On This Day in Sport for April 10

Events in Sport

  • 1874 14th British Golf Open: Mungo Park shoots a 159 at Musselburgh Links
  • 1887 Soccer team Be Quick forms in Hairs Groningen
  • 1896 Spiridon Louis wins 1st Olympic marathon (2:58:50)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1913 President Woodrow Wilson throws out 1st ball, Senators beat Yankees 2-1

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1913 Walter Johnson begins string of 56 consecutive scoreless innings

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1916 1st professional golf tournament held
  • 1916 The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is founded in New York City.
  • 1924 Tubular steel golf club shafts approved for championship play
  • 1934 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 3 games to 1
  • 1945 NFL's Boston Yanks & Brooklyn Tigers merge

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends Leo Durocher, first day of the season

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

Sport awardGolf Major

1949 13th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 282

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • 1953 7th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 1
  • 1954 108th Grand National: Bryan Marshall aboard Royal Tan wins
  • 1955 19th Masters Golf Tournament: Cary Middlecoff wins, shooting a 279
  • 1955 9th NBA Championship: Syrac Nats beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 3
  • 1956 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1

Sport awardGolf Major

1960 24th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 282

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1960 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Sport awardGolf Major

1961 25th Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • 1961 New Wash Senators loses 1st regular-season game 4-3 to White Sox
  • 1962 1st baseball game at LA's Dodger Stadium, they lose 6-3 to Reds
  • 1962 1st major league game in Houston, Colt .45s beat Chicago Cubs, 11-2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle hits his 375th HR

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1971 1st baseball game at Phila's Veterans Stadium, Phils beat Expos 4-1
  • 1971 US table tennis team arrives in People's Republic of China
  • 1975 Rangers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
  • 1976 Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed-Yanks win 9-7
  • 1976 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title

Sport awardGolf Major

1977 41st Masters Golf Tournament: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 276

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • 1977 Beverly Klass wins LPGA Women's International Golf Satellite
  • 1977 Cleveland Indians set club record for longest, 9 inn game (3:17)
  • 1978 Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced
  • 1979 J R Richard throws major league record 6 wild pitches in Astrodome
  • 1982 LA Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton in 3rd period, win in OT 6-5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Baltimore's Eddie Murray hits his 1,000 career hit

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1983 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1984 John Long (Detroit) ends NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • 1988 52nd Masters Golf Tournament: Sandy Lyle wins, shooting a 281
  • 1988 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA San Diego Inamori Golf Classic
  • 1988 Islanders beat Devils 5-4 (OT) 1st round tied at 2-2
  • 1990 Curtly Ambrose takes 8-45 in cricket vs England at Bridgetown

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1991 LA King Wayne Gretzky scores NHL record 93rd playoff goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1991 Martin Zubero swims world record 200m backstroke (1:52.51)
  • 1992 NHL strike ends after 10 days
  • 1993 Ottawa Senators win 1st road game (Islanders) after 38 straight loses
  • 1993 Pittsburgh Penguins win their NHL record 17 game winning streak
  • 1994 58th Masters Golf Tournament: Jose M Olazabal wins, shooting a 279
  • 1999 152nd Grand National: Paul Carberry aboard Bobbyjo wins

Sport awardGolf Major

2005 69th Masters Golf Tournament: Tiger Woods wins, shooting a 276

Golfer Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
  • 2005 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats India by 98 runs
  • 2010 163rd Grand National: Tony McCoy aboard Don't Push It wins
  • 2011 75th Masters Golf Tournament: Charl Schwartzel wins, shooting a 274
  • 2016 80th Masters Golf Tournament: England's Danny Willett wins, shooting a five-under 283

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1897 Ross Youngs, American baseball player (d. 1927)
  • 1907 Pete Desjardins, US, platform/springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1912 Clarke Hinkle, NFL fullback (Green Bay Packers)
  • 1914 E A V "Foffie" Williams, cricketer (WI all-rounder 1939-48)
  • 1914 Jack Badcock, cricketer (Tasmania Australian batsman of 30's)
  • 1923 Floyd M Simmons, actor/decathlete (Olympic-bronze-1948, 52)
  • 1923 John Watkins, cricketer (South African all-rounder in 15 Tests 49-57)
  • 1930 Shuja-ud-Din, cricketer (batted in 19 Tests for Pakistan 1954-62)
  • 1932 Mae Heriwentha Faggs Starr, NJ, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1933 Ron Murphy, Hamilton, ON, NHL player (New York Rangers), (d. 2014)

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1936 John Madden, NFL coach (Oakland Raiders) and sports commentator (CBS, FOX), born in Austin, Minnesota

Football Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
Football Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1937 Stan Mellor, British racehorse trainer/jockey
  • 1938 Don Meredith, NFL QB (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football, born in Mount Vernon, Texas
  • 1939 Alan Rothenberg, US Soccer pres (1990- )
  • 1942 Ian Callaghan, English footballer
  • 1945 Vera Misevich, USSR, equestrian dressage (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1950 Ken Griffey, Sr., American baseball player
  • 1953 David Moorcroft, British athlete
  • 1955 Cary Middlecoff, golfer (Masters)
  • 1958 Ken Griffy, baseball player (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yanks)
  • 1962 Cathy Turner, short track skater (Olympics-gold-1994, born in Rochester, New York
  • 1962 Jukka Tammi, hockey goaltender (Team Finland Oly-Bronze-1998)
  • 1962 Steve Tasker, wide receiver (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1963 Claire Smith, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics-96), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1963 Kirk Lowdermilk, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1963 Marvin Freeman, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Mike Devereaux, Casper WY, outfielder (Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1964 Manon Bollegraf, den Bosch Neth, tennis star (semi 1996 Aust doubles)
  • 1965 Karen Booker, WNBA center (Utah Starzz)
  • 1966 Neil Smith, NFL defensive end (KC Chiefs, Den Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1967 Donald Dufresne, Rimouski, NHL defenseman (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1967 Kay Whitmore, Sudbury, NHL goalie (NY Rangers)
  • 1969 Dennis Vial, Sault Ste-Marie Ca, NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators)
  • 1969 Wayne Lammle, WLAF kicker/punter (Scotland Claymores)
  • 1969 Ekaterini Koffa, Greek sprinter
  • 1970 Enrico Ciccone, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1970 J J McCleskey, NFL safety (New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1970 Sean Gilbert, defensive tackle (Washington Redskins)
  • 1970 Wesley Barnett, Oly weightlifter (Pan Am-silver-1987), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • 1971 Karl Williams, wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1971 Mihai Bagiu, Timisoara Romania, US gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Nana Miyagi, tennis star (1995 final Surabaya doubles), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1972 Maurice Harrell, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972 Richard Wearne, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Sue Merz, ice hockey defenseman (USA, Oly-98)
  • 1973 Roberto Carlos, Brazilian footballer
  • 1974 Petros Passalis, Greek footballer
  • 1975 Eric Den Besten, Bettendorf Iowa, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1975 Steve Washburn, NHL center (Florida Panthers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1976 Sara Renner, Canadian cross country skier
  • 1978 Jessica Davis, Greenbrae California, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-27th-96)
  • 1979 Peter Kopteff, Finnish footballer
  • 1980 Sean Avery, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1980 Kasey Kahne, American race-car driver
  • 1981 Alexei Semenov, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1982 Damián Lanza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1982 Andre Ethier, American baseball player
  • 1985 Carlos Tevez, Argentine footballer
  • 1985 Dion Phaneuf, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1986 Olivia Borlée, Belgian athlete
  • 1986 Vincent Kompany, Belgian footballer
  • 1990 Lulinha, Brazilian footballer

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

1938 NFL quarterback Sammy Baugh (24) weds his college sweetheart Edmonia Smith in Sweetwater, Texas

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

HeartWedding of Interest

1960 NBA guard Jerry West (21) weds his college sweetheart Martha Kane in Morgantown, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

Deaths in Sport

  • 1927 Ivo Bligh, cricketer (8th Earl of Darnley, 4 Tests 1882-83), dies
  • 1954 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (b. 1888)
  • 1956 Clarence Beaumont, 1st batter in 1st World Series, dies at 75
  • 1965 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (b. 1928)
  • 1988 Cliff Gladwin, cricketer (8 Tests for England 1947-49), dies
  • 2005 Al Lucas, American football player (b. 1978)
  • 2011 Mikhail Rusyayev, Russian footballer (b. 1964)
  • 2011 Homer Smith, American football coach (b. 1931)

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2015 Richie Benaud, Australian cricketer (leg spinner) and commentator, dies at 84

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud