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  • Feb 2 Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • Feb 3 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football
  • Feb 12 Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop
  • Mar 16 Nelly Saunders & Rose Harland fight 1st female boxing match (NY)
  • Mar 17 1st record high jump over 6' (Marshall Jones Brooks)
  • Mar 24 37th Grand National: Joe Cannon aboard Regal wins
  • Mar 25 Glasgow 1st soccer match Scotland-Wales (4-0)
  • Apr 1 1st official NL baseball game (Boston-6, Phila-5)
  • Apr 22 1st NL game, Boston Braves beat Philadelphia Athletics 6-5
  • Apr 22 Philadelphia Nationals Wes Fisler scores baseball's 1st run
  • Apr 25 Chicago Cubs 1st NL game, beats Louisville 4-0 (1st NL shutout)
  • May 2 Ross Barnes hit 1st home run in National League
  • May 15 2nd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Swim aboard Vagrant wins in 2:38.25
  • May 25 4th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75
  • Jun 10 10th Belmont: William Donohue aboard Algerine wins in 2:40.5
  • Jul 15 Baseball's 1st no-hitter, St Louis' George W Bradley no-hits Hartford
  • Aug 12 Madeline (US) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in 4th America's Cup
  • Oct 2 16th British Golf Open: Bob Martin shoots a 176 at St Andrews