On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 19

Events in Sport

  • 1897 1st Boston Marathon (B.A.A. Road Race), won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10; the world's oldest annual marathon inspired by success of the first marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics
  • 1900 Highest scoring opening game, Phils beat Braves 19-17 in 10
  • 1909 13th Boston Marathon won by Henri Renaud in 2:53:36.8
  • 1915 19th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Édouard Fabre in 2:31:41.2
  • 1920 24th Boston Marathon won by Peter Trivoulidas of Greece in 2:29:31
  • 1926 30th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Johnny Miles in 2:25:40.4
  • 1937 41st Boston Marathon won by Walter Young of Canada in 2:33:20
  • 1943 47th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:28:25.8; his 2nd of 4 wins in the event
  • 1944 1944 NFL Draft: Angelo Bertelli from University of Notre Dame first pick by Boston Yanks
  • 1947 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: Toronto Maple Leafs edge Montreal Canadiens, 2-1 for a 4-2 series win; first all-Canadian final since 1935
  • 1947 Suh Yun Buck wins world record marathon (2:25:39)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 After scoring 45 goals during the regular season, Maurice Richard is named MVP.

Ice Hockey Player Maurice Richard
Ice Hockey Player
Maurice Richard
  • 1947 England beats France, 6-3 at Twickenham to be level on points with Wales for a share of the Five Nations Rugby Championship; first appearance of France in tournament since 1931
  • 1948 52nd Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:02; his 4th victory in the event

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1949 Yankees dedicate a plaque for Babe Ruth

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1954 58th Boston Marathon won by Veikko Karvonen of Finland in 2:20:39

Sport awardBoston Marathon

1954 7-time winner of Boston Marathon, 65-year-old Clarence DeMar, runs his last race at Boston finishing 78th

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • 1956 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium
  • 1960 Baseball uniforms begin displaying players' names on their backs
  • 1965 69th Boston Marathon won by Morio Shigematsu of Japan in race record 2:16:33
  • 1971 75th Boston Marathon: Álvaro Mejía of Colombia wins in 2:18:45; American Sara Mae Berman 1st woman for 3rd straight year in 3:08:30 (unsanctioned)
  • 1974 Oriole Al Bumbry hits an inside-the-park HR against NY Yankees
  • 1976 80th Boston Marathon: US double; Jack Fultz is men's winner in 2:20:19; Kim Merritt takes women's section in 2:47:10
  • 1981 Oakland A's runs record to 11-0
  • 1982 86th Boston Marathon: American Alberto Salazar claims men's title in 2:08:51; Charlotte Teske of West Germany wins women's section in 2:29:33
  • 1982 Rosie Ruiz, marathon race cheater, arrested for forgery

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1986 Michael Spinks beats Larry Holmes in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
  • 1987 Brendon Kuruppu scores 201* on Test Cricket debut (Sri Lanka v NZ)
  • 1987 Brewers score 5 runs in 9th to win 6-4 & record 12th straight AL win
  • 1987 LA Clippers end season with a terrible 12-70 record
  • 1989 Kevin Elster (NY Mets), sets error-less shortstop mark at 73
  • 1990 Pistons & 76'ers get into a fight accruing $162,500 fines (NBA record)

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1991 Evander Holyfield beats George Foreman in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

  • 1992 53rd PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke from Mike Hill
  • 1993 97th Boston Marathon: Cosmas N'deti of Kenya wins men's event in 2:09:33; Olga Markova of Russia repeats as women's champion in 2:25:27
  • 1994 Graeme Obree bicycles world record 10km (11:25.88)
  • 1996 Rangers scores 16 in 8th vs Orioles
  • 1997 San Diego Padres & St Louis Cards play at Aloha Stadium Hawaii
  • 1997 NFL Draft: Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • 1999 103rd Boston Marathon: Joseph Chebet of Kenya takes men's title in 2:09:52; 3-peat for Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia in women's race in 2:23:25
  • 2004 108th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Timothy Cherigat takes men's title in 2:10:37; Catherine Ndereba wins her 3rd women's event in 2:24:27
  • 2010 114th Boston Marathon: Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya wins 4th men's title in 2:05:52; Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia women's champion in 2:26:11

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1873 Sydney Barnes, English cricketer (27 Tests for England, 189 wickets) and probably England's greatest bowler, born in Smethwick, England (d. 1967)
  • 1915 Harry Craft, American MLB baseball player and manager, born in Ellisville, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1919 Gil Langley, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56), born in Adelaide, Australia (d. 2001)
  • 1929 Edward Crook Jr., American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2005)
  • 1931 Alex Webster, American football coach (NY Giants), born in Kearney, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1932 Andrea Mead-Lawrence, American alpine skier (2 Olympic gold 1952), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 2009)
  • 1933 Harold "Dickie" Bird, English cricket umpire (66 Tests, 69 ODI), born in Barnsley, England
  • 1939 Michael Macaulay, South African cricketer (Tvl, W Prov, OFS, NE Tvl, E Prov & S Afr), born in Durban, Natal
  • 1948 Rick Miller, American baseball player, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • 1950 Jeff Hammond, Australian cricketer (Australian fast bowler on 1973 WI tour), born in North Adelaide, South Australia
  • 1950 Marc Demeyer, Belgian road racing cyclist (Paris-Brussel 1974), born in Avelgem, Belgium (d. 1982)
  • 1953 Sara Simeoni, Italian high jumper (Olympic gold 1980), born in Rivoli Veronese, Italy
  • 1954 Trevor Francis, British football player and manager, born in Plymouth, England
  • 1956 Sue Barker, British tennis player (French Open 1976), born in Paignton, England
  • 1960 Frank Viola, American baseball pitcher (Twins, Mets/Cy Young-1988), born in Hempstead, New York
  • 1960 Roger Merrett, Australian rules footballer
  • 1961 Richard Phelps, British pentathelete (Olympic bronze 1988), born in Gloucester, England

