On This Day

Events in Sport on April 17

  • 1869 1st pro baseball games-Cincinnati Reds 24, Cin amateurs 15
  • 1875 Modern Snooker invented by Sir Neville Chamberlain, a bored British officer in Jabalpur, India
  • 1892 1st Sunday NL baseball game, Reds beat Cards 5-1
  • 1899 3rd Boston Marathon won by Lawrence Brignolia in 2:54:38
  • 1905 9th Boston Marathon won by Fred Lorz in 2:38:25.4

Sport awardBoston Marathon

1911 15th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in race record 2:21:39.6; first of 7 race victories

Marathon Runner Clarence DeMar
Marathon Runner
Clarence DeMar
  • 1916 20th Boston Marathon won by Arthur Roth in 2:27:16.4
  • 1922 26th Boston Marathon won by Clarence DeMar in race record 2:18:10; his 2nd race victory; first of 3 consecutive wins
  • 1923 Longest NL opening game, Phillies & Dodgers tie 5-5 in 14

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1925 NY Yankee Babe Ruth has ulcer surgery

Baseball Legend Babe Ruth
Baseball Legend
Babe Ruth
  • 1933 Chicago Bears win their 1st NFL Game beating NY Giants 23-21
  • 1933 37th Boston Marathon won by Leslie Pawson in 2:31:01.6
  • 1934 New Fenway Park opens, Washington Senators beat Red Sox 6-5

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

1939 Joe Louis KOs Jack Roper in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1939 43rd Boston Marathon won by Ellison Brown in 2:28:51.8; his second victory in the event
  • 1944 48th Boston Marathon won by Gerard Cote of Canada in 2:31:50.4; second straight victory; 3rd of 4 titles

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1947 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1950 54th Boston Marathon won by Kee Yong Ham of South Korea in 2:32:39

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1951 NY Yankee Mickey Mantle's 1st game, he goes 1 for 4

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • 1953 Mickey Mantle hits a 565' (172 m) HR in Washington, D.C.'s Griffith Stadium
  • 1960 Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
  • 1961 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39; his 2nd event title
  • 1964 1st game at Shea Stadium, NY Mets lose to Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-3
  • 1966 100th international soccer match between Netherlands and Belgium (3-1)
  • 1967 71st Boston Marathon: Dave McKenzie of New Zealand wins in 2:15:45; American Bobbi Gibb 1st woman for 2nd straight year in 3:27:17 (unsanctioned)
  • 1967 Italian boxer Nino Benvenuti beats American Emile Griffith in a 15 round points decision to win world middleweight crown at Madison Square Garden; start of famous trilogy of fights between the pair
  • 1968 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Baltimore Orioles
  • 1969 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
  • 1972 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland wins men's race in 2:15:39; American Nina Kuscsik takes inaugural women's title in 3:10:26; first year women's race officially sanctioned
  • 1972 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1976 NL greatest comeback: trailing 12-1, Philadelphia Phillies beat Chicago Cubs, 18-16 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field; Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

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1976 Australian tennis star Evonne Goolagong Cawley wins her second WTA Tour Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena; beats Chris Evert 6–3, 5–7, 6–3

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • 1978 82nd Boston Marathon: US double; Bill Rodgers wins his 2nd men's title in 2:10:13; Gayle Barron women's champion in 2:44:52
  • 1981 Isle Potvin's 3 playoff power-play goals tie NHL record vs Oilers
  • 1981 Ranger's Anders Hedberg is 2nd to score on a Stanley Cup penalty shot
  • 1983 Grete Waltz runs female world record marathon (2:25:29)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1983 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1983 NY Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs NY Rangers
  • 1984 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage

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1987 Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA (and ABA) player to score 30,000 points

NBA Legend Julius Erving
NBA Legend
Julius Erving
  • 1988 Ethiopian Belayneh Densimo runs world record marathon (2:06:50)
  • 1989 93rd Boston Marathon: Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia takes men's race in 2:09:06; Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway wins her 2nd women's title in 2:24:33
  • 1994 PGA Seniors' Championship Men’s Golf, PGA National GC: Lee Trevino beats Jim Colbert by 1 stroke for his second title in the event
  • 1995 99th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya claims 3rd straight title in 2:09:22; Uta Pippig of Germany wins 2nd consecutive women's event in 2:25:11

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1997 NJ Devil Martin Brodeur is 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game

NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur
NHL Goalie
Martin Brodeur
  • 1999 NFL Draft: University of Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 2000 104th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Elijah Lagat wins men's race in 2:09:47; Catherine Ndereba takes women's title in 2:26:11
  • 2006 110th Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot wins 2nd men's title in 2:07:14; Rita Jeptoo takes women's title in 2:23:38
  • 2015 James Anderson becomes the highest wicket-taking bowler in England's test cricket history
  • 2017 121st Boston Marathon: Kenyan double; Geoffrey Kirui takes men's title in 2:09:37; Edna Kiplagat women's champion in 2:21:52