Year 1863 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 11 25th Grand National: George Stevens wins his 2nd GN aboard 4/1 Emblem; winning mare's full sister Emblematic wins the following year
  • May 5 Irish boxer Joe Coburn KOs American Mike McCoole in the 67th round in his first defence of Heavyweight C'ship of America in Charlestown, Maryland
  • Sep 18 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park, Sr. wins his 2nd title; beats rival Tom Morris Sr. by 2 strokes
  • Oct 26 Football Association forms in England, standardizing soccer, splitting with rugby

Sports Stars Born in 1863

  • Jan 1 Pierre de Coubertin, French educator and historian (founder International Olympic Committee; President IOC 1896–1925), born in Paris, France (d. 1937)
  • Mar 11 Andrew Stoddart, cricketer (My Dear Victorious Stod)
  • Apr 2 Mabel Cahill, Irish tennis player (US National C'ship 1891-92), born in Ballyragget, County Kilkenny (d. 1905)
  • May 26 Bob Fitzsimmons, English boxer (sport's first 3-division world champion; Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight), born in Helston, England (d. 1917)
  • May 27 Arthur Mold, English cricket fast bowler (England 3 Tests; 1,673 1st class wickets), born in Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire (d. 1921)

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