1868 in sports

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1868 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Baseball[edit]

National championship

Events

  • A few clubs count base hits and total bases on hits for every player, beside the commonplace "official scoring" of runs and times put out (hands lost)
  • In December the National Association permits full professionalism for 1869. The Cincinnati Red Stockings recruit with great success.

Boxing[edit]

Events

  • With the arrival in America of English boxers Jem Mace and Tom Allen, there are several claimants for the American Championship including Joe Coburn and Bill Davis, but the most credible claims remain with Jimmy Elliott and Mike McCoole.[1]
  • 27 May — Mike McCoole is due to meet Joe Coburn at Cold Spring Station, Indiana, in a fight billed as for the Heavyweight Championship of America, but police intervene and the fight is not held. Coburn and his trainer, Jim Cusick, are arrested.[2][3]
  • 4 September — McCoole is due to fight former champion John C. Heenan near St. Louis, Missouri, but the fight is cancelled. McCoole continues to claim the American Championship.[3]
  • 12 November — McCoole's only serious rival Jimmy Elliott defeats Charley Gallagher in the 23rd round at Peach Island, near Detroit, Michigan.[4]

Cricket[edit]

Events

  • A team of Australian Aboriginals tours England, the first organised group of Australian cricketers to travel overseas and the first overseas team to complete a tour of England, although none of the matches have subsequently been given first-class status.

England

Golf[edit]

Major tournaments

Horse racing[edit]

Events

  • Formosa becomes the first horse to win four classic races in a single year, although one victory is a dead heat.

England

Australia

Canada

Ireland

USA

Lacrosse[edit]

Events

Rowing[edit]

The Boat Race

Other events

Rugby football[edit]

Events

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Jem Mace. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  2. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Joe Coburn. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  3. ^ a b Cyber Boxing Zone – Mike McCoole. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  4. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Jimmy Elliott. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Lacrosse" (html). Archived from the original on 14 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-21.