1875 in sports
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1875 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
- 13 November — first edition of "The Game", the annual contest between Yale Bulldogs and Harvard Crimson, is played under a modified set of rugby football rules known as "The Concessionary Rules". Yale loses 4–0, but finds that it prefers Harvard's adopted rugby style game.
- FA Cup final – Royal Engineers 2–0 Old Etonians in a replay following a 1–1 draw (both games played at The Oval).
- 5 November — Blackburn Rovers founded at a meeting of enthusiasts in the St Leger Hotel, King William St, Blackburn.
- Birmingham City founded as Small Heath Alliance by cricketers from Holy Trinity Church in the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham.
- Introduction of crossbars.
- Wing play develops and the practice of "middling" (i.e., crossing) the ball is found to be effective. Heading is also introduced, apparently by players in Sheffield. Billy Mosforth of Sheffield FC is noted for his "screw shot" which gives him the ability to "bend" the ball in flight.
- Scottish Cup final – Queen's Park 3–0 Renton at Hampden Park
- Hibernian FC founded in Edinburgh by Irish immigrants who give the club the Roman name for Ireland.
- National Association of Professional Base Ball Players champion – Boston Red Stockings (fourth consecutive season)
- 18 August — formation of Somerset County Cricket Club by a team of amateurs at a meeting in Sidmouth, Devonshire, immediately after a match against a local side.
- Champion County – Nottinghamshire
- Most runs – W. G. Grace 1,498 @ 32.56 (HS 152)
- Most wickets – W. G. Grace 191 @ 12.94 (BB 9–48)
- Grand National – Pathfinder
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Spinaway
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Camballo
- Epsom Derby – Galopin
- Epsom Oaks – Spinaway
- St. Leger Stakes – Craig Millar
- Melbourne Cup – Wollomai
- Queen's Plate – Young Trumpeter
- 3 March — first organised and recorded indoor game of ice hockey is played at the Victoria Skating Rink in Montreal.
The Boat Race
- Cyber Boxing Zone – Tom Allen. Retrieved on 12 November 2009.
- A semi-official seasonal title proclaimed by media consensus prior to December 1889 when the official County Championship is constituted.