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 Cleveland 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 Cleveland 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
  • 1916 Chicago Cubs play their 1st game at Weeghman Park (now known as Wrigley Field) and beat the Cincinnati Reds
  • 1920 7th modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp Belgium
  • 1920 Phillies manager 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
  • 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
  • 1967 NY Met pitcher Tom Seaver wins his 1st game
  • 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
  • 1990 8 2/3 inning perfect game pitched by Brian Holman of Oakland A's is spoiled by a home run hit by Ken Philips
  • 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 NFL Draft: Fresno State quarterback David Carr first pick by Houston Texans
  • 2008 Danica Patrick driving for Andretti Green Racing wins the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi; first female driver in history to win an IndyCar Series 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
  • 2018 Arsène Wenger announces he will leave London EPL club Arsenal after 22 years as manager

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1851 Young Tom Morris, Scottish professional golfer, born in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland (d. 1875)
  • 1907 Miran Bakhsh, Pakistani cricketer (his one season of Test & 1st-class play 1954-55), born in Rawalpindi, British India (d. 1991)
  • 1912 David Townsend, English cricketer (3 Tests Eng v WI 1935), born in Norton, County Durham (d. 1997)
  • 1925 Ernie Stautner, German-American football player, born in Cham, Bavaria, Germany (d. 2006)
  • 1928 Johnny Gavin, Irish footballer, born in Limerick, Ireland (d. 2007)
  • 1930 Alan Oakman, English cricketer (England batsman against Australia 1956), born in Hastings, Sussex, England
  • 1938 Bernard Malivoire, French cox pair (Olympic gold 1952), born in Bergerac, Dordogne (d. 1982)
  • 1938 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete, 100m/200m/400m dash (Olympic gold 1956, 64), born in Merrylands, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2017)
  • 1940 George Andrie, American NFL defensive end (5-time Pro Bowl), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2018)
  • 1946 Gordon Smiley, American racecar driver, born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1982)
  • 1952 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach and president of the Olympic Committee of Serbia, born in Otočac, Croatia
  • 1954 Peter Toohey, Australian cricketer (NSW & Australian batsman 1977-80), born in Blayney, Australia
  • 1954 Gilles Lupien, French Canadian ice hockey player, born in Lachute, Canada
  • 1957 Graeme Fowler, English cricketer (England left-handed opener early 80s), born in Accrington, Lancashire, England
  • 1958 Viacheslav Fetisov, NHL defenseman (Team Russia, Detroit), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1960 Rodney Holman, American football tight end (Detroit Lions), born in Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • 1960 Debbie Flintoff-King, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1988), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1961 Don Mattingly, American MLB 1st baseman (NY Yankees/MVP 1985), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • 1961 Marci Bozarth, American LPGA golfer (1994 Lady Keystone Open-37th), born in Lampasas, Texas
  • 1963 Mauricio Gugelmin, Brazilian racing driver, born in Joinville, Brazil
  • 1964 John Carney, American football placekicker (San Diego Chargers), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1964 Paul Nobes, Australian cricketer (prolific opening batsman for Victoria & SA), born in Heidelberg West, Victoria, Australia
  • 1965 Jim Terrell, American sprint canoer (Olympics 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1967 Miroslav Stefanovic, Yugoslavian soccer player (FC Volendam), born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 1967 Townsend Saunders, American freestyle wrestler (Olympic silver 1992, 96), born in White Sands, New Mexico
  • 1968 DeDee Nathan, American heptathlete, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1969 Jan van Halst, Dutch soccer player (FC Twente), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • 1969 Takayuki Kobori, japanese ice hockey defenseman (Team Japan 1998), born in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan
  • 1971 Allan Houston, American basketball player (NY Knicks, Detroit Pistons), born in Louisville, Kentucky
  • 1971 Chris Penn, NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs, Chicago Bears), born in Lenapah, Oklahoma
  • 1971 Grant Smith, Australian field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Canberra, Australia
  • 1971 John Senden, Australian professional golfer, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1971 Terry Smith, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts), born in Clemson, South Carolina
  • 1971 Yonel Jourdain, American NFL running back and kick returner (Buffalo Bills), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1971 Carla Geurts, Dutch freestyle swimmer, born in Geldrop, Netherlands
  • 1972 Lê Huỳnh Đức, Vietnamese footballer, born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • 1973 Itula Mili, NFL tight end (Seattle Seahawks), born in Kahuku, Hawaii
  • 1973 Lamond Murray, American basketball forward (LA Clippers), born in Pasadena, California
  • 1973 Todd Hollandsworth, American baseball outfielder (LA Dodgers), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1974 Ben Holbrook, American rower (Olympics 1996), born in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
  • 1974 Kevin Sullivan, Canadian athlete, 1.5k runner (Olympics 1996), born in Brantford, Ontario
  • 1974 Paul Bradford, American football cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in East Palo Alto, California
  • 1976 Lenka Němečková, Czech tennis star (1993 Futures-Maribor-SLO), born in Brno, Czechoslovakia
  • 1976 Shay Given, Irish footballer, born in Lifford, County Donegal, Ireland
  • 1977 Lisa Ervin, American figure skater (US Nationals-4th-1992), born in Charleston, West Virginia

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
  • 1925 Herbert Lawford, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1887), dies at 73
  • 1964 Eddie Dyer, American baseball player, dies at 64
  • 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