On This Day

Events in Sport in 1928

  • Jan 2 14th Rose Bowl: Stanford beats Pittsburgh, 7-6
  • Jan 30 Australian Championships Women's Tennis, Sydney: Daphne Akhurst wins 3rd title; beats Esna Boyd 7-5, 6-2
  • Jan 30 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Frenchman Jean Borotra wins his only Australian title; beats Jack Cummings of Australia 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3
  • Feb 11 II Winter Olympic Games open in St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 13 Clas Thunberg of Finland wins his 3rd Olympic gold medal when he dead-heats with Norway’s Bernt Evensen in the 500m speed skating at the St. Moritz Winter Games
  • Feb 13 Legendary Norwegian speed skater Ivar Ballangrud wins the first of 2 straight 5,000m Olympic gold medals when he beats Julius Skutnabb of Finland by 9 seconds in St. Moritz
  • Feb 14 Clas Thunberg of Finland wins his 2nd gold medal of the Games and 4th career title when he takes out the 1,500m speed skating at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics
  • Feb 14 Per-Erik Hedlund leads a Swedish sweep of the medals in the 50k cross-country at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Gustaf Jonsson & Volgar Andersson take the minor medals
  • Feb 17 American brothers, Jennison and John Heaton fight out the top placings in the cresta (now known as skeleton) at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Jennison takes the gold by 1.0s
  • Feb 17 Johan Grøttumsbråten leads a Norwegian sweep of the medals in the 18k cross country at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; he also wins the Nordic combined gold the following day
  • Feb 18 Sonja Henie of Norway wins the women’s figure skating gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympic Games; her first of 3 consecutive titles in the event
  • Feb 18 USA 2 beats USA 1 by 0.5s for the 5-man bobsleigh gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; Germany 2 takes bronze
  • Feb 18 Johan Grøttumsbråten of Norway wins the Nordic combined gold at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics; doubles up with the 18k cross country gold the previous day
  • Feb 18 Norway goes 1-2 in the ski jumping at the St. Moritz Winter Olympics with Alf Andersen taking gold ahead of Sigmund Ruud
  • Feb 19 II Winter Olympic Games close at St Moritz, Switzerland
  • Feb 19 Gillis Grafström of Sweden wins his 3rd consecutive Olympic men’s figure skating gold medal at St. Moritz; one of only 2 athletes to win gold at both Winter & Summer Games (won figure skating Antwerp 1920)

  • Feb 19 Canada retains the Olympic ice hockey title when they rout Switzerland, 13-0 in the final round in St. Moritz; Canadian left-wing Dave Trottier top scores with 15 points
  • Feb 19 World champion French team Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet win the Olympic pairs figure skating gold medal at the St. Moritz Winter Games; the couple marry in 1929 and take 2nd straight gold in 1932
  • Mar 27 US Ladies' Figure Skating championship won by Maribel Vinson
  • Mar 27 US Men's Figure Skating championship won by Roger Turner
  • Mar 30 87th Grand National: Mr. William Dutton aboard 100/1 long-shot Tipperary Tim wins as all of the 41 other starters fall during the race
  • Apr 7 44-year old NY Rangers GM Lester Patrick replaces his injured goaltender in a Stanley Cup game and beats Montreal Maroons, 2-1 in OT; Rangers go on to win series, 3-2
  • Apr 9 Top-Oss soccer team forms in Oss
  • Apr 14 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: In only their 2nd season in the NHL, New York Rangers beat Montreal Maroons, 2-1 for a 3-2 series win

Sport awardBoston Marathon

Apr 16 32nd Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in 2:37:07.8; back-to-back wins for his 6th race title

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • Apr 19 Yanks are out of 1st place for 1st time since May 1926
  • May 1 Rotterdam soccer club Black White '28 is established (2000 Women's KNVB Cup); declared bankrupt 2004
  • May 11 53rd Preakness: Raymond Sonny Workman aboard Victorian wins in 2:00.2

Sport awardBritish Golf Open

May 11 British Open Men's Golf, Royal St George's GC: Walter Hagen wins 3rd of his 4 Open Championship titles, 2 strokes ahead of fellow American Gene Sarazen

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • May 19 54th Kentucky Derby: Chick Lang aboard Reigh Count wins in 2:10.4
  • May 24 Record 12 future Hall of Famers take the field, as Yanks beat A's 9-7
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Louis Meyer wins in 5:01:33.725 (160.101 km/h)
  • May 31 Charlie Hallows scores his 1,000th run of Cricket season
  • Jun 4 French Championships Men's Tennis: Henri Cochet wins his 2nd of 4 home titles; beats countryman René Lacoste 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
  • Jun 4 French Championship Women's Tennis: Helen Wills beats England's Eileen Bennett 6-1, 6-2 for her first of 4 French singles titles
  • Jun 9 60th Belmont: Clarence Kummer aboard Vito wins in 2:33.2

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 12 New York Yankees future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig collects 14 total bases with 2 triples and 2 home runs in a 15-7 win over Chicago White Sox

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 15 Philadelphia Athletics baseball star Ty Cobb, steals home for a record 54th time

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb

Sport awardUS Golf Open

Jun 24 US Open Men's Golf, Olympia Fields CC: Johnny Farrell defeats amateur Bobby Jones by 1 stroke in a 36-hole playoff to win his only major title

