On This Day in Sport for April 11

Events in Sport

  • 1750 Jack Slack retains Champion of England boxing title, beats Frenchman Jean Petit in 7 rounds in Harlston, England; acknowledged as first international prize fight
  • 1831 The 12th century Lewis chess pieces are exhibited at the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, shortly after their rediscovery in a sand bank on the Scottish Isle of Lewis
  • 1896 Hungarian swimmer Alfréd Hajós beats Otto Herschmann of Austria by 0.6s to win the inaugural Olympic 100m freestyle final in 1:22.2 at the Athens Games; also takes out the 1,200m on the same day
  • 1896 Irish tennis player John Boland, representing Great Britain wins both the men's singles and doubles finals at the Athens Olympics; Dionysios Kasdaglis of Greece loses both matches
  • 1907 New York Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame backstop Roger Bresnahan becomes first catcher to wear shin guards
  • 1921 KDKA broadcast 1st radio sporting event, a boxing match (Ray-Dundee)
  • 1924 1st men's college swimming championships begin
  • 1936 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Detroit Red Wings beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2 for a 3-1 series win; Red Wings first SC Championship
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1854 Hugh Massie, Australian cricket batsman and captain (9 Tests; NSW), born in Port Fairy, Australia (d. 1938)
  • 1856 Arthur Shrewsbury, English cricket batsman (23 Tests [7 captain]; 1277 runs @ 35 47; Nottinghamshire), born in New Lenton, 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)
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Weddings in Sport

  • 1984 MLB manager Pete Rose (42) weds second wife Carol J. Woliung
  • 2009 Tennis champion Roger Federer (27) weds former WTA tennis player Miroslava Vavrinec (31) in Basel, Switzerland
  • 2015 Pro tennis player Andy Murray (28) weds Kim Sears at Dunblane Cathedral in Scotland

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Deaths in Sport

  • 1908 Henry Bird, English Chess player and author (b. 1829)
  • 1918 Arthur Ochse, cricketer (WW I played for South Africa in 1889 aged 19), dies
  • 1953 Kid Nichols, American Baseball HOF pitcher (3 × NL wins leader; All-Time Saves Leader 1899–1906; Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals 1904–05), dies at 83
  • 1977 Karen Krantzcke, Australian tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1968; Federation Cup 1970), dies of a heart attack whilst jogging at 31
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