1902 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jan 1 1st Rose Bowl: Michigan beats Stanford 49-0
  • Jan 23 Winnipeg Victorias sweep Toronto Wellingtons in 2 for Stanley Cup
  • Mar 17 Stanley Cup: Montreal AAA beat Winnipeg Victorias, 2 games to 1
  • Mar 21 64th Grand National: David Read aboard Shannon Lass wins
  • Apr 2 MVV Football Club is established in Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Apr 19 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor of NY in 2:43:12
  • May 3 28th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on Alan-a-Dale wins in 2:08.75
  • 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 1 Blue-White United soccer team of Amsterdam forms
  • Jun 5 42nd British Golf Open: Sandy Herd shoots a 307 at Royal Liverpool Golf Club
  • 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 16th U.S. Women's National Championship: Marion Jones beats Elisabeth Moore (6-1, 1-0, ret.)
  • Jul 2 John McGraw becomes manager of MLB New York Giants, 30 year tenure (1902-32)

Sport awardTennis Open

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 2 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty wins his first title beating Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
  • 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 James J. Jeffries KOs Bob Fitzsimmons in 8 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • Aug 8 2nd Davis Cup: USA beats British Isles in New York (3-2)
  • Aug 27 22nd U.S. Men's National Championship: William Larned beats R.F. Doherty 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 8-6
  • Sep 3 Pittsburgh Pirates, win earliest pennent (full season)
  • Sep 10 Utrecht soccer team UVV forms
  • Sep 20 Chicago White Sox Jim Callahan no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • Oct 11 8th US Golf Open: Laurie Auchterlonie shoots a 307 at Garden City, NY
  • Oct 11 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket between South Africa & Australia
  • Oct 18 7th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 23-0 in Birmingham
  • Nov 20 Geo Lefevre & Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race
  • Nov 21 Baseball's Philadelphia Athletics & Phillies form pro football teams, joining Pitts Stars in 1st attempt at a National Football League
  • Dec 2 Soccer team Go Ahead forms in Deventer

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 1 Buster Nupen, cricketer (1-eyed South African quick, great on matting)
  • Jan 9 Rudolph Bing, opera manager (NY Metropolitan Opera)
  • 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), born in Harrison, New York (d. 1999)
  • Mar 2 Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (d. 1972)

Person of interestBobby Jones

Mar 17 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia,

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • Apr 1 L P Jai, cricketer (one Test India v England 1934, scored 19 & 0)
  • Apr 8 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (big hitting Somerset & England batsman)
  • Apr 14 Sylvio Mantha, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1974)
  • May 7 Sal Gliatto, American baseball player, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • May 8 Milford "Curly" Page, cricketer (NZ bat early 1930's, All Black half)
  • May 21 Earl Averill, baseball player (d. 1983)
  • May 22 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334 (d. 1956), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jun 4 Richard Allen, India, field hockey goal tender (Olympic gold 1928)
  • Jun 17 Alec Hurwood, Australian cricketer (d. 1982)

Person of interestHowie Morenz

Jun 21 Howie Morenz, Canadian professional ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Black Hawks, NY Rangers), born in Mitchell, Ontario (d. 1937)

NHL Star Howie Morenz
NHL Star
Howie Morenz
  • 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 20 Cesare Zavattini, Italian screenwriter (Bicycle Thiefs)
  • Jul 31 G O "Gubby" Allen, cricketer (in Sydney England non-bodyline quickie)
  • Aug 4 Wild Bill Hallahan, American baseball player, born in Binghamton, New York (d. 1981)
  • Aug 11 Alfredo Binda, Italian cyclist (d. 1986)
  • Sep 4 Lorna Johnstone, England, equestrian dressage (Olympic-13th-1968)
  • Sep 4 Thomas "Tommy" Mitchell, British cricketer, born in Cresswell, Derbyshire, England (d. 1996)
  • Sep 19 James Van Alen, created Simplified Scoring System for tennis
  • Sep 21 Ilmari Salminen, Finnish athlete (Olympic gold 10,000m 1936), born in Elimäki, Finland (d. 1986)

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)
  • Oct 14 Stanley Coen, cricketer (South African batsman in two Tests 1927-28)
  • Oct 14 Learco Guerra, Italian cyclist (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)
  • Nov 22 Albert Leduc, Canadian ice hockey player (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 Morris "Red" Badgro, NFL hall of famer (NY Yankees, Giants, Dodgers), born in Orillia, Washington (d. 1998)
  • Dec 7 J G Navle, cricketer (India's 1st Test wicket-keeper)
  • Dec 14 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), born in Naugatuck, Connecticut (d. 1972)

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 11 Johnny Briggs, cricketer (118 wkts for England), dies in an asylum
  • Aug 10 George Vernon, cricketer (scored 11* & 3 in only England Test), dies