1875 in Sport

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Events in Sport

  • Mar 18 36th Grand National: Mr Tommy Pickernell aboard Pathfinder wins
  • 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 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 N F Druce, cricketer (5 Tests for England v Australia 1897-98)
  • Jan 7 Thomas Hicks, English/US marathon runner: (Olympic gold 1904)
  • Jan 7 Gustav Flatow, German gymnast (d. 1945)
  • Jan 15 Tom Burke, American runner (d. 1929)
  • Mar 9 Evelyn Sears, American tennis player (US National 1907), born in Waltham, Massachusetts (d. 1966)

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)
  • Jul 15 Frank "Pop" Morgenweck, basketball hall of famer (elected 1962)
  • Oct 8 Laurence Doherty, British tennis player (6 Grand Slam singes titles), born in Wimbledon, England (d. 1919)
  • Oct 18 Len Braund, cricketer (great England all-rounder in 23 Tests 1901-08)
  • Dec 4 Joe Corbett, American baseball player, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1945)
  • 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 professional golfer, dies at 24