On This Day in Sport for April 9

Events in Sport

  • 1880 British Open Golf, Musselburgh Links: Scotsman Bob Ferguson wins first of 3 straight titles; beats Peter Paxton by 5 strokes
  • 1912 1st exhibition baseball game at Fenway Park (Red Sox vs Harvard)
  • 1913 Brooklyn Dodger's Ebbets Field opens, Phillies win 1-0

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925 Babe Ruth rushed to hospital

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1928 Top-Oss soccer team forms in Oss
  • 1931 Chicago Cy Wentworth beats Montreal Canadiens at 13:50 of 6th period
  • 1932 Stanley Cup: Toronto Maple Leafs sweep NY Rangers in 3 games
  • 1935 Stanley Cup: Montreal Maroons sweep Toronto Maple Leafs in 3 games
  • 1941 PGA establishes Golf Hall of Fame
  • 1945 NFL requires players to wear long stockings
  • 1946 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 4 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1947 Baseball suspends Bkln Dodger Leo Durocher for 1 year

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1950 14th Masters Golf Tournament: Jimmy Demaret wins, shooting a 283
  • 1959 Balt Orioles pull their 2nd triple play (3-6-3 vs Washington Senators)

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1959 Bill Sharman hits a NBA record 56 consecutive foul shot

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1959 13th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics sweep Minnesota Lakers in 4 games, first of Boston Celtics record 8 straight titles

  • 1960 14th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3

Sport awardGolf Major

1962 26th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 280

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1965 1st game at Astrodome, Houston beats Yankees 2-1 in exhibition as Mickey Mantle hits 1st indoor homerun

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1966 Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens
  • 1967 31st Masters Golf Tournament: Gay Brewer Jr wins, shooting a 280
  • 1968 Minn's Wayne Connelly is 1st to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • 1969 Chic Cub Billy Williams hits 4 consecutive doubles beat Phillies 11-3

Sport awardGolf Major

1972 36th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins, shooting a 286

  • 1972 Glenn Turner (259) & Terry Jarvis make 387 opening cricket stand v WI
  • 1973 37th Masters Golf Tournament: Tommy Aaron wins, shooting a 283

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974 San Diego Padres owner Ray Kroc, addresses fans "Ladies & gentlemen, I suffer with you I've never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life"

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc

Sport awardGolf Major

1978 42nd Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 277

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • 1978 Brewers sweep Orioles 11-3, 16-3, & 13-5 (each with a grand slam)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978 In separate NBA games Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points & San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points (33 in 1 quarter)

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • 1980 Los Angeles Kings tie NHL record with two shorthanded playoff goals (vs NY Islanders)
  • 1981 LA Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela's 1st start, beats Astros 2-0
  • 1982 LA Lakers block 21 Denver shots setting NBA regulation game record
  • 1983 137th Grand National: Ben de Haan aboard Corbiere wins
  • 1985 White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver starts a record 15th opening day game

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987 For 3rd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in a Stanley Cup game and passes Jean Beliveau as all time playoff scoring champ

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1988 Devils 3-0 over Islanders-Devils lead 2-1 in 1st round
  • 1988 142nd Grand National: Brendan Powell aboard Rhyme 'n' Reason wins

Sport awardGolf Major

1989 53rd Masters Golf Tournament: Nick Faldo wins, shooting a 283 after Scott Hoch chokes on an 18 inch putt

Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner Nick Faldo
Golfer and Six-Time Major Championship Winner
Nick Faldo

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1989 Mike Tyson strikes a parking attendant when asked to move his car

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Mike Tyson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1989 Rickey Henderson steals his 800th career base in NY's 4-3 loss to Clev

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1990 NY Islanders beat NY Rangers 4-3 in double overtime-Rangers lead 2-1
  • 1992 Florida drops rape charges against NY Mets Gooden, Boston & Coleman
  • 1992 Record 18 golfers shoot in 60s in Masters round 1 (old record 12)
  • 1993 Colorado Rockies 1st home game & 1st victory, 11-4 over Mont Expos
  • 1994 147th Grand National: Richard Dunwoody aboard Miinnehoma wins
  • 1995 59th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Crenshaw wins, shooting a 274
  • 1997 Cleveland Indians pitcher Jose Mesa is acquitted of rape
  • 1997 Major League Soccer announces Miami & Chicago expansion
  • 1997 NFL announces it will give $3M to CFL & possible "World Classic Bowl"
  • 2000 64th Masters Golf, Augusta: Fijian Vijay Singh wins by 3 strokes from Ernie Els of South Africa
  • 2005 158th Grand National: Ruby Walsh aboard Hedgehunter wins

Sport awardGolf Major

2006 70th Masters Golf, Augusta: Phil Mickelson wins his 2nd green jacket by 2 shots from South African Tim Clark

  • 2011 164th Grand National: Jason Maguire aboard Ballabriggs wins
  • 2013 32nd NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville 93-60
  • 2017 81st Masters Golf Tournament: Spanaird Sergio Garcia wins his 1st major after beating Justin Rose in a playoff

