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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

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Jan 26 Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for playing as a professional

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Feb 1 American all-round athlete Jim Thorpe signs a contract to play baseball with the New York Giants; unlike his other sporting endeavours the Olympic-medal winner's career in MLB was uninspiring
  • Feb 2 NY football Giants sign Jim Thorpe
  • 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 Dodger's Ebbets Field opens, Phillies win 1-0

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Apr 10 President Woodrow Wilson throws out 1st ball, Senators beat Yankees 2-1

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson

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Apr 10 New York Highlanders play first MLB game as the New York Yankees; lose to the Washington Senators, 2-1 at Griffith Stadium

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Apr 21 17th Boston Marathon won by Fritz Carlson in 2:25:14.8
  • May 10 39th Kentucky Derby: Roscoe Goose aboard Donerail wins in 2:04.8
  • May 10 Yanks commit 8 errors & still beat Tigers 10-9 in 10 innings

  • May 12 English runner Harry Green runs world record marathon 2:38:16.2 in the Polytechnic Marathon in London, England
  • May 14 Washington Senator Walter Johnson ends MLB record scoreless streak at 56 innings
  • May 20 38th Preakness: James Butwell aboard Buskin wins in 1:53.4
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Jules Goux wins in 6:35:05.108 (126.686 km/h)
  • Jun 13 45th Belmont: Roscoe Troxler aboard Prince Eugene wins in 2:18
  • Jun 13 Yanks win 13th game of year after losing 36 games
  • Jun 14 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Defending champion Mary Browne beats Dorothy Green 6-2, 7-5
  • Jun 20 3 of 1st 4 Yankees hit-by-pitch en route to a record 6 hit batsman
  • Jun 24 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Englishman J H Taylor wins Championship for a 5th and final time, 8 strokes ahead of defending champion Ted Ray
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: New Zealander Anthony Wilding wins 4th straight Wimbledon title beating American Maurice McLoughlin 8-6, 6-3, 10-8
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-British final Dorothea Chambers beats Winifred McNair 6-0, 6-4
  • Jul 25 Pittsburgh Pirates future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Max Carey scores 5 runs without a hit, reaching first base on an error and 4 walks, as the Bucs beat Philadelphia Phillies, 12-2
  • Jul 27 11th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
  • Jul 27 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon, England: Maurice McLoughlin beats Charles Dixon 8-6, 6-3, 6-2 to give US an unassailable 3-1 lead over the British Isles; US wins, 3-2
  • Aug 26 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Defending champion Maurice McLoughlin beats R. Norris Williams 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
  • Aug 30 Phillies lead Giants 8-6 in top of 9th, fans in bleachers try to distract Giants, Umpire forefeits game to Giants, later overruled
  • Aug 31 Soccer club PSV forms in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Sep 5 Phillies & Braves tie record of only 1 run in a double header, Phillies win 1st game 1-0, then a scoreless tie into 10th
  • Sep 6 19th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jerry Travers
  • Sep 14 Cubs Larry Cheney hurls record 14-hit shutout against Giants (7-0)

  • Sep 20 US Open Men's Golf, The Country Club: 20-year old amateur Francis Ouimet wins his only Open title in an 18-hole playoff, 5 strokes ahead of Britons Harry Vardon & Ted Ray
  • Sep 29 MLB Washington Senator Walter Johnson wins his 36th game
  • Oct 11 Philadelphia A's beat NY Giants, 4 games to 1 in 10th World Series
  • Oct 12 John McGraw, after drinking, blames Wilbert Robinson's coaching mistakes for World Series lose, Robinson blames McGraw & is fired
  • Oct 24 Joe Tinker fired as Cincinnati Reds manager
  • Nov 1 Notre Dame upsets Army, 35-13 in the colleges' inaugural football game; quarterback Gus Dorais (14 of 17 passes, 243 yards, 2 TDs) and receiver Knute Rockne use forward pass effectively
  • Nov 2 St. Louis Browns player-manager George Stovall, fired the previous summer, is the first MLB player to jump to the Federal League, signing to manage the Kansas City Packers
  • Nov 15 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Perth: Australian Ernie Parker beats NZ namesake Harry Parker 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • Nov 28 Heavyweight Jack Johnson KOs Andre Spaul in Paris
  • Nov 29 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: Hamilton Tigers beat Toronto Parkdale, 44-2; second-largest margin of victory in a Grey Cup final
  • Dec 6 White Sox beat Giants 9-4 in exhibition game in Tokyo
  • Dec 9 Heavyweight Jack Johnson-Jim Johnson fight to no decision in Paris
  • Dec 9 John K Tener becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Dec 19 Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 rounds for heavyweight boxing title

