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Year 1921 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 7th Rose Bowl: California beats Ohio State 28-0
  • Jan 12 Kenesaw Mountain Landis becomes 1st commissioner of baseball
  • Jan 26 Soccer team GVAV of Groningen Neth forms
  • Jan 26 Toronto NHL center Corb Denneny scores 6 goals to lead St. Patricks to a 10-3 win over Hamilton Tigers in Toronto
  • Feb 15 Arthur Mailey completes 9-121 v England, Australian Test Cricket rec
  • Mar 1 Spin bowler Arthur Mailey takes 5 for 119 (record 36 wickets for series) to lead Australia to a 9 wicket 5th Test win over England in Sydney; first ever, 5-0 Ashes cricket series win for Australia
  • Mar 18 80th Grand National: Fred Rees wins aboard 100/9 bet Shaun Spadah; winner is only horse to complete the course without falling
  • Apr 4 Stanley Cup Final, Denman Arena, Vancouver, BC: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 2-1 for a 3-2 series victory
  • Apr 11 KDKA broadcast 1st radio sporting event, a boxing match (Ray-Dundee)
  • Apr 14 NHL Championship: Ottawa Senators sweep Toronto St Patricks in 2 games
  • Apr 18 25th Boston Marathon won by Frank Zuna in race record 2:18:57.6
  • Apr 30 American Professional Football Association reorganizes in Akron
  • Apr 30 1st American Professional Football Association Championship (1920): undefeated Akron Pros awarded inaugural title
  • May 6 American Soccer League forms
  • May 7 47th Kentucky Derby: Charles Thompson on Behave Yourself wins 2:04.2
  • May 16 46th Preakness: F Coltiletti aboard Broomspun wins in 1:54.2

  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Tommy Milton wins in 5:34:44.578 (144.231 km/h)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 8 Babe Ruth arrested for speeding, fined $100, & held in jail until 4 PM

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Jun 10 Babe Ruth becomes all time HR champ with #120 (Gavvy Cravath)
  • Jun 11 53rd Belmont: Earl Sande riding Grey Lag wins in 2:16.8
  • Jun 13 Yanks' pitcher Babe Ruth hits 2 HRs beating Tigers 11-8
  • Jun 21 HSC '21 soccer team forms in Haaksbergen

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Jun 22 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10,000m (30:40.2)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Jun 25 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: former local Jock Hutchison (resident in US) wins his only Open Championship by 9 strokes in a 36-hole playoff over amateur Roger Wethered

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 1 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France beats doubles specialist Elizabeth Ryan 6-2, 6-0 for her 3rd straight Wimbledon singles title

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Tilden beats South African Brian Norton 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 for the third of 10 Grand Slam singles titles

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 2 In boxing's first million dollar gate ($1.7m), world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey KOs Frenchman Georges Carpentier in round 4 of his 3rd title defence; crowd 91,000 at Boyle's Thirty Acres in Jersey City, New Jersey

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jul 22 US Open Men's Golf, Columbia CC: Englishman Jim Barnes wins the 3rd of his 4 major titles by 9 strokes ahead of runners-up Walter Hagen and Fred McLeod

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Jul 23 Edward Gourdin of US sets long jump record at 25' 2 3/4"
  • Jul 24 15th Tour de France won by Leon Scieur of Belgium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 29 Cleveland's 125th anniversary celebration: Cy Young, 54, pitches 2 inn

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • Aug 2 After 3 hours deliberation a Chicago jury acquits 8 Chicago White Sox accused in Black Sox scandal, next day banned from organised baseball for life
  • Aug 3 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis hands out life bans to 8 Chicago White Sox players accused in Black Sox scandal despite their acquittal by a Chicago jury
  • Aug 5 KDKA Pittsburgh presents first radio broadcast of MLB; Pirates beat Phillies, 8-0; Harold Arlin first play-by-play broadcaster
  • Aug 7 Dutch cyclist Piet Moeskops wins the 1st of 4 straight, and 5 total world sprint championships when he beats defending champion Bob Spears of Australia in Copenhagen

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 19 Ty Cobb, is 4th to get 3,000 hits

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Aug 20 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Germantown CC, PA: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory wins her 6th US singles title; beats 3-time champion Mary Browne 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • Aug 25 Yankee pitcher Harry Harper hits 3 batters in an inning tying record
  • Aug 27 J E Clair of Acme Packing Co of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise
  • Aug 28 Babe Ruth starts streak of an extra-base hit in 9 straight games
  • Sep 3 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, New York: Watson Washburn and William Norris win their doubles rubber to clinch US win over Japan; Americans go on to win 5-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 5 Walter Johnson sets strikeout mark at 2,287

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Sep 19 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Germantown CC, Philadelphia: Bill Tilden successfully defends title; beats Wallace F. Johnson 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
  • Sep 27 American swimmer Johnny Weismuller sets his first 2 world records in the 100m and 150yd freestyle events the A.A.U. Nationals meet in Brighton Beach, NY

Sport awardPGA Championship

Sep 28 4th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at Inwood CC Far Rockaway NY

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Oct 1 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Inwood CC: Walter Hagen beats former champion Jim Barnes of England 3 & 2; Hagan's third major title
  • Oct 2 New York Yankees outfielder Babe Ruth hits then record 59th HR in 7-6 win over former club Boston Red Sox at Polo Grounds
  • Oct 2 Chicago White Sox backstop Ray Schalk becomes the first and only MLB catcher to make a putout at all bases; White Sox beat Indians 7-4
  • Oct 5 First Baseball World Series radio broadcast; all-NY contest, Yanks beat Giants, 3-0 at Polo Grounds; sportswriter Grantland Rice is the caller
  • Oct 6 Fewest hits in World Series Game, 5, Yanks (3) beat Giants (2), 3-0
  • Oct 9 Babe Ruth's 1st WS homer; only Sunday game ever pitched by Carl Mays
  • Oct 10 NFL Decatur Staleys become Chicago Staleys, win 14-10
  • Oct 13 NY Giants beat NY Yankees, 5 games to 3 in 18th World Series
  • Oct 16 Babe Ruth, Bob Meusel, & Bill Piercy defy Landis ban on World Series
  • Oct 16 Jim Conzelman takes over as coach of Rock Island Independents from Frank Coughlin-only mid-game coaching change in NFL history
  • Oct 23 Green Bay Packers play 1st NFL game, 7-6 win over Minneapolis
  • Oct 31 Federation Sportive Feminine International forms (1st woman track & field association)
  • Dec 3 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts win 2nd Championship; beat Edmonton Eskimos, 23-0
  • Dec 4 American Professional Football Association Championship, Cubs Park, Chicago: Chicago Staleys beat Buffalo All-Americans, 10-7 in de facto championship game after teams tied in standings
  • Dec 20 AL votes to return to best-of-7 World Series, while NL votes best-of-9 Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis casts deciding vote for best-of-7
  • Dec 24 Ottawa’s Harry Broadbent scores in 10-0 Senators blowout of the Montreal Canadiens; first in 16-game NHL record goal-scoring streak; Charlie Simmer’s 13 game streak (1979) is considered modern-day record
  • Dec 31 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Perth: Australian Rhys Gemmell beats countryman Alf Hedeman 7-5, 6-1, 6-4

