On This Day

Year 1848 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 1 10th Grand National: Capt. Josey Little aboard 12/1 Chandler wins; race marred by fatal falls of 3 competitors
  • Sep 18 Baseball rules 1st baseman can tag base for out instead of runner

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 18 Nathaniel Herreshoff, America Cup yacht designer
  • Apr 9 Francis MacKinnon, English cricketer (later the 35th Mackinnon of Mackinnon), born in Paddington, London (d. 1947)

Person of interestW. G. Grace

Jul 18 W. G. Grace, English cricket all-rounder and captain (22 Tests; 54,896 runs over record 44 first class seasons; Gloucestershire), born in Bristol, England (d. 1915)

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace
  • Oct 17 William "Candy" Cummings, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (credited with creating the curveball), born in Ware, Massachusetts (d. 1924)
  • Dec 12 William Kissam Vanderbilt, American businessman, born in New Dorp, Staten Island, New York (d. 1920)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 11 Tom Cribb, English boxer, dies at 66