1911 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 2 Brookyln Dodgers President Charles Ebbets announces purchase of grounds to build a new concrete-and-steel stadium to seat 30,000
  • Jan 10 Trumper scored double cricket ton v South Africa, goes on to get 214
  • Mar 13 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Galt (Ont) 7-4
  • Mar 16 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Port Arthur (Ont) 13-4
  • Mar 20 National Squash Tennis Association forms (NYC)
  • Mar 24 73rd Grand National: Mr Jack Anthony aboard Glenside wins
  • Apr 4 Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 15 Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Apr 19 15th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:21:39.6
  • May 13 37th Kentucky Derby: George Archibald aboard Meridian wins in 2:05
  • May 17 36th Preakness: Eddie Dugan aboard Watervale wins in 1:51
  • May 19 Philadelphia Athletics are 12½ games back in AL, & will win World Series
  • May 22 Braves pitcher, Cliff Curtis, loses his 23rd game in a row
  • May 30 1st Indianapolis 500 car race, Ray Harroun wins at 74.59 MPH (120 KPH)
  • Jun 5 Red Sox Joe Wood strikes out 3 pinch hitters in 9th for 5-4 win
  • Jun 11 Tigers trailing White Sox 13-1 come back to win 16-15
  • Jun 16 A 772 gram stony meteorite strikes the earth near Kilbourn, Columbia County, Wisconsin damaging a barn
  • Jun 17 25th U.S. Women's National Championship: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Florence Sutton (8-10, 6-1, 9-7)
  • Jun 24 17th US Golf Open: John McDermott shoots a 307 at Chicago GC in Ill
  • Jun 30 51st British Golf Open: Harry Vardon shoots a 303 at Royal St George's Golf Club

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 3 Ty Cobb hits in his 40th straight game. Does not get a hit next day

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Jul 4 White Sox Ed Walsh stops Ty Cobb's 40-game hitting streak as Cobb goes 0 for 4
  • Jul 7 28th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats Dora Boothby (6-0 6-0)
  • Jul 8 35th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Anthony Wilding beats H Roper-Barrett (6-4 4-6 2-6 6-2)
  • Jul 20 Boston Red Sox Smokey Joe Wood no-hits St Louis Browns, 5-0
  • Jul 29 Boston Red Sox Joe Wood no-hits St Louis Browns, 5-0
  • Jul 30 9th Tour de France won by Gustave Garrigou of France
  • Aug 27 Chicago White Sox Ed Walsh no-hits Boston, 5-0
  • Sep 3 31st U.S. Men's National Championship: William Larned beats Maurice McLoughlin (6-4, 6-4, 6-2)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 12 Boston's Cy Young vs Christy Mathewson of Giants, Giants win 9-0

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Sep 22 Cy Young beats Pitts 1-0 for his final career victory, number 511
  • Oct 6 Cy Young's farewell appearance in a major league game is a letdown as he loses to Brooklyn 13-3 in a Braves uniform in his 906th game
  • Oct 11 Ty Cobb (AL) & Frank Schulte (NL) are 1st MVPs, each gets an auto
  • Oct 14 Largest baseball crowd ever 38,281 (Polo Grounds) see Giants beat A's, 2-1 (gate is record $77,379)
  • Oct 21 Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Alberta Unions form Western Canada Rugby Football Union
  • Oct 26 Philadelphia A's beat NY Giants, 4 games to 2 in 8th World Series
  • Nov 25 3rd CFL Grey Cup: U of Toronto defeats Toronto Argonauts, 14-7
  • Nov 25 7th Australasian Championships: Norman Brookes beats Horace Rice (6-1, 6-2, 6-3)
  • Dec 30 English cricketer Sydney Barnes takes 5-6 in 1st 11 overs v Australia at MCG

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 1 Hank Greenberg "Hammerin' Hank", Hall-of-Fame 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers), born in NYC, New York (d. 1986)

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jan 7 Merv Waite, cricketer (S Australian all-rounder)
  • Jan 16 Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, HOF baseball pitcher (St Louis Cardinals)
  • Jan 16 Roger Lapébie, French cyclist (d. 1996)
  • Jan 27 George Pope, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-49 & 0-36 in his only Test)
  • Feb 6 A W "Dooley" Briscoe, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests for South Africa 30's)
  • Feb 12 Charles Mathiesen, Norwegian 1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 22 Bill Baker, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • Mar 23 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby league player
  • Mar 23 Richard Chapman, golfer (1940 US amateur, 1951 British amateur)
  • Apr 1 Evert H "Bep" Bakhuys, Dutch soccer star/writer
  • Apr 3 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), born in Wierzchownia
  • Apr 12 Geoff Chubb, cricketer (South African pace bowler v England 1951-52 aged 40)
  • Apr 13 Ico Hitrec, Croatian footballer (d. 1946)
  • Apr 24 Robert Joseph Kane, President of US Olympic Committee (1977-80), born in Ithaca, New York (d. 1992)
  • May 5 Norman Oldfield, cricketer (Engl batsman one Test v WI 1939, 80 & 19)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 23 Betty Nuthall, English tennis player (1930 U.S. Open champion), born in Surbiton, England (d. 1983)

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • May 28 Bob Crisp, cricketer (South African pace bowler of 1930s)
  • Jun 3 Olaf Okern, Norwegian Nordic skier (Olympic-medal-1948)
  • Jun 8 Van Lingle Mungo, SC, pitcher (Dodgers, Giants)
  • Jun 10 C P "Chilla" Christ, cricketer (Qld spinner late 30's)
  • Jun 11 Russ Hodges, Dayton Tn, sportscaster (Wednesday Night Fights)
  • Jun 22 Marie Philipsen-Braun, swimmer (Olympic gold 1928)
  • Jun 24 Juan Manuel Fangio, racing driver
  • Jun 26 Babe Didrikson Zaharias [Mildred Ella], Port Arthur, Texas, American athlete (U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame)
  • Jul 3 Joe Hardstaff Jr, cricketer (son of Joseph, 23 Tests for England)
  • Jul 8 Ken Farnes, cricket bowler (fast England in pre-WW II years)
  • Jul 17 Ted Anderson, English footballer (d. 1979)
  • Jul 20 Baqa Jilani, Indian cricket fast bowler (Test 1936)
  • Jul 28 Gerhard Stoeck, German javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Aug 6 Norman Gordon, South African cricket pace bowler (against England 1938-39), born in Boksburg, South Africa (d. 2014)
  • Aug 9 Khurshed Meher-Homji, cricketer (Indian wicket-keeper 1936)
  • Aug 9 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer (d. 2001)
  • Aug 23 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1998)
  • Aug 23 Elizabeth "Betty" Robinson, US 100m sprinter (Olympic gold 1928), born in Riverdale, Illinois (d. 1999)
  • Sep 3 Bernard Mammes, American cyclist (d. 2000)
  • Sep 6 Harry Danning, American baseball player, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)
  • Sep 15 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born American golf entrepreneur (d. 2000)
  • Sep 18 Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1976)
  • Sep 28 Henry Ellsworth Vines Jr, tennis (US Open 1931, 32)/golfer
  • Oct 1 Richard Torriani, Swiss ice hockey player and luger who took the Olympic oath in 1948 (d. 1988)
  • Oct 12 Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (Test average 47 72, 1st-class avg 71), born in Bombay, India (d. 1987)
  • Oct 12 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9 time US National Champion), born in Winchester, Massachusetts (d. 1961)
  • Oct 26 Sid Gillman, NFL hall of fame coach and player (LA, San Diego, Houston), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 2003)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 13 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), born in Carrabelle, Florida (d. 2006)

Baseball Player and Coach Buck O'Neil
Baseball Player and Coach
Buck O'Neil
  • Nov 20 Jean Shiley, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1932)
  • Nov 24 Joe Medwick, baseball player (d. 1975)
  • Dec 1 Walter Alston, baseball manager (Dodgers)
  • Dec 1 Calvin Griffith, Canadian-born baseball executive (d. 1999)
  • Dec 21 Josh Gibson, pro baseball player, "Negro Babe Ruth" (hit 800+ HRs)
  • Dec 26 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (d. 1962)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 7 Harry Graham, Australian cricketer (6 Test for Australia 1893-96, 301 runs), dies at 40
  • Feb 18 Bill Murdoch, cricketer, dies while watching Aust v South Africa Test
  • Apr 14 Addie Joss, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • May 20 E M Grace, cricketer (one Test v Australia 1880, 36 & 0), dies
  • Jul 31 Jack Edwards, cricketer (1888 Ashes tourist), dies
  • Aug 5 Bob Caruthers, American baseball player (b. 1864)
  • Aug 21 W R Wister, cricketer (USA v Canada 1859), dies
  • Nov 23 Bernard Tancred, cricketer (87 runs in 1888-89 South Africa v England), dies
  • Dec 13 Reg Duff, cricketer (23 Tests for Australia 1902-05, 1317 runs), dies