1870 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Mar 7 Cincinnati Red Stockings, 1st pro BB team, begin 8-mo tour of Midwest & East
  • Mar 9 32nd Grand National: George Stevens wins consecutive GN's aboard 7/2 favourite The Colonel; his 5th and final GN victory
  • 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 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris, Jr. wins third straight title; again beats Bob Kirk, this time by 12 strokes
  • Nov 27 The New York Times dubs baseball "The National Game"

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 6 James Braid, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1901, 05-06, 08, 10), born in Earlsferry, Fife (d. 1950)
  • Mar 11 Herm McFarland, American MLB outfielder (first grand slam in AL history), born in Des Moines, Iowa (d. 1935)
  • Mar 31 Tommy Ryan, American boxer (World Welterweight, Middleweight champion), born in Redwood, NY (d. 1948)
  • Apr 14 Syd Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman in 58 Tests 1890-1912), born in Randwick, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1929)
  • May 9 Harry Vardon, Jersey golfer (6-time British Open champion, US Open 1900), born in Grouville, Jersey (d. 1937)
  • 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, England cricket fast bowler (88 Test wickets), born in Byfleet, England (d. 1912)
  • 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 (Olympic 1896 Gold), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1944)

Person of interestCharlotte Cooper

Sep 22 Charlotte Cooper, British tennis player (1st female Olympic champion 1900; Wimbledon 1895-96, 98, 1901, 08), 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 Tom McKibbin, Australian cricketer (NSW & Aust off-spinner late 19th century), born in Bathurst, New South Wales (d. 1939)
  • Dec 31 Thomas Connolly, English-American baseball umpire, born in Manchester, United Kingdom (d. 1961)