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 7 Johnny Mize, American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (10-time MLB All Star), born in Demorest, Georgia (d. 1993)
  • Jan 8 Horace Smith, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (1 Test; lone wicket off first ball), born in Toowoomba, Australia (d. 1986)
  • Jan 17 Yuvraj of Patiala, cricketer (scored 24 & 60 in only Test India v Eng)
  • Jan 19 "Minnesota Fats", American billiards player (d. 1996)

Person of interestAdrian Quist

Jan 23 Adrian Quist, Australian tennis player, analyst (Australian C'ship 1936, 40, 48), born in Medindie, South Australia (d. 1991)

Tennis Player Adrian Quist
Tennis Player
Adrian Quist
  • Jan 30 Dicky Fuller, West Indian cricketer (one Test WI v England 1935, 1, 0-12), born in St. Ann Parish, Jamaica (d. 1987)

Person of interestDon Hutson

Jan 31 Don Hutson, American College, Pro Football Halls of Fame wide receiver (Green Bay Packers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (d. 1997)

First NFL Wide Receiver in History Don Hutson
First NFL Wide Receiver in History
Don Hutson
  • Jan 31 Wayne Millner, NFL end (Boston/Washington Redskins)
  • Feb 3 Richard Seaman, British racing driver (d. 1939)
  • Feb 9 Leo van der Kar, masseur/businessman/founder (Sports funds)
  • Feb 14 Woody Hayes, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1954, 57, 61, 68, 70; Ohio State), born in Clifton, Ohio (d. 1987)
  • Feb 14 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Feb 15 Erich Eliskases, Austrian chess player (d. 1997)
  • Feb 20 Tommy Henrich, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1942, 1947–50; World Series 1938, 41, 47, 49, 51; NY Yankees), born in Massillon, Ohio (d. 2009)
  • Feb 21 Roger Laurent, Belgian racing driver (d. 1997)
  • Feb 23 Charles Leonard, American pentathlete (Olympic-1936)
  • Mar 2 Mort Cooper, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1942, 43, 45, 46; World Series 1942, 44; NL MVP 1942), born in Atherton, Missouri (d. 1958)
  • Mar 12 Harold Butler, English cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 12 wickets; Nottinghamshire), born in Clifton, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1991)
  • Mar 15 Jack Fairman, British racing driver (d. 2002)
  • Mar 19 William Chatterton, cricketer (48 in only Test for England 1892)
  • Mar 21 George Abecassis, English race car driver (d. 1991)
  • Mar 31 Dai Rees, Scottish golfer (British Open runner-up 1953-54, 61), born in Fontegary, Glamorgan (d. 1983)
  • Apr 2 Benny Lynch, Scottish boxer (World flyweight title 1937-38), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1946)
  • Apr 13 Dave Albritton, American high jumper (Olympic silver 1936), born in Danville, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • May 1 Marvin 'Bud' Ward, American golfer (1939, 1941 US Amateur), born in Elma, Washington (d. 1968)
  • May 17 Hans Ruesch, Swiss racing driver (d. 2007)
  • May 24 Audrey Brown, British 4 X 100m runner (Olympic silver 1936), born in Bankura, India (d. 2005)
  • May 24 Willi Daume, German olympic organizer, born in Hückeswagen, Germany (d. 1996)
  • May 29 Tony Zale, American boxer (World Middleweight Champion 1940-47, 48), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • Jun 7 Dallas Shirley, American Basketball Hall of Fame referee (officiated 2,000+ games in 33-year career), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 1994)

Person of interestVince Lombardi

Jun 11 Vince Lombardi, American Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Green Bay Packers 1949-67; NFL Coach of the Year 1959, 61; Super Bowl 1967, 68), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1970)

