On This Day

Year 1925 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 11th Rose Bowl: Notre Dame beats Stanford, 27-10
  • Jan 1 Australian cricketer Bill Ponsford becomes the first batsman to score a century in each of his first 2 Tests when he hits 128 against England in the 2nd Test in Melbourne; Australia wins by 81 runs
  • Jan 5 French Baseball Federation awards silver medals to John McGraw, Charlie Comiskey, & Hugh Jennings
  • Jan 5 England cricket openers Herbert Sutcliffe (176) and Jack Hobbs (154) display heroics in their 1st innings but the tourists sink to an 81 run defeat in the 2nd Test against Australia in Melbourne; Sutcliffe also adds 127 in the England 2nd innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 6 Paavo Nurmi, sets indoor record, 4:13.6 mile & 14:44.6 5,000m

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Jan 8 England cricket opening batsman Herbert Sutcliffe follows his 1st innings 176 with 127 in the 2nd innings but his team cannot avoid an 81 run defeat to Australia in the 2nd Test in Melbourne
  • Jan 31 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Sydney: Daphne Akhurst wins 1st of 5 home titles; beats fellow Australian Esna Boyd 1-6, 8-6, 6-4
  • Jan 31 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Sydney: James Anderson of Australia wins 2nd straight Australasian crown; beats countryman Gerald Patterson 11-9, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
  • Feb 10 AL decides to alternate leagues for game 1 of World Series each year
  • Feb 27 Test Cricket debut of Clarrie Grimmett, who took 5-45 & 6-37 v England
  • Feb 28 Longest win streak in Toronto Maple Leaf history (9 games)
  • Mar 13 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens sweep Toronto Arenas in 2 games
  • Mar 27 84th Grand National: Major John Wilson wins aboard 100/9 shot Double Chance; first year a tape, known then as a 'gate', used at the start line
  • Mar 30 Stanley Cup Final, Patrick Arena, Victoria, BC: Victoria Cougars (WCHL) beat Montreal Canadiens (NHL), 6-1 for a 3-1 series win; last non-NHL team to win trophy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 5 Yankees whip Dodgers in exhibition 16-9 but Babe Ruth collapses in NC due to an ulcer

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Apr 9 Babe Ruth rushed to hospital

  • Apr 14 1st regular-season Cubs game to be broadcast on radio (WGN)
  • Apr 15 NHL's NY Americans (formerly Hamilton Tigers) 1st game, lose 3-1
  • Apr 17 NY Yankee Babe Ruth has ulcer surgery
  • Apr 20 29th Boston Marathon won by Charles Mellor in 2:33:00.6
  • Apr 21 No baseball games played in NL due to Charles Ebbets' funeral
  • May 1 Future Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Jimmie Foxx makes his MLB debut at 17 for Philadelphia A's; pinch-hits a single in 9-4 loss v Washington

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 5 Ty Cobb goes 6 for 6 (16 total bases)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • May 6 Ty Cobb hits his 5th HR in 2 games tying Cap Ansons record of 1884
  • May 7 Phillies have their 8th game postponed in a row
  • May 7 MBA Pittsburgh Pirate shortstop Glenn Wright makes an unassisted triple play
  • May 8 50th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Coventry wins in 1:59
  • May 16 51st Kentucky Derby: Earl Sande aboard Flying Ebony wins in 2:07.6
  • May 26 Babe Ruth is finally out of bed, 5 weeks after ulcer surgery
  • May 26 Future Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder Ty Cobb is first to collect 1,000 extra-base hits when he doubles in Detroit Tigers' 8-1 win against the Chicago WS at Comiskey Park
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Peter DePaolo wins in 4:56:39.401 (162.748 km/h)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 1 Future NY Yankees Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig pinch hits for shortstop Pee-Wee Wanninge in a 5-3 loss to Washington; first of record 2,130 consecutive games

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 3 Eddie Collins, is 6th to get 3,000 hits

