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Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 3rd Rose Bowl: Oregon beats Pennsylvania 14-0
  • Feb 24 Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleve for $15,000
  • Mar 11 1st NHL championship game ever played, Toronto Arenas beats Montreal Canadiens 7-3 in 1st of 2 game set (second game on March 13)
  • Mar 26 Stanley Cup: Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 3 games to 1 - Seattle is 1st US team to win Stanley Cup

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Apr 11 Babe Ruth beats NY Yanks, pitching 3-hit 10-3 win for Red Sox

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Apr 14 Chicago White Sox Ed Cicotte no-hits St Louis Browns, 11-0
  • Apr 19 21st Boston Marathon won by Bill Kennedy of NY in 2:28:37.2
  • Apr 24 Yankee lefty George Mogridge no-hits Red Sox 2-1 at Fenway
  • May 5 St Louis Brown Ernie Koob no-hits Chicago White Sox, 1-0
  • May 6 St Louis Brown Bob Groom no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0

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May 7 Red Sox Babe Ruth beats Washington Senator Walter Johnson, 1-0

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 12 42nd Preakness: E Haynes aboard Kalitan wins in 1:54.4
  • May 12 43rd Kentucky Derby: Charles Borel on Omar Khayyam wins in 2:04.6
  • May 26 Walt Cruise hit 1st HR out of Braves Field
  • Jun 1 Hank Gowdy is 1st baseball player to enlist during WWI
  • Jun 16 49th Belmont: James Butwell aboard Hourless wins in 2:17.8
  • Jun 23 Ernie Shore replaces Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth with a runner on, he throws him out & retires all 26 he faces for a perfect game
  • Jun 23 31st U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt beats Marion Vanderhoef (4-6, 6-0, 6-2)
  • Jun 27 1st baseball player (Hank Gowdy) to enter WW I military service
  • Jul 1 Robins (Dodgers) play their 1st Sunday game in Brooklyn
  • Aug 13 Phillies steal 5 bases in an inning against Braves
  • Aug 14 Leeuwen soccer team forms
  • Aug 19 Sunday benefit baseball game at Polo Grounds results in John McGraw & Christy Mathewson's arrest for violating Blue laws
  • Aug 22 Pittsburgh Pirates play 4th straight extra inning game, Carson Bigbee sets record of 11 at-bats, they lose in 22 innings to Dodgers
  • Aug 25 37th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Lindley Murray beats Nathaniel W. Niles (5-7, 8-6, 6-3, 6-3)
  • Sep 3 Utrecht soccer team Holland forms

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Sep 17 Honus Wagner, retires at 43, Pirates retire his #33

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • Sep 27 EHC soccer team forms in Hoensbroek Neth
  • Oct 13 7th College Football Crab Bowl Classic: Navy beats Maryland 62-0 in Annapolis
  • Oct 15 Chicago White Sox beat NY Giants, 4 games to 2 in 14th World Series
  • Nov 26 NHL forms with Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators & Quebec Bulldogs; National Hockey Association disbands
  • Dec 19 1st NHL game played on artificial ice in Toronto
  • Dec 19 Quebec Bulldogs play their 1st professional hockey game
  • Dec 26 1st NHL defensemen to score a goal: Toronto Maple Leaf Harry Cameron

