On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 13

Events in Sport

  • 1908 Groundbreaking on Philadelphia's Shibe Park (home of A's & Phillies)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1926 At 38, Walter Johnson pitches his 7th opening day shutout

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1926 Cyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam
  • 1927 Stanley Cup Final, Ottawa Auditorium, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Boston Bruins, 3-1 for a 2-0-2 series win
  • 1932 Kozakken Boys soccer team forms in Werkendam forms

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: New York Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 1-0 in OT for a 3-1 series win; first best-of-4 Finals series

NHL Goalie George Hainsworth
NHL Goalie
George Hainsworth
  • 1940 Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft
  • 1940 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: New York Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2 for 4-2 series victory; Rangers last Cup win for 54 years

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1942 9th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Byron Nelson wins an 18-hole playoff by 1 stroke over runner-up Ben Hogan

Golfer Byron Nelson
Golfer
Byron Nelson
Golfer Ben Hogan
Golfer
Ben Hogan
  • 1944 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4 in overtime for a 4-0 series sweep; Canadiens' first SC triumph since 1931
  • 1946 Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by defending Negro League champ Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from field in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1949 Basketball Association of America Finals: Minneapolis Lakers beat Washington Capitols, 77-56 to take series, 4 games to 2; BAA and National Basketball League merge later that year to create the NBA
  • 1953 1st game of Milwaukee Braves, they beat Cincinnati Reds 2-0
  • 1954 Baltimore Orioles 1st game, loses to Tigers in Detroit 3-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1954 Milwaukee Braves' Hank Aaron's 1st game

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1957 11th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1962 Stan Musial scores his 1,869th run, a new NL record

MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963 Pete Rose triples for his 1st major league base hit

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1969 33rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: George Archer wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Billy Casper, George Knudson, and Tom Weiskopf
  • 1970 34th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Billy Casper defeats Gene Littler, 69 to 74 in a Monday 18-hole playoff to win his 3rd major title; last 18-hole playoff at the Masters
  • 1972 1st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1975 39th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 5th Masters title, 1 stroke ahead of Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf; Lee Elder, first African-American to compete in the tournament

  • 1976 1st NBA playoff game for Cleve Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Wash
  • 1978 NY Yanks defeat White Sox 4-2 in home opener on Reggie Candy Bar Day

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1980 44th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: 23 year old Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins his first Masters, 4 strokes ahead of Jack Newton and Gibby Gilbert

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 1980 US and its allies boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow in protest against Russia's invasion of Afghanistan
  • 1983 Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault
  • 1984 India beat Pak by 58 runs to win 1st Asia Cricket Cup in Sharjah
  • 1984 Pete Rose becomes 1st NL to get 4,000 hits in a career
  • 1985 "TASS" denounces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • 1985 Katrin Dörre wins 1st female World Cup marathon (2:33:30)
  • 1986 50th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins his record 18th major with a 1-stroke victory over Greg Norman and Tom Kite; shoots final round 65 (−7); at 46 the oldest Masters winner
  • 1986 Boston Celtics end season with a 40-1 home win record
  • 1986 Spanish Grand Prix decided by 0.014 of a second
  • 1987 1st 3 San Diego Padres hit HRs off SF starter Roger Mason
  • 1990 4th largest NBA crowd (45,458) see Orlando play at Minneapolis

  • 1990 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-5, Rangers win preliminary, 4-1
  • 1992 Lou Carnesecca retires as coach of St John's basketball team
  • 1992 Longest 2 undefeated baseball teams to meet (NY Yanks 5-0 vs Toronto Blue Jays 6-0); Yanks score 3 in top of 9th to win 5-2
  • 1996 En route to NHL record 62 victories Detroit Red Wings win #61
  • 1996 Ottawa Senators eliminate Stanley Cup Champs NJ Devils from playoff
  • 1997 48th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Carlos Perez (Mon)/Darren Holmes

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1997 61st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods wins his first major title, a record 12 strokes ahead of Tom Kite; 4-round total 270 (−18) is tournament record

Golfer Tiger Woods
Golfer
Tiger Woods
  • 1997 Hartford Whalers last NHL game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 NHL Pitts Penguin Mario Lemieux's last NHL regular game

NHL Legend and Owner Mario Lemieux
NHL Legend and Owner
Mario Lemieux
  • 1997 Travis Fryman homers off R Hernandez in both games of double header 1st time since 1961 that 2 doubleheaders are played in the same city Giants vs Mets & Oakland A's vs Yankees in NY
  • 2003 67th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Mike Weir wins his only major title in a 1-hole playoff over Len Mattiace; only Canadian to win a major and first left-handed Masters champion

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2004 Barry Bonds hits his 661st career home run, passing his godfather Willie Mays on the MLB all-time list

MLB Legend Barry Bonds
MLB Legend
Barry Bonds
  • 2008 72nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Trevor Immelman of South Africa wins his first major title, 3 strokes ahead of Tiger Woods; Immelman leads, or ties for the lead after every round
  • 2014 Kenyan Wilson Kipsang wins the London Marathon

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

2014 78th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bubba Watson wins his 2nd Masters, 3 shots ahead of runners-up Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth

