1916 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 2nd Rose Bowl: Washington State beats Brown 14-0
  • Jan 17 Rodman Wanamaker organises a lunch to discuss forming a golfers association (later the PGA) at the Taplow Club, Martinique Hotel, New York City
  • Feb 9 NL votes down a proposal by Giants, Braves, & Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22 (The Reds want to decrease to 20)
  • Feb 15 NY Yankees buy Frank "Home Run" Baker from the Athletics for $37,500
  • Mar 25 Jess Willard fights Frank Moran to no decision in 10 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC
  • Mar 30 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens (NHA) beat Portland Rosebuds (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • Apr 8 In Corona, California, racecar driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three and badly injuring five spectators.
  • Apr 10 1st professional golf tournament held
  • Apr 10 The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is founded in New York City.
  • Apr 19 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth of Mass in 2:27:16.4
  • Apr 20 Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in Chicago opens, Cubs beat Cincinnati Reds 7-6
  • Apr 20 Chicago Cubs play their 1st game at Weeghman Park (now known as Wrigley Field) and beat the Cincinnati Reds
  • May 13 42nd Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard George Smith wins in 2:04
  • May 16 41st Preakness: Linus McAtee aboard Damrosch wins in 1:54.8
  • May 29 NY Giants win 17th consecutive road game
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Dario Resta wins in 3:34:16.990 (135.187 km/h)

  • Jun 10 48th Belmont: E Haynes aboard Friar Rock wins in 2:22
  • Jun 12 Tennis legend Bill Tilden's 1st appearance at US tennis championship
  • Jun 12 30th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt beats Louise Hammond Raymond (6-0, 6-1)
  • Jun 18 Yanks score in every inning but 8th to beat Indians 19-3 in baseball
  • Jun 21 Boston Rube Forster no-hits NY Yankees, 2-0
  • Jun 26 Cleveland Indians experiment with numbers on their jerseys (one game)
  • Jun 30 22nd US Golf Open: Chick Evans shoots a 286 at Minikahda Club MINN

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Jul 1 Pittsburgh shortstop Honus Wagner, at 42 and 4 months, connects at Cincinnati to become the oldest to hit an inside-the-park HR

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
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Honus Wagner
  • Jul 20 Giants trade Christy Mathewson to Cincinnati Reds
  • Sep 4 Future Baseball Hall of Fame pitchers Christy Mathewson & Mordecai Brown face each other for a final time; after 25 contests Mathewson takes a 13-12 advantage with Reds 10-8 winners over Cubs
  • Sep 5 36th U.S. Men's National Championship: R. Norris Williams beats William Johnston (4-6, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2, 6-4)
  • Sep 30 Giants lose to Braves 8-3, ends 26 consecutive win streak
  • Oct 2 Pitching in his 3rd start in 5 days, Philadelphia Phillies right hander Grover Cleveland Alexander records his 20th century MLB record 16th shutout of year, a 2-0 win v Boston Braves

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Oct 7 Georgia Tech, coached by John Heisman, defeat Cumberland 222-0, most lopsided score in the history of US college football

American Football Coach John Heisman
American Football Coach
John Heisman

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Oct 9 Babe Ruth begins 29 2/3 scoreless World Series innings

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Oct 10 In Game 3, Charlie Ebbets becomes the 1st owner to raise the price of World Series grandstand seats to $5-up from $3
  • Oct 12 Boston Red Sox beat Bkln Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 13th World Series

Sport awardGolf Major

Oct 14 1st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes wins at Siwanoy Country Club, Bronxville, New York

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • Oct 16 Dodger manager Wilbert Robinson given $5,000 bonus
  • Nov 1 Broadway theatre owner and producer Harry H. Frazee and Hugh Ward buy MLB club the Boston Red Sox for approximately $700,000 from Joseph Lannin

