On This Day

April 1916 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 8 In Corona, California, racecar driver Bob Burman crashes, killing three and badly injuring five spectators.
  • Apr 10 1st professional golf tournament held
  • Apr 10 The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is founded in New York City.
  • Apr 17 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth in 2:27:16.4
  • Apr 20 Chicago Cubs play their 1st game at Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field) and beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 4 Mickey Owen, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Nixa, Missouri (d. 2005)
  • Apr 11 Dan Fortmann, American football guard (Chicago Bears), born in Pearl River, New York (d. 1995)
  • Apr 14 C. R. Rangachari, Indian cricketer (India 1947-48), born in Mammandur, British India (d. 1993)
  • Apr 23 Bud Wilkinson, American college football coach (Oklahoma), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (d. 1994)
  • Apr 25 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), born in Woodson, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • Apr 26 Virgil Trucks, American MLB pitcher (two-time All Star), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2013)
  • Apr 27 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player, born in Roxboro, North Carolina (d. 2002)

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 16 Tom Horan, Australian cricketer (15 Tests for Aust, 471 runs, 11 wickets), dies a 62