On This Day

Year 1916 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 2nd Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Washington State beats Brown, 14-0; MVP: Carl Dietz, Washington State
  • 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 Final, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens (NHA) beat Portland Rosebuds (PCHA), 2-1 for a 3-2 series victory
  • Apr 10 The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is founded in New York City
  • Apr 17 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth in 2:27:16.4
  • Apr 20 Chicago Cubs play their 1st game at Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field) and beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6
  • May 13 42nd Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard George Smith wins in 2:04
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Sports Stars Married in 1916

  • Oct 9 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (21) weds Maxine Gates in Farmington, Utah
  • Dec 30 MLB player Honus Wagner (42) weds Bessie Baine Smith (26) at St John's Church in Carnegie, Pennsylvania

Sports Stars Who Died in 1916

  • Feb 9 Jack Barrett, cricketer (2 Tests for Australia 1890), dies
  • Mar 9 Kenneth Hutchings, English cricketer (exciting England batsman, WWI), dies fighting at the Battle of the Somme at 33
  • Apr 16 Tom Horan, Australian cricket all-rounder (15 Tests, 1 x 100, 11 wickets; Victoria CA), dies a 62
  • May 25 Jack Marsh, Australian cricketer (Aboriginal bowler played for NSW 1900-03), dies in a pub brawl at 41 or 42
  • Jul 1 William Booth, English Test cricket batsman (WWI 2 Tests), dies at the Somme at 39

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