On This Day

April 1897 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 19 1st Boston Marathon (B.A.A. Road Race), won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10; the world's oldest annual marathon inspired by success of the first marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Doc Alexander, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (Syracuse; All Pro 1921, 22; Rochester Jeffersons; NFL C'ship 1925; NY Giants), born in Silver Creek, New York (d. 1975)
  • Apr 10 Ross Youngs, American baseball player, born in Shiner, Texas (d. 1927)

Eddie Eagan

Apr 26 Eddie Eagan, American boxer (Olympic gold light heavyweight 1920) and bobsledder (Olympic gold 4-man 1932), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)