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Events in Sport

  • Jan 2 14th Rose Bowl: Stanford beats Pittsburgh, 7-6
  • Jan 30 21st Women's Australian Championships: Daphne Akhurst beats Esna Boyd (7-5, 6-2)
  • Jan 30 21st Men's Australian Championships: Jean Borotra beats Ronald Cummings (6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3)
  • Feb 11 2nd Winter Olympic games opens in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 19 2nd Winter Olympic games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Mar 30 87th Grand National: Mr. William Dutton aboard Tipperary Tim wins
  • Apr 7 44-yr old NY Ranger GM Lester Patrick replaces his injured goaltender in a Stanley Cup game, & beats Montreal Maroons 2-1
  • Apr 9 Top-Oss soccer team forms in Oss
  • Apr 14 Stanley Cup: NY Rangers beat Montreal Maroons, 3 games to 2
  • Apr 19 32nd Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:37:07.8
  • May 1 Rotterdam soccer club Black White '28 is established (2000 Women's KNVB Cup), declared bankrupt 2004
  • May 11 53rd Preakness: Raymond Sonny Workman aboard Victorian wins in 2:00.2

Sport awardGolf Major

May 11 British Open Golf, Royal St George's GC: Walter Hagen wins 3rd of his 4 Open Championship titles, 2 strokes ahead of fellow American Gene Sarazen

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • May 17 9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam
  • May 19 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Louis Meyer wins in 5:01:33.725 (160.101 km/h)

  • May 31 Charlie Hallows scores his 1,000th run of Cricket season
  • Jun 4 33rd Men's French Championships: Henri Cochet beats Rene Lacoste (5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3)
  • Jun 4 33rd Women's French Championships: Helen Wills beats Eileen Bennett (6-1, 6-2)
  • Jun 9 60th Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Vito wins in 2:33.2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 12 NY Yankee Lou Gehrig hits 2 triples & 2 HRs to be White Sox 15-7

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 15 Ty Cobb, 41, steals home for 50th & final time

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Jun 24 32nd US Golf Open: Johnny Farrell shoots a 294 at Olympia Fields Ill
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody wins 2nd of 4 consecutive Wimbledon singles titles beating Lilí Álvarez 6-2, 6-3
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-French final René Lacoste beats defending champion Henri Cochet 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • Jul 7 American Edward Hamm sets then long jump world record at 25' 11" at Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jul 8 Phillies set record of errorless 25 inning doubleheader
  • Jul 12 1st televised tennis match
  • Jul 15 22nd Tour de France won by Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg
  • Jul 26 Gene Tunney TKOs Tom Heeney in 11 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 28 9th Olympic Games open in Amsterdam
  • Jul 29 Cleveland Indians score 17 in 1st 2 inns to beat Yanks 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game
  • Jul 29 23rd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (4-1)
  • Jul 31 1st woman to win a track and field olympic gold medal, Halina Konopacka of Poland

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 1 Babe Ruth hits home run #42 in the Yankees 12-1 win v St. Louis Browns, takes him 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 1 Americans sweep medals at a rainy Olympic pole vault final in Amsterdam with Sabin Carr gold, from William Droegemuller and Charles McGinnis
  • Aug 3 Ray Barbuti wins 400m in 47.8 at the Amsterdam Olympics, the only individual track event won by an American at the Games
  • Aug 11 Carl Hubbell's 1st major league victory is a 4-0 shutout of Phils
  • Aug 11 Georges Ronsse becomes world champion cyclists
  • Aug 12 9th Olympic Games close in Amsterdam
  • Aug 25 Tri-City Rugby Football Union forms consisting of Moose Jaw, Regina & Winnipeg

  • Aug 27 42nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills beats Helen Jacobs (6-2, 6-1)
  • Sep 3 Future Baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb records his 4,191st & final career hit as a pinch hitter for the Philadelphia A's in a 6-1 loss v Washington Senators
  • Sep 9 Silvio Cator of Haiti, sets then long jump record at 26' ½"
  • Sep 11 Ty Cobb last hitting appearance, pops out against Yankees
  • Sep 15 Cards set NL record of 18 men left on base beating Phillies 8-6
  • Sep 15 Alfred "Tich" Freeman becomes the only bowler to take 300 wickets in an English cricket season.
  • Sep 17 Pitcher Ray Boggs hits 3 batters in 1 inning
  • Sep 17 48th U.S. Men's National Championship: Henri Cochet beats Francis Hunter (4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3)
  • Sep 18 Cards beat Phillies for 20th of 22 games in 1928

