1915 in sports

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1915 in sports describes the year’s events in world sport.

Note — many sporting events did not take place because of World War I

American football[edit]

College championship

Professional championships

Events

  • 14 November — Jim Thorpe plays his first professional football game in a 16–0 Canton Bulldogs' loss to the Massillon Tigers. The game is also the first match-up between the two clubs since the 1906 scandal.

Association football[edit]

England

Division One (20 clubs) — Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Bradford City, Bradford Park Avenue, Burnley, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Notts County, Oldham Athletic, Sheffield United, The Wednesday, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion
Division Two (20 clubs) — Arsenal, Barnsley, Birmingham City, Blackpool, Bristol City, Bury, Derby County, Fulham, Glossop, Grimsby Town, Huddersfield Town, Hull City, Leeds City, Leicester City, Leyton Orient, Lincoln City, Nottingham Forest, Preston North End, Stockport County, Wolverhampton Wanderers
  • The continuance of World War I after the 1914–15 season causes the suspension of top-class football until 1919, with many footballers signing up to fight for their country. The FA Cup and Football League are not contested again till after the end of the war, although regional leagues and cups are set up at various times.

Germany

Athletics[edit]

Marathon

Australian rules football[edit]

VFL Premiership

South Australian Football League:

  • 26 June: By drawing 4.8 (32) each with Port Adelaide, South Adelaide end the Magpies’ run of 29 consecutive victories, including one against Carlton and one against a combined team from the other six SAFL clubs.[1]
  • 25 September: Sturt win their first SAFL premiership, beating Port Adelaide 6.10 (46) to 4.10 (34) in the 1915 SAFL Grand Final.

West Australian Football League:

  • 25 September: Subiaco 3.3 (21) defeat Perth 2.7 (19) for their third WAFL premiership.

Bandy[edit]

Sweden

Baseball[edit]

World Series

Boxing[edit]

Events

  • 5 April — Jess Willard, the latest "Great White Hope", defeats Jack Johnson with a 26th round knockout in sweltering heat at Havana, Cuba. Willard becomes very popular among white Americans for "bringing back the championship to the white race".[2]
  • While six world titles remain unchanged in 1915, the World Welterweight Championship changes hands three times in less than three months between June and August. Finally, it comes to Ted "Kid" Lewis, who defeats Jack Britton twice to win and then retain the title, which will interchange between these two over the next four years.

Lineal world champions[3]

Canadian football[edit]

Grey Cup

Cricket[edit]

Events

  • Because of World War I, there is no first-class cricket in South Africa in the 1914–15 season, nor in England in 1915. Australia goes ahead with the 1914–15 Sheffield Shield competition but then suspends first-class cricket until 1919. Similarly, in New Zealand, the Plunket Shield is contested but then there is no first-class cricket until 1918. Only in India is first-class cricket able to continue through the war years.

England

Australia

India

New Zealand

South Africa

West Indies

Cycling[edit]

Tour de France

Giro d'Italia

Figure skating[edit]

World Figure Skating Championships

Golf[edit]

Major tournaments

Other tournaments

Horse racing[edit]

England

Australia

Canada

Ireland

USA

Ice hockey[edit]

Stanley Cup

Events

Motor racing[edit]

Grand Prix racing

  • No Grand Prix races are held in Europe from 1915 to 1920 inclusive.

Indianapolis 500

Vanderbilt Cup

American Grand Prize

Multi-sport events[edit]

Far Eastern Championship Games

Rowing[edit]

The Boat Race

Rugby league[edit]

Events

  • Huddersfield becomes the second team to achieve the celebrated "All Four Cups" feat. Huddersfield at this time is known as the "Team of all the Talents".
  • The continuance of World War I after the 1914–15 season causes the suspension of top-class rugby league until 1919.

England

Australia

Rugby union[edit]

Five Nations Championship

Speed skating[edit]

Speed Skating World Championships

Tennis[edit]

Australia

England

France

USA

Davis Cup

  • 1915 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – not contested

References[edit]

  1. ^ See Devaney, John; ‘The Invincibles at Play’; in Full Points Footy’s SA Football Companion, pp. 244-249
  2. ^ CBZ — Jess Willard biography. Retrieved on 13 September 2009.
  3. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone