Events in Sport in 1909

  • Jan 1 American Robert Fowler runs then world record marathon (2:52:45.4) at Yonkers, NY
  • Feb 12 American James Clark runs world record marathon (2:46:52.6) in NYC

Sports History

Feb 18 Boston Red Sox trade Cy Young, at 41, to Cleveland Naps

  • Mar 21 Moran & MacFarland (US) wins Europe's 1st 6 day bicycle race (Berlin)
  • Mar 26 71st Grand National: Georges Parfrement wins aboard French 100/9 hope Lutteur III
  • Mar 31 National Baseball Commission rules players who jump contracts to be suspended for 5 years; players joining outlaw organizations suspended for 3 years
  • Apr 12 Philadelphia's Shibe Park (later Connie Mack Stadium) opens; Athletics win 81 against Boston Red Sox
  • Apr 19 13th Boston Marathon won by Henri Renaud in 2:53:36.8

Baseball Record

May 2 Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

  • May 3 35th Kentucky Derby: Vincent Powers on Wintergreen wins in 2:08.2
  • May 8 American Albert Raines runs world record marathon (2:46:04.6) in NYC
  • May 8 British runner Henry Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31) in the Polytechnic Marathon in London
  • May 12 34th Preakness: Willie Doyle aboard Effendi wins in 1:39.8
  • May 13 First Giro d'Italia takes place in Milan - Italian cyclist Luigi Ganna is the winner

Boxing Title Fight

May 19 In his first title defence Jack Johnson fights 'Philadelphia' Jack O'Brien to a no decision in 6 rounds in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to retain his world heavyweight crown

  • Jun 2 43rd Belmont: Eddie Dugan riding Joe Madden wins in 2:21.6

Sports History

Jun 11 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Cinque Ports GC: Englishman J.H. Taylor wins Championship for a 4th time, 6 strokes ahead of runners-up Tom Ball and James Braid

  • Jun 15 Representatives from England, Australia and South Africa meet at Lord's and form the Imperial Cricket Conference.

Olympic Gold

Jun 16 Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic gold medals

  • Jun 25 US Open Men's Golf, Englewood GC: Englishman George Sargent sets a new Open scoring record to win his only major title, 4 strokes ahead of runner-up Tom McNamara
  • Jun 27 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman outclasses defending champion Maud Barger-Wallach 6-0, 6-1 for first of 3 straight US singles titles
  • Jun 30 Jack Johnson fights Tony Ross to a no decision in 6 rounds at Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to retain his heavyweight boxing title
  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dora Boothby earns her only Wimbledon title with a 6-4, 4-6, 8-6 win over Agnes Morton
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Arthur Gore beats Josiah Ritchie 6-8, 1-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 for back-to-back titles
  • Jul 8 1st pro baseball game (minor league) played under lights

Baseball Record

Jul 15 Detroit's future Baseball Hall of Fame center-fielder Ty Cobb smashes 2 inside-the-park homers to lead the Tigers to a sweep of the Washington Senators, 9-5 and 7-0

  • Jul 16 MLB Detroit Tigers and Washington Senators play longest scoreless game in AL history - 18 innings at Bennett Field in Detroit, Michigan [1]
  • Jul 19 Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball completes the first modern MLB unassisted triple play in the Indians' 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox
  • Jul 24 Brooklyn Superbas pitcher Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Pittsburgh Pirates in a 1-0 victory at Washington Park, Brooklyn
  • Jul 30 John Heyder becomes president of baseball's National League
  • Aug 1 Tour de France: François Faber of Luxembourg becomes the first foreigner to win the cycling classic

Sports History

Aug 3 MLB umpire Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting in the face of A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins who had questioned a call; 2 weeks later Hurst banned for life

  • Aug 19 Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of automobile race Indianapolis 500, opens in Speedway, Indiana
  • Aug 26 Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 & 13-67 for Middlesex v Gloucester
  • Aug 26 Middlesex beat Gloucester (Bristol) at cricket by an innings & 31 runs in a single day
  • Aug 27 Future Baseball HOF pitcher Jack Chesbro's final game for NY Highlanders; 17-6 loss to the Tigers at Bennett Park, Detroit
  • Aug 27 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: William Larned beats William Clothier 6-1, 6-2, 5-7, 1-6, 6-1 for his 3rd straight & 5th overall US singles title
  • Aug 31 A. J. Reach Co. patents cork-centered baseball
  • Aug 31 Swedish runner Thure Johansson runs world record marathon (2:40:34.2) in Stockholm
  • Sep 9 Jack Johnson retains his heavyweight boxing title when he fights Al Kaufman to a no decision in 10 rounds at Coffroth's Arena, San Francisco, California
  • Sep 13 Ty Cobb clinches AL HR title with his 9th HR (all inside-the-park)
  • Sep 18 Largest paid baseball attendance (35,409), A's beat Tigers, 2-0 in Det
  • Oct 2 First Rugby Union match is played at the English RFU owned Twickenham ground; Harlequins beat Richmond, 14-10
  • Oct 9 Ty Cobb steals home in World Series game
  • Oct 14 Pirates beat Tigers, 5-4, forces 1st full 7 game world series
  • Oct 16 Baseball World Series: Pittsburgh Pirates beat Detroit Tigers, 8-0 at Bennett Park to clinch 4-3 series win; Tigers' third straight WS defeat
  • Oct 16 In his 4th title defence Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in the 12th round at Mission St Arena, Colma, California to retain his heavyweight boxing crown

Sports History

Oct 25 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Perth: Anthony Wilding of New Zealand wins his 2nd Australasian title; beats Ernie Parker of Australia 6–1, 7–5, 6–2

  • Nov 16 Dutch football club FC Eindhoven is founded in southern part of the city; Eredivisie 1954; KNVB Cup 1937

Sports History

Nov 29 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Sydney, Australia: Norman Brookes & Anthony Wilding beat Americans Melville Long & Maurice McLoughlin 12-10, 9-7, 6-3; Australasia unassailable 3-0 lead; win 5-0

  • Dec 2 National Hockey Association (NHA) is formed in Montreal; original members include Montreal Wanderers and Montreal Canadiens; becomes NHL after some NHA teams leave due to ownership disagreements, and create their own league
  • Dec 4 1st CFL Grey Cup, Rosedale Field, Toronto: University of Toronto Blues beat Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club, 26-6; Blues undefeated
  • Dec 4 Oldest still-operating NHL franchise is officially established as J. Ambrose O’Brien and Jack Laviolette create the “Club de Hockey Canadien,” known today as the Montreal Canadiens
  • Dec 15 Thomas J. Lynch becomes president of baseball's National League