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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 23 NHL Championship: Montreal Canadiens outscore Pitt Pirates, 6-4 in 2 games

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 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
  • 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 Hack Wilson is 1st to hit a home run off Wrigley Field scoreboard

Sports record brokenWorld Record

May 24 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 3000 m (8:25.4)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • May 31 Indianapolis 500: Frank Lockhart wins in 5:12:48.768 (154.343 km/h)
  • Jun 5 Indians triple-play Yankees & win 15-3
  • Jun 10 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
  • Jun 23 Commencement of the West Indies' 1st Test cricket match, at Lord's

Sport awardBritish 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

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Cleveland Indian Tris Speaker hits his 700th double

Baseball Player Tris Speaker
Baseball Player
Tris Speaker
  • 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

Sport awardUS 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

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Aug 28 Indian Emil Levsen pitches complete doubleheader victory (Red Sox)
  • 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

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

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

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Sport awardPGA 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

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball 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

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Oct 10 St Louis Cards beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 3 in 23rd World Series
  • Oct 14 Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark
  • Oct 25 Lester Patrick becomes 1st coach & gm of NY Rangers

AppointmentAppointment 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

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

AppointmentAppointment 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

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • Nov 16 NY Rangers 1st game, beat Montreal Maroons 1-0
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

1st MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis
1st MLB Commissioner
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
  • Dec 19 National Football League Championship: Frankford Yellow Jackets (14-1-2) win first past the post title
  • 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)