1873 in Sport

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Events in Sport

  • Mar 27 34th Grand National: Mr. J. M. Richardson aboard Disturbance wins
  • May 23 1st Preakness Stakes: G. Barbee aboard Survivor wins in 2:43 at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Jun 7 7th Belmont: James Roe aboard Springbok wins in 3:01.75
  • Sep 23 Tom Allen beats Mike McCale for Heavyweight Boxing title
  • Oct 4 Toronto Argonauts Football Club (CFL) forms as Argonaut Rowing Club rugby-football squad; oldest existing pro sports team in North America still using original name
  • Oct 4 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Scotsman Tom Kidd beats countryman Jamie Anderson by 1 stroke; first Open not held at Prestwick GC

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 10 Jack O'Neill, Irish-born baseball player (d. 1935)
  • Jan 10 George Orton, Canadian athlete (d. 1958)
  • Jan 12 Spiridon Louis, Greek marathon runner and soldier (First modern Olympics marathon winner), born in Marousi, Greece (d. 1940)
  • Jan 28 M A Noble, cricketer (great Australian all-rounder at turn of century)
  • Feb 4 √Čtienne Desmarteau, Canadian athlete (d. 1905)
  • Apr 7 John McGraw, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder/manager (manager NY Giants World Series champions 1905, 21-22), born in Truxton, New York (d. 1934)
  • Apr 19 Sydney Barnes, English cricketer (27 Tests for England, 189 wickets) and probably England's greatest bowler, born in Smethwick, England (d. 1967)
  • May 8 Henry Leveson-Gower, cricketer (England capt 1909-10 later official)
  • Sep 20 Robert Wrenn, American tennis champ (US Open - 1893), born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1925)
  • Sep 20 Ferenc Szisz, Hungarian race car driver (winner of the 1st Grand Prix motor racing), born in Szeghalom, Hungary (d. 1944)
  • Oct 2 Pelham Warner, English cricketer (England 1898-1912, later notable official), born in The Hall, Port of Spain, Trinidad (d. 1963)
  • Oct 14 Ray Ewry, American track and field athlete (8 Olympic golds 1900, 04, 08), born in Lafayette, Indiana (d. 1937)
  • Oct 19 Barton King, cricketer (North America's greatest all-rounder)

Person of interestJaap Eden

Oct 19 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1925)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden

Person of interestTeddy Flack

Nov 5 Teddy Flack [Edwin], Australian athlete, double Olympic gold medallist in 1896, born in London, England (d. 1935)

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • Nov 22 Johnny Tyldesley, cricketer (brother of Ernest, 31 Tests for England)
  • Dec 26 Thomas Wass, English cricketer (d. 1953)