On This Day in Sport for April 5

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Events in Sport

  • 1904 The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
  • 1915 Jess Willard KOs Jack Johnson in 26 for heavyweight boxing title
  • 1919 Antwerp is officially declared the host city for the Games of the 7th Olympiad to be conducted in 1920; first post WWI Olympics

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925 Yankees whip Dodgers in exhibition 16-9 but Babe Ruth collapses in NC due to an ulcer

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1934 Baseball superstar Babe Ruth agrees to do three 15-minute broadcasts a week over NBC for a fee of $39,000 for 13 weeks; $4,000 more than his NY Yankees playing contract
  • 1940 99th Grand National: 25/1 shot Bogskar ridden by Royal Air Force sergeant Mervyn Jones wins by 4 lengths from MacMoffat; last true Aintree GN before a 5-year break due to World War II
  • 1946 100th Grand National: Capt. Robert Petre wins aboard 25/1 shot Lovely Cottage; first true GN since 1940 due to World War II; last on a Friday
  • 1952 106th Grand National: Jockey Arthur Thompson and trainer Neville Crump combine for their second GN with Teal winning at odds of 100/7
  • 1959 23rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Art Wall Jr wins by 1 stroke from Cary Middlecoff for his only PGA Tour major victory

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1967 '76er Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record of 41 rebounds

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1972 The regular MLB season fails to open due to a player strike for the first time in history; 86 games are lost before the labor dispute settled
  • 1973 NFL adopts jersey numbering system (ie QBs, 1-19)
  • 1974 Last day of Test cricket for Garry Sobers & Rohan Kanhai
  • 1975 129th Grand National: Irish combination of jockey Tommy Carberry aboard L'Escargot wins by 15 lengths from 7/2 favourite and 1973-74 winner Red Rum

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1975 American tennis #1 Chris Evert wins her 3rd WTA Tour Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena; beats Martina Navratilova 6-4, 6-2

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • 1981 Philadelphia Flyers amass a record 2,621 penalty minutes

  • 1982 43 year old St. Louis reliever Jim Kaat pitches 1 inning for the Cardinals in a season-opening, 14-3 rout of Houston; sets a MLB record for pitchers by playing in his 24th consecutive season
  • 1983 NY Met Tom Seaver's sets record 14th NL Opening Day assignment

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain's all-time career scoring record of 31,419 points (31,421)

  • 1986 140th Grand National: Richard Dunwoody aboard 9-year-old 15/2 second favourite West Tip wins by 2 lengths from Young Driver

Sport awardGolf Major

1987 Nabisco Dinah Shore Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Betsy King wins the first of her 6 major titles in a sudden-death playoff with Patty Sheehan, with a par on the 2nd extra hole

LPGA Golfer Betsy King
LPGA Golfer
Betsy King
LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 Wayne Gretzky wins 7th straight NHL scoring title

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1990 John Stockton reaches 1000-assist mark for NBA record 3 yrs in a row

NBA Point Guard John Stockton
NBA Point Guard
John Stockton
  • 1990 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 2-1 in 1st game of preliminary
  • 1991 Joe Dumaars (Detroit) ends NBA free throw streak of 62 games
  • 1992 11th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Western Kentucky, 78-62; Cardinal guard Molly Goodenbour MOP

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1992 4th Seniors Golf Tradition: Lee Trevino wins by 1 stroke from Jack Nicklaus

  • 1992 Game 2 of Mayor Challenge - NY Yankees sweep NY Mets 6-5 at Shea

Sport defeatWrestleMania

1992 WrestleMania VIII, Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN (62,167): Hulk Hogan defeats Sid Justice by DQ; Randy Savage beats Ric Flair for WWF Heavyweight title

