On This Day

Events in Sport in 1869

  • Mar 3 31st Grand National: George Stevens wins his 4th GN aboard 100/7 outsider The Colonel; repeats with back-to-back victories the following year
  • Mar 15 With 10 salaried players, Cincinnati Red Stockings become baseball's first professional team
  • Apr 17 1st pro baseball games-Cincinnati Reds 24, Cin amateurs 15
  • Apr 18 1st international cricket match, held in San Francisco, won by California
  • May 4 Cincinnati Red Stockings play their 1st official baseball game, a win against the Great Western Base Ball Club, 45-9
  • Jun 2 Cleveland's Forest City play their 1st game (vs Cincinnati Red Stockings)
  • Jun 5 3rd Belmont: C Miller aboard Fenian wins in 3:04.25
  • Sep 16 Golf's 1st recorded hole-in-one by Tom Morris at Prestwick's 8th hole, Scotland
  • Sep 16 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: At just 18 years of age, Tom Morris Jr. retains his title; beats fellow Scot Bob Kirk by 11 strokes
  • Oct 26 1st American steeplechase horserace at Westchester, NY
  • Nov 6 1st US college football game, players used their hands or feet, Rutgers 6 Princeton 4
  • Nov 17 Englishman James Moore wins 1st bicycle race, racing 13K Paris to Rouen