1931 in sports
|Years in sports:||1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934|
|Centuries:||19th century · 20th century · 21st century|
|Decades:||1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s|
|Years:||1928 1929 1930 1931 1932 1933 1934|
1931 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
- Men's Downhill – Walter Prager (Switzerland)
- Men's Slalom – David Zogg (Switzerland)
- Women's Downhill – Esme Mackinnon (Great Britain)
- Women's Slalom – Esme Mackinnon (Great Britain)
- Green Bay Packers win the NFL title with a 13–2 record
- Rose Bowl (1930 season):
- The Football League – Arsenal 66 points, Aston Villa 59, Sheffield Wednesday 52, Portsmouth 49, Huddersfield Town 48, Derby County 46
- FA Cup final – West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Birmingham City at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
- Foundation of Botafogo Rio
- May 9: Richmond beat South Melbourne’s 12 year record for the highest score when they kick 30.19 (199) to North Melbourne’s 4.7 (31). Doug Strang, in his second game, and Jack Titus kick 22 goals between them – still an equal record for two players on one side.
- Geelong wins the 35th VFL Premiership: defeating Richmond 9.14 (68) to 7.6 (48) at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
- The annual Brownlow Medal is awarded to Haydn Bunton senior (Fitzroy)
- 3 October: North Adelaide 17.13 (115) defeat Sturt 11.11 (77) to win their sixth SANFL premiership.
- Magarey Medal won by Jack Sexton (West Adelaide)
- 1 June: East Fremantle’s 4.28 (52) against South Fremantle’s 5.8 (38) is the second most inaccurate score in WA(N)FL history by excess of behinds over goals and the most until 1957.
- 17 October: East Fremantle win their fourth consecutive WA(N)FL premiership, beating Subiaco 9.13 (67) to 7.7 (49) in the 1931 WANFL Grand Final.
- Sandover Medal won by Lin Richards (East Fremantle)
- 1–10 October — St. Louis Cardinals (NL) defeats Philadelphia Athletics (AL) to win the 1931 World Series by four games to three
Major League Baseball
Negro League Baseball
- Northwestern University wins the men's college basketball title
- The ABL suspends operations after the 1930–1931 season. This is also the last year it operates as a major professional league.
Bobsleigh World Championships
- 2nd FIBT World Championships 1931 are held in Oberhof, Germany (two-man bob) and St Moritz, Switzerland (four-man bob). Both gold medals are won by Germany.
- World Middleweight Champion Mickey Walker vacates his title to campaign as a heavyweight. The middleweight championship remains vacant until 1941.
Lineal world champions
- World Heavyweight Championship – Max Schmeling
- World Light Heavyweight Championship – Maxie Rosenbloom
- World Middleweight Championship – Mickey Walker → vacant
- World Welterweight Championship – Tommy Freeman → "Young" Jack Thompson → Lou Brouillard
- World Lightweight Championship – Tony Canzoneri
- World Featherweight Championship – Bat Battalino
- World Bantamweight Championship – Panama Al Brown
- World Flyweight Championship – vacant
- New Zealand plays its first Test series in England. England wins the series 1–0 with two matches drawn.
- County Championship – Yorkshire
- Minor Counties Championship – Leicestershire II
- Most runs – Herbert Sutcliffe 3006 @ 96.96 (HS 230)
- Most wickets – Tich Freeman 276 @ 15.60 (BB 10–79)
- Wisden Cricketers of the Year – Bill Bowes, Stewie Dempster, James Langridge, Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi, Hedley Verity
- Sheffield Shield – Victoria
- Most runs – Don Bradman 1422 @ 79.00 (HS 258)
- Most wickets – Clarrie Grimmett 74 @ 19.14 (BB 7–87)
- Bombay Quadrangular – not contested
- Currie Cup – not contested
- Inter-Colonial Tournament – not contested
Tour de France
- Giro d'Italia is won by Francesco Camusso (Italy)
- World Cycling Championship is won by Learco Guerra (Italy)
World Figure Skating Championships
- World Men's Champion – Karl Schäfer (Austria)
- World Women's Champion – Sonja Henie (Norway)
- World Pairs Champions – Emília Rotter and László Szollás (Hungary)
- Champion Hurdle – not contested due to frost
- Cheltenham Gold Cup – not contested due to frost
- Grand National – Grakle
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Four Course
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Cameronian
- The Derby – Cameronian
- The Oaks – Brulette
- St. Leger Stakes – Sandwich
- Melbourne Cup – White Nose
- Queen's Plate – Froth Blower
Ice Hockey World Championships
- Hockey Night in Canada, now the oldest sports-related television program still on air, debuts as a radio program known as the General Motors Hockey Broadcast. The TV series begins in 1952.
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
The Boat Race
- Championship – Swinton
- Challenge Cup final – Halifax 22–8 York at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
- Lancashire League Championship – Swinton
- Yorkshire League Championship – Leeds
- Lancashire County Cup – St Helens Recs 18–3 Wigan
- Yorkshire County Cup – Leeds 10–2 Huddersfield
Five Nations Championship
- 44th Five Nations Championship series is won by Wales
- Shortly after the 1931 Five Nations Championship is completed, France is banned from the competition due to allegations of professionalism and administrative deficiencies. France will be readmitted after the 1939 competition but will not be able to play until 1947 because of the suspension of international rugby during World War II. In the meantime, the competition reverts to its original title of Home Nations Championship.
Speed Skating World Championships
- Australian Men's Singles Championship – Jack Crawford (Australia) defeats Harry Hopman (Australia) 6–4 6–2 2–6 6–1
- Australian Women's Singles Championship – Coral Buttsworth (Australia) defeats Marjorie Cox Crawford (Australia) 1–6 6–3 6–4
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Sidney Wood (USA) by a walkover after Frank Shields (USA) withdraws from the final due to an ankle injury
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Cilly Aussem (Germany) defeats Hilde Krahwinkel Sperling (Germany) 6–2 7–5
- French Men's Singles Championship – Jean Borotra (France) defeats Christian Boussus (USA) 2–6 6–4 7–5 6–4
- French Women's Singles Championship – Cilly Aussem (Germany) defeats Betty Nuthall (Great Britain) 8–6 6–1
- American Men's Singles Championship – Ellsworth Vines (USA) defeats George Lott (USA) 7–9 6–3 9–7 7–5
- American Women's Singles Championship – Helen Wills Moody (USA) defeats Eileen Bennett Whittingstall (Great Britain) 6–4 6–1
- 1931 International Lawn Tennis Challenge – France 3–2 Great Britain at Stade Roland Garros (clay) Paris, France
Associated Press Athlete of the Year
- Inauguration of the Athlete of the Year award in the United States by the Associated Press (AP). The AP offers a male and a female athlete of the year award to either a professional or amateur athlete, the awards being voted on annually by a panel of AP sports editors from across the United States. The first winners are:
- Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year – Pepper Martin (baseball)
- Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year – Helene Madison (swimming)
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