On This Day

On This Day in Sport for April 30

Events in Sport

  • 1722 Game of Billiards is mentioned in New England Courant

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1859 Paul Morphy returns from 10-month chess tour of Europe, retires

Chess Player Paul Morphy
Chess Player
Paul Morphy
  • 1887 1st game played at Broad & Huntingdon St Park (Baker Bowl) in Philadelphia; Phillies beat Giants 19-10
  • 1900 Weighing in at 170 lbs British former world heavyweight boxing champion Bob Fitzsimmons KOs 270 lb American Ed Dunkhost in round 2 of a lop-sided bout in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1903 NY Highlanders (Yankees) 1st home game, (Hilltop Park-168th St & Broadway, Manhattan), they beat Washington Senators, 6-2
  • 1905 First official soccer game between neighbouring countries Belgium-Netherlands; Dutch win, 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Antwerp
  • 1910 Cleveland Naps Addie Joss limits St.Louis Browns to 8 hits in 2-1 victory
  • 1918 Orange Nassau soccer team forms in Groningen
  • 1919 Phillies beat Brooklyn Dodgers 9-0 in 20 innings
  • 1921 American Professional Football Association reorganizes in Akron
  • 1921 1st American Professional Football Association Championship (1920): undefeated Akron Pros awarded inaugural title
  • 1922 Chicago pitcher Charlie Robertson throws a perfect game as the White Sox beat Detroit Tigers, 2-0 at Navin Field

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1938 Bradman scores 258 Aust v Worcs, 293 mins, 33 fours 1 five

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • 1938 The first televised FA Cup Final takes place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1939 Lou Gehrig sets a MLB record playing his 2,130th consecutive and final game for the New York Yankees.

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig
  • 1940 Brooklyn Dodger Tex Carleton no-hits Cincinnati Reds, 3-0

  • 1944 NY Giant, Mel Ott scores 6 runs in 1 game drawing 5 walks for 4th time
  • 1946 Cleveland Indians pitcher Bob Feller's 2nd career MLB no-hitter; beats New York Yankees, 1-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1958 Ted Williams is 10th major league player to get 1,000 extra-base hits

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1961 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Mickey Wright wins her 5th major title by 1 stroke from Patty Berg & Louise Suggs

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1961 SF outfielder Willie Mays becomes just the 9th player in MLB history to hit 4 homers in one game in the Giants 14-4 win against the Braves in Milwaukee

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 1962 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Mickey Wright wins her 8th major title in a playoff with Ruth Jessen
  • 1967 Orioles' Stu Miller & Steve Barber lose 2-1 despite no-hitting Tigers
  • 1968 3 Oriole pitchers walk 14 NY Yankees in a 9 inning game
  • 1969 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jim Maloney records his second MLB no-hitter in 10-0 rout of Houston Astros
  • 1970 Cubs Billy Williams is 1st NLer to play in 1,000 consecutive games
  • 1971 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beat Balt Bullets in 4 games
  • 1973 Women's tennis groups end disputes over sanctioning tournaments

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1976 Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • 1982 Atlanta Braves win record 12th straight from beginning of season
  • 1984 Strong winds cause a 30 min delay in Toronto Blue Jays game
  • 1985 NFL Draft: Virginia Tech defensive end Bruce Smith first pick by Buffalo Bills
  • 1986 Bill Elliott sets all-time NASCAR qualifying record, winning pole for the Winston 500 at Talladega Superspeedway; 212.809 mph (342.483 km/h; 44.998 seconds)
  • 1987 Lou Lamoriello is named NJ Devils President

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 NY Islander Mike Bossy plays his final game

Ice Hockey Great Mike Bossy
Ice Hockey Great
Mike Bossy
  • 1988 NJ Devils beat Caps 3-2 taking 7th game of Patrick Division final
  • 1988 NY Yank Dave Winfield gets his 29th RBI of April-Sets AL & ties ML Rec
  • 1989 US beats Costa Rica 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
  • 1990 As Met pitcher David Cone argues a call at 1st base, 2 Braves score
  • 1997 Atlanta Braves win record 19 games in April
  • 2012 Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 in what is claimed to be the biggest match in the English Premier League's history
  • 2015 NFL Draft: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1862 Jack Sheridan, American Baseball Hall of Fame umpire (World Series 1905, 07-08, 10), born in Decatur, Illinois (d. 1914)
  • 1891 Pat O'Hara Wood, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1920, 23), born in Melbourne, Australia (d. 1961)
  • 1918 Don McNeill, American tennis player (French C'ship 1939, US Nat C'ship 1940), born in Chickasha, Oklahoma (d. 1996)
  • 1920 Duncan Hamilton, Irish racing driver, born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1994)
  • 1922 Anton Murray, South African cricket all-rounder (10 Tests; 1 x 100; 18 wickets), born in Grahamstown, South Africa (d. 1995)
  • 1923 Alan Wharton, English cricketer (England batsman once v NZ 1949, scored 7 & 13), born in Heywood, Lancashire, England (d. 1993)
  • 1927 Lars Hall, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1952), born in Karlskrona, Sweden (d. 1991)
  • 1945 Ray Miller, American baseball manager (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 2021)
  • 1946 Donald Schollander, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold-64), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1949 Phil Garner, American baseball player and manager (Astros), born in Jefferson City, Tennessee
  • 1951 Danuta Rosani, Polish discus thrower (Olympic 1976) disqualified for drugs
  • 1954 Gunther Tiersch, German DR, 8 man cox (Olympic gold 1968)

