On This Day in Sport for April 26

Events in Sport

  • 1900 Newly renamed American League opener in Cleveland draws 6,500 (still as a minor league, was Western League)
  • 1901 Jimmy Collins, having left the Boston Beaneaters (NL), captains and manages his first game for the Boston Americans (loses 10-6 at Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1905 Cubs Jack McCarthy becomes only major league player to throw out 3 runners at plate in 1 game, all were ends of a double play
  • 1912 1st homerun hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley, Red Sox)
  • 1920 Husband and wife team Ludowika & Walter Jakobsson representing Finland, win the pairs skating gold medal at the Antwerp Olympics; Ludowika is the only German-born athlete at the Games
  • 1920 Ice hockey makes its Olympic debut at the Antwerp Games with center Frank Fredrickson scoring 7 goals in Canada's 12-1 drubbing of Sweden in the gold medal match
  • 1931 Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season
  • 1935 Frank Boucher is given NHL's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently for winning it 7 of 11 years
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Deaths in Sport

  • 1932 Bill Lockwood, English cricket fast bowler (12 Tests, 43 wickets, BB 7/71, 1 x 50; Surrey CCC), dies at 64
  • 1944 Violette Morris, French athlete & spy for Nazi Germany, dies at 51
  • 1958 Joe Small, West Indian cricketer (WI all-rounder in 1928 series), dies at 65
  • 1982 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies at 86
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