On This Day

Year 1877 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 15 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket, Australia v England at the MCG, Melbourne, Australia
  • Mar 16 Charles Bannerman completes 1st Test cricket century, 165 v Eng
  • Mar 17 Australian / English all-rounder Billy Midwinter completes Test cricket's first 5-wicket haul, 5-78 in the first ever Test match v England in Melbourne
  • Mar 23 39th Grand National: Fred Hobson aboard 15/1 shot Austerlitz wins by 4 lengths from Congress
  • Mar 24 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers beat Oxford University, 2–1 (a.e.t.); Wanderers' 4th title

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 31 Test Cricket debut of feared Australian fast bowler Fred "The Demon" Spofforth; Australia loses 2nd Test by 4 wickets vs England at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • Apr 6 British Open Men's Golf, Musselburgh Links: Jamie Anderson wins his first of 3 consecutive Championships; beats fellow Scot Bob Pringle by 2 shots
  • Apr 12 Catcher's mask 1st used in a baseball game
  • May 22 3rd Kentucky Derby: Billy Walker aboard Baden-Baden wins in 2:38
  • May 24 5th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:45.5
  • Jun 9 11th Belmont: C Holloway aboard Cloverbrook wins in 2:46
  • Jul 9 First ever Wimbledon tennis championship begins - first official lawn tennis tournament - men's singles only
  • Jul 19 1st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 27-year-old English rackets player Spencer Gore wins inaugural event; beats William Marshall 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
  • Dec 22 "American Bicycling Journal" begins publishing (Boston, Mass)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 8 Helen Homans, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1906), born in Englewood, New Jersey (d. 1949)
  • Feb 27 Walter O Briggs, American entrepreneur and sports team owner (Detroit Tigers 1935-52), born in Ypsilanti, Michigan (d. 1952)
  • Mar 15 Malcolm Whitman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ships 1898-1900), born in New York, NY (d. 1932)
  • Mar 18 Clem Hill, cricketer (all-time great Australian batsman)
  • Apr 6 Ted Ray, British golfer (British Open 1912, US Open 1920), born in Jersey (d. 1943)
  • May 4 Arthur Lang, American boxer and businessman, born in Van Wert, Ohio (d. 1992)
  • Jul 19 Arthur Fielder, English cricket fast bowler (6 Tests 1903-08), born in Plaxtol, Tonbridge, Kent (d. 1949)
  • Aug 7 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (d. 1949)
  • Aug 10 Frank Marshall, American chess player (d. 1944)
  • Aug 31 Lizzie Arlington, American baseball pitcher (first woman to play professional men's baseball 1898 Reading Coal Heavers), born in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania (d. 1919)
  • Sep 7 Mike O'Neill, Irish-American baseball player, born in Maum, County Galway, Ireland (d. 1959)
  • Sep 9 Frank Chance, American baseball player, manager and "Tinkers to Evers to Chance", born in Salida, California (d. 1924
  • Oct 4 Razor Smith, English cricket spin bowler (245 first class matches, Surry), born in Oxford, England (d. 1946)
  • Oct 13 Bernard Bosanquet, English cricketer (pioneer of googly), born in Bulls Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, England (d. 1936)

Person of interestAlfred Gwynne Vanderbilt

Oct 20 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Sr., American businessman and sportsman (New York Central Railway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1915)

Business Magnate Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
Business Magnate
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
  • Oct 27 George Thompson, English cricketer (d. 1943)
  • Oct 28 Joe Adams, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Cowden, Illinois (d. 1952)
  • Oct 29 Wilfred Rhodes, English cricketer (Yorks & Eng SLA, played Tests 1899-1930), born in Kirkheaton, Yorkshire, England (d. 1973)
  • Nov 2 Victor Trumper, Australian Cricket Batsman (48 Tests, top score 214; key figure foundation of rugby league in Australia), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 1915)
  • Nov 14 Norman Brookes, Australian tennis player (Wimbledon 1907, 14), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1968)
  • Nov 17 Frank Calder, the first NHL President (d. 1943)