On This Day

Year 1851 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 11 1st cricket 1st-class game in Australia, Tasmania v Victoria, Launceston
  • 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 12 1st America's Cup - US schooner America beats British yacht Aurora after race around the Isle of Wight
  • Aug 22 Yacht "America" wins 1st Royal Yacht Squadron Cup (America's Cup)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 3 Lord Harris, cricketer (4 Tests for England MCC big-wig)
  • 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 cricketer (immortal England all-rounder of 1880s), born in Bolton, England (d. 1919)
  • Jun 19 Billy Midwinter, English-Australian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests Australia, 4 England), born in St Briavels, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1890)
  • Jul 23 Charles Bannerman, Australian cricket batsman (1st centurion), born in Woolwich, Kent, England (d. 1930)
  • Aug 24 Tom Kendall, Australian cricketer (14 wickets in Australia's 1st two Tests), born in Bedford, England (d. 1924)
  • Oct 21 George Ulyett, English cricket all-rounder (25 Tests; 949 runs, 50 wickets), born in Pitsmoor, Yorkshire (d. 1898)