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Oct 1 Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi runs 15k world record 46:49.6 and 10 miles 50:15.0 in Berlin, Germany

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Oct 4 25th World Series begins at Yankee Stadium with Bronx Bombers beating St Louis Cardinals, 4-1; sweep series for 2nd consecutive year

Sport awardGolf Major

Oct 6 11th PGA Championship: Leo Diegel at Five Farms CC Baltimore

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • Oct 8 Eastern Soccer League forms in USA
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees sweep Cards in 25th World Series, become 1st to sweep consecutive World Series; Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs in game

AgreementContract of Interest

Oct 15 Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Australian cricket batting prodigy Dob Bradman scores 133 not out in NSW 2nd innings v Queensland in Brisbane; follows his 131 in the Blues' 1st innings

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Nov 20 Boston Gardens opens, Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0
  • Nov 30 Test cricket debut of Don Bradman, he scores 18 & 1 vs England
  • Dec 1 National League President John Heydler first to propose a baseball rule change calling for a 10th man, or 'designated hitter', to bat in place of the pitcher; ironically, the NL vote in favour of proposal, but the American League turn it down
  • Dec 1 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: Hamilton Tigers win 3rd Cup with 30-0 shutout of Regina Roughriders
  • Dec 14 2nd Test Cricket Australia v England starts with Bradman as 12th man
  • Dec 25 Christmas Day attendance at cricket MCG (Vic v NSW) Australia is 14,887
  • Dec 26 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Khan Mohammad, cricketer (Paki fast-med bowler, 54 wkts in 13 Tests)
  • Jan 3 Frank Ross Anderson, Canadian International Chess Master (1954)
  • Jan 5 Imtiaz Ahmed, cricketer (Pakistan wicket-keeper in 41 Tests 1952-62)
  • Jan 7 Rajindranath, cricketer (4 stumpings in his only Test for India)
  • Jan 12 Vic Toweel, South African boxer (undisputed world bantamweight champion), born in Benoni, South Africa (d. 2008)
  • Jan 17 Ken Archer, cricketer (Australian batsman, 5 Tests early 50s)
  • Jan 20 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), born in Lafayette, Louisiana (d. 2000)
  • Jan 23 Eugene Monti, Italian bobsledder (Olympic-2 golds-1968)
  • Jan 23 Kees [Cornelis] Broekman, Dutch speed skater (Olympic silver 1952)
  • Jan 23 Chico Carrasquel, Venezuelan baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Feb 3 C V Gadkari, cricketer (Indian batsman in 6 Tests 1953-55)
  • Feb 7 Alphonse "Al" Smith [Fuzzy Smith], American MLB outfielder and third baseman (Cleveland Indians), born in Kirkwood, Missouri (d. 2002)
  • Feb 11 Gerry Alexander, cricket wicketkeeper (WI of 50s & 60s)
  • Feb 18 Jim McElreath, auto racer (1970 Ontario 500)
  • Feb 18 Tom Johnson, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Feb 20 Elroy Face, baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Feb 25 Paul Elvstrøm, Danish sailer (4 Olympic gold, Finn class 1948, 52, 56, 60), born in Hellerup, Denmark (d. 2016)
  • Feb 26 Everton Weekes, cricketer (one of the 3 W's)
  • Mar 4 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), born in Nottingham (d. 2010)
  • Mar 10 Arthur Milton, cricketer (England opening batsman late 50's)
  • Mar 18 Miguel Poblet, Spanish cyclist
  • Mar 19 Clive Van Ryneveld, cricketer (South African all-rounder 1951-58)
  • Mar 20 Christopher Benstead, race horse trainer
  • Mar 20 Jerome Cousins Biffle, long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Mar 22 Ed Macauley, NBAer (Boston Celtics)

Person of interestGordie Howe

Mar 31 Gordie Howe, Canadian NHL right wing (Detroit Redwings), born in Floral, Saskatchewan (d. 2016)

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe

Person of interestEarl Lloyd

Apr 3 Earl Lloyd, 1st African American basketball player in the NBA, born in Alexandria, Virginia (d. 2015)

Basketball Player Earl Lloyd
Basketball Player
Earl Lloyd
  • Apr 16 Dick "Night Train" Lane, NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions)
  • Apr 20 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer, born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2007)

Person of interestBetsy Rawls

May 4 Betsy Rawls, American golfer (US Womens Open-51, 53, 57, 60), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • May 4 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1961)
  • May 9 Barbara Ann Scott, figure skater (Olympic gold 1948), born in Ottawa, Ontario (d. 2012)
  • May 9 Richard A "Pancho" Gonzalez, tennis star (US 1948-49), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 16 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman and manager (NY Yankees, Oakland A's), born in Berekeley, California (d. 1989)

Person of interestDolph Schayes

May 19 Dolph Schayes, American basketball Hall of Famer (Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers) and coach, born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)

NBA Power Forward and Coach Dolph Schayes
NBA Power Forward and Coach
Dolph Schayes
  • May 23 Nina Otkalenko, USSR, 800m runner (9 world records)
  • May 31 Pankaj Roy, cricketer (Indian opener, 413 partnership w/Vinoo Mankad)
  • Jun 3 John Reid, cricketer (prolific NZ batsman 1949-65)
  • Jun 7 Dave Bowen, Welsh footballer, born in Maesteg, Glamorgan, Wales (d. 1995)
  • Jun 28 Peter Heine, cricketer (solid South African fast bowler in 1950's)
  • Jul 9 Federico Bahamontes, Spanish road racing cyclist, born in Santo Domingo-Caudilla, Spain
  • Jul 10 Jack Nel, South African cricketer (South African opening bat in 6 Tests 1949-57), born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 2018)
  • Jul 10 Alejandro de Tomaso, Argentine-Italian racing driver and car manufacturer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2003)
  • Jul 21 Marcel Gauthier, Canadian wrestler (d. 1998)
  • Jul 23 Cy Young, American athlete and only US male to win gold in javelin throwing (1952 Olympics), born in Modesto, California (d. 2017)
  • Jul 26 Don Beauman, British Formula One racing driver, born in Farnborough, Hampshire, England (d. 1955)
  • Jul 27 Karloff Lagarde, Mexican professional wrestler, born in Zapotlán de Juárez, Hidalgo, Mexico (d. 2007)
  • Jul 30 Valentin Muratov, Russian gymnast (4 gold, 1 silver medals 1952, 1956 Olympics), born Moscow, Russia (d. 2006)
  • Aug 2 Malcolm Hilton, English cricket slow left-arm (4 Tests), born in Chadderton, Lancashire (d. 1990)
  • Aug 4 Udham Singh, India, field hockey player (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 64), born in Sansarpur, India (d. 2000)
  • Aug 4 Christian Goethals, Belgian racing driver, born in Kortrijk, Belgium (d. 2003)
  • Aug 6 Janice-Lee York Romary, California, fencer (Olympics 1948-68)
  • Aug 6 Herb Moford, American baseball player (d. 2005)

Person of interestBob Cousy

Aug 9 Bob Cousy, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (Boston Celtics, 6-time NBA champion), born in Manhattan, NYC

