The History of Sport – 1902

Some of the notable sporting events in 1902:

In American Football the inaugural Rose Bowl game is played at Pasadena, California.

The first professional football league, the National Football League, which is unrelated to the current NFL, is formed from three teams based in Pennsylvania and who are backed by Major League Baseball. The league folds a few months later. The Pittsburgh Stars won the league.

The Syracuse Athletic Club defeated the New York Philadelphians, 5–0, in the first indoor professional American football game, which was held at Madison Square Garden.

In darts the first officially recorded throw of 180 is recorded by John Reader at the Highbury Tavern, Sussex.

In football shortly after being saved from bankruptcy, Newton Heath changes its name to Manchester United.
The foundation of Real Madrid as Madrid Fútbol Club.

Joe Gans wins the World Lightweight Championship by knocking out Frank Erne in the first round. Gans successfully defends the title five times by the end of the year.

The first motor race in Great Britain is held at Bexhill-on-Sea with more than 200 entries.  The first racing car with a fully enclosed body, the Baker Electric Racer, is used in Cleveland, Ohio.

The filly Sceptre wins the 1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas, The Oaks and the St.Leger.  This remains the only time in history that a horse has won four of the English Classic horse races.

The first large track dirt-track motorcycling races are held in the USA.

The Ping Pong Association is formed.  The first use of a studded rubber table tennis bat, Bryan’s Atropos Patent Ping Pong Bat.

Yorkshire win their third successive English County Championship cricket title.

The first horse trials are held: the Championnat du Cheval d’Armes in Paris.

The first use of the front crawl stroke in swimming in Britain is in a demonstration by Richard Cavill of Sydney in Manchester.


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