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Events in Sport

  • Mar 20 53rd Grand National: Mr Harry Beasley IRE aboard Come Away wins
  • Mar 28 1st world weightlifting championship won by Edward Lawrence in London, England

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 1 Legendary pitcher Cy Young wins first game played at Cleveland's League Park; Cleveland Spiders 12, Cincinnati Redlegs 3

MLB Pitcher Cy Young
MLB Pitcher
Cy Young
  • May 13 17th Kentucky Derby: Isaac Murphy aboard Kingman wins in 2:52.25
  • May 21 Boxers Peter Jackson & Jim Corbett fight to a draw in 61 rounds
  • Jun 10 25th Belmont: Ed Garrison riding Foxford wins in 2:08.75
  • Jun 27 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Mabel Cahill beats Ellen Roosevelt 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
  • Jul 9 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley 6-2, 6-1 in a repeat matchup and result of the 2 previous finals
  • Jul 9 15th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Wilfred Baddeley beats Joshua Pim (6-4 1-6 7-5 6-0)
  • Aug 31 11th U.S. Men's National Championship: Oliver Campbell beats Clarence Hobart (2-6, 7-5, 7-9, 6-1, 6-2)
  • Oct 7 British Open Golf, St Andrews: Hugh Kirkaldy wins by 2 strokes from brother Andrew Kirkaldy and Willie Fernie; last Open contested in a single day over 36 holes
  • Dec 19 Canadian Rugby Union forms

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Dec 21 1st game of basketball, based on rules created by James Naismith, played by 18 students in Springfield, Massachusetts

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 6 Ted McDonald, cricketer (great Australian quick of 20's)
  • Jan 15 Ray Chapman, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and only MLB player to die from an injury received during a MLB game, born in Beaver Dam, Kentucky (d. 1920)
  • Jan 21 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese runner
  • Jan 23 Jüri Lossmann, Estonian marathon runner (silver medal 1920 Olympics), born in Kabala, Estonia (d. 1984)
  • Jan 28 Bill Doak, American baseball player (d. 1954)
  • Jan 29 R Norris Williams, American tennis champ (US Open-1914) and survivor of the RMS Titanic sinking (d. 1968)
  • Feb 2 Frank Foyston, NHL Hall of Famer (Seattle)
  • Feb 4 Yuri Losmann, Estonia, marathon runner (Olympic-silver 1920)

Person of interestElizabeth Ryan

Feb 5 Elizabeth Ryan, American doubles tennis champion (6 time Wimbledon champion), born in Anaheim, California (d. 1979)

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Feb 11 J W Hearne, cricket leg-spinner (all-rounder for England in 24 Tests), (d. 1965)
  • Feb 12 Cecil Dixon, South African cricket off-spinner (1 Test for South Africa, 3-118, pair), born in Potchefstroom, Transvaal (d. 1969)
  • Feb 19 J C "Farmer" White, cricketer (Somerset slow lefty 1909-37)
  • Feb 23 Harold Horder, Australian Rugby League player (d. 1978)
  • Mar 4 Dazzy Vance, hall of fame pitcher (led NL in strike-outs 7-yrs)
  • May 8 Chet "Red" Hoff, pitcher (NY Yankees 1911-15), lived to 103+
  • Jul 28 Ron Oxenham, cricketer (Australian all-rounder 1928-32)
  • Aug 12 John McDermott, American golfer (US Open 1911, 12), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1971)
  • Sep 26 Alfred Lane, American sharp shooter (Olympic gold 1912, 20), born in New York (d. 1965)
  • Oct 2 H. V. Porter, American basketball pioneer who created fan-shaped backboard, born in Manito, Illinois (d. 1975)
  • Nov 5 Bert McGirr, cricketer (played in NZ's 1st Test series)
  • Nov 5 Earle "Greasy" Neale, NFL coach (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Nov 11 Rabbit Maranville, American baseball player (d. 1954)
  • Nov 20 Leon Cadore, pitcher (pitched all of 26 inning game)

Person of interestCy Denneny

Dec 23 Cy Denneny, Canadian ice hockey hall of famer (Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins), born in Farran's Point, Ontario (d. 1970)

NHL Star Cy Denneny
NHL Star
Cy Denneny
  • Dec 25 Clarrie Grimmett, cricketer (in Dunedin Great Australian leg-spinner)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 4 Joe Hunter, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (England on 1884-85 Aust tour), dies at 35
  • Mar 28 Dick Pilling, cricketer ("Prince of Wicketkeepers", Eng 1881-88), dies
  • Jun 23 George Parr, cricketer (Nottinghamshire & All-England), dies
  • Aug 14 Johnny Mullagh [Unaarrimin], Australian cricketer (Aboriginal tourist 1868), dies at 50
  • Aug 29 Pierre Lallement, inventor of the bicycle (b. 1843 or 1844)