On This Day

1920 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 6th Rose Bowl: Harvard beats Oregon 7-6
  • Jan 4 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes
  • Jan 10 Montreal's Newsy Lalonde scores 6 goals as Canadiens beat Toronto St. Patricks, 14-7 at Mount Royal Arena, Montreal; combined 21 goals an NHL record
  • Jan 12 Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to
  • Jan 21 14th Davis Cup: Australasia beats Great Britain in Sydney (4-1)
  • Jan 24 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Sydney: Englishman Algernon Kingscote beats Eric Pockley of Australia 6-4, 6-0, 6-3

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 31 Quebec Bulldogs center Joe Malone sets NHL record with 7 goals in a 10-6 win against Toronto St. Patricks at the Quebec Arena

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • Feb 9 Joint Rules Com bans foreign substances & alterations to baseballs
  • Feb 10 Baseball outlaws all pitches involving tampering with ball
  • Feb 13 National Negro Baseball League organizes
  • Mar 3 Montreal Canadiens scores NHL record 16 goals beating Quebec Bulldogs
  • Mar 10 NHL's Quebec Bulldog Joe Malone scores 6 goals vs Ottawa Senators
  • Mar 20 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Adelaide: Pat O'Hara Wood beats fellow Australian Ronald Thomas 6-3, 4-6, 6-8, 6-1, 6-3
  • Mar 26 79th Grand National: legendary jockey Jack Anthony wins his record 3rd GN aboard 6/1 Troytown
  • Apr 1 Stanley Cup Final, Mutual Street Arena, Toronto, ON: Jack Darragh scores a hat-trick as Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA), 6-1 for a 3-2 series win
  • Apr 8 LONGA soccer team forms in Tilburg

  • Apr 19 24th Boston Marathon won by Peter Trivoulidas of Greece in 2:29:31
  • Apr 20 Phillies manager Gravvy Cravath puts himself in as pinch hitter, his 3- run homer beats NY Giants 3-0
  • Apr 25 Magda Julin of Sweden beats team mate Svea Norén for the gold medal in women's singles figure skating at the Antwerp Olympics
  • Apr 26 Husband and wife team Ludowika & Walter Jakobsson representing Finland, win the pairs skating gold medal at the Antwerp Olympics; Ludowika is the only German-born athlete at the Games
  • Apr 26 Ice hockey makes its Olympic debut at the Antwerp Games with center Frank Fredrickson scoring 7 goals in Canada's 12-1 drubbing of Sweden in the gold medal match
  • Apr 27 Sweden takes the figure skating double at the Antwerp Olympics when Gillis Grafström wins his first of 3 consecutive men's gold medals; Magda Julin earlier wins the women's singles event
  • May 1 Roermond Football Club (1936 KNVB Cup) is established in Netherlands

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 1 Legendary slugger Babe Ruth smashes his 50th MLB career home run, his first for the NY Yankees in 6-0 win over the Boston Red Sox

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 1 Longest MLB game by innings - Brooklyn Robins tie the Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
  • May 2 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis
  • May 8 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins in 2:09

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 14 Wash Senator Walter Johnson wins his 300th game vs Detroit

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 15 Soccer team ADO '20 forms in Heemskerk
  • May 18 45th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 1:51.6
  • May 20 Policemen raid the Cubs' bleachers & arrest 24 fans for gambling
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Gaston Chevrolet wins in 5:38:31.901 (142.617 km/h)
  • Jun 1 RKSV Volendam soccer team forms in Volendam
  • Jun 5 A's VP Thomas Shibe denies charges that baseballs are livelier
  • Jun 8 Reds' Edd Roush falls asleep in center during long infield argument Heinie Groh goes to wake him, but umpire ejects Roush for delay of game
  • Jun 12 52nd Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 2:14.2
  • Jun 15 De Zweef soccer team forms in Nijverdal
  • Jun 20 Yanks win protest of 1-0 White Sox win & game is replayed
  • Jul 1 Washington Senators pitching legend Walter Johnson no-hits Boston Red Sox 1-0 at Fenway Park, the only no-hitter of his illustrious career
  • Jul 1 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Cinque Ports GC: Scotsman George Duncan erases 13 stroke deficit after 36 holes to win his only major title; first Open played since WWII
  • Jul 1 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: French superstar Suzanne Lenglen beats Dorothea Chambers 6-3, 6-0 to complete a sweep after taking the women's & mixed doubles titles

