1908 in Sport

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Events in Sport

  • Jan 13 Stanley Cup: Montreal Wanderers sweep Ottawa Victorias in 2 games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 7 Connie Mack sells hurler Rube Waddell to St Louis Browns for $5,000

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack
  • Feb 8 Wilhelmina '08 soccer team forms in Weert, Netherlands

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Feb 10 Tommy Burns KOs Jack Palmer in 4 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Feb 11 Australia regain the Ashes with a 308 run cricket victory vs England
  • Feb 12 NY to Paris auto race (via Alaska & Siberia) begins in NYC George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel
  • Mar 12 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers sweep Win Maple Leafs in 2 games
  • Mar 14 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers beat Toronto Trolley Leaguers, 6-4
  • Mar 17 Quickest world heavyweight title fight (Burns KOs Roche in 88 seconds)
  • Mar 17 Tommy Burns KOs Jem Roche in 1 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 27 70th Grand National: Henry Bletsoe aboard Rubio wins
  • Apr 2 Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday
  • Apr 3 Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in 2 hrs
  • Apr 13 Groundbreaking on Philadelphia's Shibe Park (home of A's & Phillies)
  • Apr 18 Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Apr 20 12th Boston Marathon won by Tom Morrissey of NY in 2:25:43.2
  • Apr 20 Opening day of competition of the New South Wales Rugby League.
  • Apr 22 Queensland beat NSW by 171 runs for their 1st cricket win at Gabba
  • Apr 27 4th modern Olympic games opens in London
  • May 5 34th Kentucky Derby: Arthur Pickens on Stone Street wins in 2:15.2
  • May 30 42nd Belmont: Joe Notter aboard Colin win
  • Jun 2 33rd Preakness: Eddie Dugan riding Royal Tourist wins in 1:46.4
  • Jun 13 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jun 19 48th British Golf Open: James Braid shoots a 291 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Jun 27 22nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Maud Barger-Wallach beats Evelyn Sears (6-3, 1-6, 6-3)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 30 Boston's Cy Young's 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Highlanders, 8-0

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 25th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Charlotte Cooper beats A Morton (6-4 6-4)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Jul 3 32nd Wimbledon Mens' Tennis: Arthur Gore beats H Roper-Barrett (6-3 6-2 4-6 3-6 6-4)
  • Jul 4 NY Giant George "Hooks" Witse no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0 in 10 inn
  • Jul 19 Feyenoord soccer team forms in Rotterdam
  • Jul 24 John Hayes wins 4th olympics marathon (2:55:18.4 world record)
  • Aug 6 St Louis Card John Lush's 2nd no-hitter, beats Dodgers, 2-0 in 6 inn
  • Aug 9 6th Tour de France won by Lucien Petit-Breton
  • Aug 13 Cy Young Day in Boston, he pitches briefly against an All-Star team
  • Aug 24 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires in 13 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Aug 24 NY Giants scores shown on electric diamonds known as "Compton's Baseball Bulletin" at Madison Square Garden
  • Aug 27 Calgary City Rugby Football Club re-organizes as the Tigers
  • Aug 28 14th US Golf Open: Fred McLeod shoots a 322 at Myopia Hunt Club Mass
  • Aug 29 28th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Larned beats Beals Wright (6-1, 6-2, 8-6)
  • Sep 2 Tommy Burns KOs Bill Lang in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Sep 4 Caledonia & Hillhurst Football Clubs play for Central Alberta Rugby Football League championship
  • Sep 5 Dodger Nap Rucker no-hits Boston Braves, 6-0
  • Sep 20 Chicago White Sox Frank Smith 2nd no-hitter, beats Philadelphia 1-0
  • Sep 23 Giant Fred (Bonehead) Merkle fails to touch 2nd, causes 3rd out in 9th & disallows winning run (game ends tied, Cubs win replay & pennant)
  • Sep 24 Robert B Rhoads becomes 1st Cleveland pitcher (Cleveland Naps) to toss a no-hit game, Cleveland 2, Boston 1
  • Sep 25 Cubs' Ed Reulbach becomes only pitcher to throw doubleheader shutout
  • Sep 26 Ed Ruelbach becomes the first person to pitch a doubleheader shutout in major league baseball
  • Sep 29 Calgary Rugby Football Union forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 1 Jack Chesbro's final Highlander victory, beats Walter Johnson 2-1

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Oct 5 White Sox Ed Walsh tops Detroit 6-1 for his 40th victory
  • Oct 6 Tigers beat White Sox, 7-0 to win AL pennant
  • Oct 8 NY Giants set season attendance record at 910,000 (broken in 1920)
  • Oct 14 Baseball Writers Association of America forms
  • Oct 14 Cubs beat Tigers 4 games to 1 in 5th World Series, 1st rematch
  • Oct 14 Smallest crowd at World Series, 6,210 fans see Cubs beat Tigers
  • Oct 14 4th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 57-0 in College Park
  • Oct 16 Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club re-organizes as Esquimoux
  • Oct 31 4th Olympic games ends in London
  • Nov 22 1st US-Japanese baseball game Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda U, 5-0
  • Nov 25 Dorando Pietri (It) beats Johnny Hayes (US) in Madison Square Garden marathon by 60 yds
  • Nov 30 8th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in Melbourne (3-2)
  • Dec 12 4th Australasian Championships: Fred Alexander beats Alfred Dunlop (3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3)
  • Dec 26 Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 for heavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight champion
  • Dec 30 Stanley Cup: Mont Wanderers outscore Edmonton, 13-10 in 2 game set

