1926 in sports
1926 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 Baseball
- 7 Basketball
- 8 Boxing
- 9 Canadian football
- 10 Cricket
- 11 Cycling
- 12 Figure skating
- 13 Golf
- 14 Horse racing
- 15 Ice hockey
- 16 Lacrosse
- 17 Motor racing
- 18 Nordic skiing
- 19 Rowing
- 20 Rugby league
- 21 Rugby union
- 22 Speed skating
- 23 Tennis
- 24 References
- Frankford Yellow Jackets win the National Football League championship with a league record of 14–1–1
- Rose Bowl (1925 season):
- The Football League – Huddersfield Town 57 points, Arsenal 52, Sunderland 48, Bury 47, Sheffield United 46, Aston Villa 44
- FA Cup final – Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Manchester City at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
- Huddersfield Town is the first team to win the League championship title three times in succession.
- Formation of the Hellenic Football Federation (HFF)
- the Second Women's World Games, Gothenburg
- Melbourne wins the 30th VFL Premiership: Melbourne 17.17 (119) d Collingwood 9.8 (62) at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
- 2–10 October — St. Louis Cardinals (NL) defeats New York Yankees (AL) to win the 1926 World Series by 4 games to 3
Negro League Baseball
- Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League (NNL) and owner and manager of the Chicago American Giants, suffers a nervous breakdown and has to be confined to an asylum. His protégé Dave Malarcher takes over as manager and leads the team to the NNL pennant.
- The Chicago American Giants (NNL) defeat the Bacharach Giants of Atlantic City, New Jersey (ECL), 5 games to 3, in the Negro League World Series.
- Mule Suttles of the St. Louis Stars hits a Negro League record 27 home runs. His .498 batting average and 21 triples are also records.
- 23 September — Gene Tunney defeats Jack Dempsey over 10 rounds in Philadelphia to win the World Heavyweight Championship
- Tiger Flowers twice defeats Harry Greb for the World Middleweight Championship but then loses it to former World Welterweight Champion Mickey Walker who holds it until 1931
Lineal world champions
- World Heavyweight Championship – Jack Dempsey → Gene Tunney
- World Light Heavyweight Championship – Paul Berlenbach → Jack Delaney
- World Middleweight Championship – Harry Greb → Tiger Flowers → Mickey Walker
- World Welterweight Championship – Mickey Walker → Pete Latzo
- World Lightweight Championship – Rocky Kansas → Sammy Mandell
- World Featherweight Championship – Louis "Kid" Kaplan → vacant
- World Bantamweight Championship – Charley Phil Rosenberg
- World Flyweight Championship – vacant
- 31 May — India, New Zealand and West Indies are elected as Full Members of the Imperial Cricket Conference, increasing the number of nations playing Test cricket from three to six.
- England regains The Ashes from Australia by winning the five-match Test series 1–0. After the first four Tests are drawn, England wins the final match at The Oval by 289 runs.
- County Championship – Lancashire
- Minor Counties Championship – Durham
- Most runs – Jack Hobbs 2949 @ 77.60 (HS 316*)
- Most wickets – Charlie Parker 213 @ 18.40 (BB 8–73)
- Wisden Cricketers of the Year – George Geary, Harold Larwood, Jack Mercer, Bert Oldfield, Bill Woodfull
- Sheffield Shield – New South Wales
- Most runs – Arthur Richardson 904 @ 50.22 (HS 227)
- Most wickets – Clarrie Grimmett 59 @ 30.40 (BB 6–76)
Tour de France
World Figure Skating Championships
- World Women's Champion – Herma Szabo (Austria)
- World Men's Champion – Willi Böckel (Austria)
- World Pairs Champions – Andreé Joly-Brunet and Pierre Brunet (France)
- Bobby Jones becomes the first golfer to win the British and US Open titles in the same year.
- 19 April – Willie Watkinson, the Grand National-winning jockey, dies three weeks after his victory in a fall at Bogside, Scotland
- Cheltenham Gold Cup – Koko
- Grand National – Jack Horner
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Pillion
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Colorado
- Epsom Derby – Coronach
- Epsom Oaks – Short Story
- St. Leger Stakes – Coronach
- Melbourne Cup – Spearfelt
- Queen's Plate – Haplite
- Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe – Biribi
- 30 March to 6 April — Montreal Maroons defeats Victoria Cougars in the 1926 Stanley Cup Finals by 3 games to 1
- Allan Cup – University of Toronto defeats Port Arthur Bearcats
- Memorial Cup – Calgary Canadians defeats Queen's University
- The professional Western Hockey League folds; most players are sold for $300,000 to the National Hockey League (NHL).
- December — new expansion teams debut in the NHL: Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Cougars and New York Rangers
Grand Prix racing
- 27 June — the 12th French Grand Prix, organised by the Automobile Club de France (ACF), is run at Miramas over 500.00 km (5.00 km x 100 laps). The winner is Jules Goux (France) driving a Bugatti T39A in 4:38:43.8. The race is retrospectively referred to as the XX Grand Prix de l´ACF.
- 18 July — the 1st Spanish Grand Prix is run at Circuito Lasarte over 798.75 km (17.75 km x 45 laps). The winner is Jules Goux (France) driving a Bugatti T39A in 6:51:52. The race is given the honorary designation of European Grand Prix.
- 7 August — the 1st British Grand Prix is run at Brooklands over 463.10 km (4.210 km x 110 laps). The winner is Robert Sénéchal/Louis Wagner (both of France) driving a Delage 15-S8 in 4:00:56.
- 5 September — the 6th Italian Grand Prix is run at Autodromo Nazionale Monza over 600.00 km (10.00 km x 60 laps). The winner is Louis Charavel (aka "Sabipa") of France driving a Bugatti T39A in 4:20:29. The race is officially titled the VI Gran Premio d'Italia.
- 31 May — 14th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is won by Frank Lockhart in a Stutz–Miller122.
Le Mans 24 hours
- The 4th Le Mans 24 hours race is won by Robert Bloch (France) and André Rossignol (France) driving a Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 over 147 laps and 2552.414 km.
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
The Boat Race
- Championship – Wigan
- Challenge Cup final – Swinton 9–3 Oldham at Athletic Grounds, Rochdale
- Lancashire League Championship – Wigan
- Yorkshire League Championship – Hull Kingston Rovers
- Lancashire Cup – Swinton 15–11 Wigan
- Yorkshire Cup – Dewsbury 2–0 Huddersfield
Five Nations Championship
Speed Skating World Championships
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – John Hawkes (Australia) defeats James Willard (Australia) 6–1 6–3 6–1
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Daphne Akhurst Cozens (Australia) defeats Esna Boyd Robertson (Australia) 6–1 6–3
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Jean Borotra (France) defeats Howard Kinsey (USA) 8–6 6–1 6–3
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Kitty McKane Godfree (Great Britain) defeats Lilí de Álvarez (Spain) 6–2 4–6 6–3
- French Men's Singles Championship – Henri Cochet (France) defeats René Lacoste (France) 6–2 6–4 6–3
- French Women's Singles Championship – Suzanne Lenglen (France) defeats Mary Browne (USA) 6–1 6–0
- American Men's Singles Championship – René Lacoste (France) defeats Jean Borotra (France) 6–4 6–0 6–4
- American Women's Singles Championship – Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (Norway) defeats Elizabeth Ryan (USA) 4–6 6–4 9–7
- 1926 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – United States 4–1 France at Germantown Cricket Club (grass) Philadelphia, United States