On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 10

Events in Sport

  • 1874 British Open Men's Golf, Musselburgh Links: Mungo Park wins first title by 2 strokes from Tom Morris Jr
  • 1887 Soccer team Be Quick forms in Hairs Groningen
  • 1896 Spyridon Louis of Greece wins inaugural Olympic marathon (2:58:50) in Athens; runs last lap accompanied by Constantine I
  • 1896 High jumper Ellery Clark leads an American sweep of the placings with a leap of 1.81m at the Athens Olympics; his 2nd victory of the Games after taking out the long jump
  • 1896 American athlete Thomas Burke claims the sprint double at the Athens Olympics winning the 100m final in 12.0s; his 2nd victory of the Games after success in the 400m

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1913 President Woodrow Wilson throws out 1st ball, Senators beat Yankees 2-1

28th US President Woodrow Wilson
28th US President
Woodrow Wilson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1913 New York Highlanders play first MLB game as the New York Yankees; lose to the Washington Senators, 2-1 at Griffith Stadium

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1916 1st professional golf tournament held
  • 1916 The Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA) is founded in New York City.
  • 1924 Tubular steel golf club shafts approved for championship play
  • 1934 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 1-0 in double OT for a 3-1 series win; Black Hawks' first Stanley Cup
  • 1945 NFL's Boston Yanks & Brooklyn Tigers merge

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler suspends Leo Durocher, first day of the season

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher

AgreementContract of Interest

1947 Jackie Robinson becomes first black player of the 20th century to sign a MLB contract; Brooklyn GM, Branch Rickey announces Dodgers had bought Robinson’s contract from Montreal Royals

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1949 13th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Sam Snead wins his first of 3 green jackets by 3 strokes over Johnny Bulla and Lloyd Mangrum

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • 1953 NBA Championship Finals, Minneapolis Auditorium, Minnesota, MN: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 91-84 for a 4-1 series victory; Lakers' 5th title in 6 years

  • 1954 108th Grand National: Bryan Marshall wins aboard Royal Tan at 8/1; second consecutive GN victory for both Marshall and trainer Vincent O'Brien
  • 1954 Wales beats Scotland, 15-3 at the St. Helen's Ground, Swansea to share Five Nations Rugby Championship with France and England; France's first title

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1955 19th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Cary Middlecoff wins by a record 7 strokes ahead of Ben Hogan

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1955 9th NBA Championship: Syrac Nats beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Jean Beliveau has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-2 for a 4-1 series win

NHL Legend Jean Beliveau
NHL Legend
Jean Beliveau
  • 1959 Chicago White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox gets a MLB Opening Day record tying 5 hits in 7 at-bats in a 14-inning, 9–7 win in Detroit

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1960 24th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: 1958 champion Arnold Palmer birdies the final 2 holes to win by 1 stroke over runner-up Ken Venturi

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1961 25th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: South African Gary Player beats defending champion Arnold Palmer and amateur Charles Coe by 1 stroke to become first international champion; Monday finish because of rain

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Washington Senators play first game in franchise history with President John F. Kennedy in attendance; lose a 4-3 decision to the Chicago White Sox

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1962 52,564 fans attend first MLB game at LA's Dodger Stadium at Chavez Ravine, a 6-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds
  • 1962 Houston Colt .45s make their MLB debut with an 11-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Colt Stadium; outfielder Román Mejías hits a pair of 3-run homers
  • 1971 Philadelphia Phillies open their new home, Veterans Stadium with a 4-1 win over the Montreal Expos; 55,352, largest ever crowd to watch a MLB game in Pennsylvania
  • 1973 Kansas City Royals open their new park, Royals Stadium with 12-1 rout of the Texas Rangers; attendance 39,476
  • 1975 Rangers score 8 goals against Islanders in playoffs
  • 1976 Brewers' Don Money's grand slammer disallowed-Yanks win 9-7
  • 1976 Cleveland Cavaliers win their 1st NBA Central Division title

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1977 41st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tom Watson wins the first of his 2 green jackets, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Jack Nicklaus

  • 1977 Cleveland Indians set club record for longest, 9 inn game (3:17)
  • 1978 Formation of Major Indoor Soccer League announced
  • 1979 J. R. Richard of the Houston Astros pitches a complete game but sets a MLB record by throwing 6 wild pitches in 2-1 win over the LA Dodgers at the Astrodome

