On This Day

April 1911 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 4 Hugh Chalmers, automaker, suggests idea of baseball MVP

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 15 Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson

Sport awardBoston Marathon

Apr 17 15th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in race record 2:21:39.6; first of 7 race victories

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 1 Joe Fortenberry, American basketball forward (captain Olympic gold 1936), born in Leo, Texas (d. 1993)
  • Apr 3 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1932), born in Wierzchownia, Poland (d. 1980)
  • Apr 5 Johnny Revolta, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1935; 18 PGA Tour titles), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • Apr 12 Geoff Chubb, South African cricketer (South African pace bowler v England 1951-52 aged 40), born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa (d. 1982)
  • Apr 13 Ico Hitrec, Croatian footballer, born in Zagreb, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • Apr 17 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian world chess champion (1948-63), born in Repino, Russia (d. 1995)
  • Apr 24 Robert Joseph Kane, President of US Olympic Committee (1977-80), born in Ithaca, New York (d. 1992)

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 14 Addie Joss, American baseball player (Cleveland Naps), dies of TB at 31