On This Day

Year 1905 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 16 Baseball outfielder Frank Huelsman completes eighth transaction in 8 months
  • Jan 16 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators rout Dawson City (Yukon), 23-2 for 2-0 series sweep; most lopsided challenge playoff game in history; Frank McGee 14 goals
  • Jan 22 Dutchman Coen de Koning wins the 1,500m, 5,000m & 10,000m at World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Groningen, Netherlands to become 2nd Dutchman to win a world title
  • Feb 1 Dutch soccer club ADO Den Haag forms in The Hague; ADO represents the amateur branch of the club
  • Feb 15 1st race meet at Oaklawn Park (Hot Springs, Ark)
  • Mar 11 Stanley Cup, Dey's Arena, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Rat Portage Thisles, 5-4 for 2-1 challenge series victory
  • Mar 31 67th Grand National: Frank Mason victorious aboard Kirkland; first Welsh-trained horse to win the event
  • Apr 17 9th Boston Marathon won by Fred Lorz in 2:38:25.4
  • Apr 24 First-class cricket debut of Sir Jack Hobbs, "The Master" for Surrey v the "Gentlemen of England" (18 & 88)
  • Apr 24 Senators execute a triple-play & beat Yankees 4-3
  • Apr 25 Latest day of 1st-class cricket in an Aust season (NSW v Qld)
  • Apr 26 Cubs Jack McCarthy becomes only major league player to throw out 3 runners at plate in 1 game, all were ends of a double play
  • Apr 30 First official soccer game between neighbouring countries Belgium-Netherlands; Dutch win, 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Antwerp
  • May 10 31st Kentucky Derby: Jack Martin aboard Agile wins in 2:100.75

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 13 James J. Jeffries retires as boxing champion

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • May 17 Waseda U of Tokyo defeats LA High School 5-3 in baseball

  • May 19 Tom Jenkins beats Frank Gotcha for heavyweight wrestling champ
  • May 24 39th Belmont: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Tanya wins in 2:08
  • May 27 30th Preakness: W Davis aboard Cairngore wins in 1:45.8
  • Jun 9 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Scotsman James Braid wins his 2nd Open title 5 strokes ahead of runners-up Rowland Jones and J.H. Taylor
  • Jun 13 NY Giant Christy Mathewson 2nd no-hitter, beats Chicago Cubs, 1-0
  • Jun 24 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Elisabeth Moore wins her 4th US singles title; beats Helen Homans 6-4, 5-7, 6-1
  • Jul 3 American boxer Marvin Hart scores a 12th round KO of Jack Root in Reno, Nevada for world heavyweight title

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jul 4 Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Rube Waddell (A's) and Cy Young (Boston) matchup in 20-inning classic; Philadelphia win, 4-2

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Jul 8 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: May Sutton becomes first American player to win the singles title at Wimbledon; beats Dorothea Chambers 6-3, 6-4
  • Jul 8 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Home town favourite Laurence Doherty wins his 4th consecutive Wimbledon singles title; beats Norman Brookes of Australia 8-6 6-2 6-4
  • Jul 24 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reggie Doherty beat Holcombe Ward & Beals Wright 8-10, 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 8-6 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over US (ends 5-0)
  • Jul 30 3rd Tour de France won by Louis Trousselier of France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 9 Ty Cobb's mother Amanda kills her husband after mistaking him for a burglar