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: In an all-French final René Lacoste beats defending champion Henri Cochet 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody wins 2nd of 4 consecutive Wimbledon singles titles beating Lilí Álvarez 6-2, 6-3
  • Jul 7 American Edward Hamm sets then long jump world record at 25' 11" at Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Jul 8 Phillies set record of errorless 25 inning doubleheader
  • Jul 12 1st televised tennis match
  • Jul 15 22nd Tour de France: Defending champion Nicolas Frantz of Luxembourg holds yellow jersey from start to finish; his Alcyon team has all 3 podium positions
  • Jul 26 In only his second and final defence of his world heavyweight boxing title, Gene Tunney scores an 11-round TKO win over Tom Heeney at Yankee Stadium, NYC
  • Jul 26 Yanks score 11 runs in 12th beating Tigers 12-1
  • Jul 27 Kent cricket leg-spinner Tich Freeman becomes only bowler ever to take 200 first-class wickets before end of July
  • Jul 28 IX Summer Olympic Games open in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 29 Cleveland Indians score 17 in 1st 2 inns to beat Yanks 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game
  • Jul 29 23rd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (4-1)
  • Jul 29 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Home team retains title as Henri Cochet beats American Bill Tilden 9-7, 8-6, 6-4 for 3-1 lead; ends 4-1
  • Jul 31 Halina Konopacka of Poland hurls discus world record 39.62m to win first gold medal in women's Olympic athletics at the Amsterdam Games; American Lillian Copeland and Ruth Sveberg of Sweden take minor medals
  • Jul 31 In the first women’s Olympic track event, American sprinter Elizabeth Robinson equals her own world record 12.2s to win 100m gold medal in Amsterdam; Canadians Fanny Rosenfeld & Ethel Smith dead-heat (12.3s)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 1 Babe Ruth hits home run #42 in the Yankees 12-1 win v St. Louis Browns, takes him 4 weeks ahead of his 1927 pace

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • Aug 1 Americans sweep medals at a rainy Olympic pole vault final in Amsterdam with Sabin Carr gold, from William Droegemuller and Charles McGinnis
  • Aug 3 Ray Barbuti wins 400m in 47.8 at the Amsterdam Olympics, the only individual track event won by an American at the Games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 11 Carl Hubbell's 1st major league victory is a 4-0 shutout of Phils

Baseball Pitcher Carl Hubbell
Baseball Pitcher
Carl Hubbell
  • Aug 11 Georges Ronsse becomes world champion cyclists
  • Aug 12 IX Summer Olympic Games close in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Aug 25 Tri-City Rugby Football Union forms consisting of Moose Jaw, Regina & Winnipeg
  • Aug 27 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Helen Wills defeats fellow American Helen Jacobs 6–2, 6–1 for her 5th of 7 US singles crowns
  • Sep 3 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ty Cobb records his 4,189th and final career hit, as a pinch hitter for Philadelphia A's in 6-1 loss v Washington Senators
  • Sep 9 Silvio Cator of Haiti, sets then long jump record at 26' ½"
  • Sep 11 Ty Cobb last hitting appearance, pops out against Yankees
  • Sep 15 Cards set NL record of 18 men left on base beating Phillies 8-6
  • Sep 15 Kent leg-spinner Alfred "Tich" Freeman takes 2-102 and 4-75 for Rest of England vs Lancashire to become the only bowler to take 300 wickets (304) in an English cricket season
  • Sep 17 Pitcher Ray Boggs hits 3 batters in 1 inning
  • Sep 17 US National Championship Men's Tennis: Frenchman Henri Cochet wins his only US title; beats American Frank Hunter 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
  • Sep 18 Cards beat Phillies for 20th of 22 games in 1928
  • Sep 28 NY Yanks clinch pennant #6
  • Sep 29 Yanks (17) Tigers (28) set 9 inning hit record (45)-Tigers win 19-10

Sports record brokenWorld Record

Oct 1 Finnish distance runner Paavo Nurmi runs 15k world record 46:49.6 and 10 miles 50:15.0 in Berlin, Germany

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Oct 4 25th World Series begins at Yankee Stadium with Bronx Bombers beating St Louis Cardinals, 4-1; sweep series for 2nd consecutive year

Sport awardPGA Championship

Oct 6 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Five Farms CC: Leo Diegel dominates Al Espinosa, 6 & 5 in the final to win the first of his 2 consecutive titles

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • Oct 7 Paavo Nurmi runs world record 10 miles (50:15.0)
  • Oct 9 NY Yankees sweep Cards in 25th World Series, become 1st to sweep consecutive World Series; Babe Ruth hits 3 HRs in game

AgreementContract of Interest

Oct 15 Walter Johnson signs a 3-year contract to manage the Senators

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 1 Australian cricket batting prodigy Don Bradman scores 133 not out in NSW 2nd innings v Queensland in Brisbane; follows his 131 in the Blues' 1st innings

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 20 Boston Gardens opens, Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • Nov 30 Australian cricket legend Don Bradman makes an inauspicious Test debut; scores 18 & 1 vs England in 1st Test in Brisbane; dropped to 12th man for 2nd Test
  • Dec 1 National League President John Heydler first to propose a baseball rule change calling for a 10th man, or 'designated hitter', to bat in place of the pitcher; ironically, the NL vote in favour of proposal, but the American League turn it down
  • Dec 1 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: Hamilton Tigers win 3rd Cup with 30-0 shutout of Regina Roughriders
  • Dec 16 National Football League Championship: Providence Steam Roller (8-1-2) win first past the post title
  • Dec 25 Christmas Day attendance at cricket MCG (Vic v NSW) Australia is 14,887

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 26 Johnny Weissmuller announces his retirement from amateur swimming

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller