On This Day

1919 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport awardRose Bowl

Jan 1 5th Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Great Lakes, US Navy beats Mare Island, USMC, 17-0; MVP: George Halas, US Navy

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • Jan 13 Dutch Soccer team OSV forms
  • Jan 14 John McGraw, Charles A Stoneham and Judge MCQuade buy NY Giants
  • Feb 1 Brooklyn Robins trade former NL MVP Jake Daubert to Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Tommy Griffith; result of a salary grievance

Sports record brokenNHL Record

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

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • Feb 20 Foundation NHL club Toronto Arenas are permitted to cease operations due to financial difficulties; later become Toronto St. Patricks and then Maple Leafs
  • Mar 1 Future Hockey Hall of Fame center Newsy Lalonde sets a playoff record with 5 goals in the Canadiens' 6-3 win over Ottawa in NHL Championship Game 3 in Montreal
  • Mar 6 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens beat Ottawa Senators, 3 games to 1 with 1 tie
  • Mar 28 78th Grand National: Ernie Piggott wins aboard Poethlyn; shortest price winner in history at 11-4
  • Apr 1 Stanley Cup Final, Seattle Ice Arena, Seattle, WA: With Montreal Canadiens (NHL) & Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) tied at 2-2-1, trophy not awarded due to flu epidemic
  • Apr 5 Antwerp is officially declared the host city for the Games of the 7th Olympiad to be conducted in 1920; first post WWI Olympics
  • Apr 21 23rd Boston Marathon won by Carl Linder 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)
  • Jun 11 51st Belmont: J Loftus riding Sir Barton wins in 2:17.6 & Trip Crown

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 12 US Open Men's Golf, Brae Burn CC: Walter Hagen defeats Mike Brady by 1 stroke in an 18-hole playoff to win his second and final US Open

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Jun 20 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Marion Zinderstein 6-1, 6-2 for her 4th US singles title
  • Jun 28 Carl Mazes pitches a complete doubleheader against NY Yankees
  • Jul 1 SVV Scheveningen soccer club is established in the Dutch seaside town

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 4 Jack Dempsey beats champion Jess Willard, retired in 3rd round in Toledo, Ohio for world heavyweight championship

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France beats Dorothea Chambers 10-8, 4-6, 9-7 for the first of 6 Wimbledon singles titles
  • Jul 7 Philadelphia Phillies tie MLB record of 8 steals in an innings (9th) in a 10-5 loss vs NY Giants
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In the first all-Australian final Gerald Patterson beats Norman 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

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 4 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills NY: Bill Johnston wins his 2nd US title; beats Bill Tilden 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 8 Babe Ruth hits his 26th HR off Jack Quinn in NY, breaking Buck Freeman's 1899 HR mark of 25

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sport awardPGA Championship

Sep 20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Engineers CC: Defending champion Jim Barnes defeats Fred McLeod, 6 & 5 in the final

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 Infamous 'Black Sox' Baseball World Series begins with Cincinnati Reds' Dutch Ruether pitching a 6-hitter and hitting 3 RBI on 2 triples and a single for a 9-1 rout of White Sox
  • Oct 3 Cuban Dolf Luque becomes first Hispanic player to appear in Baseball World Series; pitches 1 inning of relief in Reds' 3-0 defeat to Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park
  • Oct 6 White Sox catcher Ray Schalk is 2nd man ejected from a World Series
  • Oct 9 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, American boxer (Middleweight champ) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1990)
  • 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 football player & manager, born in Hetton-le-Hole, United Kingdom (d. 1996)
  • Jan 23 Nina Dumbadze, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952), born in Odessa, Ukraine (d. 1983)
  • 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, South African cricketer (son of Len, 9 Tests for South Africa 1947-49), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • 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, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Grambling 408 wins), born in Jackson, Louisiana (d. 2007)
  • 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)
  • Feb 26 Rie Mastenbroek, Dutch swimmer (3 x Olympic gold 1936), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 2003)
  • 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 MLB pitcher (4-time All Star), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1988)
  • Apr 2 Delfo Cabrera, Argentine distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 1948), born in Armstrong, Argentina (d. 1981)
  • Apr 7 Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer (6x Olympic gold, 1936-1960), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 19 Gil Langley, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2001)
  • 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, American NFL hall of fame halfback (Green Bay Packers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • May 9 Betty Jameson, American golfer (US Open 1947, Western Open 1942, 54), born in Norman, Oklahoma (d. 2009)
  • 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 25 Lindsey Nelson, American sportscaster (NY Mets), born in Pulaski, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • Jun 8 Guy Overton, New Zealand cricketer (NZ pace bowler in 3 Tests on 1953-54 SA tour), born in Dunedin, New Zealand (d. 1993)
  • Jun 9 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player
  • 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 Adhikari, Indian cricket batsman (21 Tests; HS 114 1st Test v WI 1948), born in Pune, Maharashtra (d. 2003)
  • Aug 6 Pauline Betz Addie, American tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Dayton, Ohio (d. 2011)
  • Aug 9 Ralph Houk, MLB catcher, coach, manager (6-time World Series champion), born in Lawrence, Kansas (d. 2010)
  • Aug 11 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Arecibo (d. 2017)
  • Sep 7 Alberic Schotte, Belgian cyclist, born in Kanegem, Belgium (d. 2004)
  • Sep 27 Johnny Pesky, American baseball player, (d. 2012)
  • Sep 28 Tom Harmon, American football player and announcer (LA Rams, CBS 1950-62), born in Rennselaer, Indiana (d. 1990)
  • Sep 29 Masao Takemoto, Japan, gymnast (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Sep 30 Roberto Bonomi, Argentine racing driver (d. 1992)
  • Oct 8 Mac Anderson, New Zealand cricketer (played in 1st NZ-Aust Test 1946), born in Westport, West Coast, New Zealand (d. 1979)
  • Oct 10 Gerry Gomez, West Indian cricketer (post-war WI all-rounder), born in Trinidad (d. 1996)
  • 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 canoeist (6 Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56, 60), born in Nyköping, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • Dec 30 Dick Spooner, England, cricket wicket-keeper (Godfrey Evans' shadow)
  • Dec 31 Tommy Byrne, American baseball player, born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 2007)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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 Dick Barlow, English cricketer (591 runs/34 wickets/17 Tests for England), dies at 68
  • Aug 4 Dave Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australia's 1st Test captain), dies at 74
  • Aug 20 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicket-keeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, dies at 49
  • Aug 21 Laurence Doherty, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1902-06, US Nationals 1903 ), dies of toxemia 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 wicket-keeper (Aust one Test 1895, one catch), dies
  • Oct 28 Ted Wainwright, cricketer (Yorks stalwart, 5 Tests 1893-98), dies