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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)

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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, Australia, swimmer (Olympic-1920)
  • Mar 15 Jackson Scholz, American runner (d. 1986)
  • Apr 10 Ross Youngs, American baseball player (d. 1927)
  • Apr 26 Eddie Eagan, American boxer (Olympic gold 1920) and bobsledder (Olympic gold 1932), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)
  • May 7 Kitty McKane, England, tennis (Olympic gold/2 silver/2 bronze-1920, 24)
  • 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 bat)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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