Person of interestIsiah Thomas

1961 Isiah Thomas, American NBA point guard (Detroit Pistons; 1990 NBA playoff MVP), born in Chicago, Illinois

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • 1963 Steve Smith, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1963 Michael Waltrip, American race car driver (Daytona 500 winner, 2001 and 2003), born in Owensboro, Kentucky
  • 1964 Ian Healy, Australian cricket wicket-keeper (119 Tests, 366 catches, 29 stumpings), born in Brisbane, Queensland
  • 1964 Jeff Reboulet, infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1965 Daniela Costian, Australian discus/shot putter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1966 Aundray Bruce, defensive end (Oakland Raiders)
  • 1966 David Meggett, NFL running back (NY Giants, NE Patriots)
  • 1968 Richard Pilon, Saskatoon, NHL defenseman (NY Islanders)
  • 1968 Roger Mar, rapid fire pistol (Olympics 1996), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1969 Dexter Rogers, American volleyball opposite hitter (Olympics 1996), born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • 1970 Brad Layton, Seymour Ind, rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971 B J Tyler, NBA guard (Toronto Raptors)
  • 1971 Matt Martin, Hamden, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs, Olympic US-94)
  • 1971 Ryan Hawblitzel, pitcher (Colorado Rockies), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1971 Ty Hallock, fullback (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 Kendricke Bullard, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1974 Cedric Jones, defensive end (NY Giants)
  • 1974 Chris Darkins, NFL running back (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1975 Elliott Sadler, American race car driver and 1 of 31 drivers to have a victory in NASCAR's three top racing series, born in Emporia, Virginia
  • 1979 Gerardo Torrado, Mexican footballer
  • 1981 John O'Shea, Irish footballer
  • 1983 Tatjana Hüfner, German luger
  • 1983 Troy Williamson, American football player
  • 1987 Rohit Sharma, Indian Cricketer
  • 1990 Jonathan Brownlee, British triathlete (Olympic bronze 2012, silver 16), born in Dewsbury, England

Weddings in Sport

LoveWedding of Interest

1923 Golfer champion Walter Hagen (30) weds Edna Straus at the Hotel Biltmore in New York

Golfer Walter Hagen
Walter Hagen

LoveWedding of Interest

1932 Australian Test cricket batsman Don Bradman (23) weds Jessie Martha Menzies at St Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, Sydney

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman

LoveWedding of Interest

1945 MLB catcher Roy Campanella (23) weds Ruthe Willis

MLB Catcher Roy Campanella
MLB Catcher
Roy Campanella

LoveWedding of Interest

1949 Ice hockey goaltender Jacques Plante (20) weds Jacqueline Gagne in Quebec, Canada

NHL Goalie Jacques Plante
NHL Goalie
Jacques Plante
  • 1960 American Olympic men's figure skating gold medallist (1956) Hayes Alan Jenkins marries Olympic women's champion Carol Heiss in NYC, NY

LoveWedding of Interest

1994 Soccer great Pele (53) weds psychologist Assiria Seixas Lemos (36)

Brazilian Football Legend Pele
Brazilian Football Legend

Deaths in Sport

  • 1131 Adjutor, French Catholic Saint and knight in the First Crusade, patron saint of swimmers, boaters, and drowning victims
  • 1919 Henry Wood, English cricket wicket-keeper (in 4 Tests 1888-92), dies at 65
  • 1931 Sammy Woods, Australian cricketer (3 Tests for Australia, 3 for England), dies at 64
  • 1983 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), dies at 101
  • 1993 Dave Waymer, American NFL safety (NO Saints), dies of a heart attack at 34
  • 1993 Eric Rowan, cricketer (26 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • 1993 Tommy Caton, English footballer (b. 1962)
  • 1994 Roland Ratzenberger, Austrian race car driver, dies in crash at 31
  • 1997 Henry Picard, American golfer (Masters 1938, PGA 1939), dies at 90
  • 2003 Peter "Possum" Bourne, New Zealand race car driver, dies at 47
  • 2007 Kevin Mitchell, American football player (b. 1971)
  • 2011 Emilio Navarro, Puerto Rican baseball player, dies at 105
  • 2019 Mike Doyle, American surfer (World C'ship 1964 runner-up; World Tandem Champion 1965, 67), dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 78
  • 2020 Chuni Goswami, Indian soccer striker and captain (30 caps; Mohun Bagan) and cricket all-rounder (captain Bengal), dies from cardiac arrest at 82