1931 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 17th Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Washington State, 24-0
  • Jan 3 Nels Stewart of Montreal Maroons scores 2 goals in 4 sec (record)
  • Jan 5 1st woman to purchase a baseball team Lucille Thomas purchases Topeka franchise in the Western League
  • Jan 8 Philadelphia Quakers set then NHL record of 15 straight loses
  • Jan 10 Philadelphia Quakers defeat Montreal, ends NHL-record 15-game losing streak

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Jan 16 Bradman scores 223 Australia v West Indies in 297 mins, 26 fours

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

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Jan 31 NHL's Quebec Bulldogs' Joe Malone scores a record 7 goals

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • Feb 4 National League adopts a deader baseball
  • Feb 14 Don Bradman scores 152 for Australia v West Indies, 154 minutes, 13 fours 2 fives
  • Feb 15 Spring training site of NY Yankees in St Petersburg is renamed Miller Huggins Field in honor of the team's late manager
  • Feb 17 1st telecast of a sporting event in Japan (baseball)
  • Feb 21 Chicago White Sox & NY Giants play 1st exhibition night game
  • Feb 28 Canadian Rugby Union adopts the forward pass
  • Mar 4 Bradman bowled by Herman Griffith for a duck as W I win the Test
  • Mar 8 24th Women's Australian Championships: Coral McInnes Buttsworth beats Marjorie Cox Crawford (1-6, 6-3, 6-4)
  • Mar 8 24th Men's Australian Championships: Jack Crawford beats Harry Hopman (6-4, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1)

  • Mar 27 John McGraw says night baseball will not catch on
  • Mar 27 90th Grand National: Bob Lyall aboard Grakle wins
  • Apr 1 Jackie Mitchell became 1st female in professional baseball

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 2 Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • Apr 9 Chicago Cy Wentworth beats Montreal Canadiens at 13:50 of 6th period
  • Apr 12 Joe McCarthy debuts as NY Yankee manager
  • Apr 14 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 3 games to 2
  • Apr 20 35th Boston Marathon won by Jim Henigan of Mass in 2:46:45.8
  • Apr 20 British House of Commons agrees for sports play on Sunday
  • Apr 26 Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season
  • Apr 28 Program for woman athletes approved for 1932 Olympics track & field
  • May 9 56th Preakness: George Ellis aboard Mate wins in 1:59
  • May 10 Golf ball size hail falls in Burlington, New Jersey
  • May 16 57th Kentucky Derby: Charley Kurtsinger on Twenty Grand wins 2:01.8
  • May 30 Phillies Chuck Klein homers off Ben Cantwell (Braves) in both ends DH
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Louis Schneider wins in 5:10:27.948 (155.509 km/h)
  • May 31 36th Men's French Championships: Jean Borotra beats Christian Boussus (2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

May 31 36th Women's French Championships: Cilly Aussem beats Betty Nuthall (8-6, 6-1)

Tennis Player Betty Nuthall
Tennis Player
Betty Nuthall
  • Jun 1 Rozenburg soccer team forms in Rozenburg
  • Jun 5 66th British Golf Open: Tommy Armour shoots a 296 at Carnoustie Golf Links
  • Jun 13 63rd Belmont: Charley Kurtsinger aboard Twenty Grand wins in 2:29.6

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Jun 15 Eddie Collins & Harry Heilmann retire from baseball

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • Jun 27 Ryder Cup Golf, Scioto CC: Walter Hagan captains his 2nd victorious American team; US wins, 9-3
  • Jul 1 Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Indians MLB, Browns NFL, 78,189 capacity) is completed, closed 1993
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Sidney Wood Jr beats fellow American Frank Shields in a walkover - ankle injury

  • Jul 3 German boxer Max Schmeling beats American Young Stribling by TKO in 15 in Cleveland, his first heavyweight title defence
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-German final Cilly Aussem beats Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling 6-2, 7-5
  • Jul 6 US Open Golf, Inverness Club, Ohio: Billy Burke wins by 1 stroke from George Von Elm in a second 36-hole playoff
  • Jul 11 NY Giants beat Phillies 23-8
  • Jul 12 45,715 fans in 35,000 seat Sportsman Park St Louis, help cause many ground ruled doubles, 11 in 1st game & 21 in 2nd game for 32
  • Jul 23 France announces it can't afford to send a team to 1932 LA Olympics
  • Jul 26 26th Davis Cup: France beats Great Britain in Paris (3-2)
  • Jul 26 25th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France
  • Jul 28 White Sox score 11 in 8th to beat Yankees 14-12
  • Aug 8 Wash Senator Bob Burke no-hits Boston Red Sox, 5-0
  • Aug 13 Cincinnati Red Tony Cuccinello goes 6 for 6
  • Aug 15 Spakenburg soccer team forms
  • Aug 18 Lou Gehrig hitless in Detroit, his 1,000th consecutively played game