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Alain Mimoun, Algerian/French distance runner (Olympic marathon gold 1956; 3 x silver 1948, 52), born in Telagh, Algeria (d. 2013)
  • Jan 2 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (Stanley Cup 1944, 46: NHL All Star 1949, 50; Montreal Canadiens), born in Holland, Manitoba (d. 2007)
  • Jan 6 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (US Open 1949, 56; US Masters 1955), born in Halls, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • Jan 10 Rodger Ward, American aviator & race car driver, born in Beloit, Kansas (d. 2004)
  • Jan 12 John Henry Davis Jr, American weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52), born in Smithtown, New York
  • Jan 14 Ken Sailors, American professional basketball player (popularized and may have invented the jump shot), born in Bushnell, Nebraska (d. 2016)
  • Jan 18 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer (European Heavyweight Champion), born in Doncaster (d. 1997)
  • Jan 20 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer, born in Erandio, Spain (d. 2006)
  • Jan 22 Andy Ganteaume, cricketer (WI batsman, 112 in his sole Test innings 1948), born in Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 2016)
  • Feb 6 Bob Scott [Robert], Rugby player (All Black, 1946-54), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • Feb 7 Athol Rowan, cricketer (brother of Eric, South African off-spinner)
  • Feb 8 Hoot Evers, American MLB player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • Feb 14 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player
  • Feb 16 Jean Behra, auto racer
  • Feb 24 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (Olympic gold 1948), born in Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium (d. 1992)
  • Feb 25 Andy Pafko, Boyceville, Wisconsin, MLB player (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 1 Cameron Argetsinger, American auto racing executive (created Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course; F1 US Grand Prix 1961-80), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2008)
  • Mar 4 Dinny Pails, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1947), born in Nottingham, England (d. 1986)
  • Mar 5 Elmer Valo, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • Mar 13 Cyril Poole, English cricketer (Notts 1946-62, England 1951-52 in 3 Tests), born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1996)
  • Mar 14 Lis Hartel, Danish equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1952, 56)
  • Mar 15 Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (President Toronto Maple Leafs 1961–69, 1970-71), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1971)
  • Mar 17 Mick Harvey, cricketer (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire)
  • Mar 29 Sam Loxton, Australian cricket batsman (12 Tests, top score 101; National team selector 1970-81), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 2011)
  • Apr 1 Ken Reardon, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman and executive (Stanley Cup 1946; NHL All-Star 1946-50; Montreal Canadiens), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 2008)
  • Apr 1 Beau Jack, American boxer (NYSAC world lightweight champion 1942-44), born in Waynesboro, Georgia (d. 2000)
  • Apr 5 Les Jackson, English cricket bowler (England twice, 1949 & 1961), born in Whitwell, Derbyshire, England (d. 2007)
  • Apr 9 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France (d. 2008)
  • Apr 10 Chuck Connors, American author, actor (The Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), professional basketball and baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • Apr 11 Jeff Stollmeyer, Trinidad and Tobago cricketer (WI batsman pre/post-war), born in Santa Cruz, Trinidad (d. 1989)
  • Apr 11 Jim Hearn, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1998)
  • Apr 23 Warren Spahn, Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2003)

Person of interestSugar Ray Robinson

May 3 Sugar Ray Robinson [Walter Smith], American middle/welterweight boxer (1946-52, 55, 58), born in Ailey, Georgia (d. 1989)

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • May 20 Hal Newhouser, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • May 26 Frank Mooney, New Zealand cricket wicketkeeper (13 Tests, 30 dismissals; Wellington), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2004)
  • Jun 3 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • Jun 4 Bobby Wanzer, American professional basketball player and coach (Rochester Royals), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2016)
  • Jun 5 Lancelot Pierre, cricketer (1 Test WI v England 1948, 0-28)
  • Jun 9 Agnes Keleti, Hungary gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Jun 10 Jean Robic, French cyclist (d. 1980)
  • Jun 18 Angelo Bertelli, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1943, National C'ship 1943, Notre Dame), born in West Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 1999)

Person of interestEzzard Charles

Jul 7 Ezzard Charles, American world heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), born in Lawrenceville, Georgia (d. 1975)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • Jul 10 Eunice Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and founder (Special Olympics), born in Brookline, Massachusetts (d. 2009)
  • Jul 12 Bob Fillion, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Thetford Mines, Quebec, Canada (d. 2015)

Person of interestToni Stone

Jul 17 Toni Stone, American baseball second baseman (first woman to play in men's Negro League), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1996)

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone
  • Jul 20 Ted Schroeder, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1942, Wimbledon 1949), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • Aug 1 Jack Kramer, American tennis player (Wimbledon 1947, US Open 1946, 47), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d.2009)

Person of interestMaurice Richard

Aug 4 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2000)

