On This Day in Sport for April 17

Events in Sport

  • 1860 Champion of England Tom Sayers and American John Heenan fight out brutal 2 hour, 27 minute draw near Farnborough, England; police stop fight acknowledged as first world title bout
  • 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
  • 1911 15th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in race record 2:21:39.6; first of 7 race victories
  • 1916 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth in 2:27:16.4
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Weddings in Sport

  • 1929 Baseball great Babe Ruth (34) marries 2nd wife Claire Merritt Hodgson (31)
  • 2009 World's no. 1 professional tennis player Andy Roddick (29) weds fashion model and actress Brooklyn Decker (25) in Austin, Texas

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Deaths in Sport

  • 1944 Jack Hearne, English cricket spin bowler (12 Tests, 49 wickets; England's first hat-trick vs Australia 1899), dies at 76
  • 1946 John Iddon, cricketer (car accident 5 Tests for Eng 1934-35), dies
  • 1948 Percy Sherwell, South African cricket wicketkeeper and captain (13 Tests, 1 x 100, 36 dismissals; Transvaal), dies at 67
  • 1967 Giorgio Cesana, Italian coxswain (Olympic gold 1906), dies at 75
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