1880 in Sport

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Events in Sport

  • Mar 19 42nd Grand National: Mr Tommy Beasley IRE aboard Empress IRE wins
  • Apr 9 British Open Golf, Musselburgh Links: Scotsman Bob Ferguson wins first of 3 straight titles; beats Peter Paxton by 5 strokes
  • Apr 24 Amateur Athletic Association, governing body for men's athletics in England & Wales, is founded in Oxford, England
  • May 18 6th Kentucky Derby: George Lewis aboard Fonso wins in 2:37.5
  • May 28 8th Preakness: L Hughes aboard Grenada wins in 2:40.5
  • May 31 League of American Wheelmen (1st US bicycle association), forms in Newport, Rhode Island
  • Jun 12 John Lee Richmond pitches 1st major league perfect game, Worcester 1, Cleveland's Forest City 0
  • Jun 14 14th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Grenada wins in 2:47
  • Jul 15 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John Hartley beats Herbert Lawford 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
  • Sep 6 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket in England, v Australia at The Oval

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Sep 6 W. G. Grace scores 152 in debut Test Cricket innings, v Aust The Oval

Cricketer W. G. Grace
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  • Sep 7 Geo Ligowsky patents device to throw clay pigeons for trapshooters
  • Sep 29 1st pro baseball game at Polo Grounds, NY Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2 in 5 innings

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 28 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (England wicket-keeper before & after WWI)
  • Feb 16 Frank Burke, American baseball player (d. 1946)
  • Mar 1 Julian Myrick, promoter of junior tennis
  • Mar 10 Michael Jacobs, American boxing promoter, born in NYC, New York
  • Mar 12 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (d. 1958)
  • Mar 22 Ernie Quigley, Canadian-American sports official (d. 1960)
  • Apr 18 Sam Crawford, baseball player (d. 1968)
  • Jun 29 Harry Frazee, American MLB team owner (Boston Red Sox), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 1929)
  • Jul 4 George Mullin, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers-no-hitter on 7/4/1912), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 1944)
  • Jul 24 Kristian Hellström, Swedish athlete, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1946)
  • Jul 27 Joe Tinker, American professional baseball player and manager, born in Muscotah, Kansas (d. 1948)
  • Jul 27 Jack Doscher, American baseball pitcher (1st son of a major leaguer to play MLB), born in Troy, New York (d. 1971)
  • Aug 12 Christy Mathewson, HOF baseball pitcher (Won 37 in 1908)
  • Aug 17 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (great South African batsman-keeper-captain)
  • Sep 14 Archie Hahn, American sprinter, born in Dodgeville, Wisconsin (d. 1955)
  • Oct 22 Joe Carr, Ohio, NFL hall of famer/NFL president (1921-39)
  • Nov 1 Grantland Rice, sportswriter (NY Her Trib 1914-30, Colliers 1925-37)
  • Nov 3 Edmond Barrett, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic bronze 1908)
  • Nov 20 George McBride, American MLB shortstop/manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1973)
  • Dec 11 Frank Tarrant, Australian cricketer, born in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1951)
  • Dec 31 Fred Beebe, American baseball player (d. 1957)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jun 16 James Southerton, cricketer (appeared in England's 1st 2 Tests), dies
  • Sep 22 G. F. Grace, English cricketer (one Test v Australia), dies at 29