On This Day

Events in Sport in 1926

  • Jan 1 12th Rose Bowl: Alabama beats Washington, 20-19
  • Feb 2 Australasian Championships Women's Tennis, Adelaide: Daphne Akhurst Cozens retains title; beats Esna Boyd Robertson 6-1, 6-3
  • Feb 2 Australasian Championships Men's Tennis, Adelaide: In all-Australian final John Hawkes beats James Willard 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
  • Feb 6 NFL rules college students ineligible until college classes graduates
  • Feb 6 St Louis Browns acquire catcher Wally Schang from NY Yankees
  • Feb 10 Building of Olympic Stadium Amsterdam, begins
  • Feb 12 Barendrecht soccer team forms
  • Feb 16 Suzanne Lenglen defeats US champion Helen Wills in influential tennis match in Cannes, France
  • Feb 20 Montreal and Ottawa battle out just the second 0-0 tie in NHL history; dominant goalies are Clint Benedict (Maroons) and Alex Connell (Senators)
  • Mar 26 85th Grand National: Billy Watkinson victorious aboard 25/1 bet Jack Horner; first Australian jockey to win the race
  • Apr 1 Montreal Maroons' Clint Benedict becomes first NHL goalie to record 3 straight playoff shutouts, in a 3-0 win against the visiting Victoria Cougars in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Championship series
  • Apr 6 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Maroons beat Victoria Cougars (WHL), 2-0 for a 3-1 series victory

Sports History

Apr 13 At 38, Walter Johnson pitches his 7th opening day shutout

  • Apr 13 Cyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam
  • Apr 19 30th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Johnny Miles in 2:25:40.4
  • Apr 27 In the Giants' 9-8 win over Phillies, Mel Ott, 17, 1st appearance

Hall of Fame

May 1 Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Satchel Paige (19) debuts in the Negro Southern League for Chattanooga

  • May 8 Fire breaks out in Fenway Park, home of Boston Red Sox baseball team
  • May 10 51st Preakness: John Maiben aboard Display wins in 1:59.8
  • May 15 52nd Kentucky Derby: Albert Johnson on Bubbling Over wins in 2:03.8
  • May 21 White Sox Earl Sheely hits a record 6th consecutive double
  • May 23 Chicago Cub's Hack Wilson is 1st to hit a home run off Wrigley Field scoreboard

World Record

May 24 Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi sets world 3000m record (8:25.4) in Berlin, Germany

  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: First rain-shortened race in "500" history; Frank Lockhart wins after 20 lap duel with Dave Lewis; race called after 400 miles (160 laps)
  • Jun 5 Clevelands Indians baseball team triple-play NY Yankees & win 15-3
  • Jun 10 MLB Philadelphia Phillies Russ Wrightstone hits for the cycle
  • Jun 12 58th Belmont: Albert Johnson aboard Crusader wins in 2:32.2
  • Jun 14 French Championships Men's Tennis: Henri Cochet wins 1st of 4 home titles; beats fellow Frenchman René Lacoste 6-2, 6-4, 6-3
  • Jun 14 French Women's Tennis Championships: Suzanne Lenglen beats Mary Kendall Browne 6-1, 6-0
  • Jun 22 Cardinals pick up 39-year-old Grover Alexander on waivers from Cubs

British Golf Open

Jun 25 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: American amateur Bobby Jones wins the first of his 3 Claret Jugs, 2 strokes clear of runner-up Al Watrous; 5th victory by an American in 6 years

  • Jul 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Frenchman Jean Borotra wins his second Wimbledon singles title 8-6, 6-1, 6-3 over American Howard Kinsey
  • Jul 3 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Briton Kitty Godfree wins her second Wimbledon singles title with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Spaniard Lilí Álvarez
  • Jul 10 US Open Men's Golf, Scioto CC: Amateur Bobby Jones, winner of the British Open 2 weeks earlier, claims the second of his 4 US Opens, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Joe Turnesa
  • Jul 12 Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:26.2)
  • Jul 13 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000m (8:20.4)
  • Jul 17 Paavo Nurmi walks world record 4x1500m (16:11.4)
  • Jul 18 20th Tour de France won by Lucien Buysse of Belgium
  • Jul 22 Cincinnati Reds right fielder Curt Walker ties National League record of 2 triples in an inning in a 13-1 rout of the Boston Braves

Sports History

Aug 11 Cleveland Indians future Baseball HOF outfielder Tris Speaker hits his 700th double in 7-2 loss to Chicago White Sox at Dunn Field, Cleveland

