1872 in Sport

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 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)
  • Apr 29 Harry Payne Whitney, American businessman and thoroughbred horse breeder, born in NYC, New York (d. 1930)
  • Aug 7 William Auchterlonie, Scottish golfer (British Open 1893), born in St. Andrews, Scotland (d. 1963)
  • Sep 5 Horace Rice, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1907), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1950)
  • Sep 10 Ranjitsinhji Vibhaji, India, cricketer/politician
  • Oct 14 Reginald "R.F." Doherty, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1897-1900), 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 Nelson Pillsbury, American chess player, born in Somerville, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • Dec 30 William Larned, American tennis player (US Nationals 1901-02, 07-11), born in Summit, New Jersey (d. 1926)