On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 12

Events in Sport

  • 1858 1st US billiards championship, Michael J Phelan wins in Detroit
  • 1877 Catcher's mask 1st used in a baseball game
  • 1896 Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens)
  • 1930 4th Test Cricket WI v England ends in a draw after nine days
  • 1930 Wilfred Rhodes ends Test Cricket career aged 52 years 165 days
  • 1931 Joe McCarthy debuts as NY Yankee manager
  • 1937 Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England.
  • 1938 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Chicago Black Hawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1 for a 3-1 series win; only team to win Cup with losing regular season record
  • 1940 NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
  • 1941 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Boston Bruins defeat Detroit Red Wings, 3-1 for a 4-0 series sweep

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1946 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her first major title by 2 strokes from Eileen Stulb

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1953 17th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Hogan shatters the Masters scoring record by 5 strokes with a 274 (−14) to finish 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Ed Oliver; Hogan's second Masters

Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1954 18th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Sam Snead wins his 3rd and final Masters by 1 stroke in an 18-hole playoff with Ben Hogan

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1954 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3
  • 1955 1st game in KC, KC A's beat Detroit Tigers, 6-2
  • 1958 12th NBA Championship: St Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1964 28th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Arnold Palmer wins by 6 shots from Dave Marr and Jack Nicklaus to become the first 4-time winner of the Masters; his 7th and final major victory

  • 1965 1st NL game at Houston's Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)
  • 1966 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2
  • 1969 Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
  • 1969 Wales beats England, 30-9 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 16th Five Nations Rugby Championship and 11th Triple Crown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • 1980 Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper & Money hit grand slams)
  • 1980 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games
  • 1980 Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1981 45th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tom Watson wins his second green jacket and 5th major title by 2 strokes over Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1987 51st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Larry Mize chips-in from 140 feet for an improbable birdie 3 on the 2nd playoff hole to beat Greg Norman for his only major title

Golfer Greg Norman
Golfer
Greg Norman
  • 1987 Ahmed Salah wins 2nd World Cup marathon (2:10:55)
  • 1988 Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round
  • 1988 Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Baltimore Orioles
  • 1992 2nd lowest NBA scoring game - Detroit Piston 72, NY Knicks 61

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1992 56th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Fred Couples wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of 1976 champion Raymond Floyd

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 1992 NY Mets lose 1st 3 home games for 1st time since 1962
  • 1998 62nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Mark O'Meara claims his first major title with a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win by 1 stroke from David Duval and Fred Couples
  • 2009 73rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ángel Cabrera wins his 2nd major title in a playoff with Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry; Cabrera, first Masters champion from Argentina and South America
  • 2015 79th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jordan Spieth leads wire-to-wire to win his 1st major title by 4 strokes from Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose
  • 2019 Melbourne captain Cameron Smith becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 49th minute penalty in Storm's 18-12 win over North Queensland in Townsville takes him to 2,420; Hazem El Masri, 2,418

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1883 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Balmain, New South Wales (d. 1959)
  • 1884 Tenby Davies, Welsh half-mile world champion runner, born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 1932)
  • 1911 Geoff Chubb, South African cricketer (South African pace bowler v England 1951-52 aged 40), born in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa (d. 1982)
  • 1917 M Marie Wadlow, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1979)
  • 1917 Vinoo Mankad, Indian cricketer (India's greatest all-rounder to his time), born in Jamnagar, Bombay Presidency, British India (d. 1978)
  • 1924 Curtis Turner, American auto racer (184 NASCAR races over 17 years, 17 wins), born in Floyd, Virginia (d. 1970)
  • 1934 Heinz Schneiter, Swiss football player and manager, born in Thun, Switzerland (d. 2017)
  • 1937 Raymond Ceulemans, Belgian world champ billiards player, born in Lier, Belgium
  • 1939 Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Revesby, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1940 Woodie Fryman, American baseball player, born in Ewing, Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • 1941 Bobby Moore, English football defender (108 caps; captain World Cup 1966; West Ham United), born in Barking, Essex (d. 1993)
  • 1942 Carlos Reutemann, Argentine racing driver (Formula One) and politician, born in Santa Fe, Argentina
  • 1948 Raphick Jumadeen, West Indian cricketer (WI slow left-armer of the 70's), born in Gasparillo, Trinidad and Tobago
  • 1950 Tom Werner, American producer (Roseanne, Cosby Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1952 Alexis Argüello, Nicaraguan boxer (3-weight world champion), born in Managua, Nicaragua (d. 2009)
  • 1952 Ralph Wiley, American sports journalist and writer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1952 Reuben Gant, American professional football player (Buffalo Bills), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1954 Marvin Johnson, American middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Person of interestRon MacLean

