1925 in sports
1925 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
- 1 American football
- 2 Association football
- 3 Australian rules football
- 4 Bandy
- 5 Baseball
- 6 Basketball
- 7 Boxing
- 8 Canadian football
- 9 Cricket
- 10 Cycling
- 11 Figure skating
- 12 Golf
- 13 Horse racing
- 14 Ice hockey
- 15 Motor racing
- 16 Multi-sport events
- 17 Nordic skiing
- 18 Rowing
- 19 Rugby league
- 20 Rugby union
- 21 Speed skating
- 22 Tennis
- 23 References
- Chicago Cardinals win a controversial National Football League title.
- Five new teams join the NFL: New York Giants, Detroit Panthers, Providence Steam Roller, a new Canton Bulldogs team and the Pottsville Maroons.
- Rose Bowl (1924 season):
- Dartmouth Big Green – college football national championship shared with Alabama Crimson Tide
- 3 October – Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech) plays its inaugural intercollegiate football game.
- The IFAB reforms the offside law, reducing the number of opposing players required to be in front of the attacker for him to be onside from three to two.
- The Football League – Huddersfield Town 58 points, West Bromwich Albion 56, Bolton Wanderers 55, Liverpool 50, Bury 49, Newcastle United 48
- FA Cup final – Sheffield United 1–0 Cardiff City at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
- Geelong wins the 29th VFL Premiership: Geelong 10.19 (79) d Collingwood 9.15 (69) at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
- 7–15 October — Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) defeats Washington Senators (AL) to win the 1925 World Series by 4 games to 3. The Pirates are the first team to win a Series in a comeback down three games to one.
Negro League Baseball
- The American Basketball League is formed as the first major league of professional basketball.
- 15 January — Benny Leonard, arguably the greatest-ever lightweight champion, retires from boxing to leave the World Lightweight Championship temporarily vacant
- 2 July — World Middleweight Champion Harry Greb outpoints World Welterweight Champion Mickey Walker over 15 rounds in one of the all-time great boxing matches at New York's Polo Grounds.
- 14 July — death of current World Flyweight Champion Pancho Villa from blood poisoning after a dental operation goes wrong.
Lineal world champions
- World Heavyweight Championship – Jack Dempsey
- World Light Heavyweight Championship – Mike McTigue → Paul Berlenbach
- World Middleweight Championship – Harry Greb
- World Welterweight Championship – Mickey Walker
- World Lightweight Championship – Benny Leonard → vacant → Jimmy Goodrich → Rocky Kansas
- World Featherweight Championship – vacant → Louis "Kid" Kaplan
- World Bantamweight Championship – Eddie "Cannonball" Martin → Charley Phil Rosenberg
- World Flyweight Championship – Pancho Villa → vacant
- 13th Grey Cup in the Canadian Football League – Ottawa Senators defeat Winnipeg Tammany Tigers 24–1 at Lansdowne Park
- Marylebone Cricket Club organises an England tour of Australia in the 1924–25 season. Australia retains The Ashes by winning the five-match Test series 4–1.
- County Championship – Yorkshire
- Minor Counties Championship – Buckinghamshire
- Most runs – Jack Hobbs 3024 @ 70.32 (HS 266*)
- Most wickets – Maurice Tate 228 @ 14.97 (BB 8–91)
- Wisden Cricketer of the Year – Jack Hobbs
- Sheffield Shield – Victoria
- Most runs – Herbert Sutcliffe 1250 @ 69.44 (HS 188)
- Most wickets – Maurice Tate 77 @ 19.01 (BB 7–74)
- Currie Cup – not contested
Tour de France
World Figure Skating Championships
- World Women's Champion – Herma Szabo (Austria)
- World Men's Champion – Willi Böckel (Austria)
- World Pairs Champions – Herma Szabo and Ludwig Wrede (Austria)
- Cheltenham Gold Cup – Ballinode
- Grand National – Double Chance
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Saucy Sue
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Manna
- Epsom Derby – Manna
- Epsom Oaks – Saucy Sue
- St. Leger Stakes – Solario
- Melbourne Cup – Windbag
- Queen's Plate – Fairbank
- Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe – Priori
- 21–30 March — Victoria Cougars defeats Montreal Canadiens in the 1925 Stanley Cup Finals. The Cougars are the last non-NHL team to win the Cup.