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 5 US Open Men's Golf, Worcester CC: Scotsman Willie Macfarlane beats Bobby Jones by 1 stroke in a second 18-hole playoff for his only major title

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • Jun 6 French Championships Men's Tennis: René Lacoste wins 1st of 3 French titles, beating fellow Frenchman Jean Borotra 7-5, 6-1, 6-4

  • Jun 6 French Women's Tennis Championships: Suzanne Lenglen beats Kitty McKane 6-1, 6-2
  • Jun 12 William DeHart Hubbard of US, sets long jump record at 25' 10 3/4"
  • Jun 13 57th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard American Flag wins in 2:16.8
  • Jun 13 Charles Jenkins demonstrates the transmission of synchronized pictures and sound (early television)

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jun 26 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: English born American Jim Barnes captures his only Open title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Ted Ray and Archie Compston

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France takes her 6th Wimbledon singles title with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Briton Joan Fry
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-French final René Lacoste beats Jean Borotra 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 8-6
  • Jul 19 19th Tour de France won by Ottavio Bottecchia of Italy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 22 Yankees purchase infielder Leo Durocher

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • Jul 23 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits his 1st of 23 career grand slammers
  • Aug 9 Only time Babe Ruth pinch-hit for, Bobby Veach flies out
  • Aug 15 White Sox Dickie Kerr, 1st appearance since winning 2 world series games in 1919
  • Aug 21 BV Emmen soccer team forms

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Aug 24 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Helen Wills Moody beats Kitty McKane of England 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 for her third straight US singles title

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
  • Aug 29 After a night on the town, Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice Miller Huggins suspends Ruth & slaps a $5,000 fine on him
  • Sep 1 Pierre de Coubertin steps down as chairman of International Olympic Committee
  • Sep 5 29th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bobby Jones
  • Sep 12 20th Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (5-0)
  • Sep 13 Bkln Dodger Dazzy Vance no-hits Phillies, 10-1
  • Sep 19 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills NY: Bill Tilden wins 6th consecutive US title; beats Bill Johnston for 4th straight year 4-6, 11-9, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
  • Sep 23 Washington shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh is named AL MVP

Sport awardPGA Championship

Sep 26 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: Defending champion Walter Hagen defeats Bill Mehlhorn, 6 & 5 in the final; 3rd PGA crown overall, and 7th of his 11 major titles

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Oct 4 Harry Heilmann gets 6 hits in Detroit's doubleheader sweep over St Louis Browns, 10-4 and 11-6, to edge teammate Ty Cobb for AL batting crown, .393 to .389; Cobb bats over .300 for the 20th time
  • Oct 11 NY Giants play 1st NFL game, lose to Providence 14-0
  • Oct 12 Albert Michelsen runs world record marathon (2:19:01.8)
  • Oct 15 Pittsburgh Pirates beat Washington Senators, 4 games to 3 in 22nd World Series
  • Oct 25 Lester Patrick takes over NY Rangers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 21 Red Grange plays final Univ of Illinois game, signs with Chicago Bears

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 28 NHL goalie Georges Vezina collapses & dies 4 months later of TB

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • Dec 5 CFL Grey Cup, Landsdowne Park, Ottawa: Ottawa Senators win first title; beat Winnipeg Tammany Tigers, 24-1
  • Dec 6 Record 73,000 pay to watch Chicago Bears beat NY Giants 19-7
  • Dec 15 1st hockey game at Madison Square Garden, Montreal Canadiens 3, NY Americans 1
  • Dec 20 National Football League Championship: Chicago Cardinals (11-2-1) win controversial first past the post title; Pottsville Maroons suspended after playing unsanctioned game
  • Dec 21 Test batsman Hunter "Stork" Hendry scores career best unbeaten 325 for Victoria against New Zealand in drawn tour match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Dec 26 NY Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates set an NHL record by recording a combined 141 shots on goal in Americans' 3-1 win; Roy Worters makes incredible 70 saves for Pittsburgh and Jake Forbes has 67 for NY

