On This Day

1897 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Mar 17 British boxer Bob Fitzsimmons KOs American champion Jim Corbett in the 14th round to win world heavyweight title in Carson City, Nevada
  • Mar 17 Bob Fitzsimmons KOs James J Corbett in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 26 59th Grand National: Terry Kavanagh aboard 6/1 favourite Manifesto wins by 20 lengths from Filbert
  • Apr 19 1st Boston Marathon (B.A.A. Road Race), won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10; the world's oldest annual marathon inspired by success of the first marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics
  • May 4 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12.5
  • May 8 22nd Preakness: T Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51ΒΌ
  • May 11 Washington Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers
  • May 18 American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game
  • May 20 British Open Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: English amateur Harold Hilton wins 2nd Open title by 1 stroke from Scot James Braid
  • May 29 31st Belmont: J Scherrer aboard Scottish Cheiftain wins in 2:23.25
  • Jun 19 US National Championship Women's Tennis: 1895 title holder Juliette Atkinson beats defending champion Elisabeth Moore 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 28 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: England's Blanche Bingley-Hillyard wins her 4th title beating Charlotte Cooper 5-7, 7-5, 6-2

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Jun 29 Chicago beats Louisville 36-7 (baseball)
  • Jun 30 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: R.F. Doherty beats Harold Mahony 6-4 6-4 6-3 for the first of 4 titles
  • Aug 23 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Defending champion Robert Wrenn beats Wilberforce Eaves 4-6, 8-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 for his 4th US singles title
  • Aug 27 Roger Bresnahan debuts as Washington Senator pitcher (later HOF catcher)
  • Sep 7 George Davis (Giants) HR off Sport McAllister (Spiders) in DH
  • Sep 17 US Open Men's Golf, Chicago GC: Englishman Joe Lloyd wins his only major title by 1 stroke over runner-up Willie Anderson of Scotland; last 36-hole US Open
  • Nov 1 Italian football club Juventus F.C. is founded by students in Turin as Sport-Club Juventus
  • Nov 24 Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms in Kingston
  • Dec 27 Stanley Cup, Victoria Rink, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Victorias beat Ottawa Capitals, 15-2

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 2 Jim Londos, Greek wrestler (d. 1975)
  • Feb 15 Earl H Blaik, Det, college football hall of fame coach (elected 1965)
  • Mar 4 Francis "Lefty" O'Doul, baseball player/organized Japanese baseball
  • Mar 13 William Herald, Australian swimmer (Olympic-1920), born in Glebe, New South Wales (d. 1976)
  • Mar 15 Jackson Scholz, American runner (d. 1986)
  • Apr 10 Ross Youngs, American baseball player, born in Shiner, Texas (d. 1927)

Person of interestEddie Eagan

Apr 26 Eddie Eagan, American boxer (Olympic gold 1920) and bobsledder (Olympic gold 1932), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • May 7 Kitty McKane (Godfree), English tennis player (Olympic gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze-1920, 24), born in Bayswater, England (d. 1992)
  • May 10 Dalton Parry Conyngham, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1923)
  • May 19 Jerome Travers, American golfer (US Open 1915), born in NYC, NY (d. 1951)
  • May 25 Alan Kippax, Australian cricketer (22 Tests for Australia 1924-34, brilliant batsman), born in Paddington, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1972)

Person of interestPaavo Nurmi

Jun 13 Paavo Nurmi, Finnish middle & long distance runner (9 Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), born in Turku, Finland (d. 1973)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Jun 20 Cyril "Froggy" Francois, South African cricketer (South African all-rounder v Eng 1922-23), born in Lewisham, England (d. 1944)
  • Jul 18 E. A. D. [Ernest Arthur Douglas] Eldridge, British racing driver, born in Hampstead, London (d. 1935)
  • Aug 10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic silver 1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • Aug 22 Bill Woodfull, Australian cricketer (Australian captain in the Bodyline series), born in Maldon, Australia (d. 1965)
  • Aug 27 Ad van Emmenes, Dutch soccer reporter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1989)
  • Sep 1 Andy Kennedy, Irish footballer (d. 1963)
  • Oct 11 George Preston Marshall, American businessman and NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), born in Grafton, West Virginia (d. 1969)
  • Oct 31 Pete Henry, American NFL tackle (Canton, NY Giants, Pottsville), born in Mansfield, Ohio (d. 1952)
  • Dec 16 Jacobus Petrus Duminy, cricketer (three Tests for South Africa 1927-29)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 30 John Cottam, cricket (Test for Aust 1897, no Sheffield matches), dies
  • Feb 5 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, American pitcher won 60 games in 1884, dies at 42