On This Day

Year 1883 in Sports History

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 3 In the series decider England beats Scotland, 2 tries to 1 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh to win the inaugural Home Nations Rugby Championship with an undefeated record
  • Mar 30 45th Grand National: Austrian breeder, owner Count Karel Kinsky rides Zoedone to 10 length win; only 10 starters, the smallest GN field in history; first winning jockey from outside Britain and Ireland
  • May 1 First National League baseball game in Philadelphia since 1876, Providence Greys beat Philadelphia Quakers, 4-3
  • May 1 Bob Rogers is 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 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 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw wins third straight Wimbledon title; beats twin brother Ernest Renshaw 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
  • Aug 16 Dutch soccer club Dordrecht is established (KNVB Cup 1914, 32)
  • 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 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Two-time defending champion Richard Sears wins 3rd straight title; 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 British Open Men's Golf, Musselburgh Links: Willie Fernie beats defending champion Bob Ferguson 1-up in 36-hole playoff

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 3 Camille Bombois, French circus wrestler/painter
  • Feb 13 Harold "Hal" Chase, baseball player and manager
  • Feb 21 Mick Commaille, South African cricketer and soccer rep, born in Cape Town, South Africa (d. 1956)
  • Mar 1 Tom Shevlin, American College Football Hall of Fame end (Consensus All-American 1902, 04, 05; National C'ship 1902, 05; Yale University), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 1915)
  • Mar 1 Thomas Shelvin, College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Yale), born in Muskegon, Michigan (d. 1915)
  • 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, American NBA hall of fame referee (elected 1961), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1962)
  • Sep 1 Didier Pitre, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Valleyfield, Quebec (d. 1934)
  • Sep 16 George Duncan, Scottish golfer, course designer (British Open 1920), born in Methlick, Scotland (d. 1964)
  • Oct 26 Paul Pilgrim, American athlete (Olympic gold 1904, 06), born in NYC, New York (d. 1958)
  • Oct 31 Anthony Wilding, New Zealand tennis player (Wimbledon 1910-13), born in Christchurch, New Zealand (d. 1915)
  • Nov 5 Ernie Parker, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1913), born in Perth, Western Australia (d. 1918)
  • Nov 17 Harold Baumgartner, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1913)
  • Dec 3 Tibby Cotter, Australian cricket fast bowler (21 Tests, 49 wickets) and solder (killed in world's last successful cavalry charge, 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1917)
  • Dec 10 Jesse Harper, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Notre Dame 57–17–7), born in Paw Paw, Illinois (d. 1961)
  • Dec 26 Carl Oscar Ahues, German International Chess Master (1950)
  • Dec 30 Lester Patrick, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (6 x Stanley Cups as player, coach and manager), born in Drummondville, Quebec (d. 1960)

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, Australian rules footballer and cricketer (Test for Australia 1882), dies at 27