On This Day

Events in Sport in 1902

  • Jan 1 1st Rose Bowl, Tournament Park, Pasadena, California: Michigan beats Stanford, 49-0; MVP: Neil Snow, Michigan, FB
  • Jan 4 Australian cricket spin bowler Hugh Trumble dismisses England batsmen Arthur Jones, John Gunn and Sydney Barnes in successive balls to complete 2nd Test rout by 229 runs in Melbourne; Trumble's first of 2 Test hat-tricks
  • Feb 4 Stanley Cup, Winnipeg Auditorium, Winnipeg, Manitoba: Montreal HC beats Winnipeg Victorias, 2-1 for a 2-1 challenge series victory
  • Mar 21 64th Grand National: David Read aboard 20/1 chance Shannon Lass wins by 3 lengths from Matthew
  • Apr 2 Dutch football club Maatschappelijke Voetbal Vereniging (MVV) is established in Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Apr 21 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor in 2:43:12
  • May 3 28th Kentucky Derby: Jimmy Winkfield on Alan-a-Dale wins in 2:08.75
  • May 10 Dutch soccer club FC Blauw-Wit (Blue-White) is formed in the Kinkerbuurt area of Amsterdam; merge with VV De Beursbengels in 2015
  • May 22 36th Belmont: John Bullman aboard Mastermam wins in 2:22.6
  • May 27 27th Preakness: L Jackson aboard Old England wins in 1:45.8
  • May 31 Australia Cricket all out 36 v England, Edgbaston, their lowest ever

Sports History

Jun 5 British Open Men's Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Scotsman Sandy Herd wins by 1 stroke from James Braid and Harry Vardon

  • Jun 15 Minor League's most lopsided baseball game: Corsicana 51; Texarkana 3 Justin Clark of Corsicana, Texas minors hits 8 home runs in 1 game
  • Jun 27 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Newport, RI: Marion Jones wins her second US singles title; beats Elisabeth Moore 6-1, 1-0 when the defending champion is forced to retire
  • Jun 30 Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Laurence Doherty wins his first Wimbledon singles title beating defending champion Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

Wimbledon Women's Tennis

Jul 2 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Muriel Robb wins her only major title with a 7-5, 6-1 defeat of fellow Briton Charlotte Cooper

  • Jul 5 All-rounder Monty Noble takes 6 for 52 as Australia wins the one and only cricket Test played at Sheffield's Bramall Lane, England

Sports History

Jul 8 Baltimore manager John McGraw is accused by AL President Ban Johnson of trying to wreck the Orioles & Washington Senators; negotiates his release from the Orioles, having already signed with NY Giants

  • Jul 15 Indian born England Test batsman K S Ranjitsinhji scores 180 before lunch for Sussex v Surrey in a county cricket match at Hastings; finishes unbeaten on 234
  • Jul 16 John McGraw officially becomes manager of MLB New York Giants; 30 year tenure begins (1902-32)
  • Jul 17 Orioles forfeit to St Louis having only 5 players available to play they then forfeit their franchise back to the AL
  • Jul 23 Dutch Excelsior soccer club is established in Rotterdam (Eerste Divisie winners 1973-4, 78-79, 2005-06)

Sports History

Jul 24 Victor Trumper scores a century for Australia before lunch 4th Test Cricket v England

Boxing Title Fight

Jul 25 3 years after winning the title from English boxer Bob Fitzsimmons, American champion James J. Jeffries repeats the dose with an 8th round KO in San Francisco for the heavyweight crown

  • Aug 8 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Brooklyn, NY: Malcolm Whitman beats Reginald Doherty 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 to give US a 3-2 win over the British Isles
  • Aug 13 English cricket team beats Australia by one wicket in a famous victory at The Oval, in London
  • Aug 27 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Newport, RI: Defending champion William Larned beats Englishman R.F. Doherty 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 8-6
  • Sep 13 Chicago Cubs infielders Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, & Frank Chance appear together as teammates for 1st time, creating the famed double-play combination of "Tinker to Evers to Chance"
  • Sep 15 Chicago Cubs infielders Tinker, Evers, & Chance turn their first double play together in a 6-3 win over Cincinnati
  • Sep 20 Chicago White Sox pitcher Jimmy 'Nixey' Callahan no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • Oct 11 US Open Men's Golf, Garden City GC: Scotsman Laurie Auchterlonie sets new 72-hole event scoring record to win his only major title, 6 strokes ahead of Stewart Gardner and amateur Walter Travis
  • Oct 11 Commencement of 1st Test Cricket between South Africa & Australia
  • Oct 18 7th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 23-0 in Birmingham

Sports History

Nov 20 Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race

  • Nov 21 Baseball's Philadelphia Athletics & Phillies form pro football teams, joining Pitts Stars in 1st attempt at a National Football League
  • Dec 2 Dutch soccer club Be Quick - later Go Ahead, forms in Deventer; suffix 'Eagles' added in 1971