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Events in Sport

  • Jan 6 1st US women's 6-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden
  • Feb 14 Stanley Cup: Winnipeg Victorias beat Montreal Victorias, 2-0
  • Mar 10 Charilaos Vasilakos of Greece wins 1st modern marathon in 3:18 [OS]
  • Mar 10 After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world Heavyweight championship he says, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall"
  • Mar 22 Charilaos Vasilakos wins 1st marathon (3:18)
  • Mar 25 Modern Olympics began in Athens, Greece [NS=Apr 6]
  • Mar 27 58th Grand National: Mr David Campbell aboard The Soarer wins
  • Apr 6 1st modern Olympic games open in Athens, Greece. America's James Connolly wins 1st Olympic gold in modern history, is awarded a silver medal and an olive branch [3/25 OS]
  • Apr 10 Spiridon Louis wins 1st Olympic marathon (2:58:50)
  • Apr 12 Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens)
  • Apr 15 First modern Olympic games close in Athens, Greece
  • May 6 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75
  • May 8 Yorkshire Cricket all out for 887 against Warwickshire
  • May 26 1st American intercollegiate bicycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY
  • May 30 1st car accident occurs, Henry Wells hits a cyclist in NYC
  • Jun 2 30th Belmont: Henry Griffin aboard Hastings wins in 2:24.5
  • Jun 6 21st Preakness: Henry Griffin aboard Margrave wins in 1:51
  • Jun 12 J.T. Hearne sets a cricket record for the earliest date of taking 100 first-class wickets in a season.
  • Jun 13 British Open Golf, Muirfield: Harry Vardon wins 1st of 6 Open titles, in a playoff with J.H. Taylor
  • Jun 20 10th U.S. Women's National Championship: Elisabeth Moore beats Juliette Atkinson (6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2)
  • Jul 13 Ed Delahanty becomes 2nd major leaguer to hit 4 HRs in a game as Phillies lose 9-8 to Chicago Colts
  • Jul 18 2nd US Golf Open: James Foulis shoots a 152 at Shinnecock Hills NY
  • Jul 18 George Giffen is 1st to complete 1000/100 double, in 30th Test Cricket
  • Jul 18 Ranjitsinhji completes 154* on Test Cricket debut v Aust, Old Trafford

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Jul 21 13th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Charlotte Cooper beats A Pickering (6-2 6-3)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Jul 21 20th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Harold Mahony beats W Baddeley (6-2 6-8 5-7 8-6 6-3)
  • Aug 12 Willem II soccer team forms in Tilburg
  • Aug 26 16th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Wrenn beats Fred Hovey (7-5, 3-6, 6-0, 1-6, 6-1)
  • Sep 7 A H Whiting wins 1st automobile race held on a closed-circuit track in Cranston, RI
  • Dec 10 1st intercollegiate basketball game (Wesleyan beats Yale 4-3)
  • Dec 30 Stanley Cup: Montreal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-5

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 11 Paddy Driscoll, NFL quarterback and coach (Chic Cardinals, Bears)
  • Jan 29 Teddy Hoad, cricketer (pioneering West Indian Test batsman)
  • Feb 22 Edvin Wide, Swedish 10K runner (Olympic silver 1924)
  • Apr 7 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25)
  • Apr 27 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman, manager (7-time NL batting champion), born in Winters, Texas (d. 1963)
  • May 13 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, Dutch equestrian (Olympic gold 1928, 32)
  • May 28 Warren Giles, baseball's National League president
  • Jun 18 Cota Ramaswami, cricketer (Davis Cup for India 1922, Test 1936)
  • Jun 29 Alfred [Harold] Gilligan, English cricketer (English Captain 1929-30), born in Shamley Green, England (d. 1978)
  • Jul 26 Henry Birkin, British racing driver (Bentley Boys), born in Nottingham (d. 1933)
  • Sep 13 Morris Kirksey, American 4 X 100m (Olympic gold 1920)
  • Sep 16 Andre Cheron, French chess/bridge theorist
  • Sep 22 Henry Segrave, British racing driver (d. 1930)
  • Oct 7 Cyril Allcott, cricketer (NZ all-rounder in their early Tests)
  • Oct 19 Bob O'Farrell, American baseball player (d. 1988)
  • Oct 20 Nat Holman, basketball coach (CCNY)
  • Nov 8 Bucky Harris, baseball manager (Phillies, Yankees)
  • Nov 10 Jimmy Dykes, American MLB infielder, manager (All Star 1933-34), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1976)
  • Dec 6 George Trafton, NFL center (Chicago Bears)
  • Dec 27 Arch Ward, sportswriter (proposed baseball's all-star game)

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 12 Isaac Murphy, American jockey, 628 wins on 1,412 mounts (44.5%), dies at 35
  • Sep 2 Nat Thomson, Australian cricketer (b. 1839)
  • Sep 24 Percy McDonnell, Australian cricketer (19 Tests 1880-88, 3 centuries), dies a 35
  • Dec 31 Leland Hone, Irish cricketer (scored 7 & 6 in only England Test 1879), dies