On This Day in Sport for April 20

Events in Sport

  • 1903 7th Boston Marathon won by John Lorden of Mass in 2:41:29.8
  • 1908 12th Boston Marathon won by Tom Morrissey of NY in 2:25:43.2
  • 1908 Opening day of competition of the New South Wales Rugby League.
  • 1910 Cleve Indians Addie Joss 2nd no-hitter, beats Chicago, 1-0
  • 1912 Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11
  • 1912 Tiger Stadium in Detroit opens, Tigers beat Cleve Indians 6-5
  • 1914 18th Boston Marathon won by James Duffy of Canada in 2:25:01.2
  • 1916 Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in Chicago opens, Cubs beat Cincinnati Reds 7-6
  • 1920 7th modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp Belgium
  • 1920 Phillies mgr Gravvy Cravath puts himself in as pinch hitter, his 3- run homer beats NY Giants 3-0
  • 1925 29th Boston Marathon won by Charles Mellor of Ill in 2:33:00.6
  • 1931 35th Boston Marathon won by Jim Henigan of Mass in 2:46:45.8
  • 1931 British House of Commons agrees for sports play on Sunday
  • 1936 40th Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown of RI in 2:33:40.8

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1939 Ted Williams' 1st hit (off of Yankee Red Ruffing) a double

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • 1941 Dodgers start to wear liners in their caps
  • 1943 Braves manager Casey Stengel is struck by a taxi, fractures a leg
  • 1944 NFL legalizes coaching from bench
  • 1945 Cleveland Browns organization formed by Arthur "Mickey" McBride
  • 1946 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
  • 1946 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27
  • 1949 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California
  • 1950 Balt's Memorial Stadium opens - Orioles of International League
  • 1953 57th Boston Marathon won by Keizo Yamada of Japan in 2:18:51
  • 1957 61st Boston Marathon won by John J Kelley of Conn in 2:20:05

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1958 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1958 Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins 4 games to 2 for Stanley Cup
  • 1959 63rd Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:22:42
  • 1964 68th Boston Marathon won by Aurele Vandendriessche of Belgium in 2:19:59
  • 1967 NY Met Tom Seaver's 1st victory, beats Cubs, 6-1

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1969 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Kathy Whitworth
LPGA Golfer
Kathy Whitworth
  • 1970 74th Boston Marathon: Ron Hill of Great Britain 1st man in 2:10:30 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:05:07
  • 1972 Kallicharran scores his 2nd Test century in his 2nd Test Cricket
  • 1975 4th Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Sandra Palmer
  • 1980 Donna White wins LPGA Florida "Lady Citrus" Golf Tournament
  • 1981 85th Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan 1st man in 2:09:26 and Allison Roe of New Zealand 1st woman in 2:26:46
  • 1982 Atlanta Braves become 1st team to win 1st 12 games of the season
  • 1985 Carlos Lopes runs world record marathon (2:07:12)

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1986 Michael Jordan sets NBA playoff record with 63 points in a game

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 1987 91st Boston Marathon: Toshihiko Seko of Japan 1st man in 2:11:50 and Rosa Mota of Portugal 1st woman in 2:25:21
  • 1988 Balt Orioles set worst record to start a season 0-14 (will go 0-21)
  • 1988 NJ Devils 1st playoff hat trick-Eric Broten

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Pete Rose pleads guilty to hiding $300,000 in income

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
  • 1991 Mark Lenzi is 1st diver to score 100 pts on a dive (101.85)
  • 1992 96th Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya 1st man in 2:08:14 and Olga Markova of Russia 1st woman in 2:23:43
  • 1996 Chicago Bulls win record 72 games in a season
  • 1996 1996 NFL Draft: Keyshawn Johnson from USC first pick by New York Jets
  • 1997 1st baseball game in Hawaii, Cards beat Padres in doubleheader
  • 1997 58th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Hale Irwin
  • 1997 Cubs beat NY Mets ending NL worst opening, lost 14 straight games
  • 1997 Karrie Webb wins LPGA Susan G Komen International

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1997 Nick Price wins golf MCI Classic

Golfer Nick Price
Golfer
Nick Price

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1997 Mark McGwire is 4th to HR on Detroit Tiger left field roof (others are Frank Howard, Harmon Killibrew, & Cecil Fielder)

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1998 102nd Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:34 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:23:21
  • 2002 2002 NFL Draft: David Carr from Fresno State first pick by Houston Texans
  • 2008 Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.
  • 2009 113th Boston Marathon: Deriba Merga of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:08:42 and Salina Kosgei of Kenya 1st woman in 2:32:16
  • 2013 5 snowboarders are killed by an avalanche in Loveland Pass, Colorado
  • 2015 119th Boston Marathon: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:09:17 and Caroline Rotich of Kenya 1st woman in 2:24:55

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1851 Young Tom Morris, Scottish golfer (d. 1875)
  • 1907 Miran Bux, cricketer (his one season of Test & 1st-class play 1954-55)
  • 1912 David Townsend, cricketer (3 Tests Eng v WI 1935)
  • 1925 Ernie Stautner, NFL tackle (Steelers)/WLAF head coach (Galaxy)
  • 1928 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Alan Oakman, cricketer (England batsman against Australia 1956)
  • 1938 Bernard Malivoire, French cox pair (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1938 Betty Cuthbert, Australia 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic gold 1956, 64)
  • 1946 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver (d. 1982)
  • 1952 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach
  • 1954 Peter Toohey, cricketer (NSW & Australian batsman 1977-80)
  • 1954 Gilles Lupien, French Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1957 Graeme Fowler, cricketer (England left-handed opener early 80s)
  • 1958 Viacheslav Fetisov, NHL defenseman (Team Russia, Detroit), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1960 Rodney Holman, NFL tight end (Detroit Lions)
  • 1961 Don "Hitman" Mattingly, Evansville, Indiana, American MLB 1st baseman (NY Yankees/MVP 1985)
  • 1961 Marci Bozarth, Lampasas TX, LPGA golfer (1994 Lady Keystone Open-37th)
  • 1963 Mauricio Gugelmin, Brazilian racing driver
  • 1964 John Carney, NFL kicker (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1964 Paul Nobes, cricketer (prolific opening batsman for Victoria & SA)
  • 1965 Jim Terrell, sprint canoe (Olympics-96), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1967 Miroslav Stefanovic, soccer player (FC Volendam)
  • 1967 Townsend Saunders, White Sands NM, freestyle wrestler (Oly-sil-92, 96)
  • 1968 LeShundra Nathan, heptathlete, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1969 John van Halst, soccer player (FC Twente)
  • 1969 Takayuki Kobori, hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998)
  • 1970 Ben Weir, Rock Island Ill, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Bogey Hills-2nd)
  • 1971 Chris Penn, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Chicago Bears)
  • 1971 Grant Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics-96)
  • 1971 John Senden, Brisbane QLD, Australian golfer
  • 1971 Terry Smith, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 Yonel Jourdain, NFL running back/kick returner (Buffalo Bills)
  • 1971 Carla Geurts, Dutch swimmer
  • 1972 Le Huynh Đuc, Vietnamese footballer
  • 1973 Itula Mili, tight end (Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1973 Lamond Murray, NBA forward (LA Clippers)
  • 1973 Todd Hollandsworth, outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1974 Ben[jamin] Lincoln Holbrook, Hartland Wis, rower (Olympics-1996)
  • 1974 Kevin Sullivan, Brantford Ontario, 1.5k runner (Olympics-96)
  • 1974 Paul Bradford, cornerback (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1976 Lenka Nemeckova, Brno Czech, tennis star (1993 Futures-Maribor-SLO)
  • 1976 Shay Given, Irish footballer
  • 1977 Lisa Ervin, figure skater (US Nationals-4th-1992)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

2002 MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski (62) weds Nancy Benson

MLB Outfielder Carl Yastrzemski
MLB Outfielder
Carl Yastrzemski

HeartWedding of Interest

2002 MLB player Mark McGwire (38) weds Stephanie Slemer (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire

Deaths in Sport

  • 1908 Henry Chadwick, English-American baseball pioneer, developed 1st rule book, dies at 85
  • 1918 Reginald Harry Mybirgh Hands, cricketer (1 Test for SA), dies
  • 1964 Eddie Dyer, baseball player (b. 1899)
  • 1977 Len Johnson, cricketer (one Test for Australia, 3-66 & 3-8), dies
  • 1982 Andrew Sandham, cricketer (325 Eng 1930, 879 runs in 14 Tests), dies
  • 1995 R E S Wyatt, cricketer (England capt 16 times), dies
  • 2003 Daijiro Kato, Japanese motorcycle racer (b. 1976)
  • 2005 Zygfryd Blaut, Polish football player (b. 1943)
  • 2013 Nosher Powell, English actor and boxer, dies at 84
  • 2014 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer whose murder convictions were overturned after 19 years in prison, dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • 2015 Bob St. Clair "The Geek", American football player, dies at 84