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Events in Sport in 1904

  • Jan 4 Stanley Cup, Aberdeen Pavilion, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa HC beats Winnipeg Rowing Club, 2-0 for 2-1 challenge series victory
  • Jan 28 1st college sports letters given to Seniors who played on University of Chicago's football team are awarded blankets with letter "C" on them
  • Feb 25 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games
  • Feb 28 Football club Sport Lisboa (Benfica) founded in Lisbon, Portugal
  • Mar 2 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers and Ottawa HC tie, 5-5; Montreal disqualified for refusing to play second game in Ottawa
  • Mar 3 England cricket all-rounder Bernard Bosanquet takes 6 for 51 as tourists dismiss Australia for 171 in the 4th Test in Sydney to regain the Ashes; take an unassailable, 3-1 series lead
  • Mar 8 Australian cricket spin bowler Hugh Trumble dismisses England batsmen Bernard Bosanquet, Plum Warner and Dick Lilley for his second Test hat-trick in 5th Test victory in Melbourne; Trumble's final Test
  • Mar 9 Brandon's Lester Patrick becomes 1st hockey defenseman to score a goal
  • Mar 11 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Brandon Wheat Kings in 2 games
  • Mar 25 66th Grand National: Arthur Birch wins aboard 25/1 New Zealand bred Moifaa; horse survives shipwreck off Ireland a year earlier
  • Apr 5 The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
  • Apr 18 8th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring in 2:38:04.4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 21 Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Apr 25 NY Highlander Jack Chesbro's 1st of 41 wins this year
  • May 2 30th Kentucky Derby: Shorty Prior riding Elwood wins in 2:08.50

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 5 Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in "modern" baseball as the Boston Americans beat Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young

  • May 21 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) forms in Paris
  • May 25 38th Belmont: George Odom aboard Delhi wins in 2:06.6
  • May 27 NL record of 5 stolen bases in a game (Dennis McGann, NY Giants)
  • May 28 29th Preakness: Eugene Hildebrand aboard Bryn Mawr wins in 1:44.2
  • Jun 10 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Jack White wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up James Braid and J.H. Taylor, both former champions
  • Jun 11 Cubs' Bob Wicker no-hits NY Giants, wins in 12th on 1 hitter, 1-0
  • Jun 21 Boston Herald tells of Red Sox trade "Dougherty as a Yankee," 1st known reference to NY club as Yankees (became Yankees in 1913)
  • Jun 25 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: May Sutton beats defending champion Elisabeth Moore 6-1, 6-2 for her first of 3 major titles
  • Jun 27 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty wins 3rd consecutive Wimbledon singles crown; beats Frank Riseley for 2nd straight year 6-1, 7-5, 8-6

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jun 28 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Reigning champion Dorothea Chambers beats Charlotte Cooper 6-0, 6-3

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper

Olympic Games1st US Olympic Games

Jul 1 III Summer (Modern) Olympic Games open in St Louis, the first held in the United States

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Poster promoting the 1904 Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis
Poster promoting the 1904 Summer Olympic Games in St. Louis
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  • Jul 1 Willie Anderson becomes the first 2-time Western Open golf champion, beating fellow Scot Alex Smith by 4 strokes at Michigan's Kent CC
  • Jul 4 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Laurence Doherty & Reggie Doherty beat Paul de Borman & William le Maire de Warzée 6-0, 6-1, 6-3 to give British Isles an unassailable 3-0 lead over Belgium (ends 5-0)
  • Jul 5 NY Giants 18-game winning streak ends as Phillies win 6-5 in 10 innings at Huntington Park
  • Jul 9 US Open Men's Golf, Glen View GC: defending champion Willie Anderson of Scotland wins the 3rd of his 4 Open titles, 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Gilbert Nicholls
  • Jul 24 2nd Tour de France won by Henri Cornet of France
  • Aug 10 Higlanders Jack Chesbro ends string of 30 consecutive complete games
  • Aug 17 Boston's Jesse Tannehell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 6-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Aug 25 Champion James J. Jeffries scores a 2nd round TKO win over Jack Munroe in San Francisco; Jeffries retires after his 7th heavyweight boxing title defence

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Aug 30 Thomas Hicks wins 3rd Olympics marathon (3:28:53.0) (40 km)

  • Aug 31 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Holcombe Ward beats William Clothier 10-8, 6-4, 9-7 for his lone major singles title
  • Sep 3 For the only time in Olympic Games history, there is a throw-off in the discus final after Americans Martin Sheridan & Ralph Rose tie with a best throw of 128' 10½" in St. Louis; Sheridan wins with 127' 10¼"
  • Sep 6 Soccer team Rheden forms
  • Sep 9 Boston Herald again refers to NY baseball club as Yankees, when it reports "Yankees take 2," Yankee name not official till 1913
  • Sep 30 White Sox lefty Doc White, pitches his 5th shutout in 18 days
  • Oct 2 White Sox left-hander Doc White's streak of 45 consecutive MLB scoreless innings is snapped by the New York Highlanders in Chicago; White Sox win, 7-1 at South Side Park III
  • Oct 3 NY Giants pitcher Christy Mathewson strikes out 16 Cardinals in a 3-1 Giants victory; new MLB record; finishes the game in 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Oct 7 NY Highlander Jack Chesbro wins record 41st game of season (41-12)
  • Oct 8 Vanderbilt Cup, first major trophy in American auto racing is conducted on public roads in Nassau County area of Long Island, NY; inaugural winner, American driver George Heath in a Panhard
  • Oct 10 Yanks 2 games out play 1st place Red Sox on final day doubleheader 41 game winner Jack Chesbro loses 1st game and chance at pennant
  • Oct 10 Boston pitchers achieve 148 complete games-an AL record, also record for total complete games AL 1,098, NL 1,089
  • Nov 12 9th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 29-5 in Birmingham
  • Nov 23 III Summer (Modern) Olympic Games close in St Louis
  • Dec 19 Dawson City hockey team begins 9 day walk to get a boat to Seattle to catch a train to Ottawa to play in Stanley Cup on Jan 13 1905