1921 in Sport

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 St Pat Corb Denneny scores 6 goals vs Hamilton Tigers
  • Feb 15 Arthur Mailey completes 9-121 v England, Australian Test Cricket rec
  • Mar 1 Australia Cricket team complete 5-0 drubbing of England
  • Mar 18 80th Grand National: Fred Rees aboard Shaun Spadah wins
  • Apr 4 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA), 3 games to 2
  • Apr 11 KDKA broadcast 1st radio sporting event, a boxing match (Ray-Dundee)
  • Apr 11 First sports broadcast on the radio takes place.
  • Apr 14 NHL Championship: Ottawa Senators sweep Toronto St Patricks in 2 games
  • Apr 19 25th Boston Marathon won by Frank Zuna of NJ in 2:18:57.6
  • Apr 21 Ottawa Senators beat Vanc Millionaires 3 games to 2 for Stanley Cup [or 4/4]
  • 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
  • Jun 25 56th British Golf Open: Jock Hutchison shoots a 296 at St Andrews
  • Jun 29 34th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats E Ryan (6-2 6-0)
  • 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 Jack Dempsey KOs French boxer Georges Carpentier in 4 in 3rd heavyweight title defence, crowd of 91,000 brings in 1st million dollar gate ($1.7m)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 22 25th US Golf Open: Jim Barnes shoots a 289 at Columbia CC in MD

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • 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 1st radio baseball broadcast Pirates-8, Phillies-0 (KDKA, Pitts)
  • Aug 7 Cyclist Piet Moeskops becomes world champ sprinter

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 35th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats 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 16th Davis Cup: USA beats Japan in New York (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 41st U.S. Men's National Championship: Bill Tilden beats Wallace F. Johnson (6-1, 6-3, 6-1)

Sport awardGolf Major

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

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Oct 2 NY Yankee Babe Ruth hits then record 59th HR
  • Oct 5 1st World Series radio broadcast, Yanks beat Giants 3-0
  • 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 9th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Argonauts defeats Edmonton Eskimos, 23-0
  • 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 31 14th Australasian Championships: Rhys Gemmell beats Alf Hedeman (7-5, 6-1, 6-4)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Alain Mimoun O'Kacha, Algerian/French cross country (Olympic gold 1956), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 2 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)
  • Jan 6 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (1956 Vardon Trophy, 1955 Byron Nelson Award), born in Halls, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • Jan 10 Rodger Ward, American race car driver (d. 2004)
  • Jan 12 John Henry Davis Jr, weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52), born in Smithtown, New York
  • Jan 14 Ken Sailors, 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 (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 7 Athol Rowan, cricketer (brother of Eric, South African off-spinner)
  • Feb 8 Hoot Evers, baseball player
  • Feb 14 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player
  • Feb 16 Jean Behra, auto racer
  • Feb 24 Gaston Reiff, Belgian athlete (b. 1992)
  • Feb 25 Andy Pafko, Boyceville, Wisconsin, MLB player (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 4 Dinny Pails, Australian tennis player
  • 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 17 Mick Harvey, cricketer (in Newcastle Brother of Neil Test umpire)
  • Mar 29 Sam Loxton, Australian cricketer (flamboyant Australian batsman of late 40's), born in Albert Park, Melbourne (d. 2011)
  • Apr 1 Ken Reardon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 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, cricketer (dependable wicket-keeper for NZ in 13 Tests)
  • Jun 3 Forbes Carlile, Australian athlete and influential swimming coach, born in Melbourne (d. 2016)
  • Jun 4 Bobby Wanzer, 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)

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 [Marcenia Lyle Alberga], American baseball player (first woman to play in a men's league), born in St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 1996)

Baseball Player Toni Stone
Baseball Player
Toni Stone
  • Jul 20 Frederick Schroeder Jr, tennis champ (US Open-1942)
  • Jul 20 Ted Schroeder, American tennis player (US Open 1942, Wimbledon 1949), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2006)
  • Aug 1 Jack Kramer, American tennis star (Wimbledon 1947, US Open-1946), 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, cricket slow left-armer (Test for Australia 1956)
  • Aug 23 Sam Cook, cricketer (England slow left-armer in only Test)
  • Aug 24 Sam Tingle, Zimbabwean racing driver, born in Manchester, England (d. 2008)
  • Aug 30 Angelo Dundee [Angelo Mirena], boxing trainer and cornerman (Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • Sep 19 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, born in Dedham, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Sep 24 Jim McKay, sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 3 Ray Lindwall, cricketer (Australian fast bowler & St George full-back)
  • Oct 5 Bill Willis, AAFC, NFL guard (Cleveland Browns)
  • 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 15 Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table tennis player (World Champ 1950-55)
  • Oct 15 Gul Mahomed, cricketer (Indian & Pakistani batsman)
  • Oct 16 Matt Batts, MLB catcher (Red Sox), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2013)
  • Oct 17 Maria Gorokhovskaya, USSR, gymnast (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Oct 19 Gunnar Nordahl, Swedish soccer player (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Oct 28 Peggy Kirk Bell, top American amateur golfer, born in Findlay, Ohio (d. 2016)
  • Nov 6 Geoff Rabone, New Zealand cricketer (gifted all-rounder for NZ in 1950's), born in Gore, Southland, New Zealand (d. 2006)
  • Nov 9 Viktor Chukarin, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Mariupol, Ukraine (d. 1984)
  • Nov 18 Peter Pocklington, NHL team owner (Edmonton Oiler)

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
  • Nov 24 Joe "Ducky" Medwick, baseball player

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)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 29 Billy Gunn, English cricketer (11 test matches) and footballer, 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, British cricket bowler (1893, banished for throwing), dies
  • May 3 Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver (b. 1883)
  • 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