1868 in sports
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
1868 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 12 November — McCoole's only serious rival Jimmy Elliott defeats Charley Gallagher in the 23rd round at Peach Island, near Detroit, Michigan.
- 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.
- Formosa becomes the first horse to win four classic races in a single year, although one victory is a dead heat.
- Grand National – The Lamb (first of two wins)
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Formosa
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Formosa and Moslem (dead heat)
- Epsom Derby – Blue Gown
- Epsom Oaks – Formosa
- St. Leger Stakes – Formosa
- Queen's Plate – Nettie
- Irish Derby Stakes – Madeira
- White players in Upstate New York begin playing lacrosse and it spreads through the New York City metropolitan area, where teams are soon organized.
The Boat Race
- The world champion "Paris Crew" from Saint John, New Brunswick wins the Championship of America in Springfield, Massachusetts
- Cyber Boxing Zone – Jem Mace. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
- Cyber Boxing Zone – Joe Coburn. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
- Cyber Boxing Zone – Mike McCoole. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
- Cyber Boxing Zone – Jimmy Elliott. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
- "Lacrosse". Archived from the original (html) on 14 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-21.