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Year 1860 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 22 Organized baseball played in San Francisco for 1st time between the Eagles and the Red Rovers
  • Mar 7 22nd Grand National: Tommy Pickernell wins aboard Irish horse Anatis at 5/1
  • Apr 17 Champion of England Tom Sayers and American John Heenan fight out brutal 2 hour, 27 minute draw near Farnborough, England; police stop fight acknowledged as first world title bout
  • May 17 German football club TSV 1860 München is founded
  • Jul 24 Olympics beat St. George, 25-17 at St. Georges Cricket Grounds, Philadelphia in first baseball game played in enclosed field
  • Oct 17 1st British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park Sr. wins inaugural event by 2 strokes from fellow Scot Tom Morris Sr
  • Dec 26 First ever inter-club football match between Hallam F.C. and Sheffield F.C. at Sandygate Road ground in Sheffield, England

Sports Stars Born in 1860

  • Jan 12 Henry Larkin, American baseball player (d. 1942)
  • Mar 3 John Montgomery Ward, American Baseball HOF pitcher (perfect game 1880; NL ERA leader 1878; NL strikeout leader & NL wins leader 1879; Providence Grays), born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (d. 1925)
  • Jun 20 Jack Worrall, Australian cricket batsman (11 Tests, 5 x 50s; Victoria CA) and VFL premiership coach (Carlton 1906, 07, 08; Essendon 1911, 12), born in Maryborough, Australia (d. 1937)
  • Aug 6 Fernando Canon, Filipino revolutionary general, poet, and the Philippines 1st National Chess Champion, born in Biñan, Laguna, Captaincy General of the Philippines (d. 1938)
  • Aug 16 Lord Hawke [Martin Hawke], English cricket batsman (5 Tests; Yorkshire CCC, Cambridge Uni CC, MCC), born in Willingham by Stow, England (d. 1938)

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