On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 18

Events in Sport

  • 1809 First run of 2,000 guineas horse race at Newmarket, England
  • 1869 1st international cricket match, held in San Francisco, won by California
  • 1898 2nd Boston Marathon won by Canadian Ron McDonald in race record 2:42:00
  • 1904 8th Boston Marathon won by Michael Spring in 2:38:04.4

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1908 Tommy Burns KOs Jewy Smith in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Tommy Burns
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Tommy Burns
  • 1910 14th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Fred Cameron in 2:28:52.4
  • 1918 Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play
  • 1921 25th Boston Marathon won by Frank Zuna in race record 2:18:57.6
  • 1922 Netherlands soccer team defeats Denmark 2-0

Sport awardBoston Marathon

1927 31st Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in 2:40:22.2; his 5th victory in the event

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • 1932 36th Boston Marathon won by German runner Paul de Bruyn in 2:33:36.4
  • 1938 42nd Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson in 2:35:34.8; his second victory in the event
  • 1942 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 3-1 for a 4-3 series win; Toronto recovers after losing first 3 games
  • 1945 1 armed outfielder, St Louis Brown Pete Gray, 1st game he goes 1 for 4

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1946 Jackie Robinson debuts as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1949 53rd Boston Marathon won by Gösta Leandersson of Sweden in 2:31:50.8

  • 1950 Sam Jethroe is 1st African American to play for Boston Braves
  • 1950 Yankees win 15-10 after trailing Red Sox 9-0 in 6th
  • 1955 59th Boston Marathon won by Hideo Hamamura of Japan in 2:18:22
  • 1959 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens' 4th straight title; beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3 for a 4-1 series win
  • 1960 64th Boston Marathon won by Paavo Kotila of Finland in 2:20:54
  • 1962 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1963 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs go back-to-back with a 3-1 Game 5 win over Detroit Red Wings for a 4-1 series victory

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Bill Russell becomes first African American coach in NBA history (Boston Celtics)

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell
  • 1966 70th Boston Marathon: Kenji Kimihara of Japan wins in 2:17:11; American Bobbi Gibb first woman in 3:21:40 (unsanctioned)
  • 1968 1st ABA basketball championship began
  • 1970 France beats England, 35-13 at Stade Colombes, Paris to earn a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship with Wales
  • 1977 81st Boston Marathon: Canadian Jerome Drayton wins men's race in 2:14:46; American Miki Gorman takes her 2nd women's event in 2:48:33

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1977 Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1981 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox tie Rochester Red Wings 2-2 in 32 innings (game resumed 23rd June)
  • 1982 Atlanta Braves win record 11th straight opening game (beat Astros)
  • 1983 87th Boston Marathon: American double; Greg Meyer men's champion in 2:09:00; Joan Benoit takes women's race in 2:22:43; her 2nd event title
  • 1984 Joan Benoit runs world record female marathon (2:22:43)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987 Mike Schmidt hits 500th home run (vs Robinson-Pirates)

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1987 Gregory Robertson does 200-mph free fall to save unconscious skydiver near Coolidge, Arizona
  • 1988 92nd Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins men's race in 2:08:43; Rosa Mota of Portugal repeats as women's champion in 2:24:30
  • 1990 Birmingham Fire issued an original franchise in WLAF

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1991 John Stockton breaks his own NBA season assist record at 1,136

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • 1992 Start of South Africa's 1st Test Cricket since 1970 (v WI Bridgetown)
  • 1994 98th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya wins 2nd straight title in 2:07:15; Uta Pippig of Germany claims women's race in 2:21:45
  • 1994 Cricketer Brian Lara hits 375 runs on 1 day for WI vs England to beat Gary Sobers' world record

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1995 Quarterback Joe Montana announces his retirement from football

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1998 NFL Draft: Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning first pick by Indianapolis Colts

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999 Wayne Gretzky plays his last game in the NHL, as his New York Rangers lose 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 2005 109th Boston Marathon: Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia claims men's section in 2:11:44; Catherine Ndereba of Kenya wins back-to-back races and 4th overall women's title in 2:25:12
  • 2008 NBA owners give approval of a potential Seattle SuperSonics' relocation to Oklahoma City in a 28–2 vote by the Board of Governors
  • 2011 115th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Geoffrey Mutai wins men's race in record 2:03:02; Caroline Kilel takes women's section in 2:22:36
  • 2016 120th Boston Marathon: Ethiopian double; Lemi Berhanu Hayle wins men's section in 2:12:45; Atsede Baysa takes women's event in 2:29:19

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880 Sam Crawford, American MLB baseball player, born in Wahoo, Nebraska (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Duffy Lewis, American baseball player, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1979)
  • 1889 John Kilbane, American featherweight boxing champ (world title held 1912-23), born in Cleveland, Ohio (. 1957)
  • 1893 Violette Morris, French athlete and spy for Nazi Germany, born in Paris (d. 1944)
  • 1914 C. S. Nayudu, Indian cricketer (brother of C K, 11 Tests as leggie), born in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (d. 2002)
  • 1917 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player, born in Edmundston, New Brunswick (d. 1947)
  • 1918 Róbert Zimonyi, Hungarian-American rowing coxswain (Olympic gold 1964), born in Sárvár, Hungary (d. 2004)
  • 1926 Doug Insole, English cricketer (England batsman of the 50's, nine Tests), born in Clapton, London (d. 2017)
  • 1927 Jim De Courcy, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1953), born in Newcastle, New South Wales (d. 2000)
  • 1931 Klas Lestander, Swedish 20K biathlon (Olympic gold 1960), born in Arjeplog, Sweden
  • 1937 Tatyana Shchelkanova, Soviet long jumper (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Rostov, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1939 Von McDaniel, American baseball player, born in Hollis, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1940 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Walter Francis Sweeney, American NFL guard (San Diego Chargers), born in Cohasset, Massachusetts (d. 2013)
  • 1942 Jochen Rindt, Austrian auto racer (posthumous World F1 title 1970), born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1970)
  • 1942 Steve Blass, American professional baseball player, born in Canaan, Connecticut
  • 1944 Irvine Shillingford, West Indian cricketer (cousin of Grayson, 4 Tests for WI), born in Dublanc, Dominica

Person of interestNate Archibald

1948 "Tiny" Nate Archibald, NBA guard (Cincinnati), born in NYC, New York

NBA Point Guard Nate Archibald
NBA Point Guard
Nate Archibald
  • 1949 Geoff Bodine, American race car driver, born in Chemung, New York
  • 1951 Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer, born in Malate, Manila, Philippines
  • 1956 David Edwards, American golfer (US Masters 1984 3rd; 4 PGA Tour titles), born in Neosho, Missouri
  • 1958 Malcolm Marshall, West Indian cricketer (WI quickie 1978-91, WI top wicket-taker), born in Bridgetown, Barbados (d. 1999)
  • 1959 Jim Eisenreich, American MLB outfielder (Tourette syndrome, Florida Marlins WS 1997), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • 1962 Wilber Marshall, American NFL linebacker (NY Jets), born in Titusville, Florida
  • 1963 Phil Simmons, West Indian cricketer (West Indian opening batsman), born in Arima, Trinidad
  • 1966 Valeri Kamensky, Russian NHL left wing (Avalanche, Olympic silver 1998), born in Voskresensk, Russia
  • 1966 Trine Hattestad, Norwegian javelin thrower (Olympic gold 2000), born in Lørenskog, Norway
  • 1967 Kenneth Gant, American NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Bartow, Florida
  • 1967 Marcel Valk, Dutch soccer player (RKC, Go Ahead Eagles), born in Hazerswoude-Rijndijk, Netherlands
  • 1969 Vladimir Tsyplakov, Belarusian NHL left wing (LA Kings, Belarus 1998), born in Inta, Soviet Union
  • 1970 Carl Simpson, American NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears), born in Vidalia, Georgia
  • 1970 François Leroux, Canadian NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins), born in Sainte-Adèle, Québec, Canada
  • 1970 Heike Friedrich, East German swimmer (world record 200m), born in Karl-Marx-Stadt, Sachsen
  • 1970 Peter Giles, Canadian kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1970 William Roaf, American NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1970 Rico Brogna, American MLB baseball player (Detroit Tigers), born in Turners Falls, Massachusetts
  • 1971 Dan Kordic, Canadian NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers), born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1971 Oleg Petrov, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1972 Jeff Traversy, Canadian CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders), born in Ottawa, Ontario
  • 1973 Derrick Brooks, American NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • 1973 Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian 10k runner (Olympic gold 1996), born in Asella, Arsi Province, Ethiopia
  • 1973 James "Jamie" Koven, American rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1977 Dan LaCouture, American NHL hockey player, born in Hyannis, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Michael Bradley, American basketball player, born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1979 Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver, born in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England
  • 1979 Matthew Upson, English footballer (England national team World Cup 2010), born in Eye, England
  • 1980 Robyn Regehr, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Recife, Brazil
  • 1981 Brian Buscher, American MLB third baseman, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1982 Scott Hartnell, Canadian NHL hockey player, born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 1983 Miguel Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player, born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • 1983 Fodil Hadjadj, Algerian football player, born in Algiers, Algeria
  • 1985 Łukasz Fabiański, Polish football goalkeeper (Poland national team), born in Kostrzyn nad Odrą, Poland
  • 1985 Karl Reindler, Australian racing driver, born in Perth, Australia
  • 1986 Maurice Edu, American soccer player, born in Fontana, California
  • 1986 Billy Butler, American baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Orange Park, Florida
  • 1987 Danny Guthrie, English footballer, born in Shrewsbury, England

Weddings in Sport

  • 1992 Tennis ace Stefan Edberg marries Annette Olsen in Sweden

LoveWedding of Interest

2001 NBA star player Kobe Bryant (22) weds Vanessa Laine at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant

Deaths in Sport

  • 1925 Charles Ebbets, President (Dodgers), dies
  • 1947 Benny Leonard, lightweight boxing champ (1917-25), dies at 51
  • 1955 Don Blackie, Australian cricketer (3 Tests for Australia 1928-29), dies at 46
  • 1967 Karl Miller, German soccer defender (12 caps; Dresdner SC), dies at 53
  • 1974 John Henry Lewis, American boxer (World Light-Heavyweight champion 1935-38), dies of emphysema and Parkinson's at 59
  • 1983 Alan Melville, cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies
  • 1996 Hubert Opperman, Australian road cyclist, politician (multi-distance world records), dies of heart failure at 91
  • 2002 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • 2005 Sam Mills, American football player (b. 1959)
  • 2011 Olubayo Adefemi, Nigerian footballer (b. 1985)
  • 2011 Mason Rudolph, American golfer (Ryder Cup 1971; PGA C'ship 1973 3rd), dies at 76