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 20 45th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Wills Moody beats Eileen Bennett Whittingstall (6-4, 6-1)

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 21 Babe Ruth hits his 600th HR, off George Blaeholder of Browns

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Sep 1 Future Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman Lou Gehrig hits his 3rd grand slam in 4 days & 6th homer in consecutive games in NY Yankees 5-1 win v Boston Red Sox
  • Sep 10 51st U.S. Men's National Championship: Ellsworth Vines beats George Lott (7-9, 6-3, 9-7, 7-5)
  • Sep 16 St Louis Cards repeat as NL champions with a 6-3 win over Phillies
  • Sep 17 Red Sox Earl Webb sets record with 65 en route to 67 doubles
  • Sep 19 14th PGA Championship: Tom Creavy at Wannamoisett CC Rumford RI
  • Sep 19 Lefty Grove wins his 30th game of season over White Sox, 2-1
  • Sep 20 MLB's Lou Gehrig's 4 RBIs break his old RBI mark of 175 en route to 184
  • Sep 24 Round-robin playoff among NYC's 3 major league teams, to raise money for unemployed, concludes with Brooklyn losing to both Giants & Yanks
  • Sep 27 MLB's Lou Gehrig completes his 6th straight season, playing in every game (.3486) Jim Bottomley (.3481)
  • Oct 1 Philadelphia Athletics seek 3rd straight World Series baseball title; beat St. Louis Cardinals, 6-2 in opener at Sportsman's Park; lose series, 4-3
  • Oct 10 St Louis Cards beat Philadelphia A's, 4 games to 3 in 28th World Series
  • Oct 27 Chuhei Numbu of Japan, sets then long jump record at 26' 2½"
  • Oct 29 Lefty Grove, A's pitcher who won 31 games, is named the AL's MVP
  • Nov 12 Maple Leaf Gardens opens in Toronto - Chic Blackhawks beat Leafs, 2-1
  • Nov 17 Bradman scores 135 NSW v South Africa, 128 mins, 15 fours
  • Nov 28 Bradman scores 226, the 1st Test Cricket century at Gabba, v South Africa
  • Dec 5 CFL Grey Cup: Mtl AAA beats Regina, 22-0 at Montreal
  • Dec 7 Bradman scores 219 NSW v South Africa, 234 mins, 15 fours
  • Dec 9 Baseball cuts squad from 25 to 23 players & NL continues to prohibit uniform numbers
  • Dec 19 Bradman scores 112 Australia v South Africa at cricket SCG

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 5 Walt Davis, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1952) and NBA player (Philadelphia Warriors), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • Jan 6 Graeme Hole, cricketer (Australian batsman of the fifties)
  • Jan 17 Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
  • Jan 22 Galina Zybina, USSR, discus thrower (15 world records between 1952-58)
  • Jan 31 Bill Watson, cricketer (NSW & Australian opening batsman mid-50s)
  • Jan 31 Christopher Chataway, British MP/athlete (world record 5k)

Person of interestErnie Banks

Jan 31 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2015)

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Feb 1 Madeline Berthod, Swiss downhill skier (Olympic gold 1956)
  • Feb 6 Fred Trueman, England cricket fast bowler (England 67 Tests, 307 wickets), born in Stainton, England (d. 2006)
  • Feb 9 Josef Masopust, Czech footballer
  • Feb 11 Larry Merchant, author/boxing commentator (Showtime)
  • Feb 14 Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion, NHL right wing (Canadiens, Rangers)
  • Feb 16 Gamini Goonesena, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for Ceylon, Notts)
  • Feb 16 Bobby Collins, Govanhill, Scotland, footballer (Celtic, 31 caps), (d. 2014)
  • Feb 17 Buddy Ryan, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles, Phoenix Cardinals), born in Frederick, Oklahoma (d. 2016)
  • Feb 18 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, born in San Francisco, California
  • Feb 24 Brian Close, cricketer (played for England between 1949 & 1976), born in Rawden, West Riding (d. 2015)
  • Feb 26 Ally MacLeod, Scottish footballer and manager (d. 2004)
  • Mar 4 Bob Johnson, American ice hockey coach (d. 1991)
  • Mar 6 Ed Whitlock, British-born runner, oldest person to run marathon under 4 hrs (at 85), born in London (d. 2017)
  • Mar 8 Neil Adcock, cricketer (South African pace bowler, 104 wkts 1953-62), (d. 2013)
  • Mar 14 Bob Goalby, golfer (British Open-1968, Canadian Open-1968, NZ-1970)
  • Mar 23 Yevdokiya Mekshilo, Soviet skier (Olympic gold 1964), born in Gorno-Altaysk, Russia (d. 2013)
  • Mar 24 Thelma Kalama, American 4 X 100m relay swimmer (Olympic gold 1948)
  • Mar 28 Anatoly Lein, Soviet-born American chess Grandmaster (1968), born in Leningrad, USSR (d. 2018)
  • Mar 31 Miller Barber, American golfer (11 PGA, 3 US Senior Open titles), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d.2013)
  • Apr 3 Johnny Nicholls, English football player, born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire (d. 1995)
  • Apr 9 Bill Gilbert, sports author (They Also Served, Big E), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Apr 13 Daniel "Dan" Gurney, American race-car driver, coach and team owner (All American Racers), born in Port Jefferson, New York (d. 2018)
  • Apr 14 Paul Masnick, Canadian ice hockey player
  • Apr 17 John Bartlett, tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain)
  • Apr 18 Klas Lestander, Swedish 20K biathlon (Olympic gold 1960)
  • Apr 19 Alex Webster, Kearney, New Jersey, football coach (NY Giants), (d. 2012)
  • Apr 22 Robert Dickson, Canadian ice hockey player (1948)

