1883 in sports

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W G Grace taking guard in 1883

1883 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

American football[edit]

College championship

Events

  • Modification of the scoring rules produces a system of four points for a touchdown, two points for kicks after touchdowns, two points for safeties, and five for field goals.

Association football[edit]

England

Scotland

Baseball[edit]

National championship

Events

  • The NL, AA, and Northwestern League limit competition in the Tripartite Agreement, the first National Agreement and the birth of so-called "Organised Baseball".
  • 6 September — 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.

Boxing[edit]

Events

  • American heavyweight champion John L. Sullivan has a scare when he is knocked down in the first round of his fight against Charley Mitchell in New York City. He recovers to secure a technical knockout when police intervene after the third round and stop the fight. Sullivan goes on tour across America, fighting mainly in exhibition bouts; none of his genuine challengers last more than three rounds.[1]

Cricket[edit]

Events

England

Australia

Golf[edit]

Major tournaments

Horse racing[edit]

England

Australia

Canada

Ireland

USA

Ice hockey[edit]

Luge[edit]

Events

  • First organised competition takes place in Davos, Switzerland

Rowing[edit]

The Boat Race

Rugby football[edit]

Home Nations Championship

  • The inaugural series is won by England

Other events

Tennis[edit]

England

USA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – John L Sullivan. Retrieved on 12 November 2009.
  2. ^ A semi-official seasonal title proclaimed by media consensus prior to December 1889 when the official County Championship is constituted.