1921 in sports
1921 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 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 Rowing
- 18 Rugby league
- 19 Rugby union
- 20 Shooting
- 21 Speed skating
- 22 Tennis
- 23 Notes
- 24 References
- Chicago Staleys (later the Chicago Bears) win the 1921 American Professional Football Association title, albeit not without dispute. The APFA will eventually become the National Football League.
- Rose Bowl (1920 season):
- Cornell Big Red – college football national championship
- 8 October — the first radio broadcast of a college game takes place between West Virginia and Pittsburgh
- The Football League – Burnley 59 points, Manchester City 54, Bolton Wanderers 52, Liverpool 51, Newcastle United 50, Tottenham Hotspur 47
- FA Cup final – Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge, London
- The Football League is expanded by the conversion of the Third Division (founded in 1920) into the Third Division South (D3S: 22 clubs) and the creation of the Third Division North (D3N: 20 clubs). This brings the total number of League clubs to 86. Existing league clubs in D3N are Stockport County (relegated from the Second Division) and Grimsby Town (transferred from the former Third Division). New league members in D3N are: Accrington Stanley (1921–1961), Ashington (1921–1929), Barrow (1921–1972), Chesterfield, Crewe Alexandra, Darlington, Durham City (1921–1928), Halifax Town, Hartlepool United, Lincoln City, Nelson (1921–1931), Rochdale, Southport (1921–1978), Stalybridge (1921–1923), Tranmere Rovers, Walsall, Wigan Borough (1921–1931) and Wrexham.
- Apart from Grimsby Town (now in D3N) and Crystal Palace (promoted to the Second Division), all the remaining members of the former Third Division are transferred to D3S. Two new clubs are elected to this division: Aberdare Athletic (1921–1927) and Charlton Athletic.
Republic of Ireland
- Formation of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). It applies solely to the Republic of Ireland and is not to be confused with the Irish Football Association (IFA), which is now the organising body for football in Northern Ireland only. The split in Irish football governance is not reflected in other sports such as cricket and rugby union, in which Cricket Ireland and the Irish Rugby Football Union administer both countries.
Men's 100 metres
- Officially established Lithuanian Athletics Championships.
- first Women’s Olympiad in Monte Carlo
- 30 June – North Melbourne disbands in an attempt to merge with VFL club Essendon and is disqualified from the rest of the VFA season; the merger is precluded by a veto by the government of Essendon moving to Arden Street.
- 7 May – Glenelg become the SAFL’s eighth club when they play their first match against West Adelaide, losing 6.5 (41) to 18.10 (118).
- 8 October – Port Adelaide 4.8 (32) defeat Norwood 3.6 (24) for their ninth SAFL premiership.
- Magarey Medal won by Dan Moriarty (South Adelaide), Charlie Adams[a] (Port Adelaide), John Karney[a] (West Torrens) and Walter Scott[a] (Norwood)
West Australian Football League
- 1 October – East Perth 5.9 (39) defeats East Fremantle 4.8 (32) to win its third consecutive premiership.
- The inaugural Sandover Medal is won by Tom Outridge, Sr. (Subiaco), and posthumously awarded retrospectively[b] to Cyril Hoft (Perth).
- 5–13 October — New York Giants (NL) defeats New York Yankees (AL) to win the 1921 World Series by 5 games to 3
Major League Baseball
- Babe Ruth hits 59 home runs for the New York Yankees, establishing a new single-season record for the third consecutive year
Negro League Baseball
- 2 July — boxing’s first “million dollar gate” occurs when Jack Dempsey meets Georges Carpentier in a “hastily assembled outdoor arena built on a farm in Jersey City, New Jersey”. A crowd of more than 80,000 attends an event billed by its promoter Tex Rickard as the "Battle of the Century". Dempsey wins by a fourth round knockout in a scheduled 12-round fight which is also special for its radio broadcast. It is the first-ever broadcast to a "mass audience" with ringside commentary relayed over the new radiophone to hundreds of thousands of people in the northeastern United States.
- Pete “Kid” Herman regains the World Bantamweight Championship but is beaten soon afterwards by new champion Johnny Buff.
Lineal world champions
- World Heavyweight Championship – Jack Dempsey
- World Light Heavyweight Championship – Georges Carpentier
- World Middleweight Championship – Johnny Wilson
- World Welterweight Championship – Jack Britton
- World Lightweight Championship – Benny Leonard
- World Featherweight Championship – Johnny Kilbane
- World Bantamweight Championship – Joe Lynch → Pete "Kid" Herman → Johnny Buff
- World Flyweight Championship – Jimmy Wilde
- England tours Australia and becomes the first team to lose every match in a five-match Test series. In the 1921 English season, Australia emphasises the post-war superiority that it owes, in particular, to the pace duo of Jack Gregory and Ted McDonald. Having won 5–0 in Australia the previous winter, the Australians win the first three Tests of the 1921 tour and then draw the last two.
- County Championship – Middlesex
- Minor Counties Championship – Staffordshire
- Most runs – Phil Mead 3179 @ 69.10 (HS 280*)
- Most wickets – Alec Kennedy 186 @ 21.55 (BB 8–11)
- Wisden Cricketers of the Year – Hubert Ashton, Jack Bryan, Jack Gregory, Charlie Macartney, Ted McDonald
- Sheffield Shield – New South Wales
- Most runs – Patsy Hendren 1178 @ 62.00 (HS 271)
- Most wickets – Arthur Mailey 81 @ 22.53 (BB 9–121)
- Inter-Colonial Tournament – unfinished
Tour de France
World Figure Skating Championships
- The championships are not held in 1921
- Grand National – Shaun Spadah
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Bettina
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Craig an Eran
- Epsom Derby – Humorist
- Epsom Oaks – Love in Idleness
- St. Leger Stakes – Polemarch
- Melbourne Cup – Sister Olive
- Queen's Plate – Herendesy
- Ottawa Senators defeats Toronto St. Patricks to win the NHL championship.
- Vancouver Millionaires defeats Seattle Metropolitans in a two–game total–goal series 1–3, 6–0 (7–3) to win the PCHA championship.
- 21 March – 4 April — Ottawa Senators defeats Vancouver Millionaires in the 1921 Stanley Cup Finals by 3 games to 2
Grand Prix racing
- 25 July — the 7th French Grand Prix, organised by the Automobile Club de France (ACF), is run at Le Mans over 752.58 km (37.629 km x 20 laps) on the Circuit de la Sarthe. The winner is Jimmy Murphy (USA) driving a Duesenberg in 4:07:11.4. The race is retrospectively referred to as the XV Grand Prix de l´ACF.
- 4 September — the inaugural Italian Grand Prix is run at Brescia over 519.0 km (17.3 km x 30 laps). The winner is Jules Goux (France) driving a Ballot 3L in 3:35:09. The race is officially titled the I Gran Premio d'Italia.
- 30 May — 9th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is won by Tommy Milton (USA) in a Frontenac.
Far Eastern Championship Games
The Boat Race
- Championship – Hull
- Challenge Cup final – Leigh 13–0 Halifax at Wheater’s Field, Broughton
- Lancashire League Championship – Wigan
- Yorkshire League Championship – Halifax
- Lancashire Cup – Broughton Rangers 6–3 Leigh
- Yorkshire Cup – Hull Kingston Rovers 2–0 Hull
Five Nations Championship
Speed Skating World Championships
- not contested
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Rhys Gemmell (Australia) defeats Alf Hedeman (Australia) 7–5 6–1 6–4
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Bill Tilden (USA) defeats Brian Norton (South Africa) 4–6 2–6 6–1 6–0 7–5
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Suzanne Lenglen (France) defeats Elizabeth Ryan (USA) 6–2, 6–0
- French Men's Singles Championship – Jean Samazeuilh (France) defeats André Gobert (France) 6–3 6–3 2–6 7–5
- French Women's Singles Championship – Suzanne Lenglen (France) defeats Germaine Golding (France) by a walkover
- American Men's Singles Championship – Bill Tilden (USA) defeats Bill Johnston (USA) 6–1 1–6 7–5 5–7 6–3
- American Women's Singles Championship – Molla Bjurstedt Mallory (Norway) defeats Mary Browne (USA) 4–6 6–4 6–2
- 1921 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – United States 5–0 Japan at West Side Tennis Club (grass) New York City, United States