Person of interestAl Unser Jr.

1962 Al Unser Jr., American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1992, 94), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Indy Car Driver Al Unser Jr.
Indy Car Driver
Al Unser Jr.
  • 1964 Harris Barton, American NFL tackle (SF 49ers), born in Sandy Springs, Georgia
  • 1964 Scott Kamienicki, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees), born in Mount Clemens, Michigan
  • 1966 Paul Reiffel, Australian cricketer (Victorian & Australian pace bowler), born in Box Hill, Victoria, Australia
  • 1966 Randolph Keys, American NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks), born in Collins, Mississippi
  • 1968 Brent Mayne, American baseball catcher (NY Mets), born in Loma Linda, California
  • 1968 Keith McCants, American NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1968 Roger Reinson, CFL linebacker (Calgary Stampeders), born in Melville, Saskatchewan
  • 1970 Michael Barrow, American NFL linebacker (Houston Oilers, Carolina Panthers), born in Homestead, Florida
  • 1970 Kelly Holmes, British athlete (Olympics gold 800/1,500m 2004), born in Hildenborough, England
  • 1972 Eric Jack, American NFL cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1972 Jeff Wilkins, American NFL kicker (SF 49ers, St Louis Rams), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1972 Rivaldo, Brazilian footballer (Brazil national team 1993-2003), born in Recife, Brazil
  • 1974 Ante Moric, Australian soccer midfielder (Olyroos, Olympics 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1975 Jason Gillespie, Australian cricketer (fast bowler, Australia 1996), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1975 Temoc Suarez, American soccer forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • 1975 Jussi Jääskeläinen, Finnish footballer (Finland national team) and coach, born in Mikkeli, Finland
  • 1977 Lucien Mettomo, Cameroonian footballer (2002 World Cup), born in Douala, Cameroon
  • 1977 Joe Beimel, American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in St. Marys, Pennsylvania
  • 1977 Dennys Reyes, Mexican baseball player, born in Higuera de Zaragoza, Sinaloa, Mexico
  • 1978 Gabriel Heinze, Argentinian footballer and manager (Vélez Sarsfield), born in Crespo, Argentina
  • 1981 Martin Havlát, Czech ice hockey player, born in Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia
  • 1981 Troy Polamalu, American football player (Pittsburgh Steelers), born in Garden Grove, California
  • 1983 Alberto Callaspo, Venezuelan baseball player (Kansas City Royals), born in Maracay, Venezuela
  • 1983 Zach Duke, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Clifton, Texas
  • 1983 Joe Mauer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1983 Curtis Thigpen, American baseball player, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1985 Valon Behrami, Swiss footballer (Switzerland national team), born in Mitrovica, Yugoslavia
  • 1986 Candace Parker, American basketball player (Los Angeles Sparks), born in St. Louis, Missouri

Person of interestMaria Sharapova

1987 Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player (5 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Nyagan, Russia

Tennis Player Maria Sharapova
Tennis Player
Maria Sharapova
  • 1987 Joe Hart, English football goalkeeper (England national team), born in Shrewsbury, England

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1997 Tennis player champion Andre Agassi (26) weds actress and model Brooke Shields (31) in Monterey, California

Supermodel & Actress Brooke Shields
Supermodel & Actress
Brooke Shields
Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 2008 New York Giants NFL quarterback Eli Manning (27) weds Abby McGrew (24) at the One & Only Palmilla Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Deaths in Sport

  • 1906 Spencer Gore, British tennis player (1st Wimbledon singles champion 1877), dies at 56
  • 1949 Ulrich Salchow, Swedish figure skater (b. 1877)
  • 1956 Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WWII), dies at 47
  • 1964 Cyril Merry, cricketer (WI batsman in 2 Tests 1933), dies
  • 1968 Tommy Bridges, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • 1972 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), dies at 69
  • 1996 Norman Oldfield, English cricketer (scored 99 runs in Test for England), dies at 84
  • 2008 John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • 2010 Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (b. 1981)
  • 2011 Grete Waitz, Norwegian marathon runner (world record holder; 9-time NYC Marathon champion), dies of cancer at 57
  • 2012 Valeri Vasiliev, Soviet ice hockey defenceman (2x Olympic gold, dies at 62
  • 2013 Mike Denness, Scottish cricketer, dies from cancer at 72
  • 2016 Milt Pappas, American baseball pitcher, (3-time MLB All Star), dies at 76