On This Day

Events in Sport on April 15

  • 1896 1st modern Summer Olympic Games close in Athens, Greece; USA wins gold medal count, 11; Greece wins total medal count, 46; IOC has retroactively assigned gold, silver & bronze medals to 3 best placed athletes in each event
  • 1901 5th Boston Marathon won for second straight year by Canadian Jim Caffrey in race record 2:29:23.6
  • 1907 11th Boston Marathon won by Canadian Tom Longboat in race record 2:24:24

Sports History

1910 William Howard Taft is first US President to throw out the 1st ball at a baseball game

Baseball Record

1911 Walter Johnson pitches a record tying 4 strike outs in an inning

  • 1912 16th Boston Marathon won by Mike Ryan in race record 2:21:18.2
  • 1915 NY Giant Rube Marquard no-hits Bkln, 2-0
  • 1918 22nd Boston Marathon won by Camp Devens relay team; race run as relay for 10-man military teams
  • 1925 NHL's NY Americans (formerly Hamilton Tigers) 1st game, lose 3-1

Baseball Record

1927 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth hits #1 of MLB record season 60 HRs; tees off on A's Howard Ehmke in 1st inning of New York's 6-3 win over Philadelphia

  • 1929 33rd Boston Marathon won by Canadian Johnny Miles in 2:33:08.6; his second win in the event
  • 1935 39th Boston Marathon won by John A Kelley in 2:32:07.4
  • 1937 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat New York Rangers, 3-0 for a 3-2 series win; back-to-back titles for Red Wings
  • 1940 44th Boston Marathon won by Gérard Côté of Canada in 2:28:28.6; first of 4 wins in the event
  • 1946 50th Boston Marathon won by Stylianos Kyriakides of Greece in 2:29:27; first and only Cypriot athlete to win the event

Sports History

1947 Jackie Robinson becomes 1st African-American to play in US major league baseball (Dodgers)

  • 1952 Stanley Cup Final, Olympia Stadium, Detroit, MI: Detroit Red Wings beat Montreal Canadiens, 3-0 for a 4-0 series sweep
  • 1954 Orioles 1st game in Baltimore beat White Sox 3-1
  • 1954 Yankees dedicate a plaque to Edward Barrow
  • 1957 61st Boston Marathon won by John J Kelley in 2:20:05; course length changed
  • 1958 1st baseball game in California, SF Giants beat LA Dodgers, 8-0
  • 1961 France wins it’s 2nd outright Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 15-3 victory over Ireland at Lansdowne Road, Dublin
  • 1963 67th Boston Marathon won by Aurèle Vandendriessche of Belgium in race record 2:18:58
  • 1965 NFL changes penalty flag from white to bright gold
  • 1967 France wins its 4th outright Five Nations Rugby Championship with an 11-6 win over Ireland at Lansdowne Road, Dublin

Sports History

1968 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings at the Astrodome; starting pitchers Tom Seaver and Don Wilson pitch 10 and 9 innings respectively in game that lasts over 6 hours

  • 1968 72nd Boston Marathon: Amby Burfoot wins in 2:22:17; Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 3rd straight year in 3:30:00 (unsanctioned)
  • 1974 78th Boston Marathon: Neil Cusack of Ireland takes men's race in 2:13:39; American Miki Gorman women's winner in 2:47:11
  • 1976 Yankee stadium reopens, Yanks beat Twins after trailing 4-0
  • 1977 1st baseball game at Montreal's Olympic Stadium

US Masters Golf

1979 43rd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Fuzzy Zoeller wins his only Masters with a birdie on the 2nd hole of a playoff with Ed Sneed and Tom Watson

  • 1984 48th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Crenshaw wins the first of his 2 green jackets, 2 strokes ahead of 1977 & 1981 champion Tom Watson
  • 1985 89th Boston Marathon: Englishman Geoff Smith repeats as men's champion in 2:14:05; American Lisa Larsen Weidenbach takes women's title in 2:34:06

Sports History

1986 Viv Richards century off 56 balls v England in Antigua Test Cricket

  • 1989 96 crushed to death and 766 injured at Hillsborough Football Stadium, Sheffield, England, during FA semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest
  • 1989 Sue Marchiano wins 3rd World Cup female marathon (2:30:48)

Sports History

1990 PGA Seniors' Championship Men's Golf, PGA National GC: South African Gary Player wins his third event title by 2 strokes from Chi-Chi Rodríguez

  • 1991 95th Boston Marathon: Ibrahim Hussein of Kenya wins his 2nd men's title in 2:11:06; Wanda Panfil of Poland woman's champion in 2:24:18

NBA Record

1991 Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assists with 9,898

  • 1991 Sacramento Kings set NBA record, losing 35th consecutive game on road

Sports History

1992 NY Islander, Al Arbour, coaches most NHL games (1,438)

  • 1996 100th Boston Marathon: Moses Tanui of Kenya takes centenary men's title in 2:09:15.9; 3-peat for Uta Pippig of Germany in women's race in 2:27:12
  • 1997 Baseball honors Jackie Robinson by retiring #42 for all teams
  • 2000 NFL Draft: Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 2001 The Tradition Senior Men's Golf, GC at Desert Mountain: Doug Tewell wins his second & final Champions Tour major by 9 strokes from Mike McCullough
  • 2002 106th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Rodgers Rop claims men's event in 2:09:02; Margaret Okayo women's winner in 2:20:43
  • 2013 Boston Marathon bombings: 3 people are killed and 183 injured after two explosions near the finish line
  • 2013 117th Boston Marathon: Lelisa Desisa Benti of Ethiopia men's winner in 2:10:22; Rita Jeptoo of Kenya wins women's section in 2:26:25

Laureus Awards

2015 Laureus World Sports Awards, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai, China: Sportsman: Novak Đoković; Sportswoman: Genzebe Dibaba; Team: German Men's National Football team

  • 2019 123rd Boston Marathon: Lawrence Cherono of Kenya wins in 2:07:58, just 0.1s ahead of Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa; Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia is women's champion in 2:23.31
  • 2019 Los Angeles Clippers overcome an NBA record 31-point deficit to score an improbable 135-131 Game 2 playoff victory over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland; shooting guard Lou Williams 36 points
  • 2019 3 days after winning Hobey Baker Award as top college hockey player, Cale Makar becomes first defenseman to score in NHL debut during the playoffs in Colorado's 6-2 Game 3 win over Calgary