October 1873 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Oct 4 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Scotsman Tom Kidd beats countryman Jamie Anderson by 1 stroke; first Open not held at Prestwick GC
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 2 Sir Pelham Warner, English cricket batsman, tour manager and administrator (15 Tests; MCC chairman of selectors), 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 Bart King, American cricket pioneer (North America's greatest all-rounder; helped develop art of swing bowling), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)

Jaap Eden

Oct 19 Jaap Eden, Dutch athlete (World Cycling C'ship gold 10k 1894, sprint 1895; World Speed Skating C'ship gold allround 1893, 95, 96), born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1925)