On This Day

Events in Sport on April 12

  • 1858 1st US billiards championship, Michael J Phelan wins in Detroit
  • 1877 Catcher's mask 1st used in a baseball game
  • 1896 Stamasia Portrisi is 1st woman to win a marathon (5:30 in Athens)
  • 1909 Philadelphia's Shibe Park (later Connie Mack Stadium) opens; Athletics win 81 against Boston Red Sox
  • 1930 4th Test Cricket WI v England ends in a draw after nine days
  • 1930 Wilfred Rhodes ends Test Cricket career aged 52 years 165 days
  • 1931 Joe McCarthy debuts as NY Yankee manager
  • 1937 Sir Frank Whittle ground-tests the first jet engine designed to power an aircraft at Rugby, England.
  • 1938 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Chicago Black Hawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-1 for a 3-1 series win; only team to win Cup with losing regular season record
  • 1940 NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
  • 1941 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Boston Bruins defeat Detroit Red Wings, 3-1 for a 4-0 series sweep

Golf Tournament

1946 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Louise Suggs wins her first major title by 2 strokes from Eileen Stulb

US Masters Golf

1953 17th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Hogan shatters the Masters scoring record by 5 strokes with a 274 (−14) to finish 5 strokes ahead of runner-up Ed Oliver; Hogan's second Masters

US Masters Golf

1954 18th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Sam Snead wins his 3rd and final Masters by 1 stroke in an 18-hole playoff with Ben Hogan

  • 1954 8th NBA Championship: Min Lakers beat Syracuse Nationals, 4 games to 3
  • 1955 1st game in KC, KC A's beat Detroit Tigers, 6-2
  • 1958 12th NBA Championship: St Louis Hawks beat Bost Celtics, 4 games to 2

Sports History

1960 Bill Veeck & Chicago Comiskey Park debuts "Exploding Scoreboard"

Sports History

1961 Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner

US Masters Golf

1964 28th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Arnold Palmer wins by 6 shots from Dave Marr and Jack Nicklaus to become the first 4-time winner of the Masters; his 7th and final major victory

  • 1965 1st NL game at Houston's Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)
  • 1966 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium opens; Pirates beat Braves 3-2
  • 1969 Simon & Garfunkel releases "Boxer"
  • 1969 Wales beats England, 30-9 at the National Stadium, Cardiff to clinch their 16th Five Nations Rugby Championship and 11th Triple Crown
  • 1980 Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper & Money hit grand slams)
  • 1980 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games
  • 1980 Terry Fox begins his "Marathon of Hope" at St. John's, Newfoundland

US Masters Golf

1981 45th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tom Watson wins his second green jacket and 5th major title by 2 strokes over Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller

US Masters Golf

1987 51st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Larry Mize chips-in from 140 feet for an improbable birdie 3 on the 2nd playoff hole to beat Greg Norman for his only major title

  • 1987 Ahmed Salah wins 2nd World Cup marathon (2:10:55)
  • 1988 Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round

Sports History

1988 Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Baltimore Orioles

  • 1992 2nd lowest NBA scoring game - Detroit Pistons 72, NY Knicks 61

US Masters Golf

1992 56th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Fred Couples wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of 1976 champion Raymond Floyd

  • 1992 MLB Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Young no-hits Cleveland Indians, but loses 2-1
  • 1992 NY Mets lose 1st 3 home games for 1st time since 1962
  • 1993 American Jeff Rouse swims world record 100m backstroke (51.43 sec) at Sheffield, England
  • 1998 62nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Mark O'Meara claims his first major title with a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win by 1 stroke from David Duval and Fred Couples

Sports History

2004 West Indian cricket batsman Brian Lara smashes highest individual score in a Test innings with 400 not out (773 mins; 582 balls; 43x4, 4x6) in drawn 4th Test against England at Antigua

  • 2009 73rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ángel Cabrera wins his 2nd major title in a playoff with Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry; Cabrera, first Masters champion from Argentina and South America

US Masters Golf

2015 79th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jordan Spieth leads wire-to-wire to win his 1st major title by 4 strokes from Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose

  • 2019 Melbourne captain Cameron Smith becomes highest point scorer in Australian Rugby League history; 49th minute penalty in Storm's 18-12 win over North Queensland in Townsville takes him to 2,420; Hazem El Masri, 2,418