On This Day in Sport for April 26

Events in Sport

  • 1905 Cubs Jack McCarthy becomes only major league player to throw out 3 runners at plate in 1 game, all were ends of a double play
  • 1912 1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1931 Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1935 Frank Boucher is given NHL's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently for winning it 7 of 11 years
  • 1941 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1950 Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run
  • 1950 U of Miami ends William & Mary straight tennis match victories at 82
  • 1952 Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman
  • 1959 Wiffi Smith wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1962 Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0
  • 1964 18th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat SF Warriors, 4 games to 1
  • 1964 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1975 Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1980 Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01)
  • 1980 Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards)
  • 1981 Beth Solomon wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • 1982 Gene Michael becomes NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • 1983 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 1983 NFL Draft: John Elway from University of Stanford first pick by Baltimore Colts

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1988 NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season
  • 1988 NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al Lopez did it 1st)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Mike Tyson is ticketed for driving 71 MPH in 30 mile zone in Albany

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1990 NY court of appeals ends 2½ year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller's record of pitching 12 1-hitters

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 1992 Maggie Will wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic
  • 1992 1992 NFL Draft: Steve Emtman from University of Washington first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • 1995 Baseball season begins after lengthy strike
  • 2003 2003 NFL Draft: Carson Palmer from USC first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • 2008 2008 NFL Draft: Jake Long from University of Michigan first pick by Miami Dolphins
  • 2012 2012 NFL Draft: Andrew Luck from University of Stanford first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • 2015 35th London Marathon: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge & Ethiopian Tigist Tufa win

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1874 J H "Biddy" Anderson, cricketer (one Test South Africa v Australia 1902)
  • 1897 Eddie Eagan, American sportsman (d. 1967)
  • 1898 Edward PF Eagan, boxer (Oly-gold-20)/bobsledder (Oly-gold-32), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1900 Hack Wilson, American baseball player (d. 1948)
  • 1909 Richard Howorth, cricketer (English all-rounder, three county doubles)
  • 1916 Virgil Trucks, MLB picther (two-time All Star), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2013)
  • 1917 I. M. Pei, Chinese-American architect (1961 Brunner Prize), born in Guangzhou, China
  • 1917 Sal "The Barber" Maglie, pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct)
  • 1918 Fanny Blankers-Koen, Holland, 100m/200m dash, hurdler (Olym-gold-1948)
  • 1926 David Coleman, sports commentator
  • 1926 Preston "Bob" Tisch, NFL co-owner (NY Giants)
  • 1930 Roger Moens, Belgium, 800m runner (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • 1937 Robert Boozer, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1960), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2012)
  • 1945 V K Ramaswamy, cricketer (Indian Test umpire stood in 1996 World Cup)
  • 1947 Donna Elizabeth De Varona, Greenwich Ct, swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-64)
  • 1949 Carlos Bianchi, Argentinian footballer
  • 1949 Jerry Blackwell, American wrestler (d. 1995)
  • 1955 Mike Scott, American baseball player
  • 1958 Johnny "Earl of" Dumfries, racing driver
  • 1959 Ann O'Neill, Toowoomba QLD, golfer (1989 Downs District Champ)
  • 1961 Albert Lawrence, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • 1961 Nancy Scranton, Centralia IL, golfer (1991 du Maurier Ltd Classic)
  • 1962 Colin Anderson, English footballer
  • 1963 Bill Wennington, NBA center (Chicago Bulls)
  • 1963 Thomas Searle, hockey defenseman (Team Austria 1998)
  • 1966 Andrea Temesvari, tennis star (1985 US Clay Courts), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1967 Klaus Merk, Augsburg GER, hockey goaltender (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1967 Matt Peterson, Nike golfer (1992 Hawkeye Open-7th), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968 Ahmed Elmaghraby, Suez Egypt, US field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 Ryan Yarborough, NFL wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens, NY Jets)
  • 1972 Francisco Cordova, Veracruz Mexico, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1972 Marco Rivera, NFL/WLAF guard (Scot Claymores, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1972 Natrone Means, NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 Avi Nimni, Israeli Footballer
  • 1972 Kiko Narváez, Spanish footballer
  • 1973 Mark Davis, NBA guard/forward (Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • 1973 Chris Perry, English footballer
  • 1975 Jabbar Threats, defensive end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1976 Sarah Tueting, ice hockey goalie (USA, Oly-98)
  • 1977 Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese baseball player
  • 1977 Chris Johnston, Irish rugby player
  • 1978 Joe Crede, American baseball player
  • 1978 Peter Madsen, Danish footballer
  • 1981 Matthieu Delpierre, French footballer
  • 1982 Brock Gillespie, American basketball player
  • 1983 José María López, Argentine racing driver
  • 1985 John Isner, American Tennis player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1932 Bill Lockwood, cricketer (43 wickets in 12 Tests for England), dies
  • 1944 Violette Morris, French athlete (b. 1893)
  • 1958 Joe Small, cricketer (WI all-rounder in 1928 series), dies
  • 1982 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic-gold-1924, 28), dies