On This Day

October 1871 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 30 Buck Freeman, American baseball outfielder (World Series 1903; HR leader 1899, 1903; AL RBI leader 1902, 03; Boston Americans), born in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania (d. 1949)