On This Day in Sport for April 19

Events in Sport

  • 1897 1st Boston Marathon won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10. Becomes the world's oldest annual marathon.
  • 1898 2nd Boston Marathon won by Ron McDonald of Mass in 2:42:00
  • 1899 3rd Boston Marathon won by Lawrence Brignolia of Mass in 2:54:38
  • 1900 4th Boston Marathon won by Jim Caffrey of Canada in 2:39:44.4
  • 1900 Highest scoring opening game, Phils beat Braves 19-17 in 10
  • 1901 5th Boston Marathon won by Jim Caffrey of Canada in 2:29:23.6
  • 1902 6th Boston Marathon won by Sam Mellor of NY in 2:43:12
  • 1904 8th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring of NY in 2:38:04.4
  • 1905 9th Boston Marathon won by Fred Lorz of NY in 2:38:25.4
  • 1906 10th Boston Marathon won by Tim Ford of Mass in 2:45:45
  • 1907 11th Boston Marathon won by Tom Longboat of Canada in 2:24:24
  • 1909 13th Boston Marathon won by Henri Renaud of NH in 2:53:36.8
  • 1910 14th Boston Marathon won by Fred Cameron of Canada in 2:28:52.4
  • 1911 15th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:21:39.6
  • 1912 16th Boston Marathon won by Mike Ryan of NY in 2:21:18.2
  • 1913 17th Boston Marathon won by Fritz Carlson of Minn in 2:25:14.8
  • 1915 19th Boston Marathon won by Edouard Fabre of Canada in 2:31:41.2
  • 1916 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth of Mass in 2:27:16.4
  • 1917 21st Boston Marathon won by Bill Kennedy of NY in 2:28:37.2
  • 1919 23rd Boston Marathon won by Carl Linder of Mass in 2:29:13.4
  • 1920 24th Boston Marathon won by Peter Trivoulidas of Greece in 2:29:31
  • 1921 25th Boston Marathon won by Frank Zuna of NJ in 2:18:57.6
  • 1922 26th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:18:10
  • 1923 27th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:23:37.4
  • 1924 28th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:29:40.2
  • 1926 30th Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:25:40.4
  • 1927 31st Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:40:22.2
  • 1928 32nd Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:37:07.8
  • 1929 33rd Boston Marathon won by Johnny Miles of Canada in 2:33:08.6
  • 1930 34th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar of Mass in 2:34:48.2
  • 1932 36th Boston Marathon won by Paul de Bruyn of Germany in 2:33:36.4
  • 1933 37th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:31:01.6
  • 1934 38th Boston Marathon won by Dave Komonen of Canada in 2:32:53.8
  • 1935 39th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley of Mass in 2:32:07.4
  • 1937 41st Boston Marathon won by Walter Young of Canada in 2:33:20
  • 1938 42nd Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:35:34.8
  • 1939 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:28:51.8
  • 1940 44th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:28.6
  • 1941 45th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson of RI in 2:30:38
  • 1942 46th Boston Marathon won by Joe Smith of Mass in 2:26:51.2
  • 1943 47th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:25.8
  • 1944 1944 NFL Draft: Angelo Bertelli from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks
  • 1945 49th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley of Mass in 2:30:40.2
  • 1947 51st Boston Marathon won by Yun Bok Soh of Korea in 2:25:39
  • 1947 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 2
  • 1947 Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 After scoring 45 goals during the regular season, Maurice Richard is named MVP.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1948 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02
  • 1949 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gosta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1950 54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of Korea in 2:32:39

  • 1951 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45
  • 1952 56th Boston Marathon won by Doroteo Flores of Guatemala in 2:31:53

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1953 Louise Suggs wins LPGA San Diego Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1954 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39
  • 1954 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence Demar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th
  • 1955 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22
  • 1956 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium
  • 1956 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in 2:14:14
  • 1958 62nd Boston Marathon won by Franjo Mihalic of Yugoslavia in 2:25:54
  • 1959 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • 1960 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54
  • 1960 Baseball uniforms begin displaying players' names on their backs
  • 1961 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39
  • 1962 66th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:48
  • 1963 67th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:18:58

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1964 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Invitational

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1965 69th Boston Marathon won by Morio Shigematsu of Japan in 2:16:33
  • 1966 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan 1st man in 2:17:11 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:21:40
  • 1966 Roberta Bignay becomes 1st woman to run in the Boston Marathon
  • 1967 71st Boston Marathon: Dave McKenzie of New Zealand 1st man in 2:15:45 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:27:17
  • 1968 72nd Boston Marathon: Amby Burfoot of Conn 1st man in 2:22:17 and Bobbi Gibb of United States 1st woman in 3:30:00
  • 1970 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
  • 1971 75th Boston Marathon: Alvaro Mejia of Colombia 1st man in 2:18:45 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:08:30
  • 1974 Oriole Al Bumbry hits an inside-the-park HR against NY Yankees
  • 1976 80th Boston Marathon: Jack Fultz of United States 1st man in 2:20:19 and Kim Merritt of United States 1st woman in 2:47:10
  • 1979 Following a 6-3 loss to the Orioles, Yanks Goose Gossage & Cliff

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1981 Beth Daniel wins LPGA Florida Lady Citrus Golf

