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Jan 2 1st Test match hat-trick, Fred Spofforth at the MCG

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
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Fred Spofforth
  • Jan 2 Northwestern League (minor baseball league) organized, Rockford, Illinois
  • Jan 23 US National Archery Association forms in Crawfordsville, Indiana
  • Mar 28 40th Grand National: J. Moore aboard The Liberator wins
  • May 20 5th Kentucky Derby: Charlie Shauer aboard Lord Murphy wins in 2:37
  • May 24 7th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Harold wins in 2:40.5
  • Jun 5 13th Belmont: George Evans riding Spendthrift wins in 2:42.75
  • Jul 16 3rd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Hartley beats V Goold (6-2 6-4 6-2)
  • Aug 12 1st National Archery Association tournament (Chicago)
  • Sep 19 Thomas Ray becomes youngest to break a world track & field record pole-vaulting 11' 2½" at age 17 years & 198 days
  • Sep 29 19th British Golf Open: Jamie Anderson shoots a 169 at St Andrews
  • Oct 1 Cincinnati Enquirer publishes 1st report on baseball reserve clause

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 12 Ray Harroun, American race car driver (d. 1968)
  • Feb 3 Charles Follis, 1st African American NFLer (Shelby, Ohio)
  • Mar 27 Miller Huggins, American baseball player and manager (d. 1929)
  • Mar 30 Coen de Koning, Dutch ice skater (d. 1954)
  • May 22 Warwick Armstrong, cricketer (Big Ship Great Aussie skipper 1920-21)
  • May 23 Dezső Lauber, Hungarian sportsman (d. 1966)
  • May 30 Colin Blythe, English cricketer (outstanding slow lefty pre-WWI), born in Deptford (d. 1917)
  • Jun 5 René Pottier, French cyclist (d. 1907)
  • Jun 11 Roger Bresnahan, baseball player (d. 1944)
  • Jun 13 George Gunn, cricketer (elegant English batsman 1907-30)
  • Jul 5 Dwight Filley Davis, US Sect of War/donated tennis' Davis Cup
  • Jul 27 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1960)
  • Aug 7 J J Kotze, South African cricket fast bowler (1902-07)
  • Sep 17 Rube Foster, American baseball player, manager and executive (d. 1930)
  • Dec 19 Beals C Wright, tennis champ (US Open-1905)