On This Day

Year 1868 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 4 30th Grand National: George Ede victorious aboard Irish 9/1 shot The Lamb; horse wins second GN in 1871
  • May 25 Australian Aboriginal Cricket tour of England begins v Surrey Gentlemen
  • May 31 Dr James Moore (UK) wins 1st recorded bicycle race, (2k) velocipede race at Parc fde St Cloud, Paris
  • Jun 10 2nd Belmont: Bobby Swim aboard General Duke wins in 3:02
  • Jul 23 All England Lawn Tennis Club is founded as The All England Croquet Club; 1877 name changed to The All England Croquet & Lawn Tennis Club
  • Sep 14 Golf's 1st recorded hole-in-one (Tom Morris at Prestwick's 8th hole)
  • Sep 23 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris Jr. beats his father, Tom Morris Sr. by 3 strokes; at 17 young Morris remains youngest Open champion
  • Nov 26 1st baseball game played in enclosed field in San Francisco, at 25th & Folsom
  • Dec 5 1st American bicycle college opens (NY)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 2 Arthur Gore, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1901, 08-09), born at Lydhurst, England (d. 1928)
  • Mar 25 Bill Lockwood, cricketer (England all-rounder in 12 Tests 1893-1902)
  • Apr 5 Flooi Du Toit, South African cricketer (one Test South Africa 1892), born in Jacobsdal, Orange Free State (d. 1909)
  • May 10 Ed Barrow, American baseball manager (d. 1953)
  • Aug 20 Ellen Roosevelt, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1890), born in Rosedale, New York (d. 1954)
  • Aug 25 Nikolaos Levidis, Greek shooter, born in Corfu Island, Greece (d. 1942)
  • Oct 7 Fred Hovey, American tennis player (US Nationals 1895), born in Newton Centre, Massachusetts (d. 1945)
  • Nov 28 William H. Lewis, American College football center and coach (first African-American selected as an All-American; Harvard), born in Berkley, Virginia (d. 1949)
  • Dec 4 Jesse Burkett, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (NL batting champion 1895-96, 1901; 240 hits in 1896 MLB record for 15 years), born in Wheeling, West Virginia (d. 1953)
  • Dec 24 Emanuel Lasker, German world chess champion (1894-21), born in Barlinek, Poland (d. 1941)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 23 Andrew Strath, Scottish golfer (British Open 1865), dies at 30