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 Canadiens (14) & Tor St Patricks (7) score NHL record 21 goals
  • 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 12th Australasian Championships: Algernon Kingscote beats Eric Pockley (6-4, 6-0, 6-3)

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 31 Joe Malone, Quebec Bulldogs, sets NHL record with 7 goals in a game

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • Feb 1 Soccer team Quick Boys forms
  • 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 13th Australasian Championships: Pat O'Hara Wood beats Ronald Thomas (6-3, 4-6, 6-8, 6-1, 6-3)
  • Mar 26 79th Grand National: Mr Jack Anthony aboard Troytown wins
  • Apr 1 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Seattle (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • Apr 8 LONGA soccer team forms in Tilburg
  • Apr 17 American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)
  • Apr 19 24th Boston Marathon won by Peter Trivoulidas of Greece in 2:29:31
  • Apr 20 7th modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp Belgium
  • Apr 20 Phillies manager Gravvy Cravath puts himself in as pinch hitter, his 3- run homer beats NY Giants 3-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Babe Ruth's 1st Yankee HR & 50th of career, out of Polo Grounds

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 1 Longest major league baseball game by inninngs - Brooklyn Dodgers tie 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 Wash Senator Walter Johnson no-hits Boston Red Sox, 1-0
  • Jul 1 55th British Golf Open: George Duncan shoots a 303 at Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club
  • Jul 3 40th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Tilden beats Patterson (2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4)
  • Jul 3 33rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats Dorothea Chambers (6-3 6-0)
  • 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 won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
  • Aug 1 Papendrecht soccer team forms
  • Aug 13 24th US Golf Open: Ted Ray shoots a 295 at Inverness Club in Ohio
  • Aug 14 Olympic Games open in Antwerp
  • 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 Red Sox-Indians game postponed in Boston to allow Indian players to attend Ray Chapman's funeral in Cleveland
  • Aug 21 3rd PGA Championship: Jock Hutchison at Flossmoor CC Flossmoor Ill
  • Aug 25 1st US woman to win in Olympics (Ethelda Bleibtrey)

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 40th U.S. Men's National Championship: Bill Tilden beats Bill Johnston (6-1, 1-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3)
  • Sep 12 7th Olympic games close in Antwerp Belgium
  • Sep 22 Chicago grand jury convenes to investigate charges that 8 White Sox players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series
  • Sep 25 34th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Marion Zinderstein (6-3, 6-1)
  • 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 3 Browns 1st baseman George Sisler gets his record 257th hit of season
  • Oct 3 NFL (then American Pro Football Association) plays 1st games
  • 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 Cleve Indians beat Bkln Dodgers, 5 games to 2 in 17th World Series
  • Oct 12 Soccer team Quick '20 forms
  • 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 8th CFL Grey Cup: U of Toronto defeats 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, cricket (Pak bat scored 16 & 18 in only test)
  • Jan 6 Early Wynn, Hartford Ala, baseball Hall of famer (pitcher)
  • Jan 7 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer
  • Jan 10 Max Patkin, American baseball player (d. 1999)
  • Jan 14 Bertus de Harder, Dutch soccer star (Bordeaux)
  • Jan 14 Donald Beard, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in the 1950's)
  • Jan 15 Steve Gromek, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • Jan 20 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (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 ice hockey player (d. 1984)
  • Mar 3 Julius Boros, golfer (PGA Champ 1968, US Open 1952, 63)
  • 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, driver
  • 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, Finland, 10K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952)
  • May 20 Elizabeth "Betty" Driver, British singer and actress (Coronation Street, Pardon the Expression), born in Leicester, England (d. 2011)
  • May 26 Jack Cheetham, cricketer (South African batsman, Test capt early 50's)
  • May 31 Edward Bennett Williams, lawyer/team owner (Redskins, Balt Orioles)
  • Jun 2 Tex Schramm, American football team president and general manager (d. 2003)
  • Jun 4 Marion Motley, NFL running back (all-time leading AAFC rusher)
  • Jun 5 Marion Motley, AAFC, NFL fullback (Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh)
  • Jun 8 A J Mottram, tennis player
  • Jun 13 Knut Nordahl, Swedish soccer player (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Jun 22 Chandrasekhar Sarwate, cricketer (batted in 9 Tests for India 1946-52)
  • Jun 22 Gladys Marea Hartman, athletics Administrator
  • Jun 30 Zeno Colo, Italian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Jul 4 Norm Drucker, American basketball referee
  • Jul 6 William Worthington, horse trainer
  • Jul 13 Bill Towers, English footballer (d. 2000)
  • Jul 16 Anwar Hussain, cricketer (four Tests for Pakistan v India 1952-53)
  • 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 (d. 1982)
  • Jul 19 Robert Christiani, cricketer (brother of Cyril WI batsman in 22 Tests)
  • Jul 26 Bob Waterfield, NFL quarterback (Rams)
  • 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, NBA coach (NY Knickerbockers, 754 wins)
  • Aug 12 Peter West, British sports commentator
  • Aug 18 Bob Kennedy, baseball player
  • Aug 18 [Thomas] Godfrey Evans, English cricket keeper (1950's)
  • Sep 4 Clemar Bucci, Argentine racing driver
  • Sep 14 Bud Palmer, NBAer (NY Knicks)/sportscaster, born in Hollywood, California
  • 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 5 Tommy Goodwin [Thomas], Connecticut, British Track Cyclist (2 X Olympic Bronze 1948), (d. 2012)
  • Nov 6 John Smith, English chairman of Liverpool F.C. (1973-90), (d. 1995)
  • Nov 16 Betty Hicks, LPGA golfer

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 cyclist, (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 27 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (d. 2005)
  • Dec 28 Steve Van Buren, NFL halfback (Philadelphia Eagles), (d. 2012)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding 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 (b. 1876)
  • 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