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1873 In Sports

1873 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.


  • American football 1
  • Association football 2
  • Australian rules football 3
  • Baseball 4
  • Boxing 5
  • Canadian football 6
  • Cricket 7
  • Golf 8
  • Horse racing 9
  • Rowing 10
  • Rugby football 11
  • References 12

American football

College championship


Association football



Australian rules football



National championship



  • 23 September — Tom Allen becomes the undisputed Heavyweight Champion of America when he defeats Mike McCoole in the 7th round at "Chateau Island" near St. Louis, Missouri.[1]
  • 29 October — McCoole is arrested and later convicted for shooting another pugilist called Patsy Mavery at St. Louis. This ends his career.[2]
  • 18 November — Allen defends his title against Ben Hogan at Pacific City, Iowa. In the third round, Hogan claims a foul but is refused by the referee. A riot erupts and the bout is forced to end, being declared a draw. Allen retains the American Championship but does not fight again until 1876.[1]

Canadian football




  • Player qualification rules are introduced with players having to decide at the start of a season whether they will play for their county of birth or their county of residence. Until now, it has been quite common for a player to play for two counties during the course of a single season. Increasing media interest in county cricket enables a semi-official championship to be inaugurated, based on media consensus.



Major tournaments

Horse racing








The Boat Race

Rugby football



  1. ^ a b Cyber Boxing Zone – Tom Allen. Retrieved on 12 November 2009.
  2. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Mike McCoole. 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.
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