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Year 1887 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 4 Thomas Stevens is 1st man to bicycle around the world (San Francisco to San Francisco)
  • Feb 14 Cubs sell Mike King Kelly to Boston for record $10,000
  • Feb 26 George Lohmann took 1st 8-wkt haul in test cricket, 8-35 at Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Mar 25 49th Grand National: Bill Daniels aboard 20/1 chance Gamecock wins by 3 lengths from Savoyard
  • Apr 10 Soccer team Be Quick forms in Hairs Groningen

World's First Motor RaceWorld's First Motor Race

Apr 20 Georges Bouton wins the world’s 1st motor race on a steam-powered quadricycle, a 'test' organised by French newspaper Le Velocipede

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Georges Bouton and Jules-Albert de Dion causing a stir and setting a record in 1887. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Georges Bouton and Jules-Albert de Dion causing a stir and setting a record in 1887. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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  • Apr 30 1st game played at Broad & Huntingdon St Park (Baker Bowl) in Philadelphia; Phillies beat Giants 19-10
  • May 11 13th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Lewis aboard Montrose wins in 2:39.25
  • May 13 15th Preakness: William Donohue aboard Dunboyne wins in 2:39.25
  • Jun 9 21st Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hanover wins in 2:43.5
  • Jun 15 NY Giants beat Philadelphia Phillies 29-1
  • Jun 28 Phillies most lopsided shut-out beating Indianapolis 24-0
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod becomes youngest ever Wimbledon champion (15 years, 285 days); defending champion beats Blanche Bingley 6-2, 6-0
  • Jul 7 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 3-time runner-up Herbert Lawford wins his only Wimbledon title beating Ernest Renshaw 1-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
  • Aug 30 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears wins 7th straight US singles title; beats Henry Slocum 6-1, 6-3, 6-2
  • Sep 16 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park Jr wins first of 2 Open titles by 1 stroke from fellow Scot Bob Martin
  • Sep 30 8th America's Cup: New York Yacht Club’s cutter Volunteer beats Scottish challenger Thistle by 11:48.75 seconds on corrected time to win series, 2-0 off Newport, RI
  • Oct 5 1st US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Ellen Hansell wins inaugural event; beats Laura Knight 6-1, 6-0
  • Oct 8 Phillies set club record 16th straight victory
  • Oct 26 "World Championship" Baseball Series, Sportsman's Park, Detroit Wolverines (NL) beat St Louis Browns (AA), 10 games to 5 in series played in bitterly cold conditions
  • Nov 5 Ottawa College (ORFU) defeats Montreal Football Club (QRFU) 10-5 to win the Dominion championship
  • Dec 2 International Baseball League disbands; teams in Syracuse, Toronto, Hamilton, and Buffalo form the International Association; those in Newark, Jersey City, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton become the Central League
  • Dec 28 John Layton Jarvis is the 1st British race horse trainer knighted

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestGeorges Vezina

Jan 21 Georges Vezina, Canadian ice hockey goalie (Vezina Trophy), born in Chicoutimi, Quebec (d. 1926)

NHL Goalie Georges Vezina
NHL Goalie
Georges Vezina
  • Jan 26 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (Tour de France 1909), born in Aulnay-sur-lton, France (d. 1915)
  • Feb 9 Henry Zimmerman, baseball player (1912-batted .372 with 14 HRs)
  • Feb 21 Savielly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, born in Rostov-on-Don, Russia,n Empire (d. 1956)
  • Feb 26 Grover Cleveland Alexander, American baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs), born in Elba, Nebraska (d. 1950)
  • Mar 9 Phil Mead, English cricketer (strong batsman for England pre- & post-WWI), born in Battersea, Surrey (d. 1958)
  • Mar 18 Frank Moran, American heavyweight boxer and film actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1967)
  • Apr 15 Mike Brady, American golfer (US Open 1911, 19 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles), born in Brighton, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • Apr 21 Joe McCarthy, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (World Series 1932, 36–39, 41, 43; New York Yankees), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)

Person of interestEddie Collins

May 2 Eddie Collins, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 17, 29, 30; AL MVP 1914; 4 x AL stolen base leader; Philadelphia A's, Chicago WS), born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • May 27 Frank Woolley, English cricketer (long-running England left-arm all-rounder), born in Tonbridge, Kent (d. 1978)

Person of interestJim Thorpe

May 28 Jim Thorpe, American all-round athlete (Olympic gold decathlon, pentathlon 1912; College & Pro Football Hall of Fame), born in Indian Territory, Oklahoma (d. 1953)

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • Jun 4 Tom Longboat, Canadian athlete (Boston Marathon 1907 record time 2:24:24), born in Six Nations Reserve Brantford, Ontario (d. 1949)
  • Jul 6 Annette Kellermann, Australian swimmer, silent-film actress (A Daughter of the Gods; Venus Of The South Seas), and author, born in Marrickville, New South Wales, New South Wales
  • Jul 16 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American baseball outfielder (Black Sox Scandal; World Series 1917, Chicago WS), born in Pickens County, South Carolina (d. 1951)
  • Jul 29 Tim Mara, American founder and administrator (NFL NY Giants), born in New York (d. 1959)
  • Aug 2 Tommy Ward, South African cricket wicket-keeper (23 Tests), born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan (d. 1936)
  • Aug 6 Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver, born in Edmonton, London (d. 1957)
  • Aug 24 Harry Hooper, American baseball player, born in Bell Station, California (d. 1974)
  • Sep 14 Stanley Ketchel [The Michigan Assassin], Polish-American heavyweight boxing champion (1908-10), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 1910)
  • Sep 23 Alfieri Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (established Maserati Racing), born in Voghera, Italy (d. 1932)
  • Sep 28 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 6 George Brown, English cricket wicketkeeper/batsman (7 Tests; Hampshire), born in Cowley, Oxford, England (d. 1964)
  • Oct 7 A C "Jack" Russell, cricketer (prolific England batsman post-WWI)
  • Oct 11 William Hoppe, American carom billiards player (51 world titles 1906-52), born in Cornwall on Hudson, New York (d. 1959)
  • Oct 24 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (Tour de France 1910), born in Paris, France (d. 1917)
  • Oct 31 Newsy Lalonde, Canadian ice hockey (Montreal Canadiens) and lacrosse player, born in Cornwall, Ontario (d. 1970)
  • Oct 31 William Whysall, British cricketer (4 Tests for England 1924-30) (d. 1930)
  • Nov 3 Nat Fleischer, American boxing writer (established Ring Magazine), born in New York City, NY (d. 1972)

Person of interestWalter Johnson

Nov 6 Walter Johnson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (3x Triple Crown of Pitching; World Series, 1924; AL MVP, 1913, 1924; Washington Senators), born in Humboldt, Kansas (d. 1946)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • Dec 12 Nigel Haig, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests; 1,000 runs and 100 wickets 1921, 27, 29 Middlesex), born in London, England (d. 1966)
  • Dec 21 Cy Williams, American MLB outfielder (4-time NL HR leader; Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies), born in Wadena, Indiana (d. 1974)

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Nov 2 Baseball legend Connie Mack (24) weds Margaret Hogan

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack