The History of Sport 1930: The inaugural World Cup is won by Uruguay, Don Bradman’s sensational year of batting records, Bobby Jones’s golf Grand Slam, the first Empire Games

The major events in sport in 1930

The inaugural FIFA World Cup is held in Uruguay and is won by the host nation as Uruguay defeats Argentina 4–2 in the final.

Joe Bambrick scores six goals for Ireland v Wales in Belfast, a record for the Home International Championship

The third Women’s World Games in athletics is held in Prague

The South American Basketball Championship 1930 is the first major international basketball competition when four South American teams play in Montevideo and the host nation Uruguay wins the tournament.

First World Bobsleigh Championship is held at Caux-sur-Montreux in Switzerland. It features a four-man bob event only, which is won by Italy.

Having scored 1586 runs in the 1929–30 Australian season at an average of 113.28 and including a world record individual innings of 452 not out Don Bradman continues in the same vein through the Australian tour of England. Australia  regains The Ashes, winning the Test series by 2–1. Bradman, scores 974 runs in the series (still a world record). The highlight of the tour is Bradman’s remarkable innings at Headingley in the Third Test when he makes 309 not out in a single day (his final score is 334).

Wilfred Rhodes plays his 763rd cricket County Championship match, a record.  He plays for England v West Indies at Kingston aged 52 years and 165 days.

Lady Bailey makes the first Glider flight by a woman in Britain.

Max Schmeling defeats Jack Sharkey by a controversial fourth round low foul punch decision to take the vacant World Heavyweight Championship title

Helen Wills-Moody wins her fourth successive Wimbledon singles title.

American Women’s Singles tennis Championship won by Betty Nuthall Shoemaker (Great Britain)

Australian Women’s Singles Championship – Daphne Akhurst Cozens (Australia)
wins her fifth title

Wolf Barnato wins his third successive Le Mans 24 hour race.

The first British Open squash title is won by D Butcher

Hack Wilson hits 56 home runs in the baseball season.

Bobby Jones becomes the only player to do the golfing Grand Slam of the time by winning the US Amateur (for the fifth time), US Open (for the fourth time), British Amateur and British Open titles.

Marjorie Foster becomes the only woman to win the King’s Prize, the most prestigious shooting title in Britain.

Canada win the first world ice hockey championships to be held as a separate event.

Mick The Miller retains his Greyhound Derby crown.

Melbourne Cup is won by Phar Lap, one of the most famous winners ever.

Gallant Fox completes the American Triple Crown.

Easter Hero is the first horse to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup twice.

Inaugural British Empire Games, the precursor of the Commonwealth Games are held at Hamilton, Ontario

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