On This Day in Sport for April 17

Events in Sport

  • 1869 1st pro baseball games-Cincinnati Reds 24, Cin amateurs 15
  • 1875 Modern Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a bored British officer in Jabalpur, India
  • 1892 1st Sunday NL baseball game, Reds beat Cards 5-1
  • 1920 American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)
  • 1923 Longest NL opening game, Phillies & Dodgers tie 5-5 in 14

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1925 NY Yankee Babe Ruth has ulcer surgery

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1933 Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL Game beating NY Giants 23-21
  • 1934 New Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Red Sox 6-5

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1939 Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

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1947 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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1951 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1953 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Washington, D.C.'s Griffith Stadium
  • 1960 Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
  • 1964 1st game at Shea Stadium, NY Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3
  • 1966 100th international soccer match between Netherlands and Belgium (3-1)
  • 1967 Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti beats American Emile Griffith in a 15 round points decision to win world middleweight crown at Madison Square Garden; start of famous trilogy of fights between the pair

  • 1968 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Balt Orioles
  • 1969 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
  • 1972 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland 1st man in 2:15:39 and Nina Kuscsik of United States 1st woman in 3:10:26
  • 1972 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
  • 1973 77th Boston Marathon: Jon Anderson of United States 1st man in 2:16:03 and Jacqueline Hansen of United States 1st woman in 3:05:59

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1976 NL greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 Phils win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

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1976 Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her second WTA Tour Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena; beats Chris Evert 6–3, 5–7, 6–3

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1977 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • 1978 82nd Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:10:13 and Gayle Barron of United States 1st woman in 2:44:52
  • 1981 Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers
  • 1981 Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • 1983 Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)
  • 1983 Lynn Adams wins LPGA Combanks Orlando Golf Classic

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1983 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1983 NY Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs NY Rangers
  • 1984 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage

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1987 Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA (and ABA) player to score 30,000 points

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1988 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
  • 1989 93rd Boston Marathon: Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:09:06 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:33
  • 1994 55th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke from Jim Colbert for his 4th Seniors major title
  • 1994 Val Skinner wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship
  • 1995 99th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:22 and Uta Pippig of Germany 1st woman in 2:25:11

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1997 NJ Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • 1999 NFL Draft: University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 2000 104th Boston Marathon: Elijah Lagat of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:47 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:26:11
  • 2006 110th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:14 and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:23:38
  • 2015 James Anderson becomes the highest wicket-taking bowler in England's test cricket history

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestAlexander Cartwright

1820 Alexander Cartwright, American sportsman (recognized as inventor of modern baseball), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright
  • 1852 Cap Anson, American baseball player, born in Marshalltown, Iowa (d. 1922)
  • 1903 Morgan Taylor, American athlete (Olympic 1924), born in Sioux City, Iowa (d. 1975)
  • 1904 Naoomal Jeoomal, Indian cricketer (pioneer Indian Test opening batsman), born in Karachi, British India (d. 1980)
  • 1911 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian world chess champion (1948-63), born in Repino, Russia (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Solly Hemus, American baseball player, born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2017)
  • 1926 Gerry McNeil, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 2004)
  • 1931 John Bartlett, tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain)
  • 1946 Clare Francis, yachtswoman/novelist (Come Hell or High Water)
  • 1947 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player
  • 1949 Heini Hemmi, Swiss giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1950 Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner
  • 1954 Riccardo Patrese, driver (Grand Prix)
  • 1960 Michael Whitaker, showjumper
  • 1961 Boomer Esiason, West Islip, New York, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1961 Norman Cowans, cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85)
  • 1962 Nancy Hogshead, swimmer (Olympic gold 1984)/model (jockey), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1964 Ken Daneyko, Windsor, NHL defenseman (NJ Devils)
  • 1966 Susie Redman, LPGA golfer (1995 Nabisco Dinah Shore-2nd), born in Salem, Ohio
  • 1967 Aaron Wallace, NFL defensive end/linebacker (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1967 Marquis Grisom, outfielder (Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967 Marquis Grissom, American baseball player
  • 1968 Ritchie Woodhall, boxer
  • 1968 Roger Twose, cricketer (Warwickshire batsman, New Zealand 1995)
  • 1970 Tony Sacca, WLAF quarterback (Barcelona Dragons)
  • 1971 David Oliver, Sechelt, NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers)
  • 1972 Benjamin Dodwell, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Gordon Laro, NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 Keith Lyle, safety (St Louis Rams)
  • 1972 Muttiah Muralitharan, cricketer (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner)
  • 1972 Tony Boselli, NFL offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 Jarkko Wiss, Finnish Footballer
  • 1972 Gary Bennett, American baseball player
  • 1973 Brett Maher, Adelaide SA Australia, basketball guard (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Gene Makowsky, CFL offensive linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders)
  • 1973 Jeff Lewis, NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973 Kenneth Carlsen, Danish tennis star
  • 1973 Ross Aloisi, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1973 Theo Ratliff, NBA forward/center (Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • 1973 Kaihō Ryōji, Japanese sumo wrestler
  • 1974 James Hamilton, linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1974 Marcel Nijenhuis, soccer player (NEC)
  • 1975 Trifun Zivanovic, Santa Monica, figure skater (1995 Pac Coast Jr champ)
  • 1977 Pascal de Vries, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1978 Jason White, Scottish rugby player
  • 1980 Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer/boxer
  • 1980 Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player
  • 1981 Ryan Raburn, American baseball player
  • 1982 Brad Boyes, Canadian hockey player
  • 1983 Stanislav Chistov, Russian hockey player
  • 1983 Roberto Jimenez, Peruvian football player
  • 1985 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player
  • 1990 Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

1929 Baseball great Babe Ruth (34) marries 2nd wife Claire Merritt Hodgson (31)

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

HeartWedding of Interest

2009 World's no. 1 professional tennis player Andy Roddick (29) weds fashion model and actress Brooklyn Decker (25) in Austin, Texas

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick

Deaths in Sport

  • 1944 J T Hearne, cricketer (took 49 wkts in 12 Tests for England), dies
  • 1946 John Iddon, cricketer (car accident 5 Tests for Eng 1934-35), dies
  • 1948 Percy Sherwell, cricketer (South African captain in 13 Tests 1905-11), dies
  • 1984 Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • 1995 A R A (Anton) Murray, cricketer (289 runs & 11 wkts in 10 Tests), dies