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1993 55th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Michigan, 77-71; Tar Heels' 3rd title
  • 1993 73,293 see the NY Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians, 9-1 in the season opener at Cleveland Stadium
  • 1993 A win and a loss for MLB expansion teams in their debut games; Florida Marlins beat LA Dodgers, 6-3 in Miami; the Colorado Rockies lose to Mets, 3-0 in NYC
  • 1994 Miami Heat beat NY Knicks ending 15 game NBA winning streak
  • 1998 France thrashes Wales, 51-0 at Wembley Stadium, London for it's second straight Five Nations Rugby Championship and Grand Slam; fly-half Christophe Lamaison lands 5 conversions and 2 penalties
  • 1998 The Arizona Diamondbacks record their first win in team history with a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in Phoenix, AZ; ends second-worst start ever (0-5) by an expansion team
  • 2003 156th Grand National: 10-year-old 16/1 shot Monty's Pass, ridden by Barry Geraghty wins by 12 lengths from 2001 Welsh National winner Supreme Glory
  • 2003 The Kansas City Royals become the first MLB team to begin the season 5-0 after losing 100 games the previous year, beating the Cleveland Indians, 2 - 1
  • 2004 66th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Georgia Tech, 82-73; Huskies' forward Emeka Okafor named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 2005 24th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Baylor beats Michigan State, 84-62; Bears' small forward Sophia Young is named Most Outstanding Player
  • 2005 The Washington Nationals lose their inaugural season opener, 8-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies; first team to represent the nation's capital since the Washington Senators left after the 1971 season
  • 2008 161st Grand National: 7/1 joint favourite Comply or Die wins in Irish jockey Timmy Murphy's 11th attempt, 4 lengths ahead of King John's Castle
  • 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Brittany Lincicome eagles the final hole to win her first major title, 1 stroke ahead of fellow American Cristie Kerr
  • 2010 72nd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Butler, 61-59; Blue Devils' forward Kyle Singler, 19 points
  • 2011 30th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Texas A&M beats Notre Dame, 76-70; Aggies center Danielle Adams scores 22 of her 30 points in the 2nd half
  • 2012 A three-run homer by J.P. Arencibia off Jairo Asencio gives the Toronto Blue Jays a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians; 16 inning game duration a MLB Opening Day record
  • 2013 Baltimore outfielder Chris Davis becomes 4th player to homer in first 4 games of a MLB season; 8th-inning grand slam propels Orioles to a 9-5 win over the Twins; his RBI total of 16 a MLB record
  • 2014 167th Grand National: Leighton Aspell wins aboard Pineau de Re; sixth French-bred horse to win the GN
  • 2014 Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire picks up the 1,000th win of his MLB career as the Twins score a 7 - 3 victory over the Cleveland Indians
  • 2015 ANA Inspiration Women's Golf, Mission Hills CC: Brittany Lincicome eagles last hole to force a playoff, then beats Stacy Lewis on 3rd extra hole to win her 2nd major title
  • 2016 35th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut defeats Syracuse, 82–51; Huskies' power forward Breanna Stewart, 24 points
  • 2019 OKC guard Russell Westbrook becomes first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for the third consecutive season during the Thunder's 123-110 win at home over Detroit Pistons

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1868 Flooi Du Toit, South African cricketer (one Test South Africa 1892), born in Jacobsdal, Orange Free State (d. 1909)
  • 1882 Don Blackie, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1928-29), born in Bendigo, Australia (d. 1955)
  • 1893 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (Olympic gold 1924, 28), born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1973)
  • 1909 Gerald Bond, South African cricketer (one Test South Africa v England 1938, 0 & 0-16), born in Cape Town (d. 1965)
  • 1911 Johnny Revolta, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1935; 18 PGA Tour titles), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1991)
  • 1921 Les Jackson, English cricket bowler (England twice, 1949 & 1961), born in Whitwell, Derbyshire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1922 Tom Finney, English football player (Preston North End), born in Preston, Lancashire (d. 2014)
  • 1933 Larry Felser, American sports columnist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1938 Colin Bland, South African cricketer (South African bat Maybe the best cover field), born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • 1942 Arthur Barrett, West Indian cricketer (WI leggie early 70's), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1942 Peter Magowan, American businessman, MLB owner (SF Giants), born in NYC, NY (d. 2019)
  • 1943 Masahiko 'Fighting' Harada, Japanese boxer (world flyweight, bantamweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • 1945 Tommy Smith, English footballer (Liverpool), born in Liverpool, Merseyside
  • 1953 John Buchanan, Australian cricketer (Qld batsman 78-79, Shield coach 1995), born in Ipswich, Queensland
  • 1958 Johan Kriek, South African-American, tennis player (US Indoor 1982), born in Pongola, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • 1964 Robert "Bob" Kaehler, Burlingame California, rower (Olympic 5th 1992, 96)
  • 1965 Cris Carpenter, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers), born in St. Augustine, Florida
  • 1966 Brent Hughes, American NHL left wing (Buffalo Sabres), born in New Westminster, California
  • 1966 Scott Dill, American NFL tackle and guard (Tampa Bay Bucs, Minnesota Vikings), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1970 Tim Jacobs, NFL running back (Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins)
  • 1971 Bob Kuberski, NFL defensive tackle (Green Bay Packers-Super Bowl 31)
  • 1971 Finidi George, soccer player (Ajax)
  • 1971 Stuart Peele, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Tom Coronel, Dutch racing driver
  • 1972 Paul Okon, Australian former footballer
  • 1973 Spencer Folau, Tongan, American football offensive lineman (Baltimore Ravens), born in Nukuʻalofa, Tonga
  • 1973 Tony Banks, quarterback (St Louis Rams)
  • 1974 Mike DuHaney, soccer defender (Olympic gold 1996), born in New Haven, Connecticut
  • 1974 Rick Terry, NFL defensive tackle (NY Jets)
  • 1975 Nikki Dryden, 800m swimmer (Olympic 6th 1992, 96), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1975 John Hartson, Welsh footballer
  • 1976 Ike Hilliard, NFL wide receiver (NY Giants)
  • 1976 Ryan Drese, baseball pitcher (Olympic bronze 1996), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1976 Simone Inzaghi, Italian footballer
  • 1976 Kim Collins, Nevisian sprinter
  • 1976 Ross Gload, American baseball player
  • 1976 Fernando Morientes, Spanish footballer
  • 1976 Henrik Stenson, Swedish golfer (British Open 2016), born in Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 1977 JoAnn Sevin, Dubois PA, air pistol (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978 Franziska van Almsick, German swimmer
  • 1978 Stephen Jackson, American basketball player
  • 1979 Timo Hildebrand, German footballer
  • 1980 Matt Bonner, American basketball player
  • 1981 Jorge de la Rosa, Mexican baseball player
  • 1982 Alexandre Prémat, French racing driver
  • 1982 Thomas Hitzlsperger, German footballer
  • 1982 Matt Pickens, American soccer player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1884 John Wisden, English cricketer (prominent Sussex player), dies at 57
  • 1928 Roy Kilner, cricketer (9 Tests for England 1924-26), dies at 38
  • 1939 William Cooper, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1882-84), dies
  • 1966 Slats Gill, Basketball Hall of Fame coach (36 seasons Oregon State), dies of stroke at 64
  • 1984 Theo Koomen, Dutch sportscaster, dies in auto-accident at 54
  • 1985 Tyrell Johnson, cricketer (WI left-arm quickie, one Test 1939), dies
  • 1986 Colin McCool, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia, 36 wkts), dies
  • 2000 Lee Petty, American race car driver (b. 1914)
  • 2007 Darryl Stingley, American football player (b. 1951)
  • 2018 Eric Bristow [The Crafty Cockney], English darts legend and 5 time world champion, dies of a heart attack at 60 while attending a Premier League Darts event in Liverpool