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

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
  • 1918 Cleveland center fielder Tris Speaker turns an unassisted double play
  • 1922 Netherlands soccer team defeats Denmark 2-0
  • 1942 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • 1944 48th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:50.4
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1959 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4 games to 1
  • 1962 16th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3
  • 1963 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1

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
  • 1968 1st ABA basketball championship began

  • 1977 81st Boston Marathon: Jerome Drayton of Canada 1st man in 2:14:46 and Miki Gorman of United States 1st woman in 2:48:33

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1977 Eddie Murray hits his 1st HR

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First 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: Greg Meyer of United States 1st man in 2:09:00 and Joan Benoit of United States 1st woman in 2:22:43
  • 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 Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins men's race, 2:08:43; Rosa Mota of Portugal women's champion, 2:24:30
  • 1990 Birmingham Fire issued an original franchise in WLAF

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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)
  • 1993 54th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Tom Wargo
  • 1993 Trish Johnson wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship
  • 1994 98th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:15 and Uta Pippig of Germany 1st woman 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 1st man in 2:11:44 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman 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: Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya 1st man in 2:03:02 (course record) and Caroline Kilel of Kenya 1st woman in 2:22:36

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880 Sam Crawford, baseball player (d. 1968)
  • 1888 Duffy Lewis, American baseball player (d. 1979)
  • 1889 John Kilbane, American featherweight boxing champ (world title held 1912-23), born in Cleveland, Ohio (. 1957)
  • 1893 Violette Morris, French athlete (d. 1944)
  • 1914 C S Nayudu, cricketer (brother of C K, 11 Tests as leggie)
  • 1917 Ty LaForest, Canadian baseball player (d. 1947)
  • 1918 Robert Zimonyi, Hungarian cox (Olympic-Hungary-bronze-1948/US-gold-64)
  • 1926 Doug Insole, cricketer (England batsman of the 50's, nine Tests)
  • 1927 Jim De Courcy, cricketer (in Newcastle Australian batsman 1953)
  • 1931 Klas Lestander, Swedish 20K biathlon (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1937 Tatyana Shchelkanova, USSR, long jumper (Olympic bronze 1964)
  • 1939 Von McDaniel, baseball player
  • 1940 Ed Garvey, American labor leader (NFL Players Association), born in Burlington, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1941 Walter Francis Sweeney, Cohasset, Massachusetts, NFL Guard (San Diego Chargers), (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
  • 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
  • 1951 Ricardo Fortaleza, Australian-Filipino boxer
  • 1955 Anne-Marie Palli, Ciboure France, LPGA golfer (1992 ShopRite)
  • 1956 David Wayne Edwards, Neosho MO, PGA golfer (1980 Walt Disney)
  • 1958 Bernadette Robi, model/ex-wife of football player Lynn Swann
  • 1958 Malcolm Marshall, cricketer (WI quickie 1978-91, WI top wicket-taker)
  • 1959 Jim Eisenreich, American MLB outfielder (Tourette syndrome, Florida Marlins WS 1997), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • 1961 Ian Doig, Seaforth Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 Florida Classic)
  • 1961 Steve Lombardi, American wrestler
  • 1962 Wilber Marshall, NFL linebacker (NY Jets)
  • 1963 Phil Simmons, cricketer (West Indian opening batsman)
  • 1966 Chuck Wade, Menomonee Falls Wisc, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Michelle Chryst, WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz-17th-1994)
  • 1966 Valeri Kamensky, Voskresensk Russia, NHL left wing (Avalanche, Olympic silver 1998)
  • 1966 Trine Hattestad, Norwegian athlete
  • 1967 Kenneth Gant, NFL safety (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1967 Marcel Valk, soccer player (RKC, Go Ahead Eagles)
  • 1969 Vladimir Tsyplakov, Inta Russia, NHL left wing (LA Kings, Belarus 1998)
  • 1970 Carl Simpson, NFL defensive tackle (Chicago Bears)
  • 1970 Francois Leroux, Ste-adele, NHL defenseman (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1970 Heike Friedrich, East Germany swimmer (world record 200m)
  • 1970 Peter Giles, kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in London, Ontario
  • 1970 William Roaf, NFL tackle (New Orleans Saints)
  • 1970 Rico Brogna, American baseball player
  • 1971 Dan Kordic, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Philadelphia Flyers)
  • 1971 Oleg Petrov, NHL right wing (Montreal Canadiens), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1972 Jeff Traversy, CFL defensive tackle (Calgary Stampeders)
  • 1973 Derrick Brooks, NFL linebacker (Tampa Bay Bucs)
  • 1973 Haile Gebrselassie, Asella, Arsi Province, Ethiopian 10k runner (Olympic gold 1996)
  • 1973 James "Jamie" Koven, rower (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1977 Dan Lacouture, NHL hockey player
  • 1979 Michael Bradley, American basketball player
  • 1979 Anthony Davidson, British Formula One driver
  • 1979 Matthew Upson, English footballer
  • 1980 Robyn Regehr, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981 Brian Buscher, American baseball player
  • 1982 Scott Hartnell, NHL hockey player
  • 1983 Miguel Cabrera, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1983 Fodil Hadjadj, Algerian footballer
  • 1985 Łukasz Fabiański, Polish footballer
  • 1985 Karl Reindler, Australian racing driver
  • 1986 Maurice Edu, American soccer player
  • 1986 Billy Butler, American baseball player
  • 1987 Danny Guthrie, English footballer

Weddings in Sport

  • 1992 Tennis ace Stefan Edberg marries Annette Olsen in Sweden

HeartWedding 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 footballer, 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
  • 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)