On This Day

Events in Sport in 1888

  • Feb 22 “Father of American Golf” John Reid first demonstrates golf on a Yonkers cow pasture to friends

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 10 Heavyweight Boxing champ John L. Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds

Heavyweight Boxing Champion John L. Sullivan
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
John L. Sullivan
  • Mar 23 50th Grand National: George Mawson aboard 40/1 outsider Playfair easily wins by 10 lengths from Frigate
  • Apr 1 Students from Rotterdam, Netherlands establish a cricket club called Rotterdamsche Cricket & Football Club Sparta which evolves into Sparta Rotterdam
  • May 11 16th Preakness: F Littlefield aboard Refund wins in 2:49
  • May 14 14th Kentucky Derby: George Covington aboard MacBeth II wins in 2:38.00
  • Jun 3 Baseball poem "Casey at the Bat" 1st published by the San Francisco Examiner
  • Jun 9 22nd Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Sir Dixon wins in 2:40.25
  • Jun 15 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Philadelphia Cricket Club: Bertha Townsend beats defending champion Ellen Hansell 6-3, 6-5
  • Jul 16 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: 3-time runner-up Ernest Renshaw wins his lone major title; beats defending champion Herbert Lawford 6-3, 7-5, 6-0
  • Jul 21 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod retains her title beating Blanche Bingley-Hillyard 6-3, 6-3

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Aug 10 NY Giant pitcher Tim Keefe sets a 19 game winning streak record

Major League Baseball Pitcher Tim Keefe
Major League Baseball Pitcher
Tim Keefe
  • Aug 20 Longest US men's single tennis tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T S Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 6-4, an 80 game 1st-round contest
  • Aug 28 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Henry Slocum beats Howard Taylor 6-4, 6-1, 6-0
  • Oct 3 New Zealand Natives, a privately organised and mainly Māori rugby team, plays first game in UK; beats Surry 4-1; first national rugby team to wear all-black & perform the 'haka'
  • Oct 8 British Open Men's Golf, St Andrews: Scotsman Jack Burns wins his lone Open title by 1 stroke from Ben Sayers and David Anderson Jr
  • Oct 20 Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ
  • Oct 27 "World Championship" Baseball Series, Sportsman's Park, St. Louis; St. Louis Browns rout NY Giants, 18-7 in Game 10 but lose series, 6-4
  • Oct 31 Scottish vet John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tyre
  • Nov 14 St Andrews Golf Club, Yonkers NY, opens with just 6 holes
  • Dec 22 Heavyweight boxing champ John L. Sullivan challenges Jake Kilrain
  • Dec 25 1st indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia