On This Day

Year 1881 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 12 Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain
  • Mar 25 43rd Grand National: Irish jockey Tommy Beasley wins his second consecutive GN aboard 11/2 co-favourite Woodbrook
  • May 17 7th Kentucky Derby: HOF jockey Jim McLaughlin aboard heavy favourite Hindoo wins in 2:40.00
  • May 21 US National Lawn Tennis Association is established in NYC, New York
  • May 27 9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5
  • Jun 1 Ridden by outstanding English jockey Fred Archer, Iroquois wins the Epsom Derby to become first American-owned and bred horse to take out a European classic race
  • Jun 7 15th Belmont: T. Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:47
  • Jul 13 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats defending champion John Hartley 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 for first of his 7 Wimbledon singles titles
  • Aug 3 US National Lawn Tennis Association removes "National" from its name
  • Aug 31 1st US men's single tennis championships (Newport, Rhode Island)
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