The History of Sport -1898

Some of the notable events in sport from the year 1898.

In American Football The Morgan Athletic Club, which will eventually become Arizona Cardinals, is founded in Chicago and is the sport’s oldest professional team.

Formation of the Italian Football Federation (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio or FIGC) in Turin. It is also known as Federcalcio.

The 23rd Street YMCA of New York City wins the first national basketball championship tournament, organized by the U.S. Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
The first professional basketball league, the National Basketball League, starts in the USA.

The first international cross-country running race is held between England and France at Ville d’Avray, Paris. England win easily.

Horse racing – Jeddah wins the Derby at a price of 100-1.

Full professionalism is allowed in Rugby League.

The weightlifting championships held in Vienna are subsequently recognised as the first world championships in the sport.

The first table tennis set is marketed by John Jacques & Son Ltd under the name “Gossima”. The game had been invented by James Gibb of Croydon.

The first badminton tournament is staged in Guildford.

The Marquis of Montaignac becomes the first motor-racing fatality at Prigneux, France.

The first hill climb motor race is held at Chanteloup near Paris and won by a Jenatzy electric.

Joshua Slocum completes the first solo circumnavigation of the globe in the 36 foot oyster boat “Spray” at Farihaven, Mass. He took 38 months.

The front crawl is introduced into swimming by Alick Wickham, aged seven, in a 66 yard under 10s race in Sydney.

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