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Year 1880 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jun 12 Worcester Ruby Legs pitcher Lee Richmond throws first perfect game in MLB history in 1-0 win over Cleveland Blues at the Agricultural County Fair Grounds, Worcester
  • Sep 6 W. G. Grace scores 152 in debut Test Cricket innings, v Aust The Oval
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Sports Stars Born in 1880

  • Jan 28 Herbert Strudwick, cricketer (England wicket-keeper before & after WWI)
  • Mar 1 Julian Myrick, American tennis promoter (West Side Tennis Club & Forest Hills Stadium), born in Murfreesboro, North Carolina (d. 1969)
  • 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 Basketball HOF official (St. Mary's College, Kansas Uni), basketball umpire (1936 Olympics), MLB umpire (6xWorld Series) & football referee, born in Newcastle, New Brunswick (d. 1960)

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Sports Stars Who Died in 1880

  • Jun 16 James Southerton, English cricket spin bowler (2 Tests; played in first Test match; oldest player to make Test debut at 49; Sussex CCC, Hampshire CCC), dies at 52
  • Sep 22 Fred Grace, English cricket all-rounder (1 Test; first time 3 bros play a Test [with WG & EM Grace]; Gloucestershire CCC), dies of pneumonia at 29