1876 in Sport

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Events in Sport

  • Feb 2 Baseball's National League forms with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis
  • Feb 3 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football
  • Feb 12 Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop
  • Mar 16 Nelly Saunders & Rose Harland fight 1st female boxing match (NY)
  • Mar 17 1st record high jump over 6' (Marshall Jones Brooks)
  • Mar 24 37th Grand National: Joe Cannon aboard Regal wins
  • Mar 25 Glasgow 1st soccer match Scotland-Wales (4-0)
  • Apr 1 1st official NL baseball game (Boston-6, Phila-5)
  • Apr 22 1st NL game, Boston Braves beat Philadelphia Athletics 6-5
  • Apr 22 Philadelphia Nationals Wes Fisler scores baseball's 1st run
  • Apr 25 Chicago Cubs 1st NL game, beats Louisville 4-0 (1st NL shutout)
  • May 2 Ross Barnes hit 1st home run in National League
  • May 15 2nd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Swim aboard Vagrant wins in 2:38.25
  • May 25 4th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75
  • Jun 10 10th Belmont: William Donohue aboard Algerine wins in 2:40.5
  • Jul 15 Baseball's 1st no-hitter, St Louis' George W Bradley no-hits Hartford
  • Aug 12 Madeline (US) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in 4th America's Cup
  • Oct 2 16th British Golf Open: Bob Martin shoots a 176 at St Andrews

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 11 Elmer Flick, American baseball player (d. 1971)
  • Feb 9 Martin Stixrud, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic bronze 1920)
  • Feb 13 Fritz Buelow, German-born American baseball player (d. 1933)
  • Mar 21 John Tewksbury, American athlete (d. 1968)
  • Apr 14 Murray Bisset, cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1899 & 1910)
  • Apr 22 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler (d. 1920)
  • May 3 Bert Hopkins, cricketer (Australian pace bowler of the 1900's)
  • May 3 E. B. Dwyer, Australian-born cricketer (Sussex), born in Redfern, Australia (d. 1912)
  • May 17 Alban Collignon, Belgian sport journalist
  • May 26 Jack Root, boxing's 1st light heavyweight champion
  • Jun 4 Robert Dower, cricketer (1 Test South Africa v England 1898, scored 0 & 9)
  • Jul 19 John Gunn, Former England cricketer (d. 1963)
  • Sep 26 C B "Buck" Llewellyn, cricketer (South African lefty all-rounder 1896-1912)
  • Oct 13 Rube Waddell, American baseball player (d. 1914)
  • Oct 19 Mordecai (3 finger) Brown, hall of fame pitcher
  • Nov 7 Ted Arnold, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 10 Tests 1903-05), born in Withycombe Raleigh, Devon (d. 1942)
  • Nov 7 Charlie Townsend, English cricketer, born in Bristol (d. 1958)
  • Nov 28 Bert Vogler,South African cricketer (early South African googly bowler), born in Swartwater, South Africa (d. 1946)
  • Dec 12 Alvin Kraenzlein, Olympic gold medalist (d. 1928)

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 3 Felix, cricketer (legendary All-England player), dies