1879 in sports
1879 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1876 1877 1878 1879 1880 1881 1882|
|Centuries:||18th century · 19th century · 20th century|
|Decades:||1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s 1900s|
|Years:||1876 1877 1878 1879 1880 1881 1882|
- Foundation of Michigan Wolverines
- 5 April — James F. M. Prinsep of Clapham Rovers becomes England's youngest international player at the age of 17 years and 252 when he makes his debut (and only appearance) for England against Scotland. The record stands for more than 123 years until broken by Wayne Rooney in 2003.
- FA Cup final – Old Etonians 1–0 Clapham Rovers at The Oval
- Sunderland AFC is founded by a meeting of local schoolteachers and originally called Sunderland & District Teachers AFC. Non–teachers are allowed to play the following year when the club's name is changed to Sunderland AFC.
- John J. Dwyer defeats former champion Jimmy Elliott in 12 rounds at Long Point, Canada, and then claims the Heavyweight Championship of America due to the continued inactivity of current champion Joe Goss and the main challenger Paddy Ryan. His claim is not recognised. Subsequently, Dwyer becomes involved in a bar room brawl with Ryan in New York City.
- John L. Sullivan turns professional and wins his first five known fights.
- 2–4 January — Australia defeats England by 10 wickets at Sydney Cricket Ground in the only Test match of the season
- 2 January — Fred Spofforth of Australia claims the first hat-trick in Test cricket
- 25 February — formation of Leicestershire County Cricket Club
- Champion County – Lancashire and Nottinghamshire share the title
- Most runs – W. G. Grace 880 @ 35.20 (HS 123)
- Most wickets – Fred Morley 147 @ 10.70 (BB 8–52)
- Grand National – The Liberator
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Wheel of Fortune
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Charibert
- The Derby – Sir Bevys
- The Oaks – Wheel of Fortune
- St. Leger Stakes – Rayon d'Or
- Melbourne Cup – Darriwell
- Queen's Plate – Moss Rose
- The Irish Hurling Union formalises the sport for the first time.
- The U.S. Amateur Lacrosse Association is formed and adopts the Canadian rules.
The Boat Race
- Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship – John Hartley (GB) defeated Vere St. Leger Goold (GB) 6–2, 6–4, 6–2
- The 3rd pre-open era 1879 Men's Tennis tour gets underway 12 tournaments are staged this year between 2 June – 28 December 1879.