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  • Mar 17 Bob Fitzsimmons KOs James J Corbett in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 19 Yale defeated Penn, 30-10 in 1st major college basketball game
  • Mar 20 1st known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Penn 32-10
  • Mar 26 59th Grand National: Terry Kavanagh aboard Manifesto wins
  • Apr 19 1st Boston Marathon won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10. Becomes the world's oldest annual marathon.
  • May 4 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12.5
  • May 8 22nd Preakness: T Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51ΒΌ
  • May 11 Wash Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers
  • May 18 American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game
  • May 20 37th British Golf Open: Harold Hilton shoots a 314 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
  • May 29 31st Belmont: J Scherrer aboard Scottish Cheiftain wins in 2:23.25
  • Jun 19 11th U.S. Women's National Championship: Juliette Atkinson beats Elisabeth Moore (6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3)
  • Jun 29 Chicago beats Louisville 36-7 (baseball)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 1 14th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley beats Charlotte Cooper (5-7 7-5 6-2)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Jul 1 21st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Reginald Doherty beats H Mahony (6-4 6-4 6-3)
  • Aug 23 17th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Wrenn beats Wilberforce Eaves (4-6, 8-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2)
  • Aug 27 Roger Bresnahan debuts as Washington Senator pitcher (later HOF catcher)
  • Sep 7 George Davis (Giants) HR off Sport McAllister (Spiders) in DH
  • Sep 17 3rd US Golf Open: Joe Lloyd shoots a 162 at Chicago GC in Wheaton Ill
  • Nov 24 Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms in Kingston
  • Dec 27 Stanley Cup: Montreal Victorias beat Ottawa Capitals, 15-2