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Events in Sport

  • Mar 17 Bob Fitzsimmons KOs James J Corbett in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 19 Yale defeated Penn, 30-10 in 1st major college basketball game
  • Mar 20 1st known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Pennsylvania 32-10
  • Mar 26 59th Grand National: Terry Kavanagh aboard Manifesto wins
  • Apr 19 1st Boston Marathon won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10. Becomes the world's oldest annual marathon.
  • 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 37th British Golf Open: Harold Hilton shoots a 314 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
  • May 29 31st Belmont: J Scherrer aboard Scottish Cheiftain wins in 2:23.25
  • Jun 19 11th U.S. Women's National Championship: Juliette Atkinson beats Elisabeth Moore (6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3)
  • Jun 29 Chicago beats Louisville 36-7 (baseball)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 1 14th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Blanche Bingley beats Charlotte Cooper (5-7 7-5 6-2)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Jul 1 21st Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Reginald Doherty beats H Mahony (6-4 6-4 6-3)
  • Aug 23 17th U.S. Men's National Championship: Robert Wrenn beats Wilberforce Eaves (4-6, 8-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2)
  • 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 3rd US Golf Open: Joe Lloyd shoots a 162 at Chicago GC in Wheaton Ill
  • Nov 24 Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms in Kingston
  • Dec 27 Stanley Cup: 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 Kathleen McKane Godfree, English tennis champ (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 25 Alan Kippax, cricketer (22 Tests for Australia 1924-34, brilliant batsman)

Person of interestPaavo Nurmi

Jun 13 Paavo Johannes Nurmi, Finnish middle and long distance runner (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, cricketer (South African all-rounder v Eng 1922-23)
  • Jul 18 E. A. D. Eldridge, British racing driver (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
  • 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.
  • 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 Hoss Radbourn, pitcher won 60 games in 1884, dies at 42