On This Day

Year 1864 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 9 26th Grand National: George Stevens wins his 3rd GN aboard 10/1 Emblematic; winning mare's full sister Emblem the race winner the previous year
  • Aug 2 Saratoga Racecourse, America's oldest Thoroughbred racetrack, opens its inaugural meet with four days of racing
  • Sep 16 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris Sr. wins third title; beats fellow Scot Andrew Strath by 2 strokes

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 5 Bob Caruthers, American baseball player, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1911)
  • Jan 6 Ban Johnson, American baseball executive (American League), born in Norwalk, Connecticut (d. 1931)
  • Sep 7 Ernest Halliwell, South African cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests), born in Ealing, England (d. 1919)
  • Oct 9 Maud Watson, British tennis player (first Wimbledon female champion 1884-85), born in London, England (d. 1946)
  • Dec 9 Willoughby Hamilton, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), born in Monasterevin, Kildare (d. 1943)
  • Dec 25 Thomas Cahill, American soccer coach and administrator (first coach US men's national team), born in NYC, NY (d. 1951)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 26 Tom Hyer, American bare-knuckle boxer (unsanctioned world heavyweight champion 1841-51), dies of edema at 45