1879 in sports

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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

AthleticsEdit

American footballEdit

College championship

Events

Association footballEdit

International

  • 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.

England

Scotland

BaseballEdit

National championship

Events

BoxingEdit

Events

  • 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.[1]
  • John L. Sullivan turns professional and wins his first five known fights.[2]

CricketEdit

Events

England

Australia

GolfEdit

Major tournaments

Horse racingEdit

England

Australia

Canada

Ireland

USA

HurlingEdit

Events

  • The Irish Hurling Union formalises the sport for the first time.

LacrosseEdit

Events

  • The U.S. Amateur Lacrosse Association is formed and adopts the Canadian rules.

RowingEdit

The Boat Race

Rugby footballEdit

Events

TennisEdit

England

World

  • The 3rd pre-open era 1879 Men's Tennis tour gets underway 12 tournaments are staged this year between 2 June – 28 December 1879.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – John J Dwyer. Retrieved on 12 November 2009.
  2. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – John L Sullivan. Retrieved on 12 November 2009.
  3. ^ A semi-official seasonal title proclaimed by media consensus prior to December 1889 when the official County Championship is constituted.