1918 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 4th Rose Bowl: Mare Island - USMC beats Camp Lewis - US Army 19-7
  • Jan 2 Dodgers trade Casey Stengel & Cutshaw to Pitts for Grimes & Mamaux
  • Jan 2 NHL Montreal Wanderers disband after Westmount arena burns down

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Jan 12 Montreal Canadien Joe Malone scores 5 goals beating Ottawa 9-4

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • Feb 26 Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse & burn, killing 604
  • Mar 2 NY Yankees purchase 1st baseman George Burns from Detroit Tigers & immediately trades him to Philadelphia A's
  • Mar 13 1st NHL championship: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Arenas, outscoring them 10-7 in a 2 game set
  • Mar 18 Soccer team SON OF Meerssen forms
  • Mar 30 Stanley Cup: Toronto Arenas (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • Apr 18 Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play
  • Apr 27 Giants' 9-0 winning start & Dodgers' 0-9 losing streak are stopped
  • Apr 30 Orange Nassau soccer team forms in Groningen
  • May 4 Yankees set record with 8 sacrifices, beat Red Sox's Babe Ruth 5-4
  • May 11 44th Kentucky Derby: William Knapp on Exterminator wins in 2:10.8
  • May 14 Sunday baseball is made legal in Washington, DC
  • May 15 43rd Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard War Cloud wins in 1:53.6

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May 15 Washington Senator Walter Johnson pitches 1-0, 18 inning game

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 24 Cleveland Indians Stan Coveleski sets club record for most innings pitched (19)
  • Jun 1 Excelsior Maassluis soccer team forms in Maassluis
  • Jun 1 White Sox losing 5-4 against NY Yankees, load the bases in 9th with no outs Chick Gandil lines to Frank Baker who turns a triple play
  • Jun 13 Phillies & Cards tie 8-8 in 19 innings
  • Jun 22 32nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt beats Eleanor Goss (6-4, 6-3)
  • Jun 23 Boston Red Sox Dutch Leonard's 2nd no-hitter beats Tigers, 5-0

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Jul 8 Babe Ruth's blast over the fence in Fenway scores Amos Strunk, the Red Sox win 1-0 over Cleve, prevailing rules reduce Babe's HR to a triple

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jul 17 Longest errorless game, Cubs beat Phillies 2-1 in 21 innings
  • Jul 19 Wash catcher Eddie Ainsmith applies for deferment from the draft Sec of War Newton D Baker rules baseball players are not draft exempt
  • Aug 1 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Boston Braves, 2-0, in 21 innings
  • Aug 24 Chicago Cubs, win earliest pennent ever (season ended Sept 2)
  • Aug 24 Sect Baker grants extended exemption to World Series players
  • Aug 28 Tris Speaker suspended for season due to assault on umpire Tom Connolly
  • Aug 31 Boston Red Sox, win earliest AL pennent ever (season ended Sept 2)
  • Sep 1 Baseball season ends due to WW I

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Sep 1 Ty Cobb pitches 2 innings against Browns

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Sep 3 38th U.S. Men's National Tennis Championship: Robert Lindley Murray beats Bill Tilden (6-3, 6-1, 7-5)
  • Sep 5 Due to WW I, 15th World Series begins a month early
  • Sep 10 Players on both sides threaten to strike the World Series unless they are guaranteed $2,500 to the winners & $1,000 each for the losers
  • Sep 11 Boston Red Sox beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 2 in 15th World Series
  • Oct 18 NHL's Quebec Bulldogs sold to a Toronto businessman P. J. Quinn
  • Dec 10 John Heyder becomes president of baseball's National League for the 2nd time

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Dec 16 Jack Dempsey KOs Carl Morris in 14 seconds

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Dec 21 Red Sox trade Dutch Leonard, Ernie Shore & Duffy Lewis to Yankees for Ray Caldwell & Slim Love, Frank Gilhooey, Al Walters & $15,000
  • Dec 26 1st day of 1st-class cricket in Aust after WW I (Vic v NSW)
  • Dec 31 Kid Gleason replaces Pants Rowland as White Sox manager

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer, (WR 100m, 1:04.06)
  • Jan 7 Colin Snedden, cricketer (Test NZ v England 1947, 0-46, did not bat)
  • Jan 22 Elmer Lach, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan
  • Jan 25 Ernie Harwell, American baseball sportscaster
  • Jan 29 William Rigney, baseball manager (SF Giants)
  • Feb 3 Helen Stephens, Fulton Mo, American 100m runner (double Olympic gold-1936)
  • Feb 12 Dominic DiMaggio, baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • Feb 13 Patty Berg, LPGA golfer (1938 US Amateur), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 22 Charles O Finley, baseball team owner (Oakland A's)
  • Feb 22 Sid Abel, Melville, Saskatchewan, Canadian NHL hockey player (1948-49 Hart Trophy)
  • Feb 22 Charlie Finley, American sports entrepreneur (d. 1996)
  • Feb 25 Henry Norwood Ewell, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1948), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 25 Barney Ewell, American athlete (d. 1996)

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Feb 25 Bobby Riggs, American tennis player ("The Battle of the Sexes", US Open 1939, 41), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1995)

Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion Bobby Riggs
Tennis Player and Three-Time Major Champion
Bobby Riggs
  • Feb 26 Edwin Charles "Preacher" Roe, baseball pitcher (Bkln Dodgers)
  • Mar 3 Peter O'Sullevan, British horse racing commentator 'the voice of racing', born in Kenmare, Ireland (d. 2015)
  • Mar 3 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrian (d. 2000)
  • Mar 4 Margaret Osborne DuPont, Joseph Oregon, tennis pro (US Open 1948-50), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 5 Ranga Sohoni, Indian cricketer (pace bowler of late 40's avg 101)
  • Mar 5 Red Storey, Canadian football player and ice hockey referee (d. 2006)
  • Mar 5 Milt Schmidt, Canadian NHL Hall of Fame center and coach (Boston Bruins), born in Kitchener, Ontario (d. 2017)
  • Mar 12 James Bracken, race horse trainer
  • Mar 13 George McAfee, NFL halfback (Chicago Bears)
  • Mar 18 Al Benton, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • Mar 18 Bob Broeg, American sports writer (d. 2005)
  • Mar 21 Joe Carveth, NHL forward (scored 20 or more goals in 3 seasons)
  • Mar 25 Howard Cosell, sportscaster (Monday Night Football), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Apr 7 C B Bertie Clarke, cricketer (Barbados & West Indian leg-spinner)
  • Apr 7 Bobby Doerr, American baseball player
  • Apr 16 Dick Gibson, British racing driver
  • Apr 18 Robert Zimonyi, Hungarian cox (Olympic-Hungary-bronze-1948/US-gold-64)
  • Apr 22 Mickey Vernon, baseball player
  • Apr 26 Fanny Blankers-Koen, Holland, 100m/200m dash, hurdler (Olym-gold-1948)
  • Apr 29 Mervyn Roye Harvey, cricketer (brother of Neil, Test for Australia)
  • Apr 30 W Donald McNeill, tennis champ (US Open-1940)
  • May 3 Ted Bates, English former footballer (d. 2003)
  • May 14 Arthur McIntyre, cricket wicket-keeper (England 3 times early 50's)
  • May 16 Wilf Mannion, English former footballer (d. 2000)

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May 19 Florence Chadwick, swimmer (1st to swim English Channel both ways), born in San Diego, California (d. 1995)

  • May 23 Dennis Compton, English cricketer and footballer (5,807 runs, Arsenal), born in Middlesex, England (d. 1997)
  • May 25 Peder Lunde, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic silver 1952)
  • May 26 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (d. 1985)
  • Jun 4 LeRoy Walker, CEO (US Olympic Committee), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 14 Leroy T Walker, US Olympic consultant (1960, 68, 72), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jun 20 George Lynch, American auto racer (d. 1997)
  • Jun 21 Eddie Lopat, American baseball player (d. 1992)
  • Jun 27 Adolph Kiefer, American 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1936), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2017)
  • Jul 4 Alec Bedser, cricketer (mighty post-war England medium-pacer)
  • Jul 4 Eric Bedser, cricketer (bro of Alec, Surrey bowler but not England)
  • Jul 4 Johnnie Parsons, American race car driver (d. 1984)
  • Jul 23 Pee Wee [Harold] Reese, American baseball player (Dodgers), born in Ekron, Kentucky (d. 1999)
  • Aug 21 Billy Reay, Canadian ice hockey player and coach, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (d. 2004)

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Aug 30 Ted Williams, American baseball player and last player in MLB to bat over .400 in a single season (Red Sox, AL MVP '46, '49; Trip Crown '42, '47), born in San Diego, California (d. 2002)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 30 Billy Johnson, American baseball player (d. 2006)
  • Sep 4 William Talbert, tennis doubles champ (US 1942, 45, 46, 48)
  • Sep 14 Georges Berger, Belgian racing driver (d. 1967)
  • Sep 25 Phil Rizzuto, American sportscaster/shortstop (NY Yankees-MVP 1950), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Oct 6 AndrĂ© Pilette, Belgian racing driver (d. 1993)
  • Oct 14 Doug Ring, cricketer (Australian leggie of the late 40's early 50's)
  • Oct 22 Lou Klein, American baseball player (d. 1976)
  • Oct 28 Harold Sheperdson, soccer trainer
  • Oct 30 Robert Feller, Van Meter Iowa, MLB pitcher (Cleveland Indians, led AL in strikeouts 7 times)
  • Nov 3 Bob Feller, Van Meter, Iowa, American baseball pitcher (Cleveland Indian, 3 no-hitters)
  • Nov 10 Martin Hanley, South African cricketer (took 1-88 with off-spin in Test for South Africa), born in Aliwal North, Cape Province (d. 2000)
  • Nov 20 Dora Ratjen, German man possing as woman high jumper (Oly-4th-1936)
  • Nov 24 Roley Jenkins, cricketer (English leg-spinner 1948-52)
  • Dec 8 Ian Johnson, cricketer (Australian Test captbetween Hassett & Craig)
  • Dec 10 Anatoli Tarasov, Russian ice hockey coach (d. 1995)
  • Dec 22 William Kennedy, baseball player

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 24 George Arthur Crump, Founder of the Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon NJ (b. 1871)
  • Feb 2 John L Sullivan, Mass, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 59
  • Mar 10 Jim McCormick, Scottish-born American baseball player, dies at 61
  • Apr 11 Arthur Ochse, cricketer (WW I played for South Africa in 1889 aged 19), dies
  • Apr 20 Reginald Harry Mybirgh Hands, cricketer (1 Test for SA), dies
  • Jun 25 Jake Beckley, American baseball player, dies at 50
  • Aug 1 John Riley Banister, American cowboy and Texas Ranger (b. 1854)
  • Oct 17 Gordon White, cricketer (WW I Superb South African batsman 1905-12), dies
  • Nov 18 Reggie Schwartz, cricketer (55 wickets for South Africa), dies
  • Nov 26 Charlie McLeod, cricketer (all-rounder for Australia 1894-1905), dies