  • 1982 LA Kings losing 5-0 to Edmonton in 3rd period, win in OT 6-5

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 Baltimore's Eddie Murray hits his 1,000 career hit

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1988 52nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Scotsman Sandy Lyle claims his second major title with a birdie on the 72nd hole to win by 1 stroke over Mark Calcavecchia
  • 1988 Islanders beat Devils 5-4 (OT) 1st round tied at 2-2
  • 1990 Curtly Ambrose takes 8-45 in cricket vs England at Bridgetown

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1991 LA King Wayne Gretzky scores NHL record 93rd playoff goal

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1991 Martin Zubero swims world record 200m backstroke (1:52.51)
  • 1992 NHL strike ends after 10 days
  • 1993 Ottawa Senators win 1st road game (Islanders) after 38 straight loses
  • 1993 Pittsburgh Penguins win their NHL record 17 game winning streak
  • 1994 58th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: José María Olazábal wins the first of 2 Masters titles, 2 strokes ahead of Tom Lehman; 6th winner from Europe in the past 7 years
  • 1999 152nd Grand National: Irish 10/1 shot Bobbyjo, ridden by jockey Paul Carberry wins by 10 lengths from Blue Charm

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

2005 69th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods wins his 4th green jacket on the 1st hole of a playoff with Chris DiMarco

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 2005 Cricket Women's World Cup: Australia defeats India by 98 runs
  • 2005 At 16 years, 271 days James Vaughan scores for Everton in a 4-0 win against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park; becomes youngest goalscorer in EPL history
  • 2010 163rd Grand National: Tony McCoy wins aboard 10/1 joint-favourite Don't Push It by 5 lengths ahead of Black Apalachi
  • 2011 75th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Charl Schwartzel of South Africa birdies the final 4 holes to win his first major title, 2 strokes ahead of Australian pair Adam Scott and Jason Day

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

2016 80th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: England's Danny Willett wins his first major title, 3 strokes ahead of Lee Westwood and defending champion Jordan Spieth

Professional Golfer Jordan Spieth
Professional Golfer
Jordan Spieth

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1897 Ross Youngs, American baseball player, born in Shiner, Texas (d. 1927)
  • 1907 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), born in St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba (d. 1985)
  • 1912 Clarke Hinkle, American NFL fullback (Green Bay Packers), born in Toronto, Ohio (d. 1988)
  • 1914 Foffie Williams, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder 1939-48), born in Bank Hall, St Michael, Barbados (d. 1997)
  • 1914 Jack Badcock, Australian cricketer (Tasmania Australian batsman of 30's), born in Exton, Tasmania (d. 1982)
  • 1921 Chuck Connors, American author, actor (The Rifleman, Branded, Cowboy in Africa), professional basketball and baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1923 John Watkins, South African cricketer (South African all-rounder in 15 Tests 49-57), born in Durban, Natal, South Africa
  • 1929 Mike Hawthorn, English auto racer (F1 world champion 1958), born in Mexborough, England (d. 1959)
  • 1930 Shujauddin Butt, Pakistani cricketer (batted in 19 Tests for Pakistan 1954-62), born in Lahore, Punjab (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Mae Faggs Starr, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), born in Mays Landing, New Jersey (d. 2000)
  • 1933 Ron Murphy, Canadian NHL player (New York Rangers), born in Ontario, Canada (d. 2014)

Person of interestJohn Madden

1936 John Madden, NFL coach (Oakland Raiders) and sports commentator (CBS, FOX), born in Austin, Minnesota

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1937 Stan Mellor, British racehorse trainer and jockey
  • 1938 Don Meredith, NFL quarterback (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football, born in Mount Vernon, Texas
  • 1942 Ian Callaghan, English footballer, born in Toxteth, Liverpool, England
  • 1945 Vera Misevich, Ukrainian equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1980), born in Ukraine (d. 1995)
  • 1950 Ken Griffey Sr., American baseball outfielder (3-time MLB All Star), born in Donora, Pennsylvania
  • 1953 David Moorcroft, British athlete (5,000m world record holder 1982-85) born in Coventry, England
  • 1958 Ken Griffy Sr., American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds, NY Yanks), born in Donora, Pennsylvania
  • 1958 Bob Bell, British engineer and Chief Technical Officer of the Renault Formula One team, born in Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 1962 Cathy Turner, American short track skater (Olympic gold 1994), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1962 Jukka Tammi, Finnish hockey goaltender (Team Finland Olympic bronze 1998), born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1962 Steve Tasker, American NFL wide receiver, broadcaster (Buffalo Bills, 7-time Pro Bowl), born in Smith Center, Kansas
  • 1963 Claire Smith, equestrian 3 day event (Olympics 1996), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1963 Kirk Lowdermilk, American football NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1963 Marvin Freeman, American baseball pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1963 Mike Devereaux, American baseball outfielder (Baltimore Orioles), born in Casper, Wyoming
  • 1964 Manon Bollegraf, Dutch tennis star (semi 1996 Aust doubles), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
  • 1966 Neil Smith, American football defensive end (KC Chiefs, Den Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1967 Donald Dufresne, Canadian ice hockey defenseman (Edmonton Oilers), born in Quebec City, Quebec
  • 1967 Kay Whitmore Jr., Canadian ice hockey goaltender (NY Rangers), born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  • 1969 Dennis Vial, Canadian NHL defenseman (Ottawa Senators), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
  • 1969 Ekaterini Koffa, Greek sprinter, born in Karditsa, Greece
  • 1970 Enrico Ciccone, Canadian NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1970 J. J. McCleskey, American NFL safety (New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1970 Sean Gilbert, American NFL defensive tackle (Washington Redskins), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Wesley "Wes" Barnett, American Olympic weightlifter (Pan Am-silver-1987), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • 1971 Karl Williams, American football wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Albion, Michigan
  • 1971 Mihai Bagiu, American gymnast (Olympics 1996), born in Timisoara Romania
  • 1972 Maurice Harrell, NFL tight end (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1972 Richard Wearne, Australian rower (Olympics 1996) and photographer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1972 Sue Merz, American ice hockey defenseman (Olympics 1998), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1973 Roberto Carlos, Brazilian soccer left back (Brazil 125 caps, Real Madrid), born in Garça, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1974 Petros Passalis, Greek footballer (Olympiakos), born in Giannitsa, Greece
  • 1975 Steve Washburn, Canadian NHL center (Florida Panthers), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1976 Sara Renner, Canadian cross-country skier, born in Golden, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1978 Jessica Davis, American rhythmic gymnast (Olympics 27th-96), born in Greenbrae, California
  • 1979 Peter Kopteff, Finnish footballer, born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1980 Sean Avery, Canadian ice hockey player, born in North York, Ontario, Canada
  • 1980 Kasey Kahne, American race-car driver, born in Enumclaw, Washington
  • 1981 Alexei Semenov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Murmansk, Russia
  • 1982 Damián Lanza, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Cuenca, Ecuador
  • 1982 Andre Ethier, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1985 Dion Phaneuf, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1985 Eddie Castro, Panamanian jockey (record 9 wins in one race meeting 2005), born in Los Santos Province, Panama
  • 1986 Olivia Borlée, Belgian 200m sprinter, born in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert, Belgium
  • 1986 Vincent Kompany, Belgian footballer (Manchester City, Belgium National Team), born in Uccle, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1990 Lulinha [Luiz Marcelo Morais dos Reis], Brazilian footballer, born in Mauá, São Paulo, Brazil

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1938 NFL quarterback Sammy Baugh (24) weds his college sweetheart Edmonia Smith in Sweetwater, Texas

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

LoveWedding of Interest

1960 NBA guard Jerry West (21) weds his college sweetheart Martha Kane in Morgantown, West Virginia

NBA Guard Jerry West
NBA Guard
Jerry West

Deaths in Sport

  • 1927 Ivo Bligh, British noble (8th Earl of Darnley) and cricketer (Lord Darnley England capt v Australia 1882-83), dies at 68
  • 1927 Young Corbett II (William J. Rothwell), American boxer (world featherweight champion 1901-02), dies at 46
  • 1954 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (5-time World Champion all-round), dies at 65
  • 1965 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (Casner Motor Racing Division team), dies at 36
  • 1988 Cliff Gladwin, cricketer (8 Tests for England 1947-49), dies
  • 2005 Al Lucas, American football player (b. 1978)
  • 2011 Mikhail Rusyayev, Russian footballer (b. 1964)
  • 2011 Homer Smith, American football coach (b. 1931)

Person of interestRichie Benaud

2015 Richie Benaud, Australian cricket captain, broadcaster (62 Tests, 248 wickets), dies of skin cancer at 84

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud