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Year 1889 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 25 1st Test Cricket match played at Newlands, Cape Town v England
  • Mar 29 51st Grand National: Jockey Tommy Beasley wins his third GN aboard Irish 2-time runner-up Frigate at 8/1
  • 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 4 Boston Beaneaters MLB pitcher John Clarkson is first to throw an "immaculate inning" (strikes out 3 batters on 9 pitches) in a 4-2 win over Philadelphia Quakers at South End Grounds
  • Jun 13 23rd Belmont: W Hayward aboard Eric wins in 2:47.25
  • Jun 15 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Defending champion Bertha Townsend beats Lida Voorhees 7-5, 6-2
  • Jun 22 Louisville Colonels set ML baseball record with 26th consecutive loss
  • Jul 6 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats Lena Rice 4-6, 8-6, 6-4
  • Jul 8 John L. Sullivan successfully defends last officially sanctioned, bare-knuckle world heavyweight prizefighting championship; Jake Kilrain's trainer throws in towel after 75 x 1-minute rounds near Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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Sports Stars Born in 1889

  • Jan 22 Henri PĂ©lissier, French cyclist (Tour de France 1923), born in Paris, France (d. 1935)
  • Jan 31 F R Foster, cricketer (330 runs & 45 wickets for England)
  • Feb 5 Ernest Tyldesley, English cricket batsman (14 Tests, 3 x 100, 6 x 50, HS 138; Lancashire CCC), born in Worsley, England (d. 1962)
  • Feb 5 E H (Patsy) Hendren, English cricket batsman (51 Tests, 7 x 100s, HS 205no; 57,611 1st-class runs, 3rd-best ever; Middlesex CCC), born in Turnham Green, England (d. 1962)
  • Mar 16 Reggie Walker, South African athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1908), born in Durban, South Africa (d. 1951)

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Sports Stars Who Died in 1889

  • Feb 12 Andrew Greenwood, English cricket batsman (2 Tests, HS 49; Yorkshire CCC), dies from tuberculosis at 41
  • Apr 8 Harry Jupp, English cricketer (scored 63 on Test debut for England in 1877), dies at 47
  • Jul 30 Charles Absolom, cricketer (Test for Eng), dies in an accident