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Year 1831 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Historic DiscoveryThe Lewis Chess Pieces

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

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  • Dec 10 "Spirit of the Times" begins publishing in New York City, the premier sports journal of the 19th century

Birthdays in Sport

  • 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)