On This Day in Sport for April 17

  • April

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
  • 1899 3rd Boston Marathon won by Lawrence Brignolia in 2:54:38
  • 1905 9th Boston Marathon won by Fred Lorz in 2:38:25.4

Sport awardBoston Marathon

1911 15th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in race record 2:21:39.6; first of 7 race victories

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • 1916 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth in 2:27:16.4
  • 1922 26th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in race record 2:18:10; his 2nd race victory; first of 3 consecutive wins
  • 1923 Longest NL opening game, Phillies & Dodgers tie 5-5 in 14

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1933 37th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson in 2:31:01.6
  • 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
  • 1939 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown in 2:28:51.8; his second victory in the event
  • 1944 48th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:50.4; second straight victory; 3rd of 4 titles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1950 54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of South Korea in 2:32:39

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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
  • 1961 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39; his 2nd event title
  • 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 71st Boston Marathon: Dave McKenzie of New Zealand wins in 2:15:45; American Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:27:17 (unsanctioned)
  • 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 Baltimore Orioles
  • 1969 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
  • 1972 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland wins men's race in 2:15:39; American Nina Kuscsik takes inaugural women's title in 3:10:26; first year women's race officially sanctioned
  • 1972 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats

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
  • 1978 82nd Boston Marathon: US double; Bill Rodgers wins his 2nd men's title in 2:10:13; Gayle Barron women's champion 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)

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 takes men's race in 2:09:06; Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway wins her 2nd women's title 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
  • 1995 99th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya claims 3rd straight title in 2:09:22; Uta Pippig of Germany wins 2nd consecutive women's event 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: Kenyan double; Elijah Lagat wins men's race in 2:09:47; Catherine Ndereba takes women's title in 2:26:11
  • 2006 110th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot wins 2nd men's title in 2:07:14; Rita Jeptoo takes women's title in 2:23:38
  • 2015 James Anderson becomes the highest wicket-taking bowler in England's test cricket history
  • 2017 121st Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Geoffrey Kirui takes men's title in 2:09:37; Edna Kiplagat women's champion in 2:21:52

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, born in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (d. 2004)
  • 1931 John Bartlett, Australian tennis player (Davis Cup capt-Britain), born in Woonona, New South Wales
  • 1946 Clare Francis, British yachtswoman and novelist (Come Hell or High Water), born in Thames Ditton, Surrey
  • 1947 Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Japanese baseball player, born in Rumoi, Hokkaidō, Japan
  • 1950 Bruce McNall, American former NHL team owner, born in Arcadia, California
  • 1954 Riccardo Patrese, Italian racing driver (Grand Prix), born in Padua, Italy
  • 1960 Michael Whitaker, British Olympic equestrian rider, born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  • 1961 Boomer Esiason, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals), born in East Islip, New York
  • 1961 Norman Cowans, Jamaican cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85), born in St. Mary, Jamaica
  • 1962 Nancy Hogshead, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1984), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1964 Ken Daneyko, Canadian-American NHL defenseman (NJ Devils), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1967 Aaron Wallace, American NFL defensive end and linebacker (Oakland Raiders), born in Paris, Texas
  • 1967 Marquis Grissom, American baseball outfielder (Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1968 Richie Woodhall, British professional boxer, born in Telford, Shropshire, England
  • 1968 Roger Twose, English cricketer (Warwickshire batsman, New Zealand 1995), born in Torquay, England
  • 1971 David Oliver, Canadian NHL right wing (Edmonton Oilers), born in Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1972 Benjamin Dodwell, Australian rower (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1972 Gordon Laro, American NFL tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1972 Keith Lyle, American football safety (St Louis Rams), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan cricketer (leading Sri Lankan Test off-spinner), born in Kandy, Ceylon
  • 1972 Tony Boselli, American NFL offensive tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Modesto, California
  • 1972 Jarkko Wiss, Finnish footballer, born in Tampere, Finland
  • 1972 Gary Bennett, American baseball player, born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1973 Brett Maher, Australian basketball guard (Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1973 Gene Makowsky, Canadian football offensive linebacker (Saskatchewan Roughriders), born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • 1973 Jeff Lewis, American NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1973 Kenneth Carlsen, Danish tennis star, born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1973 Ross Aloisi, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1973 Theo Ratliff, American NBA forward and center (Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers), born in Demopolis, Alabama
  • 1973 Kaihō Ryōji, Japanese sumo wrestler, born in Aomori, Japan
  • 1974 James Hamilton, American football linebacker (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1974 Marcel Nijenhuis, Dutch soccer player (NEC), born in Heteren, Netherlands
  • 1975 Trifun Živanović, American-Serbian figure skater (1995 Pac Coast Jr champ), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1977 Pascal de Vries, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente), born in Hengelo, Netherlands
  • 1978 Jason White, Scottish rugby player, born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1980 Curtis Woodhouse, English footballer and boxer, born in Beverley, England
  • 1980 Lee Hyun-il, South Korean badminton player, born in Seoul
  • 1981 Ryan Raburn, American baseball player, born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1982 Brad Boyes, Canadian hockey player, born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • 1983 Stanislav Chistov, Russian ice hockey player, born in Chelyabinsk, Russia
  • 1983 Roberto Jiménez, Peruvian football player, born in Piura, Peru
  • 1985 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, French tennis player, born in Le Mans, France
  • 1990 Jonathan Brown, Welsh footballer, born in Bridgend, Wales

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth

LoveWedding 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
  • 1967 Giorgio Cesana, Italian coxswain (Olympic gold 1906), dies at 75
  • 1984 Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • 1995 Anton Murray, South African cricketer (289 runs & 11 wkts in 10 Tests), dies at 72