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April 1887 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 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 manager (New York Yankees), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1978)