1901 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Wimbledon tennis champion Charlotte Cooper Sterry

Professional championships





VFL Premiership

National championship


  • The American League repudiates its minor status and competes with the National League as a second major league. The AL abandons four western cities for Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Boston. It signs about 30 prominent NL players before the season begins.
  • The National League violates its constitution in the summer and there will be no major-minor agreement until the 1903 season.
  • December – numerous minor leagues establish their own National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, commonly called Minor League Baseball (1902 to date).


Lineal world champions[4]


  • No cricket is played in South Africa due to the Boer War.




South Africa

West Indies

World Figure Skating Championships

Major tournaments

Other tournaments






Stanley Cup


Paris–Berlin Trail

  • The Paris–Berlin Trail is run on 27–29 June over 1105 km and won by Henri Fournier (France) driving a Mors in a time of 15:33:06. The race is in retrospect sometimes referred to as the VI Grand Prix de l'ACF.[7]

Paris–Bordeaux Trail

  • The Paris–Bordeaux Trail is run on 29 May over 527.1 km and won by Henri Fournier (France) driving a Mors in a time of 6:10:44. The race incorporates the Gordon Bennett Cup (see below).[7]

Gordon Bennett Cup

  • The second Gordon Bennett Cup is run from Paris to Bordeaux in conjunction with the Paris–Bordeaux Trail (see above) and won by Léonce Girardot (France) driving a Panhard-Levassor.

Circuit du Sud-Ouest

  • The Circuit du Sud-Ouest was run in Pau. Some anglophone sources wrongly call it the 'Pau Grand Prix'. This may stem from a mistranslation of the contemporary French sources such as the magazine La France Auto of March 1901.[8] It was run in four classes around the streets of Pau. The Grand Prix du Palais d’Hiver was the name of the prizes awarded for the lesser classes ('Light cars' and 'Voiturettes'). The Grand Prix de Pau was the name of the prize awarded for the 'Heavy' (fastest) class. Thus Maurice Farman was awarded the 'Grand Prix de Pau' for his overall victory in the Circuit du Sud-Ouest driving a Panhard 24 hp. Additionally the Grand Prix du Palais d’Hiver (400 à 650 kg 'Light car' class) was awarded to Henri Farman (Darracq); the second Grand Prix du Palais d’Hiver for the under 400 kg Voiturettesclass was awarded to Louis Renault (Renault); the Prix du Béarn was awarded to Osmont in a 'De Dion' tricycle.[9]

The Boat Race


Home Nations Championship

Speed Skating World Championships




Davis Cup

America's Cup


  1. ^ "Scottish Cup Past Winners | Scottish Cup | Scottish FA". www.scottishfa.co.uk. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  2. ^ Boston Athletic Association (2011). "Boston Marathon History: 1901-1905". www.baa.org. Boston: Boston Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 2011-02-21. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
  3. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Barbados Joe Walcott
  4. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone
  5. ^ "James Braid | British golfer". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 30 April 2021.
  6. ^ "Epsom Derby | History, Winners, & Facts | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  7. ^ a b 1901 Grand Prix and Paris Races Archived 2013-05-14 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 7 September 2009.
  8. ^ Autosport, The Nostalgia Forum, Robert Dick quoting (translating) from La France Automobile, March 1901
  9. ^ Autosport, The Nostalgia Forum, Robert Dick quoting (translating) from La France Automobile, March 1901 (Grand Prix Winners 1895–1949 by Hans Etzrodt Part 1 1895–1916 Archived 2009-04-13 at the Wayback Machine)