NBA Point Guard Bob Cousy
NBA Point Guard
Bob Cousy
  • Aug 12 Bob Buhl, American baseball player (d. 2001)
  • Aug 18 Marge Schott, CEO (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Aug 21 Gillian Sheen, British fencer and foil champion (Olympic gold 1956), born in Willesden, London
  • Aug 25 Darrell Johnson, American baseball player, born in Horace, Nebraska (d. 2004)
  • Aug 27 Joan Kroc, American 3rd wife of Ray Kroc, the owner of McDonald's and the San Diego Padres, born in West St. Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)
  • Aug 27 Othmar Schneider, Austrian skier (Olympic gold 1952), born in Lech, Austria (d. 2012)
  • Aug 30 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (Casner Motor Racing Division team), born in Miami, Florida (d. 1965)
  • Sep 6 Rudolf Plyukfelder, Soviet light heavyweight lifter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Novoorlivka, Ukraine
  • Oct 1 Willy Mairesse, Belgian racing driver (d. 1969)
  • Oct 3 Christian d'Oriola, French foils (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Perpignan, France (d. 2007)
  • Oct 4 Torben Ulrich, Danish musician, writer, filmmaker and tennis player
  • Oct 8 Neil Harvey, Australian cricketer (prolific Australian lefty bat of 50's), born in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
  • Oct 17 James "Junior" Gilliam, Dodgers (NL rookie of year 1953)
  • Oct 18 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), born in Roopville, Georgia (d. 2018)
  • Oct 18 R H "Deepak" Shodhan, cricketer (century on Test debut for India)

Person of interestWhitey Ford

Oct 21 Whitey Ford [Edward Charles Ford], American hall of fame baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in NYC

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Oct 21 Vern Mikkelsen, Parlier, CA, basketball player (Lakers, HOF), (d. 2013)
  • Oct 24 Ken Hough, cricketer (NZ pace bowler in two Tests v England 1959)
  • Oct 27 Datta Gaekwad, Indian cricketer (father of Anshuman, batted in 11 Tests 50's), born in Vadodara, India
  • Oct 27 Kyle Rote, NFL halfback (NY Giants 1951-61), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2002)
  • Oct 28 Wim van Heumen, coach of Dutch field hockey team
  • Oct 28 Lawrie Reilly, Edinburgh, Scotland, footballer (Hibernian, 28 caps), (d. 2013)
  • Nov 1 James Bradford, American heavyweight weightlifter (Olympic silver 1952, 56), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • Nov 1 Leon Hart, NFLer (Heisman Trophy)
  • Nov 11 Trevor Meale, cricketer (batted in 2 Tests NZ v England 1958)
  • Nov 13 Steve Bilko, American baseball player, born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)
  • Nov 17 Colin McDonald, cricketer (stalwart Australian opening bat for 1950's)
  • Nov 20 John Disley, Welsh athlete (co-founded London Marathon), born in Corris, Gwynedd (d. 2016)
  • Nov 22 Juno Stover-Irwin, American diver (Olympic silver 1956)
  • Nov 22 Pat Smythe, England, equestrian jumper (Olympic bronze 1956)
  • Nov 26 Don Tregonning, Australian tennis player and coach, born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • Nov 27 Edward Greenall, businessman/sportsman
  • Nov 30 Joe B. Hall, American basketball coach
  • Dec 9 André Milhoux, Belgian racing driver
  • Dec 20 Jack Christiansen, Kansas, NFL hall of famer defensive back (Lions)
  • Dec 31 Hugh McElhenny, NFL halfback (SF, Minnesota, Giants, Detroit)
  • Dec 31 Amarillo Slim [Thomas Preston], Amarillo Texas, hall of fame professional poker player (1971 World Series main event), (d. 2012)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 6 Alvin Kraenzlein, American track and field athlete (4 Olympic gold 1900), dies at 51
  • Feb 1 Hughie Jennings, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder, manager (Detroit Tigers manager 1907-20), dies at of meningitis at 58
  • Apr 5 Roy Kilner, cricketer (9 Tests for England 1924-26), dies at 38
  • Sep 25 Karl Schneider, cricketer (South Aust batsman), dies of leukaemia at 23
  • Oct 16 Septimus Kinneir, cricketer (Test for Eng), dies

Person of interestArnold Rothstein

Nov 6 Arnold Rothstein, American gambler and mobster (fixed 1919 World Series), dies of gunshot wounds at 46

Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster Arnold Rothstein
Businessman, Gambler, and Mobster
Arnold Rothstein
  • Dec 1 Arthur Gore, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1901, 08-09), dies at 60
  • Dec 21 Harry Butt, cricketer (England wicket-keeper v South Africa 1895-96), dies