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 Soccer team MVV '02 forms in Maastricht
  • 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, Tx 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 J McGraw becomes manager of NY Giants (stays for 30 years)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 2 19th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Muriel Robb beats Charlotte Cooper (7-5 6-1)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Jul 2 26th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats A Gore (6-4 6-3 3-6 6-0)
  • Jul 3 Excelsior soccer team forms in Rotterdam
  • Jul 5 Australia won the one & only Test Cricket played at Sheffield
  • 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 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 Reginald 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, China, English 400m runner (Olympic gold 1924)
  • 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, Harrison NY, PGA golfer (Masters 1935, US Open 1922, 32)
  • Mar 2 Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (d. 1972)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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, baseball player
  • 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 interestPerson of Interest

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)
  • Jul 3 Jack Newman, NZ cricket lefty pace bowler (1932-33, later knighted)
  • 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 Learie [Nicholas] Constantine, Trinidad cricket player
  • Sep 21 Limari Salminen, Finland, 10K run (Olympic gold 1936)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 interestPerson of Interest

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)

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