The History of Sport 1927: Babe Ruth hits sixty home runs for the all conquering Yankees, the first Ryder Cup, Greyhound Derby, Champion Hurdle and World table tennis championship, the ‘Long Count’ heavyweight title fight.


Some of the main events in sport in 1927

In football Cardiff City 1–0 Arsenal in the final of the FA Cup.  This victory remains the only time the competition has been won by a club outside England.

New York Yankees defeats Pittsburgh Pirates to win the 1927 World Series by 4 games to 0.  In Baseball Babe Ruth hits 60 home runs, setting a major league record.The Yankees won a then-league record 110 games  and are considered by many to be the greatest team in the history of baseball.

In one of the most famous fights in boxing history, Gene Tunney successfully defends his World Heavyweight Championship in a return bout with Jack Dempsey at Soldier Field, Chicago. Tunney wins in 10 rounds but the fight is remembered as The Battle Of The Long Count after Tunney was knocked down for 13 seconds in the 7th round, the count being delayed because Dempsey did not retire to a neutral corner.

In horse racing Bobby Lewis rides his fourth Melbourne Cup winner.
The inaugural Champion Hurdle is run and won by Blaris.

The first women’s National Cross country championships is held.

Muriel Gunn of Great Britain sets a world long jump record of 18 feet 3 1/2 inches.

Oldham appear in their fourth successive Rugby League Challenge Cup final.

A small diameter track for speedway is opened at Droylsden, Manchester.  The first meeting  in Britain is held at Camberley Heath.

The first cross Channel swim by an English woman is made by Mercedes Gleitze in fifteen hours fifteen minutes.

Johnny Weissmuller sets world swimming records.

The Harlem Globetrotters play their first basketball game.

Tom Newman wins his sixth world professional billiards title.

Britain win the world four man bobsleigh title.

Les Ames makes a record 127 dismissals as wicketkeeper in the English cricket season.

The first world cycling road race championship is won by Alfredo Binda of Italy.

The first world table tennis championships are held.  Hungary win the Swaythling Cup for the champion team.

Wentworth Gore makes his 36th appearance at Wimbledon since 1888.

Starting blocks for athletes are patented by George Bresnahan in the US.

The first BBC commentary is made by Captain Wakeham on the England v Wales rugby match at Twickenham.  He also does the first football commentary on Arsenal v Sheffield United at Highbury.

The first Mille Miglia motor race is won by Minoia and Mirandi.

Inaugural World Snooker Championship is won by Joe Davis who defeats Tom Dennis 20–11

Rugby Fives Association founded at the home of Dr.Edgar Cyriax, Welbeck Street, London.

Walter Hagen wins his fourth successive US PGA golf title and his fifth in total.

The Ryder Cup is instituted between the USA and Great Britain at golf.  USA win by 9 1/2 to 2 1/2.

The greyhound Derby is instituted.


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