1864 in sports
1864 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1861 1862 1863 1864 1865 1866 1867|
|Centuries:||18th century · 19th century · 20th century|
|Decades:||1830s 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s|
|Years:||1861 1862 1863 1864 1865 1866 1867|
- The Atlantic club of Brooklyn, New York suffers only one early tie. One match is at Rochester against the Young Canadian club of Woodstock, Ontario, 75–11.
- New rules empower the umpire to "call" balls (bad pitches) and eventually award first base on balls, practically limiting the number of pitches and the length of each batsman's turn.
- Law 10 is rewritten by MCC to allow a bowler to bring his arm through at any height providing he keeps it straight and does not "throw" the ball. The issue of overarm bowling has crystallised in the Willsher-Lillywhite incident of August 1862.
- The concept of a champion county gains popularity when newspapers begin to publish tables of inter-county match results
- 12 January — formation of Lancashire County Cricket Club at a meeting in Manchester
- 27–29 January — Otago v. Canterbury at Dunedin is the start of first-class cricket in New Zealand
- Madras v. Calcutta is the start of first-class cricket in India
- First issue of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
- Grand National – Emblematic
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Tomato
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – General Peel
- The Derby – Blair Athol
- The Oaks – Fille de l'Air
- St. Leger Stakes – Blair Athol
- Melbourne Cup – Lantern
- Queen's Plate – Brunette
The Boat Race