On This Day

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 Joe Coburn KOs Mike McCoole for US boxing title in 63rd round
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Pierre de Coubertin, French educator and historian (founder International Olympic Committee), 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)
  • Jul 22 Alec Hearne, English cricketer (brother of George and Frank, Kent 1884-1910, born in Ealing (d. 1952))
  • Aug 14 Ernest Thayer, American poet who wrote the famous baseball poem "Casey", born in Lawrence, Massachusetts (d. 1940)
  • Sep 16 John Trumble, Australian cricket all-rounder (7 Tests, 10 wickets; brother of Hugh), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1944)
  • Nov 3 Billy Murphy, New Zealand boxer (world featherweight champion 1890; first world champion in any class from NZ), born in Auckland, NZ (d. 1939)
  • Nov 3 Blanche Bingley-Hillyard, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1886, 89, 94, 97, 99-1900), born in Greenford, England (d. 1946)