On This Day

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 19th Belmont: Paul Duffy aboard Tyrant wins in 2:43
  • 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
  • Sep 16 Puritan (US) beats Genesta (England) in 6th running of America's Cup
  • Oct 3 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Bob Martin wins his second Championship by 1 stroke from fellow Scot Archie Simpson
  • 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
  • Nov 12 Montreal & Britannia Football Clubs (QRFU) defeat Ontario Combined Team (ORFU) 3-0 in CRFU Championship game

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 15 Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player, born in Sandborn, Illinois (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, British motor racer (world land and water speed record holder), born in London, England (d. 1948)
  • Mar 24 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (4 Olympic golds 1904, 08)
  • Apr 13 Vean Gregg, American baseball player, born in Chehalis, Washington (d. 1964)
  • Jun 22 Milan Vidmar, Slovenian engineer and chess player (d. 1962)
  • Sep 4 Dimitrios Loundras, Greek gymnast, born in Athens, Greece (d. 1971)
  • Sep 28 Wilbur 'Lefty' Good, pitcher (NY Yankees, 1905)
  • Oct 8 Johnny Lush, American MLB pitcher (2 no-hitters), born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania (d. 1946)
  • 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 ice hockey player, born in Ottawa, Canada (d. 1960)
  • Dec 24 Arthur Dolphin, English cricketer (Yorkshire & England keeper, later Test ump), born in Wilsden, United Kingdom (d. 1942)