On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 16

Events in Sport

  • 1900 4th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Jim Caffrey in race record 2:39:44.4
  • 1906 10th Boston Marathon won by 18-year old Tim Ford in 2:45:45; youngest race winner
  • 1912 Pirates turn a rare 5-3-7 doubleplay (left fielder covers 2nd base)
  • 1917 21st Boston Marathon won by Bill Kennedy in 2:28:37.2

Sport awardBoston Marathon

1923 27th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in 2:23:37.4 for second straight year; 3rd race victory

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • 1928 32nd Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in 2:37:07.8; back-to-back wins for his 6th race title
  • 1929 NY Yankees become 1st team to wear uniform numbers
  • 1934 38th Boston Marathon won by Dave Komonen of Canada in 2:32:53.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1935 Babe Ruth's 1st NL game, for Boston Braves, included a HR

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1939 Stanley Cup Final, Boston Garden, Boston, MA: Boston Bruins beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-1 for a 4-1 series win; first best-of-7 SC Final series
  • 1945 49th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley in 2:30:40.2; his second event victory
  • 1949 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: 3-peat for Toronto Maple Leafs as they beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-1 for a 4 game series sweep
  • 1951 55th Boston Marathon won by Shigeki Tanaka of Japan in 2:27:45
  • 1953 Phillie's Connie Ryan gets 6 hits in a game
  • 1953 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0 for a 4-1 series win
  • 1954 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 in OT for a 4-3 series victory

  • 1956 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in race record 2:14:14
  • 1957 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Dickie Moore has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 5-1 for a 4-1 series victory
  • 1959 NY Yankees unveil their 1st message scoreboard
  • 1959 Phils' Dave Philley gets a major league record 9th straight pinch hit
  • 1961 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4-1 for a 4-2 series victory
  • 1962 66th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:48; second straight win and 3rd title overall
  • 1972 Chicago Cub Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 1-0
  • 1973 77th Boston Marathon: American double; Jon Anderson men's champion in 2:16:03; Jacqueline Hansen wins women's title in 3:05:59
  • 1978 St Louis Card Bob Forsch no-hits Phillies, 5-0
  • 1979 83rd Boston Marathon: American double; Bill Rodgers wins 2nd straight event and 3rd overall title in 2:09:27; Joan Benoit women's champion in 2:35:15

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1980 Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • 1984 88th Boston Marathon: Englishman Geoff Smith wins men's event in 2:10:34; Lorraine Moller of New Zealand women's champion in 2:29:28
  • 1984 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits 3 HRs including a grand slam

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1987 Michael Jordan becomes the second NBA player in history to score 3000 points in a season

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 1st The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Don Bies wins his lone career Champions Tour major title by 1 stroke from Gary Player

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • 1989 Costa Rica beats US 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1989 Zeleka Metaferia wins 3rd World Cup marathon (2:10:28)
  • 1990 94th Boston Marathon: Gelindo Bordin is first Italian event winner in race record 2:08:19; Portugal's Rosa Mota wins her 3rd woman's title in 2:25:24
  • 1991 St Louis Blues becomes 8th NHL team in Play-off to come back from a 3-1 deficit as they beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in game 7
  • 1992 NY Rangers win team record 50th game

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1995 56th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Ray Floyd wins

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 2001 105th Boston Marathon: Lee Bong-Ju of South Korea men's winner in 2:09:43; Catherine Ndereba of Kenya wins back-to-back women's titles in 2:23:53
  • 2007 111th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya goes back-to-back for 3rd title in 2:14:13; Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia wins women's race in 2:29:18
  • 2012 116th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Wesley Korir wins men's section in 2:12:40; Sharon Cherop first woman in 2:31:50
  • 2018 122nd Boston Marathon: Yuki Kawauchi of Japan wins men's race in 2:15:58; Desiree Linden (2:39:54) first American to win women's title since 1985
  • 2019 Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson becomes the highest-paid player in NFL history with a 4-year $140m extension including record $65m signing bonus

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1319 John II, the Good, King of France (1350-64), born in Le Mans, France (d. 1364)
  • 1861 Isaac Murphy, American jockey (won 628 races), born in Clark County, Kentucky (d. 1896)
  • 1878 Tip Foster, English cricketer (287 on debut England v Aust SCG 1903), born in Malvern, Worcestershire, England (d. 1914)
  • 1906 Elisa Hendrik "Beb" Bakhuys, Dutch football player and writer, born in Pekalongan, Dutch East Indies (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Dick Gibson, British racing driver, born in Bourne, Lincolnshire (d. 2010)
  • 1928 Night Train Lane, American NFL defensive back (Rams, Cards, Lions), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1932 Imre Polyák, Hungarian featherweight (Olympic gold 1964), born in Kecskemét, Hungary (d. 2010)
  • 1938 Rich Rollins, American MLB third baseman, born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
  • 1940 David Holford, West Indian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests), born in Upper Collymore Rock, Saint Michael, Barbados
  • 1942 Jim Lonborg, American MLB pitcher (AL Cy Young 1967), born in Santa Maria, California
  • 1943 Johnny Watkins, Australian cricketer (NSW leg-spinner, bowled 6 overs for Aust), born in Newcastle, New South Wales
  • 1944 Bob Montgomery, last Major League Baseball player to bat without a helmet (1979), born in Nashville, Tennessee

