1894 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 25 James J Corbett KOs Charley Mitchell in 3 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Jan 27 1st college basketball game, University of Chicago beats Chicago YMCA 19-11
  • Feb 3 1st US steel sailing vessel, Dirigo, launched at Bath, Maine
  • Mar 13 J L Johnstone of England invents horse racing starting gate
  • Mar 22 Stanley Cup: Montreal Hockey Club defeats Ottawa Generals, 3-1 to win 1st ever Stanley Cup competition
  • Mar 30 56th Grand National: Arthur Nightingall aboard Why Not wins
  • Apr 24 French cyclist Henri Desgrange rides 100km in world record 2:39:18
  • Apr 24 Phillies Lave Cross hits for cycle vs Bkln Dodgers
  • May 15 20th Kentucky Derby: Frank Goodale aboard Chant wins in 2:41
  • May 16 Fire in Boston destroys baseball stadium & 170 other buildings
  • May 17 19th Preakness: Fred Taral aboard Assignee wins in 1:49.25
  • May 26 Emanuel Lasker (26) becomes World Champion chess player
  • May 30 Bobby Lowe is 1st to hit 4 HRs in 1 baseball game
  • Jun 12 34th British Golf Open: J.H. Taylor shoots a 326 at Royal St. George's Golf Club
  • Jun 15 Phillies beat Cincinnati Reds, 21-8
  • Jun 16 8th U.S. Women's National Championship: Helen Hellwig beats Aline Terry (7-5, 3-6, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3)
  • Jun 19 28th Belmont: Willie Simms aboard Henry of Navarre wins in 1:56.5
  • Jun 23 The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin
  • Jun 24 Decision to hold modern Olympics every 4 years
  • Jun 27 American Annie Londonderry [Annie Kopchovsky] sets out to become first woman to bicycle around the world (completes her journey September 1895)
  • Jul 18 11th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley beats E Austin (6-1 6-1)
  • Jul 18 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Joshua Pim retains his title beating Wilfred Baddeley 10-8, 6-2, 8-6
  • Aug 27 14th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Wrenn beats Manliff Goodbody (6-8, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4)
  • Aug 31 Phillies Billy Hamilton steals 7 bases
  • Sep 4 Soccer team Veendam 1894 forms
  • Nov 29 3rd Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 18-0 in Montgomery
  • Dec 14 Day One 1st Test Cricket Aus v Eng Aust 5-346 (Giffen 161, Gregory 85)
  • Dec 14 Test Cricket debut of Joe Darling, Ernie Jones, Archie MacLaren
  • Dec 15 Day 2 of first cricket test between Australia and England, Australia 586 runs (Gregory 201) England 3-130
  • Dec 17 Cricket day 3 1T Australia v Engand; England 325 all out, 261 behind on 1st innings
  • Dec 18 Cricket day 4, 1st test Australia v England, England following on 4-268, 7 in front
  • 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 (NYC)
  • Dec 24 Soccer team Achilles '94 forms in Axes

Birthdays in Sport

  • 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 19 Herb Pennock, hall of fame pitcher (Yankees, 243 career wins)
  • May 11 Florimond Cornellie, Belgian sailor (Olympic gold 1920)
  • Jul 4 Henry Carlson, basketball coach (originated figure 8 play)
  • Jul 31 Fred Keenor, Welsh footballer, born in Cardiff, Wales (d. 1972)
  • Aug 1 Ottavio Bottecchia, Italian cyclist (the first Italian winner of the Tour de France), born in San Martino di Colle Umberto, Italy (d. 1927)
  • Aug 3 Harry Heilmann, American baseball hall of famer outfielder (Detroit), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1951)
  • Aug 26 Sparky Adams, Baseball player (d. 1989)
  • Sep 9 Bert Oldfield, Australian cricketer (d. 1976)
  • Sep 24 Tommy Armour, Anglo-American golfer (d. 1968)
  • Oct 5 Bevil Rudd, South African athlete (d. 1948)
  • Oct 23 Rube Bressler, baseball player (d. 1966)
  • Nov 2 Bill Johnston, American tennis player (US Open 1915, 1919 Wimbledon 1923), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1946)
  • Nov 23 Ture Persson, Swedish sprinter (Olympic silver 1912)
  • Nov 24 Herbert Sutcliffe, cricketer (all-time great opening batsman for Engl)
  • Dec 19 Ford C Frick, baseball commissioner (1951-65)
  • Dec 23 Arthur Gilligan, English cricketer (England captain in 1920's)
  • Dec 28 Ed Healey, NFL tackle (Rock Island Independents, Chicago Bears)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Basketball Inventor James Naismith
Basketball Inventor
James Naismith

Deaths in Sport

  • Mar 3 Ned Williamson, American baseball player (b. 1857)
  • Mar 11 John Selby, England Test cricket batsman (6 Tests), dies of paralytic stroke at 44