On This Day

Year 1831 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 11 The 12th century Lewis chess pieces are exhibited at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, shortly after their rediscovery in a sand bank on the Scottish Isle of Lewis
  • Dec 10 "Spirit of the Times" begins publishing in New York City, the premier sports journal of the 19th century

Sports Stars Born in 1831

  • Feb 12 John Morrissey, Irish born American boxer, US Congressman developer of Saratoga Springs horse race track, born in Templemore, Ireland (d. 1878)
  • Aug 16 Ebenezer Cobb Morley, English sportsman (drafted first FA rules), born in Kingston upon Hull, England (d. 1924)