On This Day

Year 1886 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 18 Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England
  • Mar 26 48th Grand National: Tommy Skelton wins aboard 25/1 chance Old Joe
  • May 14 12th Kentucky Derby: Paul Duffy aboard Ben Ali wins in 2:36.50
  • May 21 14th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Bard wins in 2:45
  • Jun 5 20th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Inspector B wins in 2:41
  • Jul 13 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats Herbert Lawford for the 3rd straight year 6-0, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 for his 6th consecutive Wimbledon championship
  • Jul 17 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley defeats 2-time defending champion Maud Watson 6–3, 6-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 12 W. G. Grace made his highest Test Cricket score, v Aust, The Oval

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace
  • Aug 18 Carr Baker Neel & Samuel Neel win US Lawn Tennis Association doubles
  • Aug 28 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears beats R. Livingston Beeckman 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 for his 6th consecutive US singles title
  • Sep 11 Mayflower (US) beats Galatea (England) in 7th America's Cup
  • Nov 5 British Open Men's Golf, Musselburgh Links: David Brown beats fellow Scot Willie Campbell by 2 strokes

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 3 Arthur Mailey, Australian cricket spin bowler (21 Tests, 99 wickets; 10/66 v Gloucestershire 1921), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1967)
  • Jan 13 Art Ross, Canadian ice hockey player and executive (d. 1964)
  • Feb 6 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper and umpire (11 Tests), born in Birmingham, Warwickshire (d. 1979)
  • Feb 16 Andrew Ducat, cricketer (Test for Eng 1921 (3 & 2) Soccer intl)
  • Mar 5 Paul Radmilovic, England, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1908)
  • Mar 13 Home Run Baker [John Franklin Baker], American baseball player, hall of famer (hit 2 HR in 1911 world series), born in Trappe, Maryland (d. 1963)
  • Mar 14 Firmin Lambot, Belgian cyclist who twice won the Tour de France (1919, 1922), born in Florennes, Namur, Belgium (d. 1964)
  • Apr 7 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (d. 1971)

Person of interestJim Barnes

Apr 8 Jim Barnes, English golfer (PGA C'ship 1916, 19; US Open 1921, British Open 1925), born in Lelant, Cornwall (d. 1966)

Pioneering Golfer Jim Barnes
Pioneering Golfer
Jim Barnes
  • Jun 27 Charles Macartney, Australian cricketer (Governor-General), born in West Maitland, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1958)
  • Jun 28 Joe Cox, South African cricketer (South African pace bowler in 1913-14 series v England), born in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa (d. 1971)
  • Jul 5 Nathaniel Niles, American figure skater and tennis player, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1932)
  • Jul 31 Larry Doyle, American baseball second baseman (NL MVP 1912, NL batting champion 1915; NY Giants), born in Caseyville, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • Aug 15 Bill Whitty, Australian cricketer (left-arm bowler 1909-12), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1974)
  • Sep 25 May Sutton, American tennis player (first American woman to win Wimbledon singles title 1905), born in Plymouth, England (d. 1975)
  • Oct 9 Rube Marquard, American baseball player, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1980)
  • Oct 23 Lena Blackburne, American baseball infielder, manager, coach (Chicago WS; discovered rubbing clay to take the shine off baseballs), born in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania (d. 1968)
  • Nov 7 Aron Nimzowitsch, Latvian chess player (openings theorist), born in Riga, Russian Empire (d. 1935)
  • Nov 25 Percy Holmes, English cricketer (Engl, 555 partners with Sutcliffe for Yorks), born in Oakes, Huddersfield, Yorkshire (d. 1971)
  • Dec 1 Jack Crawford, English cricket all-rounder (12 Tests; Surrey, South Aust, Otago), born in Cane Hill, Surrey, England (d. 1963)
  • Dec 2 Earl Cooper, American auto racer (AAA National Championship 1913, 15, 17; Indianapolis 500 1924 runner-up), born in Broken Bow, Nebraska (d. 1965)
  • Dec 10 William Booth, England Test cricket batsman (WWI 2 Tests), born in Pudsey, England (d. 1916)

Person of interestTy Cobb

Dec 18 Ty Cobb, American baseball great (Detroit Tigers) who set 90 MLB records during his career, born in Narrows, Georgia (d. 1961)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Dec 20 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1909-11, 19), born in Healdsburg, California (d. 1974)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 3 Mary Ewing Outerbridge, American citizen credited with importing tennis to the US from Bermuda (1874), dies of illness at 34
  • Nov 8 Frederick J "Fred" Archer, English jockey, commits suicide at 29