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)
  • 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: Chicago Blackhawks beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3 games to 1
  • 1940 NFL cuts clipping penalty from 25 yards to 15 yards
  • 1941 Stanley Cup: Boston Bruins sweep Detroit Red Wings in 4 games

Sport awardGolf Major

1942 9th Masters Golf Tournament: Byron Nelson wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson

Sport awardGolf Major

1953 17th Masters Golf Tournament: Ben Hogan wins, shooting a 274

Golfer Ben Hogan
Ben Hogan

Sport awardGolf Major

1954 US Masters Golf, Augusta: Sam Snead wins his third and final Masters by 1 in an 18-hole playoff with Ben Hogan

Golfer Sam Snead
Sam Snead
Golfer Ben Hogan
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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1961 Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Sport awardGolf Major

1964 28th Masters Golf Tournament: Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 276

  • 1964 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Baton Rouge Ladies' Golf Open Invitational
  • 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"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1970 Yankees dedicate plaques to Mickey Mantle & Joe DiMaggio

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Major

1981 45th Masters Golf Tournament: Tom Watson wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Tom Watson
Tom Watson

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1981 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA American Defender/WRAL Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Donna Caponi
LPGA Golfer
Donna Caponi
  • 1987 51st Masters Golf Tournament: Larry Mize wins, shooting a 285
  • 1987 Ahmed Salah wins 2nd World Cup marathon (2:10:55)
  • 1987 Ayako Okamoto wins LPGA Kyocera Inamori Golf Classic
  • 1988 Devils 4-2 over Islanders-Devils lead 3-2 in 1st round
  • 1988 Frank Robinson replaces Cal Ripkin as manager of Balt Orioles
  • 1992 2nd lowest NBA scoring game - Detroit Piston 72, NY Knicks 61

Sport awardGolf Major

1992 56th Masters Golf Tournament: Fred Couples wins, shooting a 275

Golfer and Masters Champion Fred Couples
Golfer and Masters Champion
Fred Couples
  • 1992 NY Mets lose 1st 3 home games for 1st time since 1962
  • 1998 62nd Masters Golf Tournament: Mark O'Meara wins, shooting a 279
  • 2009 73rd Masters Golf Tournament: Ángel Cabrera wins, shooting a 276
  • 2015 79th Masters Golf, Augusta: Jordan Spieth wins first major, by 4 strokes from Phil Mickelson & Justin Rose