On This Day in Sport for April 5

Events in Sport

  • 1904 The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
  • 1915 Jess Willard KOs Jack Johnson in 26 for heavyweight boxing title

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1925 Yankees whip Dodgers in exhibition 16-9 but Babe Ruth collapses in NC due to an ulcer

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1940 99th Grand National: Sgt. Mervyn A. Jones aboard Bogskar wins
  • 1946 100th Grand National: Capt. Robert Petre aboard Lovely Cottage wins
  • 1952 106th Grand National: Arthur P. Thompson aboard Teal wins
  • 1953 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1959 23rd Masters Golf Tournament: Art Wall Jr wins, shooting a 284
  • 1964 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA St Petersburg Women's Golf Open

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1967 '76er Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record of 41 rebounds

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1972 Baseball season is delayed due to a strike
  • 1973 NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19)
  • 1974 Last day of Test cricket for Garry Sobers & Rohan Kanhai
  • 1975 129th Grand National: Tommy Carberry aboard L'Escargot wins

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1981 10th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Nancy Lopez

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1981 Philadelphia Flyers amass a record 2,621 penalty minutes
  • 1983 NY Met Tom Seaver's sets record 14th NL Opening Day assignment

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain's all-time career scoring record of 31,419 points (31,421)

  • 1986 140th Grand National: Richard Dunwoody aboard West Tip wins

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1987 16th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Betsy King

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King

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1987 Wayne Gretzky wins 7th straight NHL scoring title

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1990 John Stockton reaches 1000-assist mark for NBA record 3 yrs in a row

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • 1990 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 2-1 in 1st game of preliminary
  • 1991 Joe Dumaars (Detroit) ends NBA free throw streak of 62 games
  • 1992 11th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Western Ky 78-62
  • 1992 4th Seniors Golf Tradition: Lee Trevino
  • 1992 Dana Lofland wins Las Vegas LPGA Golf International
  • 1992 Game 2 of Mayor Challenge - NY Yankees sweep NY Mets 6-5 at Shea
  • 1993 55th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: NC beats Michigan 77-71
  • 1993 Colorado Rockies 1st game - lose to NY Mets 3-0
  • 1993 Florida Marlins 1st game - beat LA Dodgers 6-3
  • 1994 Miami Heat beat NY Knicks ending 15 game NBA winning streak
  • 2003 156th Grand National: Barry Geraghty aboard Monty's Pass wins
  • 2004 66th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Georgia Tech 82-73
  • 2005 24th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Michigan State 84-62
  • 2008 161st Grand National: Timmy Murphy aboard Comply or Die wins
  • 2010 72nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Butler 61-59
  • 2011 30th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas A&M beats Notre Dame 76-70
  • 2014 167th Grand National: Leighton Aspell aboard Pineau de Re wins

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1868 J F "Flooi" Du Toit, cricketer (one Test South Africa 1892)
  • 1882 Don Blackie, cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1928-29) (d. 1955)
  • 1893 Clas Thunberg, Finland, speed skater (Olympic gold 1924, 28)
  • 1909 Gerald Bond, cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1938, 0 & 0-16)
  • 1921 Les Jackson, cricket bowler (England twice, 1949 & 1961)
  • 1922 Tom Finney, English football player (Preston North End), born in Preston, Lancashire
  • 1933 Larry Felser, American sports columnist
  • 1938 Colin Bland, cricketer (South African bat Maybe the best cover field)
  • 1942 Arthur Barrett, cricketer (WI leggie early 70's)
  • 1945 Tommy Smith, English footballer
  • 1953 John Buchanan, cricketer (Qld batsman 78-79, Shield coach 1995)
  • 1958 Johan Kriek, South Africa, tennis player (US Indoor 1982)
  • 1964 Martha Faulconer,golfer (1993 ShopRite LPGA-5th), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1964 Robert "Bob" Kaehler, Burlingame California, rower (Olympics-5th-1992, 96)
  • 1965 Cris Carpenter, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers), born in St. Augustine, Florida
  • 1966 Brent Hughes, NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in New Westminster, California
  • 1966 Larry Norman, canoeist (Olympics-19-92, 96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966 Scott Dill, NFL tackle/guard (Tampa Bay Bucs, Minnesota Vikings)
  • 1970 Erlan Sagymbayev, hockey forward (Team Kazakhstan Oly-1998)
  • 1970 Tim Jacobs, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971 Bob Kuberski, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1971 Finidi George, soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1971 Stuart Peele, Australian rower (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Shigemasa Ito, WLAF offensive linebacker (Rhein Fire)
  • 1972 Tom Coronel, Dutch racing driver
  • 1972 Paul Okon, Australian former footballer
  • 1973 Ed Hobbs, WLAF RB (London Monarchs)
  • 1973 Emile Palmer, WLAF DT (London Monarchs)
  • 1973 Estefania Knuth, LPGA golfer (1992 French Intl), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1973 Spencer Folau, NFL/WLAF offensive tackle (Balt Ravens, Rhein Fire)
  • 1973 Tony Banks, quarterback (St Louis Rams)
  • 1973 Yutaka Kawaguchi, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1974 Mike DuHaney, soccer defender (Olympics-gold-96), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1974 Rick Terry, NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets)
  • 1975 Nikki Dryden, 800m swimmer (Olympics-6th-92, 96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1975 John Hartson, Welsh footballer
  • 1976 Ike Hilliard, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1976 Ryan Drese, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1976 Simone Inzaghi, Italian footballer
  • 1976 Kim Collins, Nevisian sprinter
  • 1976 Ross Gload, American baseball player
  • 1976 Fernando Morientes, Spanish footballer
  • 1976 Henrik Stenson, Swedish professional golfer (British Open 2016), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1977 JoAnn Sevin, Dubois PA, air pistol (Olympics-1996)
  • 1978 Franziska van Almsick, German swimmer
  • 1978 Stephen Jackson, American basketball player
  • 1979 Timo Hildebrand, German footballer
  • 1980 Matt Bonner, American basketball player
  • 1981 Jorge de la Rosa, Mexican baseball player
  • 1982 Alexandre PrĂ©mat, French racing driver
  • 1982 Thomas Hitzlsperger, German footballer
  • 1982 Matt Pickens, American soccer player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1884 John Wisden, English cricketer (prominent Sussex player), dies at 57
  • 1928 Roy Kilner, cricketer (9 Tests for England 1924-26), dies at 38
  • 1939 William Cooper, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1882-84), dies
  • 1984 Theo Koomen, Dutch sportscaster, dies in auto-accident at 54
  • 1985 Tyrell Johnson, cricketer (WI left-arm quickie, one Test 1939), dies
  • 1986 Colin McCool, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia, 36 wkts), dies
  • 2000 Lee Petty, American race car driver (b. 1914)
  • 2007 Darryl Stingley, American football player (b. 1951)