On This Day

Year 1884 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 7 Canadian Rugby Football Union forms
  • Mar 28 46th Grand National: Ted Wilson aboard 10/1 shot Voluptuary wins by 4 lengths from Frigate
  • May 1 Catcher Moses Walker is acknowledged as the first African-American to play major league baseball joining the Toledo Blue Stockings
  • May 16 10th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Buchanan wins in 2:40.25
  • May 22 1-armed pitcher Hugh Daily fanned 13 hitters
  • May 23 12th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Knight of Ellerslie wins in 2:39.5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 26 Fred Spofforth takes 7-34 & 7-3 v England XI in 4 hours

Cricketer Fred Spofforth
Cricketer
Fred Spofforth
  • Jun 4 18th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Panique wins in 2:42
  • Jul 10 1st Test Cricket to be played at Old Trafford 1st day washed out
  • Jul 15 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 4 consecutive Wimbledon titles for William Renshaw; beats Herbert Lawford 6-0, 6-4, 9-7
  • Jul 19 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Maud Watson becomes inaugural female champion by beating her sister Lillian Watson 6–8, 6–3, 6–3
  • Jul 21 1st Test Cricket match played at Lord's
  • Jul 30 Nonpareil Dempsey [John Edward Kelly] fights George Fulljames, possibly the 1st middleweight fight with boxing gloves
  • Aug 11 1st double-century stand in Test cricket, McDonnell/Murdoch 207 Aust
  • Aug 12 Bill Murdoch scores 1st Test Cricket double-century, 211 at The Oval
  • Aug 27 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears makes it 4 straight US singles titles; beats Howard Taylor 6-0, 1-6, 6-0, 6-2
  • Oct 3 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Jack Simpson wins in windy conditions by 4 strokes from fellow Scots Douglas Rolland and Willie Fernie
  • Oct 22 Sporting Life announces that both pennant winners will meet in 3 game series Oct 23-25 at Polo Grounds NYC to determine baseball champion
  • Oct 23 1st World Series OKed by AA, Providence (NL) beats NY Mets (AA) 6-0
  • Oct 25 1st World Series OK by AA, Providence (NL) sweeps NY Mets (AA) in 3
  • Nov 1 Gaelic Athletic Association is established in a meeting at Hayes' Hotel, Thurles, County Tipperary; Clare teacher Michael Cusack is credited as founder; objective to promote Irish sport & games
  • Nov 17 Cops arrest boxer John L Sullivan in his 2nd round for being "cruel"

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 23 Ralph DePalma, Italian-American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1915; American AAA National Dirt Track C'ship 1908-11 ), born in Biccari, Italy (d. 1956)
  • Jan 26 Walter "Doc" Meanwell, English Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Wisconsin 1911–1917, 1920–1934), born in Leeds, England (d. 1953)
  • Feb 1 Bradbury Robinson Jr., American football pioneer (threw first legal forward pass in the history of American football 1906), born in Bellevue, Ohio (d. 1949)
  • Feb 1 Rosey Rowswell, American MLB broadcaster (Pittsburgh Prates 1936-54), born in Alton, Illinois (d. 1955)
  • Feb 4 Rolland Beaumont, cricketer (South African batsman in 5 tests 1912-14)
  • Feb 8 Reginald "Snowy" Baker, Australian boxer (Olympic silver middleweight 1908), rugby union halfback (2 caps) and actor (The Sword of Valor), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1953)
  • Feb 10 Herbert Hordern, cricketer (pioneering leggie for Aust & Philadelphia)
  • Feb 14 Joe Jagersberger, Austrian-American racing driver, born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1952)

Person of interestAlfred Carlton Gilbert

Feb 15 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), born in Salem, Oregon (d. 1961)

  • Feb 22 Abraham "Abe" Attell, boxing hall of famer
  • Mar 4 Red Murray, American professional baseball player (d. 1958)

Person of interestMolla Mallory

Mar 6 Molla Bjurstedt Mallory, American-Norwegian tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1915-18, 20-22, 26), born in Mosvik, Norway (d. 1959)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion Molla Mallory
Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion
Molla Mallory
  • Apr 1 Hugo Bezdek, Czech American College Football Hall of Fame coach (University of Oregon, University of Arkansas, Penn State; NFL: Cleveland Browns; MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1952)
  • Apr 3 Jackie Matthews, cricketer (Aust leg-spinner, two hat-tricks 1912)
  • Apr 12 Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner, born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 1932)
  • May 1 Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe, British politician, naval officer and auto racer (1931 Le Mans), born in Mayfair, London (d. 1964)
  • Jun 6 Jock Hutchison, Scottish golfer (PGA C'ship 1920, British Open 1921), born in St. Andrews, Fife (d. 1977)
  • Jun 15 Rodney Heath, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1905, 10), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1936)
  • Jun 21 Sir Gordon Lowe, British tennis player, Member of Parliament (Australasian C'ship 1915), born in Edgbaston, England (d. 1972)
  • Jun 22 James Rector, American athlete (d. 1949)
  • Jun 23 Cyclone Taylor, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Stanley Cup 1909 Ottawa, 1915 Vancouver), born in Tara, Ontario (d. 1979)
  • Jul 6 Harold Vanderbilt, American yachtsman and America's Cup winner (1930, 34, 37), born in Oakdale, New York (d. 1970)
  • Jul 14 Charles Meldrum Daniels, swimmer (Olympic gold 1904, 08), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • Aug 4 Henri Cornet, French cyclist who won the second Tour de France, born in Desvres, France (d. 1941)
  • Aug 13 Harry Dean, English cricketer (England left-arm bowler in 3 Tests, 1912), born in Burnley, Lancashire, England (d. 1957)
  • Sep 8 Théodore Pilette, Belgian racing driver, born in St. Gilles, Belgium (d. 1921)
  • Sep 21 Shorty Ray, American football player and supervisor of NFL officials, born in Highland Park, Illinois (d. 1956)
  • Sep 24 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (Tour de France 1911), born in Vabre-Tizac, France (d. 1963)
  • Sep 26 J. P. Bickell, Canadian businessman and sports team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs), born in Molesworth, Ontario, Canada (d. 1951)
  • Oct 6 Lloyd Spooner, American marksman (Olympic-4 gold/1 silver/2 bronze-1920)
  • Oct 10 Ormy Pearse, South African cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa in Australia 1910-11), born in Pietermaritzberg, Natal (d. 1953)
  • Dec 31 Bobby Byrne, American baseball player, born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1964)

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 5 John Wisden, English cricketer (prominent Sussex player), dies at 57
  • Jul 10 Paul Charles Morphy, US lawyer/chess wizard, dies at 47
  • Sep 28 Fred Morley, cricket lefty quick (16 wkts in 4 Tests for Eng), dies