On This Day in Sport for April 16

Events in Sport

  • 1912 Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 doubleplay (left fielder covers 2nd base)
  • 1929 NY Yankees become 1st team to wear uniform numbers

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1935 Babe Ruth's 1st NL game, for Boston Braves, included a HR

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1939 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • 1940 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
  • 1949 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games (2nd year in a row)
  • 1953 Jackie Pung wins LPGA Palm Springs Golf Open
  • 1953 Phillie's Connie Ryan gets 6 hits in a game
  • 1953 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
  • 1954 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 3
  • 1957 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1
  • 1959 NY Yankees unveil their 1st message scoreboard
  • 1959 Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit

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1961 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1961 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • 1972 1st Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jane Blalock
  • 1972 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
  • 1978 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • 1978 St Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
  • 1979 83rd Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:09:27 and Joan Benoit of United States 1st woman in 2:35:15

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1980 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1984 88th Boston Marathon: Geoff Smith of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:34 and Lorraine Moller of New Zealand 1st woman in 2:29:28

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1987 Michael Jordan becomes the second NBA player in history to score 3000 points in a season

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1989 1st Seniors Golf Tradition: Don Bies wins
  • 1989 Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup

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1989 Pat Bradley wins LPGA AI Star/Centinela Hospital Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1989 Zeleka Metaferia wins 3rd World Cup marathon (2:10:28)
  • 1990 94th Boston Marathon: Gelindo Bordin of Italy 1st man in 2:08:19 and Rosa Mota of Portugal 1st woman in 2:25:24
  • 1991 St Louis Blues becomes 8th NHL team in Play-off to come back from a 3-1 deficit as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in game 7
  • 1992 NY Rangers win team record 50th game

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1995 56th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Ray Floyd wins

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 2001 105th Boston Marathon: Lee Bong-Ju of South Korea 1st man in 2:09:43 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:23:53
  • 2007 111th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:14:13 and Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia 1st woman in 2:29:18
  • 2012 116th Boston Marathon: Wesley Korir of Kenya 1st man in 2:12:40 and Sharon Cherop of Kenya 1st woman in 2:31:50

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1861 Isaac Murphy, US jockey (won 628 races)
  • 1878 R E "Tip" Foster, cricketer (287 on debut England v Aust SCG 1903)
  • 1906 Bep [Elisa H] Bakhuis, Dutch soccer star/writer
  • 1918 Dick Gibson, British racing driver
  • 1928 Dick "Night Train" Lane, NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions)
  • 1932 Imre Polyak, Hungary, featherweight (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1938 Rich Rollins, American baseballer
  • 1940 David Holford, cricketer (cousin of G S Sobers WI leg-spin all-rounder)
  • 1942 Jim Lonborg, American baseball player
  • 1943 Johnny Watkins, cricketer (NSW leg-spinner, bowled 6 overs for Aust)
  • 1944 Bob Montgomery, last Major League Baseball player to bat without a helmet (1979), born in Nashville, Tennessee

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1947 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, [Lew Alcindor], NBA center (Mil Bucks, LA Lakers), born in NYC, New York

  • 1952 Peter Westbrook, US fencer (Olympic-bronze-88, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri

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1952 Bill Belichick, American football coach (4 Super Bowls with New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick
  • 1954 John Bowe, Australian racing driver
  • 1955 Bruce Bochy, American baseball player and manager
  • 1956 Marty Dickerson, golfer (1994 ShopRite Classic-22nd), born in Middletown, Ohio
  • 1958 Philip Bainbridge, British cricketeer
  • 1959 Anne Kursinski, equestrian show jumper (Olympics-silver-96)
  • 1960 Rafael Benítez, Spanish football manager
  • 1960 Pierre Littbarski, German footballer
  • 1962 David Pate, tennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Jeanne Golay, American cyclist (Olympics-16th-92, 96), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1963 Garry Galley, NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Hu Na, China, tennis star
  • 1963 Salim Malik, cricketer (memorable Pakistani & Essex batsman)
  • 1965 Caren Kemner, Quincy IL, volleyball outside hitter (Oly-bronze-92, 96)
  • 1966 Lewis Tillman, NFL running back (Chicago Bears)
  • 1967 Charles Evans, NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1968 Grace Kim, Korea, tennis star
  • 1969 Fernando Vina, infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1969 Melinda Rich, Muskegon Mich, WPVA volleyballer (US Open-13th-1993)
  • 1970 Ian Franklin, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos)
  • 1970 Steve Emtman, NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Walt Williams, NBA forward/guard (Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat)
  • 1971 Natasha Zvereva, Minsk Belarus, tennis ace (finals 1995 Indian Wells)
  • 1971 Trey Maples, Wheat Ridge Colo, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Canadian)
  • 1972 Conchita Martinez, Monzon Spain, tennis star (1996 final Indian Wells)
  • 1972 Jim Ballard, NFL/WLAF quarterback (Scottish Claymores, Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Mario Bradley, WLAF cornerback (London Monarchs)
  • 1975 Nicky Sualua, NFL fullback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1977 Fredrik Ljungberg, Swedish footballer
  • 1979 Christijan Albers, Dutch Formula One driver
  • 1979 Sixto Peralta, Argentine footballer
  • 1982 Boris Diaw, French basketball player
  • 1982 Jonathan Vilma, American football player
  • 1983 Cat Osterman, American softball pitcher
  • 1983 George Patis, Greek badminton player
  • 1985 Luol Deng, British-Sudanese basketball player
  • 1986 Paul di Resta, British racing driver
  • 1987 Aaron Lennon, English footballer
  • 1988 Joe McKnight, NFL and CFL player killed in road rage incident, born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1993 Mirai Nagasu, American Figure Skater

Weddings in Sport

  • 2016 Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson (24) weds NFL player Andrew East (24) in Franklin, Tennessee

Deaths in Sport

  • 1916 Tom Horan, cricketer (15 Tests for Aust, 471 runs, 11 wickets), dies
  • 1924 Jack Board, cricket wicket-keeper (Eng in 6 Tests 1898-1906), dies
  • 1938 Steve Bloomer, English footballer (b. 1874)
  • 1946 Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer (b. 1884)
  • 1981 Eric Hollies, cricketer (13 Tests for England, 44 wickets), dies
  • 1988 Clifford Roach, cricketer (16 Tests early in WI cricket history), dies
  • 2001 Alec Stock, English football manager (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Gaetan Duchesne, Canadian hockey player (b. 1962)
  • 2007 Maria Lenk, Brazilian swimmer and first Brazilian woman to compete in the Olympic Games (b. 1915)

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2013 Pat Summerall, American NFL player and sportscaster, dies from cardiac arrest at 82

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall