The History of Sport 1926: Gertrude Ederle is the first woman to swim the Channel, the first British Grand Prix, Molla Mallory’s eighth US Open, Bobby Jones makes golf history, Huddersfield’s hat-trick of league titles.




Some of the notable events in sport in 1926:

Huddersfield Town are the first team to win the English Football League championship title three times in succession.

The Second Women’s World Games for athletics are held in Gothenburg. The UK wins most gold medals and set world records in the heats and final of the 4×110 yards.

British athletes Phyllis Green (high jump) and Muriel Gunn (long jump) set world records in other competitions.

In baseball 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.

Babe Ruth hits three home runs in the world series.

J.Earlham wins the first world amateur billiards title.

A crowd of 120,757 sees Gene Tunney defeat Jack Dempsey over 10 rounds in Philadelphia to win the World Heavyweight boxing 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

The first artificial ski slope is installed at the London ski school.

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

Victoria score 1,107 against New South Wales at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in December 1926 – still the largest innings total in first-class cricket.

Bobby Jones becomes the first golfer to win the British and US Open titles in the same year.

Charlotte Leitch wins her fourth British women’s golf title.

Sandy Herd, aged 58, wins the News of the World golf championship.

The first British greyhound race behind a mechanical hare is held at Belle Vue, Manchester.

The British Marbles Board of Control is formed at the Greyhound Hotel, Crawley.

The British Grand Prix is first held (as the RAC Grand Prix) at Brooklands over 110 laps and 287 miles.

The All-England Women’s Netball Assocation is formed.

In rowing the Thames Head of the River race is first held. Jack Beresford wins his seventh successive Wingfield Sculls.

The first Middlesex Sevens rugby union tournament is won by Harlequins.

American Gertrude Ederle is the first woman to swim the English Channel, taking 14 hours 39 minutes.

The International Table Tennis Federation is founded.

Molla Mallory wins a record eighth US Open singles title in tennis, coming back from 4-0 down in the third set in the final.

The first professional tennis players are Suzanne Lenglen, Vincent Richards, Mary K.Browne and Howard Kinsey.

Kitty Godfree wins the Wimbledon singles title for the second time and adds the mixed doubles title.

The USA win their seventh successive Davis Cup.

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