On This Day

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)
  • 1904 NY Highlander Jack Chesbro's 1st of 41 wins this year
  • 1905 Latest day of 1st-class cricket in an Aust season (NSW v Qld)
  • 1920 Magda Julin of Sweden beats teammate Svea Norén for the gold medal in women's singles figure skating at the Antwerp Olympics
  • 1933 Philadelphia Phillies' Dick Bartell is 1st MLB player to get 4 consecutive doubles in 9 innings
  • 1933 NY Yankee Russ Van Atta shuts out Washington Senators 16-0

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1947 Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St Louis, to win National Wrestling Association world heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz
  • 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 Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: 3-peat for the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 4-0 Game 7 win over Detroit Red Wings for a 4-3 series victory
  • 1965 19th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 1
  • 1974 NFL moves goal posts & adopts sudden-death playoff
  • 1977 Cincinnati Reds tie record of 12 runs in 5th inning beating Braves 23-9
  • 1978 Phillie Phanatic makes 1st appearance

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1980 A's manager Billy Martin restrained by umpires from attacking a fan

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1981 Seattle Mariners MLB manager Maury Wills is suspended for 2 games after ordering Kingdome grounds crew to enlarge batter's boxes by one foot
  • 1982 Yanks fire manager Bob Lemon & replaces him with Gene Michael

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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

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1997 Seattle Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. hits his 250th HR

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Ken Griffey Jr.
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Ken Griffey Jr.
  • 2009 NFL Draft: Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford first pick by Detroit Lions

Sport awardIndian Premier League

2010 IPL Cricket Final, DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 22 runs; Suresh Raina 57 no (35)

Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar
  • 2013 NFL Draft: Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher first pick by Kansas City Chiefs
  • 2019 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray #1 pick by Arizona Cardinals

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1872 Charles Burgess Fry, English cricketer, born in Croydon, England (d. 1956)
  • 1882 Fred McLeod, Scottish golfer (US Open 1908), born in North Berwick, Scotland (d. 1976)
  • 1884 Arthur Chevrolet, Swiss-born American race car driver and automobile designer, born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchatel, Switzerland (d. 1946)
  • 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)
  • 1917 Red Flaherty, American baseball umpire (World Series 1955, 58, 65, 70; MLB All Star games 1956, 61, 69), born in Maynard, Massachusetts (d. 1999)
  • 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
  • 1939 Tarcisio Burgnich, Italian soccer defender (66 caps; Internazionale 358 games) and manager (Como, Genoa), born in Ruda, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1940 Frank Foster, English rugby league lock (1 Test GB; Workington Town, Hull Kingston Rovers, Bradford Northern) and coach (Barrow, Whitehaven), born in Maryport, England (d. 2019)
  • 1947 Johan Cruyff, Dutch soccer player and coach (Ajax/Barcelona), born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands (d. 2016)
  • 1948 Mike Selvey, English cricket fast bowler (3 Tests, 6 wickets; Middlesex), born in Chiswick, England
  • 1949 Vicente Pernía, Argentine footballer, born in Tandil, Argentina
  • 1952 Vladislav Tretiak, Russian hockey player (Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Dmitrovsky District, Russia
  • 1953 Gary Cosier, Australian cricketer (Australian batsman 1975-78, 109 on debut v WI), born in Richmond, Victoria, Australia
  • 1955 Buster Mottram, English tennis player, born in Kingston upon Thames
  • 1955 Joanne Abbott, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1955 John Nunn, English chess grandmaster, born in London
  • 1955 Américo Gallego, Argentine footballer (Argentina national team), born in Morteros, Argentina
  • 1957 Eric Bristow MBE ['The Crafty Cockney'], English darts player (BDO World Champion 1980-81, 84-86), born in Hackney, England (d. 2018)

