MLB batting champion Ed Delahanty, disappears after being removed intoxicated 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 28 Colin Gregory, English tennis player (Australian C'ship 1929, chairman All-England Club, Wimbledon), born in Beverley, England (d. 1959)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 2 Ed Delahanty, American Baseball HOF left fielder (NL batting champion 1899; NL home run leader 1893, 96; 3 × NL RBI leader; Philadelphia Phillies), dies intoxicated falling into Niagara Falls at 35
  • Jul 25 Willie Park Sr., Scottish golfer (British Open 1860, 63, 66, 75), dies at 70