1926 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 12th Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Washington, 20-19
  • Feb 2 19th Women's Australasian Championships: Daphne Akhurst Cozens beats Esna Boyd Robertson (6-1, 6-3)
  • Feb 2 19th Men's Australasian Championships: John Hawkes beats James Willard (6-1, 6-3, 6-1)
  • Feb 6 NFL rules college students ineligible until college classes graduates
  • Feb 6 St Louis Browns acquire catcher Wally Schang from NY Yankees
  • Feb 10 Building of Olympic Stadium Amsterdam, begins
  • Feb 12 Barendrecht soccer team forms
  • Feb 16 Suzanne Lenglen defeats Helen Wills in Tennis at Cannes France
  • Mar 23 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens outscore Pitt Pirates, 6-4 in 2 games
  • Mar 26 85th Grand National: Billy Watkinson aboard Jack Horner wins
  • Apr 1 Halsteren Soccer team forms in Halsteren
  • Apr 6 Stanley Cup: Montl Maroons beat Victoria Cougars (WHL), 3 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 13 At 41, Walter Johnson pitches his 7th opening day shutout

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Apr 13 Cyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam
  • Apr 19 30th Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:25:40.4
  • Apr 27 In the Giants' 9-8 win over Phillies, Mel Ott, 17, 1st appearance
  • May 5 Geldrop soccer team forms
  • May 8 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park, home of Boston Red Socks baseball team
  • May 10 51st Preakness: John Maiben aboard Display wins in 1:59.8
  • May 15 52nd Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson on Bubbling Over wins in 2:03.8
  • May 21 White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Frank Lockhart wins in 5:12:48.768 (154.343 km/h)
  • Jun 10 Phillies Russ Wrightstone hits for the cycle
  • Jun 12 58th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard Crusader wins in 2:32.2
  • Jun 14 31st Men's French Championships: Henri Cochet beats Rene Lacoste (6-2, 6-4, 6-3)
  • Jun 14 31st Women's French Championships: Suzanne Lenglen beats Mary Kendall Browne (6-1, 6-0)
  • Jun 22 Cardinals pick up 39-year-old Grover Alexander on waivers from Cubs
  • Jun 23 Commencement of the West Indies' 1st Test cricket match, at Lord's

Sport awardGolf Major

Jun 25 61st British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Royal Lytham

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • Jul 3 39th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Kitty Godfree beats Lilí Álvarez (6-2 4-6 6-3)
  • Jul 3 46th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Jean Borotra beats H Kinsey (8-6 6-1 6-3)
  • Jul 4 Baronie soccer team forms in Breda Neth
  • Jul 10 30th US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 293 at Scioto CC in Ohio
  • Jul 18 20th Tour de France won by Lucien Buysse of Belgium
  • Jul 22 Cincinnati Red Curt Walker ties record of 2 triples in an inning
  • Aug 18 England regain Ashes with 5th Test Cricket win, to take series 1-0
  • Aug 21 White Sox Ted Lyons no hits Red Sox 6-0 in just 67 minutes at Fenway

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 23 40th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Elizabeth Ryan (4-6, 6-4, 9-7)

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Aug 28 Indian Emil Levsen pitches complete doubleheader victory (Red Sox)
  • Sep 1 British Columbia Rugby Football Union forms
  • Sep 11 21st Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (4-1), for their 7th straight championship
  • Sep 16 St Louis Cards beat Phillies 23-3
  • Sep 18 46th U.S. Men's National Championship: Rene Lacoste beats Jean Borotra (6-4, 6-0, 6-4)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 23 Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Sport awardGolf Major

Sep 25 9th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen wins at Salisbury Golf Club, Westbury, New York

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Sep 25 NHL grants franchises to Chicago Black Hawks & Detroit Red Wings
  • Oct 3 Violet Percy runs female record marathon (3:40:22)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Oct 6 Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs in a World Series game, Yanks beat Cards 10-5

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Oct 10 St Louis Cards beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 3 in 23rd World Series
  • Oct 14 Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark
  • Oct 25 Lester Patrick becomes 1st coach & gm of NY Rangers

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 3 Ty Cobb resigns as Detroit Tigers manager

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 10 Bradman plays his 1st State selection trial He only made 37

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 11 Eddie Collins is released as White Sox manager

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • Nov 16 NY Rangers 1st game, beat Montreal Maroons 1-0
  • Nov 17 NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Tor St Pats 4-1
  • Dec 4 14th CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators defeats U of Toronto, 10-7
  • Dec 9 USGA legalizes steel shaft golf clubs
  • Dec 11 Queensland win their 1st Sheffield Shield cricket match, v NSW
  • Dec 16 Kenesaw Mountain Landis renewed 7-years as baseball commissioner
  • Dec 21 Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
  • Dec 30 Chicago Tribune reports the Tigers threw a 4-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant (never substantiated)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 5 Claude (Buddy) Young, NFL running back (Yankees, Texans, Colts)
  • Jan 6 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (d. 2002)
  • Jan 6 Kid Gavilan, Cuban boxer (d. 2003)
  • Jan 6 Ralph Branca, American baseball player (pitched the “Shot Heard Round the World”), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 2016)
  • Jan 17 Clyde Walcott, cricketer (one of the three W's, later ICC chairman)
  • Jan 29 Bob Berry, cricketer (England slow lefty 1950)
  • Jan 31 Tom Alston, American baseball player (d. 1993)
  • Feb 3 Arthur Arfons, auto racer/designer (Green Monster 1964-536.71 MPH)
  • Feb 10 Danny Blanchflower, British(?) soccer player
  • Feb 12 Joe Garagiola, NFL catcher and sportscaster/host (Today Show), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2016)
  • Feb 18 Len Ford, NFL end (Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers)
  • Feb 20 Edgar Meuli, cricketer (opened NZ batting in Test v South Africa 1953)
  • Feb 20 Robert Eugene Richards, Ill, pole vaulter (Olympic gold 48, 52, 56)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 1 Pete Rozelle [Alvin Rozelle], American NFL commissioner (1960-89), born in South Gate, California (d. 1996)

NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle
NFL Commissioner
Pete Rozelle
  • Mar 1 Allan Stanley, Timmons, ON, Hall of Fame ice hockey player, (d. 2013)
  • Mar 4 Pascual Pérez (boxing), Argentine flyweight boxer (d. 1977)
  • Mar 6 Ann Curtis, 400m/800m US swimmer (Olympics-2 gold-1948), (d. 2012)
  • Mar 12 Freddie Williams, Welsh motorcycle speedway rider (world champion, 1950, 1952), born in Port Talbot, Wales (d. 2013)
  • Mar 15 Norm Van Brocklin, NFL QB/coach (LA Rams), hall of famer
  • Mar 18 Dick Littlefield, American baseball player (d. 1997)
  • Mar 25 Laszlo Papp, Hungarian Olympic Boxer (Gold-1948, 1952, 1956)
  • Mar 28 Polly Umrigar, cricketer (Indian batsman & captain)
  • Apr 2 Jack Brabham, Australian race car driver (F1 champ 1959, 1960, 1966), born in Hurstville, NSW (d. 2014)
  • Apr 3 Alex Grammas, American baseball player
  • Apr 17 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
  • Apr 18 Doug Insole, cricketer (England batsman of the 50's, nine Tests)
  • Apr 21 Arthur Rowley, English Footballer (d. 2002)
  • Apr 24 Glen Hobbie, Witt, IL, MLB pitcher (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
  • Apr 26 David Coleman, sports commentator
  • Apr 26 Preston "Bob" Tisch, NFL co-owner (NY Giants)
  • May 20 Bob Sweikert, American race car driver (d. 1956)
  • May 21 Dan Perlsweig, horse trainer
  • May 24 Len Maddocks, cricket wicket-keeper (Australian mid-50's)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 25 Bill Sharman, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics) born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • May 27 Gordon Leggat, cricketer (open batsman for NZ in 9 Tests 1953-56)
  • May 31 Probir Sen, cricket wicketkeeper (India in late 40's/early 50's)
  • Jun 9 Roy Smalley, shortstop (Cubs, Braves, Phillies, Twins, Yankees)
  • Jun 14 Don Newcombe, baseball player
  • Jul 4 Alfredo Di Stéfano, Argentine-Spanish footballer
  • Jul 24 Hans-Gunther Winkler, German equestrian jumper (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Jul 25 Whitey Lockman, American baseball player
  • Aug 6 Clem Labine, American baseball player (d. 2007)
  • Aug 9 Denis Atkinson, cricketer (WI all-rounder, 219 v Australia 1955)
  • Aug 17 Haakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor (Olympic gold 1948, 52), (d. 2013)
  • Aug 20 Nobby Wirkowski, American and Canadian football player and coach
  • Sep 3 Bill Flemming, sportscaster (ABC's Wide World of Sports)
  • Sep 4 Bert Olmstead, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Sceptre, Saskatchewan (d. 2015)
  • Sep 7 Erich Juskowiak, German footballer (d. 1983)
  • Sep 11 Alfred Slote, author (Love & Tennis, Omega Station)
  • Sep 11 Eddie Miksis, baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Sep 13 Emile Francis, NHL player/coach/GM (Rangers, Blues, Whalers)
  • Sep 18 Bud Greenspan, documentary maker (Olympic Games)
  • Sep 18 Bob Toski, American golfer
  • Sep 25 Sergei Filatov, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Sep 30 Robin Roberts, pitcher (Phillies, Won 28 in 1952)
  • Oct 3 Marques Haynes, NBA player and hall of famer (World's Greatest Dribbler, Harlem Globetrotters)
  • Oct 11 John Dewes, cricketer (England opener late 40's early 50's)
  • Oct 12 Hans Liebold, German auto racer (Nardo, Italy)
  • Oct 13 Walter "Killer" Kowalski (wrestler) Canadian Wrestler (d. 2008)
  • Oct 20 Ursula Happe, German 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Oct 24 Y A Tittle, AAFC/NFL QB (Baltimore, SF, NY Giants, MVP 1963)
  • Oct 27 Nana Joshi [Padmanabh Govind Joshi], Indian cricket wicketkeeper (Indian National Team during 1950's), born in Baroda, Gujarat, India (d. 1987)
  • Oct 28 Bowie Kuhn, baseball commissioner (1969-1984)
  • Oct 30 Jacques Swaters, Belgian racing driver
  • Nov 11 Harry Lumley, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1998)
  • Nov 11 Maria Teresa de Filippis, Italian racing car driver (first woman to complete in Formula One), born in Naples (d. 2016)
  • Nov 18 Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer (The Monster of Colombes, 22 caps for Spain, 301 matches for Barcelona), born in Barcelona, Catalonia (d. 2012)
  • Nov 22 Lew Burdette, baseball player
  • Nov 22 Zulfiqar Ahmed, Pakistani cricket pace bowler (9 Tests 1952-56)
  • Dec 7 Victor Kermit Kiam II, CEO (Remington shavers)/NFL owner (Patriots)
  • Dec 13 Carl Erskine, baseball player (Bkln Dodgers)
  • Dec 13 George Rhoden, Jamaican athlete
  • Dec 14 Frank King, cricketer (WI fast bowler in 14 Tests in 50's, 29 wkts)
  • Dec 17 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • Dec 19 Bobby Layne, NFL QB (Detroit Lions)
  • Dec 21 Joe Paterno, American college hall of football coach (Penn State) and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of 1986, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2012)
  • Dec 24 Ronald Draper, cricketer (South African batsman v Australia 1949-50)
  • Dec 28 Donald Carr, English cricketer and MCC official, Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 2016)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 24 Eddie Plank, pitcher (won 327 games in 17 years), dies at 51
  • Mar 11 John Henry Anderson, cricketer (score 32 & 11 in Test for South Africa), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 26 Georges Vezina, NHL Hall of Fame goalie (Canadiens), dies from TB at 39

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • Apr 15 Frank Iredale, cricketer (14 Tests for Aust, 807 runs at 36 68), dies
  • May 20 Dick Pougher, cricketer (17 & 3-26 in only Test for England 1892), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 4 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricketer known as "The Demon Bowler" (18 tests with 94 wickets at an average of 18.41), dies of chronic colitis at 72

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • Nov 1 Wilfred Flowers, cricketer (England spinner in 8 Tests 1884-93), dies