March 1897 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Mar 9 Cleveland Indians fans start calling the team "Indians" (in 1915 becomes official)
  • Mar 9 MLB Cleveland Spiders sign Louis Sockalexis, full-blooded Penobscot
  • 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
  • Mar 26 59th Grand National: Terry Kavanagh aboard 6/1 favourite Manifesto wins by 20 lengths from Filbert

Birthdays in Sport

  • Mar 4 Lefty O'Doul, American Baseball HOF left fielder (MLB All-Star, World Series 1933; NL batting champion 1929, 32 NY Yankees), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1969)
  • Mar 11 Dick Tyldesley, English cricket spin bowler (7 Tests, 19 wickets, BB 3/50; Lancashire CCC), born in Westhoughton, England (d. 1943)
  • Mar 13 William Herald, Australian swimmer (Olympic-1920), born in Glebe, New South Wales (d. 1976)
  • Mar 15 Jackson Scholz, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m 1920, 200m 1924), born in Buchanan, Michigan (d. 1986)