1885 in Sport

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Events in Sport

  • Mar 27 47th Grand National: Mr Ted Wilson aboard Roquefort wins
  • May 14 11th Kentucky Derby: Babe Henderson aboard Joe Cotton wins in 2:37.25
  • May 22 13th Preakness: Jim McLaughlin aboard Tecumseh wins in 2:49
  • Jun 6 19th Belmont: Paul Duffy aboard Tyrant wins in 2:43
  • Jul 17 9th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats H Lawford (7-5, 6-2 4-6 7-5)
  • Aug 22 5th U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats Godfrey M. Brinley (6-3, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3)
  • Aug 29 Phillies Charlie Ferguson no-hits Providence 1-0
  • Aug 29 Boxing's 1st heavyweight title fight with 3-oz gloves & 3-minute rounds fought between John L Sullivan & Dominick McCaffrey
  • Sep 12 Highest score (35) recorded in any 1st-class soccer match is set
  • Sep 16 Puritan (US) beats Genesta (England) in 6th running of America's Cup
  • Oct 3 25th British Golf Open: Bob Martin shoots a 171 at St Andrews
  • Oct 17 Baseball sets all players salaries at $1,000-$2,000 for 1885 season
  • Oct 22 John Ward & several teammates secretly form Brotherhood of Prof Base Ball Players, 1st baseball union

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 15 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (d. 1968)
  • Feb 17 Steve Evans, American baseball player (d. 1943)
  • Mar 6 Ringgold "Ring" Lardner, US sports writer (You Know Me Al)
  • Mar 11 Malcolm Campbell, 1st auto racer to travel 5 miles/min (8 km/min)
  • Mar 24 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (4 Olympic golds 1904, 08)
  • Apr 13 Vean Gregg, American baseball player (d. 1964)
  • Sep 4 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast (d. 1971)
  • Sep 28 Wilbur 'Lefty' Good, pitcher (NY Yankees, 1905)
  • Oct 16 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, Italian marathoner (Olympic-DQ gold-1908)
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Montagnana Italy, opera singer (NY Met)
  • Dec 21 Frank Patrick, Canadian hockey player (d. 1960)
  • Dec 24 Arthur Dolphin, cricketer (Yorkshire & England keeper, later Test ump)