1878 in Sport

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Events in Sport

  • Feb 11 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
  • Feb 12 Frederick Thayer patents catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)
  • Mar 13 Oxford University defeats Cambridge University in their 1st golf match
  • Mar 29 39th Grand National: J. Jones aboard Shifnal wins
  • May 8 1st unassisted triple play in organized baseball, by Paul Hines
  • May 21 4th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Carter aboard Day Star wins in 2:37.25
  • May 27 6th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:41.75
  • May 27 Australians Cricket 41 & 12-1 defeat MCC 33 & 19
  • Jun 8 12th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:43.5
  • Jul 20 2nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Frank Hadow beats S Gore (7-5- 6-1 9-7)
  • Aug 21 Edward Pooley completes record 8 stumpings in a cricket match
  • Oct 4 18th British Golf Open: Jamie Anderson shoots a 157 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Oct 22 The first rugby match under floodlights takes place in Salford, between Broughton and Swinton.

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 19 Herbert Chapman, English football player and manager (d. 1934)
  • Jan 26 A W "Dave" Nourse, cricketer ("Grand Old Man" of South African cricket)
  • Feb 2 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer (d. 1955)
  • Mar 15 Hanson Carter, cricketer (Yorkshire Aussie WK of early 20th century)
  • Mar 22 Michel Théato, Luxembourgian athlete (d. 1919)
  • Mar 31 Jack Johnson,1st African American heavyweight boxing champ (1908-1915)
  • Apr 7 C M M Hathorn, cricketer (South African Test centurion in 1905-06)
  • Apr 16 R E "Tip" Foster, cricketer (287 on debut England v Aust SCG 1903)
  • May 14 James L. Wilkinson, American baseball executive (d. 1964)
  • May 30 Mike Donlin, American baseball player (d. 1933)
  • Jul 8 Jimmy Quinn, Scottish footballer (d. 1945)
  • Aug 17 Reg Duff, cricketer (Australian bat, century on debut 1902)
  • Aug 31 Frank Jarvis, American athlete (Olympic 100m Champion-1900), born in California, Pennsylvania (d. 1933)
  • Oct 16 Maxey Long, American athlete (d. 1959)
  • Nov 8 Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor, world champion cyclist (1899)
  • Nov 23 Holcombe Ward, tennis champ (US Open-1904)
  • Nov 26 Marshall Taylor, American track cyclist (1899 world track championships), and the first African American to achieve the level of world champion, born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 1932)
  • Dec 25 W Starling Burgess, yacht designer (America Cup's Enterprise)
  • Dec 25 Louis Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver (d. 1941)