On This Day

Events in Sport in 1859

  • Jan 5 1st steamboat the North Star sails up the northern Red River, America
  • Feb 26 Paul Morphy's chess match vs Augustus Mongredien begins; Morphy wins
  • Mar 2 21st Grand National: Chris Green aboard 7/1 Half Caste wins by only a short neck from Jean Du Quesne
  • Apr 30 Paul Morphy returns from 10-month chess tour of Europe, retires
  • May 31 Philadelphia A's organize to play "town ball" became baseball 20 years later
  • Jul 1 1st intercollegiate baseball game, Amherst beats Williams 66-32 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Jul 22 Underarm slow right arm bowler V E Walker takes 10-74 in 1st innings for an All-England Cricket XI v Surrey CCC at The Oval in London