The History of Sport 1921: Another Home Run Record for Babe Ruth, The First Women’s World Games, First Pro Football Season, Boxing’s First Million Dollar Fight

The main events in sport in 1921

Rangers win the Scottish football league with a record 76 points.
The English League founds the Third Division. It is divided into North and South divisions.

Only thirteen people attend the football match between Stockport and Leicester at Old Trafford, the lowest ever attendance for a football league game.

An amateur golf match between the USA and Great Britain & Ireland is instituted.

The Ping Pong Association is revived and the English Championship is founded.

The first women’s athletics club in Britain, London Olympiades, is founded.

The Federation Sportive Feminine Internationale (the international women’s sports federation) is founded in Paris.  Six countries are members.

The first Women’s international sports competition, the Olympiad or Women’s World Games, is held in Monte Carlo. Athletes from France, Great Britain, Switzerland, Italy and Norway compete.

A world record of 11 4/5 seconds for 100 yards is set by Britain’s Mary Lines when competing for England v France in Paris.  At the same meeting the England women set a world record for the 4 x 110 yards relay of 51 4/5 seconds.

The first ladies Point-to-Point horse race is won by Lady Jean Douglas-Hamilton at a meeting at Motcombe, Dorset.

Australia’s rugby league team defeat Bramley 92-7 in a tour match at Leeds, scoring 24 tries.

Chicago Staleys (later the Chicago Bears) win the first American Professional Football Association title. The APFA will eventually become the National Football League.

Babe Ruth hits 59 home runs for the New York Yankees, establishing a new single-season record for the third consecutive year. He also makes a record 457 bases in the season.

The first flight duration gliding meeting is held at the Rhon meet.

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

The first broadcast sports commentary was transmitted by KDKA Pittsburgh of the fight between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee. Dundee wins the first junior-lightweight world title.

In cricket England tour Australia and becomes the first team to lose every match in a five-match Test series. On their tour of England Charlie Macartney produced an Australian record score in England of 345 against Nottinghamshire. The innings was the fastest triple century in first-class cricket and the highest score made by a batsman in a single day of play. He reached 300 in 205 minutes and the innings took less than four hours.

The rugby union Five Nations Championship series is won by England who complete the Grand Slam.

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