On This Day in Sport for April 2

Events in Sport

  • 1902 Soccer team MVV '02 forms in Maastricht
  • 1908 Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday

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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
  • 1939 6th Masters Golf Tournament: Ralph Guldahl wins, shooting a 279
  • 1955 Pancho Gonzales retains tennis title by winning a tournament playing under table tennis rules
  • 1967 Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Louise Suggs Golf Invitational

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

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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

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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 aboard Red Rum wins
  • 1978 7th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Post
  • 1978 Basil Williams scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, v Aust Georgetown
  • 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
  • 1984 46th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: Georgetown beats Houston 84-75
  • 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 18th Nabisco Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Juli Inkster
  • 1989 8th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Auburn 76-60
  • 1990 52nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Nevada-LV beats Duke 103-73
  • 1995 14th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: U of Ct Huskies beats TN 70-64

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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

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1995 Wrestlemania XI in Conn-Lawrence Taylor defeats Bam Bam Bigelow

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

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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
  • 2001 63rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Arizona 82-72
  • 2005 James Stewart Jr. becomes first African American to win a major motor sports event.
  • 2007 69th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Florida beats Ohio State 84-75

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
  • 2017 American golfer Lexi Thompson loses ANA Inspiration in Racho Mirage because of TV viewer emailing earlier infringement

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1907 Luke Appling, American football 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)
  • 1926 Jack Brabham, Australian race car driver (F1 champ 1959, 1960, 1966), born in Hurstville, 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 footballer and manager, 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 (NZ rec wicket-taker (116) before Hadlee), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1948 Marlene Floyd, LPGA golfer, born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1951 Ayako Okamoto, LPGA golfer (1990 Sara Lee), born in Hiroshima, Japan
  • 1952 Dan Halldorson, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 World Cup), born in Winnipeg, Canada
  • 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 marathon runner (Olympic gold 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, Jamaican-born British 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1992), born in Saint Andrew, Jamaica
  • 1961 Cindy Mackey, LPGA golfer (1986 MasterCard Intl Pro-Am), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 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, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 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

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, manager (NY Mets), 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, cricketer (England slow lefty all-rounder late 40's), dies
  • 1993 Klaas Schenk, Dutch speed skater, coach and father of Ard, dies at 86
  • 1995 Harvey Penick, premier golf instructor/author, dies at 90
  • 2010 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball player (b. 1937)
  • 2010 Chris Kanyon, American wrestler (b. 1970)