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Kinue Hitoma, Japan, 800m runner (Olympic silver 1928)
  • Jan 17 Cus D'Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
  • Jan 20 Ian Peebles, cricketer (Scottish leg-spinner, England 1927-31)
  • Jan 25 W H V "Hopper" Levett, cricket keeper (England in 1 Test in Calcutta)
  • Jan 31 RenĂ© Simone Mathieu, French doubles tennis star (Wimbledon 1934)
  • Feb 2 Wes Ferrell, All-Star MLB pitcher, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1976)
  • Feb 3 Oddbjorn Hagen, Norwegian cross country jumper (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 7 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), born in Oakland, California (d. 1983)
  • Feb 9 Jackie Fields, American featherweight boxer (Olympic gold 1924)
  • Feb 12 August Neo, Estonian wrestler (d. 1982)
  • Feb 13 Sulo Nurmela, Finland, 4 X 100K relay skier (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 17 Walter L "Red" Barber, Miss, sports announcer (Bkln Dodgers, NY Yanks)
  • Feb 26 Jean-Pierre Wimille, French race car driver (d. 1949)
  • Feb 29 Alf Gover, cricketer (bowled in 4 Tests for England/famous coach)
  • Mar 10 Kristjan Palusalu, Estonia, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Mar 23 Ben Barnett, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (1938 England tour), born in Auburn, Victoria, Australia (d. 1979)
  • Mar 26 Hilda Krahwinkel Sperling, tennis star (French 1935), born in Essen, Germany
  • Mar 30 Leslie O'Brien "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith, Chinese cricket bowler
  • Apr 21 Louis Hostin, French Light Heavyweight, Olympic gold 1932, 36)
  • Apr 28 Jack Fingleton, cricketer (Australian opener of 30's)
  • May 19 Percy Williams, Canadian athlete (d. 1982)
  • May 22 Horton Smith. American golfer (d. 1963)
  • May 27 Alex Brown, snooker player
  • Jun 2 Gordon Weir, cricketer (NZ batsman in 11 Tests 1930-37)
  • Jun 20 Billy Werber, American baseball player
  • Jul 21 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American professional golfer (d. 1996)
  • Jul 25 Bill Bowes, English cricketer (d. 1987)
  • Aug 6 Helen Hull Jacobs, Berkley California, US tennis champ (1932-35)
  • Aug 10 Gabrielle Keiller, collector/golfer
  • Aug 10 Adelino ("Billy") Gonsalves, American soccer player (d. 1977)
  • Aug 18 Bill Merritt, cricketer (early NZ Test leg-spinner, also Northants)
  • Aug 20 Alfonso Lopez, baseball player (AL Manager of the year 1959)
  • Aug 26 Bill Hunt, cricketer (NSW slow left-armer, Test for Australia 1933)

Person of interestDonald Bradman

Aug 27 "The Don" Donald Bradman, Australian cricketer acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time (6,996 runs), born in Cootamundra, New South Wales (d. 2001)

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Sep 1 Amir Elahi, Pakistani cricketer (d. 1980)

Person of interestPaul Brown

Sep 7 Paul Brown, NFL hall of fame coach (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Norwalk, Ohio

American Football Coach Paul Brown
American Football Coach
Paul Brown
  • Sep 9 John Haeton, American bobsled (Olympic silver 1928, 48)
  • Sep 29 Eddie Tolan, American athlete (d. 1967)
  • Oct 17 Red Rolfe, American baseball player (d. 1969)

Person of interestBronko Nagurski

Nov 3 Bronko Nagurski, Canadian-American NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Rainy River, Ontario (d. 1990)

Hall of Fame American Football Player Bronko Nagurski
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Bronko Nagurski
  • Nov 26 Lefty Gomez, baseball pitcher
  • Dec 7 John H Doeg, tennis champ (US Open-1930)
  • Dec 14 Claude Davey, Welsh rugby union footballer
  • Dec 25 Jo-Jo Moore, baseball player (d. 2001)
  • Dec 26 Ralph Hill, American 5K runner (Olympic-1932)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 3 NHL goaltender Georges Vezina (21) weds Marie Adelaide Stella Morin in Chicoutimi, Canada

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 20 Henry Chadwick, English-American baseball pioneer, developed 1st rule book, dies at 85
  • May 24 Old Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (b. 1821)
  • May 31 C L "Boy" Johnson, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • Jul 20 Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author, president of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1835)