On This Day

May 1870 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 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)