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 41st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Tilden beats Brian Norton (4-6 2-6 6-1 6-0 7-5)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 2 Jack Dempsey KOs George S Carpentier in 4 for heavyweight boxing title 1st million dollar gate ($1.7m) boxing match (Dempsey KOs Carpentier)

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 3 Due to a technicality, 8 Chicago White Sox accused in Black Sox scandal are acquited, however Landis throws them out of baseball
  • 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 (Oly-gold-1956), (d. 2013)
  • Jan 2 Glen Harmon, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2007)
  • Jan 6 Cary Middlecoff, golfer (1956 Vardon Trophy, 1955 Byron Nelson Award)
  • 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, cricketer (England batsman against India 1951-52)
  • 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, cricketer (flamboyant Australian batsman of late 40's)
  • Apr 1 Ken Reardon, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 5 Les Jackson, cricket bowler (England twice, 1949 & 1961)
  • Apr 9 Jean-Marie Balestre, French motorsports official (FIA) (d. 2008)
  • Apr 11 Jeff Stollmeyer, cricketer (WI batsman pre/post-war)
  • Apr 11 Jim Hearn, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • Apr 23 Warren Spahn, left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 interestPerson of Interest

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, founder (Special Olympics)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 10 Jake LaMotta, middleweight boxing champ (1949-51) (Raging Bull), born in The Bronx, New York

World Middleweight Boxing Champion Jake LaMotta
World Middleweight Boxing Champion
Jake LaMotta
  • Jul 12 Bob Fillion, French Canadian ice hockey player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • Aug 1 Jack Kramer, American tennis star (Wimbledon 1947, US Open-1946), born in Las Vegas, Nevada (d.2009)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 Drobny, Czech, hockey (Oly-gold-1948), tennis (Wimb-1954)
  • 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, gymnist (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 interestPerson of Interest

Nov 19 Roy Campanella, Brooklyn Dodger catcher (NL MVP 1951/53/55), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella
  • Nov 24 Joe "Ducky" Medwick, baseball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • 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 (b. 1881)
  • 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, cricketer (6 Tests for Australia), dies
  • 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