On This Day

Year 1902 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 1st Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Michigan beats Stanford, 49-0; MVP: Neil Snow, Michigan, FB
  • Jan 4 Australian cricket spin bowler Hugh Trumble dismisses England batsmen Arthur Jones, John Gunn and Sydney Barnes in successive balls to complete 2nd Test rout by 229 runs in Melbourne; Trumble's first of 2 Test hat-tricks
  • Feb 4 Stanley Cup, Winnipeg Auditorium, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Montreal HC beats Winnipeg Victorias, 2-1 for a 2-1 challenge series victory
  • Mar 21 64th Grand National: David Read aboard 20/1 chance Shannon Lass wins by 3 lengths from Matthew
  • Apr 2 Dutch football club Maatschappelijke Voetbal Vereniging (MVV) is established in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Apr 21 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor in 2:43:12
  • May 3 28th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on Alan-a-Dale wins in 2:08.75
  • May 10 Dutch soccer club FC Blauw-Wit (Blue-White) is formed in the Kinkerbuurt area of Amsterdam; merge with VV De Beursbengels in 2015
  • May 22 36th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Mastermam wins in 2:22.6
  • May 27 27th Preakness: L Jackson aboard Old England wins in 1:45.8
  • May 31 Australia Cricket all out 36 v England, Edgbaston, their lowest ever
  • Jun 5 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Scotsman Sandy Herd wins by 1 stroke from James Braid and Harry Vardon
  • Jun 15 Minor League's most lopsided baseball game: Corsicana 51; Texarkana 3 Justin Clark of Corsicana, Texas minors hits 8 home runs in 1 game
  • Jun 27 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Newport, RI: Marion Jones wins her second US singles title; beats Elisabeth Moore 6-1, 1-0 when the defending champion is forced to retire
  • Jun 30 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty wins his first Wimbledon singles title beating defending champion Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
  • Jul 2 John McGraw becomes manager of MLB New York Giants, 30 year tenure (1902-32)

Sport awardWimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Muriel Robb wins her only major title with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of fellow Briton Charlotte Cooper

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Jul 5 All-rounder Monty Noble takes 6 for 52 as Australia wins the one and only cricket Test played at Sheffield's Bramall Lane, England
  • Jul 8 John McGraw, accused by Ban Johnson of trying to wreck Baltimore & Washington clubs, negotiates his release from the Orioles
  • Jul 16 John McGraw named manager of NY Giants
  • Jul 16 Test Cricket debut of K S Ranjitsinhji v Australia, at Old Trafford
  • Jul 17 Orioles forfeit to St Louis having only 5 players available to play they then forfeit their franchise back to the AL
  • Jul 19 NY Giants lose their 1st game under new manager John McGraw
  • Jul 23 Dutch Excelsior soccer club is established in Rotterdam (Eerste Divisie winners 1973-4, 78-79, 2005-06)
  • Jul 24 Victor Trumper scores a century for Australia before lunch 4th Test Cricket v England

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Jul 25 3 years after winning the title from English boxer Bob Fitzsimmons, American champion James J. Jeffries repeats the dose with an 8th round KO in San Francisco for the heavyweight crown

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Aug 8 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Brooklyn, NY: Malcolm Whitman beats Reginald Doherty 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 to give US a 3-2 win over the British Isles
  • Aug 27 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Defending champion William Larned beats Englishman R.F. Doherty 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 8-6
  • Sep 10 Utrecht soccer team UVV forms
  • Sep 20 Chicago White Sox pitcher Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • Oct 11 US Open Men's Golf, Garden City GC: Scotsman Laurie Auchterlonie sets new 72-hole event scoring record to win his only major title, 6 strokes ahead of Stewart Gardner and amateur Walter Travis
  • Oct 11 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket between South Africa & Australia
  • Oct 18 7th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 23-0 in Birmingham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 20 Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race

Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France Henri Desgrange
Cyclist and Founder of the Tour-de-France
Henri Desgrange
  • Nov 21 Baseball's Philadelphia Athletics & Phillies form pro football teams, joining Pitts Stars in 1st attempt at a National Football League
  • Dec 2 Dutch soccer club Be Quick - later Go Ahead, forms in Deventer; suffix 'Eagles' added in 1971

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Buster Nupen, South African cricket all-rounder (17 Tests, 50 wickets; one eye only), born near Alesund, Norway (d. 1977)
  • Jan 9 Rudolph Bing, Austrian-born opera impresario (NY Metropolitan Opera), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1997)
  • Jan 16 Eric Liddell, Scottish 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924) and Christian missionary in China, born in Tianjin, China (d. 1945)
  • Jan 22 Daniel Kinsey, American hurdler (d. 1970)
  • Feb 7 Ethelda Blebtrey, 100m swimmer (Olympic gold 1920), born in Waterford, New York
  • Feb 27 Ethelda Bleibtrey, 100m/300m US swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1920)
  • Feb 27 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (7 major titles including major slam), born in Harrison, New York (d. 1999)

