On This Day in Sport for April 11

Events in Sport

  • 1907 NY Giant Roger Bresnahan becomes 1st catcher to wear shin guards

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1917 Babe Ruth beats NY Yanks, pitching 3-hit 10-3 win for Red Sox

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1921 KDKA broadcast 1st radio sporting event, a boxing match (Ray-Dundee)
  • 1921 First sports broadcast on the radio takes place.
  • 1924 1st men's college swimming championships begin
  • 1936 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
  • 1948 12th Masters Golf Tournament: Claude Harmon wins, shooting a 279
  • 1954 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA New Orleans Golf Open
  • 1955 Sobers starts run of 85 Test Cricket appearances for WI uninterrupted
  • 1959 Dodger pitcher Don Drysdale hits his 2nd Opening Day HR
  • 1961 15th NBA Championship: Bos Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 1
  • 1962 New York Mets make a losing debut

Sport awardGolf Major

1965 29th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 271

  • 1966 30th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 288
  • 1966 Emmett Ashford becomes 1st African American major league umpire
  • 1971 35th Masters Golf Tournament: Charles Coody wins, shooting a 279

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 Hank Aaron returns as a Milwaukee player (Brewer)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1975 J. P. Parisé scores an 11 sec OT goal, to see the NY Islanders eliminate the NY Rangers in their ever 1st playoff advance

Sport awardGolf Major

1976 40th Masters Golf Tournament: Ray Floyd wins, shooting a 271

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1981 Larry Holmes beats Trevor Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1982 46th Masters Golf Tournament: Craig Stadler wins, shooting a 284

Sport awardGolf Major

1983 47th Masters Golf Tournament: Seve Ballesteros wins, shooting a 280

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 1987 Yankees score 12 runs in 7th inning vs KC Royals
  • 1987 Zoja Ivanova wins 2nd female World Cup marathon (2:30:39)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 1st playoff goal scored by a goalie, Ron Hextall of Philadelphia

NHL Goalie Ron Hextall
NHL Goalie
Ron Hextall
  • 1990 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-1, Rangers lead 3-1 in preliminary
  • 1992 Indians set team record for long game loss to Red Sox (19 inn - 6½ hr)

Sport awardGolf Major

1993 57th Masters Golf Tournament: Bernhard Langer wins, shooting a 277

Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer
Golfer and Two-Time Masters Champion
Bernhard Langer
  • 1993 Jeff Rouse swims world record 100m backstroke (51.43 sec)
  • 1996 Detroit Red Wings become 2nd NHL team to win 60 games in a season
  • 1999 63rd Masters Golf Tournament: José María Olazábal wins, shooting a 280

Sport awardGolf Major

2004 68th Masters Golf Tournament: Phil Mickelson wins, shooting a 279

  • 2010 74th Masters Golf Tournament: Phil Mickelson wins, shooting a 272
  • 2015 168th Grand National: Leighton Aspell aboard Many Clouds wins

