On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 22

Events in Sport

  • 1876 1st official National League baseball game is played; Boston Red Caps beat Philadelphia Athletics, 6-5 at the Jefferson Street Grounds, Philadelphia
  • 1876 Philadelphia native Tim McGinley of the Boston Red Caps scores baseball National League's 1st run, in Philadelphia
  • 1898 Baltimore James Hughes no-hits Boston Braves 8-0
  • 1898 Cincinnati Red Theodore Breitenstein no-hits Pirates 11-0
  • 1903 Highlanders (Yankees) 1st game in New York at Hilltop Park vs Washington Senators, lose 3-1 before 11,950
  • 1906 Intercalated Games opens in Athens
  • 1906 New rule puts umpire in sole charge of all game balls
  • 1908 Queensland beat NSW by 171 runs for their 1st cricket win at Gabba

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1914 Babe Ruth's 1st professional game (as a pitcher) is a 6-hit 6-0 win

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1915 NY Yankees don pinstripes & hat-in-the-ring logo for 1st time
  • 1945 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 2-1 for a 4-3 series win; Leafs lead series 3-0 but Wings recover to 3-3 to force a decider
  • 1947 1st Basketball Association of America Finals: Philadelphia Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 83-80 to take inaugural series, 4 games to 2
  • 1954 NBA adopts 24-second shot clock & 6 team-foul rule
  • 1955 KC Athletic's 1st game, beat Tigers 6-2
  • 1957 All NL baseball teams integrate, John Irwin Kennedy becomes the 1st Black player for the Philadelphia Phillies

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1959 Yankee Whitey Ford strikes out 15, beating Senators, 1-0 in 14 innings

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford

  • 1959 Chicago White Sox beat KC Athletics 20-6, in 1 inning Sox score 11 runs on 1 hit, 10 walks, & 3 errors
  • 1962 NY Mets tiea NL record by losing 9 straight to start season
  • 1962 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Dick Duff scores the winner as Toronto Maple Leafs beat Chicago Blackhawks, 2-1 for a 4-2 series victory
  • 1966 Atlanta Braves win their 1st game, beating NY Mets 8-4

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1969 American Joe Frazier KOs American Dave Zyglewick in 1st round to retain heavyweight boxing title, in Houston, Texas

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1969 Robin Knox-Johnston ends 312 day non-stop sailing
  • 1970 NY Met Jerry Grote sets record of 20 put outs by a catcher

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1970 NY Met Tom Seaver strikes out last 10 Padres, for a total of 19

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Tom Seaver
  • 1970 Senators beat Yankees 2-1 in 18 innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981 Dodgers rookie Fernando Valenzuela tosses his 3rd shutout in 4 starts

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela
  • 1982 Atlanta Braves lose after winning 1st 13 games of season
  • 1983 Start of 1st Sri Lanka-Australia Test Cricket match (at Kandy)
  • 1988 Women are allowed to compete in Little 500 bicycle race (Indiana)
  • 1988 NJ Devil Patrik Sundstrom sets NHL playoff record of 8 pts in a playoff game (hat trick & 5 assists) in 10-4 rout over the Capitals
  • 1990 NFL Draft: University of Illinois quarterback Jeff George first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • 1991 Frank Thomas is 1st White Sox to homer at new Comiskey Park
  • 1993 Seattle Mariner Chris Basio no-hits Boston Red Sox

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994 Ice skater Tonya Harding sues ex-husband Jeff Gillooly for $42,500

Figure Skater Tonya Harding
Figure Skater
Tonya Harding

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1994 Michael Moorer beats Evander Holyfield in 12 for heavyweight boxing title

World Boxing Champion Michael Moorer
World Boxing Champion
Michael Moorer
Boxer Evander Holyfield
Evander Holyfield

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1995 George Foreman beats Axel Schulz in 12 for heavyweight boxing title in Las Vegas

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1995 NFL Draft: Penn State running back Ki-Jana Carter first pick by Cincinnati Bengals

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2003 Patrick Roy plays his final career NHL game

NHL Goalie and Coach Patrick Roy
NHL Goalie and Coach
Patrick Roy
  • 2010 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford first pick by St. Louis Rams
  • 2012 30 year old woman collapses and dies during London Marathon
  • 2013 Manchester United defeat Aston Villa to claim the 2012/2013 English Premier League
  • 2014 David Moyes is sacked as manager of Manchester United

Sport awardFederation Cup

2017 Ilie Năstase thrown off tennis court for insulting British female players during Fed Cup play-off against Romania in Constanta

Tennis Champion Ilie Năstase
Tennis Champion
Ilie Năstase
  • 2018 Liverpool's Egyptian soccer forward Mohamed Salah is named Professional Footballers' Association Player of the Year

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2018 Monte Carlo Tennis Masters: Rafael Nadal beats Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 to extend his Open-era record for most wins at the same event (11)

Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal
Tennis Champion
Rafael Nadal

