1888 in sports

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1888 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

American football[edit]

College championship

Events

  • Tackling below the waist is legalised.

Association football[edit]

England

Origin of the Football League

India

  • Durand Cup instituted by Mortimer Durand as recreation for British troops stationed in India. It is the oldest tournament in India and the third oldest in the world.

Scotland

Baseball[edit]

National championship

Events

  • The last of many adjustments finally sets four balls and three strikes for a "walk" and a strikeout.

Boxing[edit]

Events

  • The inaugural World Welterweight Champion is Paddy Duffy of Boston, Massachusetts who is recognised following his 17th round knockout of Billy McMillan at Fort Foote, Virginia on 30 October.[1] Duffy retains the title until his death (by tuberculosis) in 1890. The welterweight division is for fighters weighing between 140 and 147lb.

Lineal world champions[2]

Cricket[edit]

Events

  • After a run of disastrous results over a number of seasons, Derbyshire is demoted from first-class status and the 1888 championship is contested by only eight teams: Gloucestershire, Kent, Lancashire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex and Yorkshire. Derbyshire will recover first-class status in 1894 and join the official County Championship in 1895.
  • 5 July — formation of Glamorgan County Cricket Club at a meeting in the Angel Hotel, Cardiff.
  • Thanks mainly to the bowling of Bobby Peel, England defeats Australia 2–1 to retain The Ashes.

England

Australia

Golf[edit]

Major tournaments

Other tournaments

Horse racing[edit]

England

Australia

Canada

Ireland

USA

Ice hockey[edit]

Rowing[edit]

The Boat Race

Rugby football[edit]

Home Nations Championship

Other events

Tennis[edit]

England

USA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cyber Boxing Zone – Lineal Welterweight Champions". Archived from the original on 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-06-13. 
  2. ^ "Cyber Boxing Zone". Archived from the original on 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  3. ^ A semi-official seasonal title proclaimed by media consensus prior to December 1889 when the official County Championship is constituted.