  • Aug 18 England regain Ashes with 5th Test Cricket win, to take series 1-0
  • Aug 21 Chicago White Sox pitcher Ted Lyons no hits Boston Red Sox, 6-0 in just 67 minutes at Fenway Park

US Open Women's Tennis

Aug 23 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Molla Bjurstedt Mallory beats Elizabeth Ryan 4-6, 6-4, 9-7 for her 8th and final US singles title

  • Aug 28 Indian Emil Levsen pitches complete doubleheader victory (Red Sox)

Sports History

Aug 30 Jack Hobbs scores 316 not out at Lord's (Surrey v Middlesex)

  • Sep 10 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Philadelphia, PA: Vincent Richards & R. Norris Williams clinch US 7th straight title; beat Jacques Brugnon & Henri Cochet of France 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 for 3-0 lead; ends 4-1
  • Sep 11 21st Davis Cup: USA beats France in Philadelphia (4-1), for their 7th straight championship
  • Sep 11 Yanks' Bob Meusel ties record with 3 sacrifice flies
  • Sep 16 St Louis Cards beat Phillies 23-3
  • Sep 18 US National Championship Men's Tennis: Frenchman René Lacoste wins first of 2 straight US titles; beats countryman Jean Borotra 6-4, 6-0, 6-4

Boxing Title Fight

Sep 23 "Upset of the Decade" - Gene Tunney beats defending champion Jack Dempsey by 10-round unanimous decision at Sesquicentennial Stadium (later known as JFK Stadium), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for world heavyweight boxing title

PGA Championship

Sep 25 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Salisbury GC: Walter Hagen defeats Leo Diegel, 5 & 3 in the final to win his 3rd consecutive PGA C'ship title

  • Sep 25 NHL grants franchises to Chicago Black Hawks & Detroit Red Wings
  • Sep 25 Yankees take a doubleheader from Browns to clinch AL pennant
  • Sep 26 Shortest double header, Yanks lose 6-1 in 72 minutes & lose again 6-2 in 55 minutes to Browns. Yanks had already clinched pennant
  • Oct 2 Bert Gibb kicks 9 singles as Hamilton Tigers beat Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 12-10 in Montreal in Canadian Inter-provincial Rugby Football Union opening round
  • Oct 3 English long distance runner Violet Piercy sets first recognised female marathon record in 3:40:22 on the Polytechnic Marathon course between Windsor and London

Baseball Record

Oct 6 Babe Ruth becomes first MLB player to hit 3 home runs in a World Series game as NY Yankees beat St. Louis Cardinals, 10-5 in Game 4 at Sportsman's Park, St. Louis

  • Oct 10 Baseball World Series: St Louis Cardinals beat New York Yankees, 3-2 at Sportsman's Park for 4 games to 3 series victory
  • Oct 14 Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark
  • Oct 25 Lester Patrick becomes 1st coach & gm of NY Rangers

Appointment of Interest

Nov 3 Legendary baseball figure Ty Cobb resigns as Detroit Tigers manager; replaced by George Moriarty, first man to hold MLB's 4 principal jobs: player, umpire, scout and manager

Appointment of Interest

Nov 11 Future Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman Eddie Collins is released as Chicago White Sox player/manager; replaced by another future HOF'er catcher Ray Schalk

  • Nov 16 New York Rangers ice hockey club first game; beat Montreal Maroons, 1-0 at Madison Square Garden, NYC
  • Nov 17 NHL's Chicago Black Hawks play their 1st game, beat Tor St Pats 4-1
  • Nov 29 Tris Speaker resigns as Indians manager
  • Dec 4 CFL Grey Cup: Ottawa Senators retain Championship with 10-7 win over U of Toronto Blues
  • Dec 9 USGA legalizes steel shaft golf clubs
  • Dec 11 Leo O'Connor is unbeaten on 143 as Queensland wins their first Sheffield Shield match by 5 wickets vs NSW at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Sports History

Dec 16 Kenesaw Mountain Landis renewed 7-years as baseball commissioner

  • Dec 19 National Football League Championship: Frankford Yellow Jackets (14-1-2) win first past the post title

Sports History

Dec 20 St. Louis Cardinals trade future Baseball Hall of Fame infielder Rogers Hornsby to NY Giants for Frankie Frisch & Jimmy Ring; concerns over Hornsby's gambling

  • Dec 21 Soccer team DOS Struggle forms
  • Dec 30 Chicago Tribune reports the Tigers threw a 4-game series to the White Sox in 1917 to help Chicago win the pennant (never substantiated)