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1876 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler and strongman of the early 20th century, born in Väike-Maarja, Governorate of Estonia, Russian Empire (d. 1920)
  • 1903 Daphne Akhurst Cozens, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship singles 1925, 26, 28, 29, 30), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1933)
  • 1918 Mickey Vernon, American baseball first baseman (7 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1960; AL batting champion 1946, 53), born in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1937 Ken Palmer, English cricket umpire (22 Tests, 23 ODIs 1977-2001) and fast bowler (1 Test), born in Winchester, Hampshire, England
  • 1938 Alan Bond, Australian businessman and yachting syndicate owner (America's Cup 1983), born in London, England (d. 2015)
  • 1938 Deane Beman, American golfer, administrator, writer, course designer (US Open 1969 runner-up; PGA Tour Commissioner 1974-94), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1943 Steve Dunne, New Zealand cricket umpire (39 Tests; 100 ODIs), born in Dunedin. Otago
  • 1949 Spencer Haywood, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1968; NBA C'ship 1980 LA Lakers; NBA All-Star 1972–75; ABA All-Star Game MVP 1970), born in Silver City, Mississippi
  • 1958 Ashraf Ali, Pakistani cricket wicket-keeper (8 Tests, 22 dismissals; 16 ODIs), born in Lahore, Pakistan
  • 1959 Ranjan Madugalle, Sri Lankan cricket batsman and captain (21 Tests, 1 x 100, 7 x 50; 63 ODIs) and ICC match referee (77 Tests, 169 ODIs), born in Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • 1960 Lloyd Honeyghan, British boxer (undisputed world welterweight champion 1986-87; W 43, L 5), born in Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica
  • 1961 Jeff Hostetler, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Raiders, Redskins/1990 Superbowl)
  • 1961 Jimmy Key, Huntsville Alabama, pitcher (Blue Jays, NY Yanks, Orioles)
  • 1965 Peter Zezel, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1966 Glenn Parker, NFL offensive tackle (Buffalo Bills, KC Chiefs)
  • 1967 Harvey Williams, NFL running back (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1967 Mike Buck, NFL quarterback (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1968 Bimbo Coles, NBA guard (Golden State Warriors)
  • 1968 Carlos Costa, Spanish tennis star
  • 1968 Jo Angel, cricketer (big WA right-arm fast bowler, Australia 1993-)
  • 1968 Vernell Coles, basketball player (Olympic bronze 1988)
  • 1968 Zarley Zalapski, Canadian NHL defenseman, 1987-2000 (Pittsburgh Penguins; Calgary Flames, and 3 other teams), born in Edmonton, Alberta (d. 2017)
  • 1969 Bobby Olive, NFL wide receiver (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1969 George Williams, American MLB catcher (Oakland A's), born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin
  • 1969 Roger Jones, NFL center (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1969 Dion Dublin, English footballer
  • 1970 Coleman Bell, NFL tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1971 Milos Holan, Bilovec Cze, NHL defenseman (Anaheim Mighty Ducks)
  • 1971 Nicklas Kulti, Swedish tennis star
  • 1972 Sabine Appelmans, Aalst Belg, tennis star (Strasbourg doubles final)
  • 1972 Owen Finegan, Australian rugby union flanker (56 caps; ACT Brumbies, Leinster), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1973 Christopher Sanders, tight end (Washington Redskins)
  • 1973 Scott Fields, NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1973 Ofer Talker, Israeli footballer
  • 1973 Adem Poric, Australian former footballer
  • 1974 Adam Parfitt, rower (Olympics 1996), born in Victoria, British Columbia
  • 1975 Stijn Haeldermans, Belgian soccer player (MVV)
  • 1975 Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (d. 1999)
  • 1975 Carlos Sastre, Spanish cyclist
  • 1976 Michał Żewłakow, Polish footballer
  • 1977 Mark van Bommel, Dutch footballer
  • 1978 Esteban Tuero, Argentinian race car driver
  • 1979 Zoltan Gera, Hungarian footballer
  • 1980 Nicolas Douchez, French footballer
  • 1980 Carlos Hernández, Venezuelan baseball player
  • 1981 Ken Dorsey, American football player
  • 1982 Kaká [Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite], Brazilian footballer (Orlando City, Brazil national team), born in Gama, Brazil
  • 1983 Matt Jones, American football player
  • 1986 Dusan Sakota, Serbian-Greek basketball player
  • 1986 Marshawn Lynch, American Football player
  • 1987 David Luiz Moreira Marinho, Brazilian football player (Chelsea, Brazil national team), born in Diadema, Brazil

Weddings in Sport

  • 1995 "Extra" TV co-host Arthel Neville (32) weds Carolina Panther running back Derrick Lassic (25) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

LoveWedding of Interest

2000 NFL football player Emmitt Smith (31) weds Miss Virginia USA beauty queen Patricia Southall (29)

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith

Divorces in Sport

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

1993 Tennis great Björn Borg divorces Loredana Berte

Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg

Deaths in Sport

  • 1899 Ned Gregory, Australian cricket batsman (1 Test; first recognised Test in 1877), dies at 59
  • 1941 Arthur Briscoe, South African cricketer (South African batsman in 2 Tests), dies
  • 1993 Mark Koenig, American baseball player (NY Yankees), dies at 88
  • 1996 Harold "Jug" McSpaden, American golfer, course designer (17 PGA Tour wins), dies of carbon monoxide poisoning at 87
  • 1998 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach, dies at 58
  • 2003 Michael Larrabee, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4x400m relay 1964), dies from pancreatic cancer at 69
  • 2004 Pat Tillman, American football player & U.S. Army Ranger, killed in action at 27
  • 2008 Ed Chynoweth, Canadian ice hockey executive, dies at 66
  • 2008 Dora Ratjen, German man who posed as a female high jumper (Olympic 4th 1936), dies at 89
  • 2008 Cameron Argetsinger, American auto racing executive (created Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course; F1 US Grand Prix 1961-80), dies from a stroke at 87
  • 2011 Wiel Coerver, Dutch soccer manager (developer of Coerver Method, football coaching technique), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • 2019 Billy McNeill MBE, Scottish soccer defender (29 caps; Celtic) and manager (Celtic, Manchester City, Aston Villa), dies from dementia at 79
  • 2020 Hartwig Gauder, German race walker (Olympic gold men's 50k walk 1980), dies at 65