History of Sport: 1883 and 1884


George Fordham rides his seventh winner of the 1000 Guineas Classic.

FA Cup final – Blackburn Olympic 2–1 Old Etonians (aet). This is the first time that the FA Cup is won by a professional team and by a team from the north of England.

  • The NL, AA, and Northwestern League limit competition in the Tripartite Agreement, the first National Agreement and the birth of so-called “Organised Baseball”.
  • Chicago White Stockings set a still standing record for Major League Baseball by scoring 18 runs in a single inning (the 7th) in a game against the Detroit Wolverines.
  • The first floodlit baseball game takes place between Fort Wayne, Indiana and Quincy, Illinois.

England tours Australia to play a Test series of three matches, England winning 2–1 and so regaining The Ashes for the first time.

The first League cricket is played.  The Heavy Woollen District Cup is won by Heckmondwicke CC, Yorkshire.

Alpine skiing is introduced at Davos, Aiosa and St.Bernard in Switzerland.

Jefferson Lowndes wins his fifth successive Diamond Sculls at the Henley Rowing Regatta.

The first Montreal Winter Carnival ice hockey tournament is held as part of the
Montreal Winter Carnival in Montreal, Canada in late January and early February. It
is the first championship ice hockey tournament and is won by the Montreal McGill
University team.

First organised luge competition takes place in Davos, Switzerland.  The toboggan race was organised by John Symonds over two miles along the Davos-Klosters road.

The Home Nations rugby Championship begins.  The inaugural title is won by England.

Melrose RFC Borders stage the first 7 a side rugby tournament.  The tournament is still played today.

The first relay race (4 x 1/2 mile) is held at Berkeley, California.

The first petrol-driven motor car is built by Edouard Delamare-Deboutteville.



The first Gordon international Medal series between USA and Canada takes place in curling.

Scottish Cup final – Queen’s Park win by a walkover after Vale of Leven fail to

J.H. Forrest of Blackburn is the first professional footballer to play for England.

Scotland win the first Home International football championship.

Inauguration of the National League v. American Association fixture, sometimes called
the “Original World Series” – Providence Grays (NL) defeats New York
Metropolitans (AA) 3 games to nil.

Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black American major league baseball
player when he makes his American Association league debut for the Toledo Blue
Stockings. Charles Radbourn wins 60 games in the sesaon as a pitcher.  Ned Williamson hits 27 Home Runs in the season.

The first of the modern World titles under Queensbury Rules is recognised with Jack (Nonpareil) Dempsey as the original World Middleweight Champion. The weight limit for middleweights at this time is 154 pounds. Dempsey will hold the title until 1891.

The Canadian Rugby Football Union, forerunner of the Canadian Football League, is

Nottinghamshire come closer to an absolutely perfect season than any county side
since, winning nine games and being three wickets shy of victory in their tenth

Gaelic Athletic Association is founded at Hayes’ Hotel in Thurles, County Tipperary,
to promote hurling and Gaelic football. The foundation date has significance as
Samhain: according to legend the day the Fianna fell from power.

Epsom Derby – dead heat between Harvester and St. Gatien

Irish Grand National – The Gift (second successive win)

Inaugural women’s singles championship at Wimbledon
England – Maud Watson (GB) defeats Lillian Watson (GB) 6–8 6–3 6–3

Cresta Run constructed at St. Moritz in Switzerland

The first controlled glider flight is made by John Montgomery at Otay Mesa, California over a distance of 200 yards.


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