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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 SCG
  • Mar 25 49th Grand National: Bill Daniels aboard Gamecock wins
  • Apr 10 Soccer team Be Quick forms in Hairs Groningen
  • 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 4th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley (6-2 6-0)
  • Jul 7 11th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Herbert Lawford beats E Renshaw (1-6 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-4)
  • Aug 21 Mighty (Dan) Casey struck-out in a game with NY Giants
  • Aug 30 7th U.S. Men's National Championship: Richard Sears beats Henry Slocum (6-1, 6-3, 6-2)
  • Sep 16 27th British Golf Open: Willie Park, Jr. shoots a 161 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Sep 30 Volunteer (US) beats Thistle (Scotland) in 8th America's Cup
  • Oct 5 1st U.S. Women's National Championship: Ellen Hansell beats Laura Knight (6-1, 6-0)
  • Oct 8 Phillies set club record 16th straight victory
  • Oct 26 Detroit (NL) beats St Louis (AA) 10 games to 5 in World Series
  • Dec 28 Sir John Layton Jarvis, 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 Fran├žois Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (d. 1915)
  • Feb 9 Henry Zimmerman, baseball player (1912-batted .372 with 14 HRs)
  • Feb 26 Grover Cleveland Alexander, HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)
  • 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 21 Joe McCarthy, American baseball manager (d. 1978)

Person of interestEddie Collins

May 2 Eddie Collins, Hall of Fame baseball infielder (White Sox, A's) and manager, born in Millerton, New York (d. 1951)

Baseball Legend Eddie Collins
Baseball Legend
Eddie Collins
  • May 27 Frank Woolley, cricketer (long-running England left-arm all-rounder)
  • Jun 4 Tom Longboat, marathon runner (d. 1949)
  • Jul 16 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American professional baseball player (Black Sox Scandal), born in Pickens County, South Carolina (d. 1951)
  • Jul 30 Timothy Mara, NFL owner (NY Giants)
  • Aug 2 Tommy Ward, Former South African cricketer (d. 1936)
  • Aug 6 Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver (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 25 May Sutton Bundy, Tennis champion and 1st American woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon in 1905, born in Plymouth, England (d. 1975)
  • Sep 28 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Oct 6 George Brown, cricketer (legendary England batsman/keeper of 20's)
  • Oct 7 A C "Jack" Russell, cricketer (prolific England batsman post-WWI)
  • Oct 24 Octave Lapize, French cyclist (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)

Person of interestWalter Johnson

Nov 6 Walter Johnson, American MLB pitcher (Washington Senator: 1907-27), born in Humboldt, Kansas (d. 1946)

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack