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Events in Sport

  • Feb 26 Paul Morphy's chess match vs Augustus Mongredien begins; Morphy wins
  • Mar 2 21st Grand National: Chris Green aboard Half Caste IRE wins
  • Apr 30 Paul Morphy returns from 10-month chess tour of Europe, retires
  • May 31 Philadelphia A's organize to play "town ball" became baseball 20 years later
  • Jul 1 1st intercollegiate baseball game, Amherst beats Williams 66-32 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 30 Tony Mullane, Irish-American baseball player, born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1944)
  • Mar 13 Ivo Bligh, British noble (8th Earl of Darnley) and cricketer (Lord Darnley England capt v Australia 1882-83), born in Westminster, London (d. 1927)
  • Mar 27 George Giffen, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's greatest all-rounders), born in Norwood, South Australia (d. 1927)
  • Apr 7 Walter Camp, father of American football (Yale), born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 1925)
  • Jul 8 Hank O'Day, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher/umpire/manager (umpire 10 World Series), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1935)
  • Aug 19 Charles Comiskey, 1st basemen/manager (Chicago White Sox)
  • Oct 17 William "Buck" Ewing, hall of fame catcher (NY Giants, Cincinnati Reds)
  • Oct 20 G B Studd, cricketer (brother of C T, 4 Tests for England)
  • Dec 12 Edward Bradley, horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners)