On This Day

Events in Sport in 1914

  • Jan 10 Norwegian speed skater Oscar Mathisen skates world 500m record in 43.7s in Oslo, Norway
  • Feb 1 Chicago White Sox and New York Giants play a 10-inning, 3-3 tie in Cairo, Egypt in an exhibition MLB game; part of special 56-game world tour

Sports History

Feb 7 Charlie Chaplin debuts silent film character The Tramp in "Kid Auto Races at Venice"

  • Mar 19 Stanley Cup, Arena Gardens, Toronto ON: Toronto HC (NHA) defeat Victoria Aristocrats (PCHA), 2-1 for a 3-0 series sweep; final series of the "challenge" era
  • Mar 20 1st international figure-skating tournament held in US, New Haven
  • Mar 27 76th Grand National: Bill Smith aboard Sunloch wins by 8 lengths from Trianon III
  • Apr 20 18th Boston Marathon won by Canadian James Duffy in 2:25:01.2

Sports History

Apr 22 Babe Ruth's 1st professional game (as a pitcher) is a 6-hit 6-0 win

  • May 9 40th Kentucky Derby: John McCabe aboard Old Rosebud wins in 2:03.4
  • May 16 American Horseshoe Pitchers Association organizes in Kansas City
  • May 16 Ewing Field baseball park opens near Masonic Street, San Francisco. Relocated a year later.
  • May 21 39th Preakness: Andy Schuttinger aboard Holiday wins in 1:53.8
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Frenchman René Thomas driving for Louis Delâge wins ahead of Arthur Duray of Belgium
  • May 31 Chicago White Sox Joe Benz no-hits Cleveland Indians, 6-1

Baseball Record

Jun 9 Pittsburgh Pirate baseball shortstop Honus Wagner is 2nd player to get 3,000 hits

  • Jun 13 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Mary Browne wins her 3rd consecutive US title beating fellow American Marie Wagner 6–2, 1–6, 6–1; event moves to Forest Hills 1915

Sports History

Jun 19 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Harry Vardon of Jersey wins a record 6th Open Championship, 3 strokes ahead of defending champion J.H. Taylor

  • Jun 20 46th Belmont: Merritt Buxton aboard Luke McLuke wins in 2:20

Boxing Title Fight

Jun 27 Defending champion Jack Johnson beats fellow American Frank Moran on points in 20 rounds in Paris, France to retain his lineal heavyweight boxing title

  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Dorothea Chambers wins her 7th and last Wimbledon singles title beating Ethel Larcombe 7-5, 6-4

Wimbledon Men's Tennis

Jul 4 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Australian Norman Brookes beats 4-time defending champion Anthony Wilding of New Zealand 6-4, 6-4, 7-5

  • Jul 5 MLB Boston Braves (26-40) are 15 games back in NL, go on to win World Series 4-0 vs Philadelphia A's

Sports History

Jul 7 Baltimore Orioles owner Jack Dunn offers future baseball legend Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore & Ben Egan for $10k to Connie Mack (Philadelphia A's); refuses pleading lack of finance

  • Jul 9 Boston Red Sox purchase future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth's contract from minor league Baltimore Orioles
  • Jul 11 Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth makes his MLB debut as a pitcher for Boston Red Sox; earns 4-3 win against the Cleveland Naps at Fenway Park
  • Jul 14 NL's Boston Braves start climb from last place to world series sweep
  • Jul 19 Boston Braves begin drive from last to the NL pennant with a 3-2 win against the 2nd placed Cincinnati Reds

Sports History

Jul 25 Last day of club cricket for English legend W. G. Grace at age 66: makes unbeaten 69 runs for Eltham against Grove Park

  • Jul 26 12th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
  • Jul 27 Roda JC soccer team forms in Kerkrade
  • Aug 3 NY Yankees catcher Les Nunamaker throws out 3 Tigers' runners to 2nd base during the 1st innings, only time in 20th Century
  • Aug 15 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, NYC, New York: Norman Brookes beats American Dick Norris Williams 6-1, 6-2, 8-10, 6-3 to give Australasia unassailable 3-1 lead; win 3-2
  • Aug 18 Swiss track and road bicycle racer Oscar Egg sets new hour world record of 44.247 km at the outdoor Vélodrome Buffalo in Paris; record stands until 1933

US Golf Open

Aug 21 US Open Men's Golf, Midlothian CC: 21-year old Walter Hagen holds off amateur Chick Evans by 1 stroke to win the first of his 2 Open titles; first of 11 major championships

  • Sep 1 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, R.I.: R. Norris Williams wins his first major title beating defending champion Maurice McLoughlin 6-3, 8-6, 10-8; final event at Newport Casino, moves to Forest Hills, NY
  • Sep 9 Boston Brave George Davis no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 7-0
  • Sep 12 Yankee shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, 23, becomes youngest manager
  • Sep 23 Reds drop their 19th straight game, then beat Boston Braves
  • Sep 27 Cleveland 2nd baseman Nap Lajoie collects his 3,000th hit
  • Sep 29 Boston Braves, who were in last place in mid-July, clinch NL pennant
  • Oct 13 Baseball World Series: Boston Braves beat Philadelphia A's, 3-1 at Fenway Park for first 4-game sweep in WS history; 'Miracle Braves' last in NL July 4
  • Nov 28 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Melbourne: All-Australian final; Arthur O'Hara Wood beats Gerald Patterson 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1

Sports History

Dec 4 Walter Johnson accepts money from Federal League Chicago Whales; Clark Griffith threatens to take Johnson to court

  • Dec 5 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Argonauts win first Championship; beat U of Toronto Blues, 14-2