On This Day

Events in Sport in 1919

Sport awardRose Bowl

Jan 1 5th Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Great Lakes, US Navy beats Mare Island, USMC, 17-0; MVP: George Halas, US Navy

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas
  • Jan 13 Dutch Soccer team OSV forms
  • Jan 14 John McGraw, Charles A Stoneham and Judge MCQuade buy NY Giants
  • Feb 1 Brooklyn Robins trade former NL MVP Jake Daubert to Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Tommy Griffith; result of a salary grievance

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Feb 18 Cy Denneny of NHL Ottawa Senators scores record 52nd goal

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • Feb 20 Foundation NHL club Toronto Arenas are permitted to cease operations due to financial difficulties; later become Toronto St. Patricks and then Maple Leafs
  • Mar 1 Future Hockey Hall of Fame center Newsy Lalonde sets a playoff record with 5 goals in the Canadiens' 6-3 win over Ottawa in NHL Championship Game 3 in Montreal
  • Mar 6 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens beat Ottawa Senators, 3 games to 1 with 1 tie
  • Mar 28 78th Grand National: Ernie Piggott wins aboard Poethlyn; shortest price winner in history at 11-4
  • Apr 1 Stanley Cup Final, Seattle Ice Arena, Seattle, WA: With Montreal Canadiens (NHL) & Seattle Metropolitans (PCHA) tied at 2-2-1, trophy not awarded due to worldwide flu epidemic
  • Apr 5 Antwerp is officially declared the host city for the Games of the 7th Olympiad to be conducted in 1920; first post WWI Olympics
  • Apr 21 23rd Boston Marathon won by Carl Linder in 2:29:13.4
  • Apr 23 US Major League Baseball opens a reduced 140-game season
  • Apr 30 Phillies beat Brooklyn Dodgers 9-0 in 20 innings
  • May 4 1st legal Sunday baseball game in NYC, 35,000 watch the Phillies beat the NY Giants 4-3
  • May 8 Appingedam soccer team forms

  • May 10 45th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 2:09.8
  • May 11 Cincinnati Reds Hod Eller no-hits St Louis Cards, 6-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 11 Yanks' Jack Quinn & Senators' Walter Johnson, 12 inning 0-0 tie

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 14 44th Preakness: Johnny Loftus aboard Sir Barton wins in 1:53
  • May 15 Brooklyn Dodgers score 10 runs in 13th to beat Reds 10-0
  • May 25 Casey Stengel releases a sparrow from under his baseball cap
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Howdy Wilcox wins in 5:40:42.930 (141.703 km/h)
  • Jun 11 51st Belmont: J Loftus riding Sir Barton wins in 2:17.6 & Trip Crown

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 12 US Open Men's Golf, Brae Burn CC: Walter Hagen defeats Mike Brady by 1 stroke in an 18-hole playoff to win his second and final US Open

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Jun 20 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman beats Marion Zinderstein 6-1, 6-2 for her 4th US singles title
  • Jun 28 Carl Mazes pitches a complete doubleheader against NY Yankees
  • Jul 1 SVV Scheveningen soccer club is established in the Dutch seaside town

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 4 Jack Dempsey beats champion Jess Willard, retired in 3rd round in Toledo, Ohio for world heavyweight championship

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France beats Dorothea Chambers 10-8, 4-6, 9-7 for the first of 6 Wimbledon singles titles
  • Jul 7 Philadelphia Phillies tie MLB record of 8 steals in an innings (9th) in a 10-5 loss vs NY Giants
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In the first all-Australian final Gerald Patterson beats Norman Brookes 6-3, 7-5, 6-2
  • Jul 13 Chicago White Sox pitcher Carl Mays walks off mound blaming teammates for lack of support afield
  • Jul 27 13th Tour de France won by Firmin Lambot of Belgium

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Green Bay Packers football club founded by George Calhoun and Curly Lambeau - named after sponsor Indian Packing Company

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • Aug 13 American thoroughbred racehorse Man o' War's only defeat (Upset wins at Saratoga)

  • Aug 14 White Sox Happy Felsch ties record of 4 outfield assists in a game
  • Aug 20 Wichita outfielder Joe Wilhoit (Western League) fails to get a hit, ending a 69-game streak (155 hits in 299 at bats for a .505 avg)
  • Aug 24 Cleveland pitcher Ray Caldwell is flattened by a bolt of lightning
  • Sep 4 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills NY: Bill Johnston wins his second US title; beats Bill Tilden 6-4, 6-4, 6-3

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 8 Babe Ruth hits his 26th HR off Jack Quinn in NY, breaking Buck Freeman's 1899 HR mark of 25

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

Sport awardPGA Championship

Sep 20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Engineers CC: Defending champion Jim Barnes defeats Fred McLeod, 6 & 5 in the final

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • Sep 20 Babe Ruth ties Ned Williamson's major league mark of 27 HRs
  • Sep 24 Babe Ruth sets season homer mark at 28 off of Yankee Bob Shawkey
  • Sep 27 Pitcher Bob Shawkey sets then Yank record with 15 strike-outs
  • Sep 27 Babe Ruth's 29th HR is 1st of year in Wash (1st in every park in league in one season)
  • Sep 28 Fastest major league game (51 mins), Giants beat Phillies 6-1
  • Oct 1 Infamous 'Black Sox' Baseball World Series begins with Cincinnati Reds' Dutch Ruether pitching a 6-hitter and hitting 3 RBI on 2 triples and a single for a 9-1 rout of White Sox
  • Oct 3 Cuban Dolf Luque becomes first Hispanic player to appear in Baseball World Series; pitches 1 inning of relief in Reds' 3-0 defeat to Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park
  • Oct 6 White Sox catcher Ray Schalk is 2nd man ejected from a World Series
  • Oct 9 Reds beat White Sox, 5 games to 3 in 16th World Series. This series is known as black sox scandal as 8 White Sox throw series
  • Oct 30 Baseball league presidents call for abolishment of spitball
  • Dec 10 NL votes to ban the spitball's use by all new pitchers
  • Dec 26 Yankees & Red Sox reach agreement on transfer of Babe Ruth the Yankees
  • Dec 27 Red Sox owner Harry Frazee announces they will deal any player except Harry Hooper, Hooper is sent to the White Sox after 1920 season