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 30 Paul Frère, Belgian racing driver and motorsport journalist d. 2008)
  • Feb 22 Jack Robertson, cricketer (superb England batsman only played 11 Tests)
  • Feb 28 Hans Deutgen, Swedish world champion archer
  • Mar 2 Jim Konstanty, baseball player (NL MVP 1950)
  • Mar 4 Clyde McCullough, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • Mar 6 Roy Scott, cricketer (one Test NZ v England 1947, 18, 1-74)
  • Mar 29 Man o' War, American thoroughbred racehorse (winner of 20 out of 21 races & $249,465) (d. 1947)
  • Apr 9 Vincent O'Brien, racehorse trainer
  • Apr 11 Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster (d. 1993)
  • Apr 12 M Marie Wadlow, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • Apr 12 Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (India's greatest all-rounder to his time)
  • Apr 18 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (d. 1947)
  • Apr 26 I. M. Pei, Chinese-American architect (1961 Brunner Prize), born in Guangzhou, China
  • Apr 26 Sal "The Barber" Maglie, pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct)
  • May 2 Albert Castelyns, Belgian water polo player and bobsledder
  • May 5 Ron Saggers, cricket wicket-keeper (effective NSW & Aussie late 40's)
  • May 9 George Fleming, cyclist
  • Jun 4 Robert Merrill, American baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 6 Prior Jones, cricketer (WI pace bowler in 9 Tests 1948-52)
  • Jun 8 Byron R Whizzer White, Ft Collins, NFLer/Supreme Court Just (1962-93)
  • Jun 23 Sid Watters Jr, horse trainer
  • Jun 27 K M Rangnekar, cricketer (batted in 3 Tests India v Australia 1947-48)
  • Jun 28 Katherine Rawls, American swimming champion (d. 1982)
  • Jul 3 João Saldanha, Brazilian journalist and football manager (d. 1990)
  • Jul 6 Hugo Yarnold, cricketer (Worcestershire keeper & Test umpire)
  • Jul 6 Arthur Lydiard, New Zealand running coach (d. 2004)
  • Jul 10 Hugh Alexander, American baseball player (d. 2000)
  • Jul 17 Lou Bourdeau, baseball player/manager (1948 AP Athlete of Year)
  • Jul 24 Simon Slattvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Jul 24 Jack Moroney, Australian cricketer (d. 1999)
  • Jul 26 Bertil Nordahl, Swedish soccer player (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Jul 26 Richard Desborough Burnell, England, double sculls (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Aug 13 Sid Gordon, American baseball player (d. 1975)
  • Aug 27 Peanuts Lowrey, American baseball player (d. 1986)
  • Sep 3 Eddie "Brat" Stanky, Phil Rizzuto's nemisis/2nd baseman (Dodgers)
  • Sep 6 George Mann, English cricketer, born in Byfleet, Surrey, England (d. 2001)
  • Sep 11 Daniel Wildenstein, French art dealer and racehorse owner (d. 2001)

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Sep 20 [Arnold] Red Auerbach, NBA coach/GM (Boston Celtic), born in Brooklyn, New York

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • Sep 23 Imry Nemeth, Hungarian hammer thrower (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Sep 25 Johnny Sain, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • Oct 8 Danny Murtaugh, American baseball manager (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Chester, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • Oct 8 Billy Conn, American boxer, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)
  • Oct 9 Kusuo Kitamura, Japan, 1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1932)
  • Oct 17 Martin Donnelly, cricketer (brilliant lefty bat for NZ post-war)
  • Oct 20 Ken Cranston, cricketer (England all-rounder captained once in 1948)
  • Oct 24 Marshall Goldberg, NFL halfback (Chicago Cardinals)
  • Oct 25 Lee MacPhail, American baseball manager and league executive, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • Oct 27 Jack Plimsoll, South African cricketer (South African lefty quick, 3-143 in only Test 1947), born in Kalk Bay, South Africa (d. 1999)
  • Oct 29 Henry Carlsson, Swedish soccer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Oct 30 Bobby Bragan, American baseball player
  • Nov 2 Durward Knowles, yachtsman (Olympic gold 1968-Bahamas), born in Nassau, Bahamas
  • Nov 20 Bobby Locke, South African golfer (d. 1987)
  • Dec 1 Marty Marion, baseball player (NL MVP 1944)
  • Dec 5 Ken Downing, English racing driver (d. 2004)
  • Dec 14 Wilf Ferguson, cricket leg-spinner (West Indian of post-WWII years)
  • Dec 19 Graham Sharp, British ice skater (d. 1995)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 25 Edwin Tyler, cricketer (slow-lefty played once for England 1896), dies
  • Feb 9 Francis Allan, cricket bowler (lefty in 1879 Aust-Eng Test), dies
  • Mar 18 William Shalders, South African cricket batsman (12 Tests 1895-1907), dies
  • May 3 Norman Callaway, NSW bat, cricketer (207 in only FC innings), dies
  • Jul 14 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (b. 1887)
  • Jul 31 Charlie Finlason, cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), dies
  • Sep 12 Eric Lundie, cricketer (WWI Test South Africa v England 1914), dies
  • Oct 11 Harry Trott, cricketer (Aust capt played 24 Tests 1888-1898), dies
  • Oct 22 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (b. 1863)
  • Oct 31 Tibby Cotter, Australian cricketer and fast bowler (49 wickets for Australia) and member of the 12th Regiment who captured Beersheba in the world's last successful cavalry charge, dies at 33
  • Nov 8 Colyn Blythe, cricketer (2509 F-C wickets), dies at 38 during WW I
  • Nov 19 Basil Grieve, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests England v South Africa 1889), dies
  • Dec 20 Lucien Petit-Breton, Argentine-French cyclist (b. 1882)