On This Day

Events in Sport on April 13

  • 1908 Groundbreaking for Philadelphia's Shibe Park, home of MLB Athletics (AL), 1909-54, MLB Phillies (NL), 1938-70, and NFL Eagles, 1940-57

Sports History

1926 At 38, Walter Johnson pitches his 7th opening day shutout

  • 1926 Cyclists without bicycle-tax-stamp rounded up in Amsterdam
  • 1927 Stanley Cup Final, Ottawa Auditorium, Ottawa, ON: Ottawa Senators beat Boston Bruins, 3-1 for a 2-0-2 series win

Sports History

1933 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON: New York Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 1-0 in OT for a 3-1 series win; first best-of-4 Finals series

  • 1940 American athlete Cornelius "Dutch" Warmerdam, using a bamboo pole, becomes 1st man to pole vault 15 ft, at University of California, Berkeley
  • 1940 Stanley Cup Final, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario: New York Rangers beat Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2 for 4-2 series victory; Rangers last Cup win for 54 years

US Masters Golf

1942 9th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Byron Nelson wins an 18-hole playoff by 1 stroke over runner-up Ben Hogan

  • 1944 Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4 in overtime for a 4-0 series sweep; Canadiens' first SC triumph since 1931
  • 1946 Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by defending Negro League champ Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from field in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1949 Basketball Association of America Finals: Minneapolis Lakers beat Washington Capitols, 77-56 to take series, 4 games to 2; BAA and National Basketball League merge later that year to create the NBA
  • 1953 1st game of Milwaukee Braves, they beat Cincinnati Reds 2-0
  • 1954 Baltimore Orioles 1st game, loses to Tigers in Detroit 3-0

Sports History

1954 Milwaukee Braves' Hank Aaron's 1st game

  • 1957 11th NBA Championship: Bost Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 3

Baseball Record

1962 Stan Musial scores his 1,869th run, a new NL record

Sports History

1963 Pete Rose triples for his 1st major league base hit

  • 1969 33rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: George Archer wins his only major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Billy Casper, George Knudson, and Tom Weiskopf
  • 1970 34th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Billy Casper defeats Gene Littler, 69 to 74 in a Monday 18-hole playoff to win his 3rd major title; last 18-hole playoff at the Masters
  • 1972 1st baseball players' strike ends after 13 days

US Masters Golf

1975 39th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus wins his 5th Masters title, 1 stroke ahead of Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf; Lee Elder, first African-American to compete in the tournament

  • 1976 1st NBA playoff game for Cleveland Cavliers, they lose 100-95 to Washington

US Masters Golf

1980 44th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: 23 year old Spaniard Seve Ballesteros wins his first Masters, 4 strokes ahead of Jack Newton and Gibby Gilbert

  • 1980 US and its allies boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow in protest against Russia's invasion of Afghanistan
  • 1983 Undefeated middleweight boxer Tony Ayala gets 35 years on sex assault
  • 1984 India beat Pak by 58 runs to win 1st Asia Cricket Cup in Sharjah
  • 1984 Pete Rose becomes 1st NL to get 4,000 hits in a career
  • 1985 "TASS" denounces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • 1985 Katrin Dörre wins 1st female World Cup marathon (2:33:30)
  • 1986 50th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Nicklaus wins his record 18th major with a 1-stroke victory over Greg Norman and Tom Kite; shoots final round 65 (−7); at 46 the oldest Masters winner
  • 1986 Boston Celtics end season with a 40-1 home win record
  • 1986 Spanish Grand Prix decided by 0.014 of a second
  • 1987 1st 3 San Diego Padres hit HRs off SF starter Roger Mason
  • 1990 4th largest NBA crowd (45,458) see Orlando play at Minneapolis
  • 1990 NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 6-5, Rangers win preliminary, 4-1
  • 1992 Lou Carnesecca retires as coach of St John's basketball team
  • 1992 Longest 2 undefeated baseball teams to meet (NY Yanks 5-0 vs Toronto Blue Jays 6-0); Yanks score 3 in top of 9th to win 5-2
  • 1995 Yankees beat the Mets 2-0
  • 1996 En route to NHL record 62 victories Detroit Red Wings win #61
  • 1996 Ottawa Senators eliminate Stanley Cup Champs NJ Devils from playoff
  • 1997 48th time opposing pitchers hit HRs, Carlos Perez (Mon)/Darren Holmes

US Masters Golf

1997 61st US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Tiger Woods wins his first major title, a record 12 strokes ahead of Tom Kite; 4-round total 270 (−18) is tournament record

  • 1997 Hartford Whalers last NHL game

Sports History

1997 NHL Pitts Penguin Mario Lemieux's last NHL regular game

  • 1997 Rare double doubleheader played in the same city Giants vs Mets & Oakland A's vs Yankees in NY after rain previous day
  • 2003 67th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Mike Weir wins his only major title in a 1-hole playoff over Len Mattiace; only Canadian to win a major and first left-handed Masters champion

Baseball Record

2004 Barry Bonds hits his 661st career home run, passing his godfather Willie Mays on the MLB all-time list

  • 2008 72nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Trevor Immelman of South Africa wins his first major title, 3 strokes ahead of Tiger Woods; Immelman leads, or ties for the lead after every round
  • 2014 Kenyan Wilson Kipsang wins the London Marathon

US Masters Golf

2014 78th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bubba Watson wins his 2nd Masters, 3 shots ahead of runners-up Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth

Boxing Title Fight

2014 Manny Pacquiao defeats Timothy Bradley to regain his WBO welterweight boxing title

  • 2019 Gregg Popovich surpasses Lenny Wilkens to became the all-time winningest coach in NBA history with his 1,413th win as San Antonio Spurs beat Denver Nuggets, 101-96 in Western Conference Playoffs