1927 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 Dodgers announce release of future Hall of Fame Zack Wheat
  • Jan 1 13th Rose Bowl: Stanford ties Alabama, 7-7
  • Jan 5 Judge Landis begins 3-day public hearing on charges that 4 games played between Chicago & Detroit in 1917 had been thrown to White Sox
  • Jan 14 Toronto Maple Leafs 1st hat trick (Hap Day) vs NY Rangers
  • Jan 27 20th Women's Australian Championships: Esna Boyd beats Sylvia Lance Harper (5-7, 6-1, 6-2)
  • Jan 27 20th Men's Australian Championships: Gerald Patterson beats John Hawkes (3-6, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16, 6-3)
  • Feb 20 Golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath
  • Feb 22 ARC soccer team forms in Alphen on the Rhine
  • Feb 27 For 2nd Sunday in a row golfers in SC arrested for violating Sabbath

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 2 Babe Ruth becomes highest paid baseball player ($70,000 per year)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Mar 25 86th Grand National: Ted Leader aboard Sprig wins
  • Apr 13 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators beat Boston Bruins, in 2 games & 2 ties
  • Apr 15 Babe Ruth hits 1st of 60 HRs of season (off A's Howard Ehmke)
  • Apr 19 31st Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:40:22.2
  • May 1 Netherlands beats Belgium 3-2 in soccer match in Amsterdam
  • May 1 Panningen soccer team forms
  • May 9 52nd Preakness: Whitey Abel aboard Bostonian wins in 2:01.6
  • May 11 Belgium beats England 9-1 in soccer
  • May 13 VVOG soccer team forms in Harderwijk
  • May 14 53rd Kentucky Derby: Linus McAtee aboard Whiskery wins in 2:06
  • May 16 NY Yankee Bob Meusel steals 2nd, 3rd & home
  • May 17 Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings
  • May 22 Dodgers beat Phillies, 20-4
  • May 28 Hammond scores his 1,000th cricket run of the season after 22 days

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Walter Johnson records 113th & last shutout of his career

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: George Souders wins in 5:07:33.022 (156.983 km/h)
  • May 31 Tiger 1st baseman Johnny Neun makes an unassisted triple play
  • Jun 4 1st Ryder Cup: US beats England, 9½-2½ at Worcester Country Club (Worcester, Massachusetts, US)
  • Jun 5 32nd Men's French Championships: Rene Lacoste beats Bill Tilden (6-4, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 11-9)
  • Jun 5 32nd Women's French Championships: Kornelia Bouman beats Irene Peacock (6-2, 6-4)
  • Jun 8 Tony Lazzeri hits 3 HRs Yanks beat White Sox 12-11
  • Jun 11 59th Belmont: Earl Sande riding Chance Shot wins in 2:32.6
  • Jun 11 Babe Ruth hits 19th & 20th of 60 HRs
  • Jun 16 31st US Golf Open: Tommy Armour shoots a 301 at Oakmont CC in Pa

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 23 Lou Gehrig hits 3 HRs in 11-4 victory over Red Sox

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Jun 25 WVO soccer team forms in Oosterhout
  • Jul 2 40th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats Lilí Álvarez (6-2 6-4)
  • Jul 3 47th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: H Cochet beats Borotra (4-6 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-5)
  • Jul 12 Babe Ruth hits 30th of 60 HRs

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 15 62nd British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 285 at St Andrews

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • Jul 17 21st Tour de France won by Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 18 Ty Cobb's 4,000th MLB career hit

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 30 41st U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Betty Nuthall Shoemaker (6-1, 6-4)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • Sep 2 Rumour starts that Yankee Lou Gehrig will be traded to Tigers
  • Sep 5 Red Sox beat Yankees 12-11 in 18 innings
  • Sep 6 Red Sox beat NY Yankees 12-11 in 18 innings at Fenway Park
  • Sep 10 22nd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Philadelphia (3-2)
  • Sep 11 Babe Ruth hits 50th of 60 homers
  • Sep 16 Rene Lacoste beats Bill Tilden for US Lawn Tennis Association title
  • Sep 17 47th U.S. Men's National Championship: Rene Lacoste beats Bill Tilden (11-9, 6-3, 11-9)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 22 Gene Tunney beats Jack Dempsey for the 2nd time in 10 for heavyweight boxing title; dubbed the "Long count" fight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Sep 24 NHL's Toronto St Patricks become Maple Leafs
  • Sep 29 Babe Ruth ties record by hitting grand slams in consecutive games
  • Sep 30 Babe Ruth hits record setting 60th HR (off Tom Zachary)
  • Oct 7 Yank Herb Pennock retires 1st 22 Pirates in World Series game
  • Oct 8 NY Yankees sweep Pirates in 24th World Series
  • Oct 11 Lou Gehrig named AL MVP (Babe Ruth (former winner) not eligible)

