1838 in sports
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1838 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
- 3 April — in his return fight with Ben Caunt, William "Bendigo" Thompson is disqualified in the 75th round for going down without being struck.
- Caunt claims the English Championship after defeating Bendigo but is not recognised because of the prior claim of James Burke, who has now returned to England from America; meanwhile, Jem Ward continues his refusal to formally surrender the title even though he has long retired.
- Publication of the London Prize Ring Rules of 1838 which succeed and are built upon the Broughton Rules of 1743.
- Melbourne Cricket Club is founded; it is generally regarded as the oldest sporting club in Australia
- A pupil at Rugby School called Jem Mackie is noted for his "running in" ability and this is understood to be the equivalent of try scoring, which is evidence of a distinct handling game.
- Grand National – Sir William
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Barcarolle
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Grey Momus
- Epsom Derby – Amato
- Epsom Oaks – Industry
- St. Leger Stakes – Don John
The Boat Race
- The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is not held this year
- In the U.S. six men of Providence, Rhode Island establish the Narragansett Boat Club on the tidal Seekonk River.