On This Day

Year 1876 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 2 Baseball's National League forms at the Grand Central Hotel, NYC with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and 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 11 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers and Old Estonians draw, 1-1; Wanderers win replay, 3-0 for 3rd title
  • Mar 16 Nelly Saunders & Rose Harland fight 1st female boxing match (NY)
  • Mar 17 1st record high jump over 6' (Marshall Jones Brooks)
  • Mar 18 English FA Cup Final Replay, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers beat Old Estonians, 3-0 after initial 1-1 draw; Wanderers 3rd title
  • Mar 24 38th Grand National: Joe Cannon aboard 25/1 chance Regal wins by a neck from Congress
  • Mar 25 Glasgow 1st soccer match Scotland-Wales (4-0)
  • Apr 22 1st official National League baseball game is played; Boston Red Stockings beat Philadelphia Athletics, 6-5 at the Jefferson Street Grounds, Philadelphia
  • 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
  • Sep 19 Talks begin to set up a football club in Ottawa
  • Sep 20 Ottawa Football Club forms
  • Oct 2 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Bob Martin wins when fellow Scot Davie Strath refuses to take part in a playoff after pair finish on 176

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 11 Thomas Hicks, English athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1904), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1952)
  • 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 1 Henri de Baillet-Latour, Belgian aristocrat and 3rd President of the International Olympic Committee (1925-42), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1942)
  • Mar 5 Elizabeth Moore, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1896, 1901, 03, 05), born in Brooklyn, NY (d. 1959)
  • Mar 21 John Tewksbury, American athlete (d. 1968)
  • Apr 14 Murray Bisset, South African cricketer (South African wicket-keeper 1899 & 1910), born in Port Elizabeth, Cape Colony (d. 1931)
  • Apr 22 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler and strongman of the early 20th century, born in Väike-Maarja, Governorate of Estonia, Russian Empire (d. 1920)
  • Apr 28 Frank Cavanagh, American football player and coach, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1933)
  • May 3 Bert Hopkins, Australian cricketer (Australian pace bowler of the 1900's), born in Young, New South Wales (d. 1931)
  • May 3 E. B. Dwyer, Australian-born cricketer (Sussex), born in Redfern, Australia (d. 1912)
  • May 17 Alban Collignon, Belgian sport journalist, born in Mechelen, Belgium (d. 1955)
  • May 26 Jack Root, Austrian-American boxing's 1st light heavyweight champion, born in Frahelž, Bohemia, Czech Republic (d. 1963)
  • Jun 4 Robert Dower, South African cricketer (1 Test South Africa v England 1898, scored 0 & 9), born in Kokstad, Cape Colony (d. 1964)
  • Jun 22 H. Guy Bedwell, American thoroughbred trainer (North American champion in wins x 7; earnings 1918-19; first Triple Crown winner, Sir Barton), born in Roseburg, Oregon (d. 1951)
  • Jul 19 John Gunn, English cricketer (England all-rounder in 6 Tests 1901-05), born in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1963)
  • Sep 11 Stan Rowley, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m team, bronze 60m, 100m, 200m 1900), born in Young, Australia (d. 1924)
  • Sep 26 Charlie Llewellyn, South African cricketer (South African lefty all-rounder 1896-1912), born in Pietermaritzberg, Natal (d. 1964)
  • Oct 8 Willie Smith, Scottish golfer (US Open 1899), born in Dundee, Scotland (d. 1916)
  • Oct 13 Rube Waddell, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown, AL wins leader 1905; ERA leader 1900, 05; strikeout leader 1902–07; Philadelphia A's), born in Bradford, Pennsylvania (d. 1914)
  • Oct 19 Mordecai (3 finger) Brown, hall of fame pitcher
  • Nov 6 Ernie Hayes MBE, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; Surrey, Leicestershire), born in London, England (d. 1953)
  • 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, American track and field athlete (4 Olympic gold 1900), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1928)

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 3 Nicholas "Felix" Wanostrocht, English amateur cricket batsman (Kent, Surry), dies at 71