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Author: Margaret Roberts

On This Week in Sport History – Boxing

16th – Today in 1900 Matty Matthews regained the World Welterweight title defeating James (Rube) Ferns in 15 at Detroit.  In Baltimore in 1902 Young Corbett knocked out Joe Berstein in the eighth round to retain his World Featherweight title.  A year later in 1903 Frankie Neil defeated Johnny Reagan at Los Angeles and in doing so retained the World Bantamweight title. In 1903 the vacant World Welterweight crown was lifted by Honey Mellody who took 15 rounds to defeat Joe Walcott. On this day in 1909 Jack Johnson knocked out Stanley Ketchel in the twelfth round. According to the...

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On this Week in Sport History – Cricket

 9th – Today in 1865 saw the birth of leading Australian sportsman of the late 19th and early 20th century – Jack Reedman. Australian Rules footballer, leading long-distance swimmer and cricketer, he made his first-class cricket debut for South Australia on 17th February 1888 against Victoria at the Adelaide Oval. An all-rounder, Reedman made a duck in his only innings of the match and did not bowl as South Australia won by an innings and 113 runs.  Despite this inauspicious start, Reedman went on to captain South Australia and represent Australia in one Test match against England, at the...

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On this week in Sport History – Rugby Union

2nd -Today in 1909 Harlequins defeated Richmond 14-10 in the first ever match played at Twickenham. The game attracted a crowd of 2,000. The ground hosted its first Test match four months later when England defeated Wales 15-6 in front of a crowd of 18,000. The RFU purchased the plot for £5,500 in 1907, and the first stands were constructed the following year. Before the ground was bought, it was used to grow cabbages, and so Twickenham became known as the ‘Cabbage Patch’. In 1924 The Invincible Second All Blacks battled their way to a 13-10 victory over a...

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On This Week in Sport history ~ Golf

25th -Today in 1867 Foxhall Parker Keene was born, an American thoroughbred race-horse owner and breeder as well as a world and Olympic gold medallist in polo and an amateur tennis player. He was also rated the best all-around polo player in the United States for eight consecutive years, a golfer who competed in the US Open, and a pioneer race car driver who vied for the Gordon Bennett Cup. In addition to his substantial involvement in flat racing, he was also a founding member of the National Steeplechase Association. An avid golfer, Keene competed in the 1897 US...

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On This Week in Sport History – Seoul Olympics 1988

18th– The 1988 weightlifting competition took place at the Ol-lim-pik Gong-won, or Olympic Weightlifting Gymnasium, which was specially constructed for the Seoul Olympics and later became a musical theatre. There were ten events at the tournament – for men only. The flyweight competition was won on this day by Bulgaria’s Sevdalin Marinov, the winner of the previous three World Championships. He opened with a world record snatch of 120.0 kg and also had the best clean & jerk, giving him a world record total of 270.0 kg. Diving was contested at the Indoor Swimming Pool in the Olympic Park...

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