1960 Ron MacLean, Canadian sportscaster (Hockey Night in Canada), born in Zweibrücken, Germany

CBC Sportscaster Ron MacLean
CBC Sportscaster
Ron MacLean
  • 1961 Julius Kariuki, Kenyan 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1988), born in Nyahururu, Kenya
  • 1962 Takada Nobuhiko, Japanese wrestler, born in Isogo-ku, Yokohama
  • 1964 Mike Macfarlane, American baseball catcher (KC Royals), born in Stockton, California
  • 1965 Elaine Zayak, American figure skater (Olympic 6th 1984), born in Paramus, New Jersey
  • 1966 Lorenzo White, American football running back (Cleveland Browns), born Hollywood, Florida
  • 1967 Bobby Abrams, American football outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967 Donna Andrews, American golfer (Nabisco Dinah Shore 1994), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1967 Kirk Everist, American water polo driver (Olympics 1996), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968 Adam Graves, Canadian left wing hockey player (NY Rangers), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1968 Neal Fort, American football tackle (Montreal Alouettes), born in Warner Robins, Georgia
  • 1969 Michael Jackson, American football wide receiver (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens), born in Tangipahoa, Louisiana
  • 1971 Fernando Meligeni, Argentine tennis star, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1971 Kent Manderville, Canadian ice hockey player (Edmonton Oilers), born in Edmonton, Canada
  • 1971 Tyrone Chatman, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • 1972 Paul Lo Duca, American baseball player, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1973 Antonio Osuna, Mexican baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Sinaloa, Mexico
  • 1974 Kabir Khan, Pakistani cricketer, born in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
  • 1974 Roman Hamrlik, Czech ice hockey defenseman (Lightning, Olympic gold 1998), born in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia
  • 1974 Sylvinho, Brazilian footballer, born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1975 Marcie Alberts, American basketball player (Cleveland Rockers), born in Wooster, Ohio
  • 1976 Brad Miller, American basketball player, born in Kendallville, Indiana
  • 1977 Giovanny Espinoza, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Charguayaco, Ecuador
  • 1977 Glenn Rogers, Australian-born Scottish cricketer, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1979 Mateja Kežman, Serbian footballer, born in Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1979 Elena Grosheva, Russian gymnast (Olympic 1996), born in Yaroslavl, Russia
  • 1979 Jordan De Jong, American baseball player, born in Orange City, Iowa
  • 1981 Nicolás Burdisso, Argentine footballer, born in Altos de Chipión, Córdoba, Argentina
  • 1981 Brian Vandborg, Danish cyclist, born in Snejbjerg, Denmark
  • 1985 Ted Ginn Jr., American football player, born in Ohio
  • 1986 Blerim Džemaili, Swiss footballer (Switzerland national team), born in Tetovo, Macedonia
  • 1996 Georgia Hall, British golfer (British Open 2018), born in Bournemouth, England

Deaths in Sport

  • 1954 Pim [Willem JH] Mulier, Dutch journalist/sports-organizer, dies at 89
  • 1962 Ron Flockhart, Scottish racing driver (b. 1923)
  • 1971 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • 1977 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • 1980 Stanley De Silva, cricketer (motor bike Sri Lanka '79 World Cup), dies
  • 1980 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)

Person of interestJoe Louis

1981 Joe Louis, [Brown bomber], US heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), dies of cardiac arrest at 66

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1983 Carl Morton, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • 1987 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler

Person of interestSugar Ray Robinson

1989 Sugar Ray Robinson, American boxer (world welterweight champion 1946-51; middleweight champion 1951-52, 55, 58), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 67

Middle/welterweight championship boxer Sugar Ray Robinson
Middle/welterweight championship boxer
Sugar Ray Robinson
  • 2008 Cecilia Colledge, British ice skater and Olympian (b. 1920)
  • 2013 Robert Byrne, American grand chess master, dies from Parkinson’s disease at 84
  • 2013 Marv Harshman, American basketball hall of fame coach (Pacific Lutheran, Wash State, Washington), dies at 95
  • 2014 Hal Smith, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 82
  • 2014 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), dies of Alzheimer's & COPD at 89
  • 2019 Forrest Gregg, American Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle, coach (9-time Pro Bowl; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), dies of Parkinson's disease at 85