On This Day

Events in Sport in 1874

  • Feb 23 Major Walter Clopton Winfield patents a game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)
  • Feb 27 Baseball 1st played in England at Lord's Cricket Ground
  • Mar 2 National Association of Professional Baseball Players officially adopts the batter's box; decide any player betting on his own team will be expelled; any player betting on any other team to forfeit his pay
  • Mar 14 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Oxford University beats Royal Engineers, 2-0
  • Mar 26 36th Grand National: Mr. J. M. Richardson wins his second consecutive GN aboard French 5/1 favourite Reugny
  • Apr 10 British Open Men's Golf, Musselburgh Links: Mungo Park wins first title by 2 strokes from Tom Morris Jr
  • May 26 2nd Preakness: William Donohue aboard Culpepper wins in 2:56.5
  • Jun 13 8th Belmont: G Barbee aboard Saxon wins in 2:39.5
  • Jun 22 Game of lawn tennis introduced
  • Jul 29 Major Walter Copton Wingfield patents a portable tennis court
  • Jul 30 1st baseball teams to play outside US, Boston-Philadelphia in British Isles