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  • Feb 11 1st US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms
  • Feb 12 Frederick Thayer patents catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)
  • Mar 13 Oxford University defeats Cambridge University in their 1st golf match
  • Mar 29 39th Grand National: J. Jones aboard Shifnal wins
  • May 8 1st unassisted triple play in organized baseball, by Paul Hines
  • May 21 4th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Carter aboard Day Star wins in 2:37.25
  • May 27 6th Preakness: C Holloway aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:41.75
  • May 27 Australians Cricket 41 & 12-1 defeat MCC 33 & 19
  • Jun 8 12th Belmont: L Hughes aboard Duke of Magenta wins in 2:43.5
  • Jul 20 2nd Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Frank Hadow beats S Gore (7-5- 6-1 9-7)
  • Aug 21 Edward Pooley completes record 8 stumpings in a cricket match
  • Oct 4 18th British Golf Open: Jamie Anderson shoots a 157 at Prestwick Golf Club
  • Oct 22 The first rugby match under floodlights takes place in Salford, between Broughton and Swinton.