The History of Sport: 1877 and 1878

The main events in sport from 1877 and 1878


The first English cross-country championships to be held successfully. Percy Stenning wins the race.

The rules of Eton Fives are codified.

The Oxford and Cambridge boat race finishes in a dead-heat for the only time in its history.

The first modern rules of badminton are codified in Poona, India.

Oxford University are dismissed for a total of 12 by the M.C.C in a cricket match at Cowley Marsh,Oxford.

The first cricket Test Match is played in Melbourne between Australia and England. Australia win the match by 45 runs.

The first time a baseball catcher wears a mask when James Tyng of Harvard uses one at Lynn,Mass.

The first Lawn Tennis Championships are held at Wimbledon.  Spencer Gore wins the men’s singles, the only title awarded.  The All England Croquet Club adds Lawn Tennis to its title.

The first set of ice hockey rules are published in the Montreal Gazette.

In Australian Rules Football The South Australian Football Association is formed. The first premiers are South Adelaide FC. The Victorian Football Association (now called the Victorian Football League) is formed, Carlton are the first Premiers.


FA Cup final – The Wanderers 1–0 Royal Engineers at The Oval. The Wanderers become the first team to complete a hat trick of FA Cup wins and it is their fifth win in total.

Australia makes the inaugural first-class cricket tour of England by an overseas team.

The first time curling is played on an indoor ice rink in Britain, at Southport.

The first automobile race takes place over a distance of 201 miles from Green  Bay to Madison in Wisconsin. It is won by an Oshkosh Steamer.

The first rugby match for the Calcutta Cup between England and Scotland  is drawn.

The first floodlit football match takes place in Sheffield between the Reds and Blues at Bramall Lane. The field is lit by four arc-lamps.

The first floodlit rugby match takes place between Broughton and Swinton.

The first British swimming championships take place.

Paul Hines records the first triple crown in baseball history when playing for the Providence Grays in the National League.


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