January 1918 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 4th Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Mare Island, USMC beats Camp Lewis, US Army, 19-7; MVP: Hollis Huntington, USMC

Baseball History

Jan 2 After repeated clashes over pay with the Brooklyn Robins owner Charlie Ebbets, star right fielder and future Baseball Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel is traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Jan 2 Montreal Arena in Westmount, Quebec, the home rink of 4-time Stanley Cup winners the Montreal Wanderers burns down leading to the club disbanding

NHL Record

Jan 12 Montreal Canadien's center Joe Malone scores 5 goals in a 9-4 win over Ottawa to become the first 20 goal scorer in NHL history; goes on to score 44 regular season goals


Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer (WR 100m freestyle, 1:04.06 1933-56; Olympic gold 4×100m freestyle 1936), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1997)
  • Jan 7 Colin Snedden, New Zealand cricket spin bowler (1 Test; Auckland), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2011)
  • Jan 22 Elmer Lach, Canadian Hockey HOF center (Stanley Cup 1944, 46, 53 Montreal Canadiens; Hart Trophy 1945; Art Ross Trophy 1948; 5 x NHL All Star), born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • Jan 25 Ernie Harwell, American baseball broadcaster (Detroit Tigers 1960-2002), born in Washington, Georgia (d. 2010)
  • Jan 29 Bill Rigney, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1948; NY Giants) and manager (NY/SF Giants; LA Angels; Minnesota Twins), born in Alameda, California (d. 2001)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 24 George Arthur Crump, Founder of the Pine Valley Golf Club in Clementon NJ (b. 1871)