On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 27

Events in Sport

  • 1903 1st Highlander (Yankee) shut-out, Philadelphia A's win 6-0
  • 1908 IV Summer (Modern) Olympic Games open in London
  • 1918 Giants' 9-0 winning start & Dodgers' 0-9 losing streak are stopped
  • 1920 Sweden takes the figure skating double at the Antwerp Olympics when Gillis Grafström wins his first of 3 consecutive men's gold medals; Magda Julin earlier wins the women's singles event
  • 1924 Antwerp soccer tie Belgium-Netherlands 1-1
  • 1926 In the Giants' 9-8 win over Phillies, Mel Ott, 17, 1st appearance
  • 1929 Ryder Cup Golf, Moortown GC: Great Britain beats US, 7-5 in bitterly cold and snowy conditions
  • 1930 White Sox 1st baseman Bud Clancy didn't handle ball at all in a 9 inning game vs St Louis Browns [1]
  • 1935 Yanks pull a 1st inning triple-play & beat Philadelphia A's 9-8
  • 1944 Boston Brave Jim Tobin no-hits Bkln Dodgers, 2-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 Babe Ruth Day celebrated at Yankee Stadium and throughout the US

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1953 Wrestler Freddie Blassie coins term "Pencil neck geek"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1956 Undefeated world heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano, retires from the ring

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • 1961 NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
  • 1971 Curt Flood resigns Senators after 13 games & departs for Denmark
  • 1973 KC Royals pitcher Steve Busby no-hits Detroit Tigers, 3-0
  • 1981 1st female soccer official is hired by NASL
  • 1982 NFL Draft: University of Texas defensive end Kenneth Sims first pick by New England Patriots

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1983 Nolan Ryan becomes strikeout king (3,509), passing Walter Johnson

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitcher Walter Johnson
MLB Pitcher
Walter Johnson
  • 1984 Cleveland Indians beat Detroit Tigers, 8-4, in 19 innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1990 Dodger Orel Hershiser undergoes career-threatening shoulder surgery

Baseball Pitcher Orel Hershiser
Baseball Pitcher
Orel Hershiser
  • 1990 Villanova's women set a 6,000 m relay world record of 17:18:10
  • 1992 NY Mets trade David Cone to Toronto Blue Jays for Jeff Kent
  • 1994 7th longest NHL game at 125 min 43 sec: Buffalo Sabres beat New Jersey Devils 1-0 on a goal by Dave Hannan
  • 1994 Graeme Obree bicycles world record time (52,713 km)
  • 1994 Twins righty Scott Erickson no-hits Brewers 6-0
  • 2017 NFL Draft: Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett first pick by Cleveland Browns

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1875 Freddie Fane, British cricketer (Hobbs' 1st Test opening partner), born in Curragh Camp, County Kildare, Ireland (d. 1960)
  • 1893 Allen Sothoron, American baseball player, born in Bradford, Ohio (d. 1939)
  • 1896 Rogers Hornsby, American Baseball Hall of Fame 2nd baseman ( NL MVP 1925, 29; 7 x NL batting champion; St. Louis Cardinals, Browns, Chicago Cubs) and manager (Cardinals, Browns, Cubs), born in Winters, Texas (d. 1963)

Person of interestLeo Diegel

1899 Leo Diegel, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1928-29), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1951)

Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion Leo Diegel
Golfer and Two-Time PGA Champion
Leo Diegel
  • 1916 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player, born in Roxboro, North Carolina (d. 2002)
  • 1927 Gerard Cieślik, Polish soccer striker and manager (45 caps, 27 goals), born in Hajduki, Poland (d. 2013)
  • 1929 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved shoplift scandal, born in Smychka (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Charles Adkins, American light welterweight boxer (Olympic gold 1952), born in Gary, Indiana (d. 1993)
  • 1932 Chuck Knox, American NFL coach (Rams, Bills, Seahawks), born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania (d. 2018)
  • 1937 David Bolton, English rugby league five eighth (23 caps Great Britain; Wigan, Balmain) and coach (Parramatta), born in Wigan, England (d. 2021)
  • 1941 Lee Roy Jordan, American football player, born in Excel, Alabama
  • 1943 Helmut Marko, Austrian auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1971), born in Graz, Austria
  • 1946 John Maclean, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1978-79), born in Herston, Queensland, Australia
  • 1952 Ari Vatanen, Finnish rally driver, born in Tuupovaara, Finland

