On This Day

Year 1888 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 22 “Father of American Golf” John Reid first demonstrates golf on a Yonkers cow pasture to friends
  • Oct 3 New Zealand Natives, a privately organised and mainly Māori rugby team, plays first game in UK; beats Surry 4-1; first national rugby team to wear all-black & perform the 'haka'
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Sports Stars Who Died in 1888

  • Jun 20 Johannes Zukertort, German chess player, dies at 45
  • Oct 4 Tom King, English boxer (English heavyweight champion 1862-63), rower and bookmaker, dies of bronchitus at 53