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 Cincinnati Red Stockings become the 1st professional baseball 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 first official game as the sport's first professional side against the Great Western Base Ball Club winning 45-9
  • May 16 Cincinnati Reds play their 1st baseball game, win 41-7
  • 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 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 (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