Professional Golfer Jordan Spieth
Professional Golfer
Jordan Spieth

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

2014 Manny Pacquiao defeats Timothy Bradley to regain his WBO welterweight boxing title


Birthdays in Sport

  • 1867 Sammy Woods, Australian cricketer (Aust & England Rugby wing-forward), born in Ashfield, Sydney, Australia (d. 1931)
  • 1885 Vean Gregg, American baseball player, born in Chehalis, Washington (d. 1964)
  • 1902 Philippe de Rothschild, French race-car driver and manager (Bordeaux Vineyard), born in Paris, France (d. 1988)
  • 1911 Ico Hitrec, Croatian footballer, born in Zagreb, Austria-Hungary (d. 1946)
  • 1913 Dave Albritton, American high jumper (Olympic silver 1936), born in Danville, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1925 Frank Chamberlain, English cricketer and CEO (Test & County Cricket Board), born in Elton, Huntingdonshire (d. 2004)
  • 1929 Marilynn Smith, American golfer (Titleholders Championship 1963-64), born in Topeka, Kansas (d. 2019)
  • 1931 Daniel "Dan" Gurney, American race-car driver, coach and team owner (All American Racers), born in Port Jefferson, New York (d. 2018)
  • 1940 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver, born in Cairo, Egypt (d. 1988)
  • 1940 Jim McNab, Scottish footballer, born in Denny, Stirlingshire, Scotland (d. 2006)
  • 1945 Ed Caruthers Jr, American high jumper (Olympic silver 1968), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1945 Bob Kalsu, American football player, born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1970)
  • 1949 Ricardo Zuniño, Argentine racing driver, born in San Juan, Argentina
  • 1951 Beatrix "Trixie" Schuba, Austrian figure skater considered to be one of the best compulsory figure skaters ever (Olympic gold 1972), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1951 Joachim Streich, East German footballer, born in Wismar, East Germany
  • 1952 Jonjo O'Neill, Irish racehorse trainer, born in Cork, Ireland
  • 1955 Lupe Pintor, Mexican boxer, born in Cuajimalpa, Mexico City
  • 1956 Michael Nikolay, German gymnast (Olympics silver 1980), born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1956 Peter "Possum" Bourne, New Zealand race car driver, born in New Zealand (d. 2003)
  • 1957 Dallas Moir, Maltese-Scottish cricketer, born in Imtarfa, Malta
  • 1960 Olaf Ludwig, German cyclist, born in Gera, Bezirk Gera, East Germany
  • 1962 Dave Miley, American baseball player and manager, born in Tampa, Florida

Person of interestGarry Kasparov

1963 Gary Kasparov, Russian chess player (world champion 1985-93), born in Baku, Azerbaijan

Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist Garry Kasparov
Chess Grandmaster and Political Activist
Garry Kasparov
  • 1963 Jan Willem van Ede, Dutch soccer player (FC Utrecht, PSV), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1963 Mark Leiter, American baseball pitcher (SF Giants), born in Joliet, Illinois
  • 1964 Davis Love III, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1997; 21 PGA Tour titles), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1964 Doug Strange, American baseball infielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1964 José Rijo, Dominican baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, Cincinnati Reds), born in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic
  • 1965 Quinn Early, American NFL wide receiver (New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills), born in West Hempstead, New York
  • 1966 Ali Boumnijel, Tunisian football player, born in Menzel Jemil, Tunisia
  • 1967 Dana Barros, American NBA guard (Boston Celtics), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968 Tami Lyn Jameson, American team handball goalie (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1968 Ted Washington, American NFL nose tackle (Buffalo Bills), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968 Toni Lee Jameson, American team handball back court (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1970 Eddie Robinson, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1970 Monty Brown, American professional wrestler and NFL linebacker (Buffalo Bills), born in Saginaw, Michigan
  • 1970 Gerry Creaney, Scottish footballer, born in Coatbridge, Scotland
  • 1971 Charles "Bo" Outlaw, American NBA forward (LA Clippers, Orlando Magic), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1972 Dave Wohlabaugh, American NFL center and guard (NE Patriots), born in Hamburg, New York
  • 1972 Mariusz Czerkawski, Polish NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Radomsko, Poland
  • 1972 Mike Kennedy, Canadian NHL left wing (Dallas Stars), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1973 Aaron Hayden, American NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1974 Sergei Gonchar, Russian NHL defenseman (Capitals, Olympic silver 1998), born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1974 Darren Turner, British racing car driver, born in Camberley, Surrey
  • 1975 Bruce Dyer, English footballer, born in Ilford, England
  • 1976 Everton Matambanadzo, Zimbabwean cricket pace bowler (v Paki 1996), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1978 Carles Puyol, Spanish footballer, born in La Pobla de Segur, Spain
  • 1979 Baron Davis, American basketball player, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1979 Meghann Shaughnessy, American tennis player, born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1980 Quentin Richardson, American basketball player, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1981 Nat Borchers, American soccer player, born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1983 Schalk Burger, South African rugby player, born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • 1983 Hunter Pence, American baseball player, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1988 Anderson Luís de Abreu Oliveira, Brazilian footballer, born in Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 1992 Mohammad Amir, Pakistani cricket bowler (5-year ban for spot-fixing), born in Changa Bangial, Pakistan

Deaths in Sport

  • 1971 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1949)
  • 1980 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (b. 1956)
  • 1983 Gerry Hitchens, English footballer, dies at 48
  • 1992 Walter Stuart Surridge, cricketeer (Capt of Surrey), dies at 74
  • 1997 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler (b. 1903)
  • 1998 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver and skysurfer (b. 1960)
  • 1999 Ortvin Sarapu, New Zealand chess player (b. 1924)
  • 2002 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver (b. 1928)
  • 2004 Lou Berberet, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • 2005 Don Blasingame, American baseball player (b. 1932)
  • 2006 Bill Baker, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • 2009 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster (b. 1936)
  • 2009 Bruce Snyder, American football coach (b. 1940)
  • 2009 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (b. 1954)