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 4 Veikko Hakulinen, Finnish cross country skier (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 60), born in Kurkijoki, Finland (d. 2003)
  • Jan 4 Johnny Lujack, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1947; National C'ship 1943, 46-47; Notre Dame; Pro Bowl 1950-51; Chicago Bears), born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 12 Ralph Legall, West Indian cricket wicket-keeper (4 Tests), born in St Michael, Barbados (d. 2003)
  • Jan 15 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist
  • Jan 17 A H Kardar, cricketer (Pak 1st Test capt, prev played for India)
  • Jan 18 Roepie Kruize, Dutch field hockey player (Olympic-Bronze-48/Silver-52), born in Heemstede, Netherlands (d. 1992)
  • Jan 21 George Conner, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle / linebacker (Pro Bowl 1950–53; First-team All-Pro 1950–53, 55; Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2003)
  • Jan 25 Eric Dempster, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow bowl of mid-50's, bowling avg 109.5), born in Wellington, New Zealand (d. 2011)

Person of interestPaul Newman

Jan 26 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and charity food company founder (Newman's Own), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2008)

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Jan 30 Chalmers "Bump" Elliott, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (U of Michigan) and college athletics administrator (Iowa), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2019)
  • Jan 31 Micheline Lannoy, Belgian figure skating pairs (Olympic gold 1948), born in Brussels, Belgium
  • Feb 8 Raimondo d'Inzeo, It, equestrian (Olympic gold/2 silver/3 bronze-1948-76)
  • Feb 9 Vic Wertz, baseball player
  • Feb 19 Leslie Laing, Jamaican athlete, 4X400m relay Olympic gold 1952, born in Linstead, Jamaica
  • Feb 21 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2014)
  • Feb 23 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spinner (1947-58) who averaged 64.08, born in Durban, South Africa (d. 2015)
  • Feb 26 Everton Weekes, West Indian cricket batsman (48 Tests; 4,455 runs @ 58.61, 15 x 100s), born in Saint Michael, Barbados
  • Mar 12 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), born in Saint-Méen-le-Grand, France (d. 1983)
  • Mar 13 Bertha Tickey, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1973), born in Dinuba, California (d. 2014)
  • Mar 18 Don Paul, American football player (LA Rams), (d. 2015)
  • Mar 21 Hugo Koblet, Swiss cyclist (d. 1964)
  • Mar 23 Cees de Ruyter, European champion billiards player
  • Mar 24 Puig Aubert, French rugby league footballer (d. 1994)
  • Mar 26 Maqsood Ahmed, cricketer (Pakistani batsman in 16 Tests 1952-56)
  • Mar 26 Ben Mondor, Canadian baseball executive (International League Executive of the Year 1978, 99), born in St-Ignace-du-Lac, Maskinongé, Quebec (d. 2010)
  • Mar 29 Emlen Tunnell, American football player, NFL safety (Giants, Packers), born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (d. 1975)
  • Apr 6 Arthur D Larsen, tennis champ (US Open-1950)
  • Apr 13 Frank Chamberlain, English cricketer and CEO (Test & County Cricket Board), born in Elton, Huntingdonshire (d. 2004)
  • Apr 14 H G Kischenchand, cricketer (5 Tests for India 1947-52)
  • Apr 20 Ernie Stautner, German-American football player, born in Cham, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2006)
  • May 1 Chuck Bednarik, Pro/College Football Hall of Fame center/linebacker (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (d. 2015)
  • May 2 David Ironside, South African cricketer (South African swing bowler in 3 Tests v NZ 1953-54), born in Lourenco Marques, Mozambique (d. 2005)
  • May 5 Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees), born in Weston, Nebraska (d. 2017)

Person of interestYogi Berra

May 12 Yogi Berra, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher and manager (18 × MLB All-Star; 13 × World Series champion; NY Yankees, Mets; AL MVP (1951, 54, 55), born in St. Louis Missouri (d. 2015)

