On This Day in Sport for April 15

Events in Sport

  • 1896 First modern Olympic games close in Athens, Greece
  • 1909 NY Giant Red Ames 2nd no-hitter, loses in 13 on a 7 hitter to Dodgers
  • 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
  • 1925 NHL's NY Americans (formerly Hamilton Tigers) 1st game, lose 3-1

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1927 Babe Ruth hits 1st of 60 HRs of season (off A's Howard Ehmke)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1937 Stanley Cup: Detroit Red Wings beat NY Rangers, 3 games to 2

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: Detroit Red Wings sweep Montreal Canadiens in 4 games
  • 1954 Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
  • 1956 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1958 1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0
  • 1965 NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold
  • 1968 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973 2nd Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 1974 78th Boston Marathon: Neil Cusack of Ireland 1st man in 2:13:39 and Miki Gorman of United States 1st woman in 2:47:11
  • 1977 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium
  • 1979 43rd Masters Golf Tournament: Fuzzy Zoeller wins, shooting a 280
  • 1984 48th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Crenshaw wins, shooting a 277
  • 1984 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament
  • 1985 89th Boston Marathon: Geoff Smith of Great Britain 1st man in 2:14:05 and Lisa Larsen Weidenbach of United States 1st woman in 2:34:06
  • 1986 Viv Richards century off 56 balls v England in Antigua Test Cricket
  • 1989 Sue Marchiano wins 3rd World Cup female marathon (2:30:48)
  • 1991 95th Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya 1st man in 2:11:06 and Wanda Panfil of Poland 1st woman in 2:24:18

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1991 Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assistswith 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 1st man in 2:09:15.9 and Uta Pippig of Germany 1st woman in 2:27:12
  • 1997 Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams
  • 2000 2000 NFL Draft: Courtney Brown from Penn State first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 2002 106th Boston Marathon: Rodgers Rop of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:02 and Margaret Okayo of Kenya 1st woman 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 1st man in 2:10:22 and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:26:25

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1845 Dave Gregory, cricketer (Australia's 1st Test captain)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1895 Harry F V Edward, British Guiana, 100m/200m runner (Oly-bronze-1920)
  • 1906 A J "Sandy" Bell, South African cricket fast bowler (16 Tests 1929-35)
  • 1936 Jack Noreiga, cricketer (9-95 WI v India 1971)
  • 1936 Raymond Poulidor, French cyclist
  • 1940 Edy Hubacher, Swiss 4-man bobsled (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1940 Woodie Fryman, American baseball player
  • 1942 Walter Raphael Hazzard, basketball (Olympic gold 1964), born in Wilmington, Delaware
  • 1952 Bengt Gingsjö, Swedish swimmer
  • 1955 Barbara Barrow, LPGA golfer
  • 1955 Enith Salle Brigitha, Neth, 100m/200m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1956 Michael Cooper, NBA star (LA Lakers)
  • 1957 Evelyn Ashford, 100m runner (Oly-4 gold-1976, 84), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1958 John Bracewell, NZ cricketer (premiere spinner of 80's)
  • 1959 Kevin Lowe, Lachute, NHL defenseman (NY Rangers)
  • 1960 Pedro Delgado, Spanish cyclist
  • 1961 Tiina Lillak, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1962 Nawal El Moutawakel, Morrocan hurdler
  • 1963 Manoj Prabhakar, cricketer (Indian opening batsman & opening bowler)
  • 1963 Teresa Wentzel DeWitt, Ft Bragg NC, double trap (Olympics-1996)
  • 1964 Nadeem Abbasi, cricketer (three Tests for Pakistan v India 1989)
  • 1965 Anthony Miller, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1965 Kevin Stevens, Brockton, NHL left wing (LA Kings)
  • 1965 Mark Dennis, NFL tackle (Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers)
  • 1965 Michele Redman, LPGA golfer (1995 Star Bank-3rd), born in Zanesville, Ohio
  • 1966 Andrei Olhovskiy, tennis pro, born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1967 Dara Torres, US Olympic swimmer (Olympic gold 84), born in Beverly Hills, California
  • 1967 Lance Zeno, NFL/WLAF corner (Rams, Scottish Claymores)
  • 1967 Suzy Green, LPGA golfer (1995 Fieldcrest Cannon-26th), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1968 Billy Brewer, pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1969 Jeromy Burnitz, outfielder (Cleveland Indians), born in Westminster, California
  • 1969 Michael Jones, NFL linebacker (Oakland Raiders, St Louis Rams)
  • 1969 Phillippi Sparks, NFL cornerback (NY Giants)
  • 1970 Darrin Smith, NFL linebacker (Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • 1971 Craig Whelihan, NFL quarterback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1971 Derek Brown, NFL running back (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1971 Guivi Sissaouri, Tbilisi Georgia, Canada freestyle wrestler (Oly-s-96)
  • 1971 Jason Sehorn, NFL cornerback/safety (NY Giants)
  • 1971 Rich McKenzie, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns)
  • 1971 Tim Tindale, NFL running back (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1972 Melvin Johnson, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1972 Ricky Otero, Vega Baja Puerto Rico, outfielder (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • 1972 Ronald Cherry, NFL tackle (Detroit Lions)
  • 1972 Vickie Johnson, WNBA guard/forward (NY Liberty)
  • 1973 Jeremy Burkett, NFL/WLAF tight end (NY Giants, Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1974 Mike Quinn, quarterback (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1974 Sergei Krivokrasov, Angarsk Russia, NHL right wing (Blackhawks, Oly-S-98)
  • 1975 Paul Dana, American race car driver (d. 2006)
  • 1976 Jason Bonsignore, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1977 Lisa Bell, Rockford Ill, figure skater (1997 Midwestern Sr champ)
  • 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
  • 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 Albert Riera, Spanish footballer
  • 1982 Michael Aubrey, American baseball player
  • 1983 Ilya Kovalchuk, Russian ice hockey player
  • 1983 Dudu Cearense, Brazilian footballer
  • 1983 Bronson La'Cassie, Australian professional golfer
  • 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


HeartWedding 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, cricketer (14 Tests for Aust, 807 runs at 36 68), dies
  • 1962 Arsenio Lacson, Filipino politician and sportswriter (b. 1911)
  • 1970 Ripper Collins, American baseball player (b. 1904)
  • 1971 Dan Reeves, American football team owner (b. 1912)
  • 1993 H H "Bull" Alexander, cricketer (Test for Aust 1933, avg 154), dies
  • 1994 John Curry, English figure skater (Oly-gold-76), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 2002 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player and U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1917)
  • 2012 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold winning swimmer, dies from leukemia at 73
  • 2012 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, dies at 90