Sport awardGolf Major

Nov 5 10th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen beats Joe Turnesa for 4th consecutive PGA title at Cedar Crest, Texas

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Nov 26 15th CFL Grey Cup: Toronto Balmy Beach defeats Hamilton Tigers, 9-6

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 16 Cricket 1st-class debut of Don Bradman, NSW v South Australia

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Dec 17 Bradman scores 118 on 1st-class cricket debut, 188 mins 8 fours
  • Dec 24 Test Cricket debut of Walter Hammond, who scored 51 & took 5-36 v S Af

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Doak Walker, American football star (d. 1998)
  • Jan 1 Calum MacKay, Canadian hockey player (d. 2001)
  • Jan 2 Gino Marchetti, NFL defensive end (Dallas Texans, Baltimore Colts)
  • Jan 11 John Hayes, cricketer (NZ fast bowler in 15 Tests 1951-58)
  • Jan 14 Ivan Kalita, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic silver 1968)
  • Jan 21 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1985)
  • Jan 22 Joe Perry, NFL Hall-of-Famer
  • Jan 22 Lou Creekmur, Baseball Hall-of-Famer
  • Jan 25 Fernie Flaman [Ferdinand], Dysart, SK, CAN, Hall of Fame NHL player (Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs), (d. 2012)
  • Jan 26 Bob Nieman, American baseball player (d. 1985)
  • Jan 27 Joe Perry, AAFC/NFL Hall of Fame fullback (SF 49ers, Balt Colts)
  • Feb 6 Smokey Burgess, baseball catcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Feb 7 Vladimir Kuts, Russian runner (d. 1975)
  • Feb 18 Fazal Mahmood, Pakistani cricketer (Pakistani medium-pace workhorse 1952-62), born in Lahore, Pakistan (d. 2005)
  • Feb 18 Luis Arroyo, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Mar 2 Roger Walkowiak, French cyclist
  • Mar 4 Dick Savitt, American tennis player
  • Mar 9 Jack Jensen, baseball player (AL MVP 1958)
  • Mar 14 Bill Rexford, auto racer
  • Mar 18 George Plimpton, sports writer (Paper Lion), born in NYC, New York

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 19 Richie Ashburn, American hall of fame baseball player (Philadelphia Phillies, NY Mets) and sportscaster, born in Tilden, Nebraska (d. 1997)

Baseball Player Richie Ashburn
Baseball Player
Richie Ashburn
  • Mar 22 George Thoms, cricketer (1 Test Aust against WI 1952, scored 16 & 28)
  • Mar 23 John Logan, Endicott, NY, MLB shortstop (Boston and Milwaukee Braves), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 25 Leslie Claudius, India, field hockey (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • Mar 30 Wally Grout, cricketer (great Aussie wicket-keeper)
  • Apr 2 Billy Pierce, pitcher (Chicago White Sox) seven time all star
  • Apr 2 Carmen Basilio, American boxer, (d. 2012)
  • Apr 2 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian footballer (d. 2006)
  • Apr 18 Jim De Courcy, cricketer (in Newcastle Australian batsman 1953)
  • Apr 24 Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Apr 29 Dorothy Manley, England, 100m sprint (Olympic silver 1948)
  • Apr 30 Lars Hall, Swedish pentathelete (Olympic gold 1952)
  • May 1 Greta Andersen, Danish 100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • May 1 Israr Ali, cricket pace bowler (Pakistani in 4 Tests 1952-59)
  • May 5 Sid O'Linn, cricketer (soccer for South Africa 1947, cricket 1960)
  • May 6 Michael Frederick, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1954, scored 0 & 30)
  • May 9 Ray Katt, baseball player
  • May 13 Archie Scott-Brown, English race car driver (d. 1958)
  • May 14 Shirley Spork, LPGA golfer
  • May 16 Nílton Santos, Brazilian footballer, (d. 2013)
  • May 20 [Harold] Bud Grant, Wisc, CFL/NFL player/coach (Winnipeg, Minnesota)
  • May 22 Eric Petrie, cricketer (NZ wicketkeeper of the late 1950's)
  • May 24 John Kelly Jr, American sculler (Olympic bronze 1956) and brother of Grace Kelly, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1985)
  • Jun 7 Charles de Tornaco, Belgian racing driver (d. 1953)
  • Jun 10 Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-born footballer (d. 2002)
  • Jun 11 Eric St Eval Atkinson, cricketer (bro of Denis WI pace bowler 1958-59)
  • Jun 12 Timir Pinegin, sailor (Olympic gold 1960), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2013)
  • Jun 16 Tom [Thomas] Graveney, English cricket batsman, born in Riding Mill, Northumberland (d. 2015)
  • Jun 21 Jackie Collum, baseball player
  • Jun 24 Joseph Pierce Jr, horse trainer
  • Jul 1 Ruben Gomez, baseball player
  • Jul 2 Jerome Meyer, horse trainer
  • Jul 3 Charles Vandenhove, Belgian architect (Standard-Omnisporthal, Luik)
  • Jul 9 Leonard Patrick "Red" Kelly, NHL hall of famer (Norris trophy)
  • Jul 9 Red Kelly, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jul 10 Don Revie, English soccer manager (Leeds and England)
  • Jul 16 John Warr, England, cricket bowler (avg 281)/president (MCC)
  • Jul 18 Zin Harris, cricketer (father of Chris NZ batsman in 50's & 60's)
  • Jul 22 George Hunter, South Africa, light heavyweight boxer (Oly-gold-1948)
  • Jul 26 G S Ramchand, cricketer (valuable all-rounder in 33 Tests for India)
  • Aug 7 Art Houtteman, American baseball player (d. 2003)
  • Aug 8 Johnny Temple, American baseball player (d. 1994)
  • Aug 15 Eddie Leadbeater, English cricketer (England leg-spinner with an avg of 109), born in Lockwood, West Yorkshire, England (d. 2011)
  • Aug 25 Althea Gibson, American golfer and 1st African American tennis champion in a major event, born in Clarendon Country, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • Aug 27 Liselott Linsenhoff, German FR, equestrian (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Sep 2 Trudi Jochum-Beiser, Austrian downhill skier (Olympic gold 1952)
  • Sep 17 George Blanda, Penn, NFL kicker/quarterback (Bears, Oilers, Raiders)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 22 Tom Lasorda [Thomas], baseball manager (LA Dodgers), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania

Baseball Manager Tom Lasorda
Baseball Manager
Tom Lasorda
  • Sep 22 Gordon Astall, English footballer, born in Horwich
  • Sep 25 Carl Braun, basketball player (NY Knicks)
  • Sep 25 Sir Colin Davis, Weybridge England, conductor (NY Met 1967-71)
  • Sep 29 Adhemar Ferreira da Silva, Brazil, triple jumper (Olympic gold 52, 56)
  • Oct 6 Alice Bauer, LPGA golfer
  • Oct 8 Torbjorn Falkanger, Norwegian ski jumper who took the Olympic oath in 1952, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2013)
  • Oct 10 Clairmonte Depeiaza, cricketer (world record partnership v Aust 1955)
  • Oct 15 Bill Henry, Alice, TX, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds), (d. 2014)
  • Oct 18 Ramesh Divecha, cricketer (eleven wickets for India in early 50's)
  • Oct 25 Franklin "Bud" Held, American javelin world champ (1949, 51, 53-55), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Oct 25 Headley Keith, South African cricketer (solid left-handed for South Africa in the 1950's), born in Dundee, Natal
  • Oct 29 Frank A Sedgman, tennis champ (US Open-1951)
  • Oct 30 Joseph Wilbur Adcock, manager/player (Braves)
  • Nov 7 Hiroshi Yamauchi, Japanese businessman (President of Nintendo, 1949-2003, owner of Seattle Mariners), born in Kyoto, Japan (d. 2013)
  • Nov 12 Jack Butler, NFL hall of famer (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Nov 21 Georgia Frontiere, co-owner of the St. Louis Rams (d. 2008)
  • Nov 27 Carlos José Castilho, Brazilian footballer (d. 1987)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 29 Vin Scully, American sportscaster (Los Angeles Dodgers), born in The Bronx, New York

Sportscaster Vin Scully
Sportscaster
Vin Scully
  • Dec 11 Stein Eriksen, giant slalom (Olympic gold 1952), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2015)
  • Dec 20 Jim Simpson, sportscaster
  • Dec 25 Nellie Fox, White Sox infielder (AL MVP 1959), (d. 1975)
  • Dec 26 Stu Miller, American baseball player
  • Dec 29 Jim Simpson, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Dec 29 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (d. 1985)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 6 Sam Maguire, Irish Republican and Gaelic footballer (b. 1879)
  • Mar 3 J.G. Parry-Thomas, Welsh motor-racing driver (b. 1884)
  • Mar 27 Joe Start, American baseball player (b. 1842)
  • Apr 10 Ivo Bligh, cricketer (8th Earl of Darnley, 4 Tests 1882-83), dies
  • May 9 Tommy Routledge, cricketer (4 Tests for South Africa 1892-96), dies
  • Jun 11 William Attewell, cricket bowler (England in 10 Tests 1884-1891), dies
  • Jun 14 Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (b. 1894)
  • Jul 21 J J Lyons, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • Aug 5 Tom Groube, cricketer (Test for Australia 1880), dies
  • Oct 22 Ross Youngs, Hall of Fame baseballer, dies of Bright's disease at 30
  • Nov 29 George Giffen, cricketer (251 FC games, 11758 runs, 1023 wkts), dies
  • Dec 21 Jack Saunders, cricketer (79 wickets-14 Tests for Aust 1902-08), dies