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 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
  • Aug 25 Captain Matthew Webb makes the 1st observed and unassisted swim across the English Channel in 21 hours and 45 minutes
  • 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

Sports Stars Who Died in 1875

  • 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