1871 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 26 Formation of the first Rugby Union at a meeting at Pall Mall restaurant, London, England
  • Mar 21 33rd Grand National: Irish 1868 winner The Lamb claims second GN at 11/2; ridden by Tommy Pickernell
  • Mar 27 1st international rugby union match - Scotland 1, England 0 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
  • May 4 1st baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Ft Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets 1st hit, a double
  • Jun 10 5th Belmont: W Miller aboard Harry Basset wins in 2:56
  • Oct 23 Columbia & Sappho (US) beat Livonia (UK) in 3rd America's Cup
  • Oct 30 Philadelphia Athletics beat Chicago for 1st National Association baseball pennant

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 9 Charles Kortright, British(?) cricket player
  • Feb 25 Oliver Campbell, American tennis player (US Open 1890-92), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1953)
  • Mar 3 Maurice Garin, French cyclist (d. 1957)
  • Mar 19 Joseph McGinnity, baseball pitcher (NY Giants), born in Rock Island, Illinois
  • Mar 19 Schofield Haigh, cricketer ("Sunshine of the Yorkshire 11")
  • Mar 29 Tom Hayward, English cricketer (great England batsman of the Golden Age), born in Cambridge (d. 1939)
  • Aug 1 John Lester, American cricketer, born in Penrith, Cumberland, England (d. 1969)
  • Aug 22 James Foulis, Scottish golfer (US Open 1896), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1928)
  • Sep 24 Lottie Dod, British all-round athlete (Wimbledon 1887-88, 1891-93), born in Bebington, England (d. 1960)
  • Oct 30 Buck Freeman, American baseball player (d. 1949)
  • Nov 3 Albert Goldthorpe, English rugby league footballer
  • Dec 1 Archie MacLaren, cricketer (424 Lancashire v Somerset 1895)
  • Dec 9 Joe Kelley, American baseball player (Baltimore Orioles), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1943)

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 22 Johnny Cuzens, cricketer (Australian aboriginal tourist 1868), dies
  • Jun 2 George Stevens, English jockey (record 5 Grand National wins), dies from fractured skull at 38