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Aug 15 Philadelphia A's future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell no-hits St Louis Browns, 2-0 in 5 innings
  • Aug 24 Chicago Cubs beat Phillies 2-1 in 20 innings
  • Aug 30 Tiger Ty Cobb makes his debut, doubling off Yank Jack Chesbro
  • Aug 31 25th US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Beals Wright beats defending champion Holcombe Ward 6-2, 6-1, 11-9 for his lone major singles title
  • Sep 2 New Zealand beats Australia 14-3 in cold, wet conditions in the first international Rugby Union match between the countries on New Zealand soil at Tahuna Park in Dunedin
  • Sep 6 Chicago White Sox pitcher Frank Smith no-hits Detroit Tigers, 15-0
  • Sep 8 Pittsburgh Pirates strand NL record 18 men on base & lose to Reds 8-3
  • Sep 22 US Open Men's Golf, Myopia Hunt GC: Willie Anderson wins his 3rd consecutive Open title, and his record 4th overall, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Alex Smith
  • Sep 27 Boston's Bill Dinneen no-hits Chicago White Sox, 2-0
  • Oct 9 Philadelphia A's meet Giants in World Series, Giants win 3-0
  • Oct 14 NY Giants beats Philadelphia A's, 4 games to 1 in 2nd World Series
  • Oct 14 Giant's Christy Mathewson's 3rd straight World Series shutout
  • Oct 21 England Pilgrim Association beats All NY 11, 7-1 in soccer at Polo Grounds
  • Oct 25 1st College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 17-0 in Annapolis
  • Nov 18 10th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 30-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 21 1st match ever played in the Australian National Tennis Championships
  • Nov 26 1st Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Melbourne: Rodney Heath beats Albert Curtis 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
  • Dec 20 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien wins the World Light Heavyweight boxing title after defending champion Bob Fitzsimmons of England retires in round 13 of 20 in San Francisco
  • Dec 28 Intercollegiate Athletic Association of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 17 Guillermo Stábile, Argentine footballer (d. 1966)
  • Jan 17 Ray Cunningham, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Feb 10 Walter Brown, Massachusetts US, original owner of the Boston Celtics and important figure in the development of ice hockey in the United States
  • Feb 17 Andy Oberlander, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (National C'ship 1954), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts (d. 1968)
  • Mar 20 Jean Galia, French rugby footballer (d. 1949)
  • Mar 30 Mikio Oda, Japan, triple jumper (Olympic gold 1928)
  • Mar 31 George Treweeke, Australian Rugby League second rower (Australia 7 Tests, South Sydney), born in Grahamstown, NSW
  • Apr 4 Tony Manero, American golfer (US Open 1936), born in NYC, NY (d. 1989)
  • Apr 14 Slinger Nitschke, Australian cricket batsman (S Aus & Test), born in Adelaide, South Australia (d. 1982)
  • Apr 17 Herb Joesting, College Football Hall of Fame halfback/fullback (Uni of Minnesota; Chicago Bears), born in Little Falls, Minnesota (d. 1963)
  • Apr 23 William Conolly-Carew, 6th Baron Carew (d. 1994)
  • Apr 25 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player, born in Wairoa, New Zealand (d. 1986)
  • May 1 Chris 'Red' Cagle, College Football Hall of Fame halfback (All American 1927, 28, 29; Army; NFL: New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers), born in DeRidder, Louisiana (d. 1942)
  • May 9 Lilí Álvarez, Spanish tennis player (Wimbledon 1926-28 runner-up), born in Rome, Italy (d. 1998)
  • May 18 Hedley Verity, English cricket spin bowler (40 Tests, 144 wickets @ 24.37), born in Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 1943)
  • May 31 Roy Peaches Davis, baseball pitcher
  • Jun 9 Harry "Bull" Alexander, Australian cricketer (Aus quick 1 Test Bodyline series), born in Ascot Vale (d. 1993)
  • Jun 12 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1988)
  • Jun 12 James J. Braddock, American heavyweight boxer, born in NYC, New York (d. 1974)
  • Jun 13 K. S. Duleepsinhji, English-Indian cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), born in Nawanagar State, Kathiawar, British India (d. 1959)
  • Jun 21 Jacques Goddet, French sports journalist and publisher (Tour de France), born in Paris (d. 2000)
  • Jun 25 Ian Cromb, New Zealand cricketer (NZ pace bowler in the early 1930's), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1984)
  • Jul 5 Jock "Herbie" Cameron, South African cricket wicket-keeper and captain (26 Tests; 51 dismissals), born in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province (d. 1935)

Person of interestClarence Campbell

Jul 9 Clarence Campbell, Canadian 3rd president of the NHL (1946-77), born in Fleming, Saskatchewan (d. 1984)

3rd President of the NHL Clarence Campbell
3rd President of the NHL
Clarence Campbell
  • Jul 22 Doc Cramer, American baseball player (d. 1990)
  • Aug 28 Cyril Walters, Welsh cricketer (solid England batsman of 30's), born in Bedlinog, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1992)
  • Aug 29 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936; birthday 29/8 celebrated as India's National Sports Day), born in Allahabad, India (d. 1979)
  • Sep 21 Robert Lebel, French Canadian ice hockey executive, born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 1999)
  • Sep 25 Red Smith, American sportscaster and columnist (Pulitzer 1976, Fight Talk), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1982)
  • Sep 26 Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player, born in Patillas, Puerto Rico (d. 2011)
  • Sep 27 Ernst Baier, German figure skater (Olympic gold 1936), born in Zittau, Saxony, Germany (d. 2001)
  • Sep 28 Max Schmeling, German boxer (world heavyweight champion 1930-32), born in Klein Luckow, Germany (d. 2005)
  • Sep 28 William Northam, Austrian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Sep 29 Fidel LaBarba, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1924; world flyweight title 1927), born in NYC, NY (d. 1981)

Person of interestHelen Wills Moody

Oct 6 Helen Wills Moody, American tennis player (19 Grand Slam titles), born in Centerville California (d. 1998)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Oct 12 Rick Ferrell, American baseball Hall of Fame catcher, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • Oct 23 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (1st female English Channel 1926), born in NYC, New York (d. 2003)
  • Nov 5 George Bissett, South African cricketer (successful South African quick in 1927-28), born in Kimberley, Cape Province, South Africa (d. 1965)
  • Nov 17 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (Aus batsman & leggie 99 on Test debut)
  • Nov 21 Fred Lindstrom, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (New York Giants), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • Nov 26 Bob Johnson, American baseball player, born in Pryor, Oklahoma (d. 1982)
  • Dec 1 Alexander Wilson, Canadian and Notre Dame athlete (d. 1994)
  • Dec 3 Les Ames, English cricket wicket-keeper/batsman (47 Tests, 97 dismissals, 2,434 runs @ 40.56), born in Elham, Kent, England (d. 1990)
  • Dec 5 Gus Mancuso, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1984)
  • Dec 5 Bruce Drake, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Oklahoma 1938-55, 200-181), born in The Gentry, Texas (d. 1983)
  • Dec 20 "Tiger" Bill O'Reilly, Australian cricketer (mighty Australian leg-spinner), born in White Cliffs, Australia
  • Dec 28 Maharajkumar of Vizianagram "Vizzy", Indian cricket batsman, captain, administrator, broadcaster and politician (3 Tests), born in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India (d. 1965)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 1 Mabel Cahill, Irish tennis player (US National C'ship 1891-92), dies at 41
  • Jun 27 Harold Mahony, Scottish tennis player (Wimbledon 1896), dies in a bicycling accident at 38
  • Aug 16 Jamie Anderson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1877-79), dies at 63
  • Sep 10 Pete Browning, American baseball player, dies at 44
  • Oct 29 Etienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (b. 1873)