1914 in sports
1914 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 Boxing
- 7 Canadian football
- 8 Cricket
- 9 Cycling
- 10 Figure skating
- 11 Golf
- 12 Horse racing
- 13 Ice hockey
- 14 Motor racing
- 15 Rowing
- 16 Rugby league
- 17 Rugby union
- 18 Speed skating
- 19 Tennis
- 20 Yacht racing
- 21 References
- 15 November — Harry Turner, of the Canton Professionals, becomes the first player to die from game-related injuries in the "Ohio League", the direct predecessor to the National Football League.
- Formation of the Brazilian Football Confederation (Confederação Brasileira de Futebol or CBF)
- The Football League – Blackburn Rovers 51 points, Aston Villa 44, Middlesbrough 43, Oldham Athletic 43, West Bromwich Albion 43, Bolton Wanderers 42
- FA Cup final – Burnley 1–0 Liverpool at Crystal Palace, London
- Scottish Football League – Celtic
- Scottish Cup final – Celtic 4–1 Hibernian at Ibrox Park (replay following 0–0 draw)
- 26 September – Carlton wins the 18th VFL Premiership, defeating South Melbourne 6.9 (45) to 4.15 (39) in the 1914 VFL Grand Final
- 19 September – Port Adelaide 13.15 (93) defeats North Adelaide 1.8 (14) for their second successive SAFL flag and eighth overall
- Magarey Medal won by Jack Ashley (Port Adelaide)
- 10 October – East Fremantle 5.13 (43) defeats South Fremantle 3.6 (24) for its ninth WAFL premiership.
- University withdraws from the VFL at the end of the season
- Port Adelaide become the only SAFA/SAFL/SANFL team to finish with a perfect season, overall winning thirty consecutive matches including one against a combined team from the other six SAFL clubs and one against Carlton.
- 9–13 October — Boston Braves (NL) defeats Philadelphia Athletics (AL) to win the 1914 World Series by 4 games to 0
- The "Federal League War" ensues when the Federal League leaves Minor League Baseball and competes with the two established major leagues. Retaining clubs in Kansas City, Indianapolis, St Louis, Chicago and Pittsburgh, the Federal League sets up additional clubs in Buffalo, Baltimore and Brooklyn.
- Baltimore Terrapins are a great popular success and drive the minor Orioles out of business, so creating the basis of the baseball anti–trust case
- 22 April — Babe Ruth pitches his first professional game for the Baltimore Orioles at age 19
- Jack Johnson spends the year moving from one country to another but stages exhibition fights as far afield as Gothenburg and Buenos Aires. In June, he defends his world heavyweight title against Frank Moran in Paris and wins over 20 rounds.
- 1 to 24 January — Danish boxer Waldemar Holberg defeats Ray Bronson over 20 rounds in Melbourne and claims the vacant World Welterweight Championship. Just 23 days later, Holberg loses the title to Tom McCormick after a sixth round foul, also at Melbourne.
- 21 March — McCormick loses the welterweight title to Matt Wells over 20 rounds at Sydney.
- 30 March — a World Flyweight Championship (108 lb to 112 lb) is proposed for the first time after Jimmy Wilde defeats Eugene Husson in London. Wilde, subsequently ranked by most experts as the greatest-ever flyweight, holds the title until 1923.
- 7 April — Al McCoy defeats George Chip with a surprise first round knockout in Brooklyn, New York, to take the World Middleweight Championship. McCoy holds the title until 1917.
- With a series of wins from April to November, Jack Dillon resolves the long-standing issue of the vacant World Light Heavyweight Championship in his favour. He defeats Battling Levinsky, Bob Moha, Frank Mantell and Charley Weinert to claim the title, which he holds until 1916.
- 3 June — Kid Williams defeats Johnny Coulon by a third round knockout at Vernon, California, to win the World Bantamweight Championship. Williams holds the title until 1917.
- 7 July — Freddie Welsh defeats Willie Ritchie over 20 rounds in London to win the World Lightweight Championship. Welsh holds the title until 1917.
Lineal world champions
- World Heavyweight Championship – Jack Johnson
- World Light Heavyweight Championship – vacant → Jack Dillon
- World Middleweight Championship – George Chip → Al McCoy
- World Welterweight Championship – vacant → Waldemar Holberg → Tom McCormick → Matt Wells
- World Lightweight Championship – Willie Ritchie → Freddie Welsh
- World Featherweight Championship – Johnny Kilbane
- World Bantamweight Championship – Johnny Coulon → Kid Williams
- World Flyweight Championship – Jimmy Wilde
- The 1914 English cricket season is cancelled at the end of August because of the outbreak of the First World War. The last four matches to be played all finish on 2 September and the remaining five scheduled fixtures are cancelled.