Person of interestGeorge Gervin

1952 George Gervin, American basketball player, born in Detroit, Michigan

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • 1962 PattiSue Plumer, American 3k runner (Gold-Seattle '90), born in Covina, California
  • 1962 Ángel Comizzo, Argentine football goalkeeper, born in Reconquista, Argentina
  • 1964 Paul Osbaldiston, CFL kicker (Hamilton Tiger Cats), born in Oldham, England
  • 1965 Courtenay Becker-Dey, American Europe class sailor (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • 1966 Peter McIntyre, Australian cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1995), born in Gisborne, Australia
  • 1967 Bridgette Gordon, American basketball forward (Sacramento Monarchs, Olympic gold 1988), born in DeLand, Florida
  • 1967 Jason Whitlock, American sports journalist, born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1969 Brett Steven, New Zealand tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1969 Francine McRae, Australian softball outfielder (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Melbourne, Australia
  • 1969 Tyrone Rodgers, American football defensive linebacker (Winnipeg Blue Bombers), born in Longview, Texas
  • 1969 Grahame Cheney, Australian boxer, born in Lithgow, Australia
  • 1970 Mikiko Hagiwara, Japanese basketball player, born in Fukushima, Japan
  • 1970 Tim Hanshaw, NFL guard (SF 49ers), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1971 Craig Keith, American football tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1971 James Burton, NFL cornerback (Chicago Bears), born in Torrance, California
  • 1972 Alison McKnight, 100m hurdler and heptathlete, born in Bakersfield, California
  • 1972 Silvia Farina, Italian tennis star (1995 Maria Lankowitz doubles), born in Milan, Italy
  • 1972 Tim Ruddy, American football offensive lineman (Miami Dolphins), born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania
  • 1974 Carlos Fortes, Dutch soccer player (Sparta), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1974 Pete Chryplewicz, tight end (Detroit Lions), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1975 Michael Booker, American football cornerback (Atlanta Falcons), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1975 Chris Carpenter, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • 1976 Walter Pandiani, Uruguayan footballer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1979 Natasha Chokljat, Australian netball player, born in Tasmania, Australia
  • 1980 Christian Lara, Ecuadorian footballer, born in Quito, Ecuador
  • 1980 Ananda Mikola, Indonesian racing driver, born in Jakarta
  • 1980 Sybille Bammer, Austrian tennis player, born in Linz, Austria
  • 1981 Patrik Gerrbrand, Swedish footballer, born in Älvsjö, Sweden
  • 1981 Joey Gathright, American baseball player, born in Columbia, Mississippi
  • 1984 Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player (Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders), born in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • 1984 Daniel Holdsworth, Australian Rugby League player, born in Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1987 Elliott Shriane, Australian short track speed skater, born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1990 Austin Dillon, American auto racer (Daytona 500 2018), born in Welcome, North Carolina

Weddings in Sport

  • 1996 Romanian gymnast and 5-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comăneci (35) weds American gymnast Bart Conner (38) in Bucharest, Romania

LoveWedding of Interest

2013 NBA great Michael Jordan (50) weds 2nd wife model Yvette Prieto at Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan

Deaths in Sport

  • 1951 Philip Hands, South African cricketer (7 Tests for South Africa), dies at 61
  • 1973 Jim Sims, English cricket spin bowler (4 Tests, 11 wickets; Middlesex), dies at 69
  • 1973 Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver, dies at 57
  • 1978 John Doeg, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1930), dies at 69
  • 1984 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player, dies at 63
  • 1999 Cyril Washbrook, English cricketer (stalwart Lancs & England opener), dies at 84
  • 2005 Red Horner, Canadian hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs), dies at 95
  • 2012 Bill Skowron, American MLB player, dies from lung cancer at 81
  • 2015 Gene Fullmer, American boxer (world middleweight champion), dies at 83
  • 2020 Robert Herbin, French soccer defender (23 caps; Saint-Étienne) and manager (Saint-Étienne, Lyon, Strasbourg), dies at 81
  • 2020 Marty Smith, American motocross racer (AMA 125cc 1974, 75; AMA 500cc 1977), dies in a dune buggy accident at 63