December 1888 in Sports History

Events in Sport

Boxing Title Fight

Dec 22 Heavyweight boxing champ John L. Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain

  • Dec 25 First indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia; 2,000 watch the Uptowners beat the Downtowners, 6-1

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 3 Algernon Kingscote, English tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1919), born in Bangalore, India (d. 1964)
  • Dec 20 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure, born in Watertown, Wisconsin (d. 1958)