On This Day

Events in Sport in 1881

  • Mar 12 Andrew Watson makes his Scotland debut as the world's first black international football player and captain
  • Mar 25 43rd Grand National: Irish jockey Tommy Beasley wins his second consecutive GN aboard 11/2 co-favourite Woodbrook
  • May 17 7th Kentucky Derby: Jim McLaughlin aboard Hindoo wins in 2:40
  • May 21 US National Lawn Tennis Association is established in NYC, New York
  • May 27 9th Preakness: T Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:40.5
  • Jun 7 15th Belmont: T. Costello aboard Saunterer wins in 2:47
  • Jul 13 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw beats defending champion John Hartley 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 for first of his 7 Wimbledon singles titles
  • Aug 3 US National Lawn Tennis Association removes "National" from its name
  • Aug 31 1st US men's single tennis championships (Newport, Rhode Island)
  • Sep 1 The Dwyer Brothers' 3-year-old Kentucky Derby winner Hindoo wins his 19th consecutive race, a purse event at Sheepshead Bay; winning streak snapped 6 days later in the September Handicap at Sheepshead
  • Sep 3 1st US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Richard Sears wins inaugural event beating William E. Glyn 6-0, 6-3, 6-2
  • Sep 27 Chicago Cubs beat Troy 10-8 before record small "crowd" of 12
  • Oct 14 British Open Men's Golf, Prestwick GC: Bob Ferguson retains title with 3 stroke win over Jamie Anderson in shocking weather conditions