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Year 1885 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 27 47th Grand National: Jockey Ted Wilson wins his second consecutive GN aboard 10/3 favourite Roquefort
  • 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 Belmont Stakes: Patsy Duffy aboard Tyrant wins comfortably by 3 lengths from St. Augustine in the fast time of 2:43.00
  • Jul 13 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 5 straight Wimbledon titles for William Renshaw; for second consecutive year he beats Herbert Lawford 7-5, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
  • Jul 17 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Defending champion Maud Watson defeats Blanche Bingley 6–1, 7–5
  • Aug 22 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears wins 5th consecutive US singles title; 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
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Sports Stars Born in 1885

  • Jan 15 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player, born in Sandborn, Illinois (d. 1968)
  • Mar 6 Ringgold "Ring" Lardner, US sports writer (You Know Me Al)
  • Mar 11 Malcolm Campbell, British motor racer (world land and water speed record holder), born in London, England (d. 1948)
  • Mar 23 Platt Adams, American field athlete (Olympic gold standing high jump 1912), Belleville, New Jersey (d. 1961)
  • Mar 24 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (4 Olympic golds 1904, 08)

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