  • Jul 1 St Louis Cardinals become tenants of their AL rival St Louis Browns, as they abandon Robison Field midway through the MLB season and return to Sportsman's Park
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Tilden, becomes first American male to win Wimbledon beating defending champion Gerald Patterson of Australia 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
  • Jul 6 New York Yankees score MLB record 14 runs in 5th inning of a 17-0 rout of Washington Senators
  • Jul 16 15th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in Auckland (5-0)
  • Jul 20 Heerenveen soccer team forms
  • Jul 25 Red Sox turn triple-play, but Ruth's 35th HR leads Yanks to 8-2 win
  • Jul 27 Resolute beats Shamrock IV (England) in 14th running of America's Cup
  • Jul 27 14th Tour de France: Belgian rider Philippe Thys becomes first to win the race 3 times

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Aug 13 US Open Men's Golf, Inverness GC: Isle of Jersey native Ted Ray pars the 18th, giving him a 1-stroke win over runners-up Harry Vardon, Jock Hutchison, Leo Diegel & Jack Burke Sr

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • Aug 14 VII Summer Olympic Games open in Antwerp, Belgium; first time Olympic Oath voiced, doves released to symbolise peace, and Olympic Flag flown
  • Aug 16 Ray Chapman, of Indians is hit in head by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays; he dies the next day in only major league fatality
  • Aug 17 NY Yankees cancel game with Cleveland Indians in memory of Ray Chapman who died on the same day
  • Aug 18 1st class cricket debut of Walter Hammond
  • Aug 20 American Professional Football Association forms, which would later become the National Football League (NFL)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 20 Preliminary meeting is conducted in Akron, Ohio to form American Professional Football Association and elect officers, installing Jim Thorpe as president

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Aug 20 Red Sox-Indians game postponed in Boston to allow Indian players to attend Ray Chapman's funeral in Cleveland
  • Aug 21 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Flossmoor CC: American based Scotsman Jock Hutchison beats J. Douglas Edgar of England, 1-up; first of Hutchinson's 2 majors
  • Aug 23 American swimmer Warren Kealoha wins first of 2 consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100m backstroke, beating team mate Ray Kegeris at the Antwerp Games
  • Aug 25 1st US woman to win in Olympics (Ethelda Bleibtrey)
  • Aug 25 American swimmer Norman Ross wins his first of 3 gold medals at the Antwerp Olympics in dominating men's 1,500m freestyle; also wins 400m freestyle and 4 x 200m freestyle relay
  • Aug 25 Ethelda Bleibtrey leads an American medal sweep of the Antwerp Olympics women's 100m freestyle with a world record swim of 1:13.6
  • Aug 25 Swedish divers sweep the medals in the men's plain high diving event at the Antwerp Olympics; Arvid Wallman wins gold ahead of team mates Nils Skoglund & John Jansson
  • Aug 27 American diver Louis Kuehn leads a US medal sweep in the men's 3m springboard event at the Antwerp Olympics; team mates Clarence Pinkston & Louis Balbach take the minor medals
  • Aug 28 American swimmer Norman Ross wins his 2nd of 3 gold medals at the Antwerp Olympics; beats team mate Ludwig Langer in the men's 400m freestyle; also wins 1,500m and 4 x 200m freestyle relay
  • Aug 28 Ethelda Bleibtrey leads an American medal sweep of the Antwerp Olympics women's 300m freestyle with a world record swim of 4:34.0
  • Aug 29 An American sweep of the medals in the men's 100m freestyle at the Antwerp Olympics; Duke Kahanamoku sets world record 1:00.4 in defending his 1912 gold medal
  • Aug 29 Swedish swimmer Håkan Malmrot completes the breaststroke double at the Antwerp Olympics beating team mate Thor Henning in the 200m; also beats Henning for gold in the 400m
  • Aug 29 Ethelda Bleibtrey wins her 3rd gold medal of the Antwerp Olympics; teams with Irene Guest, Frances Schroth & Margaret Woodbridge in American 4 x 100m freestyle relay team; swims world record 5:11.6
  • Aug 29 An American sweep of the medals in the women's 3m springboard diving event at the Antwerp Olympics; Aileen Riggin wins gold ahead of team mates Helen Wainwright & Thelma Payne
  • Sep 4 Man o' War wins the 1 5/8-mile Lawrence Realization Stakes at Belmont Park by 100 lengths, the largest winning margin in modern thoroughbred racing history; world record time 2.40.8

