On This Day in Sport for April 2

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Events in Sport

  • 1902 MVV Football Club is established in Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • 1908 Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1931 Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1935 Mary Hirsch becomes 1st woman licensed as a horse trainer

Sport awardUS Masters Golf

1939 6th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ralph Guldahl wins his only Masters title with a tournament record 279 (−9), 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Sam Snead

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
  • 1942 LPGA Titleholders Championship, Augusta CC: Dorothy Kirby retains title by 5 strokes ahead of Eileen Stulb
  • 1955 Pancho Gonzales retains tennis title by winning a tournament playing under table tennis rules

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1969 Milwaukee Bucks sign (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 Tony Greig takes 8-86 v WI Port-of-Spain (later 5-70 in 2nd inn)

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1976 A's trade prospective free agents Reggie Jackson & Ken Holtzman, to Orioles for Don Baylor, Mike Torrez & Paul Mitchell

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1977 Montreal Canadiens set NHL record of 34 straight home games without a lose
  • 1977 131st Grand National: Tommy Stack wins aboard 9/1 Red Rum; record third GN victory (1973-74); Charlotte Brew first female to ride in the race
  • 1978 Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova wins her first WTA Tour Championship; beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley of Australia 7-6, 6-4 at Oakland Coliseum Arena

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1982 In exhibition game A's pitcher Steve McCatty comes to bat using a 15" toy bat (under Billy Martins orders), protesting disallowing of DH

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1984 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston, 84-75; Hoyas center Patrick Ewing tournament MOP; John Thompson first African-American head coach to lead his team to any NCAA Division I title

Hall of Fame NBA Centre Patrick Ewing
Hall of Fame NBA Centre
Patrick Ewing

  • 1986 NCAA adopts 3-point basketball rule (19 feet 9 inch distance)
  • 1988 Simply Majestic sets horse racing's 1-1/8 mile record at 1:45
  • 1988 Test Cricket debut of Curtly Ambrose, WI v Pakistan, Georgetown
  • 1989 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Juli Inkster leads wire-to-wire to win her second DS event, 5 strokes ahead of runners-up JoAnne Carner and Tammie Green
  • 1989 8th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Auburn, 76-60; Lady Vols forward Bridgette Gordon MOP

Sport defeatWrestleMania

1989 WrestleMania V, Historic Atlantic City Convention Hall, NJ: Hulk Hogan beats Randy "Macho Man" Savage for WWF Heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1990 52nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Nevada-LV beats Duke, 103-73; record largest margin of victory in a championship game; Runnin' Rebels' first title
  • 1995 14th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 70-64; Huskies' first NCAA title, completing first undefeated season since 1986 Texas

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1995 7th Seniors Golf Tradition: Jack Nicklaus

  • 1995 Baseball season opener delayed until April 26
  • 1995 Owners accept baseball players proposal, agree to start season 4/26

Sport defeatWrestleMania

1995 WrestleMania XI, Hartford Civic Centre, CT: NFL linebacker Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow

Hall of Fame American Football Player Lawrence Taylor
Hall of Fame American Football Player
Lawrence Taylor

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1996 Sri Lanka 9-349 in 50 overs beat Pakistan 315 all out, Sanath Jayasuriya hits ton in 48 balls, world ODI record at Singapore

  • 2000 19th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 71-52; Huskies' point guard Shea Ralph is named the Most Outstanding Player

Sport defeatWrestleMania

2000 WrestleMania XVI, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, CA: Triple H beats The Rock, Mick Foley and The Big Show in a 4-way elimination match for the WWF Heavyweight tile

Actor & Professional Wrestler The Rock
Actor & Professional Wrestler
The Rock
  • 2001 63rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Arizona, 82-72; Blue Devils' 3rd title; forward Shane Battier MOP
  • 2005 James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event.
  • 2006 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Australian Karrie Webb beats Lorena Ochoa of Mexico with a birdie on the 1st playoff hole; earlier eagles same hole to force the playoff
  • 2007 69th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats Ohio State, 84-75; Gators' back-to-back titles; forward Corey Brewer named Most Outstanding Player

AgreementContract of Interest

2010 Kobe Bryant signs a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Lakers worth $87 million

NBA Guard Kobe Bryant
NBA Guard
Kobe Bryant
  • 2012 74th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Kentucky defeats Kansas, 67-59; Wildcats guard Doron Lamb, 22 points
  • 2017 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Ryu So-yeon of South Korea wins 2nd major in a playoff with Lexi Thompson who had earlier been penalised 4 strokes
  • 2017 36th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: South Carolina defeats Mississippi State, 67-55; Gamecocks power forward A'ja Wilson, 23 points
  • 2018 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden gains her first pro win in a sudden-death playoff against Inbee Park and Jennifer Song that extends to 8 holes
  • 2018 80th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Villanova defeats Michigan, 79–62; Wildcats guard Donte DiVincenzo 31 points
  • 2019 OKC guard Russell Westbrook becomes 2nd player in NBA history to have 20+ points, rebounds and assists in a game; records 20-20-21 in 119-103 win over LA Lakers

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1869 Hughie Jennings, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder, manager (Detroit Tigers manager 1907-20), born in Pittston, Pennsylvania (d. 1928)
  • 1907 Luke Appling, American baseball player, born in High Point, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • 1910 Arnie Herber, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1969)
  • 1919 Delfo Cabrera, Argentine distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 1948), born in Armstrong, Argentina (d. 1981)
  • 1926 Jack Brabham, Australian auto racer and team owner (F1 champ 1959-60, 66), born in Sydney, NSW (d. 2014)
  • 1927 Billy Pierce, American pitcher (Chicago White Sox) seven time all star, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1927 Carmen Basilio, American world welter and middleweight boxing champion, born in Canastota, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1927 Ferenc Puskás, Hungarian soccer forward, manager (Hungary 85 caps, Real Madrid, Budapest Honvéd), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2006)
  • 1932 Mahmood Hussain, Pakistani cricket swing bowler (68 wkts in 27 Tests), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 1991)
  • 1934 Brian Glover, British actor and wrestler (Alien 3, Kes), born in Sheffield, England (d. 1997)
  • 1938 Whirlaway, American thoroughbred racehorse, 1941 Triple Crown Winner (d. 1953)
  • 1945 Don Sutton, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Clio, Alabama
  • 1946 Richard Collinge, New Zealand cricketer (35 Tests, 116 wickets), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1951 Ayako Okamoto, Japanese golfer (US Open runner-up 1987, 17 LPGA Tour titles), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1952 Joseph Kent Massey, soling sailor (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1956 Farrukh Zaman, Pakistani cricket spinner (bowled 10 overs Pak v NZ 1976), born in Peshawar, Pakistan
  • 1959 Adrian Meagher, Australian baseball pitching coach (Olympics 1996), born in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1959 Brian Goodell, American 400m/1500m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-1976), born in Stockton, California
  • 1959 Carmen Ayala-Troncoso, American 5K runner, born in NYC, New York
  • 1959 Gelindo Bordin, Italian athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1988), born in Vicenza, Italy
  • 1959 Ken Macleay, English-born Australian cricketer (at Bedford-on-Avon Aussie ODI medium pacer), born in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England
  • 1959 Badou Zaki, Morrocan footballer and manager, born in Sidi Kacem, Morocco
  • 1959 Juha Kankkunen, Finnish race car driver, born in Laukaa, Finland
  • 1960 Linford Christie, British sprinter (Olympic gold 100m 1992), born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica
  • 1961 Gijs Steinmann, Dutch football player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1962 Alex Tripolski, Israeli sport shooter, Men's 50M air pistol (Olympic 16th-1996), born in Russia
  • 1962 Bruce Kozerski, American football NFL tackle and guard (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Plains, Pennsylvania
  • 1963 Dermot Reeve, English cricketer and unorthodox all-rounder, born in Kowloon, Hong Kong
  • 1963 Mike Gascoyne, British Formula One engineer and designer, born in Norwich, England
  • 1964 Pete Incaviglia, Major League Baseball left fielder, born in Monterey, California
  • 1966 Andrei Kovalev, NHL forward (Belarus, Olympics 1998), born in Minsk, Belarus
  • 1966 Bill Romanowski, NFL linebacker (Eagles, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Rockville, Connecticut
  • 1966 Willie Green, American basketball player, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1966 Teddy Sheringham, English football player and manager, born in Highams Park, London
  • 1970 Jerry Reynolds, American football player, NFL guard and tackle (NY Giants), born in Fort Thomas, Kentucky
  • 1970 Jon Lieber, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Council Bluffs, Iowa
  • 1970 Marcus Christensen, figure skater (1995 Canadian-2nd), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1970 Tammi Reiss, American actress and former WNBA guard (Utah Starzz), born in New York
  • 1971 James Ransom, Epee fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1971 Todd Woodbridge, Australian tennis star ('95 doubles Wimbledon), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1972 Graham Hood, Canadian 1.5k runner (Olympics-9-92, 96), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • 1976 Rory Sabbatini, South African golfer (US Masters 2007 runner-up, 6 PGA Tour titles, born in Durban, RSA
  • 1978 John Gall, American baseball player, MLB left fielder, born in Stanford, California
  • 1980 Carlos Salcido, Mexican footballer (Guadalajara), born in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico
  • 1980 Ricky Hendrick, American NASCAR driver and owner, born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1981 Michael Clarke, Australian cricketer, born in Liverpool, New South Wales
  • 1982 Bianca Chatfield, Australian netball player, born in Somerville, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
  • 1982 Marco Amelia, Italian World Cup-winning footballer (goalkeeper), born in Frascati, Italy
  • 1982 Jeremy Bloom, American skier and football player, born in Loveland, Colorado
  • 1983 Felix Borja, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Esmeraldas, Ecuador
  • 1983 Paul Capdeville, Chilean tennis player, born in Santiago, Chile
  • 1987 Shane Lowry, Irish golfer (US Open 2016 runner-up), born in Clara, County Offaly

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1919 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (23) divorces Maxine Gates after 2 years of marriage

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Deaths in Sport

  • 1933 K S Ranjitsinhji, cricketer (989 Test runs, 1st-class avg 56), dies
  • 1947 Joseph Hardstaff, cricket (311 runs in 5 Tests for Eng 1907-08), dies

Person of interestGil Hodges

1972 Gil Hodges, American MLB 1st baseman, manager (8-time All Star), dies of heart attack at 57

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • 1979 Carroll D Rosenbloom, LA Rams president, dies at 72
  • 1979 Ivan Barrow, cricketer (11 Tests for West Indies 1930-39), dies
  • 1980 Dick Howorth, English cricketer (England slow lefty all-rounder late 40's), dies at 70
  • 1981 Delfo Cabrera, Argentine distance runner (Olympic gold marathon 1948), dies in a car accident at 62
  • 1993 Klaas Schenk, Dutch speed skater, coach and father of Ard, dies at 86
  • 1995 Harvey Penick, American golfer, coach, author (World Golf Hall of Fame), dies of degenerative arthritis at 90
  • 2010 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2010 Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (b. 1970)