On This Day

Events in Sport in 1907

  • Jan 1 Joe Gans lands a devastating right to the head of Canadian challenger Kid Herman to retain his world lightweight boxing title with an 8th round knockout in Tonopah, Nevada
  • Jan 21 Stanley Cup Hockey, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Kenora Thistles (ON) beat Montreal Wanderers, 8-6 for 12-8 aggregate challenge series victory
  • Mar 16 First 1st-class cricket game between NSW & Western Australia
  • Mar 22 69th Grand National: Alf Newey wins aboard 8/1 chance Eremon
  • Mar 25 Stanley Cup, Winnipeg Auditorium, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Montreal Wanderers lose to Kenora Thistles, 6-5 but win on 2 game aggregate, 12-8
  • Apr 11 NY Giant Roger Bresnahan becomes 1st catcher to wear shin guards
  • Apr 15 11th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Tom Longboat in race record 2:24:24
  • May 6 33rd Kentucky Derby: Andy Minder aboard Pink Star wins in 2:12.6
  • May 8 Boston's Big Jeff Pfeffer no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 6-0

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

May 8 Canadian Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after beating "Philadelphia" Jack O'Brien on points in 20 rounds in Los Angeles, California

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • May 21 32nd Preakness: G Mountain aboard Don Enrique wins in 1:45.4
  • May 26 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ed Walsh no-hits NY Highlanders, 8-1 in 5 inning game
  • May 30 41st Belmont: G Mountain aboard Peter Pan wins
  • Jun 11 George Dennett, aided by Gilbert Jessop, dismisses Northamptonshire for 12 runs, the lowest total in first-class cricket
  • Jun 21 US Open Men's Golf, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Alec Ross of Scotland posts 4 sub-80 rounds to win his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Gilbert Nicholls
  • Jun 21 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Frenchman Arnaud Massy wins by 2 strokes from J.H. Taylor; first non-Briton to win Open Championship

  • Jun 28 Nationals steal a record 13 bases off catcher Branch Rickey
  • Jul 2 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Evelyn Sears beats fellow American Carrie Neely 6-3, 6-2 for her lone major singles title
  • Jul 4 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns KOs Bill Squires of Australia in round 1 in Colma, California, his 6th title defence
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Australian Norman Brookes becomes the first non-Englishman and left-hander to win Wimbledon beating Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American May Sutton avenges previous year's defeat, beating Dorothea Chambers 6-1, 6-4
  • Jul 6 Tom Reece takes 5 weeks to compile the highest recorded billiards break in a match (499,135) in London, his 'cradle' cannon method is soon banned
  • Jul 23 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: Norman Brookes beats Herbert Roper Barrett 6-2, 6-0, 6-3 to give Australasia a 3-2 win over British Isles

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Aug 2 Legendary pitcher Walter Johnson at 19 begins his 21 year Baseball Hall of Fame playing career with Washington with 3-2 loss v Detroit

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Aug 4 Tour de France: Lucien Petit-Breton of France beats countryman Gustave Garrigou to win first of 2 Tour victories
  • Aug 7 Washington Senators legendary pitcher Walter Johnson wins first of his 416 career wins, 7-2 v Cleveland
  • Aug 11 St Louis Card Ed Karger pitches perfect game vs Braves, 4-0 in 7 inn
  • Aug 23 Pitts Howie Camnitz no-hits NY Giants, 1-0 in 5 inning game
  • Aug 24 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Brisbane : Australian Horace Rice beats Harry Parker of New Zealand 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
  • Aug 28 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Larned beats Robert LeRoy 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 for his third US singles title
  • Sep 13 Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU) forms with merge of Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts (ORFU) and Ottawa Rough Riders, Montreal FC (QRFU)
  • Sep 20 Pitts Nick Maddox no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 2-1
  • Oct 5 Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU) plays first game; Montreal beats Toronto, 17-8 in Montreal
  • Oct 12 Cubs beat Tigers 4 games to 0 with 1 tie in 4th World Series
  • Oct 31 Calgary City Rugby Football Club's 1st game defeating Strathcona Rugby Foot-ball Club 15-0 at Calgary
  • Nov 9 Edmonton Rugby Foot-ball Club 1st game, loses to Calgary City Rugby Foot-ball Club 26-5 at Edmonton Exhibition Grounds
  • Nov 13 French cyclist Paul Cornu flies 1st helicopter (twin rotor)
  • Nov 16 12th Iron Bowl: Auburn and Alabama tie 6-6 in Birmingham
  • Dec 2 Association of Football Players' and Trainers' Union (English Professional Football Players' Association) is formed by Charlie Roberts and Billy Meredith in Manchester, England
  • Dec 2 Canadian world heavyweight boxing champion Tommy Burns retains his title; KOs Englishman Gunner Moir in 10th round at the National Sporting Club, Covent Garden, London
  • Dec 7 Eugene Corri becomes 1st referee in a boxing ring
  • Dec 30 Abraham Mills' commission declares Abner Doubleday invented baseball