On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 15

Events in Sport

  • 1896 1st modern Summer Olympic Games close in Athens, Greece; USA wins gold medal count, 11; Greece wins total medal count, 46; IOC has retroactively assigned gold, silver & bronze medals to 3 best placed athletes in each event
  • 1901 5th Boston Marathon won for second straight year by Canadian Jim Caffrey in race record 2:29:23.6
  • 1907 11th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Tom Longboat in race record 2:24:24
  • 1910 William H. Taft is first US President to throw out a 1st ball at a baseball game

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1911 Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning

MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1912 16th Boston Marathon won by Mike Ryan in race record 2:21:18.2
  • 1918 22nd Boston Marathon won by Camp Devens relay team; race run as relay for 10-man military teams
  • 1925 NHL's NY Americans (formerly Hamilton Tigers) 1st game, lose 3-1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1927 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits #1 of MLB record season 60 HRs; tees off on A's Howard Ehmke in 1st inning of New York's 6-3 win over Philadelphia

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1929 33rd Boston Marathon won by Canadian Johnny Miles in 2:33:08.6; his second win in the event
  • 1935 39th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley in 2:32:07.4
  • 1937 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat New York Rangers, 3-0 for a 3-2 series win; back-to-back titles for Red Wings
  • 1940 44th Boston Marathon won by Gérard Côté of Canada in 2:28:28.6; first of 4 wins in the event
  • 1946 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27; first and only Cypriot athlete to win the event

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1952 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 3-0 for a 4-0 series sweep

  • 1954 Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
  • 1954 Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow
  • 1957 61st Boston Marathon won by John J Kelley in 2:20:05; course length changed
  • 1958 1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0
  • 1961 France wins it’s 2nd outright Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 15-3 victory over Ireland at Lansdowne Road, Dublin
  • 1963 67th Boston Marathon won by Aurèle Vandendriessche of Belgium in race record 2:18:58
  • 1965 NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold
  • 1967 France wins its 4th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 11-6 win over Ireland at Lansdowne Road, Dublin
  • 1968 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • 1968 72nd Boston Marathon: Amby Burfoot wins in 2:22:17; Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 3rd straight year in 3:30:00 (unsanctioned)
  • 1974 78th Boston Marathon: Neil Cusack of Ireland takes men's race in 2:13:39; American Miki Gorman women's winner in 2:47:11
  • 1976 Yankee stadium reopens, Yanks beat Twins after trailing 4-0
  • 1977 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1979 43rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Fuzzy Zoeller wins his only Masters with a birdie on the 2nd hole of a playoff with Ed Sneed and Tom Watson

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson
  • 1984 48th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Crenshaw wins the first of his 2 green jackets, 2 strokes ahead of 1977 & 1981 champion Tom Watson
  • 1985 89th Boston Marathon: Englishman Geoff Smith repeats as men's champion in 2:14:05; American Lisa Larsen Weidenbach takes women's title in 2:34:06
  • 1986 Viv Richards century off 56 balls v England in Antigua Test Cricket
  • 1989 96 crushed to death and 766 injured at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield, England, during FA semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest
  • 1989 Sue Marchiano wins 3rd World Cup female marathon (2:30:48)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: South African Gary Player wins his third event title by 2 strokes from Chi-Chi Rodríguez

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player

  • 1991 95th Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins his 2nd men's title in 2:11:06; Wanda Panfil of Poland woman's champion in 2:24:18

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1991 Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assists with 9,898

NBA Legend Magic Johnson
NBA Legend
Magic Johnson
  • 1991 Sacramento Kings set NBA record, losing 35th consecutive game on road
  • 1992 NY Islander, Al Arbour, coaches most NHL games (1,438)
  • 1996 100th Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya takes centenary men's title in 2:09:15.9; 3-peat for Uta Pippig of Germany in women's race in 2:27:12
  • 1997 Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams
  • 2000 NFL Draft: Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 2001 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Doug Tewell wins his second & final Champions Tour major by 9 strokes from Mike McCullough
  • 2002 106th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Rodgers Rop claims men's event in 2:09:02; Margaret Okayo women's winner in 2:20:43
  • 2013 Boston Marathon bombings: 3 people are killed and 183 injured after two explosions near the finish line
  • 2013 117th Boston Marathon: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia men's winner in 2:10:22; Rita Jeptoo of Kenya wins women's section in 2:26:25

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2015 Laureus World Sports Awards, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai, China: Sportsman: Novak Đoković; Sportswoman: Genzebe Dibaba; Team: German Men's National Football team

Tennis Champion Novak Đoković
Tennis Champion
Novak Đoković
  • 2019 123rd Boston Marathon: Lawrence Cherono of Kenya wins in 2:07:58, just 0.1s ahead of Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa; Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia is women's champion in 2:23.31
  • 2019 Los Angeles Clippers overcome an NBA record 31-point deficit to score an improbable 135-131 Game 2 playoff victory over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland; shooting guard Lou Williams 36 points
  • 2019 3 days after winning Hobey Baker Award as top player in college hockey, Cale Makar becomes first defenceman to score in his NHL debut during the playoffs in Colorado's 6-2 Game 3 win over Calgary

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1845 Dave Gregory, Australian cricketer (Australia's 1st Test captain), born in Fairy Meadow, New South Wales (d. 1919)
  • 1873 Juliette Atkinson, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1895, 97-98), born in Rahway, New Jersey (d. 1944)

Person of interestJames J. Jeffries

1875 James J. Jeffries, American heavyweight boxer, born in Carroll, Ohio (d. 1953)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
James J. Jeffries
  • 1887 Mike Brady, American golfer (US Open 1911, 19 runner-up; 9 PGA Tour titles), born in Brighton, Massachusetts (d. 1972)
  • 1895 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards player (d. 1980)
  • 1898 Harry F. V. Edward, British 100m/200m runner (Olympic bronze 1920), born in Berlin (d. 1973)
  • 1901 Joe Davis, English snooker player (World Champion 1927-40, 1946), born in Whitwell, Derbyshire (d. 1978)
  • 1906 Sandy Bell, South African cricket fast bowler (16 Tests 1929-35), born in East London, South Africa (d. 1985)
  • 1907 Gerald Abrahams, English author (Teach Yourself Chess), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1980)
  • 1936 Jack Noreiga, West Indian cricketer (9-95 WI v India 1971), born in Saint Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago (d. 2003)
  • 1936 Raymond Poulidor, French professional cyclist, born in Masbaraud-Mérignat, France
  • 1940 Edy Hubacher, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972), born in Bern, Switzerland

Person of interestWillie Davis

1940 Willie Davis, American MLB center fielder (LA Dodgers), born in Mineral Springs, Arkansas (d. 2010)

Baseball Player Willie Davis
Baseball Player
Willie Davis
  • 1942 Walt Hazzard, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in Wilmington, Delaware (d. 2011)
  • 1952 Bengt Gingsjö, Swedish swimmer, born in Gothenburg, Västra Götaland
  • 1955 Enith Salle Brigitha, Dutch 100m/200m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
  • 1956 Michael Cooper, American NBA star (LA Lakers), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1957 Evelyn Ashford, American athlete (4 x Olympic sprint gold 1984, 88, 92), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1958 John Bracewell, New Zealand cricketer (premiere spinner of 80's), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1959 Kevin Lowe, Canadian NHL defenceman, coach and executive (Edmonton Oilers; Stanley Cup x 6), born in Lachute, Quebec
  • 1960 Pedro Delgado, Spanish cyclist, born in Segovia, Castile and León, Spain
  • 1961 Tiina Lillak, Finnish javelin thrower (Olympic silver 1984), born in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1962 Nawal El Moutawakel, Moroccan athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1984), born in Casablanca, Morocco
  • 1963 Manoj Prabhakar, Indian cricketer (Indian opening batsman & opening bowler), born in Ghaziabad, India
  • 1964 Nadeem Abbasi, Pakistani cricketer (three Tests for Pakistan v India 1989), born in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
  • 1965 Anthony Miller, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965 Kevin Stevens, American NHL left wing (Pittsburgh Penguins, Stanley Cup 1991, 92), born in Brockton, Massachusetts
  • 1965 Mark Dennis, American NFL tackle (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers), born in Junction City, Kansas
  • 1965 Michele Redman, American golfer (2 LPGA Tour titles), born in Zanesville, Ohio
  • 1966 Andrei Olhovskiy, Russian tennis player, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1967 Dara Torres, American swimmer, winner of 12 Olympic medals (1984, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2008), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1967 Lance Zeno, American NFL/WLAF football cornerback (Rams, Scottish Claymores), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1968 Billy Brewer, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1969 Jeromy Burnitz, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1999; Milwaukee Brewers), born in Westminster, California
  • 1969 Michael Jones, American NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders, St Louis Rams), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1969 Phillippi Sparks, American NFL cornerback (NY Giants), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1970 Darrin Smith, American NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles; Super Bowl 1993, 95), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1971 Craig Whelihan, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Derek Brown, NFL running back (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Guivi Sissaouri, Canada freestyle wrestler (Olympic silver 1996), born in Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 1971 Jason Sehorn, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Rich McKenzie, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Tim Tindale, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Ricky Otero, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1972 Ronald Cherry, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Vickie Johnson, American basketball guard and coach (WNBA All-Star 1999, 2001; NY Liberty; coach San Antonio Stars), born in Coushatta, Louisiana
  • 1974 Sergei Krivokrasov, Russian NHL right wing, 1992-2002 (Chicago Blackhawks, and 4 other teams; Olympic silver, 1998), born in Angarsk, Soviet Union
  • 1975 Paul Dana, American race car driver (d. 2006)
  • 1976 Jason Bonsignore, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1978 Austin Aries, American wrestler
  • 1978 Milton Bradley, American baseball player
  • 1978 Tim Corcoran, American baseball player
  • 1980 Victor Núñez, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1980 James Foster, English cricketer, born in London, England
  • 1980 Raúl López, Spanish basketball player
  • 1980 Willie Mason, Australian Rugby League Player
  • 1980 Fränk Schleck, Luxembourgish cyclist
  • 1981 Andrés D'Alessandro, Argentine football player
  • 1982 Michael Aubrey, American baseball player
  • 1983 Ilya Kovalchuk, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1983 Dudu Cearense, Brazilian footballer
  • 1984 Rodney Carney, NBA athlete
  • 1984 Cam Janssen, American ice hockey player
  • 1985 John Danks, American baseball player
  • 1985 Aaron Laffey, American baseball player
  • 1986 Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Dutch footballer

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1953 Ice hockey player Gordie Howe (25) weds sports agent Colleen Joffa (20) at Calvary Presbyterian Church

Ice Hockey Legend Gordie Howe
Ice Hockey Legend
Gordie Howe
  • 1989 South African-British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries

Deaths in Sport

  • 1926 Frank Iredale, Australian cricketer (14 Tests for Aust, 807 runs at 36 68), dies at 58
  • 1942 Joshua Pim, Irish tennis player (Wimbledon 1893-94), dies at 72
  • 1962 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician & sportswriter, dies at 49
  • 1970 Ripper Collins, American baseball first baseman (MLB All-Star 1935, 36, 37; World Series 1931, 34; NL HR leader 1934; St Louis Cardinals), dies at 66
  • 1971 Dan Reeves, American NFL team owner (Cleveland, LA Rams), dies at 58
  • 1993 Harry "Bull" Alexander, Australian cricketer (Test for Aust 1933, avg 154), dies at 87
  • 1994 John Curry OBE, British figure skater (Olympic gold, World C'ship gold, European C'ship gold 1976), dies from AIDS at 44
  • 2002 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player & U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 84
  • 2003 Leonard Tose, American trucking magnate & owner of NFL Philadelphia Eagles 1969-85, dies at 88
  • 2005 Ken Funston, South African cricket batsman (18 Tests, top score 92), dies at 79
  • 2006 Louise Smith, American auto racer (tied for 2nd woman to race in top level NASCAR), dies of cancer at 89
  • 2012 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold winning swimmer, dies from leukemia at 73
  • 2012 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, dies at 90
  • 2019 Don Perry, Canadian NHL coach (LA Kings 1982-84), dies at 89
  • 2020 Willie Davis, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Super Bowl 1967, 68; Pro Bowl 1963-67; First-team All-Pro 1962, 64–67; Green Bay Packers), dies from kidney failure at 85
  • 2020 Dámaso García, Dominican baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1984, 85; Silver Slugger Award 1982; Toronto Blue Jays), dies from a malignant brain tumour at 63
  • 2021 Leroy Keyes, American College Football Hall of Fame running back / safety (Purdue; Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs), dies from heart failure at 74