NFL Coach Vince Lombardi
NFL Coach
Vince Lombardi
  • Jun 27 Willie Mosconi, American pool player (World C'ship pocket billiards 1941-57), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • Jun 30 Harry Wismer, American sports broadcaster and AFL team owner (NY Titans), born in Port Huron, Michigan (d. 1967)
  • Jul 13 Carolina Gisolf, Holland, high jumper (Olympic silver 1928)
  • Jul 26 Louis Salica, American flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1932), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2002)
  • Jul 31 Bryan Hextall, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (NY Rangers; 3-time 1st team NHL All Star), born in Grenfell, Saskatchewan, Canada (d. 1984)
  • Aug 11 Bob Scheffing, American professional baseball player and manager (d. 1985)
  • Aug 13 John Facenda, American sportscaster (NFL Action), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Aug 14 Fred Davis, English snooker player (World C'ship 1948-49, 51), born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (d. 1998)
  • Aug 14 Paul Dean, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Lucas, Arkansas (d. 1981)
  • Aug 17 Rudy York, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Ragland, Alabama (d. 1970)
  • Aug 17 Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Argentine racing driver (d. 1989)
  • Aug 21 Cornelius Johnson, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1936), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1946)
  • Aug 28 Lindsay Hassett, Australian cricket batsman and captain (43 Tests; 3,073 runs @ 46.56; 10 x 100s) and broadcaster (ABC 1956-81), born in Geelong, Australia (d. 1993)
  • Aug 28 Richard Tucker [Reuben Ticker], American tenor (NY Met Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1975)
  • Aug 29 Len Butterfield, New Zealand cricketer (NZ all-rounder, Test), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1999)
  • Sep 2 Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (Liverpool, 1959-74), born in Glenbuck, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1981)
  • Sep 11 Paul "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach (Alabama), born in Moro Bottom, Arkansas (d. 1983)

Person of interestJesse Owens

Sep 12 Jesse Owens, American athlete (4 Olympic gold 1936), born in Oakville, Alabama (d. 1980)

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens

Person of interestAlice Marble

Sep 28 Alice Marble, American tennis player (US Open 1936, 1938-40), born in Beckwourth, California (d. 1990)

Tennis Champion Alice Marble
Tennis Champion
Alice Marble
  • Sep 29 Silvio Piola, Italian soccer striker (34 caps, 30 goals; Lazio), born in Robbio Lomellina, Pavia
  • Oct 2 Karl Miller, German soccer defender (12 caps; Dresdner SC), born in Hamburg (d. 1967)
  • Oct 2 Gene Benson, American baseball outfielder (Negro League All-Star 1940, 45-46), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • Oct 7 Victor Trumper Jr, Australian cricketer (son of Mr & Mrs Trumper NSW 1940-41), born in Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1981)
  • Oct 14 Ginty Lush, Australian cricketer (NSW quick of the 30's who didn't play for Aust), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1985)
  • Oct 22 Annette Rogers, US sprinter (Olympic gold 1932, 36)
  • Oct 24 Molly Hide, English cricketer who captained England for 17 years, born in Shanghai, China (d. 1995)
  • Nov 22 Gardnar Mulloy, American tennis player (5-time Grand Slam doubles champion), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2016)
  • Nov 24 Gisela Mauermeyer, German discus thrower (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Nov 26 Foy Draper, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m relay 1936 WR 39.8s), born in Georgetown, Texas (d. 1943)
  • Dec 6 John Mikaelsson, Swedish race walker (Olympic gold 10k 1948, 52), born in Kristinehamn, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • Dec 6 Eleanor Holm, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1932), born in NYC, New York (d. 2004)
  • Dec 12 Ferenc Csik, Hungarian swimmer (Olympics gold medal 100m freestyle 1936), born in Kaposvár, Hungary (d. 1945)

Person of interestArchie Moore

Dec 13 Archie Moore, American light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), born in Benoit, Mississippi, (d. 1998)

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Dec 18 Ray Meyer, American basketball coach (d. 2006)
  • Dec 21 Raich Carter, English soccer forward (13 caps; Sunderland, Derby County, Hull C) and manager (Hull C, Leeds, Mansfield Town, Middlesborough), born in Sunderland, England (d. 1994)
  • Dec 26 Frank Swift, English soccer goalkeeper and journalist (19 caps; Manchester City 376 games; died Munich air disaster), born in Blackpool, Lancashire (d. 1958)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 7 Jack Boyle, American baseball player (b. 1866)
  • 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
  • Dec 23 Bonnor Middleton, South African cricket fast bowler (6 Tests, 24 wickets; Western Province), dies at 48