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Events in Sport

  • Jan 4 Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms
  • Jan 6 Ontario Rugby Football Union forms
  • Jan 16 Quebec Rugby Football Union forms
  • Jan 20 Billy Barnes takes a hat-trick, England v Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Mar 30 45th Grand National: Count Karel Kinsky AUT aboard Zoedone AUT wins
  • May 1 First National League baseball game in Philadelphia since 1876, Providence Greys beat Philadelphia Quakers 4-3
  • May 1 Bob Rogers acknowledged as the first American pro sports trainer when he is hired by the NY Athletic Club
  • May 22 Cubs' Billy Sunday's 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out
  • May 23 9th Kentucky Derby: William Donohue aboard Leonatus wins in 2:43
  • May 23 Baseball game between one-armed and one-legged players at Recreation Park, Philadelphia, Snorkeys defeat the Hoppers 33-17
  • May 26 11th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Jacobus wins in 2:42.5
  • Jun 2 1st night baseball under lights, Fort Wayne Indiana
  • Jun 9 17th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard George Kinney wins in 2:42.5
  • Jun 16 1st baseball "Ladies' Day" (NY Gothams beat Cleve Spiders 5-2)
  • Jul 16 7th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats E Renshaw (2-6 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-3)
  • Aug 21 Providence shuts out Phillies 28-0
  • Aug 23 Philadelphia Phillies make 27 errors against Providence (wild pitches, walks and passballs counted as errors prior to 1888)
  • Aug 24 3rd U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats James Dwight (6-2, 6-0, 9-7)
  • Sep 8 NY Giants score 13 runs in an inning against Phillies
  • Sep 13 Hugh Daily, a one-armed pitcher for Cleveland (Forest City), tosses 1-0 no-hitter against Philadelphia
  • Nov 17 23rd British Golf Open: Willie Fernie shoots a 158 at Musselburgh Links

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 3 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter
  • Feb 13 Harold "Hal" Chase, baseball player/manager
  • Feb 21 Mick Commaille, South African cricketer and soccer rep, born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1956)
  • Mar 1 Thomas Shelvin, college footballer great (Yale)
  • Mar 4 Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (d. 1956)
  • Apr 12 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Balmain, New South Wales (d. 1959)
  • May 5 Charles "Chief "Bender, American MLB pitcher and only American Indian in baseball's Hall of Fame (Philadelphia Athletics), born in Crow Wing County, Minnesota (d. 1954)
  • Aug 9 George Hoyt, NBA hall of fame referee (elected 1961)
  • Sep 1 Didier Pitre, French Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1934)
  • Oct 26 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (Olympic gold 1904, 06), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • Nov 17 Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1913)
  • Dec 3 Tibby Cotter, Australian cricketer and fast bowler (49 wickets for Australia) and member of the 12th Regiment who captured Beersheba in the world's last successful cavalry charge, born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 1917)
  • Dec 30 Lester Patrick, NHL pioneer

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 12 Murrumgunarriman, [Twopenny], cricketer (Aboriginal team 1868), dies
  • Jul 24 Matthew Webb, English Channel swimmer, drowns above Niagara Falls
  • Oct 22 George Coulthard, cricketer (Test for Australia 1882), dies