1912 in sports
1912 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
- 1 American football
- 2 Association football
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Australian rules football
- 5 Bandy
- 6 Baseballs
- 7 Boxing
- 8 Canadian football
- 9 Cricket
- 10 Cycling
- 11 Figure skating
- 12 Golf
- 13 Horse racing
- 14 Ice hockey
- 15 Motor racing
- 16 Olympic Games
- 17 Rowing
- 18 Rugby league
- 19 Rugby union
- 20 Speed skating
- 21 Tennis
- 22 References
- The Football League – Blackburn Rovers 49 points, Everton 46, Newcastle United 44, Bolton Wanderers 43, The Wednesday 41, Aston Villa 41
- FA Cup final – Barnsley 1–0 West Bromwich Albion at Crystal Palace, London (replay following 0–0 draw at Crystal Palace)
- Iceland's premier division, now known as Landsbankadeild, is established with KR winning the inaugural title.
- 19 January — formation of the All-Russian Football Union (VRS) which is now the Russian Football Union; from 1935 to 1992 it is subsumed by the Football Federation of USSR.
Men's 100 metres
- The first world record in the 100 metres for men is recognised by the International Amateur Athletics Federation, now known as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), after Donald Lippincott (USA) runs a time of 10.6 at Stockholm.
Men's 1500 metres
- The first world record in the 1500 metres for men is recognised by the IAAF after Abel Kiviat (USA) runs a time of 3:55.8 at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Essendon wins the 16th VFL Premiership: Essendon 5.17 (47) d South Melbourne 4.9 (33) at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
- 8–16 October — Boston Red Sox (AL) defeats New York Giants (NL) to win the 1912 World Series by 4 games to 3 with one tie
- 20 April — Boston Red Sox open the new Fenway Park with a 7–6 11-inning win over New York Yankees before 27,000. Minutes later, the Detroit Tigers open the remodelled Navin Park (later named Tiger Stadium) with a 6–5 11-inning win over Cleveland Indians before 24,384.
- Winnipeg Maroons win the Northern League championship
- 22 February — Johnny Kilbane wins the World Featherweight Championship when he defeats Abe Attell over 20 rounds at Vernon, California. Attell has held the title since 1903; Kilbane will hold it until 1923.
- 28 November — Ad Wolgast loses his World Lightweight Championship to Willie Ritchie following a 16th round foul at Colma, California. Ritchie holds the title until 1914.
Lineal world champions
- World Heavyweight Championship – Jack Johnson
- World Light Heavyweight Championship – vacant
- World Middleweight Championship – vacant
- World Welterweight Championship – vacant
- World Lightweight Championship – Ad Wolgast → Willie Ritchie
- World Featherweight Championship – Abe Attell → Johnny Kilbane
- World Bantamweight Championship – Johnny Coulon
- A triangular Test tournament is played in England between England, Australia and South Africa. England wins with Australia second.
- County Championship – Yorkshire
- Minor Counties Championship – in abeyance
- Most runs – David Denton 2127 @ 42.54 (HS 221)
- Most wickets – Colin Blythe 178 @ 12.26 (BB 8–36)
- Wisden Cricketers of the Year – no award
- Sheffield Shield – New South Wales
- Most runs – Wilfred Rhodes 1098 @ 54.90 (HS 179)
- Most wickets – Frank Foster 62 @ 20.19 (BB 7–36)
- Currie Cup – not contested
Tour de France
World Figure Skating Championships
- World Men's Champion – Fritz Kachler (Austria)
- World Women's Champion – Opika von Méray Horváth (Hungary)
- World Pairs Champions – Phyllis Johnson / James H. Johnson (Great Britain)
- Grand National – Jerry M
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Tagalie
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Sweeper II
- Epsom Derby – Tagalie
- Epsom Oaks – Mirska
- St. Leger Stakes – Tracery
- Melbourne Cup – Piastre
- Queen's Plate – Heresy
- Kentucky Derby – Worth
- Preakness Stakes – Colonel Holloway
- Belmont Stakes – not contested due to anti-betting legislation in New York State
- Quebec Bulldogs wins the National Hockey Association (NHA) championship and the Stanley Cup. Quebec then defeats Moncton in a Cup challenge.
- March — Winnipeg Victorias repeats as Allan Cup winners
- March — New Westminster Royals wins the inaugural Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) championship
- December — Toronto NHA teams, the Blueshirts and Tecumsehs, join the NHA
Grand Prix racing
- 25/26 June — the 4th French Grand Prix, organised by the Automobile Club de France (ACF), is run at Dieppe over 1535.76 km (76.788 km x 20 laps). The winner is Georges Boillot of France driving a Peugeot L76 in 13:58:02.6. The race is retrospectively referred to as the XII Grand Prix de l´ACF.
- 30 May — 2nd running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is won by Joe Dawson and Don Herr (USA) driving a National car.
Monte Carlo Rally
- 2nd running is won by Jules Beutler driving a Berliet. This is the last running of the rally until its revival in 1924.
- 2 October — 8th running of the Vanderbilt Cup at the new Wauwatosa automobile course near Milwaukee is won by Ralph DePalma (Italy) driving a Mercedes.
American Grand Prize
- 5 October — 4th running of the American Grand Prize takes place at Wauwatosa, near Milwaukee over 659.44 km (12.682 km x 52 laps) and is won by Caleb Bragg (USA) driving a FIAT in 5:59:27.44. David Bruce-Brown, the defending champion, is killed during practice for the event.
1912 Summer Olympics
- The 1912 Summer Olympics takes place in Stockholm
- First usage of electronic timing and public address systems
- Sweden wins the most medals (65) and United States the most gold medals (25)
The Boat Race
- Championship – Huddersfield
- Challenge Cup final – Dewsbury 8–5 Oldham at Headingley Stadium, Leeds
- Lancashire League Championship – Wigan
- Yorkshire League Championship – Huddersfield
- Lancashire Cup – Rochdale Hornets 12–5 Oldham
- Yorkshire Cup – Huddersfield 22–10 Hull Kingston Rovers
- The Ashes are won by Australia as they defeat Great Britain 33–8 in the 3rd Test of the 1911–12 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain at Villa Park before a crowd of 4,000.
Five Nations Championship
Speed Skating World Championships
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – James Cecil Parke (GC) defeats Alfred Beamish (GB) 3–6 6–3 1–6 6–1 7–5
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Anthony Wilding (New Zealand) defeats Arthur Gore (GB) 6–4 6–4 4–6 6–4
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Ethel Thomson Larcombe defeats Charlotte Cooper Sterry 6–3 6–1
- French Men's Singles Championship – Max Decugis defeats André Gobert: details unknown
- French Women's Singles Championship – Jeanne Matthey defeats Danet: details unknown
- American Men's Singles Championship – Maurice McLoughlin defeats Wallace Johnson 3–6 2–6 6–2 6–4 6–2
- American Women's Singles Championship – Mary Browne defeats Eleonora Sears 6–4 6–2
- 1912 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – British Isles 3–2 Australasia at Albert Ground (grass) Melbourne, Australia