1881 in Sport

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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: Mr Tommy Beasley IRE aboard Woodbrook wins
  • May 17 7th Kentucky Derby: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hindoo wins in 2:40
  • May 21 US Nation Lawn Tennis Association forms
  • May 27 9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5
  • Jun 7 15th Belmont: T. Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:47
  • Jul 13 5th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats J Hartley (6-0 6-1 6-1)
  • Aug 3 US National Lawn Tennis Association removes "National" from its name
  • Aug 31 1st US men's single tennis championships (Newport, Rhode Island)
  • Sep 1 The Dwyer Brothers' 3-year-old Kentucky Derby winner Hindoo wins his 19th consecutive race, a purse event at Sheepshead Bay; winning streak snapped 6 days later in the September Handicap at Sheepshead
  • Sep 3 1st US Men's National Championship, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears wins inaugural event beating William E. Glyn 6-0, 6-3, 6-2
  • Sep 27 Chicago Cubs beat Troy 10-8 before record small "crowd" of 12
  • Oct 14 British Open Golf, Prestwick GC: Bob Ferguson retains title with 3 stroke win over Jamie Anderson in shocking weather conditions

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 2 Karl Frederick, pistol champ (Olympic gold 1920)
  • Feb 21 Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player
  • Mar 18 Oliver Seibert, hall of fame hockey player (elected 1963)
  • Apr 23 Claude Carter, South African cricketer (took 28 wkts 10 Tests for South Africa), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1952)
  • May 11 Al Cabrera, Spanish-born Cuban baseball player (d. 1964)
  • May 14 Ed Walsh, American baseball pitcher, lowest lifetime ERA (1.82)

Person of interestTommy Burns

Jun 17 Tommy Burns, Canadian boxer, born in Hanover, Ontario (d. 1955)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • Jul 18 Larry McLean, Canadian baseball player, born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (d. 1921)
  • Sep 8 Harry Hillman, American athlete (3 Gold Olympic 1904), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1945)
  • Sep 27 William Clothier, American tennis player (US Open-1906) and 1st president of tennis hall of fame, born in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania (d. 1962)
  • Oct 28 Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (d. 1969)
  • Oct 28 Vin Coutie, Australian footballer
  • Nov 16 Joel H. Hildebrand, American Chemist and Educator whose work on the chemistry of solutions helped treat divers with the 'bends' through the introduction of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • Nov 18 Percy Lesueur, hockey player/inventor (large goalie glove)
  • Dec 17 Aubrey Faulkner, cricketer (great South African all-rounder early 20th cent)
  • Dec 20 Branch Rickey, baseball executive (Dodgers)
  • Dec 25 Joseph V McCarthy, baseball manager (NY Yankees)
  • Dec 29 Jess Willard, American boxer (d. 1968)