On This Day in Sport for April 25

Events in Sport

  • 1876 Chicago Cubs 1st NL game, beats Louisville 4-0 (1st NL shutout)
  • 1901 Erve Beck hits American League's 1st home run
  • 1901 In last of 9th, Detroit Tigers, trailing by 13-4, score 10 runs to win one of greatest comebacks in baseball (1st game in Detroit)
  • 1905 Latest day of 1st-class cricket in an Aust season (NSW v Qld)
  • 1933 NY Yankee Russ Van Atta shuts out Washington Senators 16-0
  • 1947 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title
  • 1950 Chuck Cooper becomes the 1st African American to be drafted into the NBA (for Boston Celtics)
  • 1952 6th NBA Championship: Minneapolis Lakers beat NY Knicks, 4 games to 3
  • 1964 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 3
  • 1965 19th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • 1974 NFL moves goal posts & adopts sudden-death playoff
  • 1976 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • 1977 Cincinnati Reds tie record of 12 runs in 5th inning beating Braves 23-9
  • 1978 Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance
  • 1980 A's manager Billy Martin restrained by umpires from attacking a fan

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1985 For 2nd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points in a Cup game (3 goals, 4 assists)

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1989 Penguin Mario Lemuix ties NHL playoff record of 4 goals in 1st period
  • 1991 Lisa Olson brings suit against NFL NE Patriots for sexual harassment
  • 1993 NFL Draft: Washington State quarterback Drew Bledsoe first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1997 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr hits his 250th HR
  • 2009 NFL Draft: Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford first pick by Detroit Lions
  • 2013 NFL Draft: Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher first pick by Kansas City Chiefs

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1872 Charles Burgess Fry, English cricketer, born in Croydon, England (d. 1956)
  • 1889 Charles Kelleway, Australian cricketer (great all-rounder of 1920's), born in Lismore, New South Wales (d. 1944)
  • 1895 Stanley Rous, British soccer official, 6th President of FIFA (1961-74), born in Mutford, East Suffolk, England (d. 1986)
  • 1898 Fred Haney, American baseball player, born in Albuquerque, New Mexico (d. 1977)
  • 1905 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player, born in Wairoa, New Zealand (d. 1986)
  • 1916 Jerry Barber, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1961), born in Woodson, Illinois (d. 1994)
  • 1929 Yvette Williams, New Zealand long jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1930 Roy Marshall, West Indian cricketer (prolific Hampshire only 4 Tests for WI), born in Saint Thomas, Barbados (d. 1992)
  • 1932 Lia Manoliu, Romanian discus thrower (Olympic gold 1968), born in Chişinău, Romania (d. 1998)
  • 1932 Meadowlark Lemon, American basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1934 Peter McParland, Northern Irish footballer, born in Newry, Ireland
  • 1947 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Mike Selvey, English cricketer (England pace bowler of late 70's), born in Chiswick, Middlesex, England
  • 1949 Vicente Pernía, Argentine footballer, born in Tandil, Argentina
  • 1952 Vladislav Tretiak, USSR hockey player (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • 1953 Gary Cosier, cricketer (Australian batsman 1975-78, 109 on debut v WI)
  • 1955 Buster Mottram, English tennis player, born in Kingston upon Thames
  • 1955 Joanne Abbott, sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1955 John Nunn, British chess player
  • 1955 Américo Gallego, Argentine footballer
  • 1957 Eric Bristow [The Crafty Cockney], English darts legend and 5 time world champion, born in Hackney, England (d. 2018) "Crafty Cockney

Person of interestChrista Johnson

1958 Christa Johnson, American LPGA golfer (1990 Atlantic City Classic), born in Arcata, California

LPGA Golfer Christa Johnson
LPGA Golfer
Christa Johnson
  • 1959 Tony Phillips, MLB player (Oakland Athletics), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)

