1869 in Sport

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Events in Sport

  • Mar 3 31st Grand National: George Stevens aboard The Colonel wins
  • Mar 15 Cincinnati Red Stockings become the 1st professional baseball team
  • Apr 17 1st pro baseball games-Cincinnati Reds 24, Cin amateurs 15
  • Apr 18 1st international cricket match, held in San Francisco, won by California
  • May 16 Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 41-7
  • Jun 2 Cleveland's Forest City play their 1st game (vs Cincinnati Red Stockings)
  • Jun 5 3rd Belmont: C Miller aboard Fenian wins in 3:04.25
  • Sep 16 10th British Golf Open: Tom Morris, Jr. shoots a 157 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Oct 26 1st American steeplechase horserace (Westchester, NY)
  • Nov 6 1st intercollegiate football (soccer) game (Rutgers 6, Princeton 4)
  • Nov 17 Englishman James Moore wins 1st bicycle race, racing 13K Paris to Rouen

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 4 Tommy Corcoran, American baseball player (d. 1960)
  • Jun 2 Jack O'Connor, baseball player (d. 1937)
  • Aug 31 Gregor MacGregor, English cricket wicketkeeper (8 Tests 1890-93) and Scottish rugby union player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1919)
  • Sep 14 Kid Nichols, American baseball player (d. 1953)
  • Sep 30 Ernest Jones, cricket pace bowler (marvellous Aust at turn of century)
  • Oct 3 Alfred Flatow, German Olympic champion gymnast (d. 1942)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 23 John Heisman, American pioneering football coach/trophy namesake, born in Cleveland, Ohio

Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach John Heisman
Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach
John Heisman
  • Nov 20 Clark Griffith, Mo, baseball player/manager (NY Yankees)
  • Dec 29 Bill Howell, cricketer (Australian bowler at turn of century)