1909 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon (2:52:45.4)
  • Feb 12 Robert Fowler runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 18 Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Mar 3 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Montreal Wanderers, 8-3
  • Mar 21 Moran & MacFarland (US) wins Europe's 1st 6 day bicycle race (Berlin)
  • Mar 26 71st Grand National: Georges Parfrement aboard Lutteur III wins
  • Mar 31 Baseball rules players who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years
  • Apr 15 NY Giant Red Ames 2nd no-hitter, loses in 13 on a 7 hitter to Dodgers
  • Apr 19 13th Boston Marathon won by Henri Renaud of NH in 2:53:36.8

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 2 Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • May 3 35th Kentucky Derby: Vincent Powers on Wintergreen wins in 2:08.2
  • May 8 Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6)
  • May 8 Frederick Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31)
  • May 12 34th Preakness: Willie Doyle aboard Effendi wins in 1:39.8
  • May 13 First Giro d'Italia takes place in Milan - Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner
  • May 19 Jack Johnson fights Jack O'Brien to no decision in 6 for boxing title

  • Jun 2 43rd Belmont: Eddie Dugan riding Joe Madden wins in 2:21.6
  • Jun 11 British Open Golf, Royal Cinque Ports GC: Englishman J.H. Taylor wins Championship for a 4th time, 6 strokes ahead of runners-up Tom Ball and James Braid
  • Jun 15 Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 16 Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic gold medals

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Jun 24 15th US Golf Open: George Sargent shoots a 290 at Englewood Golf Course, New Jersey
  • Jun 27 23rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Maud Barger-Wallach (6-0, 6-1)
  • Jun 30 Jack Johnson fights Tony Ross to no decision in 6 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dora Boothby earns her only Wimbledon title with a 6-4, 4-6, 8-6 win over Agnes Morton
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Gore beats Josiah Ritchie 6-8, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 for back-to-back titles
  • Jul 8 1st pro baseball game (minor league) played under lights

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 15 Ty Cobb hits 2 inside-the-park HRs

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Jul 19 Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball executes an unassisted triple play
  • Jul 24 Bkln Dodger Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Jul 30 John Heyder becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Jul 31 Bill Burns pitching for White Sox has 2nd no-hitter broken up with 2 outs in 9th
  • Aug 1 Tour de France: François Faber of Luxembourg becomes the first foreigner to win the cycling classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 MLB umpire Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting in the face of A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins who had questioned a call; 2 weeks later Hurst banned for life

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • Aug 19 Indianapolis 500 race track opens
  • Aug 26 Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 & 13-67 for Middlesex v Gloucs
  • Aug 27 29th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Larned beats William Clothier (6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 1-6, 6-1)
  • Aug 31 A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball
  • Aug 31 Thure Johnstown wins Stockholm marathon (2:40:34.2)
  • Sep 9 Jack Johnson fights Al Kaufman to no decision in 10 for boxing title
  • Sep 13 Ty Cobb clinches AL HR title with his 9th HR (all inside-the-park)
  • Sep 18 Largest paid baseball attendance (35,409), A's beat Tigers, 2-0 in Det
  • Oct 2 First Rugby Union match is played at the English RFU owned Twickenham ground; Harlequins beat Richmond, 14-10
  • Oct 8 Chicago Cubs beat NY Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant
  • Oct 9 Ty Cobb steals home in World Series game
  • Oct 14 Pirates beat Tigers, 5-4, forces 1st full 7 game world series
  • Oct 16 Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Oct 16 Pirates beat Tigers 4 games to 3 in 6th World Series
  • Nov 16 EVV Eindhoven soccer team forms
  • Nov 30 9th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in Sydney (5-0)
  • Dec 4 1st CFL Grey Cup: University of Toronto defeats Toronto Parkdale, 26-6
  • Dec 15 Thomas J Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Dattaram Hindlekar, Indian cricketer (Indian batsman and wicket-keeper 1936-46), born in Bombay, India (d. 1949)
  • Jan 4 Cilly Aussem, German tennis player (Wimbledon 1931), born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1963)
  • Jan 8 Bruce Mitchell, South African cricket opening batsman (42 Tests), born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • Jan 28 Lionel KP "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II-George Medal)
  • Feb 7 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Flem cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37) [OS]
  • Feb 11 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1959)
  • Feb 17 Joseph "Poeske" Scherens, Belgian cyclist (champ sprinter 1932-37)[NS]
  • Feb 18 Matti Jarvinen, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1932)
  • Feb 19 Charlie Walker, South Aust cricket wicket-keeper (toured but no Tests)
  • Feb 23 Frank Ward, cricketer (Australian leggie late 30s)
  • Mar 2 Mel Ott, American baseball player, 1st NLer to hit 500 home runs, hall of famer (NY Giants) (d. 1958)
  • Mar 19 Attilio Demaria, Argentinian footballer (d. 1990)
  • Mar 25 Dutch (Emil) Leonard, baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1.01 ERA 1914)
  • Apr 5 Gerald Bond, South African cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1938, 0 & 0-16), born in Cape Town (d. 1965)
  • Apr 6 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (d. 1987)
  • Apr 26 Richard Howorth, cricketer (English all-rounder, three county doubles)
  • May 14 Vladimir Alatortsev, USSR, International Chess Master (1950)
  • May 18 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (Wimbledon, 1934-36), born in Stockport, England (d. 1995)
  • May 26 Matt Busby, Scottish soccer coach (Manchester United)
  • May 28 Red Horner, Canadian hockey player (d. 2005)
  • May 30 George Headley, cricketer, Panama (all-time great WI batsman)
  • May 31 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold 1948, 52)
  • Jun 6 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricketer (1 Test India v England 1933-34), born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India (d. 2003)
  • Jun 7 Virginia Apgar, American physician and childbirth specialist, born in Westfield, New Jersey (d. 1974)
  • Jun 20 Cecil Marley, cricketer (Jamaican batsman 1928-1946, WICBC pres)
  • Jul 15 John Cochrane, South African cricket pace bowler (one Test 1931)
  • Jul 20 Eric Rowan, South African cricketer (prolific batsman pre- & post-WWII)
  • Jul 22 Licia Albanese, American operatic soprano (NY Met Opera), born in Bari, Italy (d. 2014)
  • Jul 22 Dorino Serafini, Italian racing driver (d. 2000)
  • Jul 27 Marcia Anastasia Christoforides, British philanthropist, art collector, and racehorse owner, born in Sutton, Surrey, England (d. 1994)
  • Aug 4 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), born in Atlanta, Kansas (d. 1988)
  • Aug 8 Bill Voce, cricketer (England left-arm bodyline bowler)
  • Aug 13 Wilhelmina Von Bremen, American 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1976)
  • Aug 14 Len Darling, cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's)
  • Aug 20 Alby Roberts, New Zealand cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 5 Tests 1932-37), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1978)

Person of interestMel Hein

Aug 22 Mel Hein, American NFL center (NY Giants), born in Redding, California (d. 1992)

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein
  • Aug 23 Syd Buller, English first-class cricketer and cricket umpire, born in Wortley, Leeds, Yorkshire (d. 1970)
  • Aug 24 Ronnie Grieveson, South African cricket keeper/batsman (2 Tests v Eng 1939), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 1998)
  • Aug 26 Eric Quail Davies, cricket pace bowler (5 Tests for South Africa 1935-39)
  • Aug 26 Gene Moore, baseball player (d. 1978)
  • Aug 27 Sylvère Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1936, 39), born in Gistel, Belgium (d. 1966)
  • Sep 5 Archie Jackson, Australian cricketer, born in Rutherglen, Scotland (d. 1933)
  • Sep 12 Spud Chandler, American baseball player (AL MVP 1943), born in Commerce, Georgia (d. 1990)
  • Sep 26 Bill France, Sr., American auto racer (co-founder of NASCAR), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1992)
  • Oct 8 Bill Hewitt, American professional football player (Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bay City, Michigan (d. 1947)
  • Oct 14 Bernd Rosemeyer, German race car driver (Indy 500), born in Lingen, Germany (d. 1938)
  • Oct 24 Bill Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic gold 1932), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1966)
  • Nov 4 Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (d. 1986)
  • Nov 4 Bert Patenaude, American soccer player (d. 1974)
  • Nov 25 Manny Martindale, West Indian cricketer (fiery WI pace bowler of 30's), born in St Lucy, Barbados (d. 1972)
  • Dec 6 Alan McGilvray, cricketer (20 games for NSW mid 1930's) and commentator (ABC)
  • Dec 11 John Wyer, English sports car racing team manager (d. 1989)
  • Dec 16 Lall Singh, cricketer (scored 15 & 29 in India's 1st Test match)
  • Dec 23 Barney Ross, American Welterweight Boxing Champ (1934), born in NYC, New York
  • Dec 23 Don Cleverley, cricketer (two Tests for NZ 1932 & 1946, took 0-130)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 4 John Clarkson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown 1889), dies of mental illness & pneumonia at 47
  • Jun 28 Israel Durham, Phillies president dies
  • Jul 10 Flooi Du Toit, South African cricket leg-spinner (Test for South Africa 1892), dies at 40