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Year 1865 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 2 Welterweight Con Orem & heavyweight Hugh O'Neill brawl for 185 rounds before darkness ends legendary bare knuckle boxing match in Virginia City, Montana
  • Mar 8 27th Grand National: Captain Henry Coventry wins aboard French outsider Alcibiade at 100/7

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 22 1st class cricket debut of Dr W. G. Grace

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace
  • Jul 22 Underarm slow right arm bowler V E Walker takes 10-104 in an innings for Middlesex v Lancashire in a county cricket match at Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Sep 14 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Scotsman Andrew Strath wins his first title; beats 2-time champion Willie Park Sr. by 2 strokes

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestHenri Desgrange

Jan 31 Henri Desgrange, French cyclist and journalist, founder of the Tour-de-France, born in Paris, France (d. 1940)

Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France Henri Desgrange
Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France
Henri Desgrange
  • Feb 23 Barney Dreyfuss, baseball owner (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Mar 10 Pim [Willem JH] Mulier, Dutch journalist/writer/sport-organizer
  • Mar 16 Patsy Donovan, Irish-American baseball player (d. 1953)
  • Jun 2 George Lohmann, England cricket medium pace bowler (18 Tests, 112 wickets @ 10.75), born in Kensington, England (d. 1901)
  • Jul 10 Bobby Lowe, American baseball second baseman (first player to hit 4 HRs in one MLB game, 1894), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1951)
  • Aug 4 Gus Kempis, South African cricketer (South Africa's 1st Test), born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (d. 1890)
  • Aug 20 Bernard Tancred, South African cricketer (87 runs in 1888-89 South Africa v England), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (d. 1911)
  • Oct 19 Godfrey Cripps, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1892, 18 & 3)
  • Nov 1 Monty Bowden, English cricket wicketkeeper and captain (2 Tests; youngest England captain at 23 years, 144 days), born in Stockwell, Surrey (d. 1892)
  • Dec 4 Luther Gulick, American Basketball Hall of Fame contributor (basketball pioneer; international official), born in Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands (d. 1918)