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1854 Hugh Massie, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman of the 1880's), born in Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia (d. 1938)
  • 1856 Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricketer (dominant England bat late 19th cent), born in New Lenton, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1903)
  • 1915 Pat Hanlon, British cyclist, born in Newport, Cardiganshire (d. 1997)
  • 1916 Dan Fortmann, American football guard (Chicago Bears), born in Pearl River, New York (d. 1995)
  • 1917 Danny Gallivan, Canadian radio and television sportscaster, born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada (d. 1993)
  • 1921 Jeff Stollmeyer, Trinidad and Tobago cricketer (WI batsman pre/post-war), born in Santa Cruz, Trinidad (d. 1989)
  • 1921 Jim Hearn, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1998)
  • 1952 Michael Daly, Canadian Tour golfer (1991 BC Winter Tour), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1952 Peter Windsor, English motor racing journalist and reporter, born in Reigate, Surrey, England
  • 1957 Everton Mattis, West Indian cricketer (WI batsman early 80's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1958 Sally Clark, New Zealand equestrian 3 day event (Olympic silver 1996), born in Feilding, New Zealand
  • 1962 Terry Hoage, American NFL wide receiver (Arizona Cardinals), born in Ames, Iowa
  • 1963 Elizabeth Smylie, tennis star (1987 Oklahoma City), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1963 Billy Bowden, New Zealand cricket umpire, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1964 Bret Saberhagen, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Chicago Heights, Illinois
  • 1966 David Richards, NFL guard (Atlanta Falcons), born in Staten Island, New York
  • 1966 Kara McGaw, Canadian softball rightfielder (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1966 Mark Higgs, American football running back (Arizona Cardinals), born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • 1966 Steve Scarsone, American baseball infielder (SF Giants), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1967 Lachlan Dreher, Australian field hockey goal keeper (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1967 Mark Seay, American football wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1967 Wendel Suckow, American luger (Olympics 1994), born in Marquette, Michigan
  • 1968 Eric Moten, NFL guard and tackle (San Diego Chargers), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1969 Gavin Briant, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1969 J Nick Adamson, Freeport Bahamas, US laser sailor (Olymp-21st-1996)
  • 1969 Janeth Arcain, Brazilian basketball forward (Houston Comets), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1969 Jesse Campbell, American football safety (NY Giants, Washington Redskins), born in Washington, North Carolina
  • 1970 Joe Vitiello, infielder (KC Royals), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1970 Sean Bergman, American baseball pitcher (San Diego Padres), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1970 Trevor Linden, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Canucks, NY Islanders), born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
  • 1972 Avo Avetisyan, WLAF defensive linesman (Amsterdam Admirals)
  • 1972 Dietrich Jells, American wide receiver (New England Patriots), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972 Kunihiko Sakurai, Japanese hockey forward (Team Japan 1998), born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1972 Nicole Levesque, American baseball guard (Charlotte Sting), born in Shaftsbury, Vermont
  • 1973 Blake Brockermeyer, American football tackle (GB Packers, Carolina Panthers), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1973 Reggie Tongue, American football safety (KC Chiefs), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1974 Alex Corretja, tennis star (1990 Orange Bowl boys 16), born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1974 Sascha van Wissen, Dutch soccer player (MVV)
  • 1974 Ashot Danielyan, Armenian weightlifter, born in Yerevan, Armenia
  • 1974 Trot Nixon, American baseball player, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1975 Terry Cousin, American football cornerback (Chicago Bears), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1978 Victor Sikora, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Deventer, Netherlands
  • 1978 Josh Hancock, American baseball player, born in Cleveland, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • 1979 Malcolm Christie, English footballer, born in Stamford, England
  • 1979 Michel Riesen, Swiss ice hockey player, born in Oberbalm, Switzerland
  • 1980 Keiji Tamada, Japanese football player, born in Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • 1980 Mark Teixeira, American baseball first baseman, born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1981 Alexandre Burrows, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Pincourt, Quebec, Canada
  • 1982 Ian Bell, English cricketer, born in Walsgrave, Coventry, Warwickshire
  • 1983 Nicky Pastorelli, Dutch racing driver (Euro Formula 3000), born in The Hague, Netherlands

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1984 MLB manager Pete Rose (42) weds second wife Carol J. Woliung

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 Tennis player champion Roger Federer (27) weds former WTA tennis player Miroslava Vavrinec (31) in Basel, Switzerland

Tennis Champion Roger Federer
Tennis Champion
Roger Federer

HeartWedding of Interest

2015 Pro tennis player Andy Murray (28) weds Kim Sears at Dunblane Cathedral in Scotland

Tennis Champion Andy Murray
Tennis Champion
Andy Murray

Deaths in Sport

  • 1918 Arthur Ochse, cricketer (WW I played for South Africa in 1889 aged 19), dies
  • 1953 Kid Nichols, American baseball player (b. 1869)
  • 1985 Bunny Ahearne, British ice hockey promoter (b. 1900)
  • 1990 Harold Ballard, Canadian ice hockey club owner and executive (b. 1903)
  • 2005 Lucien Laurent, French footballer (b. 1907)
  • 2013 Grady Hatton, American baseball player and manager, dies from natural causes at 90
  • 2014 Bill Henry, American baseball player, dies from a heart attack at 86