On This Day in Sport for April 28

Events in Sport

  • 1901 1st soccer game between Belgium (8) & Netherlands (0)
  • 1901 Cleveland's Bock Baker gives up a record 23 singles as White Sox beat Blues (Cleveland Blues!) 13-1
  • 1923 Wembley Stadium opens - Bolton Wanderers vs West Ham United (FA Cup)
  • 1930 1st night organized baseball game played in Independence, Kansas
  • 1931 Program for woman athletes approved for 1932 Olympics track & field
  • 1934 Soccer team Blue White '34 forms
  • 1952 Patty Berg wins LPGA Richmond Golf Open
  • 1952 St Louis Browns lend 2 black minor leaguers to Hankyu Braves of Japan
  • 1957 Patty Berg wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • 1961 Warren Spahn pitches 2nd no hitter at 41 beats SF Giants, 1-0
  • 1963 Marilynn Smith wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • 1966 20th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat LA Lakers, 4 games to 3

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1967 Muhammad Ali refuses induction into army & stripped of boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1968 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies' Golf Invitational
  • 1972 Courts award 1968 Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner due to the winner being given drugs before the race
  • 1974 Jane Blalock wins LPGA Birmingham Golf Classic
  • 1985 Alice Miller wins LPGA S&H Golf Classic
  • 1985 Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 4th time
  • 1987 NBA announces expansion to Charlotte NC & Miami Fla in 1988 & Minneapolis Minn & Orlando Fla in 1989
  • 1987 1987 NFL Draft: Vinny Testaverde from University of Miami first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 1988 Baltimore Orioles lose AL record 21 games in a row
  • 1988 NJ Devils set all time playoff mark for penalty minutes
  • 1990 Boston Celtics score most points in a playoff, beat NY Knicks 157-128
  • 1992 Brewers beat Blue Jays 22-2 with AL record 31 hits in 9 innings
  • 1993 Zambian plane crashes at Libreville, Gabon, 30 soccer players die

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1993 NY Islanders beat Wash Caps 4 to 1 in playoffs, Caps Dale Hunter attacks Pierre Turgeon after scoring, in hockey's worst cheap shot

NHL Star Pierre Turgeon
NHL Star
Pierre Turgeon

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1996 Meg Mallon wins LPGA Sara Lee Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Meg Mallon
LPGA Golfer
Meg Mallon

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2003 Andre Agassi recaptures the world no. 1 ranking to become the oldest top-ranked male in the history of the ATP rankings (33 years, 13 days)

Tennis Legend Andre Agassi
Tennis Legend
Andre Agassi
  • 2007 2007 NFL Draft: JaMarcus Russell from LSU first pick by Oakland Raiders
  • 2011 2011 NFL Draft: Cam Newton from University of Auburn first pick by Carolina Panthers

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1908 Jack Fingleton, cricketer (Australian opener of 30's)
  • 1941 Lucien Aimar, French cyclist
  • 1942 Mike Brearley, cricketer (outstanding England captain 1977-81)
  • 1945 Ajit Manohar Pai, cricketer (one Test India v NZ 1969)
  • 1953 Julie Cole, LPGA golfer
  • 1954 Ron Zook, American Football Coach
  • 1958 Hal Evan Sutton, PGA golfer (1982 Walt Disney), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1960 John Cerutti, American baseball player and announcer (d. 2004)
  • 1960 Jón Páll Sigmarsson, Icelandic strength athlete (d. 1993)
  • 1960 Walter Zenga, Italian footballer
  • 1961 Cathy Gerring, Ft Wayne IN, LPGA golfer (1990 Lady Keystone Open)
  • 1962 Evguenni Rochtchin, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1964 Barry Larkin, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1964 Mark Hager, Australian field hockey forward/capt (Olympics-4th-88, 96)
  • 1966 Jim Poole, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Rochester, New York
  • 1966 John Patrick Daly, PGA golfer (1995 British Open), born in Sacramento, California

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1966 John Daly, American golfer (1991 PGA Championship, 1995 Open Championship), born in Carmichael, California

Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion John Daly
Golfer and Two-Time Major Champion
John Daly
  • 1967 Pete Stoyanovich, NFL kicker (Miami Dolphins, KC Chiefs)
  • 1968 Andy Flower, cricketer (Zimbabwe keeper & victorious Test captain)
  • 1968 Damion Lyons, CFL cornerback (BC Lions)
  • 1968 Mark Carrier, NFL safety (Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions)
  • 1969 Merlelynn Lange-Harris, basketball center (Oly-96), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1970 Jason Belser, defensive back (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1970 Mark Harris, wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
  • 1970 Nicklas Lidstrom, Vasteras SWE, NHL defenseman (Team Sweden, Detroit)
  • 1970 Richard Fromberg, Australia, tennis star
  • 1970 Diego Simeone, Argentine footballer
  • 1971 Meredith McGrath, Midland Mich, tennis star (1996 Essen doubles)
  • 1971 Mihai Apostal, Bucharest Romania, Canadian kayaker (Olympics-96)
  • 1972 Jan Benda, Reet Belgium, hockey forward (Team Germany 1998)
  • 1972 Jean-Paul van Gastel, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1973 Earl Holmes, linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Marc[us] Blake Schneider, rower (Olympics-bronze-1996), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1973 Melvin Hayes, NFL tackle (NY Jets, Tennessee Oilers)
  • 1973 Serge Zwikker, NBA center (Houston Rockets)
  • 1973 Francisco Palencia, Mexican footballer
  • 1974 Sergei Stas, NHL defenseman (Team Belarus, Oly-98)
  • 1974 Richel Hersisia, Dutch boxer
  • 1975 James Thrash, wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • 1975 Martin Lewis, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1980 Josh Howard, American basketball player (Dallas Mavericks)
  • 1980 Bradley Wiggins, British cyclist (Olympic Gold 2004, 2008 Tour de France 2012), born in Ghent, Belgium
  • 1983 Roger Johnson, English footballer

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1982 Professional boxer George Foreman (33) weds Andrea Skeete

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman

Deaths in Sport

  • 1973 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (b. 1893)
  • 1981 Mickey "Toy Bulldog" Walker, welterweight champ (1922-26) dies at 79
  • 1982 EW "Nobby" Clark, Engl cricketer (32 wickets in 8 Tests 1929-34), dies
  • 1983 Ron James, cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies
  • 1993 Jim Valvano, basketball coach (NC State), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1995 Peaches Roy Davis, baseball pitcher, dies at 89
  • 1998 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricketer (b. 1939)
  • 1999 Alf Ramsey, English football manager (b. 1920)
  • 2002 Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler, dies at 86
  • 2005 Chris Candido, American wrestler (b. 1972)
  • 2014 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies from cancer at 89
  • 2017 Luis Olmo, pioneering Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97