On This Day

Events in Sport in 1897

  • Mar 17 British boxer Bob Fitzsimmons KOs American champion Jim Corbett in the 14th round to win world heavyweight title in Carson City, Nevada
  • Mar 17 Bob Fitzsimmons KOs James J Corbett in 14 for heavyweight boxing title
  • Mar 26 59th Grand National: Terry Kavanagh aboard 6/1 favourite Manifesto wins by 20 lengths from Filbert
  • Apr 19 1st Boston Marathon (B.A.A. Road Race), won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10; the world's oldest annual marathon inspired by success of the first marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics
  • May 4 23rd Kentucky Derby: Buttons Garner aboard Typhoon II wins in 2:12.5
  • May 8 22nd Preakness: T Thorpe aboard Paul Kauvar wins in 1:51ΒΌ
  • May 11 Washington Senator catcher Charlie Farrell throws out 8 attempted stealers
  • May 18 American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game
  • May 20 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: English amateur Harold Hilton wins 2nd Open title by 1 stroke from Scot James Braid
  • May 29 31st Belmont: J Scherrer aboard Scottish Cheiftain wins in 2:23.25
  • Jun 19 US National Championship Women's Tennis: 1895 title holder Juliette Atkinson beats defending champion Elisabeth Moore 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3

Sport awardTennis Open

Jun 28 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: England's Blanche Bingley-Hillyard wins her 4th title beating Charlotte Cooper 5-7, 7-5, 6-2

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • Jun 29 Chicago beats Louisville 36-7 (baseball)
  • Jun 30 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: R.F. Doherty beats Harold Mahony 6-4 6-4 6-3 for the first of 4 titles
  • Aug 23 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport R.I.: Defending champion Robert Wrenn beats Wilberforce Eaves 4-6, 8-6, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 for his 4th US singles title
  • Aug 27 Roger Bresnahan debuts as Washington Senator pitcher (later HOF catcher)
  • Sep 7 George Davis (Giants) HR off Sport McAllister (Spiders) in DH
  • Sep 17 US Open Men's Golf, Chicago GC: Englishman Joe Lloyd wins his only major title by 1 stroke over runner-up Willie Anderson of Scotland; last 36-hole US Open
  • Nov 1 Italian football club Juventus F.C. is founded by students in Turin as Sport-Club Juventus
  • Nov 24 Canadian Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union forms in Kingston
  • Dec 27 Stanley Cup, Victoria Rink, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Victorias beat Ottawa Capitals, 15-2