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • May 18 Nigel Howard, English cricket batsman and captain (4 Tests; Lancashire, MCC), born in Gee Cross, Hyde, Cheshire (d. 1979)
  • May 25 Don Liddle, American baseball player, born in Mount Carmel, Illinois (d. 2000)
  • Jun 4 Antonio Puchades, Spanish footballer (23 caps), born in Sueca, Spain (d. 2013)
  • Jun 5 Art Donovan, NFL defensive tackle (Balt, NY Yanks, Dallas), (d. 2013)
  • Jun 8 Del Ennis, American baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1996)
  • Jun 11 Richard White, New Zealand rugby union player (55 games as an All Black), born in Gisborne, New Zealand (d. 2012)
  • Jun 15 Gene Baker, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1955; World Series 1960; Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Davenport, Iowa (d. 1999)
  • Jun 16 Richard Jacobs, philanthropist/sports owner (Cleveland Indians)
  • Jun 20 Doris Hart, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2015)
  • Jun 23 Art Modell [Arthur Bertram], American businessman (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Modells Stores), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jun 23 Richard Barber, cricketer (scored 12 & 5 in only Test NZ v WI 1956)
  • Jun 25 Ted Stepien, American businessman and basketball team owner, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Jun 28 Anne Mackenzie, South African long distance athlete, born in Ceres, Cape Province, South Africa
  • Jul 1 Frank Lowson, England cricketer and batsman (7 Tests), born in Bradford, England (d. 1984)
  • Jul 1 Art McNally, American football referee and administrator (NFL Head of Officiating 1968-91), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 9 Borislav Stanković, Serbian Basketball Hall of Fame administrator (International Basketball Federation secretary general 1976-2002), born in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina (d. 2020)
  • Jul 10 Dorothea Hochleitner, Austrian giant slalom (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Bad Gastein, Austria (d. 2012)
  • Jul 18 Hubert Doggart, English cricketer (2 Tests for England 1950), born in Earl's Court, London (d. 2018)
  • Jul 18 Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, Australian 100m dash (Olympic bronze 1948), born in Guildford, Australia (d. 2004)
  • Jul 18 Glen Wood, American auto racer, team owner (Wood Bros Racing), born in Stuart, Virginia (d. 2019)
  • Jul 23 Pierre Baugniet, Belgian pairs ice skater (Olympic gold 1948), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1981)
  • Jul 25 Alistair Taylor, South African cricketer (one Test as opening bat for South Africa 1956), born in Johannesburg, Transvaal (d. 2004)

Person of interestTed Lindsay

Jul 29 Ted Lindsay, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame left wing (Art Ross Trophy 1950, NHL Players Association pioneer), born in Renfrew, Ontario (d. 2019)

NHL Star Ted Lindsay
NHL Star
Ted Lindsay
  • Aug 2 John McCormack, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (d. 2017)
  • Aug 6 Stig-Göran Myntti, Finnish soccer midfielder (61 caps; Vasa IFK), born in Maalahti, Finland (d. 2020)
  • Aug 9 Len Sutton, American auto racer and broadcaster (Indianapolis 500 1962 runner-up), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • Aug 11 Floyd Curry, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Stanley Cup 1953, 56-58; Montreal Canadiens), born in Chapleau, Ontario (d. 2006)
  • Aug 16 Willie Jones, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1950, 51; Philadelphia Phillies), born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1983)
  • Aug 27 Ken Grieves, Australian cricketer (NSW leg-spin all-rounder), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1992)
  • Aug 29 Loyd Gentry, American thoroughbred trainer (Kentucky Derby 1967 Proud Clarion), born Covington, Kentucky (d. 2012)
  • Sep 10 Roy James Brown, American boxer and soul singer (Good Rockin' Tonight), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1981)
  • Sep 12 Stan Lopata, American baseball player, born in Delray, Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • Sep 15 Wally Halder, Canadian ice hockey forward (Olympic gold 1948, tournament top scorer), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 1994)
  • Sep 18 Harvey Haddix, American baseball pitcher (pitched perfect game into 12th), born in Medway, Ohio (d. 1994)
  • Sep 26 Bobby Shantz, American baseball player (1952 AL MVP), born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania
  • Sep 26 Norm Dussault, American-Canadian ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), born in Springfield, Massachusetts (d. 2012)
  • Oct 2 Paul Goldsmith, American auto and motorcycle racer (USAC stock car champion 1961-62; 127 NASCAR starts, 9 wins), born in Parkersburg, West Virginia
  • Oct 12 Gilbert Parkhouse, Welsh cricketer (England batsman in 7 Tests 1950-59), born in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 2000)
  • Oct 12 William Steinkraus, American equestrian (Olympic gold/2 sil/br-52/56/60/64/68/72), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Oct 24 Ken Mackay, Australian cricketer (exciting Aussie all-rounder), born in Windsor, Queensland, Australia (d. 1982)
  • Oct 25 Yakov Rylsky, USSR sabre team (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Aleksandrovka, Verkhubinsky District, Kazakhstan (d. 1999)
  • Oct 29 Betty Evans Grayson, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1959), born in Portland, Oregon (d. 1979)
  • Nov 9 Bill Bruton, American MLB outfielder (NL stolen bases leader 1953-55), born in Penola, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • Nov 28 József Bozsik, Hungarian footballer (d. 1978)
  • Dec 3 Ken Funston, South African cricket batsman (18 Tests, top score 92), born in Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa (d. 2005)
  • Dec 6 Andy Robustelli, American NFL defensive end (LA Rams, NY Giants), born in Stamford, Connecticut (d. 2011)
  • Dec 7 Hernando da Silva Ramos, French-Brazilian racing driver, born in Paris
  • Dec 12 Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (pace bowling all-rounder for India), born in Kolhapur, India (d. 1985)
  • Dec 12 Ghulam Guard, Indian cricketer (lefty pace bowler in 2 Tests for India 1959), born in Surat, Gujarat (d. 1978)
  • Dec 14 Sam Jones, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1955, 59; no-hitter 1955; Chicago Cubs), born in Stewartsville, Ohio (d. 1971)
  • Dec 15 Sam Pollock, Canadian ice hockey general manager (Montreal Canadiens), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2007)
  • Dec 20 Benito Lorenzi, Italian footballer, born in Buggiano, Italy (d. 2007)
  • Dec 25 Ossi Reichert, German FR, giant slalom (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Dec 29 Pete Dye, American golf course designer (TPC at Sawgrass, Crooked Stick, Oakwood CC), born in Urbana, Ohio (d. 2020)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 7 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (29) weds actress Estelle Taylor (30)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestJaap Eden

Feb 2 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, dies at 51

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • Mar 4 John Montgomery Ward, American baseball player (b. 1860)
  • Mar 14 Walter Camp, American, father of American football, dies at 65
  • Apr 18 Charles Ebbets, American sports executive (co-owner of Brooklyn Dodgers 1897-1902), dies at 65
  • Apr 20 Herbert Lawford, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1887; first exponent of topspin), dies at 73
  • Apr 29 Edward J. McKeever, American baseball executive (co-owner Brooklyn Dodgers), dies of influenza at 66
  • Jul 14 Pancho Villa [Francisco Guilledo], Filipino world boxing champion, dies at 23
  • Jul 26 Antonio Ascari, Italian racing driver, dies at 36
  • Aug 3 William Bruce, cricketer (drowns 14 Tests for Australia 1885-95), dies
  • Sep 30 Philip Hutchinson, cricketer (2 Tests for South Africa 1889), dies
  • Oct 7 Christy Mathewson, American baseball player (b. 1880)
  • Nov 21 Robert Wrenn, American tennis player (US Open 1893-94, 1896-97), dies at 52
  • Dec 17 A N "Monkey" Hornby, cricketer (England capt at Oval 1882), dies