On This Day

April 1924 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Apr 10 Tubular steel golf club shafts approved for championship play
  • Apr 11 1st men's college swimming championships begin

Sport awardBoston Marathon

Apr 21 28th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar for the third consecutive year in 2:29:40.2; 4th race victory

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • Apr 27 Antwerp soccer tie Belgium-Netherlands 1-1

Birthdays in Sport

  • Apr 2 Bobby Ávila, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (MLB All-Star 1952, 54, 55; AL batting champion 1954; Cleveland Indians), born in Veracruz City, Mexico (d. 2004)
  • Apr 2 Wallace "Bud" Smith, American boxer (World lightweight title 1955-56), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1973)

Person of interestGil Hodges

Apr 4 Gil Hodges, American baseball 1st baseman (8 x MLB All Star; Brooklyn / LA Dodgers; NY Mets; World Series 1955, 59, 69; Gold Glove Award 1957–59) and manager (Washington Senators, NY Mets), born in Princeton, Indiana (d. 1972)

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 12 Curtis Turner, American auto racer (184 NASCAR races over 17 years, 17 wins), born in Floyd, Virginia (d. 1970)
  • Apr 23 Chuck Harmon, American baseball player, born in Washington, Indiana
  • Apr 29 Al Balding, Canadian golfer (first Canadian to win PGA Tour event in US, 4-time winner), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2006)

Deaths in Sport

  • Apr 1 Stan Rowley, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m team, bronze 60m, 100m, 200m 1900), dies at 47
  • Apr 16 Jack Board, English cricket wicket-keeper (Eng in 6 Tests 1898-1906), dies at 57
  • Apr 24 George Street, English cricket wicket-keeper (1 Test 1923), dies