On This Day

Events in Sport in 1875

  • Mar 13 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Royal Engineers and Old Etonians draw 1-1; replay won by Engineers, 2-0
  • Mar 16 English FA Cup Final Replay, Kennington Oval, London: Royal Engineers beat Old Etonians, 2-0 after initial 1-1 draw
  • Mar 18 37th Grand National: Tommy Pickernell wins his 3rd GN aboard 100/6 chance Pathfinder
  • Apr 17 Modern Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a bored British officer in Jabalpur, India
  • May 12 1st recorded shutout in pro baseball, Chicago 1, St Louis 0
  • May 17 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75
  • May 28 3rd Preakness: L Hughes aboard Tom Ochiltree wins in 2:43.5
  • Jun 12 9th Belmont: Bobby Swim aboard Calvin wins in 2:42.25

Captain Webb Conquers the English ChannelCaptain Webb Conquers the English Channel

Aug 25 Captain Matthew Webb makes the 1st observed and unassisted swim across the English Channel in 21 hours and 45 minutes

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An artist from the Illustrated London News drew this scene depicting Captain Webb’s arrival at Calais
An artist from the Illustrated London News drew this scene depicting Captain Webb’s arrival at Calais
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  • Sep 10 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Willie Park Sr. wins his 4th title; beats fellow Scot Bob Martin by 2 strokes
  • Nov 13 Harvard-Yale game is 1st college football contest with uniforms