Person of interestBobby Jones

Mar 17 Bobby Jones Jr., American golfer, course designer (13 major titles, Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1971)

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • Apr 8 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (big hitting Somerset & England batsman)
  • Apr 13 Philippe de Rothschild, French race-car driver and manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), born in Paris, France (d. 1988)
  • Apr 14 Sylvio Mantha, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1974)
  • Apr 14 Ken Loeffler, American College and Basketball Hall of Fame coach (National Invitation Tournament 1952; NCAA Basketball Tournament 1954, La Salle Explorers), born in Rumson, New Jersey (d. 1975)
  • May 8 Milford "Curly" Page, cricketer (NZ bat early 1930's, All Black half)
  • May 21 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), born in Snohomish, Washington (d. 1983)
  • May 22 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1956)
  • Jun 4 Richard Allen, Indian field hockey goal tender (Olympic gold 1928), born in Nagpur, India (d. 1969)
  • Jun 17 Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner v WI 1930-31), born in Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia (d. 1982)
  • Jun 28 Pierre Brunet, French figure skater pair (Olympic gold 1928, 32), born in Paris (d. 1991)
  • Jul 3 Jack Newman, New Zealand cricket lefty pace bowler (1932-33, later knighted), born in Brightwater, Nelson (d. 1996)
  • Jul 7 Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, American baseball player (d. 2005)
  • Jul 17 Arnold Pihlak, Estonian soccer forward (44 caps; FK Austria Wien), born in Tallinn, Estonia (d. 1985)
  • Jul 28 Vibart Wight, West Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; v/c WI first touring team v England 1928), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 1969)
  • Jul 31 Sir G O "Gubby" Allen, English cricket all-rounder (25 Tests; refused to bowl 'Bodyline' tactics 1932), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1989)
  • Aug 4 Wild Bill Hallahan, American baseball player, born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1981)
  • Aug 11 Alfredo Binda, Italian road cyclist (first to win Giro d'Italia x 5; World Road Race C'ship 1927, 30, 32), born in Cittiglio, Italy (d. 1986)
  • Sep 4 Thomas "Tommy" Mitchell, English cricketer (5 tests for England), born in Cresswell, Derbyshire, England (d. 1996)
  • Sep 19 Jimmy [James Henry] Van Alen, American tennis official who created Simplified Scoring System for tennis, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1991)
  • Sep 21 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), born in Elimäki, Finland (d. 1986)

Person of interestHowie Morenz

Sep 21 Howie Morenz, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Montreal Canadiens, 3-time Stanley Cup winner), born in Mitchell, Ontario (d. 1937)

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • Oct 3 Pappy Waldorf, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle and coach (Northwestern, California), born in Clifton Springs, New York (d. 1981)

Person of interestRay Kroc

Oct 5 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, born in Oak Park, Illinois (d. 1984)

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • Oct 13 Franco Giorgetti, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1920), born in Bovisio-Masciago, Italy (d. 1983)
  • Oct 14 Shunter Coen, South African cricketer (South African batsman in two Tests 1927-28), born in Heilbron, Orange Free State (d. 1967)
  • Oct 14 Learco Guerra, Italian road racing cyclist, born in Bagnolo San Vito, Italy (d. 1963)
  • Oct 26 Hugh Chilvers, Australian cricketer (great leggie of 30's for NSW but not Aust), born in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England (d. 994)
  • Oct 26 Jack Sharkey [Joseph Paul Zukauskas], American boxer and world heavyweight boxing champion, born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1994)
  • Oct 31 Willie Shaw, race car driver (Indy 500-1937, 39, 40) (d. 1954)
  • Nov 3 Charles Jones, West Indian cricket batsman (4 Tests), born in born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 1959)
  • Nov 22 Albert Leduc, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Valleyfield, Quebec (d. 1990)

Person of interestEddie Shore

Nov 25 Eddie Shore, Canadian NHL hall of famer, born in Fort Qu'Appelle, Northwest Territories (d. 1985)

NHL Star Eddie Shore
NHL Star
Eddie Shore
  • Dec 1 Red Badgro, American Pro Football Hall of Fame end and coach (NY Giants) and baseball outfielder (NY Yankees), born in Orillia, Washington (d. 1998)
  • Dec 7 Janardan Navle, Indian cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper), born in Fulgaon, Maharashtra, India (d. 1979)
  • Dec 14 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), born in Naugatuck, Connecticut (d. 1972)
  • Dec 29 Nels Stewart, Canadian hockey player, born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1957)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 11 Johnny Briggs, English cricket all-rounder (33 Tests; 118 wickets @ 17.75), dies of complications from an epileptic seizure at 39
  • Aug 10 George Vernon, cricketer (scored 11* & 3 in only England Test), dies