- The first-place Hamilton Tigers of the NHL go on strike for an increase in pay. The team is suspended and the players sold to become the New York Americans.
- 2 December — the expansion New York Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates of the NHL play their first-ever game against each other at Pittsburgh. The Americans defeat the Pirates 2-1 in overtime.
- 15 December — the first NHL game is played at Madison Square Garden between the New York Americans and the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens win the game 3-1 and are awarded the Prince of Wales Trophy.
Grand Prix racing
- 28 June — the 1st Belgian Grand Prix is run at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps over 809.06 km (14.98 km x 54 laps). The winner is Antonio Ascari (Italy) driving an Alfa Romeo P2 in 6:42:57. The race is officially titled the I Grand Prix de Belgique and is also given the honorary designation of European Grand Prix.
- 26 July — the 11th French Grand Prix, organised by the Automobile Club de France (ACF), is run at Autodrome de Linas-Montlhéry over 1000.00 km (12.50 km x 80 laps). The winner is Robert Benoist/Albert Divo (both of France) driving a Delage 2LCV in 8:54:41.2. The race is retrospectively referred to as the XIX Grand Prix de l´ACF.
- 26 July — death of Antonio Ascari following a crash on the 23rd lap of the French Grand Prix.
- 6 September — the 5th Italian Grand Prix is run at Autodromo Nazionale Monza over 800.00 km (10.00 km x 80 laps). The winner is Gastone Brilli-Peri (Italy) driving an Alfa Romeo P2 in 5:14:33.3. The race is officially titled the V Gran Premio d'Italia.
- 30 May — 13th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is won by Peter DePaolo in a Duesenberg.
Le Mans 24 hours
- The 3rd Le Mans 24 hours race is won by Gérard de Courcelles (France) and André Rossignol (France) driving a Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 over 129 laps and 2233.982 km.
Far Eastern Championship Games
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
- Cross-country skiing (18 km) – Otakar Německý (Czechoslovakia)
- Cross-country skiing (50 km) – František Donth (Czechoslovakia)
- Nordic combined (individual) – Otakar Německý (Czechoslovakia)
- Ski jumping (individual large hill) – Willen Dick (Czechoslovakia)
The Boat Race
- Championship – Hull Kingston Rovers
- Challenge Cup final – Oldham 16–3 Hull Kingston Rovers at Headingley Stadium, Leeds
- Lancashire League Championship – Swinton
- Yorkshire League Championship – Hull Kingston Rovers
- Lancashire Cup – Oldham 10–0 St Helens Recreation
- Yorkshire Cup – Wakefield Trinity 9–8 Batley
Five Nations Championship
Speed Skating World Championships
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – James Anderson (Australia) defeats Gerald Patterson (Australia) 11–9 2–6 6–2 6–3
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Daphne Akhurst Cozens (Australia) defeats Esna Boyd Robertson (Australia) 1–6 8–6 6–4
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – René Lacoste (France) defeats Jean Borotra (France) 6–3 6–3 4–6 8–6
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Suzanne Lenglen (France) defeats Joan Fry Lakeman (Great Britain) 6–2 6–0
- French Men's Singles Championship – René Lacoste (France) defeats Jean Borotra (France) 7–5 6–1 6–4
- French Women's Singles Championship – Suzanne Lenglen (France) defeats Kitty McKane Godfree (Great Britain) 6–1 6–2
- American Men's Singles Championship – Bill Tilden (USA) defeats Bill Johnston (USA) 4–6 11–9 6–3 4–6 6–3
- American Women's Singles Championship – Helen Wills Moody (USA) defeats Kitty McKane Godfree (Great Britain) 3–6 6–0 6–2
- 1925 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – United States 5–0 France at Germantown Cricket Club (grass) Philadelphia, United States