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Year 1856 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 27 18th Grand National: George Stevens wins aboard 25/1 Freetrader; first of Stevens' record 5 GN victories

Sports Stars Born in 1856

  • Apr 2 Tommy Bond, Irish baseball pitcher and right fielder (Triple Crown 1877; Boston Red Caps; first man born in Ireland to play MLB), born in Granard, Ireland (d. 1941)
  • Apr 11 Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricket batsman (23 Tests [7 captain]; 1277 runs @ 35 47; Nottinghamshire), born in New Lenton, England (d. 1903)
  • May 13 Tom O'Rourke, American boxing manager (d. 1938)
  • Jul 15 Owen Dunell, South African cricket batsman (South Africa's 1st Test captain; 2 Tests), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1929)
  • Aug 1 George Coulthard, Australian rules footballer (Victoria; Carlton FC) and cricket all-rounder (1 Test; Victoria CA), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1883)

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