On This Day

Events in Sport in 1871

  • Jan 26 Formation of the first Rugby Union at a meeting at Pall Mall restaurant, London, England
  • Mar 21 33rd Grand National: Irish 1868 winner The Lamb claims second GN at 11/2; ridden by Tommy Pickernell
  • Mar 27 1st international rugby union match - Scotland 1, England 0 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
  • May 4 1st baseball league game (National Association of Baseball Players), (Ft Wayne 2, Cleveland 0) Deacon Jim White gets 1st hit, a double
  • Jun 10 5th Belmont: W Miller aboard Harry Basset wins in 2:56
  • Oct 23 Columbia & Sappho (US) beat Livonia (UK) in 3rd America's Cup
  • Oct 30 Philadelphia Athletics beat Chicago for 1st National Association baseball pennant