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 6 Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in 3 for heavyweight boxing title 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Sep 6 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills NY: Bill Tilden wins first of 6 straight US singles titles; beats Bill Johnston 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
  • Sep 12 VII Summer Olympic Games close in Antwerp, Belgium
  • Sep 17 National Football League is born in Canton, Ohio; 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Professional Football Association; re-named the NFL in 1922
  • Sep 22 Chicago grand jury convenes to investigate charges that 8 White Sox players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series
  • Sep 25 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Marion Zinderstein 6-3, 6-1 for her 5th US singles crown
  • Sep 28 8 White Sox indicted, threw 1919 World Series (Black Sox scandal)
  • Sep 29 Babe Ruth sets then home run season record at 54
  • Oct 2 Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates play first and only MLB triple header in the 20th century; Reds win the first two games, 13-4 and 7-3; Pirates avoid the sweep in the finale, 6-0
  • Oct 3 St Browns 1st baseman George Sisler collects his 257th hit of the season to set MLB record that lasts until the 21st century.; Browns beat White Sox, 16 - 7
  • Oct 3 American Pro Football Association (later the NFL) plays 1st full round of games; Dayton Triangles beat Columbus Panhandles, 14-0 in first official game at Triangle Park, Dayton
  • Oct 6 1st brothers oppose each other in World Series, Cleve's Wheeler Johnston pinch-hits as brother Jimmy plays 3rd base for Bkln
  • Oct 9 1st World Series game in Cleveland, Indians win 2-1
  • Oct 10 Phoenix Cardinals (then in Chicago) play 1st NFL game, a 0-0 tie
  • Oct 10 Indian Bill Wambsganns makes 1st unassisted World Series triple play
  • Oct 10 Indian's Elmer Smith hits baseball's 1st World Series grand slam
  • Oct 12 Cleveland Indians beat Bkln Dodgers, 5 games to 2 in 17th World Series
  • Oct 13 World Series celebration in Wade Park brings out 50,000+ Clevelanders
  • Oct 17 Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play 1st NFL game, win 7-0
  • Oct 23 Chicago grand jury indicts Abe Attell, Hal Chase, & Bill Burns as go-betweens in Black Sox World Series scandal
  • Oct 29 Ed Barrow appointed GM of NY Yankees
  • Nov 8 Baseball meeting to depose Ban Johnson is set for Nov 12th
  • Nov 12 Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis elected 1st baseball commissioner
  • Dec 4 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: U of Toronto Blues win 4th title; beat Toronto Argonauts, 16-3
  • Dec 14 Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC
  • Dec 17 AL votes to let spitball pitchers to continue using it
  • Dec 20 Bert Collins scores 104 on Test Cricket debut v England SCG
  • Dec 31 Roy Park makes 1st-ball duck in only Test Cricket inn, v Eng at MCG

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 5 Mohammad Aslam Khokhar, Pakistani cricketer (Pak bat scored 16 & 18 in only test), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 2011)
  • Jan 6 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9-time All Star), born in Hartford, Alabama (d. 1999)
  • Jan 7 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer
  • Jan 10 Max Patkin, American baseball player & clown, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1999)
  • Jan 14 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux), born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1982)
  • Jan 14 Donald Beard, New Zealand cricketer (NZ pace bowler in the 1950's), born in Palmerston North, New Zealand (d. 1982)
  • Jan 15 Steve Gromek, American baseball player, born in Hamtramck, Michigan (d. 2002)
  • Jan 20 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author & ski jumper, born in Aker, Norway (d. 2006)
  • Jan 31 Bert Williams, English footballer (Wolverhampton, 30 caps), born in Bradley, Staffordshire (d. 2014)
  • Feb 3 Stan Ockers, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1955, 56)
  • Feb 3 Tony Gaze, Australian racing driver
  • Feb 8 Buddy Blattner, baseball player
  • Feb 26 A W [Rie] Kuiper-Mastenbroek, Neth, swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1936)
  • Feb 26 Danny Gardella, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Feb 27 Reg Simpson, cricketer (prolific England opener 1948-55), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 1 Max Bentley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1946), born in Delisle, Saskatchewan (d. 1984)
  • Mar 3 Julius Boros, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1968, US Open 1952, 63), born in Fairfield, Connecticut (d. 1994)
  • Mar 7 Willie Watson, cricketer (England batsman & soccer international)
  • Mar 14 Dorothy Tyler-Odam, Great Britain, high jumper (Olympic silver 36, 48)
  • Mar 15 Ranganandhan Francis, India, field hockey (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • Mar 16 Percy Mansell, cricketer (leg-spin all-rounder in 13 Tests for South Africa)
  • Mar 23 Tetsuharu Kawakami, Japanese baseball player and coach
  • Mar 25 Arthur Wint, Jamaican runner (d. 1992)
  • Mar 26 Sergio Livingstone, football player and journalist (52 caps), born in Santiago, Chile (d. 2012)
  • Apr 8 Erik Pausin, Austrian figure skating pairs (Olympic silver 1936)
  • Apr 9 Alexander Moulton, English engineer and bicycle designer (folding bicycle), born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England (d. 2012)
  • Apr 9 F Don Miller, Boxing coach (Olympic-1956), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • Apr 21 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (d. 1991)
  • Apr 30 Duncan Hamilton, Irish racing driver, born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1994)
  • May 16 Dave Philley, Texas, Major League Baseball switch-hitter (record 9 straight pinch hits), born in Paris, France (d. 2012)
  • May 17 Lydia Wideman, Finnish cross country skier (first female cross-country Olympic gold 1952), born in Vippula, Finland
  • May 20 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), born in Leicester, England (d. 2011)
  • May 26 Jack Cheetham, South African cricketer (South African batsman, Test capt early 50's), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1980)
  • May 31 Edward Bennett Williams, American lawyer/team owner (Washington Redskins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1988)
  • Jun 2 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (d. 2003)
  • Jun 5 Marion Motley, American NFL fullback (all-time leading AAFC rusher), born in Leesburg, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • Jun 13 Knut Nordahl, Swedish soccer player (Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1984)
  • Jun 22 Chandrasekhar Sarwate, cricketer (batted in 9 Tests for India 1946-52)
  • Jun 22 Gladys Marea Hartman, athletics Administrator
  • Jun 30 Zeno Colò, Italian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1952), born in Abetone, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1920)
  • Jul 4 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • Jul 13 Bill Towers, English footballer (d. 2000)
  • Jul 16 Anwar Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (four Tests for Pakistan v India 1952-53), born in Lahore, British India (d. 2002)
  • Jul 17 Juan Antonio Samaranch, chairman (International Olympic Committee)
  • Jul 17 Rudolf Karpati, Hungarian sabres (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • Jul 18 Eric Brandon, British racing driver, born in East Ham, Essex (d. 1982)
  • Jul 19 Robert Christiani, West Indian cricketer (brother of Cyril WI batsman in 22 Tests), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 2005)
  • Jul 20 Lev Aronin, USSR, International Chess Grandmaster (1950)
  • Jul 26 Bob Waterfield, American NFL quarterback (Rams), born in Elmira, New York (d. 1983)
  • Aug 1 Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 52), born in Fresno, California (d. 2016)
  • Aug 10 William "Red" Holzman, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (New York Knicks 14 seasons), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1998)
  • Aug 12 Peter West, British sports commentator
  • Aug 18 Bob Kennedy, baseball player
  • Aug 18 [Thomas] Godfrey Evans, English cricket wicket-keeper (1950's)
  • Sep 4 Clemar Bucci, Argentine racing driver, born in Zenón Pereyra, Santa Fe, Argentina (d. 2011)
  • Sep 14 Bud Palmer, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and sportscaster, born in Hollywood, California (d. 2013)
  • Sep 15 Dave Garcia, MLB manager (California Angels, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California (d. 2018)
  • Sep 16 Franco Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Sep 22 Robert Granville "Bob" Lemon, American MLB pitcher (Cleveland Indians)/manager (NY Yankees, 1978), born in San Bernardino, California (d. 2000)
  • Oct 4 George Tribe, cricketer (Australian chinaman bowler, Northants)
  • Oct 8 Maxi Herber, German figure skater pairs (Olympic gold 1936), born in Munich, Germany (d. 2006)
  • Oct 22 Harry Potts, soccer star/manager
  • Oct 31 Dick Francis, British jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), born in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2010)
  • Oct 31 Fritz Walter, German footballer, born in Kaiserslautern, Germany (d. 2002)
  • Nov 1 Ted Lowe, English snooker commentator (Pot Black), born in Lambourn, England (d. 2011)
  • Nov 5 Tommy Goodwin [Thomas], Connecticut, British Track Cyclist (2 X Olympic Bronze 1948), (d. 2012)
  • Nov 6 Sir John Smith, English soccer administrator (chairman Liverpool F.C. 1973-90), born in Liverpool, (d. 1995)
  • Nov 16 Betty Hicks, American golfer, author (US Open runner-up 1948, 54), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2011)

Person of interestStan Musial

Nov 21 Stan Musial, American MLB outfielder (St Louis Cardinal, 7 times NL bat champ), born in Donora, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Nov 27 Abe Lenstra, Dutch soccer star
  • Nov 28 Cecilia Colledge, England, figure skater (Olympic silver 1936)
  • Dec 7 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian professional road racing cyclist, born in Vaiano, Italy (d. 2012)
  • Dec 8 Emmanuel McDonald Bailey, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic bronze 1952)
  • Dec 10 Ragnhild Hveger, Danish 200m swimmer (Olympic silver 1936), born in Cyborg, Denmark (d. 2011)
  • Dec 19 Ragnild Hveger, Danish 400m swimmer (Olympic silver 1936) [NS]
  • Dec 21 Kel Nagle, Australian golfer (British Open 1960), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 2015)
  • Dec 27 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (d. 2005)
  • Dec 28 Steve Van Buren, NFL halfback (Philadelphia Eagles), (d. 2012)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Sep 18 Tennis player champion Molla Mallory (36) weds stock broker Franklin Mallory

Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion Molla Mallory
Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion
Molla Mallory

Deaths in Sport

  • 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 player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 29 after being hit in the head by a pitch from NY Yankees Carl Mays
  • Nov 25 Gaston Chevrolet, French-born American race car driver and automobile pioneer (b. 1892)
  • Dec 14 George Gipp, American football player (b. 1895)
  • Dec 21 Claude Tozer, cricketer (dashing NSW batsman, shot to death