1918 in sports

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1918 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Note — many sporting events did not take place because of World War I or the 1918 flu pandemic

American football[edit]

College championship

Professional football

  • Most teams shut down due to World War I and the flu pandemic; those that continue play are forced to delay the start of play until the middle of October or later
  • Dayton Triangles defeat Detroit Heralds, both of whom continue full operations despite war and flu, to establish themselves as strongest team in the nation
  • Buffalo Niagaras sign Tommy Hughitt for play in a city-wide league, establishing a trend of expansion of top-level professional competition outside Ohio

Association football[edit]

Europe

  • There is no major football in Europe due to World War I

Australian rules football[edit]

VFL Premiership

South Australian Football League:

  • not contested due to World War I

West Australian Football League:

  • 21 September: East Fremantle 11.8 (74) defeat East Perth 8.5 (53) for their tenth WAFL premiership, though first since 1911.

Bandy[edit]

Sweden

Baseball[edit]

World Series

Events

  • Babe Ruth leads the American League in home runs for the first time, hitting 11
  • 2 September — professional baseball is curtailed to accelerate mobilisation for war

Boxing[edit]

Events

Lineal world champions[1]

Canadian football[edit]

Grey Cup

Cricket[edit]

Events

  • There is no first-class cricket in England, Australia, South Africa or the West Indies due to World War I. A number of first-class matches are arranged in New Zealand but are not part of any official competition.

India

New Zealand

Cycling[edit]

Tour de France

Giro d'Italia

Figure skating[edit]

World Figure Skating Championships

Golf[edit]

Events

  • All major championships are cancelled due to World War I

Horse racing[edit]

England

Australia

Canada

Ireland

USA

Ice hockey[edit]

Stanley Cup

Events

Motor racing[edit]

Events

  • No major races are held anywhere worldwide due to World War I

Rowing[edit]

The Boat Race

Rugby league[edit]

England

  • All first-class competitions are cancelled due to World War I

Australia

New Zealand

Rugby union[edit]

Five Nations Championship

Speed skating[edit]

Speed Skating World Championships

Tennis[edit]

Australia

England

France

USA

Davis Cup

  • 1918 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – not contested

References[edit]