On This Day

Year 1855 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 7 17th Grand National: John Hanlon wins aboard Irish horse Wanderer at 25/1

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 2 Frank Hadow, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1878; first exponent of the lob), born in London, England (d. 1946)
  • Feb 19 John Morrill, American baseball first baseman and manager (National League pennant: 1877, 78, 83; Boston Red Caps/Beaneaters), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • Feb 25 George Bonnor, cricketer (big-hitting Aussie batter 1880-1888)
  • Mar 1 Paul Hines, American MLB outfielder (Triple Crown 1878, Providence Grays), born in Virginia (d. 1935)
  • May 7 Willie Fernie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1883), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1924)
  • Jun 22 Sam Morris, Hobart, cricketer (Barbados parents only black Aus player)
  • Aug 3 Joe Hunter, English cricket wicket-keeper (5 Tests, 11 dismissals; Yorkshire CCC), born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England (d. 1891)
  • Aug 11 John Hodges, Australian cricket fast bowler (2 Tests [first 2 played], 6 wickets; Victoria), born in London, England (d. 1933)
  • Nov 19 Billy Bates, English cricketer (England all-rounder 1882-87, hat-trick 1883), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 1900)
  • Dec 25 James Galvin, pitcher, shut-out every opposing team in 1884