Person of interestWillie Mays

May 6 Willie Mays, American baseball centerfielder (Giants, NY Mets), "Say Hey Kid" (660 HRs, MVP 1954), born in Westfield, Alabama

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 15 Ken Venturi, American golfer, (d. 2013)
  • May 19 Bob Anderson, British racing driver (d. 1967)
  • May 20 Chiharu Igaya, Japan, slalom (Olympic silver 1956)
  • May 20 Ken Boyer, American baseball player (d. 1982)
  • May 28 Raymond Miquel, chairman (Scottish Sports Council)
  • Jun 2 Larry Jackson, baseball player
  • Jun 3 Lindy Remigino, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1952), born in Elmhurst, Queens, New York (d. 2018)
  • Jun 9 Bill Virdon, 2nd baseman (St Louis Cards)/mgr (NY Yankees)
  • Jun 10 Jim [Purvis] Ferree Jr, Pine Bluff NC, PGA golfer (1958 Vancouver)
  • Jun 15 Bernice Gera, first woman umpire in US pro baseball, born in Ernest, Pennsylvania (d. 1992)
  • Jun 21 Enzo Maiorca, Italian freediver (17 world records), born in Syracuse, Sicily (d. 2016)
  • Jun 24 Billy Casper, American golfer and three time PGA Player of the Year (1966, 1968 and 1970), born in San Diego, California (d. 2015)
  • Jun 28 Junior Johnson, American NASCAR driver
  • Jun 28 Lucien Victor, Belgian cyclist (d. 1995)
  • Jul 4 Peter Richardson, British cricketer (England batsman mid-50's), born in Hereford, England (d. 2017)
  • Jul 4 Rick Casares, NFL fullback (Chicago Bears), born in Tampa, Florida (d. 2013)
  • Jul 6 László Tábori, Hungarian middle/long distance runner (1,500m world record 1955), born in Košice, Slovakia (d. 2018)

Person of interestRoone Arledge

Jul 8 Roone Arledge, American President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football), born in NYC, New York

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer and President of ABC Sports
Roone Arledge
  • Jul 20 Tony Marsh, English racing driver
  • Jul 23 Viktor Korchnoi, Russian-born chess grandmaster, born in Leningrad (d. 2016)
  • Jul 24 Éric Tabarly, French Navy officer and yachtsman, born in Nantes, France (d. 1998)
  • Jul 26 Takashi Ono, Japanese gymnast (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, Japan
  • Jul 28 Johnny Martin, Australian cricket left-arm chinaman bowler (60's)
  • Jul 31 Nick Bollettieri, American tennis coach, born in Pelham, New York
  • Aug 1 Trevor Goddard, South African cricketer (South African opening batsman & opening bowler), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa (d. 2016)
  • Aug 2 Eddie Fuller, South African cricketer (South African fast bowler in 7 Tests 1952-58), born in Worcester, Western Cape, South Africa (d. 2008)
  • Aug 2 Viliam Schrojf, Slovak footballer, born in Prague, Czechoslovakia (d. 2007)
  • Aug 4 Narendra Tamhane, Indian cricket wicketkeeper (1950's), born in Bombay, India
  • Aug 9 Chuck Essegian, American baseball player
  • Aug 13 Norman Read, New Zealand 50K walker (Olympic gold 1956), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 1944)
  • Aug 18 Dick White, English footballer
  • Aug 19 Bill Shoemaker, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (8,833 career victories, Kentucky Derby 1955, 59, 65, 86), born in Fabens, Texas (d. 2003)
  • Aug 20 Don King, boxing promoter best known for his association with Mike Tyson and for his unusual hairstyles
  • Aug 27 Joe Cunningham, American baseball player

