On This Day

July 1914 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers wins her 7th and last Wimbledon singles title beating Ethel Larcombe 7-5, 6-4
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Australian Norman Brookes beats 4-time defending champion Anthony Wilding of New Zealand 6-4, 6-4, 7-5
  • Jul 5 MLB Boston Braves (26-40) are 15 games back in NL, go on to win World Series 4-0 vs Philadelphia A's

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 7 Baltimore Orioles owner Jack Dunn offers future baseball legend Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore & Ben Egan for $10k to Connie Mack (Philadelphia A's); refuses pleading lack of finance

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack

AgreementContract of Interest

Jul 9 Boston Red Sox purchase future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth's contract from minor league Baltimore Orioles

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jul 11 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth makes his MLB debut as a pitcher for Boston Red Sox; earns 4-3 win against the Cleveland Naps at Fenway Park
  • Jul 14 NL's Boston Braves start climb from last place to world series sweep
  • Jul 17 Giants outfielder Red Murray is knocked unconscious by lightning after catching a flyball, ending 21 inning game, Giants win 3-1
  • Jul 19 Boston Braves begin drive from last to the NL pennant with a 3-2 win against the 2nd placed Cincinnati Reds

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 Last day of club cricket for English legend W. G. Grace at age 66: makes unbeaten 69 runs for Eltham against Grove Park

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace
  • Jul 26 12th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
  • Jul 27 Roda JC soccer team forms in Kerkrade

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Christl Cranz, German alpine skier (combined gold Winter Olympics 1936), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 2004)
  • Jul 9 Bill Tallon, Australian cricketer (brother of Don, Queensland leggie), born in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia (d. 1972)
  • Jul 18 Mack Robinson, American 200m dash (Olympic silver 1932), born in Cairo, Georgia (d. 2000)
  • Jul 18 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938, 48; Giro d'Italia 1936-7, 46), born in Ponte a Ema, Florence, Italy (d. 2000)
  • Jul 19 Marius Russo, American baseball player (New York Yankees), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2005)

Person of interestWoody Strode

Jul 25 Woody Strode, African American football player and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1994)

Actor and Sportsman Woody Strode
Actor and Sportsman
Woody Strode
  • Jul 26 Ellis Kinder, American baseball player, born in Atkins, Arkansas (d. 1968)
  • Jul 30 Lord Killanin, Irish 6th International Olympic Committee President (1972-80), born in London (d. 1999)
  • Jul 31 Elmer Riddle, American baseball pitcher (NL wins leader 1943; Cincinnati Reds), born in Columbus, Georgia (d. 1984)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 30 Albert Trott, cricketer (3 Tests for Aus, 2 for Eng), commits suicide