1897 in sports
1897 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
- The Football League – Aston Villa 47 points, Sheffield United 36, Derby County 36, Preston North End 34, Liverpool 33, Sheffield Wednesday 31
- FA Cup final – Aston Villa 3–2 Everton at Crystal Palace, London.
- Aston Villa becomes the second club to complete The Double in English football
- John J. McDermott wins the first running of the Boston Marathon, then known as the B.A.A. Road Race
- Formation of Victorian Football League (now Australian Football League) with initial clubs being Carlton, Collingwood, Essendon, Fitzroy, Geelong, Melbourne, St Kilda and South Melbourne
- Essendon wins the 1st VFL Premiership (under the finals system used this year only, no Grand Final is played)
- 17 March — Bob Fitzsimmons knocks out James J. Corbett in the 14th round to win the World Heavyweight Championship in the first championship fight ever captured on film.
Lineal world champions
- World Heavyweight Championship – James J. Corbett → Bob Fitzsimmons
- World Middleweight Championship – title vacant
- World Welterweight Championship – Tommy Ryan
- World Lightweight Championship – George "Kid" Lavigne
- World Featherweight Championship – George Dixon → Solly Smith
- World Bantamweight Championship – Jimmy Barry
- Two English teams toured the West Indies under A A Priestley and Lord Hawke
- A Philadelphian team tours England
- County Championship – Lancashire
- Minor Counties Championship – Worcestershire
- Most runs – Bobby Abel 2099 @ 44.65 (HS 250)
- Most wickets – Tom Richardson 273 @ 14.45 (BB 8–49)
- Wisden Five Cricketers of the Year – Frederick Bull, Willis Cuttell, Frank Druce, Gilbert Jessop, Jack Mason
- Sheffield Shield – New South Wales
- Most runs – Jack Lyons 404 @ 57.71 (HS 113)
- Most wickets – Tom McKibbin 44 @ 14.88 (BB 8–74)
World Figure Skating Championships
- Grand National – Manifesto
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Chelandry
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Galtee More
- Epsom Derby – Galtee More
- Epsom Oaks – Limasol
- St. Leger Stakes – Galtee More
- Melbourne Cup – Gaulus
- Queen's Plate – Ferdinand
- Montreal Victorias win a 3rd Stanley Cup, defeating Ottawa.
Nice Speed Week
- The first regular motor racing venue is Nice, France, where an annual "Speed Week" is established. To fill out the schedule, most types of racing event are invented here including the first hill climb, from Nice to La Turbie, and a sprint that has been called the forerunner of drag racing.
The Boat Race
- Championship – not contested
- Challenge Cup final – Batley 10–3 St. Helens at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds. This is the inaugural competition.
- Lancashire League Championship – Broughton Rangers
- Yorkshire League Championship – Brighouse Rovers
Home Nations Championship
- 15th Home Nations Championship series is not completed
Speed Skating World Championships
- The inaugural French women's singles championship is held.
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – Reginald Doherty (GB) defeats Harold Mahony (Ireland) 6–4 6–4 6–3
- Wimbledon Women's Singles Championship – Blanche Bingley Hillyard (GB) defeats Charlotte Cooper Sterry (GB) 5–7 7–5 6–2
- French Men's Singles Championship – Paul Aymé defeats Francky Wardan (GB) 4–6 6–4 6–2
- French Women's Singles Championship – Françoise Masson (France) defeats P Girod (France) 6–3 6–1
- American Men's Singles Championship – Robert Wrenn defeats Wilberforce Eaves (GB) 4–6 8–6 6–3 2–6 6–2
- American Women's Singles Championship – Juliette Atkinson defeats Elisabeth Moore 6–3 6–3 4–6 3–6 6–3
- Boston Athletic Association (2011). "Boston Marathon History: 1897-1900". www.baa.org. Boston: Boston Athletic Association. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
- Cyber Boxing Zone – Bob Fitzsimmons. Retrieved on 15 November 2009.
- "Cyber Boxing Zone". Archived from the original on 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2009-06-20.