On This Day

Events in Sport in 1883

  • Jan 4 Ontario Rugby Football Union (forerunner of CFL) forms
  • Jan 6 Ontario Rugby Football Union forms
  • Jan 16 Quebec Rugby Football Union forms
  • Jan 20 Billy Barnes takes a hat-trick, England v Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Mar 3 In the series decider England beats Scotland, 2 tries to 1 at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh to win the inaugural Home Nations Rugby Championship with an undefeated record
  • Mar 30 45th Grand National: Austrian breeder, owner Count Karel Kinsky rides Zoedone to 10 length win; only 10 starters, the smallest GN field in history; first winning jockey from outside Britain and Ireland
  • May 1 First National League baseball game in Philadelphia since 1876, Providence Greys beat Philadelphia Quakers, 4-3
  • May 1 Bob Rogers is acknowledged as the first American pro sports trainer when he is hired by the NY Athletic Club
  • May 22 Cubs' Billy Sunday's 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out
  • May 23 9th Kentucky Derby: William Donohue aboard Leonatus wins in 2:43
  • May 26 11th Preakness: G Barbee aboard Jacobus wins in 2:42.5
  • Jun 2 1st night baseball under lights, Fort Wayne Indiana
  • Jun 9 17th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard George Kinney wins in 2:42.5
  • Jun 16 1st baseball "Ladies' Day" (NY Gothams beat Cleve Spiders 5-2)
  • Jul 16 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: William Renshaw wins third straight Wimbledon title; beats twin brother Ernest Renshaw 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
  • Aug 16 Dutch soccer club Dordrecht is established (KNVB Cup 1914, 32)
  • Aug 21 Providence shuts out Phillies 28-0
  • Aug 23 Philadelphia Phillies make 27 errors against Providence (wild pitches, walks and passballs counted as errors prior to 1888)
  • Aug 24 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Two-time defending champion Richard Sears wins 3rd straight title; beats James Dwight 6-2, 6-0, 9-7
  • Sep 8 NY Giants score 13 runs in an inning against Phillies
  • Sep 13 Hugh Daily, a one-armed pitcher for Cleveland (Forest City), tosses 1-0 no-hitter against Philadelphia
  • Nov 17 British Open Men's Golf, Musselburgh Links: Willie Fernie beats defending champion Bob Ferguson 1-up in 36-hole playoff