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Events in Sport

  • Mar 16 1st FA Cup Final: Wanderers defeat Royal Engineers 1-0 at Kennington Oval in London
  • Mar 21 33rd Grand National: John Page aboard Casse Tete wins
  • Jun 1 6th Belmont: James Roe aboard Joe Daniels wins in 2:58.25
  • Sep 13 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Tom Morris, Jr. wins 4th consecutive title; beats fellow Scot Davie Strath by 3 strokes
  • Nov 30 First international soccer game, Scotland draws with England (0-0) in Glasgow

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 11 Wilfred Baddeley, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1891-2, 95), born in Bromley, England (d. 1929)
  • Feb 3 Lou Criger, American baseball player (d. 1934)
  • Feb 24 John Jarvis, England, swimmer (won 108 titles)
  • Mar 3 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1923)
  • Mar 17 Billy Quaife, cricketer (England batsman 1899-1902)
  • Apr 25 Charles Burgess Fry, English cricketer, born in Croydon, England (d. 1956)
  • Aug 7 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1963)
  • Sep 10 Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji, India, cricketer/politician
  • Oct 14 Reginald "R.F." Doherty, British tennis player (4-time Wimbledon champion), born in Wimbledon, England (d. 1910)
  • Oct 24 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (1st recognised world long jump record), born in Millom, England (d. 1957)
  • Dec 5 Harry N Pillsbury, US chess player
  • Dec 30 William A Larned, tennis champ (US Open-1901)