On This Day in Sport for April 21

Events in Sport

  • 1898 Phillies' pitcher Bill Duggleby hits a grand slam on 1st at bat

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1904 Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League)

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • 1910 Cleve Naps play 1st game at League Park, lose to Det Tigers 5-0
  • 1921 Ottawa Senators beat Vanc Millionaires 3 games to 2 for Stanley Cup [or 4/4]
  • 1925 No baseball games played in NL due to Charles Ebbets' funeral
  • 1934 Moe Berg, Senators catcher, plays AL record 117th cons errorless game
  • 1940 Netherlands beats Belgium 4-2 in soccer
  • 1944 NFL Chic Cardinals & Pittsburgh Steelers merge (dissolves on Dec 3)
  • 1948 2nd NBA Championship: Balt Bullets beat Philadelphia Warriors, 4 games to 2
  • 1951 5th NBA Championship: Rochester Royals beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • 1951 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Montreal Canadiens, 4 games to 1
  • 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers win, then record 10th straight game to begin a season
  • 1957 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1963 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sunshine Women's Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 1964 Pirates & Cubs combine for 9 HRs, Pirates win 8-5
  • 1967 Dodgers 1st rain out in Los Angeles (after 737 consecutive games)
  • 1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Lady Carling Golf Open
  • 1969 73rd Boston Marathon: Yoshiaki Unetani of Japan 1st man in 2:13:49 and Sara Mae Berman of United States 1st woman in 3:22:46
  • 1970 Reds clout 7 HRs by 6 batters, Braves counter with 3 HRs, 6 for one team & 9 different batters for two teams, all tie or set records
  • 1974 3rd Colgate Dinah Shore Golf Championship won by Jo Ann Prentice
  • 1975 79th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:09:55 and Liane Winter of West Germany 1st woman in 2:42:24 (world record for female)
  • 1977 Billy Martin pulls Yankee line-up out of a hat, beats Blue Jays 8-6
  • 1980 84th Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:12:11 and Jacqueline Gareau of Canada 1st woman in 2:34:28; Rosie Ruiz disqualified as women's champion for not running the entire course
  • 1982 Atlanta Braves win their 13th straight game
  • 1985 Ingrid Kristiansen wins London Marathon in a record 2:21:06

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1985 Patty Sheehan wins LPGA J&B Scotch Pro-Am Golf Tournament

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • 1986 90th Boston Marathon: Rob de Castella of Australia 1st man in 2:07:51 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:55
  • 1986 Bob Hering sets Formula One power boat record (165.338 mph, Ariz)
  • 1987 Brewers lose, ending AL season-opening winning streak at 13 games
  • 1987 Milwaukee Brewers lose after 13th straight victory to start season

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1987 Richard Hadlee makes highest Test Cricket score of 151* (v Sri Lanka)

Cricketer Richard Hadlee
Cricketer
Richard Hadlee
  • 1988 1st four-day games in County Cricket Championship commence
  • 1989 George W Bush & Edward W Rose become CEO of Texas Rangers
  • 1990 National League umpire is arrested for stealing baseball cards

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1991 52nd PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Jack Nicklaus

  • 1991 Jakov Tolstikov wins 4th World Cup marathon (2:09:17)
  • 1991 Rosa Mota wins 4th World Cup female marathon (2:26:14)
  • 1991 1991 NFL Draft: Russell Maryland from University of Miami first pick by Dallas Cowboys

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1994 Eddie Murray sets record for switch hit HRs in a games (11 times)

MLB First Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB First Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • 1995 Boston Celtics final game at Boston Gardens, NY Knicks win 98-92
  • 1996 57th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Hale Irwin
  • 1996 Barb Mucha wins LPGA Chick-fil-A Charity Golf Championship
  • 1996 Chicago Bulls win NBA record 72 games (72-8)
  • 1997 101st Boston Marathon: Lameck Aguta of Kenya 1st man in 2:10:34 and Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:26:23
  • 2001 2001 NFL Draft: Michael Vick from Virginia Tech first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 2003 107th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:10:11 and Svetlana Zakharova of Russia 1st woman in 2:25:19
  • 2008 112th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:45 and Dire Tune of Ethiopia 1st woman in 2:25:25
  • 2012 Chicago White Sox pitcher, Philip Humber, pitches the 21st MLB perfect game against the Seattle Mariners

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2013 Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix

Formula 1 Driver Sebastian Vettel
Formula 1 Driver
Sebastian Vettel
  • 2013 Tsegaye Kebede and Priscah Jeptoo win the 2013 London Marathon
  • 2014 118th Boston Marathon: Meb Keflezighi of United States 1st man in 2:08:37 and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:18:57

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1838 Nat Thompson, cricketer (1st batsman dismissed in a Test match)
  • 1887 Joe McCarthy, American baseball manager (d. 1978)
  • 1898 Steve Owen, NFL tackle, coach (NY Giants)
  • 1908 Louis Hostin, French Light Heavyweight, Olympic gold 1932, 36)
  • 1919 John Goddard, cricketer, West Indian all-rounder 1948-57)
  • 1920 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1922 Allan Watkins, cricketer, England batsman late 40s early 50s)
  • 1926 Arthur Rowley, English Footballer (d. 2002)
  • 1932 Angela Mortimer, English tennis player, Wimbledon)
  • 1934 Martin Horton, cricketer, England off-spin all rounder, 2 Tests 1959)
  • 1935 Robin Dixon, England, 2 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1960)

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1936 Bob Cleary, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Ice Hockey Player Bob Cleary
Ice Hockey Player
Bob Cleary
  • 1944 Adrian Hurley, Australian basketball coach
  • 1946 S Venkataraghavan, cricket (Indian off-spinner, Test ump, ICC referee)
  • 1953 Edward Ray Fiori, PGA golfer (1979 Southern Open), born in Lynwood, California
  • 1954 Dale Eggeling, LPGA golfer (1995 Oldsmobile Classic), born in Statesboro, Georgia
  • 1956 Rick DeMont, American 400m swimmer, drug disqualification (1972 Olympics)
  • 1957 Jesse Orosco, pitcher (NY Mets, Orioles, Dodgers), born in Santa Barbara, California
  • 1958 Kyle Stevens, LPGA golfer
  • 1960 Julius Korir, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1984)
  • 1962 Les Lancaster, American baseball player
  • 1963 Ken Caminiti, Hanford CA, infielder (San Diego Padres)
  • 1964 Ludmila Engquist, Russian-born Swedish athlete
  • 1965 Ed Belfour, Carman, NHL goalie (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • 1965 Gary Grant, NBA guard (NY Knicks)
  • 1966 Judy Diduck, ice hockey defenseman (Canada, Oly-98)
  • 1968 Peter van Foxes, soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1969 Conrad Clarks, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969 Dwight Hollier, NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins)
  • 1970 Israel Stanley, NFL/WLAF defensive end (New Orleans Saints, Rhein Fire)
  • 1970 Stewart Malgunas, Prince George, NHL defenseman (Washington Capitals)
  • 1971 Samantha Druce, British swimmer, youngest woman to swim English Channel
  • 1971 Tom Cavallo, NFL/WLAF linebacker (Frankfurt Galaxy, SF 49ers)
  • 1971 Tony Mcgee, NFL tight end (Cin Bengals)
  • 1972 David Williams, Bedford PA, outfielder (SF Giants)
  • 1972 Tia Jackson, WNBA forward (Phoenix Mercury)
  • 1973 Jonathan Nsenga, Belgian athlete
  • 1974 Brice Hunter, wide receiver (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • 1975 Danyon Joseph Loader, Dunedin NZ, 200m/400m swimmer (Olymp-2 gold-96)
  • 1976 Rommel Adducul, Filipino basketball player
  • 1978 Jacob Burns, Australian footballer
  • 1980 Vincent Lecavalier, Canadian hockey player
  • 1980 Tony Romo, American football player
  • 1980 Jeff Keppinger, American baseball player
  • 1982 Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, American football player
  • 1983 Paweł Brożek, Polish footballer
  • 1986 Audra Cohen, American tennis player
  • 1986 Alexander Edler, Swedish hockey player
  • 1987 Nadif Chowdhury, Bangladeshi cricketer
  • 1988 Pedro Mosquera, Spanish footballer
  • 1991 Max Chilton, British racing driver, born in Redhill

Weddings in Sport

  • 2006 Professional drag racer Andrew Hines (22) weds Tanya Phillips at the First Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida

Deaths in Sport

  • 1946 Robert Graham, cricketer (3 wkts for South Africa in 2 Tests 1898-99), dies
  • 1974 Charles "Chic" Harley, American football player (b. 1895)
  • 1981 Harry Lee, cricketer (scored 18 & 1 in only Test for England), dies
  • 1990 Johnny Beagley, winner of two 1942 World Series games, dies
  • 1993 Hal Schumacher, baseball pitcher, dies at 82
  • 1995 Bob Wyatt, English cricketer (1927-37), dies at 93
  • 1996 A H Kardar, cricketer (3 Tests for India & 23 for Pak 1946-58), dies
  • 1996 Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder, oddsmaker/sportscaster (CBS), dies at 76
  • 2005 Gerry Marshall, British racing driver (b. 1941)
  • 2006 Telê Santana, Brazilian football manager (b. 1931)
  • 2007 Parry O'Brien, American shot putter (Olympic golds 1952, 1956, silver 1960), dies at 75
  • 2010 Juan Antonio Samaranch, International Olympic Committee president (b. 1920)