Person of interestJean Beliveau

Aug 31 Jean Marc Beliveau, Canadian NHL player (Montreal Canadiens, 10 Stanley Cups), born in Trois-Rivieres Quebec, (d. 2014)

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • Sep 3 Dick Motta, American NBA coach (856 wins, Its not over 'til the fat lady sings), born in Midvale, Utah
  • Sep 7 Al McGuire, American basketball coach (Marquette), born in NYC, New York (d. 2001)
  • Sep 13 Marjorie Jackson, Australian sprinter (Olympic gold 1952) and 33rd Governor of South Australia, born in Coffs Harbour, Australia
  • Sep 23 Ruud van den Hende, sports reporter
  • Sep 26 Vijay Manjrekar, Indian cricketer (father of Sanjay, reliable Indian batsman), born in Bombay, India (d. 1983)
  • Sep 30 Ray Willsey, Regina Sask, WLAF def coordinator (Frankfurt, Scotland)

Person of interestGlenn Hall

Oct 3 Glenn Hall, National Hockey League goaltender (butterfly goalkeeping), born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan

NHL Goalie Glenn Hall
NHL Goalie
Glenn Hall
  • Oct 4 Basil D'Oliveira, cricketer (England all-rounder of late 60's)
  • Oct 13 Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 2001)
  • Oct 13 Raymond Kopa [Kopaszewski], French footballer 'the Napoleon of football', born in Noeux-les-Mines (d. 2017)

Person of interestMickey Mantle

Oct 20 Mickey Mantle, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (1956 Triple Crown, 20-time All Star), born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma (d. 1995)

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Oct 21 Jim Parks, cricketer (England batsman-keeper in 46 Tests 1954-68)
  • Oct 23 Jim Bunning, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, politician (perfect game vs Mets 1965, Rep. Senator-Ky), born in Southgate, Kentucky (d. 2017)
  • Oct 25 Jimmy McIlroy, Irish footballer and football manager, born in Lambeg, Ireland
  • Nov 6 Peter Collins, English race car driver, born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England (d. 1958)
  • Nov 9 Tommy Greenhough, English cricketer (English leg-spinner in 4 Tests 1959-60), born in Rochdale, Lancashire (d. 2009)
  • Nov 9 Whitey Herzog, American baseball manager (St Louis Cardinals), born in New Athens, Illinois
  • Nov 23 Yevgeni Grischin, USSR, 500m/1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • Nov 25 Dickie Jeeps, English rugby international/chairman Sports Council
  • Nov 26 Giuliana Chenal-Minuzzo, Italian downhill skier (Olympic bronze 1952)
  • Nov 29 André Noyelle, Belgian cyclist (d. 2003)

Person of interestBill Walsh

Nov 30 Bill Walsh, NFL coach (San Francisco 49ers), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)

American Football Coach Bill Walsh
American Football Coach
Bill Walsh
  • Dec 4 Alex Delvecchio, Canadian ice hockey player

Person of interestTom Brookshier

Dec 16 Tom Brookshier, American football player and sportscaster, born in Roswell, New Mexico (d. 2010)

NFL Sportscaster Tom Brookshier
NFL Sportscaster
Tom Brookshier
  • Dec 18 Noel McGregor, cricketer (batted in 25 Tests for NZ 1955-65)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 9 Wayne Munn, wrestler (b. 1896)
  • Mar 28 Ban Johnson, American baseball executive, founder and President of the American League, dies after a long illness at 67
  • Mar 31 Knute Rockne, football player/coach, dies in a plane crash at 43
  • Apr 25 Bert Hopkins, Australian cricketer (20 Tests for Aust, 509 runs), dies at 56
  • Apr 30 Sammy Woods, cricketer (3 Tests for Australia, 3 for England), dies
  • May 5 Glen Kidston, British aviator and racing driver (b. 1899)
  • Jul 7 Johannes "Kodgee" Kotze, South African cricketer (South Africa 1902-07), dies at 51
  • Jul 16 Charles Studd, cricketer (5 Tests for England 1882-83), dies
  • Sep 5 John Thomson, football player who died in an accidental collision during a match (b. 1909)
  • Sep 20 Sam Morris, cricketer (one Test Aust v Eng 1884), dies
  • Oct 2 Thomas Johnstone Lipton, sportsman/merchant, dies
  • Oct 24 Murray Bisset, cricketer (S Afr)/Chief Justice of Rhodesia, dies
  • Oct 26 Charles Comiskey, baseball team owner (b. 1859)
  • Nov 2 Harry Musgrove, cricketer (Test for Australia 1885), dies
  • Nov 6 Jack Chesbro, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NY Highlanders - won 41 games 1904), dies of heart attack at 57