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 7 Gerrit Schulte, [Le Fou Pedalant], Dutch 6 day cyclist
  • Jan 7 Paul Keres, USSR, chess grandmaster (1950)
  • Jan 10 Don Metz, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)
  • Jan 18 Alec Coxon, cricketer (England pace bowler in one Test, 2-90 & 1-82)
  • Jan 24 Vic Stollmeyer, cricketer (bro of Jeff Scored 96 in only Test innings)
  • Jan 24 Jack Brickhouse, American sports broadcaster (d. 1998)
  • Jan 31 Frank A Parker, tennis champ (US Open-1944)
  • Feb 9 Tex Hughson, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • Feb 17 Don Tallon, cricketer (perhaps Australia's greatest wicket-keeper)
  • Feb 17 Alexander Obolensky, Russian prince and famed Rugby Union footballer who played for England.(d. 1940)
  • Feb 19 Eddie Arcaro, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1941 Whirlaway, 1948 Citation), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • Feb 23 George Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Feb 25 Ralph Baldwin, harness driver (set 11 major world records)
  • Feb 26 Ross Gregory, cricketer (Australian batsman 1936-37, died in WW II)
  • Mar 26 Bill Edrich, English cricketer (Middlesex & England batsman, Compton's mate)
  • Apr 4 Mickey Owen, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Nixa, Missouri (d. 2005)
  • Apr 11 Dan Fortmann, American football guard (Chicago Bears), born in Pearl River, New York (d. 1995)
  • Apr 14 Commandur Rajagopalachari Rangachari, cricketer (India 1947-48)
  • Apr 23 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1994)
  • Apr 25 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), born in Woodson, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • Apr 26 Virgil Trucks, MLB picther (two-time All Star), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2013)
  • Apr 27 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player, born in Roxboro, North Carolina (d. 2002)
  • May 20 Trebisonda Valla, Italian athlete (d. 2006)
  • May 21 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (d. 2002)
  • Jun 4 Cecil Blacker, CEO (British Equestrian Federation)
  • Jun 5 Eddie Joost, baseball player
  • Jun 5 Syd Barnes, cricketer (Australian batsmen of 30's/40's)
  • Jun 16 Hank Luisetti, NBA forward (1st to use a one-handed shot)
  • Jun 23 Len Hutton, cricketer (England opener, 364 v Australia The Oval 1938)
  • Jul 1 Bob Prince, American sportscaster (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1985)
  • Jul 18 Johnny Hopp, American baseball player, born in Hastings, Nebraska (d. 2003)
  • Jul 19 Phil Cavarretta, American baseball player (NL MVP 1945), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2010)
  • Jul 22 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (d. 1984)
  • Jul 22 Marcel Cerdan, French boxer (d. 1949)
  • Jul 31 Verdun Scott, NZ cricketer and rugby player, born in Devonport, Auckland (d. 1980)
  • Aug 3 José Manuel Moreno, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1978)
  • Aug 6 Michael Burke, sports executive (NY Yankees, NY Knicks)
  • Aug 11 Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (d. 1956)
  • Aug 14 Wellington Mara, Co-Owner of the New York Giants (d. 2005)
  • Aug 16 Iggy Katona, American race car driver, born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2003)
  • Aug 20 Paul Felix Schmidt, Estonian-German chess player, born in Narva, Estonia (d. 1984)
  • Aug 27 Tony Harris, South African cricketer (8 Tests for South Africa 1947-49, 100 runs) and rugby union player (Springbok), born in Kimberley, Cape Province (d. 1993)
  • Aug 29 Leo Horn, Dutch soccer referee, columnist and businessman, born in Sittard, Netherlands (d. 1995)
  • Sep 2 Dorothy May Bundy-Cheney, American tennis player (141 US tennis titles), born in LA, CA, (d. 2014)

Person of interestEd Sabol

Sep 11 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films), born in Atlantic City, New Jersey (d. 2015)

American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Ed Sabol
American Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Ed Sabol
  • Sep 12 Tony Bettenhausen, American race car driver, born in Tinley Park, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • Oct 6 Tommy Lawton, footballer
  • Oct 30 Leon Day, American baseball player (d. 1995)
  • Nov 5 Len Wilkinson, cricketer (England leg-spinner just before WW II)
  • Nov 5 Jim Tabor, American MLB 3rd baseman (2 x grand slams in one game), born in New Hope, Alabama (d. 1953)
  • Nov 8 Frank McGuire, basketball coach (won 550 games in 30 college seasons)
  • Nov 12 Paul Emery, British racing driver (d. 1993)
  • Nov 21 Esmond Kentish, cricketer (WI fast bowler in 2 Tests 1948 & 1954)
  • Nov 21 Sid Luckman, NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears)
  • Nov 26 Bob Elliott, MLB player (Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Braves), born in San Francisco (d. 1966)
  • Nov 27 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), born in Aurora, Illinois (d. 2002)
  • Dec 19 Mervyn Wallace, cricketer (13 Tests for NZ, latterly as capt)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 9 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (21) weds Maxine Gates in Farmington, Utah

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 30 MLB player Honus Wagner (42) weds Bessie Baine Smith (26) at St John's Church in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
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Honus Wagner

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 9 Jack Barrett, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies
  • Mar 9 Ken Hutchings, cricketer (exciting England batsman, WWI), dies
  • Apr 16 Tom Horan, cricketer (15 Tests for Aust, 471 runs, 11 wickets), dies
  • May 25 Jack Marsh, cricketer (Aboriginal bowler played for NSW 1900-03), dies
  • Jul 1 William Booth, England Test cricket batsman (WWI 2 Tests), dies at the Somme at 39
  • Aug 1 Claude Newberry, South African cricket All-rounder (v England 1913-14), dies
  • Nov 23 Leonard Moon, cricketer (WW I 4 Tests for England 1905-06), dies
  • Dec 26 Frank Penn, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1880), dies
  • Dec 26 Willie Smith, Scottish golfer (US Open 1899), dies of pneumonia at 40