On This Day in Sport for April 30

Events in Sport

  • 1722 Game of Billiards is mentioned in New England Courant
  • 1859 Paul Morphy returns from 10-month chess tour of Europe, retires
  • 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) inaugural home opener at Hilltop Park, Manhattan; 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
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Weddings in Sport

  • 1923 Golfer champion Walter Hagen (30) weds Edna Straus at the Hotel Biltmore in New York
  • 1932 Australian Test cricket batsman Don Bradman (23) weds Jessie Martha Menzies at St Paul's Anglican Church in Burwood, Sydney
  • 1945 MLB catcher Roy Campanella (23) weds Ruthe Willis

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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 cricket all-rounder (3 Tests Australia, 3 England, 1 x 50, 10 wickets; Somerset CCC) and rugby union flanker (13 caps England, 5 as captain), 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
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