On This Day

Year 1871 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 26 The Rugby Football Union is formed at a meeting of 21 clubs at the 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 First international rugby union match - Scotland beats England, 1-0 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 Replacement yacht Sappho (US) beats Livonia (UK) by 25:27 in race 5 to win 3rd America's Cup off Newport, RI 4-1; original defender Columbia damaged so misses races 4 & 5
  • Oct 30 Philadelphia Athletics beat Chicago for 1st National Association baseball pennant

Sports Stars Who Died in 1871

  • Mar 22 Johnny Cuzens, Australian aboriginal cricketer (1st Australian indigenous tour to UK 1868), dies
  • Jun 2 George Stevens, English jockey (record 5 Grand National wins), dies from fractured skull at 38
  • Oct 10 Octavius Catto, American educator (Institute for Colored Youth, 1859-71), civil rights activist, and baseball player (Philadelphia Pythians, 1865-71), killed in election day race riot in Philadelphia at 32