April 1918 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 15 22nd Boston Marathon won by Camp Devens relay team; race run as relay for 10-man military teams

Sports History

Apr 18 Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play

  • Apr 27 Giants' 9-0 winning start & Dodgers' 0-9 losing streak are stopped
  • Apr 29 Tris Speaker ties career outfield record of 4 unassisted double plays
  • Apr 30 Orange Nassau soccer team forms in Groningen

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 7 Bobby Doerr, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (9 x MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox), born in Junction City, Oregon (d. 2017)
  • Apr 7 C B Bertie Clarke, cricketer (Barbados & West Indian leg-spinner)
  • Apr 16 Dick Gibson, British racing driver, born in Bourne, Lincolnshire (d. 2010)
  • Apr 18 Róbert Zimonyi, Hungarian rowing coxswain (Olympic gold USA men's eight 1964; bronze Hungary coxed pair 1948), born in Sárvár, Hungary (d. 2004)
  • Apr 22 Mickey Vernon, American baseball first baseman (7 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1960; AL batting champion 1946, 53), born in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • Apr 26 Francina "Fanny" Blankers-Koen, Dutch athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 200m, 80m hurdles, 4x100m relay 1948), born in Lage Vuursche, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • Apr 29 George Allen, American Pro Football HOF coach (NFL Coach of the Year 1967, 71; LA Rams, Washington Redskins), born in Nelson County, Virginia (d. 1990)
  • Apr 29 Merv Harvey, Australian cricketer (brother of Neil, Test for Australia), born in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1995)
  • Apr 30 Don McNeill, American tennis player (French C'ship 1939, US Nat C'ship 1940), born in Chickasha, Oklahoma (d. 1996)

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 11 Arthur Ochse, cricketer (WW I played for South Africa in 1889 aged 19), dies
  • Apr 20 Reginald Harry Mybirgh Hands, cricketer (1 Test for SA), dies