1853 in Sport

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Events in Sport

  • Mar 2 15th Grand National: Tom Oliver aboard Peter Simple wins
  • Sep 1 Buck Baker takes lead with 10 laps remaining to win the Southern 500 at Darlington in the most competitive event in NASCAR Grand National history; four drivers swap lead a record 35 times
  • Sep 24 1st round-the-world trip by yacht (Cornelius Vanderbilt)
  • Oct 12 John Morrissey wins boxing title, when Yankee Sullivan leaves ring after 36th round to slug Morrissey's fans

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 30 Leland Hone, Irish cricketer (scored 7 & 6 in only England Test 1879), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1896)
  • Feb 18 August Belmont Jr, breeder (Man 'O War)/founder (NY Jockey Club)
  • Mar 20 George Godfrey, heavyweight boxer (Old Chocolate), born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • May 8 Dan Brouthers, baseball player (d. 1932)

Person of interestFred Spofforth

Sep 9 Fred Spofforth, Australian cricketer known as "The Demon Bowler" (18 tests with 94 wickets at an average of 18.41), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1926)

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • Dec 9 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, pitcher (60-12 in 1884), born in Rochester, New York