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • Aug 5 Nazar Mohammad, cricketer (Mudassar's pop, Pakistan's 1st centurion)
  • Aug 8 Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress (Dangerous when Wet), born in Inglewood California (d. 2013)
  • Aug 20 Jack Wilson, Australian cricket spin bowler (1 Test; 43 wickets on England Tour 1956), born in Albert Park, Victoria (d. 1985)
  • Aug 23 Sam Cook, English cricketer (England slow left-armer in only Test), born in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1996)
  • Aug 24 Sam Tingle, Zimbabwean racing driver, born in Manchester, England (d. 2008)
  • Aug 30 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer and cornerman (Muhammad Ali 1960–81 & 15 other world boxing champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Sep 19 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Sep 24 Jim McKay, American sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Oct 3 Ray Lindwall, Australian cricket fast bowler (61 Tests, 228 wickets @ 23.03), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1996)
  • Oct 5 Bill Willis, American NFL guard (Cleveland Browns), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2007)
  • Oct 12 Jaroslav Drobný, Czech ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1948) and tennis player (Wimbledon title 1954), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 2001)
  • Oct 12 Les Horvath, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback and halfback (Heisman Trophy 1944; first Ohio State player to win the award; National C'ship 1942), born in South Bend, Indiana (d. 1995)
  • Oct 15 Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table tennis player (World Champ 1950-55), born in Bucharest, Romania (d. 2006)
  • Oct 15 Gul Mahomed, Pakistani cricketer (Indian & Pakistani batsman), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 1992)
  • Oct 16 Matt Batts, MLB catcher (Red Sox), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Oct 17 Maria Gorokhovskaya, Russian gymnast (Olympic Champion 1952), born in Yevpatoria, Soviet Union
  • Oct 19 Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish soccer striker (33 caps; AC Milan; Olympic gold 1948), born in Hörnefors, Sweden (d. 1995)
  • Oct 28 Peggy Kirk, American golfer, (Titleholders Championship 1949), born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Nov 2 Bill Mosienko, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (fastest hat trick in NHL history, 21 seconds 1952; 5-time All Star), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba (d. 1994)
  • Nov 6 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricket all-rounder, captain (NZ 12 Tests @ 31.22, 16 wickets), born in Gore, Southland (d. 2006)
  • Nov 7 Jack Fleck, American golfer (US Open 1955), born in Bettendorf, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • Nov 9 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Mariupol, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • Nov 11 Ron Greenwood CBE, English soccer defender (Brentford) and manager (West Ham Utd 1961-74; FA Cup 1964, European Cup Winners' Cup 1965; England 1977-82), born in Worsthorne, England (d. 2006)

Person of interestRoy Campanella

Nov 19 Roy Campanella, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL MVP 1951,53,55 Brooklyn Dodgers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

Person of interestOtto Graham

Dec 6 Otto Graham, American NFL Quarterback (Cleveland Browns), born in Waukegan, Illinois (d. 2003)

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • Dec 13 Jackie Pung, American golfer (5 LPGA titles), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2017)
  • Dec 24 Bill Dudley, NFL halfback (Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington), born in Bluefield, Virginia

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 19 William Gunn, English cricket batsman (11 Tests) and soccer winger (2 caps), dies at 62
  • Feb 12 Charles Leslie, cricketer (4 Tests England v Australia 1882-83), dies
  • Feb 27 Schofield Haigh, cricketer (Eng all-rounder 11 Tests 1898-1912), dies
  • Mar 24 Larry McLean, Canadian baseball player, dies at 39
  • Apr 29 Arthur Mold, English cricket fast bowler (England 3 Tests; 1,673 1st class wickets), dies at 57
  • May 3 Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver, dies at 36
  • Jul 2 Edwin Evans, Australian cricket spin bowler (6 Tests), dies at 72
  • Nov 17 John McLaren, cricketer (one Test Aust v Eng 1912), dies
  • Dec 13 Frederick Martin, cricketer (14 wkts in 2 Tests for Eng 1890-92), dies