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1848 Francis MacKinnon, English cricketer (later the 35th Mackinnon of Mackinnon), born in Paddington, London (d. 1947)

Person of interestCurly Lambeau

1898 Curly Lambeau, First coach of the Green Bay Packers, born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1965)

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1917 Vincent O'Brien, Irish racehorse trainer, born in Churchtown, County Cork, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 1920 Alexander Moulton, English engineer and bicycle designer (folding bicycle), born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England (d. 2012)
  • 1920 F Don Miller, Boxing coach (Olympic-1956), born in Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1921 Jean-Marie Balestre, French president of motor sport's FIA, born in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France (d. 2008)
  • 1931 Bill Gilbert, sports author (They Also Served, Big E), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1940 Jimmy [James] Roberts, NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), born in Toronto (d. 2015)
  • 1946 Alan Knott, great English cricket wicketkeeper (1967-81)
  • 1950 Ehtesham-ud-din, cricketer (Pakistani pace bowler in 5 Tests 1980-82)
  • 1956 Miguel Ángel Russo, Argentine footballer

Person of interestSeve Ballesteros

1957 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (British Open 1979, 84, 88), born in Pedreña, Spain (d. 2011)

Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner Seve Ballesteros
Golfer and Five-Time Major Championship Winner
Seve Ballesteros
  • 1958 Tony Sibson, English boxer, born in Leicester
  • 1961 Kirk McCaskill, Kapuskasing Ont, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • 1962 Freddie Joe Nunn, NFL defensive end (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1962 Jeff Turner, NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • 1964 Shane Robinson, Adelaide SA, Australian golfer
  • 1964 Rob Awalt, American football player
  • 1965 Hal Morris, Fort Rucker Alabama, infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1965 Helen Alfredsson, Goteborg Sweden, LPGA golfer (1993 Dinah Shore)
  • 1965 Paolo Cane, Itaty, tennis star
  • 1966 Oliver Barnett, NFL defensive end (SF 49ers)
  • 1967 Graeme Lloyd, Australia, pitcher (NY Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers)
  • 1968 Janne Ojanen, Tampere FIN, hockey forward (Team Finland)
  • 1969 Amy Feng, Tianjin China, US table tennis player (Olympics 1996)
  • 1969 Karl Krikken, cricketer (Derbyshire 1989-, wicketkeeper)
  • 1969 Timothy Young, rower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1970 Chuck Bradley, American NFL offensive tackle (BC Lions, Barcelona Dragons), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1970 Neal Caloia, American marksman (Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • 1971 Anthony Redmon, NFL guard (Arizona Cardinals)
  • 1971 Derwin Gray, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts)
  • 1971 James Hundon, wide receiver (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 1971 Wang Yang, youngest Olympic record breaker at age 17 (Olympics 1988)
  • 1971 Peter Canavan, Gaelic footballer
  • 1971 Jacques Villeneuve, French-Canadian race car driver
  • 1972 Brian DeMarco, NFL tackle (Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • 1972 Craig Jones, Australian rower (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972 Jeffrey van As, soccer player (MVV)
  • 1972 Karen Clark, synchronized swimmer (Olympic silver 1996), born in Calgary, Alberta
  • 1974 Ben Bordelon, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1974 Kevin Mathis, cornerback (Dallas Cowboys)
  • 1975 Robbie Fowler, English footballer
  • 1978 Jorge Andrade, Portuguese footballer
  • 1980 Kristin Lee, rhythmic gymnast (US team-96), born in Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1980 Jerko Leko, Croatian footballer
  • 1981 Ireneusz Jeleń, Polish footballer
  • 1981 Milan Bartovič, Slovak ice hockey player
  • 1981 Dennis Sarfate, American baseball player
  • 1982 Carlos Hernández, Costa Rican footballer
  • 1984 Adam Loewen, Canadian baseball player
  • 1987 Jarrod Mullen, Australian rugby league footballer

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

1981 NFL coach Bill Cowher (23) weds Kaye Young

NFL Head Coach Bill Cowher
NFL Head Coach
Bill Cowher
  • 2010 Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos (30) weds Julie Lesicki at St. Augstine Catholic Church in Philadelphia

Deaths in Sport

  • 1991 Forrest Towns, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1936), dies at 77
  • 2001 Willie Stargell, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/1st baseman (7-time All Star), dies of a stroke at 61
  • 2002 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (b. 1926)
  • 2006 Billy Hitchcock, American baseball player, coach, and official (b. 1916)
  • 2009 Nick Adenhart, American baseball player, dies at 22
  • 2010 Zoltán Varga, Hungarian Footballer (b. 1945)
  • 2010 Aladár Kovácsi, Hungarian pentathlete and Olympic champion (1952, Helsinki), dies at 77
  • 2012 Mark Lenzi, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1992), dies at 43
  • 2014 Bertha Tickey, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1973), dies at 91