On This Day

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

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

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • 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 15 NY Giant Red Ames 2nd no-hitter, loses in 13 on a 7 hitter to Dodgers
  • Apr 19 13th Boston Marathon won by Henri Renaud in 2:53:36.8

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
MLB Shortshop
Honus Wagner
  • 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 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
  • May 19 Jack Johnson fights Jack O'Brien to no decision in 6 for boxing title
  • May 26 British runner Henry Barrett runs world record marathon (2:42:31) in London
  • Jun 2 43rd Belmont: Eddie Dugan riding Joe Madden wins in 2:21.6

  • 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.

OlympicsOlympic 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

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 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 no decision in 6 for 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 15 Ty Cobb hits 2 inside-the-park HRs

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Jul 19 Cleveland shortstop Neal Ball executes an unassisted triple play
  • Jul 24 Bkln Dodger Nap Rucker strikes out 16 Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 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

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Aug 4 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

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • Aug 19 Indianapolis 500 race track opens
  • Aug 26 Frank Tarrant scores cricket 145 & 13-67 for Middlesex v Gloucs
  • 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 fights Al Kaufman to no decision in 10 for boxing title
  • 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 8 Chicago Cubs beat NY Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant
  • 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 Jack Johnson KOs Stanley Ketchel in 12 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Oct 16 Pirates beat Tigers 4 games to 3 in 6th World Series
  • 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 EVV Eindhoven soccer team forms
  • Nov 30 9th Davis Cup: Australasia beats USA in Sydney (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