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1982 86th Boston Marathon: Alberto Salazar of United States 1st man in 2:08:51 and Charlotte Teske of West Germany 1st woman in 2:29:33
  • 1982 Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1986 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1987 Brendon Kuruppu scores 201* on Test Cricket debut (Sri Lanka v NZ)
  • 1987 Brewers score 5 runs in 9th to win 6-4 & record 12th straight AL win
  • 1987 Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save unconscious skydiver
  • 1987 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Santa Barbara Golf Open
  • 1987 LA Clippers end season with a terrible 12-70 record
  • 1989 Kevin Elster (NY Mets), sets error-less shortstop mark at 73
  • 1990 Pistons & 76'ers get into a fight accruing $162,500 fines (NBA record)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1991 Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1992 Dottie Mochrie wins LPGA Sega Women's Golf Championship
  • 1993 97th Boston Marathon: Cosmas N'deti of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:33 and Olga Markova of Russia 1st woman in 2:25:27
  • 1994 Graeme Obree bicycles world record 10km (11:25.88)
  • 1996 Rangers scores 16 in 8th vs Orioles
  • 1997 SD Padres & St Louis Cards play at Aloha Stadium Hawaii
  • 1997 1997 NFL Draft: Orlando Pace from Ohio State first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • 1999 103rd Boston Marathon: Joseph Chebet of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:52 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:23:25
  • 2004 108th Boston Marathon: Timothy Cherigat of Kenya 1st man in 2:10:37 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:24:27
  • 2010 114th Boston Marathon: Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:05:52 and Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:26:11

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1873 Sydney Barnes, English cricketer (27 Tests for England, 189 wickets) and probably England's greatest bowler, born in Smethwick, England (d. 1967)
  • 1915 Harry Craft, baseball manager
  • 1919 Gil Langley, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56)
  • 1929 Edward Crook, American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1931 Alex Webster, Kearney, New Jersey, football coach (NY Giants), (d. 2012)
  • 1933 Harold "Dickie" Bird, cricketer (noted England Test umpire)
  • 1939 Michael Macaulay, cricketer (Tvl, W Prov, OFS, NE Tvl, E Prov & S Afr)
  • 1945 Nuria Ortiz, Mexican skeet shooter (Olympic-13th-1968)
  • 1948 Rick Miller, American baseball player
  • 1950 Jeff Hammond, cricketer (Australian fast bowler on 1973 WI tour)
  • 1950 Marc Demeyer, Belgian cyclist (Paris-Brussel '74)
  • 1953 Sara Simeoni, Italian high jumper (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1954 Trevor Francis, British soccer manager
  • 1956 Lori West, LPGA golfer (1994 State Farm-5th), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1956 Sue Barker, English tennis star
  • 1960 Frank Viola, pitcher (Twins, Mets/Cy Young-1988), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1960 Roger Merrett, Australian footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1962 Al Unser Jr, Indy-car racer (over 10 wins), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.
  • 1962 Christa Teno, Tecumseh Ontario, LPGA golfer (1989 Mitsubishi-44th)
  • 1964 Harris Barton, NFL tackle (SF 49ers)
  • 1964 Scott Kamienicki, pitcher (NY Yankees)
  • 1966 Paul Reiffel, cricketer (Victorian & Australian pace bowler)
  • 1966 Randolph Keys, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • 1968 Brent Mayne, Loma Linda CA, catcher (NY Mets)
  • 1968 Keith McCants, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968 Roger Reinson, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1969 James Westphal, Oak Park Illinois, 10k runner
  • 1970 Michael Barrow, NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Carolina Panthers)
  • 1970 Rick Hamilton, WLAF linebacker (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1970 Kelly Holmes, English athlete
  • 1971 Otis Scott, 400m/800m runner, born in Gainesville, Florida
  • 1972 Eric Jack, NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1972 Jeff Wilkins, NFL kicker (SF 49ers, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1972 Rivaldo, Brazilian footballer
  • 1974 Ante Moric, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics-96)
  • 1975 Jason Gillespie, Australian cricketer (fast bowler, Australia 1996)
  • 1975 Temoc Suarez, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • 1975 Jussi Jääskeläinen, Finnish footballer
  • 1977 Lucien Mettomo, Cameroonian footballer
  • 1977 Joe Beimel, American baseball player
  • 1977 Dennys Reyes, Mexican baseball player
  • 1978 Whitney Metzler, 400m medley swimmer (Olympics-8th-96)
  • 1978 Gabriel Heinze, Argentinian footballer
  • 1979 Challen Sievers, Downers Grove Ill, rhythmic gymnast (Olympics-96)
  • 1981 Martin Havlat, Czech hockey player
  • 1981 Troy Polamalu, American football player
  • 1983 Alberto Callaspo, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1983 Zack Duke, American baseball player
  • 1983 Joe Mauer, American baseball player
  • 1983 Curtis Thigpen, American baseball player
  • 1985 Valon Behrami, Swiss Footballer
  • 1986 Candace Parker, American basketball player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1987 Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player (6 singles titles), born in Nyagan, Russia

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 1987 Joe Hart, English Under-21 Footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1997 Tennis player champion Andre Agassi (26) weds actress and model Brooke Shields (31) in Monterey, California

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 2008 New York Giants NFL quarterback Eli Manning (27) weds Abby McGrew (24) at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Deaths in Sport

  • 1906 Spencer Gore, British tennis player and cricketer (b. 1850)
  • 1949 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)
  • 1956 Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WWII), dies at 47
  • 1964 Cyril Merry, cricketer (WI batsman in 2 Tests 1933), dies
  • 1968 Tommy Bridges, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • 1996 Norman Oldfield, cricketer (scored 99 runs in Test for England), dies
  • 2008 John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • 2010 Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (b. 1981)
  • 2012 Valeri Vasiliev, Society ice hockey defenceman, dies at 62
  • 2013 Mike Denness, Scottish cricketer, dies from cancer at 72
  • 2016 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, dies at 76