Person of interestKareem Abdul-Jabbar

1947 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, [Lew Alcindor] Basketball Hall of Fame center (6-time NBA champion), born in NYC, New York

  • 1952 Peter Westbrook, American fencer (Olympic bronze 1988, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri

Person of interestBill Belichick

1952 Bill Belichick, American NFL coach (5 Super Bowl wins with New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick
  • 1954 John Bowe, Australian racing driver, born in Devonport, Tasmania
  • 1955 Bruce Bochy, American baseball player and manager (San Francisco Giants), born in Landes de Boussac, Bussac-Forêt, France
  • 1958 Philip Bainbridge, British cricketer, born in Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 1959 Anne Kursinski, American equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1960 Rafael Benítez, Spanish football manager, born in Madrid, Spain
  • 1960 Pierre Littbarski, German footballer and manager, born in West Berlin, West Germany
  • 1962 David Pate, American tennis star, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1962 Jeanne Golay, American cyclist (Olympics-16th-92, 96), born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1963 Garry Galley, Canadian NHL defenseman (Buffalo Sabres), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1963 Hu Na, Chinese tennis star, born in Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • 1963 Saleem Malik, Pakistani cricketer (memorable Pakistani & Essex batsman), born in Kayerpora, Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1965 Caren Kemner, American volleyball outside hitter (Olympic bronze 1992, 96), born in Quincy, Illinois
  • 1966 Lewis Tillman, American NFL running back (Chicago Bears), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi
  • 1967 Charles Evans, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1968 Grace Kim, South Korean-American tennis star, born in South Korea
  • 1969 Fernando Viña, Cuban-American infielder (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1970 Ian Franklin, CFL cornerback (Edmonton Eskimos), born in Morgan City, Louisiana
  • 1970 Steve Emtman, American NFL defensive tackle (Miami Dolphins), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1970 Walt Williams, American NBA forward and guard (Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1971 Natasha Zvereva, Belarusian tennis ace (18 Grand Slam double titles), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1972 Conchita Martínez, Spanish tennis player (Wimbledon 1994), born in Monzón, Huesca, Spain
  • 1972 Jim Ballard, American NFL & WLAF quarterback (Scottish Claymores, Buffalo Bills), born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • 1975 Nicky Sualua, American NFL fullback (Dallas Cowboys), born in Santa Ana, California
  • 1977 Fredrik Ljungberg, Swedish footballer, born in Vittsjö, Sweden
  • 1979 Christijan Albers, Dutch Formula One driver, born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1979 Sixto Peralta, Argentine footballer, born in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina
  • 1982 Boris Diaw, French basketball player, born in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France
  • 1982 Jonathan Vilma, American football player, born in Coral Gables, Florida
  • 1983 Cat Osterman, American softball pitcher, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1983 George Patis, Greek badminton player, born in Greece
  • 1985 Luol Deng, Sudanese-born British basketball player, born in Wau, South Sudan
  • 1986 Paul di Resta, British racing driver, born in Uphall, United Kingdom
  • 1987 Aaron Lennon, English footballer, born in Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 1988 Joe McKnight, NFL and CFL player killed in road rage incident, born in Kenner, Louisiana (d. 2016)
  • 1993 Mirai Nagasu, American figure skater, born in Montebello, California

Weddings in Sport

  • 2016 Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson (24) weds NFL player Andrew East (24) in Franklin, Tennessee

Deaths in Sport

  • 1916 Tom Horan, cricketer (15 Tests for Aust, 471 runs, 11 wickets), dies
  • 1924 Jack Board, cricket wicket-keeper (Eng in 6 Tests 1898-1906), dies
  • 1938 Steve Bloomer, English footballer (b. 1874)
  • 1946 Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born race car driver and automobile designer (b. 1884)
  • 1981 Eric Hollies, English cricketer (13 Tests for England, 44 wickets), dies at 68
  • 1988 Clifford Roach, cricketer (16 Tests early in West Indian cricket history), dies
  • 1998 Fred Davis, English 8-time World Snooker Champion (1948-49, 51), dies at 84
  • 2001 Alec Stock, English football manager (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Gaetan Duchesne, Canadian hockey player (b. 1962)
  • 2007 Maria Lenk, Brazilian swimmer and first Brazilian woman to compete in the Olympic Games (b. 1915)

Person of interestPat Summerall

2013 Pat Summerall, American NFL player and sportscaster, dies from cardiac arrest at 82

CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster Pat Summerall
CBS, Fox, and ESPN Sportscaster
Pat Summerall