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October 1857 in Sports History

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 6 First American Chess Congress hosted by the American Chess Association in NYC, NY; won by Paul Morphy 10 November

Chess Player Paul Morphy
Chess Player
Paul Morphy
  • Oct 24 Recognised by FIFA as oldest existing club still playing football in the world, Sheffield FC is founded in Yorkshire, England; now based in Dronfield, Derbyshire

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 7 Moses Walker, American baseball catcher (first African-American open about his heritage to play MLB; Toledo Blue Stockings), born in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio (d. 1924)
  • Oct 24 Ned Williamson, American baseball player (Chicago White Stockings), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1894)