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Year 1851 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 11 Inaugural 1st-class cricket match in Australia; Tasmania v Victoria in Launceston; Tasmania wins by 3 wickets
  • Feb 26 13th Grand National: Terry Abbott wins aboard Irish stallion Abd-El-Kader at 7/1; first dual winner and first to win back-to-back
  • Jun 3 1st baseball uniforms worn when the NY Knickerbockers wear a uniform of straw hats, white shirts and blue long trousers
  • Aug 22 100 Guineas Cup is raced around Isle of Wight; US schooner 'America' beats British cutter 'Aurora' by 24 minutes; first competition for the America's Cup yachting trophy

Sports Stars Born in 1851

  • Feb 3 George Harris, (4th Baron Harris), English cricket batsman and captain (4 Tests, 1 x 50; Kent CCC), born in St Ann's, Trinidad (d. 1932)
  • Feb 26 Mordecai Sherwin, English cricket wicket-keeper (3 Tests, 7 dismissals; Nottinghamshire CCC), born in Kimberley, England (d. 1910)
  • Apr 20 Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (British Open 1868-70, 72), born in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland (d. 1875)
  • May 15 Herbert Lawford, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1887; first exponent of topspin), born in Bayswater, England (d. 1925)
  • May 28 Dick Barlow, English cricket all-rounder (17 Tests, 2 x 50, 34 wickets, BB 7/40; Lancashire CCC), born in Bolton, England (d. 1919)

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