On This Day in Sport for April 12

Events in Sport

  • 1877 Catcher's mask 1st used in a baseball game
  • 1896 Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens)
  • 1930 4th Test Cricket WI v England ends in a draw after nine days
  • 1930 Wilfred Rhodes ends Test Cricket career aged 52 years 165 days
  • 1931 Joe McCarthy debuts as NY Yankee manager
  • 1937 Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England.
  • 1938 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
  • 1940 NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
  • 1941 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games

Sport awardGolf Major

1942 9th Masters Golf Tournament: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1952 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Houston Weathervane Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

Sport awardGolf Major

1953 17th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 274

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan

Sport awardGolf Major

1954 18th Masters Golf Tournament: Sam Snead wins, shooting a 289

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1954 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3
  • 1955 1st game in KC, KC A's beat Detroit Tigers, 6-2
  • 1958 12th NBA Championship: St Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2
  • 1959 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Sport awardGolf Major

1964 28th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 276

  • 1964 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies' Golf Open Invitational
  • 1965 1st NL game at Houston's Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)
  • 1966 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2
  • 1969 Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1980 Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper & Money hit grand slams)
  • 1980 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games
  • 1980 Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland.

Sport awardGolf Major

1981 45th Masters Golf Tournament: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Tom Watson
Golfer
Tom Watson

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1981 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 1987 51st Masters Golf Tournament: Larry Mize wins, shooting a 285
  • 1987 Ahmed Salah wins 2nd World Cup marathon (2:10:55)
  • 1987 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
  • 1988 Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round
  • 1988 Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Balt Orioles
  • 1992 2nd lowest NBA scoring game - Detroit Piston 72, NY Knicks 61
  • 1992 53rd PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Lee Trevino

Sport awardGolf Major

1992 56th Masters Golf Tournament: Fred Couples wins, shooting a 275

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • 1992 NY Mets lose 1st 3 home games for 1st time since 1962
  • 1998 62nd Masters Golf Tournament: Mark O'Meara wins, shooting a 279
  • 2009 73rd Masters Golf Tournament: Ángel Cabrera wins, shooting a 276
  • 2015 79th Masters Golf Tournament: Jordan Spieth wins, shooting a 270

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1883 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1959)
  • 1884 Tenby Davies, Welsh world champion runner (d. 1932)
  • 1911 Geoff Chubb, cricketer (South African pace bowler v England 1951-52 aged 40)
  • 1917 M Marie Wadlow, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1917 Vinoo Mankad, cricketer (India's greatest all-rounder to his time)
  • 1934 Heinz Schneiter, Swiss footballer
  • 1939 Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1941 Bobby Moore, English footballer (d. 1993)
  • 1942 Carlos Reutemann, Argentine racing driver and politician
  • 1948 Raphick Jumadeen, cricketer (WI slow left-armer of the 70's)
  • 1950 Tom Werner, owner (SD Padres)/producer (Roseanne, Cosby Show)
  • 1952 Alexis Arguello, featherweight boxer (1974 champ), born in Managua, Nicaragua
  • 1952 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist (d. 2004)
  • 1952 Reuben Gant, American professional football player
  • 1954 Marvin Johnson, US, middleweight boxer (Olympic-bronze-1972)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1960 Ron MacLean, Canadian sportscaster (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Zweibrücken, Germany

CBC Sportscaster Ron MacLean
CBC Sportscaster
Ron MacLean
  • 1961 Julius Kariuki, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • 1962 Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler
  • 1964 Mike Macfarlane, catcher (KC Royals), born in Stockton, California
  • 1965 Elaine Zayak, NJ, figure skater (Olympics-6th-1984)
  • 1966 Jeffrey Hunter, WLAF DE (London Monarchs)
  • 1966 Lorenzo White, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1966 Theo Blanco, WLAF receiver (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1967 Bobby Abrams, NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • 1967 Donna Andrews, LPGA golfer (1994 Nabisco Dinah Shore), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1967 Kirk Everist, water polo driver (Olympics-96), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968 Adam Graves, NHL left wing (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968 Neal Fort, CFL tackle (Montreal Alouettes)
  • 1969 Michael Jackson, NFL wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1970 Patrick Brugnoli, hockey forward (Team Italy 1998)
  • 1971 Fernando Meligeni, Argentina, tennis star
  • 1971 Kent Manderville, Edmonton, NHL left wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1971 Tyrone Chatman, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1972 Paul Lo Duca, American baseball player
  • 1973 Antonio Osuna, Sinaloa Mexico, pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • 1974 Kabir Khan, cricketer (Pakistani slow left-armer 1994- )
  • 1974 Roman Hamrlik, Gottwaldov Cze, NHL defenseman (Lightning, Oly-gold-98)
  • 1974 Sylvinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1975 Marcie Alberts, WNBA guard (Cleveland Rockers)
  • 1976 Brad Miller, American basketball player
  • 1977 Giovanny Espinoza, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1977 Glenn Rogers, Scottish Cricket Player
  • 1979 Mateja Kežman, Serbian footballer
  • 1979 Elena Grosheva, Olympic gymnast
  • 1979 Jordan De Jong, American baseball player
  • 1981 Nicolás Burdisso, Argentine footballer
  • 1981 Brian Vandborg, Danish cyclist
  • 1985 Ted Ginn, American football player
  • 1985 Paul Murphy, Irish footballer
  • 1986 Blerim Džemaili, Swiss footballer

Deaths in Sport

  • 1954 Pim [Willem JH] Mulier, Dutch journalist/sports-organizer, dies at 89
  • 1962 Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1971 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • 1977 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • 1980 Stanley De Silva, cricketer (motor bike Sri Lanka '79 World Cup), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1981 Joe Louis, [Brown bomber], US heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), dies of cardiac arrest at 66

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1983 Carl Morton, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • 1987 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1989 Sugar Ray Robinson, heavyweight boxing champ, dies at 67 of Alzheimer

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 2008 Cecilia Colledge, British ice skater and Olympian (b. 1920)
  • 2014 Hal Smith, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 82