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1908 in sports

1908 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Contents

American football

College championship

  • College football national championship – Penn Quakers
  • Association football

    Brazil

  • 25 March — Clube Atlético Mineiro founded
  • England

  • The Football League – Manchester United 52 points, Aston Villa 43, Manchester City 43, Newcastle United 42, The Wednesday 42, Middlesbrough 41
  • FA Cup final – Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Newcastle United at Crystal Palace, London
  • Bradford Park Avenue (1908–70) and Tottenham Hotspur elected to the Football League after Lincoln City and Stoke FC are expelled. Stoke FC is not involved in the election process but goes into receivership soon afterwards and is replaced by Tottenham Hotspur, who have lost the election to Bradford Park Avenue.
  • Germany

  • National Championship – Viktoria Berlin 3–0 Stuttgarter Kickers at Berlin-Tempelhof
  • Greece

  • 3 February — Panathinaikos, Greece's most successful sports club is founded in Athens, Greece by Georgios Kalafatis.
  • Italy

  • 9 March — Internazionale Milan founded
  • Mexico

  • Club Union of Mexico becomes Club Deportivo Guadalajara
  • Netherlands

  • 19 July — Feyenoord Rotterdam founded
  • Scotland

  • Scottish Football League – Celtic
  • Scottish Cup final – Celtic 5–1 St Mirren at Hampden Park
  • Australian rules football

    VFL Premiership

  • Carlton wins the 12th VFL Premiership: Carlton 5.5 (35) d Essendon 3.8 (26) at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
  • Events

  • Richmond and University join the VFL
  • Bandy

    Sweden

  • Championship final – Djurgårdens IF 3–1 Östergötlands BF
  • Baseball

    World Series

  • 10–14 October — Chicago Cubs (NL) defeats Detroit Tigers (AL) to win the 1908 World Series by 4 games to 1
  • Events

  • 23 September — the Merkle incident, which finally costs New York Giants the NL pennant
  • Major League Baseball's lowest scoring season including the current record for fewest runs scored in a season by one team: 372 by St. Louis Cardinals
  • Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) founded
  • Boxing

    Events

  • 4 July — Battling Nelson recovers his World Lightweight Championship from Joe Gans with a 17th-round knockout at Colma, California
  • World Middleweight Champion Stanley Ketchel loses his title on 7 September to Billy Papke by a 12th-round technical knockout at Vernon, California, but regains it on 26 November at Colma, California, where he knocks out Papke in the 11th round
  • October – Mike "Twin" Sullivan vacates the World Welterweight Championship which remains unresolved until 1914
  • 26 December — Jack Johnson becomes the first African American World Heavyweight Champion by defeating Tommy Burns at Sydney, Australia. Johnson holds the title until 1915.
  • Lineal world champions

  • World Heavyweight Championship – Tommy Burns → Jack Johnson
  • World Light Heavyweight Championship – vacant
  • World Middleweight Championship – Stanley Ketchel → Billy Papke → Stanley Ketchel
  • World Welterweight Championship – Mike "Twin" Sullivan → vacant
  • World Lightweight Championship – Joe Gans → Battling Nelson
  • World Featherweight Championship – Abe Attell
  • World Bantamweight Championship – Jimmy Walsh
  • Cricket

    England

  • County Championship – Yorkshire
  • Minor Counties Championship – Staffordshire
  • Most runs – Tom Hayward 2337 @ 45.82 (HS 175)
  • Most wickets – Colin Blythe 197 @ 16.88 (BB 8–83)
  • Wisden Cricketers of the Year – Walter Brearley, Lord Hawke, Jack Hobbs, Alan Marshal, John Newstead
  • Australia

  • Sheffield Shield – Victoria
  • Most runs – Joe Hardstaff senior 1360 @ 52.30 (HS 135)
  • Most wickets – Jack Saunders and Jack Crawford 66 apiece
  • India

  • Bombay Triangular – Parsees
  • New Zealand

  • Plunket Shield – Auckland
  • South Africa

  • Currie Cup – not contested
  • West Indies

  • Inter-Colonial Tournament – not contested
  • Cycling

    Tour de France

  • Lucien Petit-Breton (France) wins the 6th Tour de France
  • Field hockey

    Olympic Games (Men's Competition)

  • Gold Medal – England
  • Silver Medal – Ireland
  • Bronze Medals – Scotland & Wales
  • Figure skating

    Events

  • Inaugural International Skating Union (ISU) Championships for pair skating is held at Saint Petersburg
  • Figure skating is held at the 1908 Summer Olympics and is the first winter sport to feature at the Olympics — 16 years before the inaugural Winter Games is held
  • World Figure Skating Championships

  • World Men's Champion – Ulrich Salchow (Sweden)
  • World Women's Champion – Lily Kronberger (Hungary)
  • World Pairs Champions – Anna Hübler and Heinrich Burger (Germany)
  • 1908 Summer Olympics

  • Men's individual – Ulrich Salchow (Sweden)
  • Men's special figures – Nikolai Panin (Russia)
  • Women's individual – Madge Syers (Great Britain)
  • Pairs – Anna Hübler and Heinrich Burger (Germany)
  • Golf

    Major tournaments

  • British Open – James Braid
  • US Open – Fred McLeod
  • Other tournaments

  • British Amateur – Edward Lassen
  • US Amateur – Jerome Travers
  • Horse racing

    England

  • Grand National – Rubio
  • 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Rhodora
  • 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Norman III
  • Epsom Derby – Signorinetta
  • Epsom Oaks – Signorinetta
  • St. Leger Stakes – Your Majesty
  • Australia

  • Melbourne Cup – Lord Nolan
  • Canada

  • Queen's Plate – Seismic
  • Ireland

  • Irish Grand National – Lord Rivers
  • Irish Derby Stakes – Wild Bouquet
  • USA

  • Kentucky Derby – Stone Street
  • Preakness Stakes – Royal Tourist
  • Belmont Stakes – Colin
  • Ice hockey

    Events

  • January 2 — The first All-Star game in ice hockey history is held at Montreal to benefit the widow of Hod Stuart, killed in an off-season swimming accident.
  • Stanley Cup

  • January 9–13 – Montreal Wanderers defeat the Ottawa Victorias 9–3, 13–1 (22–4) in a two-game challenge to retain the Stanley Cup.
  • March 7 — Montreal Wanderers win the Eastern Canada Amateur Hockey Association (ECAHA) championship for the third year in a row and successfully defend the Stanley Cup.
  • March 10–12 – Montreal Wanderers defeat Winnipeg Maple Leafs 11–5, 9–3 (20–8) in a two-game challenge.
  • March 14 – Montreal Wanderers defeat Toronto Professionals 6–4 in a one-game challenge to retain the Stanley Cup.
  • Lacrosse

    Events

  • Lacrosse is played as an Olympic sport for the second and last time (the first having been in 1904). Canada defeats Great Britain: they are the only two teams to compete.
  • Motor racing

    French Grand Prix

  • 7 July — the third French Grand Prix, organised by the Automobile Club de France (ACF), is run at Dieppe over 477.48 miles (47.74 miles x 10 laps). The winner is Christian Lautenschlager of Germany driving a Mercedes GP in 6:46:33.0 at an average speed of 69.05 mph. The race is retrospectively referred to as the XI Grand Prix de l'A.C.F.
  • Vanderbilt Cup

  • Not having been contested in 1907, the Vanderbilt Cup is revived for its 4th running at Long Island over 258.06 miles (23.460 miles x 11 laps). The winner is George Robertson (USA) driving a Locomobile in 4:00:48.2.
  • American Grand Prize

  • Billed as the I Grand Prize Race of the Automobile Club of America, the inaugural American Grand Prize takes place at Savannah, Georgia over 402.080 miles (25.130 miles x 16 laps) and is won by Louis Wagner driving a FIAT in 6:10:31.4 at an average speed of 65.111 mph.
  • Olympic Games

    1908 Summer Olympics

  • The 1908 Summer Olympics takes place in London
  • Great Britain wins the most medals (145) and the most gold medals (56)
  • Rowing

    The Boat Race

  • 4 April — Cambridge wins the 65th Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race
  • Rugby league

    Events

  • Hunslet becomes the first team to achieve the celebrated "All Four Cups" feat
  • England

  • Championship – Hunslet
  • Challenge Cup final – Hunslet 14–0 Hull at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield
  • Lancashire League Championship – Oldham
  • Yorkshire League Championship – Hunslet
  • Lancashire Cup – Oldham 16–9 Broughton Rangers
  • Yorkshire Cup – Hunslet 17–0 Halifax
  • Australia

  • Professional rugby league begins in Australia with the formation of the New South Wales Rugby League
  • South Sydney wins the first Australian championship, defeating Eastern Suburbs 14–12 in the final
  • First Australian national rugby league team embarks on the inaugural 1908–09 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain
  • Rugby union

    Home Nations Championship

  • 26th Home Nations Championship series is won by Wales
  • As Wales also defeats France in a 1908 non-championship match, its team is retrospectively regarded as a Grand Slam winner
  • Speed skating

    Speed Skating World Championships

  • Men's All-round Champion – Oscar Mathisen (Norway)
  • Tennis

    Australia

  • Australian Men's Singles Championship – Fred Alexander (USA) defeats Alfred Dunlop (Australia) 3–6 3–6 6–0 6–2 6–3
  • England

  • Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Arthur Gore (GB) defeats Herbert Barrett (GB) 6–3 6–2 4–6 3–6 6–4
  • Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Charlotte Cooper Sterry defeats Agnes Morton 6–4 6–4
  • France

  • French Men's Singles Championship – Max Decugis defeats Maurice Germot: details unknown
  • French Women's Singles Championship – Kate Gillou-Fenwick defeats Pean: details unknown
  • USA

  • American Men's Singles Championship – William Larned defeats Beals Wright 6–1 6–2 8–6
  • American Women's Singles Championship – Maud Barger-Wallach defeats Evelyn Sears 6–3 1–6 6–3
  • Davis Cup

  • 1908 International Lawn Tennis Challenge –  Australasia 3–2  United States at Albert Ground (grass) Melbourne, Australia
  • References

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