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Year 1894 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 27 1st college basketball game, University of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11
  • Mar 13 J L Johnstone of England invents horse racing starting gate
  • Jun 23 The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin
  • Dec 20 England beat Australia by 10 runs in the 1st six-day Test Cricket, Australia needed 177 to win, all out at 166 on 6th day
  • Dec 22 United States Golf Association forms in New York
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Sports Stars Born in 1894

  • Jan 12 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), born in Lievin, France (d. 1975)
  • Jan 16 Guy Chamberlin, early NFL end/coach (Canton, Frankford, Cards)
  • Jan 27 Fritz Pollard, early African American NFL star (1920-26)
  • Feb 10 Herb Pennock, American Baseball HOF pitcher (6 × World Series; Philadelphia A's, Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees), born in NYC, New York (d. 1948)
  • Apr 12 Fred Barratt, English cricket fast bowler (5 Tests, 5 wickets; Nottinghamshire), born in Annesley, England (d. 1947)

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Sports Stars Married in 1894

  • Jun 20 Basketball inventor James Naismith (32) weds Maude Evelyn Sherman (23) in Springfield, Massachusetts

Sports Stars Who Died in 1894

  • Mar 3 Ned Williamson, American baseball player (Chicago White Stockings), dies at 36
  • Mar 11 John Selby, England Test cricket batsman (6 Tests), dies of paralytic stroke at 44
  • Nov 8 Michael "King" Kelly, American Baseball HOF utility (NL batting champion 1884, 86; NL runs scored 1884–86, Chicago White Sox) and manager (Boston Beaneaters, Reds; Cincinnati KK's), dies from pneumonia at 36