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Year 1913 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Hastings, NZ: Irishman James Cecil Parke beats Alfred Beamish of England 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 6-1, 7-5
  • Jan 8 Frank Chance becomes NY Yankees manager
  • Jan 26 Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for playing 2 seasons of semi-professional baseball before competing in the Olympics
  • Feb 1 American all-round athlete Jim Thorpe signs to play baseball with the NY Giants; unlike his other sporting endeavours the Olympic-medal winner's career in MLB was uninspiring (1913-19)
  • Mar 4 NY Yankees are 1st to train outside US (Bermuda)
  • Mar 8 MLB Federal League organizes with 6 teams, including the Chicago Whales, who built and played at Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field); League folded after 3 seasons
  • Mar 10 Stanley Cup, Quebec Skating Rink, Quebec City, Quebec: Quebec Bulldogs retain trophy; defeat Sydney Millionaires (NS), 6-2 for a 2-0 sweep of the challenge series
  • Mar 24 Dutch soccer forward Huug de Groot scores twice as Netherlands score first ever victory over England; 2-1 at HBS, The Hague
  • Apr 4 75th Grand National: Percy Woodland wins aboard 100/9 chance Covertcoat; owner Sir Charles Assheton-Smith's 2nd straight GN victory and 3rd overall
  • Apr 9 Brooklyn Superbas' (later Dodgers) Ebbets Field opens; visiting Philadelphia Phillies win, 1-0
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Sports Stars Married in 1913

  • Oct 14 Athlete Jim Thorpe (25) weds Margaret Iva Miller at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Sports Stars Who Died in 1913

  • Feb 10 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras, Greek athlete (Olympic gold standing long jump, bronze high jump 1912, 2 x silver 1908), dies from meningitis at 24
  • Feb 23 Jimmy Sinclair, cricketer (3 centuries in 25 Test South African career), dies
  • Jun 5 Chris von der Ahe, German entrepreneur and owner of St. Louis Brown Stockings, dies at 61
  • Jul 5 Alfred Lyttelton, cricketer (Eng wk 1880-84 demon lob bowler), dies
  • Sep 12 Major R B Stewart, cricketer (scored 4 & 9 in S Afr's 1st Test), dies

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