On This Day in Sport for April 27

Events in Sport

  • 1908 4th modern Olympic games opens in London
  • 1918 Giants' 9-0 winning start & Dodgers' 0-9 losing streak are stopped
  • 1924 Antwerp soccer tie Belgium-Netherlands 1-1
  • 1926 In the Giants' 9-8 win over Phillies, Mel Ott, 17, 1st appearance
  • 1944 Boston Brave Jim Tobin no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 2-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium & through out US

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1953 Wrestler Freddie Blassie coins term "Pencil neck geek"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Heavyweight champ, Rocky Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 1961 NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
  • 1969 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
  • 1973 KC Royal Steve Busby no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • 1975 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Charity Golf Classic
  • 1980 Barbara Barrow wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • 1981 1st female soccer official is hired by NASL
  • 1982 1982 NFL Draft: Kenneth Sims from University of Texas first pick by New England Patriots

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1983 Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king (3,509), passing Walter Johnson

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1984 Cleve Indians beat Detroit Tigers, 8-4, in 19 innings

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1986 Pat Bradley wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • 1992 NY Mets trade David Cone to Toronto Blue Jays for Jeff Kent
  • 1994 7th longest NHL game: NJ Devils beat Buffalo Sabres (125 min 43 sec)
  • 1994 Graeme Obree bicycles world record time (52,713 km)
  • 1994 Twins righty Scott Erickson no-hits Brewers 6-0

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1997 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Championship

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1875 Freddie Fane, cricketer (Hobbs' 1st Test opening partner)
  • 1893 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player (d. 1939)
  • 1896 Rogers Hornsby, 2nd baseman (St Louis Cards)

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1899 Leo Diegel, American golfer (two-time PGA Champion), born in Detroit, Michigan

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1916 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player (d. 2002)
  • 1929 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved shoplift scandal, born in Smychka (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Charles Adkins, US, light welterweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1932 Chuck Knox, NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks)
  • 1936 Khalid Wazir, cricketer (son of S Wazir Ali 2 Tests for Pakistan 1954)
  • 1941 Lee Roy Jordan, American football player
  • 1943 Helmut Marko, auto racer (Le Mans Grand Prix)
  • 1946 John Maclean, cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1978-79)
  • 1949 Yoshiaki Fujiwara, wrestler (NJPW/PWF/UWF)
  • 1952 Ari Vatanen, Finnish rally driver

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1952 George Gervin, American basketball player, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • 1956 Dennie Shupryt-Knoop, beach volleyballer (Olympics-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1962 Denise Baldwin, LPGA golfer (1991 Futures Salisbury Classic), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1962 PattiSue Plumer, Covina, California, American 3k runner (Gold-Seattle '90)
  • 1962 Ángel Comizzo, Argentine footballer
  • 1964 Paul Osbaldiston, CFL kicker (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1965 Courtenay Becker-Dey, American Europe class sailor (Oly-bronze-1996), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1966 Peter McIntyre, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1995)
  • 1967 Bridgette Gordon, WNBA forward (Sacramento Monarchs, Olympic-gold-88)
  • 1967 Jason Whitlock, American sportswriter
  • 1968 Adrian Cooper, NFL tight end (Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1969 Brett Steven, Bermuda, NZ tennis player (Olympics-96)
  • 1969 Francine "Frankie" McRae, Australian softball outfielder (Oly-br-96)
  • 1969 Tyrone Rodgers, CFL defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers)
  • 1969 Grahame Cheney, Australian boxer
  • 1970 Mikiko Hagiwara, WNBA guard (Sacramento Monarchs)
  • 1970 Tim Hanshaw, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • 1971 Craig Keith, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1971 James Burton, cornerback (Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Ricky Sutton, WLAF defensive end (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1972 Alison McKnight, 100m hurdler and heptathlete, born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1972 Ethan Brooks, NFL/WAFL tackle (Atlanta Falcons, Rhein Fire)
  • 1972 Silvia Farina, tennis star (1995 Maria Lankowitz doubles), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1972 Tim Ruddy, NFL center (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1972 Tommy Thompson, NFL punter (SF 49ers)
  • 1974 Carlos Fortes, soccer player (Sparta)
  • 1974 Pete Chryplewicz, tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1975 Kenny Harris, safety (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1975 Michael Booker, cornerback (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1975 Chris Carpenter, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • 1976 Walter Pandiani, Uruguayan footballer
  • 1977 Khalid Zoubaa, French runner
  • 1979 Natasha Chokljat, Australian netballer
  • 1980 Christian Lara, Ecuadorian footballer
  • 1980 Ananda Mikola, Indonesian racing driver
  • 1980 Sybille Bammer, Austrian tennis player
  • 1981 Patrik Gerrbrand, Swedish footballer
  • 1981 Joey Gathright, American baseball player
  • 1984 Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 1984 Daniel Holdsworth, Australian Rugby League player
  • 1987 Elliott Shriane, Australian speed skater

Weddings in Sport

  • 1996 Romanian gymnast and three-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci (35) weds gymnast champion Bart Conner (38) in Bucharest, Romania

HeartWedding of Interest

2013 NBA great Michael Jordan (50) weds 2nd wife model Yvette Prieto at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Deaths in Sport

  • 1951 Philip Albert Myburgh Hands, cricketer (7 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1973 Jim Sims, cricketer (England leg-spinner in 4 Tests 1935-37), dies
  • 1973 Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver (b. 1914)
  • 1984 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player, dies at 63
  • 2012 Bill Skowron, American MLB player, dies from lung cancer at 81