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Year 1920 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 20 American Professional Football Association forms; Jim Thorpe installed as president; later to become the National Football League (NFL)
  • Sep 22 Chicago grand jury convenes to investigate charges that 8 White Sox players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series
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Sports Stars Married in 1920


Sports Stars Who Died in 1920

  • Jan 20 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler and strongman of the early 20th century, dies at 43
  • May 17 Maitland Hathorn, South African cricketer (325 runs in 12 Tests South African 1901-11), dies at 42
  • Jul 5 John Shuter, cricketer (scored 28 in only Test for England 1888), dies
  • Aug 17 Ray Chapman, American baseball shortstop (Cleveland Indians), dies after being hit in the head by a pitch from NY Yankees Carl Mays at 29
  • Nov 25 Gaston Chevrolet, French auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1920), dies in a racing accident at 28

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