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1866 In Sports

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1866 In Sports

1866 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.


  • Association football 1
  • Athletics (track and field) 2
  • Baseball 3
  • Boxing 4
  • Cricket 5
  • Golf 6
  • Horse racing 7
  • Rowing 8
  • Rugby football 9
  • Yacht racing 10
  • References 11

Association football


Athletics (track and field)


  • The Amateur Athletics Club (AAC) is founded and becomes the governing body of athletics in the United Kingdom, hosting the first national championships and introducing a definition of "amateur" that will determine eligibility for athletics competitions until the late 20th century.


National championship




  • 6 August — Jem Mace defeats Joe Goss in the 21st round and reclaims the vacant English Championship.[1]
  • 19 September — Mike McCoole defeats Bill Davis in the 34th round at Rhodes Point, near St Louis, and underlines his claim to the American Championship.[2] The third claimant Jimmy Elliott does not fight anyone this year.[3]



  • Harry Jupp 1,140 @ 31.66 (HS 165)
  • Most wickets – George Wootton 119 @ 14.09 (BB 8–69)


Major tournaments

Horse racing







The Boat Race

Rugby football


Yacht racing

The American schooners Vesta, Henrietta and Fleetwing cross the Atlantic Ocean from James Gordon Bennett, Jr., and captained by Samuel S. Samuels won the race in 13 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes.


  1. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Jem Mace. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  2. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Mike McCoole. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
  3. ^ Cyber Boxing Zone – Jimmy Elliott. Retrieved on 8 November 2009.
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