On This Day

Events in Sport in 1924

  • Jan 1 10th Rose Bowl: Washington ties Navy, 14-14
  • Jan 25 I Winter Olympic Games open in Chamonix, France
  • Jan 26 American skater Charles Jewtraw claims the first ever Winter Olympic gold medal; wins 500m speed skating event in 44.0s at the Chamonix Games in France
  • Jan 26 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Melbourne: All-Australian final; Sylvia Lance Harper beats Esna Boyd Robertson 6-3, 3-6, 8-6
  • Jan 26 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis. Melbourne: James Anderson wins 2nd of 3 Australasian titles; beats fellow Australian Richard Schlesinger 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3
  • Jan 26 Clas Thunberg of Finland claims his first of 4 gold medals when he wins the 5,000m speed skating in 2:20.8 at the Chamonix Winter Olympics
  • Jan 27 Clas Thunberg of Finland claims 3 gold medals in one day when he wins the 1,500m, 10,000m and all-round speed skating events at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; won 5,000m the day before
  • Jan 29 Swiss team of Denis Vaucher (C), Alfred Aufdenblatten, Antoine Julen & Alfons Julen win the military patrol gold medal at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; first version of the biathlon
  • Jan 30 Gillis Grafström of Sweden wins men's figure skating gold medal at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; first to successfully defend his Summer Olympic title (1920) at the Winter Games
  • Jan 30 Great Britain clinch inaugural Olympic curling gold medal with a 46-4 win over France at the Chamonix Games
  • Jan 30 Norway’s Thorleif Haug claims first of 3 gold medals at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; wins 50k cross country in a Norwegian sweep of the medals; also 18k and Nordic combined champion
  • Jan 31 Herma Szabo of Austria wins the ladies figure skating gold medal at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; only women's event at the Games
  • Jan 31 Austrians Helene Engelmann & Alfred Berger win the pairs skating gold medal at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; beat Finnish pair Ludowika Jakobsson & Walter Jakobsson by just 0.39 points
  • Feb 2 Norway’s Thorleif Haug takes the cross-country double at the Chamonix Winter Olympics when he wins the 18k event; Haug also 50k gold medalist
  • Feb 3 Canada beats United States, 6-1 to retain the Olympic ice hockey gold medal (won at 1920 Summer Games) at the Chamonix Games; Canadian LW Harry Watson top scores with 46 points
  • Feb 3 Switzerland claims the inaugural Olympic bobsleigh gold medal at the Chamonix Games, ahead of Great Britain and Belgium

  • Feb 4 Norway sweeps the medals in the Nordic combined event at the inaugural Chamonix Winter Olympics; Thorleif Haug wins his 3rd gold of the Games ahead of team mates Thoralf Strømstad & Johan Grøttumsbråten
  • Feb 4 Jacob Tullin Thams of Norway wins ski jumping gold at the Chamonix Winter Olympics; in 1936 he earns a silver medal in sailing at Berlin Summer Games
  • Feb 5 I Winter Olympic Games close at Chamonix, France
  • Feb 10 Bucky Harris at 27, becomes youngest baseball manager (Washington Senators)
  • Feb 17 American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller sets 100m world freestyle record 57.4s at Miami, FL
  • Feb 25 Marie Boyd scores 156 points in Maryland HS basketball game (163-3)
  • Mar 11 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens sweeps Ottawa Senators in 2 games
  • Mar 25 Stanley Cup Final, Ottawa Auditorium, Ottawa, ON: Montreal Canadiens (NHL) beat Calgary Tigers (WCHL), 3-0 for a 2-0 series sweep
  • Mar 28 83rd Grand National: Bob Trudgill wins aboard 25/1 shot Master Robert; last GN from a general riding start, now-familiar 'tape' introduced the following year.
  • Apr 10 Tubular steel golf club shafts approved for championship play
  • Apr 11 1st men's college swimming championships begin

Sport awardBoston Marathon

Apr 21 28th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar for the third consecutive year in 2:29:40.2; 4th race victory

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • Apr 27 Antwerp soccer tie Belgium-Netherlands 1-1
  • May 4 VIII Summer Olympic Games open at Olympic Stadium of Colombes, Paris, France
  • May 12 49th Preakness: John Merimee aboard Nellie Morse wins in 1:57.2
  • May 17 50th Kentucky Derby: John Mooney aboard Black Gold wins in 2:05.2
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Lora L. Corum/Joe Boyer wins in 5:05:23.595 (158.092 km/h)

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 6 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Unknown Englishman Cyril Walker wins his only major title, 3 strokes ahead of runner-up and defending champion Bobby Jones

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • Jun 7 56th Belmont: Earl Sande aboard Mad Play wins in 2:18.8
  • Jun 14 Test Cricket debuts of Herbert Sutcliffe & Maurice Tate v South Africa

