On This Day

Year 1878 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 11 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
  • Feb 12 Harvard player Frederick Thayer patents baseball catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)
  • Mar 13 Oxford University defeats Cambridge University in their 1st golf match
  • Mar 23 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers beat Royal Engineers, 3–1; Wanderers' back-to-back and 5th title overall
  • Mar 29 40th Grand National: John Jones aboard 7/1 chance Shifnal wins by 2 lengths from Martha
  • 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 Australian cricket fast bowler Fred Spofforth takes 10-20 (6-4 and 4-16) in quick-fire 9 wicket tour match win over the MCC in London
  • Jun 8 12th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:43.5
  • Jul 18 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Frank Hadow makes his lone Wimbledon appearance, and wins; beats defending champion Spencer Gore 7-5, 6-1, 9-7
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Sports Stars Who Died in 1878

  • Mar 6 Julius Caesar, English cricket batsman (first English tours to North America 1859-60, Australia & NZ 1864-5; Surrey CCC), dies from dropsy at 47
  • Jul 21 Sam Bass, American Old West train robber and outlaw, dies of wounds from a gunfight with Texas Rangers 27