1889 in Sport

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Events in Sport

  • Mar 25 1st Test Cricket match played at Newlands, Cape Town v England
  • Mar 29 51st Grand National: Mr Tommy Beasley IRE aboard Frigate IRE wins
  • May 9 15th Kentucky Derby: Thomas Kiley aboard Spokane wins in 2:34.50
  • May 10 17th Preakness: W Anderson aboard Buddhist wins in 2:17.5
  • Jun 13 23rd Belmont: W Hayward aboard Eric wins in 2:47.25
  • Jun 15 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Bertha Townsend beats Lida Voorhees 7-5, 6-2
  • Jun 22 Louisville Colonels set ML baseball record with 26th consecutive loss
  • Jul 13 6th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley beats Lena Rice (4-6 8-6 6-4)
  • Jul 13 13th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats E Renshaw (6-4 6-1 3-6 6-0)
  • Aug 29 1st American International professional lawn tennis contest (Newport, Rhode Island)
  • Sep 3 US Men's National Tennis Championship, Newport R.I.: Henry Slocum defends his title beating Quincy Shaw 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
  • Oct 1 Dutch soccer club HFC Haarlem is founded; National champions 1946; bankrupt in 2010; merge with HFC Kennemerland, new club Haarlem Kennemerland
  • Oct 18 1st all NYC World Series NY Giants (NL) play Bkln (AA)
  • Oct 24 Softball rules adopted by Mid Winter Indoor Baseball League
  • Oct 29 NY Giants (NL) beat Bkln (AA) in world series 6 games to 3
  • Nov 4 Players League begins, declaring independence from baseball's NL
  • Nov 11 British Open Golf, Musselburgh Links: Willie Park Jr wins his second Open title; beats Andrew Kirkaldy by 5 in 36-hole playoff
  • Dec 24 Daniel Stover & William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 21 Bert Collins, cricketer (Aussie batsman in the post WW I years)
  • Jan 22 Henri PĂ©lissier, French cyclist (1923 Tour de France), born in Paris, France (d. 1935)
  • Jan 31 F R Foster, cricketer (330 runs & 45 wickets for England)
  • Feb 5 Elias Henry "Patsy" Hendren, cricketer (prolific England bat of 20's)
  • Feb 5 Ernest Tyldesley, English cricketer (1st Lancastrian to score a hundred 100's), born in Worsley, Lancashire, England (d. 1962)
  • Mar 16 Reggie Walker, South African athlete (d. 1951)
  • Mar 24 Albert Hill, British athlete (d. 1969)
  • Apr 14 Efim D Bogoljubov, Russian chess player
  • Apr 18 John Kilbane, American featherweight boxing champ (world title held 1912-23), born in Cleveland, Ohio (. 1957)
  • Apr 25 Charles Kelleway, Australian cricketer (great all-rounder of 1920's), born in Lismore, New South Wales (d. 1944)
  • May 5 Herbie Taylor, cricketer (prolific South African pre- & post-WWI)
  • Jun 21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1972)
  • Jun 29 Willie MacFarlane, Scottish professional golfer, born in Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1961)
  • Aug 8 Jack Ryder, Australian cricket all-rounder (20 Tests, 1,394 runs @ 51.62), born in Collingwood, Victoria (d. 1977)
  • Aug 10 Irene Steer, England, 4 X 100m relay swimmers (Olympic gold 1912)
  • Aug 31 A Provost Idell, father of modern volleyball
  • Aug 31 Bombardier Billy Wells [William Thomas Wells], English heavyweight boxer (Lionsdale Belt, 1911), born in London, England (d. 1967)
  • Sep 20 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1975)
  • Sep 22 Hooks Dauss, American baseball player (d. 1963)
  • Sep 28 Jack Fournier, American baseball player (d. 1973)
  • Oct 4 John B. Kelly, Olympic champion rower and father of Grace Kelly, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1960)
  • Oct 25 Smoky Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1985)
  • Nov 7 Lionel Tennyson, 3rd Baron Tennyson and cricketer (England batsman & captain), born in Westminster, London (d. 1951)
  • Nov 23 Harry Sunderland, Australian rugby league identity (d. 1964)
  • Dec 9 John P "Hannes" Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 12 Andrew Greenwood, English cricketer (batted in England's 1st 2 Tests 1877), dies at 41
  • Apr 8 Henry Jupp, cricketer (scored 63 on Test debut for Engl in 1877), dies
  • Jul 30 Charles Absolom, cricketer (Test for Eng), dies in an accident