On This Day

Year 1875 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 13 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Royal Engineers and Old Etonians draw 1-1; replay won by Engineers, 2-0
  • Mar 16 English FA Cup Final Replay, Kennington Oval, London: Royal Engineers beat Old Etonians, 2-0 after initial 1-1 draw
  • Mar 18 37th Grand National: Tommy Pickernell wins his 3rd GN aboard 100/6 chance Pathfinder
  • Apr 17 Modern Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a bored British officer in Jabalpur, India
  • May 12 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0
  • May 17 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75
  • May 28 3rd Preakness: L Hughes aboard Tom Ochiltree wins in 2:43.5
  • Jun 12 9th Belmont: Bobby Swim aboard Calvin wins in 2:42.25
  • Sep 10 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park Sr. wins his 4th title; beats fellow Scot Bob Martin by 2 strokes
  • Nov 13 Harvard-Yale game is 1st college football contest with uniforms

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Frank Druce, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; Surrey), born in London, England (d. 1954)
  • Jan 7 Gustav Flatow, German gymnast (d. 1945)
  • Jan 15 Tom Burke, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 400m 1896), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1929)
  • Mar 9 Evelyn Sears, American tennis player (US National 1907), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 1966)

Person of interestWalter Chrysler

Apr 2 Walter Chrysler, American automotive pioneer (Chrysler Corporation) and thoroughbred breeder, born in Wamego, Kansas (d. 1940)

Founder of Chrysler Walter Chrysler
Founder of Chrysler
Walter Chrysler
  • Apr 2 William Donne, English cricket batsman, (Olympic gold 1900) and administrator (President England Rugby Football Union), born in Wincanton, England (d. 1934)

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

Apr 15 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, born in Carroll, Ohio (d. 1953)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Apr 27 Freddie Fane, British cricketer (Hobbs' 1st Test opening partner), born in Curragh Camp, County Kildare, Ireland (d. 1960)
  • May 4 Reggie Schwartz, South African cricketer (1st of great South African googlists), born in Lee, London (d. 1918)
  • Jun 7 George Simpson-Hayward, English cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 23 wickets @ 18.26; last great underarm bowler), born in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire (d. 1936)
  • Jul 15 Frank "Pop" Morgenweck, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • Oct 8 Laurence Doherty, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1902-06, US Nationals 1903), born in Wimbledon, England (d. 1919)
  • Oct 18 Len Braund, cricketer (great England all-rounder in 23 Tests 1901-08)
  • Dec 25 Walter Lees, cricketer (Surrey pace bowler toured for Eng 1905-06)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 9 Cecil De Vere, 1st official British chess champion (1866), dies at 28
  • Dec 25 Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (British Open 1868-70, 72), dies of pulmonary haemorrhage at 24