Events in Sport in 1883

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  • Jan 4 Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms
  • Jan 6 Ontario Rugby Football Union forms
  • Jan 16 Quebec Rugby Football Union forms
  • Mar 30 45th Grand National: Count Karel Kinsky AUT aboard Zoedone AUT wins
  • May 1 Baseball returns to Philadelphia, 1st NL game since 1876
  • May 1 NY Athletic Club hires Bob Rogers as 1st American pro sports trainer
  • May 22 Cubs' Billy Sunday's 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out
  • May 23 9th Kentucky Derby: William Donohue aboard Leonatus wins in 2:43
  • May 23 Baseball game between one-armed & one-legged players
  • May 26 11th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Jacobus wins in 2:42.5
  • Jun 2 1st night baseball under lights, Fort Wayne Indiana
  • Jun 9 17th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard George Kinney wins in 2:42.5
  • Jun 16 1st baseball "Ladies' Day" (NY Gothams beat Cleve Spiders 5-2)
  • Jul 16 7th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats E Renshaw (2-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-3)
  • Aug 21 Providence shuts out Phillies 28-0
  • Aug 23 Philadelphia Phillies make 27 errors against Providence (wild pitches, walks and passballs counted as errors prior to 1888)
  • Aug 24 3rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats James Dwight (6-2, 6-0, 9-7)
  • Sep 8 NY Giants score 13 runs in an inning against Phillies
  • Sep 13 Hugh Daily, a one-armed pitcher for Cleveland (Forest City), tosses 1-0 no-hitter against Philadelphia
  • Nov 17 23rd British Golf Open: Willie Fernie shoots a 158 at Musselburgh Links