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

Jun 27 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: American Walter Hagen wins his 2nd Open Championships, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Ernest Whitcombe

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Jun 28 Test cricket umpire debut for Frank Chester, v South Africa at Lord's
  • Jul 4 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Kitty McKane of England beats American Helen Wills 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 for her 1st of 2 Wimbledon singles titles
  • Jul 5 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In the first all-French final Jean Borotra beats René Lacoste 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
  • Jul 7 American Robert LeGendre sets then long jump world record at 25' 5½" in Paris, France

  • Jul 13 Albin Stenroos wins Olympic marathon (2:41:22.6)
  • Jul 16 NY Giants George Kelly is 1st to hit HRs in 6 cons games
  • Jul 17 St Louis Card Jesse Haines no-hits Boston Braves, 5-0
  • Jul 20 18th Tour de France won by Ottavio Bottecchia of Italy
  • Jul 27 VIII Summer Olympic Games close in Paris, France
  • Jul 29 Paul Runyan wins PGA golf championship
  • Aug 1 Brooklyn pitcher Dazzy Vance strikes out a MLB record 7 consecutive batters as the Robins beat Cubs, 4-0
  • Aug 2 A's 1st baseman Joe Hauser sets AL record of 14 total bases in a game from 3 HRs and a double
  • Aug 3 Dutch track cyclist Piet Moeskops wins his 4th consecutive UCI world sprint championship in Paris

Sport awardTennis Open

Aug 16 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Helen Wills Moody beats 7-time winner Molla Bjurstedt Mallory 6-1, 6-3

Tennis Player Helen Wills Moody
Tennis Player
Helen Wills Moody

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 25 Wash Senator Walter Johnson 2nd no-hitter beats Browns, 2-0 in 7 inn

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Sep 2 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills NY: Bill Tilden wins 5th straight US singles title; beats Bill Johnston for 3rd consecutive year 6-1, 9-7, 6-2
  • Sep 10 Giants rip Braves 22-1, Frisch goes 6-for-6 before grounding out
  • Sep 13 19th Davis Cup: USA beats Australia in Philadelphia (5-0)
  • Sep 14 Walter Johnson selected as the American League MVP
  • Sep 20 PGA Championship Men's Golf, French Lick CC: 1921 champion Walter Hagen beats Englishman Jim Barnes 2-up in the final
  • Sep 20 Carl Mays is 1st pitcher to win 20 games seasons for 3 different teams
  • Sep 20 Cub's Grover Cleveland Alexander beats NY Giants to win 300th game

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Oct 1 Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi runs world record 4 mile (19:15.4) & 5 mile (24:06.2)at Vilpuri, Russia

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Oct 1 MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis bans NY Giants outfielder Jimmy O'Connell & coach Cozy Dolan from World Series after they attempt to bribe Phillies shortstop Heinie Sand
  • Oct 4 New York Giants became first team to play in 4 consecutive World Series; win Game 1, 4-3 at Griffith Field; lose series, 4-3 in manager John McGraw's 9th and final WS appearance
  • Oct 10 Washington Senators win their 1st World Series beat Giants in 7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 18 Harold "Red" Grange, finest collegiate football game (4 long TD runs)

NFL Legend Red Grange
NFL Legend
Red Grange
  • Oct 20 1st Negro League World Series: KC Monarchs shuts out Hilldales, 5-0
  • Oct 28 White Sox beat NY Giants 8-4 in Dublin, less than 20 fans attend
  • Nov 1 Boston Bruins officially join the NHL, becoming the first United States based team to enter the League; Montreal Maroons also join NHL, but only last until 1938
  • Nov 4 California legalizes professional boxing (illegal since 1914)
  • Nov 16 Cleveland Bulldogs (formerly Canton) lose to Frankford Yellowjackets, ends 31-game undefeated streak (NFL & major-league football record)
  • Nov 29 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Queen's University wins 3rd straight Championship; defeat Toronto Balmy Beach, 11-3
  • Nov 29 NHL's Montreal Forum opens
  • Nov 30 National Football League Championship: Cleveland Bulldogs (7-1-1) [formerly Canton] win first past the post title
  • Dec 1 The Boston Bruins beat fellow expansion Montreal Maroons, 2-1 at Boston Arena; first NHL game to be played in the United States
  • Dec 5 Hamilton Tiger Red Green scores 5 goals to beat Tor Maple Leafs 10-5
  • Dec 10 Agreement reached on permanent rotation of World Series with each league, getting games 1, 2, 6, 7 in alternating years
  • Dec 17 The Hamilton Tigers and Ottawa Senators battle out the first scoreless game in NHL history; Jake Forbes (Hamilton) and Alex Connell (Ottawa) each record shutouts
  • Dec 19 Test Cricket debut of Bill Ponsford, who scored 110 in 1st innings
  • Dec 22 Babe Dye of NHL's Toronto St Patricks scores 5 goals beat Bruins 10-2