On This Day

Events in Sport in 1876

  • Feb 2 Baseball's National League forms at the Grand Central Hotel, NYC with teams in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia and St Louis
  • Feb 3 Albert Spalding with $800 starts sporting goods co, manufacturing 1st official baseball, tennis ball, basketball, golf ball, & football
  • Feb 12 Al Spalding opens his sporting good shop
  • Mar 11 English FA Cup Final, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers and Old Estonians draw, 1-1; Wanderers win replay, 3-0 for 3rd title
  • Mar 16 Nelly Saunders & Rose Harland fight 1st female boxing match (NY)
  • Mar 17 1st record high jump over 6' (Marshall Jones Brooks)
  • Mar 18 English FA Cup Final Replay, Kennington Oval, London: Wanderers beat Old Estonians, 3-0 after initial 1-1 draw; Wanderers 3rd title
  • Mar 24 38th Grand National: Joe Cannon aboard 25/1 chance Regal wins by a neck from Congress
  • Mar 25 Glasgow 1st soccer match Scotland-Wales (4-0)
  • Apr 22 1st official National League baseball game is played; Boston Red Stockings beat Philadelphia Athletics, 6-5 at the Jefferson Street Grounds, Philadelphia
  • Apr 22 Philadelphia Nationals Wes Fisler scores baseball's 1st run
  • Apr 25 Chicago Cubs 1st NL game, beats Louisville 4-0 (1st NL shutout)
  • May 2 Ross Barnes hit 1st home run in National League
  • May 15 2nd Kentucky Derby: Bobby Swim aboard Vagrant wins in 2:38.25
  • May 25 4th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Shirley wins in 2:44.75
  • Jun 10 10th Belmont: William Donohue aboard Algerine wins in 2:40.5
  • Jul 15 Baseball's 1st no-hitter, St Louis' George W Bradley no-hits Hartford
  • Aug 12 Madeline (US) beats Countess Dufferin (Canada) in 4th America's Cup
  • Sep 19 Talks begin to set up a football club in Ottawa
  • Sep 20 Ottawa Football Club forms
  • Oct 2 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Bob Martin wins when fellow Scot Davie Strath refuses to take part in a playoff after pair finish on 176