1919 in sports
1919 in sports describes the year's events in world sport. Although World War I had ended in 1918, the influenza pandemic and planning difficulties from the war still curtailed sport to a considerable extent.
- 1 American football
- 2 Association football
- 3 Australian rules football
- 4 Bandy
- 5 Baseball
- 6 Boxing
- 7 Canadian football
- 8 Cricket
- 9 Cycling
- 10 Figure skating
- 11 Golf
- 12 Horse racing
- 13 Ice hockey
- 14 Motor racing
- 15 Multi-sport events
- 16 Rowing
- 17 Rugby league
- 18 Rugby union
- 19 Speed skating
- 20 Tennis
- 21 References
- College football national championship – Centre Praying Colonels, Harvard Crimson, Illinois Fighting Illini, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Texas A&M Aggies (shared). Notre Dame is coached by Knute Rockne.
- Green Bay Packers established at Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Decatur Staleys established at Decatur, Illinois; the club will relocate to Chicago in 1921 and rename itself Chicago Bears
- New York Pro Football League holds what is believed to be the first ever playoff tournament, won by the Buffalo Prospects
- Canton Bulldogs win Ohio League title and the de facto national championship
- Most professional teams reactivate after suspending operations the year before
- Competitive football resumes after the end of World War I in the 1919–20 season
- The First Division is expanded from 20 to 22 teams; Chelsea is spared relegation, while Arsenal controversially win promotion from the Second Division, despite only finishing fifth in 1915, at the expense of rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Derby County and Preston North End are also promoted.
- The Second Division is expanded from 20 teams to 22, bringing the total number of League clubs to 44. Glossop is expelled from the league and five clubs are elected. Stoke FC is restored to the league while Coventry City, South Shields (membership until 1930), Rotherham United and West Ham United all join the league for the first time.
- Leeds City is expelled from the Football League due to financial irregularities after the 1919–20 season has begun; Port Vale is elected as a late entrant and takes over Leeds City’s playing record to date.
- Formation of the French Football Federation (Fédération Française de Football or FFF)
- National Championship – suspended during World War I
- Formation of the Polish Football Association (Polski Związek Piłki Nożnej or PZPN)
- Collingwood wins the 23rd VFL Premiership, defeating Richmond 11.12 (78) to 7.11 (53) at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the 1919 VFL Grand Final.
- 3 May: SAFL league football resumes after three seasons of “patriotic competitions” due to World War I.
- 27 September: Sturt and North Adelaide draw 5.9 (39) apiece in the 1919 SAFL Grand Final.
- 4 October: In a low-scoring replay, Sturt 3.5 (23) defeat North Adelaide 2.6 (18) to win their second SAFL premiership.
- 20 September: East Perth 10.8 (68) defeat East Fremantle 7.4 (46) to win their first WAFL premiership.
- Even before game one of this World Series, there are rumours that some White Sox players have agreed to throw the series to the Reds for payment from gamblers. This will explode a year later in the Black Sox Scandal.
- Babe Ruth hits 29 home runs for the Boston Red Sox, breaking the single season record of 27 set by Ned Williamson in 1884
- The Florida State League is founded with teams in Bartow, Bradenton, Lakeland, Orlando, Sandford and Tampa
- The Intercounty Baseball League is formed in Ontario, Canada with teams in Stratford, Guelph, Kitchener and Galt
- 4 July — Jack Dempsey becomes World Heavyweight Champion by knocking out Jess Willard, the defending champion, in four rounds. Dempsey becomes one of the greatest-ever boxing champions, his charisma and punching power enabling promoters to stage the first "million dollar gates".
- Jack Britton regains the World Welterweight Championship from Ted "Kid" Lewis for the second time, this time retaining it until his defeat by Mickey Walker in 1922.
