On This Day

Year 1862 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 12 24th Grand National: Harry Lamplugh wins aboard The Huntsman; first French trained winner; only human fatality recorded in the event, jockey Joe Wynne
  • May 15 First baseball enclosure opens at Union Grounds, Brooklyn
  • Sep 11 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris Sr retains his title; beats Willie Park Sr. by 3 strokes
  • Oct 14 Baseballer James Creighton ruptures bladder hitting HR, dies 10/18
  • Dec 25 40,000 watch Union army men play baseball at Hilton Head, South Carolina

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 10 Walter Travis, Australian-American golfer, writer, course designer (US Amateur C'ship 1900-01, 03; British Amateur 1904), born in Maldon, Australia (d. 1927)
  • Feb 10 W H "Gobo" Ashley, cricketer (7 wkts in 1 Test for South Africa 1889)
  • Feb 27 Anastasios Metaxas, Greek architect and shooter (d. 1937)
  • Mar 5 Siegbert Tarrasch, German chess player (d. 1934)
  • Apr 30 Jack Sheridan, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (World Series 1905, 07-08, 10), born in Decatur, Illinois (d. 1914)
  • May 23 William "Dummy" Hoy, professional baseball player who lived to 99
  • May 28 Henry Slocum, American tennis player (US Nationals 1888-89), born in Syracuse, New York (d. 1949)
  • Aug 16 Amos Alonzo Stagg, American athlete and American football pioneer, born in West Orange, New Jersey (d. 1965)
  • Oct 3 Johnny Briggs, English cricket all-rounder (33 Tests; 118 wickets @ 17.75), born in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire (d. 1902)
  • Nov 16 Charles Turner, Australian cricket fast bowler (17 Tests; 101 wickets @ 16.53; fastest to 50 Test wickets), born in Bathurst, Australia (d. 1944)
  • Dec 15 Jack 'The Nonpareil' Dempsey, Irish boxer (first holder of World Middleweight Championship 1886-90), born in Curran, County Kildare (d. 1895)

Person of interestConnie Mack

Dec 22 Connie Mack, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, manager and owner (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30; most managerial wins, losses & games managed in MLB history; Philadelphia A's), born in East Brookfield, Massachusetts (d. 1956)

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 18 James Creighton, amateur American baseball player, dies of ruptured bladder from hitting home run on Oct 14th