On This Day

August 1922 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 4 Lizzie Murphy becomes the first female to play against MLB players in a charity exhibition; all-stars from New England and AL v Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park
  • Aug 8 Pirates set record of 46 hits in a doubleheader (against Phillies)
  • Aug 18 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Oakmont CC: 20-year old US Open champion Gene Sarazen defeats Emmet French, 4 & 3 in the final

US Open Women's Tennis

Aug 19 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Germantown CC, PA: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Helen Wills Moody 6-3, 6-1 for her 7th US singles crown

  • Aug 20 1st Women's World Games (first track & field competition for women) is conducted over 1-day at the Pershing Stadium in Paris
  • Aug 24 1st Phillie to hit for cycle (Cy Williams)
  • Aug 25 Cubs beat Phillies 26-23 in highest scoring major-league game

World Record

Aug 27 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000m (8:28.6)

  • Aug 28 1st Walker Cup: US beats England 8-4

Sports History

Aug 30 Babe Ruth is thrown out of a game for 5th time in 1922


Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 6 Doug Ford, American golfer (PGA Championship 1955, US Masters 1957), born in West Haven, Connecticut (d. 2018)
  • Aug 17 Roy Tattersall, English cricketer (brilliant England off-spinner early 50's), born in Bolton, England (d. 2011)
  • Aug 23 George Kell, American MLB 10x All-Star, 1949 AL batting champ, infielder, 1943-57 (Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, and 3 other teams), born in Swifton, Arkansas (d. 2009)
  • Aug 23 Eevi Huttunen, Finnish speed skater (8 World C'ship gold 1951-59), born in Karttula, Finland (d. 2015)