On This Day

Year 1866 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 7 28th Grand National: 1852 winner Alec Goodman wins his second GN aboard Irish 40/1 outsider Salamander
  • Jul 23 Cincinnati Baseball club (Red Stockings) forms
  • Sep 13 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park Sr. wins his 3rd title; beats his brother Davie Park by 2 strokes
  • Sep 25 (Leonard W) Jerome Park opens in Bronx for horse racing
  • Nov 20 Pierre Lallement patents rotary crank bicycle
  • Dec 11 1st yacht race across Atlantic Ocean

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 31 Henry Forster, cricketer (Oxford blue 1887-89, later Aust Gov-General)
  • Feb 16 William "Sliding Billy" Hamilton, NJ, hall of fame baseball player
  • Feb 24 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (d. 1961)
  • Mar 14 Alexey Troitsky, Russian chess problemist, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1942)
  • Mar 22 Jack Boyle, American baseball player (d. 1913)
  • Mar 24 Jack McAuliffe, US lightweight boxing champ, hall of famer
  • Mar 28 Jimmy Ross, Scottish footballer, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1902)
  • Jun 8 Hylton Philipson, English cricket wicketkeeper (5 Tests, 11 dismissals), born in Tynemouth, Northumberland, England (d. 1935)
  • Jun 21 Lena Rice, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1890), born in Marlhill, Ireland (d. 1907)
  • Jun 21 Matt Kilroy, American baseball pitcher (MLB single-season record 513 strikeouts 1886; MLB no-hitter 1886; Baltimore Orioles), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1940)
  • Aug 5 Harry Trott, Australian cricketer (d. 1917)
  • Sep 1 James J. Corbett, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1892-97), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1933)
  • Nov 3 Harry Staley, American baseball pitcher (MLB record 9 RBI 1893; record lasts 70+ years), born in Jacksonville, Illinois (d. 1910)
  • Nov 20 Kenesaw Mountain Landis, American judge and 1st commissioner of baseball (1920-44), born in Millville, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • Nov 28 Dick Lilley, English cricket wicket-keeper (35 Tests from 1896 to 1909), born in Holloway Head, Warwickshire, England (d. 1929)