On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 28

Events in Sport

  • 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 St Louis Browns lend 2 black minor leaguers to Hankyu Braves of Japan

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1956 Cincinnati Reds outfielder Frank Robinson hits his 1st of 586 HRs

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson
  • 1957 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Montgomery CC: Patty Berg wins her 6th WO by 1 stroke from Wiffi Smith
  • 1961 Warren Spahn pitches 2nd no hitter at 41 beats SF Giants, 1-0
  • 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
  • 1972 Courts award 1968 Kentucky Derby prize money to 2nd place winner due to the winner being given drugs before the race

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985 Billy Martin named NY Yankee manager for 4th time

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin

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1985 Fernando Valenzuela sets record of 41 scoreless inn to start season

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela
  • 1987 NBA announces expansion to Charlotte NC & Miami Fla in 1988 & Minneapolis Minn & Orlando Fla in 1989
  • 1987 NFL Draft: University of Miami quarterback Vinny Testaverde 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
  • 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
  • 2002 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, Superstition Mountain G&CC: Jim Thorpe wins his lone career major title with birdie on first playoff hole against John Jacobs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 NFL Draft: LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell first pick by Oakland Raiders

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2007 Cricket World Cup, Bridgetown, Barbados: Australia defeats Sri Lanka by 53 runs to win their 3rd consecutive World Cup; Glenn McGrath Player of Series

Cricketer Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath
  • 2011 NFL Draft: Auburn quarterback Cam Newton first pick by Carolina Panthers
  • 2016 NFL Draft: Cal quarterback Jared Goff first pick by Los Angeles Rams
  • 2018 Shaquem Griffin is the first one-handed person to be drafted into the NFL, for the Seattle Seahawks
  • 2019 American diver Victor Vescovo makes the deepest dive ever to the bottom of the Mariana trench at 10,927m (35,849ft), and finds a plastic bag

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1876 Frank Cavanagh, American football player and coach, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1933)
  • 1908 Jack Fingleton, Australian cricket batsman (18 Tests, 1,189 runs @ 42.46, 5 x 100s), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 1981)
  • 1941 Lucien Aimar, French cyclist (won 53rd Tour de France 1966), born in Hyères, France
  • 1942 Mike Brearley, English cricketer (outstanding England captain 1977-81), born in Harrow, Middlesex, England
  • 1945 Ajit Manohar Pai, cricketer (one Test India v NZ 1969)
  • 1954 Ron Zook, American Football Coach
  • 1958 Hal Sutton, American golfer (PGA Championship 1983), born in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • 1960 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Sportsnet), born in Albany, New York (d. 2004)
  • 1960 Jón Páll Sigmarsson, Icelandic strength athlete (d. 1993)
  • 1960 Walter Zenga, Italian footballer
  • 1960 Tom Browning, American MLB pitcher (perfect game 1988), born in Casper, Wyoming
  • 1961 Cathy Gerring, American golfer (Solheim Cup 1990), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • 1962 Evguenni Rochtchin, NHL forward (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 1964 Barry Larkin, infielder (Cincinnati Reds), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1964 Mark Hager, Australian field hockey forward/capt (Olympic 4th 1988, 96)
  • 1966 Jim Poole, pitcher (Cleveland Indians), born in Rochester, New York

Person of interestJohn Daly

1966 John Daly, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1991, British Open 1995), 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)
  • 1968 Jeff Grosso, American skateboarder (host Youtube’s 'Vans Loveletters to Skateboarding'), born in Glendale, California (d. 2020)
  • 1969 Merlelynn Lange-Harris, basketball center (Olympics 1996), 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 1996)
  • 1972 Jean-Paul van Gastel, soccer player (Willem II)
  • 1973 Earl Holmes, linebacker (Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 1973 Marc[us] Blake Schneider, rower (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1973 Serge Zwikker, NBA center (Houston Rockets)
  • 1973 Francisco Palencia, Mexican footballer
  • 1974 Sergei Stas, NHL defenseman (Team Belarus, Olympics 1998)
  • 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
  • 1986 Ryan Saunders, American basketball head coach (Minnesota Timberwolves 2019), born in Medina, Minnesota
  • 1988 Jiyai Shin, South Korean golfer (Women's British Open 2008, 12), born in Seoul, South Korea

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding 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 (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies at 80
  • 1981 Mickey Walker, American boxer (World Welterweight Champion 1922-26; World Middleweight Champion 1926-29), dies at 79
  • 1981 Cliff Battles, American football halfback (First-team All-Pro 1933, 34, 36; Boston Braves/Redskins, Washington Redskins), dies at 70
  • 1982 Nobby Clark, English cricketer (32 wickets in 8 Tests 1929-34), dies at 81
  • 1983 Ron James, Australian cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies at 62
  • 1993 Jim Valvano, American basketball coach (NC State), dies of cancer at 47
  • 1995 Peaches Davis, American baseball pitcher, dies at 89
  • 1998 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricket fast bowler (28 Tests, 74 wickets, 1 x 50; Bombay), dies from cardiac arrest at 58
  • 1999 Alf Ramsey, English football manager, dies at 79
  • 2005 Chris Candido, American wrestler, dies at 33
  • 2014 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), dies from cancer at 89
  • 2017 Luis Olmo, Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97
  • 2020 Louis Cardiet, French soccer defender (6 caps; Stade Rennais FC, Paris SG), dies at 77
  • 2020 Eddy Pieters Graafland OON, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (47 caps; Ajax; European Cup 1970, Feyenoord), dies at 86
  • 2020 Michael Robinson, Irish soccer striker (24 caps, Republic of Ireland; Brighton & Hove Albion) and Spanish TV host (Canal+, El día después), dies from melanoma at 61