On This Day in Sport for April 2

Events in Sport

  • 1902 Soccer team MVV '02 forms in Maastricht
  • 1908 Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday

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1931 Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1935 Mary Hirsch, becomes 1st woman licensed as a horse trainer
  • 1939 6th Masters Golf Tournament: Ralph Guldahl wins, shooting a 279
  • 1955 Pancho Gonzales retains tennis title by winning a tournament playing under table tennis rules
  • 1967 Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Louise Suggs Golf Invitational

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1969 Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)

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1974 Tony Greig takes 8-86 v WI Port-of-Spain (later 5-70 in 2nd inn)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig

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1976 A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez & Paul Mitchell

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1977 Mont Canadiens set NHL record of 34 straight home games without a lose
  • 1977 131st Grand National: Tommy Stack aboard Red Rum wins
  • 1978 7th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • 1978 Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown
  • 1982 In exhibition game A's pitcher Steve McCatty comes to bat using a 15" toy bat (under Billy Martins orders), protesting disallowing of DH
  • 1984 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston 84-75
  • 1986 NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance)
  • 1988 Simply Majestic sets horse racing's 1-1/8 mile record at 1:45
  • 1988 Test Cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, WI v Pakistan, Georgetown
  • 1989 18th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
  • 1989 8th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Auburn 76-60
  • 1990 52nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Nevada-LV beats Duke 103-73
  • 1995 14th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: U of Ct Huskies beats TN 70-64

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1995 7th Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus

  • 1995 Baseball season opener delayed until April 26
  • 1995 Owners accept baseball players proposal, agree to start season 4/26

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1995 Wrestlemania XI in Conn-Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor
  • 2000 19th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee 71-52
  • 2001 63rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Arizona 82-72
  • 2005 James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event.
  • 2007 69th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats Ohio State 84-75

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2010 Kobe Bryant signs a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $87 million

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 2012 74th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky defeats Kansas 67-59

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1907 Luke Appling, American baseball player (d. 1991)
  • 1910 Arnie Herber, NFL QB (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants)
  • 1926 Jack Brabham, Australian race car driver (F1 champ 1959, 1960, 1966), born in Hurstville, NSW (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Billy Pierce, pitcher (Chicago White Sox) seven time all star
  • 1927 Carmen Basilio, American boxer, (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Ferenc Pusk├ís, Hungarian footballer (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Mahmood Hussain, Pakistani cricket swing bowler (68 wkts in 27 Tests)
  • 1938 Whirlaway, American thoroughbred racehorse, 1941 Triple Crown Winner (d. 1953)
  • 1945 Don Sutton, baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers)
  • 1946 Richard Collinge, cricketer (NZ rec wicket-taker (116) before Hadlee)
  • 1948 Marlene Floyd, LPGA golfer
  • 1951 Ayako Okamoto, LPGA golfer (1990 Sara Lee), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1952 Dan Halldorson, Winnipeg, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 World Cup)
  • 1952 Joseph Kent Massey, soling sailor (Oly-bronze-1996), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1956 Farrukh Zaman, lefty cricket spinner (bowled 10 overs Pak v NZ 1976)
  • 1959 Adrian Meagher, Australian baseball pitching coach (Olympics-1996)
  • 1959 Brian Goodell, US, 400m/1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-1976)
  • 1959 Carmen Ayala-Troncoso, American 5K runner, born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Gelindo Bordin, Italian marathon runner (Olympic-gold-1988)
  • 1959 Ken Macleay, cricketer (at Bedford-on-Avon Aussie ODI medium pacer)
  • 1959 Badou Zaki, Morrocan footballer and manager
  • 1959 Juha Kankkunen, Finnish race car driver
  • 1960 Linford Christie, St Andrews Jamaica, 4x100m runner (Oly-gold 1992
  • 1961 Cindy Mackey, LPGA golfer (1986 MasterCard Intl Pro-Am), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1961 Gijs Steinmann, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1962 Alex Tripolski, Israel, Men's Shooting 50M air pistol (Oly-16th-1996)
  • 1962 Bruce Kozerski, NFL tackle/guard (Cin Bengals)
  • 1963 Dermot Reeve, English cricketer and unorthodox all-rounder, born in Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • 1964 Pete Incaviglia, Pebble Beach CA, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1966 Andrei Kovalev, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics-98)
  • 1966 Bill Romanowski, NFL linebacker (Eagles, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1966 Willie Green, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1966 Teddy Sheringham, English footballer
  • 1969 Yj Nagata, [Yuji], wrestler (NJPW)
  • 1970 Jerry Reynolds, NFL guard/tackle (NY Giants)
  • 1970 Jon Lieber, Council Bluffs IA, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1970 Marcus Christensen, figure skater (1995 Canadian-2nd), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1970 Tammi Reiss, WNBA guard (Utah Starzz)
  • 1971 James Ransom, Epee fencer (Olympics-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1971 Todd Woodbridge, Australian tennis star ('95 doubles Wimbledon), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1972 Graham Hood, Winnipeg Manitoba, 1.5k runner (Olympics-9-92, 96)
  • 1976 Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer
  • 1978 John Gall, American baseball player
  • 1980 Carlos Salcido, Mexican footballer
  • 1980 Ricky Hendrick, NASCAR driver and owner (d. 2004)
  • 1981 Michael Clarke, Australian cricketer
  • 1982 Bianca Chatfield, Australian netballer
  • 1982 Marco Amelia, Italian World Cup-winning footballer
  • 1982 Jeremy Bloom, American skier and football player
  • 1983 Felix Borja, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1983 Paul Capdeville, Chilean tennis player

Divorces in Sport


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1919 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (23) divorces Maxine Gates after 2 years of marriage

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Deaths in Sport

  • 1933 K S Ranjitsinhji, cricketer (989 Test runs, 1st-class avg 56), dies
  • 1947 Joseph Hardstaff, cricket (311 runs in 5 Tests for Eng 1907-08), dies

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1972 Gil Hodges, manager (NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1979 Carroll D Rosenbloom, LA Rams president, dies at 72
  • 1979 Ivan Barrow, cricketer (11 Tests for West Indies 1930-39), dies
  • 1980 Dick Howorth, cricketer (England slow lefty all-rounder late 40's), dies
  • 1993 Klaas Schenk, Dutch speed skater, coach and father of Ard, dies at 86
  • 1995 Harvey Penick, premier golf instructor/author, dies at 90
  • 2010 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2010 Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (b. 1970)