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  • Feb 22 John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans (Yonkers NY)
  • Mar 10 Heavyweight Boxing champ John L Sullivan draws Charlie Mitchell in 30 rounds
  • Mar 23 50th Grand National: George Mawson aboard Playfair wins
  • Apr 1 Soccer team Sparta forms in 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 9 22nd Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Sir Dixon wins in 2:40.25
  • Jun 15 2nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Bertha Townsend beats Ellen Hansell (6-3, 6-5)
  • Jul 16 5th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley (6-3 6-3)
  • Jul 16 12th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Ernest Renshaw beats H Lawford (6-3 7-5 6-0)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 NY Giant pitcher Tim Keefe sets a 19 game win 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 8th U.S. Men's National Championship: 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; the first national rugby team to wear the silver fern
  • Oct 8 28th British Golf Open: Jack Burns shoots a 171 at St Andrews
  • Oct 20 Chicago & All America baseball teams play exhibition in Auckland, NZ
  • 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