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 49th British Golf Open: J.H. Taylor shoots a 295 at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club
  • 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 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 26th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dora Boothby beats A Morton (6-4 4-6 8-6)
  • Jul 3 33rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Gore beats J Ritchie (6-8 1-6 6-2 6-2 6-2)
  • 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 7th Tour de France won by Francois Faber of Luxembourg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 4 Ump Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting at A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins, who had questioned a call, this leads to Hurst's banishment

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 1st rugby match (Twickenham)
  • 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 D D Hindlekar, cricketer (Indian batsman & wicket-keeper 1936-46)
  • Jan 8 Bruce Mitchell, cricketer (South African bat, their top run-scorer (3471))
  • 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, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1938, 0 & 0-16)
  • Apr 6 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (d. 1987)
  • Apr 26 Richard Howorth, cricketer (English all-rounder, three county doubles)
  • May 18 Fred Perry, English tennis star/commentator (Wimbledon, 1934-36)
  • 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, cricketer (1 Test India v England 1933-34)
  • Jun 7 Virginia Apgar, American physician and childbirth specialist (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)
  • 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, US 4X100 relay sprinter (Olympic gold 1932)
  • Aug 14 Len Darling, cricketer (South Australian & Test batsman of 30's)
  • Aug 20 Albert Roberts, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 5 Tests 1932-37)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

NFL Offensive Lineman Mel Hein
NFL Offensive Lineman
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 and 1939), 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 racing car driver and 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 auto racer (Indy 500)
  • Oct 24 Bill Carr, American athlete (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

  • Jun 28 Israel Durham, Phillies president dies
  • Jul 10 Flooi Du Toit, cricket leg-spinner (Test for South Africa 1892), dies