1861 in Sport

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Events in Sport

  • Mar 13 23rd Grand National: Joseph Kendall aboard Jealousy wins
  • Sep 26 2nd British Golf Open: Tom Morris Sr shoots a 163 at Prestwick Club

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 3 William Renshaw, British champion tennis player (d. 1904)
  • Apr 16 Isaac Murphy, American jockey (won 628 races), born in Clark County, Kentucky (d. 1896)
  • Jun 12 William Attewell, English cricketer (d. 1927)
  • Jun 17 Pete Browning, American baseball player (d. 1905)
  • Jul 1 Samuel D Riddle, horse owner (Man 'o War)
  • Jul 3 Peter Jackson, heavyweight boxer (hall of famer)
  • Aug 1 Sam Jones, cricketer (Australian batsman of 1880's)
  • Oct 26 Richard Sears, American tennis champ, US Open (1881), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1943)

Person of interestJames Naismith

Nov 6 James Naismith, Canadian-American physical educator and inventor (basketball, football helmet), born in Almonte, Ontario (d. 1939)

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith