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Year 1893 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 11 Jaap Eden skates world record 1500m (2:35)
  • Feb 7 Vanderbilt University claims it participated in the first organised intercollegiate basketball game at the Nashville YMCA Gymnasium; Vanderbilt beats YMCA, 9-3
  • Feb 22 1st Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 32-22 in Birmingham
  • Mar 17 Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup (Stanley Cup): Montreal Hockey Club claim inaugural trophy after finishing top of final Amateur Hockey Association of Canada standings with a 7–1–0 record
  • Mar 24 55th Grand National: Bill Dollery aboard 9/2 favourite Cloister wins by a massive 40 lengths from Aesop; owner Charles Duff fields 2 more winners 1912-13
  • May 4 Cowboy Bill Pickett invents bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground
  • May 10 19th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Kunze aboard Lookout wins in 2:39.25
  • May 11 Henri Desgrange establishes world's 1st bicycle world record, travelling 35.325 km (21.95 miles) an hour
  • Jun 10 27th Belmont: Willie Simms aboard Commanche wins in 1:53.25
  • Jun 23 US National Championship Women's Tennis: Aline Terry wins her lone major title; beats Augusta Schultz 6-1, 6-3
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Sports Stars Born in 1893

  • Jan 1 Barney Stanley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame forward (Stanley Cup 1915, Vancouver Millionaires; coach Chicago Black Hawks 1927-28), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 1971)
  • Jan 20 Georg Åberg, Swedish athlete (Olympic silver triple jump; bronze long jump 1912), born in Norrköping, Sweden (d. 1946)
  • Feb 10 Bill Tilden, American tennis player (US Open 1920-25, 29; Wimbledon 1920-21, 30; French 1927, 30), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1953)
  • Feb 17 Wally Pipp, American baseball first baseman (World Series 1923; AL HR leader 1916, 17; NY Yankees), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1965)
  • Mar 18 Costante Girardengo, Italian cyclist, born in Novi Ligure, Italy (d. 1978)

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Sports Stars Who Died in 1893

  • Jan 26 Abner Doubleday, American Union Army General-Major, and inventor (San Francisco cable cars), dies at 73
  • Jul 9 William Scotton, English cricketer (wicket in 15 Tests for Eng), commits suicide at 37
  • Jul 20 Tom Kelly, Australian cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1877-79, 64 runs), dies at 49
  • Jul 20 Thomas Kelly, Australian cricket batsman (2 Tests, HS 35; Victoria CA), dies at 49
  • Oct 10 Lip Pike, American baseball player, dies at 48