Events in Sport in 1903

  • Jan 9 Baseball's National & American Leagues make peace
  • Jan 9 Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchase the American League's Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and move it to NYC (later the NY Yankees)
  • Jan 19 New bicycle race "Tour de France" announced
  • Feb 4 Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winn Victorias, 2 games to 1 & 1 tie
  • Feb 7 VVV '03 Soccer team forms in Venlo
  • Feb 28 Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000
  • Mar 10 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Montreal AAA in 2 games
  • Mar 12 NY Highlanders (Yankees) approved as members of AL
  • Mar 14 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Rat Portage Thisles in 2 games
  • Mar 22 NY Highlanders (Yankees) tickets 1st go on sale
  • Mar 27 65th Grand National: Percy Woodland aboard Drumcree wins
  • Apr 20 7th Boston Marathon won by John Lorden of Mass in 2:41:29.8
  • Apr 22 Highlanders (Yankees) 1st game in New York at Hilltop Park vs Washington Senators, lose 3-1 before 11,950
  • Apr 23 NY Highlanders (Yankees) win their 2nd game beating Washington Senators 7-2
  • Apr 30 NY Highlanders (Yankees) 1st home game, (Hilltop Park-168th St & Broadway, Manhattan), they beat Washington Senators, 6-2
  • May 2 29th Kentucky Derby: Hal Booker riding Judge Himes wins in 2:09
  • May 3 AVC Heracles (SC Heracles '74) soccer team forms in Almelo
  • May 6 Chicago White Sox commit 12 errors against Detroit Tigers
  • May 17 Cleve Indians beat NY Highlanders 9-2 in Columbus Ohio
  • May 27 37th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Africander wins in 2:21.75
  • May 30 28th Preakness: W Gannon aboard Flocarline wins in 1:44.8
  • Jun 2 Pirates win a triple header from Dodgers
  • Jun 11 43rd British Golf Open: Harry Vardon shoots a 300 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Jun 16 1st Highlander (Yankee) shut-out victory 1-0 over White Sox
  • Jun 25 Yanks & White Sox end deadlocked at 6-6 in 18
  • Jun 25 Boston Beaneater Wiley Piatt is only 20th-century pitcher to lose 2 complete games in one day, falling to Pittsburgh 1-0 & 5-3
  • Jun 27 9th US Golf Open: Willie Anderson shoots a 307 at Baltusrol GC NJ
  • Jun 27 17th U.S. Women's National Championship: Elisabeth Moore beats Marion Jones (7-5, 8-6)
  • Jul 1 1st Tour de France bicycle race begins
  • Jul 1 20th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats E Larcombe (4-6 6-4 6-2)
  • Jul 1 27th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats Frank Riseley (7-5 6-3 6-0)
  • Jul 2 Pitcher Jack Doscher, 1 son of a major leaguer debuts with Cubs
  • Jul 19 1st Tour de France won by Maurice Garin of France
  • Aug 8 3rd Davis Cup: British Isles beats USA in Boston (4-1)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 14 James J Jeffries KOs James J Corbett in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Aug 15 New Zealand's All Blacks play their first Rugby Test Match against Australia's Wallabies at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney; New Zealand win 22-3
  • Aug 19 Philadelphia Phillies suffer record 9th straight postponed game
  • Aug 26 Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game
  • Aug 26 23rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Laurence Doherty beats William Larned (6-0, 6-3, 10-8)
  • Sep 3 Resolute beats Shamrock III (England) in 13th America's Cup
  • Sep 7 Federation of American Motorcyclists organized in NY
  • Sep 18 Phillies' Chick Fraser no-hits Chicago Cubs, 10-0
  • Sep 24 Bill Bradley becomes 1st Cleveland baseball player (Cleveland Naps) to hit for cycle
  • Oct 1 1st baseball World Series, Pittsburgh Pirates vs Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox)
  • Oct 13 Pilgrims beat Pirates 5 games to 3 in 1st World Series
  • Oct 23 8th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 18-6 in Montgomery
  • Dec 14 Reg Foster completes 287 England v Australia on Test Cricket debut