Events in Sport in 1920

  • Jan 1 6th Rose Bowl: Harvard beats Oregon 7-6
  • Jan 4 1st Black baseball league, National Negro Baseball League, organizes
  • Jan 10 Montreal Canadiens (14) & Tor St Patricks (7) score NHL record 21 goals
  • Jan 12 Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to
  • Jan 21 14th Davis Cup: Australasia beats Great Britain in Sydney (4-1)
  • Jan 24 12th Australasian Championships: Algernon Kingscote beats Eric Pockley (6-4, 6-0, 6-3)

Sports record brokenNHL Record

Jan 31 Joe Malone, Quebec Bulldogs, sets NHL record with 7 goals in a game

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • Feb 1 Soccer team Quick Boys forms
  • Feb 9 Joint Rules Com bans foreign substances & alterations to baseballs
  • Feb 10 Baseball outlaws all pitches involving tampering with ball
  • Feb 13 National Negro Baseball League organizes
  • Mar 3 Montreal Canadiens scores NHL record 16 goals beating Quebec Bulldogs
  • Mar 10 NHL's Quebec Bulldog Joe Malone scores 6 goals vs Ottawa Senators
  • Mar 20 13th Australasian Championships: Pat O'Hara Wood beats Ronald Thomas (6-3, 4-6, 6-8, 6-1, 6-3)
  • Mar 26 79th Grand National: Mr Jack Anthony aboard Troytown wins
  • Apr 1 Stanley Cup: Ottawa Senators (NHL) beat Seattle (PCHA), 3 games to 2

  • Apr 8 LONGA soccer team forms in Tilburg
  • Apr 17 American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)
  • Apr 19 24th Boston Marathon won by Peter Trivoulidas of Greece in 2:29:31
  • Apr 20 7th modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp Belgium
  • Apr 20 Phillies manager Gravvy Cravath puts himself in as pinch hitter, his 3- run homer beats NY Giants 3-0
  • May 1 Roermond Football Club (1936 KNVB Cup) is established in Netherlands

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 1 Legendary slugger Babe Ruth smashes his 50th MLB career home run, his first for the New York Yankees

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • May 1 Longest MLB game by innings - Brooklyn Robins tie the Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings
  • May 2 1st game of National Negro Baseball League played in Indianapolis
  • May 8 46th Kentucky Derby: Ted Rice aboard Paul Jones wins in 2:09

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 14 Wash Senator Walter Johnson wins his 300th game vs Detroit

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • May 15 Soccer team ADO '20 forms in Heemskerk
  • May 18 45th Preakness: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 1:51.6
  • May 20 Policemen raid the Cubs' bleachers & arrest 24 fans for gambling
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Gaston Chevrolet wins in 5:38:31.901 (142.617 km/h)
  • Jun 1 RKSV Volendam soccer team forms in Volendam
  • Jun 5 A's VP Thomas Shibe denies charges that baseballs are livelier
  • Jun 8 Reds' Edd Roush falls asleep in center during long infield argument Heinie Groh goes to wake him, but umpire ejects Roush for delay of game
  • Jun 12 52nd Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Man o' War wins in 2:14.2
  • Jun 15 De Zweef soccer team forms in Nijverdal
  • Jun 20 Yanks win protest of 1-0 White Sox win & game is replayed
  • Jul 1 Washington Senators pitching legend Walter Johnson no-hits Boston Red Sox 1-0 at Fenway Park, the only no-hitter of his illustrious career
  • Jul 1 British Open Golf, Royal Cinque Ports GC: Scotsman George Duncan erases 13 stroke deficit after 36 holes to win his only major title; first Open played since WWII
  • Jul 1 St Louis Cardinals become tenants of their AL rival St Louis Browns, as they abandon Robison Field midway through the MLB season and return to Sportsman's Park
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Bill Tilden, becomes first American male to win Wimbledon beating defending champion Gerald Patterson of Australia 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4