Lineal world champions
- World Heavyweight Championship – Jess Willard → Jack Dempsey
- World Light Heavyweight Championship – Battling Levinsky
- World Middleweight Championship – Mike O'Dowd
- World Welterweight Championship – Ted "Kid" Lewis → Jack Britton
- World Lightweight Championship – Benny Leonard
- World Featherweight Championship – Johnny Kilbane
- World Bantamweight Championship – Pete Herman
- World Flyweight Championship – Jimmy Wilde
- not contested
- Very few first-class matches are played worldwide during the 1918–19 season but the County Championship is reintroduced in the 1919 English season to progress the game’s post-war recovery.
- County Championship – Yorkshire
- Minor Counties Championship – not contested
- Most runs – Jack Hobbs 2594 @ 60.32 (HS 205*)
- Most wickets – Wilfred Rhodes 164 @ 14.42 (BB 8–44)
- Wisden Cricketers of the Year – Andy Ducat, Patsy Hendren, Percy Holmes, Herbert Sutcliffe, Ernest Tyldesley
- Sheffield Shield – not contested
- Most runs – Warwick Armstrong 249 @ 83.00 (HS 162*)
- Most wickets – Ted McDonald 25 @ 15.72 (BB 8–42)
- 18 October – With the end of World War I, first-class cricket is played in South Africa for the first time since 13 April, 1914. However, the interprovincial Currie Cup does not resume until 1920–21.
- Inter-Colonial Tournament – not contested
World Figure Skating Championships
- The championships are not contested
- British Open – not contested due to World War I
- US Open – Walter Hagen
- USPGA Championship – Jim Barnes
- Grand National – Poethlyn
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Roseway
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – The Panther
- Epsom Derby – Grand Parade
- Epsom Oaks – Bayuda
- St. Leger Stakes – Keysoe
- Melbourne Cup – Artilleryman
- Queen's Plate – Ladder of Light
- Montreal Canadiens and Seattle Metropolitans win two games each in the 1919 Stanley Cup Finals before the series, held at Seattle, is cancelled after all of the Montreal players contract Spanish flu
- March 6 - Montreal Canadiens defeat Ottawa Senators in a best-of-seven series to win the National Hockey League championship.
- March 14 - Seattle Metropolitans defeat Vancouver Millionaires in a two-game playoff to win the 1919 PCHA season title.
- Allan Cup – Hamilton Tigers
- 1919 Memorial Cup - University of Toronto Schools wins the inaugural Memorial Cup for the Canadian national junior championship
Grand Prix racing
- No Grand Prix races are held in Europe from 1915 to 1920 inclusive.
- 31 May — 7th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is won by Howdy Wilcox (USA) in a Peugeot L45.
Far Eastern Championship Games
The Boat Race
- It is not possible to resume national competitions in the 1918–19 season but county leagues and cups are arranged.
- Lancashire League Championship – Rochdale Hornets
- Yorkshire League Championship – Hull
- Lancashire Cup – Rochdale Hornets 22–0 Oldham
- Yorkshire Cup – Huddersfield 14–8 Dewsbury
Five Nations Championship
- Five Nations Championship series is not contested due to World War I.
- An Inter-Services Championship is held in Great Britain between Allied Forces rugby teams. The tournament is won by the New Zealand Army team.
Speed Skating World Championships
- not contested due to World War I
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Algernon Kingscote (GB) defeats Eric Pockley (Australia) 6–4 6–0 6–3
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Gerald Patterson (Australia) defeats Norman Brookes (Australia) 6–3 7–5 6–2
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Suzanne Lenglen defeats Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers 10–8 4–6 9–7
- French Men's Singles Championship – not contested due to World War I
- French Women's Singles Championship – not contested due to World War I
- American Men's Singles Championship – Bill Johnston (USA) defeats Bill Tilden (USA) 6–4 6–4 6–3
- American Women's Singles Championship – Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (USA) defeats Marion Zinderstein (USA) 6–1 6–2
- 1919 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – Australasia 4–1 Great Britain at Double Bay Grounds (grass) Sydney, Australia