Year 1872 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 16 1st English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers defeat Royal Engineers, 1-0; Morton Betts scores winner
  • Mar 21 34th Grand National: John Page wins his second GN aboard 20/1 shot Casse Tete
  • Jun 1 6th Belmont: James Roe aboard Joe Daniels wins in 2:58.25
  • Sep 13 British Open Men's 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

Sports Stars Born in 1872

  • 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 Arthur Jarvis, English swimmer (Olympic gold 1,000m, 4,000m, water polo 1900), born in Leicester, England (d. 1933)
  • Mar 3 Willie Keeler, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (highest career AB-per-strikeout ratio in MLB history; NL batting champion 1897, 98 Baltimore Orioles), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1923)
  • Mar 17 Douglas Carr, England cricket spin bowler (1 Test, 7 wickets; Kent CCC), born in Cranbrook, England (d. 1950)

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