- County Championship – Surrey
- Minor Counties Championship – undecided
- Most runs – Jack Hobbs 2697 @ 58.63 (HS 226)
- Most wickets – Colin Blythe 170 @ 15.19 (BB 9–97)
- Wisden Cricketers of the Year – Johnny Douglas, Percy Fender, Wally Hardinge, Donald Knight, Sydney Smith
- Sheffield Shield – New South Wales
- Most runs – Charlie Macartney 892 @ 111.50 (HS 201)
- Most wickets – Charles Kelleway 45 @ 12.68 (BB 7–35)
- Currie Cup – not contested
- Inter-Colonial Tournament – not contested
Tour de France
World Figure Skating Championships
- World Men's Champion – Gosta Sandahl (Sweden)
- World Women's Champion – Opika von Méray Horváth (Hungary)
- World Pairs Champions – Ludowika Jakobsson-Eilers / Walter Jakobsson (Finland)
- Grand National – Sunloch
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Princess Dorrie
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Kennymore
- Epsom Derby – Durbar
- Epsom Oaks – Princess Dorrie
- St. Leger Stakes – Black Jester
- Melbourne Cup – Kingsburgh
- Queen's Plate – Beehive
- Toronto Blueshirts wins the National Hockey Association (NHA) championship and their first Stanley Cup.
- Victoria Aristocrats wins the Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) championship
- Blueshirts play Aristocrats in a challenge series with Blueshirts winning by three games to nil. The NHA and PCHA agree to start an annual playoff in 1915 to decide the Stanley Cup winner.
- Regina Victorias wins the Allan Cup
Grand Prix racing
- 4 July — the 6th French Grand Prix, organised by the Automobile Club de France (ACF), is run at Lyon over 752.58 km (37.629 km x 20 laps). The winner is Christian Lautenschlager of Germany driving a Mercedes 18/100 in 7:08:18.4. The race is retrospectively referred to as the XIV Grand Prix de l´ACF.
- 30 May — 4th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is won by René Thomas (France) in a Delage Type Y.
- 26 February — 9th running of the Vanderbilt Cup at Santa Monica is won by Ralph DePalma (Italy) driving a Mercedes GP.
American Grand Prize
- 28 February — 5th running of the American Grand Prize takes place at Santa Monica over 648.934 km (13.519 km x 48 laps) and is won by Eddie Pullen (USA) driving a Mercer 35-R in 5:13:30.
The Boat Race
- Championship – Salford
- Challenge Cup final – Hull F.C. 6–0 Wakefield Trinity at Thrum Hall, Halifax
- Lancashire League Championship – Wigan
- Yorkshire League Championship – Huddersfield
- Lancashire County Cup – Oldham 5–0 Wigan
- Yorkshire County Cup – Huddersfield 19–3 Bradford Northern
Five Nations Championship
Speed Skating World Championships
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Arthur O'Hara Wood (Australia) defeats Gerald Patterson (Australia) 6–4 6–3 5–7 6–1
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Norman Brookes (Australia) defeats Anthony Wilding (New Zealand) 6–4 6–4 7–5
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers defeats Ethel Thomson Larcombe 7–5 6–4
- French Men's Singles Championship – Max Decugis defeats Jean Samazeuilh 3–6 6–1 6–4 6–4
- French Women's Singles Championship – Marguerite Broquedis defeats Suzanne Lenglen 5–7 6–4 6–3
- American Men's Singles Championship – Richard Norris Williams defeats Maurice McLoughlin 6–3 8–6 10–8
- American Women's Singles Championship – Mary Browne defeats Marie Wagner 6–2 1–6 6–1
- 1914 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – Australasia 3–2 United States at West Side Tennis Club (grass) New York City, United States
- 1914 America's Cup – Resolute competes against the Vanitie but the race is cancelled due to the onset of World War I.
- Devaney, John; ‘The Invincibles at Play’
- Cyber Boxing Zone
- "Resolute Beats All Cup Course Records. Shamrock Will Have to Hustle to Better Yesterday's Time. 30 Miles in 3:16:41". New York Times. June 11, 1914. Retrieved 2010-10-15.
The flag officers' sloop Resolute covered herself with much seafoam and more glory in her first race over the America's Cup course off Sandy Hook yesterday. She not only left her chief rival, Vanitie, far astern, but set such a hot pace in the fifteen-mile thrash to windward and back that she broke all previous records for the thirty-mile cup course. ... Selah B. Howell, her professional sailing master, Resolute's rig consisted of mainsail, , and single headsail, and each canvas fitted smooth as a glove. ...