  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen beats Dorothea Chambers 6-3, 6-0 to complete a sweep after taking the women's & mixed doubles titles
  • Jul 6 NY Yankees score a MLB record 14 runs in 5th inning, beat Washington Senators, 17-0
  • Jul 16 15th Davis Cup: USA beats Australasia in Auckland (5-0)
  • Jul 20 Heerenveen soccer team forms
  • Jul 25 Red Sox turn triple-play, but Ruth's 35th HR leads Yanks to 8-2 win
  • Jul 27 Resolute beats Shamrock IV (England) in 14th running of America's Cup
  • Jul 27 14th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
  • Aug 13 24th US Golf Open: Ted Ray shoots a 295 at Inverness Club in Ohio
  • Aug 14 Olympic Games open in Antwerp
  • Aug 16 Ray Chapman, of Indians is hit in head by Yankees pitcher Carl Mays; he dies the next day in only major league fatality
  • Aug 17 NY Yankees cancel game with Cleveland Indians in memory of Ray Chapman who died on the same day
  • Aug 18 1st class cricket debut of Walter Hammond
  • Aug 20 Red Sox-Indians game postponed in Boston to allow Indian players to attend Ray Chapman's funeral in Cleveland
  • Aug 21 3rd PGA Championship: Jock Hutchison at Flossmoor CC Flossmoor Ill
  • Aug 25 1st US woman to win in Olympics (Ethelda Bleibtrey)
  • Sep 4 Man o' War wins the 1 5/8-mile Lawrence Realization Stakes at Belmont Park by 100 lengths, the largest winning margin in modern thoroughbred racing history; world record time 2.40.8

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Sep 6 Jack Dempsey KOs Billy Miske in 3 for heavyweight boxing title 1st radio broadcast of a prizefight

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Sep 6 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Forest Hills NY: Bill Tilden wins 1st of 6 straight US titles; beats Bill Johnston 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3
  • Sep 12 7th Olympic games close in Antwerp Belgium
  • Sep 17 National Football League is born in Canton, Ohio; 12 teams pay $100 each to join American Professional Football Association; re-named the NFL in 1922
  • Sep 22 Chicago grand jury convenes to investigate charges that 8 White Sox players conspired to fix the 1919 World Series
  • Sep 25 34th U.S. Women's National Championship: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Marion Zinderstein (6-3, 6-1)
  • Sep 28 8 White Sox indicted, threw 1919 World Series (Black Sox scandal)
  • Sep 29 Babe Ruth sets then home run season record at 54
  • Oct 2 Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates play first and only MLB triple header in the 20th century; Reds win the first two games, 13-4 and 7-3; Pirates avoid the sweep in the finale, 6-0
  • Oct 3 St Browns 1st baseman George Sisler collects his 257th hit of the season to set MLB record that lasts until the 21st century.; Browns beat White Sox, 16 - 7
  • Oct 3 American Pro Football Association (later the NFL) plays 1st full round of games; Dayton Triangles beat Columbus Panhandles, 14-0 in first official game at Triangle Park, Dayton
  • Oct 6 1st brothers oppose each other in World Series, Cleve's Wheeler Johnston pinch-hits as brother Jimmy plays 3rd base for Bkln
  • Oct 9 1st World Series game in Cleveland, Indians win 2-1
  • Oct 10 Phoenix Cardinals (then in Chicago) play 1st NFL game, a 0-0 tie
  • Oct 10 Indian Bill Wambsganns makes 1st unassisted World Series triple play
  • Oct 10 Indian's Elmer Smith hits baseball's 1st World Series grand slam
  • Oct 12 Cleveland Indians beat Bkln Dodgers, 5 games to 2 in 17th World Series
  • Oct 12 Soccer team Quick '20 forms
  • Oct 13 World Series celebration in Wade Park brings out 50,000+ Clevelanders
  • Oct 17 Chicago Bears (as Decatur Staleys) play 1st NFL game, win 7-0
  • Oct 23 Chicago grand jury indicts Abe Attell, Hal Chase, & Bill Burns as go-betweens in Black Sox World Series scandal
  • Oct 29 Ed Barrow appointed GM of NY Yankees
  • Nov 8 Baseball meeting to depose Ban Johnson is set for Nov 12th
  • Nov 12 Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis elected 1st baseball commissioner
  • Dec 4 8th CFL Grey Cup: U of Toronto defeats Toronto Argonauts, 16-3
  • Dec 14 Jack Dempsey KOs Bill Brennan in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in NYC
  • Dec 17 AL votes to let spitball pitchers to continue using it
  • Dec 20 Bert Collins scores 104 on Test Cricket debut v England SCG
  • Dec 31 Roy Park makes 1st-ball duck in only Test Cricket inn, v Eng at MCG