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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 4 Cincinnati Red Stockings play their first official game as the sport's first professional side against the Great Western Base Ball Club winning 45-9
  • 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 shortstop (MLB shortstop game assist record 14), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1960)
  • Apr 2 Hughie Jennings, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder, manager (Detroit Tigers manager 1907-20), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1928)
  • May 20 Joshua Pim, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1893-94), born in Bray, Wicklow (d. 1942)
  • 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, born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1953)
  • Sep 18 Ellen Hansell, American tennis player (US National champion 1887), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1937)
  • Sep 30 Ernest Jones, cricket pace bowler (marvellous Aust at turn of century)
  • Oct 3 Alfred Flatow, German gymnast (Olympic gold 1896), born in Danzig, Prussia (d. 1942)

Person of interestJohn Heisman

Oct 23 John Heisman, American football coach who legalized the forward pass, originated the center snap and for which the Heisman Trophy is named, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1936)

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

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPeter Mark Roget

Sep 12 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (Roget's Thesaurus) and inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), dies at 90

Lexicographer and Inventor Peter Mark Roget
Lexicographer and Inventor
Peter Mark Roget