1915 in Sport

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Events in Sport

  • Mar 13 Dodgers manager Wilbert Robinson tries to catch a baseball dropped from an airplane, but the pilot substitutes a grapefruit
  • Mar 26 Stanley Cup: Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) sweep Ottawa Senators
  • Mar 26 77th Grand National: Mr Jack Anthony aboard Ally Sloper wins
  • Apr 5 Jess Willard KOs Jack Johnson in 26 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Apr 19 19th Boston Marathon won by Edouard Fabre of Canada in 2:31:41.2
  • Apr 22 NY Yankees don pinstripes & hat-in-the-ring logo for 1st time

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May 6 Red Sox Babe Ruth pitching debut & 1st HR, loses to Yanks 4-3 in 15

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 8 41st Kentucky Derby: Joe Notter aboard Regret wins in 2:05.4
  • May 17 40th Preakness: Douglas Hoffman aboard Rhine Maiden wins in 1:58
  • May 17 Cubs George "Zip" Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st & winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Ralph DePalma wins in 5:33:55.619 (144.583 km/h)
  • Jun 5 47th Belmont: George Byrne aboard The Finn wins in 2:18.6
  • Jun 13 29th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt beats Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (4-6, 6-2, 6-0)
  • Jun 18 21st US Golf Open: John Travers shoots a 297 at Baltusrol GC NJ
  • Jul 18 Boston Braves start move from last place to become world series champs
  • Jul 19 Wash Nationals steal record 8 bases vs Cleve Indians in the 1st inning

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Jul 29 Pirate Honus Wagner at 41, hits a grand slam HR

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • Aug 18 Braves Field opens in Boston to see Braves beat Cards 3-1
  • Aug 20 White Sox obtain Joe Jackson from Cleve in exchange for Robert Roth, Larry Chappell, Ed Klepfer, & $31,500
  • Aug 21 11th Australasian Championships: Gordon Lowe beats Horace Rice (4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4)
  • Aug 31 Chicago White Sox Jimmy Lavender no-hits NY Giants, 2-0
  • Sep 8 35th U.S. Men's National Championship: William Johnston beats Maurice McLoughlin (1-6, 6-0, 7-5, 10-8)
  • Sep 18 Boston Braves trounce St Louis Cardinals 20-1
  • Sep 22 Red Sox ask Braves for use of their larger park for World Series
  • Sep 29 Philadelphia Phillies clinch their 1st pennant
  • Sep 30 Red Sox clinch AL pennant by beating Detroit
  • Oct 8 Phillies win their 1st & only World Series game before 1980, beating Red Sox, 3-1, with an 8th inning 2 run rally

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Oct 9 Woodrow Wilson becomes first US President to attend a World Series game

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson
  • Oct 13 Boston Red Sox beat Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 1 in 12th World Series
  • Nov 20 7th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Toronto Rowing, 13-7
  • Dec 14 Jack Johnson is 1st black world heavyweight boxing champion
  • Dec 22 Federal Baseball League disolved
  • Dec 22 Organized baseball & Federal League sign a peace treaty at Cincinnati

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 8 Walker Cooper, American baseball player (d. 1991)
  • Jan 22 Tom Burtt, cricketer (slow left-armer took 33 wickets for NZ)
  • Jan 23 Herma Bauma, Austrian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Feb 1 Stanley Matthews, 1st British soccer player to be knighted
  • Feb 2 Stan Leonard, Canadian professional golfer (d. 2005)
  • Feb 21 Godfrey Brown, England, 4 X 400m runner (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Feb 22 Gus Lesnevich, light heavyweight boxing champ (1947 fight of year)
  • Mar 3 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur
  • Mar 6 Pete Gray [Wyshner], MLB one-armed outfielder (St Louis Browns), born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania (d. 2002)
  • Mar 8 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yö), born in Pirkkala, Finland (d. 1979)
  • Mar 11 Vijay Hazare, cricketer (prolific Indian batsman 1946-54)
  • Mar 17 William Roycroft, Austrian equestrian 3 day (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • Mar 19 Norman Yardley, English cricket captain (late 40's)
  • Mar 22 George Cresswell, cricketer (3 Tests for NZ aged 35)
  • Mar 28 Raymond Emery, cricketer (NZ Test batsman vs West Indies 1952)
  • Apr 11 (Hanlon) Pat Clarke, cyclist
  • Apr 19 Harry Craft, baseball manager
  • May 1 Archie Williams, American athlete (d. 1993)
  • Jun 4 Walter Hadlee, cricketer (father of Richard & Dayle), New Zealand batsman 40's
  • Jun 13 J Donald Budge, US tennis player (1st to hold world's 4 major titles)
  • Jun 18 Arthur Fagg, cricketer (dual double-centuries in a game for Kent 1938)
  • Jun 30 Charles Rowe, cricketer (scored a pair in only Test (NZ v Aust 1946))
  • Jul 5 John Woodruff, American athlete (d. 2007)
  • Jul 17 Dorothy Poynton-Hill, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1932)
  • Jul 27 Jack Iverson, Australian cricket mystery spinner (late 40's)
  • Aug 12 Alex Wojciechowicz, NFL center (Lions, Eagles)
  • Aug 18 Max Lanier, baseball player
  • Aug 28 Max Robertson, British sports commentator
  • Sep 8 Frank Pullen, English business person and racehorse owner (d. 1992)
  • Oct 26 Golfredo Corradetti, conductor
  • Oct 26 Joe Fry, British racing driver, born in Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1950)
  • Oct 29 Dennis Brookes, cricketer (one Test England v WI 1948, scored 10 & 7)
  • Nov 18 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player and umpire (d. 2004)
  • Nov 25 George Mudie, cricketer (WI all-rounder in one Test 1935, 5 & 3-40)
  • Nov 25 Ron Hamence, cricketer (Australian batsman post-WWII)
  • Dec 4 Fred Freer, cricketer (Australian pace bowler played one Test in 1946)
  • Dec 9 Colin McCool, cricketer (Australian leg-spin all rounder late 40s)
  • Dec 18 Dario Mangiarotti, Italian fencing, gold, 2 silver (Olympic-1948, 52)
  • Dec 27 Gyula Zsengellér, Hungarian footballer (d. 1999)
  • Dec 29 Bill Osmanski, American football player (d. 1996)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 6 Reginald Wood, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1886), dies
  • Feb 5 Ross Barnes, baseball player (b. 1850)
  • Mar 31 Wyndham Halswelle, Scottish athlete (b. 1882)
  • Apr 3 Andrew Stoddart, cricketer (England capt at turn of century), suicide
  • May 9 François Faber, Luxembourgish cyclist (b. 1887)
  • Jun 28 Victor Trumper, Australian cricketer (48 Tests for Australia, 3163 runs), dies at 37
  • Sep 9 Albert Spalding, American baseball player and sporting goods manufacturer (b. 1850)
  • Oct 23 W G Grace, British cricketer, dies
  • Oct 30 Gervys Rignold Hazlitt, cricketer (9 Tests for Aust 1907-12), dies