On This Day

Year 1842 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 2 4th Grand National: Tom Olliver aboard 7/1 Gaylad wins by 4 lengths from Seventy Four

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 13 Ted Pooley, English cricket wicket-keeper (1st class records: 8 stumpings in a match 1878; 12 dismissals in a match 1868), born in Chepstow, England (d. 1907)

Person of interestAmbrose Bierce

Jun 24 Ambrose Bierce, American writer and satirist (Devil's Dictionary, Nuggets & Dust), born in Meigs County, Ohio (d. 1914)

Writer & Satirist Ambrose Bierce
Writer & Satirist
Ambrose Bierce
  • Jun 27 Jamie Anderson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1877-79), born in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland (d. 1905)
  • Aug 29 Alfred Shaw, English cricketer (seven Tests for England 1877-82), born in Burton Joyce, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1907)
  • Sep 7 Johannes Zukertort, German chess player, born in Lublin, Russian Empire (d. 1888)
  • Oct 14 Joe Start, American baseball player, born in NYC, New York (d. 1927)
  • Nov 23 James Lillywhite Jr, cricketer (1st England Test captain)