Year 1897 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 17 British boxer Bob Fitzsimmons KOs American champion 'Gentleman' Jim Corbett in the 14th round to win World Heavyweight title in Carson City, Nevada
  • 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
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Sports Stars Who Died in 1897

  • Feb 5 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, American HOF pitcher (won MLB record 60 games & Triple Crown 1884; no-hitter 1883; Providence Grays), dies at 42
  • Dec 24 Marshall Newell, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Harvard; All-American 1890-93) and coach (Cornell, Tufts), dies in a railroad accident at 26