Person of interestChrista Johnson

1958 Christa Johnson, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1997), 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 Jamie Siddons, Australian cricketer (Victorian & SA batsman ODI for Aust 1988), born in Robinvale, Victoria, Australia
  • 1965 Mark Bryant, American NBA forward and center (Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets), born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey
  • 1966 Darren Holmes, American baseball pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1967 Angel Martino, American 50m/100m freestyle swimmer (Olympic gold/2 br-92, 96), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1969 Darren Woodson, American NFL safety (5 x Pro Bowl; Super Bowl 1992, 93, 95; Dallas Cowboys), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1969 Gavin Bruk-Jackson, Zimbabwean cricketer (Zimbabwe Test batsman 1993)
  • 1969 Nir Shental, Israeli Men's 470 sailor (Olympic 15th-1996), born in Jaffa, Israel
  • 1969 Sanjeeva Ranatunga, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan Test batsman 1994-97), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1969 Travis Fryman, American baseball infielder (Detroit Tigers), born in Lexington, Kentucky
  • 1969 Joe Buck, American sports broadcaster, born in St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 1970 Corwin Brown, American NFL safety (NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1970 Steve Tovar, American NFL linebacker (Cin Bengals), born in Elyria, Ohio
  • 1971 Andrew Grigg, CFL receiver (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
  • 1971 Brad Clontz, American baseball pitcher (Atlanta Braves), born in Stuart, Virginia
  • 1971 Eric England, NFL defensive end (Arizona Cardinals), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1972 Percell Gaskins, American football linebacker (Carolina Panthers), born in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • 1973 Alek Stojanov, Canadian NHL right wing (Pitts Penguins), born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
  • 1973 Barbara Rittner, German tennis star (1992 Schenectady), born in Krefeld, West Germany
  • 1973 Paige Gordon, Canadian diver (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1974 Brad Hassell, Australian soccer striker (Olyroos, Olympics 1996)
  • 1974 Libor Procházka, Czech ice hockey defenseman (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Vlašim, Czechoslovakia
  • 1974 Tricia Dunn, American ice hockey forward (USA, Olympics 1998), born in Derry, New Hampshire
  • 1974 Twan Russell, American football linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • 1975 Jacque Jones, American 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 (Olympic silver 2004), born in Korbach, West Germany
  • 1976 Gilberto [Gilberto da Silva Melo], Brazilian soccer midfielder (36 caps; Hertha BSC; Flamengo), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1977 Marguerite Moreau, American actress (Connie-Mighty Ducks, D2, D3), born in Riverside, California
  • 1977 Ilias Kotsios, Greek footballer, born in Larissa, Greece
  • 1978 Matt Walker, British Paralympic swimmer, born in Stockport, England
  • 1980 Alejandro Valverde, Spanish road racing cyclist, born in Las Lumbreras, Spain
  • 1980 Bruce Martin, New Zealand cricketer, born in Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
  • 1981 Felipe Massa, Brazilian Formula One racing driver (11 wins), born in São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1981 John McFall, British Paralympic sprinter, born in Frimley, Surrey, England
  • 1981 Anja Pärson, Swedish alpine skier, born in Umeå, Sweden
  • 1981 Dwone Hicks, American NFL running back, born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1982 Monty Panesar, English cricketer, born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England
  • 1982 Brian Barton, American baseball player (Atlanta Braves), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1983 J.P. Howell, American baseball player (Tampa Bay Devil Rays), born in Modesto, California
  • 1984 Robert Andino, Cuban-American baseball player, born in Miami, Florida
  • 1985 Giedo van der Garde, Dutch racing driver, born in Rhenen, Netherlands
  • 1987 Johann Smith, American soccer player, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1988 James Sheppard, Canadian ice hockey player, born in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1989 Robbie Tarrant, Australian rules football player, born in Mildura, Victoria
  • 1989 Michael van Gerwen, Dutch darts player (PDC World Champion 2014, 17, 19), born in Boxtel, Netherlands

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
  • 1958 Herman Hickman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard, coach and broadcaster (Army, Yale), dies at 46
  • 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)
  • 2005 John Love, Zimbabwean Formula One driver, dies at 80
  • 2007 Alan Ball, English footballer (b. 1945)
  • 2007 Arthur Milton, English footballer and cricketer (b. 1928)
  • 2007 Les Jackson, English cricket fast bowler (2 Tests, 7 wickets; Derbyshire), dies at 86
  • 2013 Rick Camp, American MLB pitcher, dies of natural causes at 59
  • 2014 Earl Morrall, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1970, 72, 73; Pro Bowl 1957, 68; First-team All-Pro 1968, 72; NFL MVP 1968; Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), dies from Parkinson's disease at 79
  • 2019 John Havlicek, Basketball Hall of Fame guard (8-time NBA champion, Boston Celtics; 13-time NBA All Star), dies of Parkinson's disease at 79
  • 2020 Marino H. Casem, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Alabama State, Alcorn State, Southern) and athletic administrator (Alcorn State, Southern), dies at 85
  • 2021 John Konrads, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 1500m freestyle, bronze 400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle 1960; 26 individual world records), dies at 78