On This Day in Sport for April 26

  • April

Events in Sport

  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1935 Frank Boucher is given NHL's Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship permanently for winning it 7 of 11 years
  • 1941 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1950 Last horse race at Havre de Grace Track in Md, is run
  • 1950 U of Miami ends William & Mary straight tennis match victories at 82
  • 1952 Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 1962 Red Sox Bill Monbouquette no-hits White Sox 1-0
  • 1964 18th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat SF Warriors, 4 games to 1

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1964 LPGA Titleholders Championship, Augusta CC: Marilynn Smith retains title; beats Mickey Wright by 1 stroke

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1966 Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach

NBA Head Coach Red Auerbach
NBA Head Coach
Red Auerbach
  • 1966 International Olympic Committee votes to award German city of Munich the right to host the 1972 Summer Olympic Games

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1975 Phillies Mike Schmidt's 2 HRs ties NL record of 11 HRs in April

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1980 Gerard Nijboer runs Dutch record marathon (2:09:01)
  • 1980 Phillies' Steve Carlton pitches his 6th 1-hitter (beats Cards)
  • 1982 Gene Michael becomes NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • 1983 San Antonio spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 152-133 in NBA playoff game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983 NFL Draft: Stanford quarterback John Elway first pick by Baltimore Colts

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1988 NBA approves addition of 3rd referee in 1988-89 season
  • 1988 NY Met Davey Johnson becomes 2nd manager to record 400 victory in 1st 4 years (Al Lopez did it 1st)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Mike Tyson gets a speeding ticket for drag racing his Lamborghini in Albany, New York

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson
  • 1990 NY court of appeals ends 2½ year legal battle over 1988 America's Cup by refusing jurisdiction of case

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Nolan Ryan ties Bob Feller's record of pitching 12 1-hitters

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991 Soccer star Diego Maradona, suspended for using cocaine, arrested in Argentina for possession & distribution of illegal narcotics

Football Legend Diego Maradona
Football Legend
Diego Maradona
  • 1992 NFL Draft: University of Washington defensive end Steve Emtman from first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • 1995 Baseball season begins after lengthy strike
  • 2003 NFL Draft: USC quarterback Carson Palmer first pick by Cincinnati Bengals
  • 2008 NFL Draft: University of Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long first pick by Miami Dolphins
  • 2012 NFL Draft: Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck first pick by Indianapolis Colts
  • 2015 35th London Marathon: Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge & Ethiopian Tigist Tufa win
  • 2017 Gift Ngoepe becomes 1st black African to play in Major League Baseball, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 2018 NFL Draft: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield first pick by Cleveland Browns; 4 QBs taken in top 10 selections for first time in history

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1874 Biddy Anderson, South African cricketer (one Test South Africa v Australia 1902), born in Kimberley, South Africa (d. 1926)

Person of interestEddie Eagan

1897 Eddie Eagan, American boxer (Olympic gold 1920) and bobsledder (Olympic gold 1932), born in Denver, Colorado (d. 1967)

Boxer and Bobsledder Eddie Eagan
Boxer and Bobsledder
Eddie Eagan
  • 1900 Hack Wilson, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (MLB single season record 191 RBI 1930), born in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania (d. 1948)
  • 1909 Dick Howorth, English cricketer (English all-rounder, three county doubles), born in Bacup, Lancashire, England (d. 1980)
  • 1916 Virgil Trucks, American MLB pitcher (two-time All Star), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2013)

Person of interestI. M. Pei

1917 I. M. Pei, Chinese-American modernist architect (Louvre Pyramid) who won the 1961 Brunner Prize, born in Kwangchou, Canton, China (d. 2019)

Architect I. M. Pei
Architect
I. M. Pei
  • 1917 Sal Maglie, American MLB pitcher (NY Giants, 8th best won-lost pct), born in Niagara Falls, New York (d. 1992)
  • 1918 Francina "Fanny" Blankers-Koen, Dutch track & field athlete (4 x Olympic gold 1948), born in Lage Vuursche, Netherlands (d. 2004)
  • 1926 David Coleman, British sports commentator (worked for the BBC for 46 years), born in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, England (d. 2013)
  • 1926 Preston Robert Tisch, American NFL co-owner (NY Giants), born in NYC, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1930 Roger Moens, Belgian middle distance runner (800m world record 1955), born in Aalst, Belgium
  • 1937 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2012)
  • 1938 Nino Benvenuti, Italian boxer (world middleweight champion), born in Izola, Slovenia
  • 1940 Cliff Watson, English rugby league front rower (St Helens, Cronulla-Sutherland, GB 30 Tests), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1945 Chuck Blazer [Charles Gordon Blazer], American soccer administrator, born in NYC, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1947 Donna De Varona, American swimmer (Olympic-2 gold-64), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1949 Carlos Bianchi, Argentinian footballer and coach (Vélez Sarsfield), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1949 Jerry Blackwell, American professional wrestler, born in Stone Mountain, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • 1955 Mike Scott, American baseball player (3× All-Star), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1958 John Crichton-Stuart, 7th Marquess of Bute, British racing driver, born in Rothesay, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
  • 1961 Al Lawrence, Jamaican 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984), born in Jamaica
  • 1961 Nancy Scranton, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1991), born in Centralia, Illinois
  • 1962 Colin Anderson, English footballer, born in Newcastle, England
  • 1963 Bill Wennington, Canadian NBA center (Chicago Bulls), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1966 Andrea Temesvári, Hungarian tennis star (1985 US Clay Courts), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1968 Ahmed Elmaghraby, American field hockey forward (Olympics 1996), born in Suez, Egypt
  • 1971 Ryan Yarbrough, American NFL wide receiver (Baltimore Ravens, NY Jets), born in Lakeland, Florida
  • 1972 Francisco Cordova, Mexican pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Veracruz, Mexico
  • 1972 Marco Rivera, American NFL/WLAF guard (Scot Claymores, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972 Natrone Means, American NFL running back (San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Harrisburg, North Carolina
  • 1972 Avi Nimni, Israeli footballer (Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C.), born in Holon, Israel
  • 1972 Kiko Narváez, Spanish footballer (Atlético Madrid), born in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
  • 1973 Mark Davis, American NBA guard & forward (Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves), born in Thibodaux, Louisiana
  • 1973 Chris Perry, English footballer (Tottenham Hotspur), born in Carshalton, England
  • 1976 Sarah Tueting, American ice hockey goalie (USA, Olympics 1998), born in NYC, New York
  • 1977 Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese baseball player (Hanshin Tigers, Chicago Cubs), born in Osaki, Kagoshima, Japan
  • 1978 Joe Crede, American baseball player, born in Jefferson City, Missouri
  • 1978 Peter Madsen, Danish retired footballer, born in Roskilde, Madsen
  • 1981 Matthieu Delpierre, French footballer, born in Nancy, France
  • 1982 J. B. Holmes, American golfer (British Open 2016 3rd; 5 PGA Tour titles), born in Campbellsville, Kentucky
  • 1982 Brock Gillespie, American basketball player (CB Ciudad de Valladolid), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1983 José María López, Argentine racing driver (2014–2016 World Touring Car Champion), born in Río Tercero, Argentina
  • 1985 John Isner, American tennis player, born in Greensboro, North Carolina

Deaths in Sport

  • 1932 Bill Lockwood, cricketer (43 wickets in 12 Tests for England), dies
  • 1944 Violette Morris, French athlete and spy for Nazi Germany, dies at 51
  • 1958 Joe Small, cricketer (WI all-rounder in 1928 series), dies
  • 1982 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies
  • 1991 Lars Hall, Swedish pentathelete (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 63