On This Day

October 1873 in Sports History

Events in Sport

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

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 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