Person of interestAdam Silver

1962 Adam Silver, American lawyer and NBA Commissioner, born in Rye, New York

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
NBA Commissioner
Adam Silver
  • 1964 Jackie Campbell, WPVA volleyballer (Nationals-5th-1993), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1964 Jamie Siddons, cricketer (Victorian & SA batsman ODI for Aust 1988)
  • 1965 Denis Perez, hockey defenseman (Team France 1998)
  • 1965 Mark Bryant, NBA forward/center (Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets)
  • 1966 Darren Holmes, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1967 Angel Martino, Americus GA, 50m/100m freestyle (Olympic gold/2 br-92, 96)
  • 1969 Darren Woodson, NFL safety (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1969 Gavin Bruk-Jackson, cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993)
  • 1969 Marisa Pedulla, Bellefonte PA, half-lightweight judoka (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Nir Shental, Israel, Men's 470 sailor (Olympic 15th-1996)
  • 1969 Sanjeeva Ranatunga, cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman 1994- )
  • 1969 Travis Fryman, infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1969 Joe Buck, American sports broadcaster
  • 1970 Corwin Brown, NFL safety (NY Jets, NE Patriots)
  • 1970 Steve Tovar, NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals)
  • 1971 Andrew Grigg, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats)
  • 1971 Brad Clontz, Stuart VA, pitcher (Atlanta Braves)
  • 1971 Eric England, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 Pam Schaffrath, female catcher (Colo Silver Bullets), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1972 Percell Gaskins, linebacker (Carolina Panthers)
  • 1973 Alek Stojanov, Windsor, NHL right wing (Pitts Penguins)
  • 1973 Barbara Rittner, Krefeld German FR, tennis star (1992 Schenectady)
  • 1973 Paige Gordon, North diver (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1973 Wes Martin, golfer (1990 Alberta Jr Masters-2nd), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1974 Brad Hassell, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Libor Prochazka, hockey defenseman (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998)
  • 1974 Tricia Dunn, ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998)
  • 1974 Twan Russell, linebacker (Washington Redskins)
  • 1975 Jacque Jones, baseball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Diego, California

Person of interestTim Duncan

1976 Tim Duncan, American NBA forward (San Antonio Spurs), born in Christiansted, U.S. Virgin Islands

NBA Power Forward Tim Duncan
NBA Power Forward
Tim Duncan
  • 1976 Rainer Schüttler, German tennis player
  • 1976 Gilberto, Brazilian footballer
  • 1977 Marguerite Moreau, actress (Connie-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3)
  • 1977 Ilias Kotsios, Greek footballer
  • 1978 Matt Walker, British Paralympic swimmer
  • 1980 Alejandro Valverde, Spanish cyclist
  • 1980 Bruce Martin, New Zealand cricketer
  • 1981 Felipe Massa, Brazilian Formula One racing driver (11 wins), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1981 John McFall, British Paralympic sprinter
  • 1982 Monty Panesar, English cricketer
  • 1982 Brian Barton, American baseball player
  • 1983 J.P. Howell, American baseball player
  • 1984 Andre' Woodson, American football quarterback
  • 1984 Robert Andino, Baseball player
  • 1985 Giedo van der Garde, Dutch racing driver
  • 1987 Johann Smith, American soccer player
  • 1988 James Sheppard, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1989 Robbie Tarrant, Australian football player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1931 Bert Hopkins, Australian cricketer (20 Tests for Aust, 509 runs), dies at 56
  • 1944 Tony Mullane, Irish-American baseball player, dies at 85
  • 1946 Albert Knight, cricketer (3 Tests for England on 1903-04 tour), dies
  • 1946 Joseph Vine, cricketer (batted in two Tests Eng v Aust 1911-12), dies
  • 1968 John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)
  • 1991 Theo Laseroms, [Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), dies
  • 1999 Lord Killanin, Irish 6th International Olympic Committee President (1972-80), dies at 84
  • 2001 Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (b. 1956)
  • 2003 Samson Kitur, Kenyan athlete (b. 1966)
  • 2007 Alan Ball, English footballer (b. 1945)
  • 2007 Arthur Milton, English footballer and cricketer (b. 1928)
  • 2013 Rick Camp, American MLB pitcher, dies of natural causes at 59
  • 2014 Earl Morrall, American football player, dies from complications from Parkinson's disease at 79