On This Day

1896 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 6 1st US women's 6-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden
  • Jan 18 First college basketball game with 5 players on each side is conducted by the University of Iowa; invites student athletes from University of Chicago for an experimental game; Chicago beats Iowa 15-12
  • Feb 14 Stanley Cup, Victoria Skating Rink, Montreal, Quebec: Winnipeg Victorias beat Montreal Victorias, 2-0
  • Mar 2 Best 9-wicket haul in cricket history; George Lohmann takes 9-28 as England beats South Africa by an innings and 197 runs in 2nd Test at Johannesburg
  • Mar 22 Charilaos Vasilakos of Greece wins 1st modern marathon in 3:18 at the Panhellenic Games
  • Mar 27 58th Grand National: Former owner David Campbell wins aboard 40/1 outsider The Soarer
  • Apr 6 I Summer Olympic Games open in Athens, Greece; American athlete James Connolly Olympic becomes first modern Olympic champion when he wins the triple jump (then 2 hops and a jump); later 3rd in the long jump, 2nd in the high jump
  • Apr 7 American athlete Robert Garrett wins the throwing double at the Athens Olympics by taking out the shot putt (11.22m); wins the discus the previous day

OlympicsOlympic Gold

Apr 7 Australian Teddy Flack, wins Gold in the first Olympic 1500 meters final at Olympics in Athens. Goes on to win 800 meters two days later.

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • Apr 9 Australian athlete edwin flack claims the middle distance double at the Athens Olympics winning the 800m final in 2:11.0; his 2nd victory of the Games after success in the 1,500m
  • Apr 9 Greek shooter Pantelis Karasevdas scores a perfect 40 hits to win the military rifle event at the Athens Olympics; Greek 1-2-3 with Pavlos Pavlidis and Nicolaos Trikupis taking out the minor placings
  • Apr 10 Spyridon Louis of Greece wins inaugural Olympic marathon (2:58:50) in Athens; runs last lap accompanied by Constantine I
  • Apr 10 High jumper Ellery Clark leads an American sweep of the placings with a leap of 1.81m at the Athens Olympics; his 2nd victory of the Games after taking out the long jump
  • Apr 10 American athlete Thomas Burke claims the sprint double at the Athens Olympics winning the 100m final in 12.0s; his 2nd victory of the Games after success in the 400m
  • Apr 11 Hungarian swimmer Alfréd Hajós beats Otto Herschmann of Austria by 0.6s to win the inaugural Olympic 100m freestyle final in 1:22.2 at the Athens Games; also takes out the 1,200m on the same day
  • Apr 11 Irish tennis player John Boland, representing Great Britain wins both the men's singles and doubles finals at the Athens Olympics; Dionysios Kasdaglis of Greece loses both matches

  • Apr 12 Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens)
  • Apr 15 I Summer Olympic Games close in Athens, Greece; USA wins gold medal count, 11; Greece wins total medal count, 46; IOC has retroactively assigned gold, silver & bronze medals to 3 best placed athletes in each event
  • 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 of Jersey wins first of 6 Open titles by 4 strokes in a 36-hole playoff with defending champion J.H. Taylor
  • Jun 20 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia CC: Elisabeth Moore beats defending champion 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 US Open Men's Golf, Shinnecock Hills: American-based Scot James Foulis wins by 3 strokes ahead of Englishman Horace Rawlins
  • 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
  • Jul 20 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Harold Mahony beats 3-time champion Wilfred Baddeley 6-2, 6-8, 5-7, 8-6, 6-3

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 21 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Defending champion Charlotte Cooper beats Alice Simpson Pickering 6-2, 6-3

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Aug 12 Willem II soccer team forms in Tilburg
  • Aug 26 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Robert Wrenn beats Fred Hovey 7-5, 3-6, 6-0, 1-6, 6-1 for his third US singles title
  • Sep 7 A. H. Whiting wins the 1st automobile race held on a closed-circuit track in Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Dec 30 Stanley Cup, Granite Rink, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Ernie McLea scores a hat-trick as Montreal Victorias beat Winnipeg Victorias, 6-5; first SC Challenge game played outside of Montreal

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 11 Paddy Driscoll, NFL quarterback and coach (Chic Cardinals, Bears)
  • Jan 29 Teddy Hoad, West Indies cricket batsman, captain (4 Tests), born in Richmond, Saint Michael, Barbados (d. 1986)
  • Feb 22 Edvin Wide, Swedish 10K runner (Olympic silver 1924)
  • Mar 4 Rhys Gemmell, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ships singles & doubles 1921), born in Melbourne, Victoria (d. 1972)
  • Mar 26 Rudolf Dassler, German founder of sportswear company Puma, born in Herzogenaurach, Germany (d. 1974)
  • 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, American baseball National League president, born in Tiskilwa, Illinois (d. 1979)
  • 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), born in Waxahachie, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 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, American NFL center (Chicago Bears), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1971)
  • 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 2 Nat Thompson, Australian cricket batsman (2 Tests, 1st batsman dismissed in first Test match 1877), dies at 57
  • 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