1870 in Sport

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Events in Sport

  • Mar 7 Cincinnati Red Stockings, 1st pro BB team, begin 8-mo tour of Midwest & East
  • May 10 Jem Mace & defends his heavyweight crown against Irish champ Joe Coburn, it lasts 1 hr & 17 minutes, & neither is struck by a punch
  • Jun 4 4th Belmont: W Dick aboard Kingfisher wins in 2:59.5
  • Jun 14 All-pro Cincinnati Red Stockings suffer 1st loss in 130 games
  • Aug 8 Magic (US) defeats Cambria (England) in 2nd running of America's Cup
  • Sep 15 11th British Golf Open: Tom Morris, Jr. shoots a 149 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Nov 27 The New York Times dubs baseball "The National Game"

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 14 Syd Gregory, cricketer (Australian batsman in 58 Tests 1890-1912)
  • May 27 Lionel Palairet, British cricketer (elegant England bat in the Golden Age), born in Grange-over-Sands, Lancashire, England (d. 1933)
  • Aug 11 Tom Richardson, legendary England cricket fast bowler (1893-98)
  • Aug 11 Walter Bowman, Canadian soccer player (d. ?)
  • Aug 18 Hugh Bromley-Davenport, England cricketer, born in Chelford, Cheshire, England (d. 1954)
  • Sep 7 Thomas Curtis, American athlete (d. 1944)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 22 Charlotte Cooper, English tennis champion and the 1st female Olympic champion in 1900, born in Ealing, England (d. 1966)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Nov 21 Joe Darling, cricketer (Australian lefty batsman at turn of century)
  • Nov 21 Stanley Jackson, cricketer (captain of England, governor of Bengal)
  • Nov 21 Sigfrid Edström, Swedish sports official (d. 1964)
  • Nov 29 Harry Graham, Australian cricketer (107 on Test debut Aust v Eng 1893), born in Melbourne
  • Dec 10 T R McKibbin, cricketer (NSW & Aust off-spinner late 19th century)
  • Dec 31 Thomas Connolly, baseball's major league umpire for 50 years