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Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 5th Rose Bowl: Great Lakes - US Navy beats Mare Island - USMC 17-0
  • Jan 13 Dutch Soccer team OSV forms
  • Jan 14 John McGraw, Charles A Stoneham and Judge MCQuade buy NY Giants
  • Feb 1 Dodgers trade Jake Daubert to Reds for Tommy Griffith Daubert

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Feb 18 Cy Denneny of NHL Ottawa Senators scores record 52nd goal

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • Mar 6 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens beat Ottawa Senators, 3 games to 1 with 1 tie
  • Mar 28 78th Grand National: Ernie Piggott aboard Poethlyn wins
  • Mar 29 Stanley Cup: Mont (NHL) & Seat (PCHA) win 2 games each with 1 tie, 1919 Stanley Cup not awarded due to flu epidemic
  • Apr 19 23rd Boston Marathon won by Carl Linder of Mass in 2:29:13.4
  • Apr 23 Major leagues open a reduced 140-game season
  • Apr 30 Phillies beat Brooklyn Dodgers 9-0 in 20 innings
  • May 4 1st legal Sunday baseball game in NYC, 35,000 watch the Phillies beat the NY Giants 4-3
  • May 8 Appingedam soccer team forms
  • May 10 45th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 2:09.8
  • May 11 Cincinnati Reds Hod Eller no-hits St Louis Cards, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Yanks' Jack Quinn & Senators' Walter Johnson, 12 inning 0-0 tie

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 14 44th Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 1:53
  • May 15 Brooklyn Dodgers score 10 runs in 13th to beat Reds 10-0
  • May 25 Casey Stengel releases a sparrow from under his baseball cap
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Howdy Wilcox wins in 5:40:42.930 (141.703 km/h)

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 11 23rd US Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 301 at Brae Burn CC Massachusetts

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Jun 11 51st Belmont: J Loftus riding Sir Barton wins in 2:17.6 & Trip Crown
  • Jun 20 33rd U.S. Women's National Championship: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Marion Zinderstein (6-1, 6-2)
  • Jun 28 Carl Mazes pitches a complete doubleheader against NY Yankees
  • Jul 1 Scheveningen soccer team forms in Scheveningen
  • Jul 4 Cincinnati Reds are 10½ games back in NL, and win World Series

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 4 Jack Dempsey KOs Jess Willard in Cuba for heavyweight championship

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Jul 5 32nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: S Lenglen beats Chambers (10-8 4-6 9-7)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 5 Red Sox Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs in a game for his 1st of 72 times

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jul 6 William Veeck, sportswriter, replaces Fred Mitchell as Cubs president
  • Jul 7 Phillies tie major league record of 8 steals in 9 inn game
  • Jul 7 39th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Gerald Patterson beats N Brookes (6-3 7-5 6-2)
  • Jul 13 Chicago White Sox pitcher Carl Mays walks off mound blaming teammates for lack of support afield
  • Jul 27 13th Tour de France won by Firmin Lambot of Belgium
  • Aug 1 Treffers soccer team forms in Groesbeek

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Green Bay Packers football club founded by George Calhoun and Curly Lambeau - named after sponsor Indian Packing Company

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • Aug 14 White Sox Happy Felsch ties record of 4 outfield assists in a game
  • Aug 20 Wichita outfielder Joe Wilhoit (Western League) fails to get a hit, ending a 69-game streak (155 hits in 299 at bats for a .505 avg)
  • Aug 24 Cleveland pitcher Ray Caldwell is flattened by a bolt of lightning
  • Sep 2 National Commission recommends a best-of-9 World Series
  • Sep 4 39th U.S. Men's National Championship: Bill Johnston beats Bill Tilden (6-4, 6-4, 6-3)
  • Sep 8 Babe Ruth hits his 26th HR off Jack Quinn in NY, breaking Buck Freeman's 1899 HR mark of 25

Sport awardGolf Major

Sep 20 2nd PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Engineers CC Roslyn NY

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • Sep 20 Babe Ruth ties Ned Williamson's major league mark of 27 HRs
  • Sep 24 Babe Ruth sets season homer mark at 28 off of Yankee Bob Shawkey
  • Sep 27 Pitcher Bob Shawkey sets then Yank record with 15 strike-outs
  • Sep 27 Babe Ruth's 29th HR is 1st of year in Wash (1st in every park in league in one season)
  • Sep 28 Fastest major league game (51 mins), Giants beat Phillies 6-1
  • Oct 1 World Series begins as a best of 9 affair, White Sox intentionally throw this series to satisfy gamblers (Black Sox Scandal)
  • Oct 3 Reds Adolfo Luque is 1st Latin player to appear in a World Series
  • Oct 6 White Sox catcher Ray Schalk is 2nd man ejected from a World Series
  • Oct 19 Reds beat White Sox, 5 games to 3 in 16th World Series. This series is known as black sox scandal as 8 White Sox throw series
  • Oct 30 Baseball league presidents call for abolishment of spitball
  • Dec 10 NL votes to ban the spitball's use by all new pitchers
  • Dec 26 Yankees & Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth the Yankees
  • Dec 27 Red Sox owner Harry Frazee announces they will deal any player except Harry Hooper, Hooper is sent to the White Sox after 1920 season

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Rocky Graziano, US boxer (Middleweight champ) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in New York City
  • Jan 13 Army Archerd, Hollywood columnist/TV host (Movie Game)
  • Jan 19 Dharam Singh, India, field hockey player (Olympic gold 1964)
  • Jan 23 Bob Paisley, English soccer player/trainer/manager of FC Liverpool
  • Jan 23 Nina Dumbadze, USSR, Discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952)
  • Jan 26 K C Ibrahim, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests India v WI 1948-49)

Person of interestJackie Robinson

Jan 31 Jackie Robinson, 1st African American major league baseball player (Dodgers), born in Cairo, Georgia (d. 1972)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Feb 2 Allie Reynolds, NY Yankee pitcher (1952 AL ERA leader (2.07))
  • Feb 6 Lindsay Tuckett, cricketer (son of Len, 9 Tests for South Africa 1947-49)
  • Feb 7 Ilse Pausin, Austrian figure skating pairs (Olympic silver 1936)
  • Feb 11 Gretchen Fraser, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1948), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Feb 13 Eddie Robinson, winningest college football coach (Grambling)
  • Feb 17 Joseph R Hunt, tennis champ (US Open-1943)
  • Feb 23 Johnny Carey, Irish professional footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • Feb 25 Monty Irvin, baseball hall of famer (NY Giants)
  • Mar 4 Buck Baker, American racecar driver (d. 2002)
  • Mar 17 Hank Sauer, baseball player (NL MVP 1952)
  • Mar 18 Laila Schou Nilsen, Norwegian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1936)
  • Mar 18 Len Johnson, cricketer (Australian fast bowler played Test in 1948)
  • Mar 26 Roger Leger, Quebec ice hockey player (d. 1965)
  • Mar 28 Tom Brooks, Australian cricketer (NSW fast bowler of the 30's, later Test umpire), born in Paddington, Australia (d. 2007)
  • Mar 28 Vic Raschi, American baseball player, born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • Mar 31 Frank Akins, American football player (d. 1993)
  • Apr 7 Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer (6x Olympic gold, 1936-1960), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 19 Gil Langley, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56)
  • Apr 21 John Goddard, cricketer, West Indian all-rounder 1948-57)
  • May 1 Al Zarilla, American MLB outfielder (All Star 1948), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 1996)
  • May 5 Tony Canadeo, NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 15 Charles Palmer, cricketer (one Test 1955, later MCC president)
  • May 17 Antonio Aguilar [Barraza], Mexican singer, producer and actor (Emiliano Zapata) who popularized the Mexican equestrian sport la charrería, born in Villanueva, Zacatecas, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • May 19 Betty Jameson, Norman OK, LPGA golfer (1947 US Women's Open)
  • May 25 Lindsey Nelson, American sportscaster (NY Mets), born in Pulaski, Tennessee
  • Jun 8 Guy Overton, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 3 Tests on 1953-54 SA tour)
  • Jun 10 Kevin O'Flanagan, Irish athlete and physician (d. 2006)
  • Jul 12 Vera Ralston [Věra Helena Hrubá], Czech figure skater and actress (Dakota, Accused of Murder), born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2003)
  • Jul 17 Alex Moir, cricketer (New Zealand leg-spinner in 17 Tests 1950-59)
  • Jul 24 Ferdi Kübler, Swiss cyclist (Tour de France 1950), born in Marthalen (d. 2017)
  • Jul 31 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster (ABC), born in Green River, Wyoming (d. 2006)
  • Jul 31 Hemu Ramchandra Adhikari, Indian cricketer (Indian righty batsman 1947-59), born in Pune, India (d. 2003)
  • Aug 6 Pauline Betz Addie, tennis champ (Wimbledon 1946), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Aug 9 Ralph Houk, baseball manager (Yankees, Tigers)
  • Aug 11 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Arecibo (d. 2017)
  • Sep 7 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist (d. 2004)
  • Sep 9 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, gambler/sportscaster (lay you 5 to 1)
  • Sep 27 Johnny Pesky, American baseball player, (d. 2012)
  • Sep 28 Tom Harmon, Rensselaer Indiana, sportscaster/NFL tailback (Heisman)
  • Sep 29 Masao Takemoto, Japan, gymnast (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Sep 30 Roberto Bonomi, Argentine racing driver (d. 1992)
  • Oct 8 Bill Anderson, cricketer (played in 1st NZ-Aust Test 1946)
  • Oct 10 Gerald Etheridge Gomez, cricketer (post-war WI all-rounder)
  • Oct 17 John Moroney, cricketer (Australian opener 1949-51)
  • Nov 6 Alan Lisette, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer vs West Indies 1956), born in Morrinsville, New Zealand (d. 1973)
  • Nov 10 Clyde "Bulldog" Turner, NFL center (Chicago Bears)
  • Nov 17 Hershy Kay, composer/arranger (Olympic Hymn), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Nov 28 Keith Miller, cricketer (one of Australia's best ever all-rounders)
  • Dec 2 Robin Lee, American figure skater, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 1997)
  • Dec 6 Jimmy Bivins [James], Hall of Fame heavyweight boxer, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • Dec 15 Ake Seyffarth, 10K speed skater (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Dec 21 Gert Fredriksson, Swedish 1K kayaker (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • Dec 30 Dick Spooner, England, cricket wicketkeeper (Godfrey Evans' shadow)
  • Dec 31 Tommy Byrne, American baseball player

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 16 NFL player Curly Lambeau (21) weds high school sweetheart Marguerite Van Kessel in Green Bay, Wisconsin

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Apr 2 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (23) divorces Maxine Gates after 2 years of marriage

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 25 Josef Christiaens, Belgian racing driver (b. 1879)
  • Apr 30 Henry Wood, British cricket wicket keeper (in 4 Tests 1888-92), dies at 65
  • Jul 31 R G Barlow, cricketer (591 runs/34 wickets/17 Tests for England), dies
  • Aug 4 D[ave] W Gregory, cricketer (brother of Ned, uncle of Syd), dies
  • Aug 20 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, dies at 49
  • Aug 21 Laurence Doherty, British tennis player (US Open-1903), dies at 43
  • Sep 24 Frank Laver, cricketer (15 Tests for Aust 1899-1909), dies
  • Sep 27 Robert Gleeson, cricketer (one Test for South Africa 1895-96), dies
  • Oct 2 Ernest Halliwell, cricketer (South African wicketkeeper 1892-1904), dies
  • Oct 27 John Harry, cricket wicketkeeper (Aust one Test 1895, one catch), dies
  • Oct 28 Ted Wainwright, cricketer (Yorks stalwart, 5 Tests 1893-98), dies