1877 in Sport

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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 Bill Midwinter completes Test Cricket's 1st 5-wkt haul, 5-78 v England
  • Mar 23 38th Grand National: Mr Fred Hobson aboard Austerlitz wins

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Mar 31 Test Cricket debut of Fred "Demon" Spofforth, Australia vs England at the MCG

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
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  • Apr 6 British Open 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 offical lawn tennis tournament - men's singles only
  • Jul 19 1st Wimbledon Men's Tennis Open: Spencer Gore beats William Marshall (61 62 64)
  • Dec 22 "American Bicycling Journal" begins publishing (Boston, Mass)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 27 Walter Briggs, Sr., American entrepreneur and sports team owner (d. 1952)
  • Mar 5 Malcolm D Whitman, tennis champ (US Open-1898)
  • Mar 18 Clem Hill, cricketer (all-time great Australian batsman)
  • 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)
  • Sep 7 Mike O'Neill, Irish-American baseball player, born in Maum, County Galway, Ireland (d. 1959)
  • Sep 9 Frank Chance, baseball player/manager, Tinkers to Evers to Chance
  • Oct 4 Razor [William Charles] Smith, English cricketer, born in Oxford, England (d. 1946)
  • Oct 13 Bernard Bosanquet, English cricketer (pioneer of googly), born in Bulls Cross, Enfield, Middlesex, England (d. 1936)
  • Oct 20 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Sr., American businessman and sportsman (New York Central Railway), born in NYC, New York (d. 1915)
  • Oct 27 George Thompson, English cricketer (d. 1943)
  • Oct 28 Joe Adams, American baseball player (d. 1952)
  • Oct 29 Wilfred Rhodes, cricketer (Yorks & Eng SLA, played Tests 1899-1930)
  • Nov 2 Victor Trumper, Australian cricketer (Australia batsman 1899-1912), born in Darlinghurst, Australia (d. 1915)
  • Nov 17 Frank Calder, the first NHL President (d. 1943)