Events in Sport on April 17

  • 1869 1st pro baseball games-Cincinnati Reds 24, Cin amateurs 15
  • 1892 1st Sunday NL baseball game, Reds beat Cards 5-1
  • 1920 American Professional Football Association forms (NFL)
  • 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
  • 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

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1947 Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson

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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
  • 1955 Betty Jameson wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • 1960 Cleveland Indians trade Rocky Colavito to Tigers for Harvey Kuenn
  • 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)
  • 1966 Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational
  • 1968 A's 1st game in Oakland-Alameda Stadium, lose 4-1 to Balt Orioles
  • 1969 Mont Expos Bill Stoneman no-hits Phillies, 7-0
  • 1972 76th Boston Marathon: Olavi Suomalainen of Finland 1st man in 2:15:39 and Nina Kuscsik of United States 1st woman in 3:10:26
  • 1972 Kiteman attempting to throw out 1st ball in Phillie Vet crashes into centerfield seats
  • 1973 77th Boston Marathon: Jon Anderson of United States 1st man in 2:16:03 and Jacqueline Hansen of United States 1st woman in 3:05:59

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1976 NL greatest comeback, trailing 12-1 Phils win 18-16 in 10, Mike Schmidt hits 4 consecutive HRs

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt
  • 1977 Sandra Palmer wins LPGA Women's International Golf Tournament
  • 1978 82nd Boston Marathon: Bill Rodgers of United States 1st man in 2:10:13 and Gayle Barron of United States 1st woman 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)
  • 1983 Lynn Adams wins LPGA Combanks Orlando Golf Classic

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1983 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 3,500th batter

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

Sports record brokenNHL Record

1983 NY Islanders tie NHL record with 3 shorthanded playoff goals vs NY Rangers

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 1984 Braves pitcher Pascual Perez suspended due to cocaine usage

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1987 Julius Erving becomes 3rd NBA 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)

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1988 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA AI Star Centinela Hospital Golf Classic

LPGA Golfer Nancy Lopez
LPGA Golfer
Nancy Lopez
  • 1989 93rd Boston Marathon: Abebe Mekonen of Ethiopia 1st man in 2:09:06 and Ingrid Kristiansen of Norway 1st woman in 2:24:33
  • 1994 55th PGA Seniors Golf Championship: Lee Trevino wins
  • 1994 Val Skinner wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship
  • 1995 99th Boston Marathon: Cosmas Ndeti of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:22 and Uta Pippig of Germany 1st woman 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 1999 NFL Draft: Tim Couch from University of Kentucky first pick by Cleveland Browns
  • 2000 104th Boston Marathon: Elijah Lagat of Kenya 1st man in 2:09:47 and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya 1st woman in 2:26:11
  • 2006 110th Boston Marathon: Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya 1st man in 2:07:14 and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya 1st woman in 2:23:38
  • 2015 James Anderson becomes the highest wicket-taking bowler in England's test cricket history